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At George Mason University, we push the boundaries of what’s possible. From arts to sciences, from economics to engineering, our students are the next generation of innovators. It takes your support to ensure they excel. We’ve come a long way already—are you ready to take Mason even farther?

Working since 2018 to awaken the unheard voices of people enslaved by the university’s namesake, George Mason, a team of student researchers and faculty has conceived the Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial. This physical memorial, to be built on Wilkins Plaza at the heart of Mason’s Fairfax Campus, will ensure that these lives are remembered and honored. Learn more.

Support the Enslaved People of George Mason MemorialA Memorial on Mason’s Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 8:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Roving for Signs of Life on Mars, featuring a presentation from Dr. John Callas at NASA JPL, the former Program Manager for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. This is the second session of a new summer series, Space Tuesdays with George Mason University, presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates Program.

Tickets: $20 for Smithsonian Associates members; $25 for non-members. Learn more and register here. We also invite you to make a charitable gift to support the Mason Observatory.

George Mason University Observatory Evening Program with Virtual Observatory Tour

Dr. Alan G. Merten, who served for 16 years as president of George Mason University, died on May 21 at the age of 78. In lieu of flowers and in his memory, the family requests that donations be made to the Dr. Alan G. Merten Memorial Fund to support endowments at Mason. You can make your gift online now at Merten Memorial Fund. Checks (made payable to GMUF) can be sent to the George Mason University Foundation, 4400 University Drive, MS 1A3, Fairfax, VA 22030. Thank you.

In Memory of Alan Merten President of George Mason University, 1996 - 2012

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“As the son of immigrant parents, [diversity] was a perspective that I had always appreciated, but never understood how crucial it was until my time at Mason. The unique lens that others bring to the table allows one to see aspects of an issue or problem that perhaps they would have never noticed.” — Joseph Sakran, BS Biology ’99

Alumni Spotlight

Choosing His Lane

When he was 17 and a student at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, Joseph Sakran, BS Biology ’99, was shot in the throat with a .38 caliber bullet during a fight after a football game. This single experience changed the trajectory of his life and inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. Now Dr. Sakran, he works both as a trauma surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and as an activist against gun violence.

This year Sakran is on sabbatical from Johns Hopkins as one of six Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows, named by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, working in Washington, D.C., on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of U.S. Congress or the executive branch.