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College of Science at George Mason University's nationally known Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program, better known as ASSIP, kicked off this week!
ASSIP offers high school and undergraduate students hands-on research experience with top faculty, fostering innovation and scientific discovery. With a record number of participants and mentors, the program highlights the growing demand and opportunities in STEM fields. Exciting times ahead for the next generation of scientists and inventors! 🌟🔬🚀
Learn more about ASSIP: https://science.gmu.edu/assip

06/10/2024

Excited to announce that George Mason University will be the home of the $19.5 million recently approved Landolt NASA Space Mission, led by College of Science at George Mason University associate professor in The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University Peter Plavchan

We're sending a star into space! George Mason University will be the home of the $19.5 million recently approved Landolt NASA Space Mission that will put an artificial “star” in orbit around the Earth. This artificial star will allow scientists to calibrate telescopes and more accurately measure the brightness of stars ranging from those nearby to the distant explosions of supernova in far-off galaxies. By establishing absolute flux calibration, the mission will begin to address several open challenges in astrophysics including the speed and acceleration of the universe expansion. Read the full press release: https://science.gmu.edu/LandoltRelease

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05/23/2024

With funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, Harbir Antil (PI), director of the Center for Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (CMAI), professor of Mathematical Sciences, and Rainald Löhner (co-PI), director of Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab, professor of The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University, are establishing a state-of-the-art lab for neuromorphic imaging and digital twins. Housed within Mason’s CMAI, this lab will pioneer new optimization algorithms.
The lab will serve as a testbed for novel algorithms and hardware deployment, fostering collaborations with neighboring institutions and impacting various sectors, such as aerospace, civil engineering, and machine learning.
Learn more: https://science.gmu.edu/news/studying-optimization-neuromorphic-imaging-and-digital-twins-0?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR1go97hBAVIeQRmjP4XkOj6xjqWHjz0bnJF9EqHvBQA8A3E89pSI0tvoo0_aem_AUIfd1yjDcbp9RovqWycAFM2pmQO-3XiUhqNXVghAsUnPvQ1pUIxlH_WyjSw0XsZU9DjP304VowqVMNAJ0dq7ikf

05/20/2024

Earlier this month, we experienced the strongest solar storm to reach Earth in two decades—along with possibly one of the most brilliant and widespread light shows of auroras in 500 years.

This historic storm also granted invaluable data to our NASA Sun Science experts. Learn how they will be studying this event for years: go.nasa.gov/3K2lhpn

05/09/2024

Congratulations to our Physics and Astronomy class of 2024! Keep exploring, keep discovering, and keep reaching for the stars!

05/06/2024

Congratulations to Rainald Löhner, Professor, The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University, Director, Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), for earning The Beck Family Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Research. Löhner's research focuses on fluid dynamics, and he has been a pioneer in developing computational models for solving fluid flow problems. His algorithms and techniques have been applied to solve a wide variety of urgent problems, including air and underwater explosions, ship and submarine hydrodynamics, hemodynamics of vascular diseases, contaminant and pathogen transport, and even pedestrian movement and crowd control. Löhner’s recent efforts to apply his work in computational fluid dynamics to the problem of Covid-19 transport received national attention from major media outlets.

Learn more about Löhner and the other recipients of the Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence: https://science.gmu.edu/.../meet-years-recipients...

04/26/2024

With your support, the College of Science raised more than $20,000 during the Campaign. Dean Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm has donated an additional $10,000 in matching funds to the College of Science Vision Fund, bringing the total funds raised for the College to more than $30,000! 🎉

Preliminary numbers suggest had more than 75 alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and students support the College of Science. We came together as a community to power the possibilities for the future of Mason Science! 💚💛

🔗: https://science.gmu.edu/give

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04/17/2024

's undergraduate college-wide scholarships are NOW OPEN. 🎓 Scholarships range from $500 to $2000. Eligible students can easily apply online until May 31. ✨

The following scholarships are available for applications:

➡️ College of Science General Scholarship
➡️ Arthur I. & Helen M. Poland Endowed Scholarship
➡️ John Souza, III Endowed Scholarship
➡️ Litchfield College of Science Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship
➡️ Mark D. Monson Endowed Scholarship
➡️ Stanley Zoltek Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

For more information and to apply, visit: science.gmu.edu/scholarships

04/15/2024

Meet this year's Degree Celebration speaker: Hakeem Oluseyi
Research Professor in The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University, Hakeem Oluseyi, is a multidisciplinary astrophysicist, inventor, award winning author and journalist, internationally recognized educator, highly sought-after TV presenter, podcast host, voice actor, and keynote speaker. His research is based on "hacking stars" to understand our universe better and develop innovative new technologies. Oluseyi's work has resulted in multiple patents and more than 100 publications covering contributions to astrophysics, cosmology, and plasma physics and the development of space missions, observatories, focal plane instruments, detectors, semiconductor manufacturing, and ion propulsion.
Catch him at our Degree Celebration on May 10: https://science.gmu.edu/degreecelebration

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This past week, our team from George Mason University's Physics and Astronomy Department had the amazing opportunity to travel to Indianapolis and witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring spectacles: the solar eclipse in totality. We are immensely grateful to both the department and GMU for facilitating this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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As the moon tiptoed across the sun's stage, the world held its breath, awaiting the grand finale! 🌚🌒🌙🌟✨

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04/04/2024

Today is , Patriots! The university’s is a 24-hour period where all Mason supporters – alumni, friends, volunteers, faculty, staff, parents, and students – are encouraged to come together to make a difference by supporting one of Mason’s many causes.
As part of the : Power the Possible Campaign, please consider supporting the College of Science. Your donations to the College of Science Vision Fund play a crucial role in allowing us to meet our college's most urgent and important needs, from groundbreaking research to student support, community/alumni engagement events, and departmental operational costs.
Your generosity will directly contribute to advancing our mission of excellence in education, research, and innovation. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a significant difference in empowering to thrive.
Join us today in making a difference and helping us reach our goals. Together, we can create a brighter future for the College of Science and all its members.
Give to the College of Science: https://science.gmu.edu/visionfund

04/03/2024

Some people’s interest in space exploration begins in elementary school, while others grow a fascination through sci-fi television shows or movies. For Sky Ratcliffe, a George Mason University student in the second year of their PhD in mathematics, it was a personal connection through their great uncle, a former NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration engineer who worked on Apollo 11, 12, and 16. 🚀🔭

Read more about Ratcliffe's journey towards the stars: https://science.gmu.edu/news/mason-doctoral-student-aims-stars-through-passion-math

GMU OBSERVATORY - Visit 04/02/2024

🌟 Attention, stargazers! 🌟 The GMU Observatory is your front-row seat to the celestial spectacle of the century! 🌒✨
GMU Observatory and The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University are hosting the upcoming viewing! 🔭

📅: Monday, April 8, 2024 - WEATHER PERMITTING (canceled if overcast or rain)
⏰: 1:30pm to 4:30pm EST
📍: Merten Hall Lawn

🕶️ Solar glasses, the ultimate cosmic fashion statement, will be up for grabs while supplies last! 😎🌞

🚀 Blast off to their website for all the electrifying details! ➡️
https://sites.google.com/view/georgemasonobservatory/visit?fbclid=IwAR23hQqwomDHo9ZEkBNjfFLTj_rW3wFoVK00IYlevNpOsqXaxdCaHBImFKQ_aem_ASBNC8XeqEAPmx6ik1DaUpfEcA6-6iSd6z-_mPdog3BgYX_0aWXXMpRbalu6WlZRDbLp4RXxcCDU9NJX2NO7Csvu

GMU OBSERVATORY - Visit April 8th (Almost) Total Solar Eclipse Join us for the Mason Eclipse Viewing Event on April 8, 2024 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM on the Merten Hall Lawn. At this location, there will be a maximum of 89% coverage of the sun at 3 PM. Eclipse glasses will be available in limited supply. DO NOT LOOK AT THE

03/25/2024

undergraduate college-wide scholarships are NOW OPEN. 🎓 Scholarships range from $500 to $2000. Eligible students can easily apply online until May 31. The following scholarships are available for applications:

➡️ College of Science General Scholarship
➡️ Arthur I. & Helen M. Poland Endowed Scholarship
➡️ John Souza, III Endowed Scholarship
➡️ Litchfield College of Science Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship
➡️ Mark D. Monson Endowed Scholarship
➡️ Stanley Zoltek Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://science.gmu.edu/scholarships

03/20/2024

Ready to embrace your fullest potential in the world of STEM?
Join us for an enlightening event where faculty, staff, and students from the Mason community come together to share their insights on maintaining balance and finding joy in their STEM careers. From setting boundaries to embracing wellness, we'll discuss strategies to shift from "survival mode" to thriving.
Don't miss out on engaging conversations, fun activities, and refreshments!
Register here: https://science.gmu.edu/wlstem

03/18/2024

Attention all future STEM Transfer students! On Friday, April 12, 2024 hosts STEM Transfer Day. At this special transfer event, you will learn why George Mason University is a Carnegie Research 1-ranked university and you will have the opportunity to:

-Explore top-ranked academic programs
-Tour Mason’s campus and state-of-the-art labs
-Engage with Mason’s top STEM faculty
-Enjoy free lunch and parking

For more information and to register, visit: science.gmu.edu/STEMTransferDay

03/18/2024

Today's highlights Paul So, Professor and former Chair for the The Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University, for earning the Dean's Impact Award. So has been a remarkable and steady hand who has led the department for 6+ years. When So became Chair in 2016, the Physics and Astronomy department was undergoing a messy conversion from a School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences to their present form, a challenging situation for a Chair. So expertly navigated the department through this process with his trademark characteristics: strong leadership, creative compromises, and a deep empathy and respect for each individual. The department emerged stronger and unified in a common purpose of furthering excellence in research and academics. He has demonstrated great empathy for faculty, staff and students alike, and always handles difficult situations with a calm and civil demeanor. So made time for people, perhaps not prioritizing his own research or teaching; he put the department first. While all good things must come to an end, we wanted to properly honor So’s contributions and impact as chair of the physics and astronomy department.

Learn more about So: https://science.gmu.edu/directory/paul-so

03/13/2024

Join us this Tuesday, March 14, from 1 to 3:14 p.m. to celebrate 🥧 in the Exploratory Hall lobby. Get ready for tie-dying, origami, a virtual reality experience, and other activities! Don’t miss out on all the fun in honor of our favorite irrational number. 💚💛

Register to attend: science.gmu.edu/piday

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