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            George Mason University

            Institutes and Centers

            Mason's commitment to research goes beyond the work of individual faculty members. The university and its partners invest in research centers and institutes that excel at focused and multidisciplinary studies, working together to solve global problems. We study, analyze, and develop knowledge in a variety of fields, using collaboration and communication to help generate discoveries.

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            Institute for Biohealth Innovation 

            IBI works with collaborators both within the university and externally. Areas of study include cancer, infectious diseases, brain and behavior, injury and performance, policy, economics, reproductive and family health, and cardiovascular and metabolic issues.


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            Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis

            CINA is a Mason-led multidisciplinary academic consortium that pursues innovative strategies and solutions to advance criminal network analysis, forensics, and investigative processes. It's a Department of 五福彩票计划软件land Security Center of Excellence.


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            Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities

            As pressures from migration and climate change accelerate natural and manmade disasters, Mason's trans-disciplinary C-RASC aims to help communities with rebuilding, as well as with preparations to prevent damage. 


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            Institute for Digital InnovAtion (forthcoming)

            At IDIA, entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists, and business leaders will join Mason students and researchers in driving innovation in the digital economy and collaborating on business opportunities.


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            Quantum Materials Center

            QMC works to create technologies based on quantum materials that reduce energy consumption while increasing device performance by combining machine learning; theoretical modeling; nanophotonics; materials growth; and optical, magnetic, and electronic characterization techniques.


            College-Affiliated Centers

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            Mason's schools and colleges support many centers conducting specialized research.

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            • School of BusinessAreas of study include government contracting, entrepreneurship, and consumer protection.
            • Volgenau School of EngineeringAreas of study include transportation, secure information systems, and C4I and cyber. 
            • Antonin Scalia Law SchoolAreas of study include national security, intellectual property, constitutional freedoms, privacy, and economics.


            Mason-Affiliated Centers and Institutes

            Some external research groups are affiliated with the university, with Mason faculty working with their teams. They include:

            • Center for Media and Public Affairs: This nonpartisan research and educational organization conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media.
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            • : This organization champions classical liberal ideas and the scholars who advance them.
            • : This organization provides market-oriented ideas to bridge the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.