Annual Celebration Recognizes Mason Researchers and Scholars

Posted: November 5, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicole Snyder

This afternoon, the Office of the Provost will host the seventh annual reception to honor the research, scholarly and creative accomplishments of the university’s faculty and students.

The celebration will be held in the Center for the Arts lobby on the Fairfax Campus from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

President Alan Merten, Provost Peter Stearns, and Vice President for Research and Economic Development Roger Stough will relate some of the exciting research developments of the past year. Selections of books, awards, exhibit catalogs and posters representing both faculty and student achievements will be on display.

Carlotta Domeniconi
Carlotta Domeniconi
Photo by Evan Cantwell

The event will also feature the formal announcement of the winners of the Emerging Researcher, Scholar and Creator Awards: Carlotta Domeniconi, Rebecca F. Goldin and Merav Opher.

Rebecca Goldin
Rebecca Goldin

The award, which comes with a $3,000 stipend, is designed to recognize researchers, scholars and creators who are within 10 years of receiving their terminal degree and have demonstrated growing national and international recognition for achievements and scholarship within their field. A selection committee composed of University Professors reviewed the nominations.

Merav Opher
Merav Opher
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Domeniconi is an associate professor of computer science in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering. Her research involves locally adaptive pattern recognition techniques with applications in bioinformatics and text mining. She is also the principal investigator of Statistical Determination of Geospatial Outliers, a research project supported by a $247,672 grant from the U.S. Army.

Goldin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science and director of research for the Statistical Assessment Services, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Mason. Her research investigates symplectic geometry, Hamiltonian group actions, equivariant cohomology, Schubert calculus, orbifold cohomology, classification of manifolds with group actions and statistics in the media.

Opher is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science. Her research efforts focus on developing a better understanding of the crucial and fundamental magnetic field effects in space physics and astrophysics through studying magnetohydrodynamic instabilities, turbulence, space weather, coronal mass ejections and magnetic effects in stellar interactions.

“This award is the highest award for scholarship for Mason faculty in their early stages of development,” says Stough. “As such it recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly and related performance among their peers. This year’s awardees exemplify the intent of the award in the exceptional records they have produced.”

A publication highlighting scholarly accomplishments from throughout the university will be distributed at the reception.

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