Archive for the Gazette Archive: A Closer Look Category

From the Inside-Out: Gender Issues Examined at Mason

May 18, 2009

Others on campus may not have noticed, but a team of researchers quietly spent the past academic year studying gender issues at Mason. From the effects of the now-defunct gossip web site JuicyCampus to the sociological rules governing pick-up basketball games in the Field House, this team collected information about issues affecting students’ daily life at George Mason University.

The Stories They Tell: Class of ’09 Reflects Hard-Working, Ambitious Scholars

May 11, 2009

The Mason Gazette staff interviewed a small group of the more than 7,000 students who will graduate from Mason on Saturday, May 16. Their stories, although different in the details, bring out the hard-working and ambitious nature of these students, attributes shared by many of their thousands of fellows.

Study Finds that Mothers’ Military Deployment Affects Health of Women and Teens

May 4, 2009

Although separation of a service member from their family is always a hardship, for mothers of adolescent children, deployment comes at even more of a personal sacrifice. A recent study completed by Mason researcher Mona Ternus found that a woman’s military deployment affects her health as well as that of her adolescent children.

Professor Combines His Passions — Economics and Art — in His Books

April 27, 2009

Economics professor Tyler Cowen wears his art on his sleeve, so to speak. Having been always interested in economics and always interested in the arts, Cowen says he woke up one day and suddenly realized he could marry his two passions.

Mason Scientists Know No Boundaries in Studying Environmental Issues

April 20, 2009

From the scenic Galapagos to sub-arctic Siberia, Mason faculty members are casting a wide net in their efforts to ensure a more sustainable and diverse planet Earth.

When Mission Impossible Becomes Possible: Mason Professor Plans for Pluto Encounter

April 13, 2009

A bumper sticker hangs on the door to Michael Summers’ office that reads: My other vehicle is on its way to Pluto. This isn’t a hyperbolic statement. Summers, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been working on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto since 2003. He says that sending a spacecraft to the faraway dwarf ice planet was a goal conceived nine years earlier at a conference.

Behind Bars: Research Aims to Improve Operations

April 6, 2009

If you think bureaucracies can’t change, try telling that to Faye Taxman. She has scientific evidence to prove that they can. A professor in the Administration of Justice Department at Mason, Taxman has focused a significant portion of her work on collaborating with correctional agencies to translate research into practice.

Visualizing the Data: GIS Steers Professor Toward Health Care Policy Solutions

March 30, 2009

Naoru Koizumi loves solving a mystery. She enjoys discovering “hidden facts” and uses computer modeling and simulations, as well as geographic information systems (GIS), to “tease out” answers to important questions. “Sometimes if you visualize [the data], the answer is so obvious,” she says.

The Road Less Traveled: Women Faculty Share Their Journey in STEM Fields

March 23, 2009

Earlier this month — International Women’s Month — President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls. At the time, the president noted that women make up a growing share of the U.S. workforce and the majority of students in colleges and law schools.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: GIS Professor Works to Protect Land Around Mt. Everest

March 16, 2009

When Barry Haack looks out the window of his second office in Kathmandu, the Nepali capital, and sees the massive expanse of the Himalayas with Mt. Everest rising off in the distance, he thinks how grateful he is for the path his career in geography has taken him.