Archive for December, 2007

Professor’s Findings Confirmed: Solar System Is Asymmetric

Posted: December 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

New observations from the Voyager 2 spacecraft, which on August this year crossed the edge of the solar system known as the termination shock, are confirming astronomy professor Merav Opher’s model of a bullet-shaped solar system.

Mason in the News

Posted: December 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason recently received.

Mason in the Community

Posted: December 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are members of the Mason community who made presentations in December as part of Mason Speakers, the university’s speakers’ bureau.

University Offices Close for Winter Holiday; Gazette Takes a Break

Posted: December 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

All offices and buildings on the Mason campuses will close for the winter holidays beginning at close of business on Friday, Dec. 21, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008.

University administrative offices reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The Mason Gazette will not publish during the winter holiday and will resume on Jan. 2. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Women’s Basketball Holds Off American, 57-49

Posted: December 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sophomore Rashauna Hobbs paced the Mason women’s basketball team with a career-high 18 points to lead the Patriots past American, 57-49, on Wednesday at the Patriot Center.

Music and Dance Ensemble Perú Negro Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: December 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For more than 35 years, Perú Negro has been preserving Peru’s rich African heritage. Today, they are the standard bearers of black music in Peru. In their energetic performances, festive and celebratory dances are interwoven with vibrant live music to recreate the folkloric history of their ancestors.

University Mourns Passing of Earl Ingram Sr.

Posted: December 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Funeral arrangements for Earl Ingram Sr., former vice president and university equity officer who passed away on Dec. 18, have been announced.

Holiday Cheer

Posted: December 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Good cheer, good food and good company abounded at the university’s holiday party on Dec. 18.Photo by Evan Cantwell

Bizer, Thomas Named Mason November Athletes of the Month

Posted: December 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason seniors Sarah Bizer, a member of the women’s swimming and diving team, and Will Thomas, a member of the men’s basketball team, were named Student-Athletes of the Month by Intercollegiate Athletics.

Innovative Marine Mammal Course Blends Biology, Conservation

Posted: December 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

How does a university located far from the reaches of the open sea end up with one of the nation’s most cutting-edge courses in marine mammal biology and conservation? It’s due to a species particular to inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway, explains Mason professor Chris Parsons.

The nation’s capital may not support many cetaceans (the scientific order that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises), but it is prime habitat for international marine mammal conservationists. “A lot of the decisions are made in D.C.,” says Parsons.