Archive for November, 2008

Mason Experts React to Historic Presidential Election

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

“I am watching history being made. Black or white, Asian or Hispanic, Native American or other, this moment matters for us all,” says Jeremy Mayer, associate professor of public policy, recalling his first thought when he knew Barack Obama had been elected president of the United States.

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.

Environmental Policy Student Wins Wildlife Photography Contest

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

Megan Draheim realized that her love for nature and her love for photography was a winning combination.

Mason in the News

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

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage Mason recently received.

‘Terminal Chaos’ Author Donohue to Give Lecture, Sign Books

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

George Donohue

George L. Donohue, co-author of “Terminal Chaos: Why U.S. Air Travel Is Broken and How to Fix It,” will give a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing.

Mason Establishes Academy of International Sport with Danish University

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

Just as the business world is becoming increasingly global, so too is the sports world. Not only are major sporting events such as the Olympics held in different locations around the globe, but athletes are traveling now more than ever to play sports outside their home country.

International sport academy leaders with Danish Ambassador

Emerging Achievers

Posted: November 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

From left, Carlotta Domeniconi, Computer Science; Merav Opher, Physics and Astronomy; and Rebecca Goldin, Mathematical Sciences, were named winners of Mason’s Emerging Researcher, Scholar and Creator Awards at the Nov. 5 Celebration of Achievements.Creative Services photo

Evolution Next Topic for Vision Lecture Series

Posted: November 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Robert Hazen wants people who listen to his Vision Series Lecture to walk away with one message: Do not fear evolution.

Richmond Federal Reserve and Mason Sponsor Forum on Mortgage Foreclosures

Posted: November 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

To help people better understand the current mortgage foreclosure picture in Virginia, Mason and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond are sponsoring a forum on Friday, Nov. 7.

Adjeman-Pamboe Named CAA Soccer Player of the Week

Posted: November 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Senior forward Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe picks up Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors after two crucial conference victories.