Mason Launches Innovation Inventory

Posted: December 6, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: December 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

By Robin Herron

You’ve seen it everywhere: the tagline that announces “George Mason University — Where Innovation Is Tradition.”

Now, the university is showing just what that means with a new website called the Innovation Inventory.

The site was developed by the Office of University Relations staff under the direction of Christine LaPaille, vice president for University Relations.

The site is seeded with innovation projects, programs, research and places associated with the university that have been publicized previously.  But now it is open to everyone — Mason faculty and staff members, students and alumni — so that all can share their innovations.

And, to encourage submissions to the inventory, an “Innovator of the Month” will be selected from among those who have had their submission accepted for inclusion in the inventory. Innovators of the month will have a special recognition event in their honor and be announced in the Mason Gazette.

“We know that the projects, research and programs we’ve collected so far and included in the Innovation Inventory are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s going on at Mason,” says LaPaille. “We’re excited about discovering what other great things people at the university have done, and we hope the inventory will inspire others to share their stories.”

Some examples of innovations included in the inventory are

  • Social Venture Consulting, a student-run initiative providing free consulting services to nonprofits that benefit the local and global community.
  • The Galaxy Zoo project, in which Mason scientists are working on citizen science projects that engage the general public in real scientific puzzles.
  • The Online Academy, a virtual high school, which Mason’s Graduate School of Education developed in partnership with three Virginia school districts.

Submitting to the inventory is simple and can be done at the website. Submitters will receive an acknowledgement of their submission and, if it is accepted for inclusion, a link to the contribution as posted in the inventory.

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