February 2016 Accolades

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, was recognized recently at a reception given by President Ángel Cabrera for Mason nominees and winners of the Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, lectured on “Chance and necessity in Earth’s evolution” at the Philosophical Society of Washington. His recently published article “On the nature and significance of rarity in mineralogy,” which described thousands of mineral species much rarer than diamonds or rubies, became the number one international science story on Google over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Laurie O. Robinson, Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, briefed top White House officials and members of Congress in February on recommendations from the Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a bipartisan body of policymakers and criminal justice experts established by Congress in response to mounting concerns about the scale and cost of the federal prison system.