Freedom of the press: Conference examines accessibility in scholarly publishing

(Photo credit: Natalia Kolenko/Fourth Estate) Over 200 members of the scholarly publishing industry met for a conference on Mason’s Fairfax campus April 19-22 to discuss the quickly evolving world of scholarly publishing.  The conference, known as the Open Scholarship Initiative Conference, or OSI Conference, was the first of its kind, stemming from an organization created a year and a half ago. The organization, […]

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Research at Mason: Where are we headed and what are the risks?

This story was originally published in the April 4 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason is serious about research. This semester, Mason formed a partnership with Inova Health Systems to collaborate on research in cancer, heart disease and personalized medicine. The university also achieved one of its strategic goals — moving into the “Highest Research Activity” […]

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Panel addresses relationship between higher tuition rates and research

On Wednesday, the Roosevelt Institute at Mason hosted a panel to grapple with a question that is always in the back of students’ minds: Why does college cost so much? The goal of the panel — titled “Research at Public Universities: Do We Need Radical Reform?” — was to respond to and expand on Robinson […]

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New early detection Lyme disease test a reality

This story was originally published in the Feb. 29 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason researchers have created an early detection urine test for Lyme disease after three years of research. According to Lance Liotta, co-director and medical director of the Mason-based Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM), this study was the largest of […]

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New Fenwick provides expanded research services

This story was originally published in the Feb. 1 issue of Fourth Estate. Renovated library includes features for experienced student researchers The addition to Fenwick library, which opened on Jan. 19, contains a lot of shining and brand new materials — including a laptop dispenser, modern furniture and windows upon windows. However, the addition is […]

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New Fenwick Library is open for business

Today, the Fenwick library addition opened to the Mason community. After more than three years of construction and a final budget totaling $60 million, students and faculty can now use the library space. According to Jennifer Wilder, development and communications coordinator for University Libraries, the total library space now spans 300,000 square feet. “This is kind of, in […]

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Mason awarded for accomplishments in undergraduate research

by Yu Bai This October, Mason was awarded the 2015 Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. The award is given annually to higher-education institutions that provide high quality research opportunities for undergraduate students. Out of this year’s 50 competitors, Mason was one of three selected to receive the […]

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Advice on Attending Biggest Career Fair at Mason

Savannah Norton, Lifestyle Editor Finding jobs and networking are crucial in college.  October 7 and 8, Mason will be hosting its biggest career fair yet to give students the opportunity to make connections with as many employers as possible.  There will be over 200 potential employers lined up representing various fields and industries to meet interested students.  The […]

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A new direction for Mason research

This story was originally published in the April 27 print issue. Mason faculty are off to find whole new worlds together. A university-wide effort is underway, something that is trying to encompass the 550 programs of study, 1,500 faculty, and over 30,000 students at this school. This effort is to increase multidisciplinary research, and Mason […]

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Rainy day funds lead to sunnier times, Mercatus study concludes

This story was originally published in the Mar 2 print issue of Fourth Estate. In late January, the Mercatus Center released a research paper that supported a recent financial move made by Mason administration – adding to rainy day funds. The working paper, called “State Fiscal Crises: States’ Abilities to Withstand Recessions,” was written by […]

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