Mason conducts high-level research in a variety of areas. See how studies are conducted, the discoveries we make, and the knowledge we bring to the world.
Researchers led by faculty from Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, are diving into how melting ice in the Arctic will affect the people, habitats, and social fabric. In a related study, new trade routes in the Arctic mean increased traffic and industrialization, so Mason’s Elise Miller-Hooks' team is looking at the impact on the region’s infrastructure and governance.
The Enslaved Children of George Mason project, led by Wendi Manuel-Scott and Benedict Carton, professors of history and art history, seeks to understand the life of the school’s namesake and those enslaved by him. Those stories have been compiled in an online archive, the Enslaved Children of George Mason. They also sparked honors and history classes that integrate the project’s research and the ideas it explored.
Mason researchers are developing a better way to diagnose and monitor concussions. Decisions often rely on the subjective observations of care providers. Trauma that is sub-concussive, but still potentially harmful, is less observable. They've found protein biomarkers in the saliva of the potentially concussed and sub-concussed. The team aspires to a test that can be administered in the field after a hard impact.
Ultrasound for Better Lives
Mason Engineering researchers are using cutting-edge ultrasound technology, using sound waves to sense muscle activity to help people get greater control of prosthetics for their arms, hands, and legs. Students such as bioengneering major De’Andre Darby are participating in the studies. Other engineering researchers are using ultrasound to develop “active bandages” and implantable devices to improve healing in combat wounds.