George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations

George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations The goals of the Government and Community Relations team are to advance George Mason University’s interests with federal, state and local governments and develop productive, mutually-beneficial relationships with business and citizen community groups.
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There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations:

The federal government relations team acts as the lead group with legislators and regulators. Working with outside counsel, the federal team is regularly engaged with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key departments that are funders for grants and research at Mason. Contact Kerry Bolognese, 703-993-7710 or [email protected]

The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year. The team has outside counsel to support activities related to the budget and other policy issues. Contact Sarah Spota, 804-786-2217 or [email protected]. The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. In particular, the team manages outreach to chambers of commerce and other business specialty groups. The community relations team is also responsible for citizen interaction, project management outreach and advisory board’s activities. Contact Traci Kendall, 703-993-8846 or [email protected].

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05/14/2021
Title IX Public Hearing

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The Department of Education (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will hold a public hearing June 7-11 to gather information on improving Title IX enforcement. OCR seeks the public’s input on steps ED can take to ensure schools provide a space for students free of discrimination, how the ED can ensure schools have procedures in place that provide a fair resolution to reports of Title IX violations, and clarify the ED’s role in addressing sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in schools. To learn more about ED’s hearing, visit https://bit.ly/3bmP7UD. To learn about Title IX at Mason, visit https://diversity.gmu.edu/title-ix

Title IX Public Hearing. Online registration by Cvent

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Representatives Connolly and Wexton recently submitted three George Mason University Community Projec...
05/07/2021
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THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Representatives Connolly and Wexton recently submitted three George Mason University Community Project proposals to the Appropriations Committee for funding. The Community Project effort is the first Congressional move towards the restoration of an earmark process in ten years. The fact that Mason’s proposals are advancing in light of the hundreds that were proposed by others is a major step forward. To learn more about Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/

First Lady Jill Biden will be Mason’s Commencement speaker, headlining the May 14 virtual event honoring nearly 9,700 graduates. Photo by Cheriss May.

Thank you Delegate Bulova and all our Jack Wood Award recipients! Mason greatly appreciates your leadership in town-gown...
05/07/2021

Thank you Delegate Bulova and all our Jack Wood Award recipients! Mason greatly appreciates your leadership in town-gown relations. To see all recipients, visit https://relations.gmu.edu/community-relations/programs-and-services/jack-wood-award-for-town-gown-relations/

Honored to receive George Mason University's "Jack Wood" Award for Town-Gown Relations along with Senator George Barker. This year I enjoyed working with GMU and Senator Barker on legislation to bring Mason up to Tier 3 status, which puts it on par with Virginia's other top research universities. The award is named for John C. "Jack" Wood, who served as mayor of the then Town of Fairfax from 1953-1964 and was the driving force behind deeding the property to Virginia for the purpose of the university. Needless to say, I am proud of my hometown university!

Podcast: Tyler Cowen puts money where his mind isIn the most recent Access to Excellence podcast, President Gregory Wash...
05/06/2021
Podcast - EP24: With Emergent Ventures, Tyler Cowen puts money where his mind is

Podcast: Tyler Cowen puts money where his mind is

In the most recent Access to Excellence podcast, President Gregory Washington talks to Mason economist Tyler Cowen, co-founder of Emergent Ventures, which has raised $60 million and funded 200 projects during the pandemic. Listen to the episode.

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-05/podcast-ep24-emergent-ventures-tyler-cowen-puts-money-where-his-mind

Emergent Ventures, which looks for big and unique ideas, has raised $60 million and funded 200 projects. Mason economist and co-founder Tyler Cowen says the program grants are “something you can win that’s not about connections.” Push ideas, he said. “Make the world tell you no.”

Northern Virginia parks, including aquatics facilities, to be busy this summerMason executive-in-residence Paul Gilbert ...
05/06/2021
Northern Virginia parks, including aquatics facilities, to be busy this summer, Mason expert says

Northern Virginia parks, including aquatics facilities, to be busy this summer

Mason executive-in-residence Paul Gilbert says Northern Virginia residents can expect robust attendance at local and regional parks this summer.

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-05/northern-virginia-parks-including-aquatics-facilities-be-busy-summer-mason-expert-says

Northern Virginia residents can expect robust attendance and a plethora of outside opportunities at local and regional parks this summer, said Paul Gilbert, executive-in-residence for the College of Education and Human Development’s Recreation Management Program.

Graduating senior lands roles on Showtime and AmazonHonors College student Christian White was able to complete his degr...
05/06/2021
Graduating senior lands roles on Showtime and Amazon Prime

Graduating senior lands roles on Showtime and Amazon

Honors College student Christian White was able to complete his degree remotely while working on the second season of Showtime's “City on a Hill,” a crime drama set in Boston that stars Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge. Find out more about his experience.

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-05/graduating-senior-lands-roles-showtime-and-amazon-prime

Body Christian White recently appeared in four episodes of the second season of Showtime's “City on a Hill.” Photo provided There’s a rising television star at George Mason University. Christian White recently appeared in four episodes of the second season of “City on a Hill,” a Showtime c...

Featured on The Today Show with Vicky Nguyen, George Mason University’s Professor Rainald Lohner, Director, Center for C...
04/30/2021

Featured on The Today Show with Vicky Nguyen, George Mason University’s Professor Rainald Lohner, Director, Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics discussing air flow and the spread of COVID in popular indoor spaces.

Featured on The Today Show with Vicky Nguyen, George Mason University’s Professor Rainald Lohner, Director, Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics discussing air flow and the spread of COVID in popular indoor spaces.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Mason’s Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) principals and the Director of Federal Govern...
04/30/2021
Center for Collision Safety and Analysis

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Mason’s Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) principals and the Director of Federal Government Relations met virtually with Representative Jennifer Wexton’s staff to discuss the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) facility in McLean. The facility is operated by the CCSA under a FHWA contract. The Center conducts experimental automotive crash tests for federal agencies, state Department of Transportations, and the National Academies targeted to improve road safety. The Mason team explained they are working with FWHA to identify the necessary resources via the Transportation Appropriations bill to upgrade the facility to conduct in-lab, in-simulation, and in-field tests on 5G-connected autonomous vehicles operating with a mix of other autonomous vehicles and human-driven vehicles. The outcome of these tests will determine root causes of those crashes, including cyber intrusion, and propose changes to both future transportation infrastructure and the vehicles themselves. To learn more about Mason’s CCSA, visit https://www.ccsa.gmu.edu/

The Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) at George Mason University brings together a strong and richly experienced team of scientists and engineers focused on using advanced technology to understand collisions involving transport vehicles and to develop means to avoid or mitigate them to...

Mason Alert: GMU is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to all Mason Community members and their Families / Friends on 4/30...
04/29/2021
George Mason University COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Mason Alert: GMU is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to all Mason Community members and their Families / Friends on 4/30. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3u7oTwz

To sign-up for an appointment, select an available time below and then select "Submit and Sign-up" to continue the registration process. In this environment, things can change quickly. That said, we do expect to administer the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at this clinic. This vaccine is administ...

Mason assists with DHS school security researchhttps://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-04/mason-students-and-faculty-help-guide-s...
04/29/2021
Mason students and faculty help guide school security by participating in active shooter simulations

Mason assists with DHS school security research

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-04/mason-students-and-faculty-help-guide-school-security-participating-active-shooter

Last August, George Mason University faculty and students participated in a series of virtual simulations of school shooter incidents as part of an effort to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and MITRE Corp. determine best practices for school safety.

Congratulations to Mason professor Thomas Lovejoy!
04/28/2021
Thomas Lovejoy is inducted into the National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Mason professor Thomas Lovejoy!

George Mason University’s Thomas Lovejoy was elected to the National Academy of Sciences this week, joining an elite group of 120 scholars recognized this year for their contributions to science and research. Mason has had four faculty members inducted into the Academies.

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04/28/2021

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Register for the next FREE Mason Enterprise Center - Fairfax webinar, "Employees vs. Independent Contractors - What Small Businesses Need to Know." Webinar will be held Thursday, April 29 at 12:00 PM.

Click here to register: gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aIQcCCLEQNaOzQlUU7HvVA

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Mason employees, students, family, and friends!
04/27/2021

Mason employees, students, family, and friends!

https://camps.gmu.edu
04/26/2021
Camps and Youth Programs – George Mason University

https://camps.gmu.edu

Contact each camp or program organizer directly for more information and to register. This website is frequently updated as new camp listings become available. Check back for updates! If you are interested in hosting a youth camp or program at George Mason University, visit the Summer Camps Intake P...

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04/26/2021

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04/24/2021

Happy Fair Housing Month!

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The National Institutes of Health extended the Request for Information (RFI) deadline to April 23 to ...
04/23/2021
NOT-OD-21-066: Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions to Advance and Strengthen Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Biomedical Research Workforce and Advance Health Disparities and Health Equity Research

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The National Institutes of Health extended the Request for Information (RFI) deadline to April 23 to submit comments on its efforts to “Advance and Strengthen Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Biomedical Research Workforce and Advance Health Disparities and Health Equity Research.” The agency is keenly interested in hearing from the higher education community and other stakeholders on “practical and effective ways to improve the racial and ethnic diversity and inclusivity of research environments and diversity of the biomedical research workforce across the United States, to the extent permitted by law.” To read the RFI, visit https://bit.ly/3avXsF2. To learn about Mason’s Presidential Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence visit https://arie.gmu.edu/.

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts: Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions to Advance and Strengthen Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Biomedical Research Workforce and Advance Health Disparities and Health Equity Re...

As Earth Day approached, Mason President Gregory Washington spoke with public health scientist Ed Maibach, director of t...
04/22/2021
Podcast — Ep 23: Climate change and the misinformation war

As Earth Day approached, Mason President Gregory Washington spoke with public health scientist Ed Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication, about overcoming climate change misinformation, which he calls the world’s most important public health initiative.

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-04/podcast-ep-23-climate-change-and-misinformation-war

Host Dr. Gregory Washington speaks with Ed Maibach, director of Mason's Center for Climate Change Communication about overcoming misinformation about climate change dangers.

Dr. Jill Biden will be the featured speaker at Mason's Virtual Commencement at 2 p.m. Friday, May 14. She is the first l...
04/22/2021
First Lady Jill Biden is the featured speaker at virtual Spring Commencement 2021

Dr. Jill Biden will be the featured speaker at Mason's Virtual Commencement at 2 p.m. Friday, May 14. She is the first lady of the United States, a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College, and an advocate for military families.

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-04/first-lady-jill-biden-featured-speaker-virtual-spring-commencement-2021

First Lady Jill Biden will be George Mason University’s Commencement speaker next month, headlining the May 14 virtual event honoring nearly 9,700 graduates.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: As recently reported in Bloomberg News, top members of the Senate Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Sci...
04/16/2021
NSF - National Science Foundation

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: As recently reported in Bloomberg News, top members of the Senate Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee spoke favorably about President Biden’s proposal to increase funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to $10.2 billion in fiscal 2022, a 20%, increase from fiscal 2021. The NSF currently awards grants to around 20% of applicants, giving an average of $200,000 over three years but, according to NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, about 30% of applicants are highly meritorious and to fulfill applicants’ needs they should give on average about $300,000 over four to five years. To learn more about the NSF, visit https://www.nsf.gov/. To learn more about research at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/research.

NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: As recently reported in Bloomberg News, top members of the Senate Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Sci...
04/15/2021
NSF - National Science Foundation

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: As recently reported in Bloomberg News, top members of the Senate Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee spoke favorably about President Biden’s proposal to increase funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to $10.2 billion in fiscal 2022, a 20%, increase from fiscal 2021. The NSF currently awards grants to around 20% of applicants, giving an average of $200,000 over three years but, according to NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, about 30% of applicants are highly meritorious and to fulfill applicants’ needs they should give on average about $300,000 over four to five years. To learn more about the NSF, visit https://www.nsf.gov/. To learn more about research at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/research.

NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.

Timeline Photos
04/15/2021

Timeline Photos

Congratulations to GMU Forensic Science Program @anthony.falsetti and Joseph DiZinno for receiving $2,000,000 from The United States Department of Justice to help fund training for medical examiners and coroners, opportunities for medical students, and forensic science training for attorneys, judges, and law enforcement.

Read more at: https://science.gmu.edu/news/dizinno-and-falsetti-receive-funding-national-center-increase-numbers-medical-examiners-and

#MasonResearch #ForesnicScience

04/14/2021

Attention Community Members near the Fairfax Campus:

On April 15th ROTC will be landing two Blackhawk UH-60s on the west campus parking lot around 1pm and 4pm. University Police will be coordinating perimeter control of the lot and be onsite to direct any pedestrians. This event is a part of ROTC Training.

Special event: "Peace Engineering: How Technology Can Prevent Conflict and Spur Peacebuilding." Join us for this virtual...
04/13/2021

Special event: "Peace Engineering: How Technology Can Prevent Conflict and Spur Peacebuilding." Join us for this virtual discussion on April 22 at 2 PM. Hosted by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Mason and moderated by Carter School Dean Alpaslan Özerdem (pictured). Learn more and register: https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TY2PGLsFQm2mbWljYFRa5w

Special event: "Peace Engineering: How Technology Can Prevent Conflict and Spur Peacebuilding." Join us for this virtual discussion on April 22 at 2 PM. Hosted by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Mason and moderated by Carter School Dean Alpaslan Özerdem (pictured). Learn more and register: https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TY2PGLsFQm2mbWljYFRa5w

U.S. foreign policy challenges in the Middle EastThe Schar School's Peter Mandaville examines the many new issues the U....
04/13/2021
Vision Series addresses new challenges for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East

U.S. foreign policy challenges in the Middle East

The Schar School's Peter Mandaville examines the many new issues the U.S. must navigate in that complex part of the world as part of the Office of the Provost's Mason Vision Series. The Mason Vision Series will be live-streamed through GMU-TV on Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-04/vision-series-addresses-new-challenges-us-foreign-policy-middle-east

Body Mandaville Peter Mandaville has had a ringside seat for changes to the power structures of the Middle East in his former roles as senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State and as a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In th...

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There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations: The federal government relations team acts as the lead group with legislators and regulators. The federal team is regularly engaged with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key departments that are funders for grants and research at Mason. Contact Kerry Bolognese, 703-993-7710 or [email protected] The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year. The team has outside counsel to support activities related to the budget and other policy issues. Contact Sarah Huang Spota, 804-786-2217 or [email protected] The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. The community relations team is also responsible for citizen interaction, project management outreach and advisory board activities. Contact Traci Kendall, 703-993-8846 or [email protected].

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