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A promising research future for new frontiersOctober 11, 2023

Looking back at the first blog I ever wrote as Mason Science dean, I had just finished multiple tours of our colleges, research facilities and met the many faculty and staff responsible for our science research enterprise. We were in pandemic mode, having just made the difficult decision to augment or suspend some of our efforts due to limited campus access. On the other hand, our biomedical research teams were gearing up for stretches of 15-18+ hours plus days in the lab analyzing COVID -19 samples and creating the processes that would help our Mason community build our resiliency and preserve our health throughout the pandemic.

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Understanding AI, the bigger picture, and ourselvesOctober 4, 2023

What does it take to make a learning community thrive? A sense of curiosity? Truly valuing diverse perspectives? A spirit of innovation and constant improvement. Its vibrancy and an ability to effectively collaborate? Yes to all of these things.

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Rankings value access and growth – for allSeptember 27, 2023

Around this time each year, the higher education community is abuzz with discussions of program rankings. And here at George Mason University, it’s no different. This week, according to a variety of credible sources including U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2024, Mason continues to rise in many various ranking assessments. Most notably this year, the rankings have taken the element of social mobility into account, and our university reputation is on the rise -- #51 among all public universities and #105 among all universities nationwide. Across the U.S., Mason also remains a top 20 most innovative university and a top 50 university for veterans. (Just ask our service members in the signature Mason EMDP2 partnership).

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Celebrating Mason Science’s Hispanic HeritageSeptember 20, 2023

The month between mid-September and mid-October is taken to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. I thought I’d devote this blog post to share some thoughts on this traditional celebration across the country and how science intertwines with it.

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