Archive for November, 2006

Mason Fever Spurs Increased Alumni Involvement

Posted: November 28, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Trying to track down alumni is a challenge for almost every university.

But after George Mason’s Final Four appearance in men’s basketball last spring, Chris Clark-Talley and her staff experienced nirvana: alumni were contacting them.

George Mason Partners with IntelliDyne to Develop Undergraduate Scholarship

Posted: November 28, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason alumnus Robert Grey (BA ’89), president and CEO of IntelliDyne, will donate $60,000 to The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering to create the IntelliDyne Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarship.

Grad Student Caps Achievements with First-Place Award at Innovation Conference

Posted: November 28, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Having a love for chemistry can have its perks, as students like Mihn Nguyen found out during the annual Accelerating Innovation Conference held in Washington, D.C., earlier this semester.

Alumni Take Innovative Approach to Physical Education

Posted: November 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

What do physical education and social studies classes have in common? Visit Laura Bellis’ eighth grade physical education class at Liberty Middle School in Clifton, Va., and you’ll find out.

Bellis’ students use a climbing wall with a blackboard that lists the three branches of government — each level corresponds to the judicial, legislative or executive branch.

Hilton Humanitarian Prize Goes to Salbi’s Women for Women International

Posted: November 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In October, Mason alumna Zainab Salbi, BIS ’96, was in New York City to accept the 2006 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million on behalf of her organization, Women for Women International. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presents the annual award, the world’s largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that significantly alleviates human suffering.

Nobel Laureate to Discuss ‘Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe’

Posted: November 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In 1905, Einstein had his “miraculous year” when he published three revolutionary ideas that changed forever how we view nature. As part of a special presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 29, Nobel laureate William D. Phillips will discuss how Einstein’s thinking and view of time have led to the best clocks ever made. His presentation, “Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe,” will begin at 1 p.m. in Research Building I, Room 163.

Students and Faculty Participate in Campus Greening

Posted: November 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

During this time of year when earth colors are popular, leaves fall and cold sets in, environmental buffs assembled for a campus greening endeavor.

On a recent, chilly November morning, students and faculty gathered at the corner of Patriot Circle and Rivanna River Lane to create a learning garden of shrubs and woody plants native to the region.

Biometrics Puts Technology and Identity Face to Face

Posted: November 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

One of the most well-known biometric identifiers is also the most basic — the human face. Every day we identify the people we know by their face. But what happens as people age? What if they grow their hair out or cut it short?

Mason’s Women’s Team Finish Fourth; Men’s Place Seventh at Patriot Invitational

Posted: November 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s women’s swimming team finished in fourth, while the men’s squad placed seventh at the Patriot Invitational on Sunday. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), claimed both titles at the close of competition as the Retrievers’ men’s team finished with 1,037 points and the women’s with 772 points.

Immersion Students Get Hands Dirty in Learning with Visit to Coal Mine

Posted: November 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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When associate professor Nada Dabbagh says immersion, she really means immersion—even if that means that her College of Education and Human Development students find themselves 750 feet below the earth.