Gazette Archive: Research Spotlight

Public Policy Team Analyzes U.S. Postal Service Operations

Posted: February 19, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Lee Fritschler

When the Postal Regulatory Commission was required to submit a report to the president and Congress on universal postal service and the postal monopoly of the United States, it relied on a team headed by the School of Public Policy’s Professor A. Lee Fritschler and Research Assistant Professor Christine Pommerening.

New Vaccine Developed for Preventing ‘Uncommon’ Cold Virus

Posted: February 4, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Common colds typically cause a week of sneezing, aches and pains, and then fade away, leaving only a sore nose and a few days of used sick leave behind. But what if that cold turned out to be something more?

New Research Center to Explore Health Effects of Microorganisms

Posted: January 8, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Patrick Gillevet

The human body contains billions of microorganisms. Microbial cells in the human gut are estimated to outnumber human cells by 10 to one in healthy adults, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but very little is known about the ways in which these minute life forms influence health and disease.

Melanin Production May Protect Against Chronic Diseases Associated with Obesity

Posted: November 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A two-year study conducted by researchers at Mason, Inova Fairfax Hospital and the National Cancer Institute may open the door to new therapies for combating chronic diseases associated with obesity, a condition that affected more than 33 percent of American adults in 2005-06, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While analyzing samples taken from morbidly obese patients undergoing weight loss surgery, the researchers discovered that substantial quantities of melanin — a pigment that gives the skin, hair and iris of the eye their natural color — were being produced in the study participants’ fat tissue.

Mason Signs MOU for Environmental Research with Chinese Scientists

Posted: November 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At a meeting held in Beijing earlier this month, Mason signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the U.S.-China Joint Environmental Science and Technology Center.

Nearly Half of U.S. States Fail on Emergency Plan Communication

Posted: October 23, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Seven years after 9/11, and in the wake of many major natural disasters such as forest fires, hurricanes and flooding, nearly half of U.S. states either have no state-level emergency plan or do not provide it readily to the public.

Global Warming an Important Issue for Undecided Voters, New Study Shows

Posted: October 22, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Nearly two out of three undecided voters say the presidential candidates’ positions on global warming will influence their vote in the upcoming election, according to a new national survey released jointly by researchers at Mason and Yale University.

Nutrition Education Program Battles Obesity in D.C. Schools

Posted: October 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

An online game might be the secret weapon for winning the war against childhood obesity. Mason researchers have designed and tested a nutrition education program called “Color My Pyramid” to teach students how to evaluate their dietary intake and activity level.

Dance Professor Analyzes the Meaning of Body Movement

Posted: September 16, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Karen Studd

Karen Studd has been observing and analyzing body movement for more than 20 years. She says body movement can be considered a universal language to which every human being instinctively reacts.

Researchers Decode Viral Process that Prepares Cells for HIV Infection

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

A new study takes the medical community one step closer to understanding how HIV attacks cells in the immune system.