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ESP graduate is NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy is proud to announce that one of our recent graduates is a NCAA Woman of the Year nominee! Sharon Dorsey (B.S., 2018), who graduated in 2018 with a degree in environmental science, credits her undergraduate classes and field experience as a student for her confidence and post-graduate success. […]

In the local news: Dr. Cynthia Smith and a pollinator garden…in a landfill

Associate professor and Education Director of the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) Dr. Cynthia Smith designed a pollinator garden at the Prince William County Landfill and directed 200 volunteers, who installed this 0.5 acre project over two weekends in April. The project was a joint effort of several groups. Keep Prince William Beautiful […]

Does Knowledge Affect Support for Shark Conservation?

ESP graduate student Chelsea Gray produced this video (below) which became one of the 2018 finalists in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge. From the http://ocean180.org/2018-finals/2018-challenge/video-18.html page: Vimeo Link:  https://vimeo.com/263665427 YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Ul_7sUhydh4 Team Members: Dr. Chris Parsons, George Mason University Chelsea Gray, George Mason University Summary: A survey of people in auto dealerships asked for individual’s knowledge of sharks, where […]

Farewell to ESP Retirees: Dr. Robert Jonas, Dr. Albert Torzilli, and Sharon Bloomquist

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy bade farewell to new retirees Dr. Robert Jonas, Dr. Albert Torzilli and Sharon Bloomquist at the end of the spring 2018 semester. Before retiring, Dr. Robert Jonas was Associate Professor and Department Chair (until 2016), Dr. Albert Torzilli was Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program, and […]

2018 Student Award Recipients

Another academic year has concluded. Congratulations to all our undergraduate and graduate student award winners on their accomplishments!  All the best to them in their future undertakings. See the list of 2017-18 academic year student award winners here: http://esp.gmu.edu/students/esp-departmental-award-winners/2018-award-winners/ As is customary, an annual Awards Ceremony Breakfast was held jointly in May by the Department of […]

Dr. Younsung Kim receives 2018 University Teaching Excellence Award

Our very own Dr. Younsung Kim is one of the recipients of the 2018 University Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes and acknowledges the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation, curriculum development, and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring. As a former Deputy Director of the Korean Ministry of […]

ESP Faculty and Staff accolades – Spring 2018

Congratulations to all the ESP faculty and staff listed below on their well-deserved University accolades this semester! ESP FACULTY TOM LOVEJOY The Beck Family Medal for Excellence in Research & Scholarship Winner https://president.gmu.edu/presidents-award/ http://esp.gmu.edu/2018/03/dr-thomas-lovejoy-is-awarded-beck-family-presidential-medal/ ~~~ DANN SKLAREW 2018 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award Winner https://oscar.gmu.edu/about-us/awards (not updated yet) The Earle C. Williams Medal for Excellence in […]

ESP alumnus motivates high school students

Albert Kirk Smith (PhD, 2011) is a Department of Environmental Science and Policy graduate and current Affiliate Faculty member. Since his graduation, he has been applying methods developed during his doctoral research to working with high school students. This work entails involving highly motivated high school students in environmental monitoring and natural resource management. His approach is […]

The Legacy of Sudan and the fate of the Northern White Rhinoceros

On March 19, 2018, Sudan, a male northern white rhinoceros, an impressive and imposing specimen who was the last of his species, was euthanized after being on death watch for some weeks. Much of the world mourned the death of Sudan, who was the symbol of what is the inevitable result of relentless hunting – extinction […]

Potomac Science Center Dedication Ceremony

On April 12, 2018, George Mason University added another valuable new academic and research facility for the Mason and local community with the dedication of the Potomac Science Center. The waterfront center is home to the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, or PEREC, which will occupy much of the building. There are wet labs for teaching […]