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Alonso Aguirre

Executive Director, Smithsonian- Mason School of Conservation

Expertise: Animal Conservation, Animal Science, Animal Epidemiology, Disease Outbreaks, Animal-to-Human Disease Transmission, Conservation Medicine, Ecology, Global Change

Alonso Aguirre directs the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, based in Front Royal, Va. He is an animal epidemiologist, a veternarian, and conservation activist.

Previously he was senior vice president at EcoHealth Alliance in New York, also holding different appointments at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University and Tufts University. After obtaining his D.V.M., he received a M.S. in wildlife ecology and epidemiology and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology and protected areas management from Colorado State University where he served as assistant professor years later. He acted as wildlife epidemiologist for NMFS Protected Species Investigations, heading and pioneering the epidemiology program for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles.

He authored the books Conservation Medicine: Ecological Health in Practice and Helminths of Wildlife: A Global Perspective, New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health, and published over 160 professional papers, monographs and scientific reports. He also served as co-editor and now as review editor of the new Springer journal EcoHealth. He also is a co-editor of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases and European Journal of Wildlife Research.

Aguirre is also an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at Mason.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Changwoo Ahn

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

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Expertise: Wetland Ecology, Environment, Water Quality

Dr. Ahn’s general research interests and experiences include the ecological functions of created wetlands, wetland system ecology, water quality, wetland creation and restoration, nutrient dynamics and ecological modeling. He also has recently begun to apply the techniques of environmental molecular biology in his research to study the linkages between sediment microbial community patterns and nutrient processes in wetlands.

His lab Wetland Ecosystem Laboratory has several main topics of study: wetland creation/restoration techniques, ecological monitoring of mitigation wetlands and microbial community patterns along biogeochemical gradients in constructed wetlands.

Through his postdoctoral work at the Illinois Water Resources Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ahn focused on developing a dynamic model to predict vegetation responses to many different scenarios of river hydrology being manipulated for the restoration of Illinois floodplain-river ecosystem. Through this project, Ahn worked with a number of stakeholders, including The Nature Conservancy and National Science Foundation.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Susan H. Allen

Assistant Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Expertise: conflicts in Eurasia, the Caribbean, Africa

Nan is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution. She has engaged long-term in conflict resolution in Eurasia, as well as contributing to a variety of conflict resolution initiatives in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Africa. Nan's current research centers on coordination in conflict resolution. Her work on this topic has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the William and Flora I. Hewlett Foundation, Compton Foundation and the Catalyst Fund. Nan serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

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Jatin Ambegaonkar

Assistant Professor, Recreation Health and Tourism

Expertise: Dance medicine, Motor control, Lower extremity injury risk factors

Professor Ambegaonkar’s main research interests include examining risk factors for lower extremity injuries including Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries of the knee. Related to this line of work, Professor Ambegaonkar is also interested in the overall motor control of the body during activity and the methodology of investigating these mechanisms using surface electromyography. Professionally, he is a certified athletic trainer, and is involved with dance medicine serving as a subcommittee lead on a special interest group for the performing arts within the National Athletic Trainers Association.

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David Anderson

Professor, Recreation, Health and Tourism; Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Health

Expertise: Alcohol and drug abuse, Driver safety, Driving performance, Health and safety communication

David Anderson is a professor of recreation, health and tourism and director of Mason's Center for the Advancement of Public Health. During his 35-year career in higher education, he has promoted positive youth development and healthy living. Some of his specialty areas include health promotion, strategic planning and mobilization, health communication and needs assessment and evaluation.

His specialization in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, particularly with colleges and universities, has earned him a national reputation for promoting comprehensive, innovative and accountable programs and polices.

Working with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Anderson and his colleagues developed the Best of CHOICES Alcohol Education resource guide. Best of CHOICES includes some of the best examples of the various ways institutions have made use of grant funding they received to develop programs that would help address the importance of alcohol abuse prevention on college campuses. In addition, the guide includes recommendations made by Anderson that can help campuses to design and implement meaningful campus-based efforts to reduce alcohol-related problems.

During his 20 years at Mason, Anderson has acquired more than $8.3 million in grants for over 150 research and applied projects.

Jean-Pierre Auffret

Director of the MS in Technology Management and MS in Management of Secure Information Systems

Expertise: Technology and technology management, development and application of emerging technologies, cybersecurity

Auffret is director of the executive degree programs in the George Mason School of Business including the MS in Technology Management, which is one of seven partners in the U.S. government's CIO University; the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems, which is jointly offered by Mason's School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering and School of Public Policy; and the Executive MBA.

He is a co-founder of the International Academy of CIO and serves as an advisory board member of the Waseda eGovernance Research Center. Auffret's academic experience includes teaching at the Duke University's Duke Center for International Development, American University's Department of Physics, American University’s Kogod School of Business, and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Auffret has served on several recent Commonwealth of Virginia commissions and committees including the Commonwealth of Virginia Health Information Technology Advisory Commission (HITAC) and the Electronic Medical Records Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS).

He has 30 years of technology industry and academic experience including management and executive positions with MCI and its joint venture with British Telecom, Concert.

Auffret earned a BS from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in physics from American University. He is currently working on a book titled “4G and Mobile Apps: Technology, Policy, Opportunity and Innovation.”

Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

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Charles L. Bailey

Executive Director of George Mason University’s Biomedical Research Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of Biology

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Expertise: Biodefense, Infectious Diseases, Biomarkers

As director of Mason’s Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL), Bailey has overseen the five-year building project that began in 2005 when Mason was awarded a $27.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining Mason, Bailey served as commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases where he led medical and scientific research programs dedicated to the development of new forms of medical protection against biological weapons and other infectious diseases. The results of his hands-on experiments with a wide variety of infectious agents have been published in more than 100 scientific articles in refereed books and journals. He has also presented at national and international conferences and to U.S. government officials, and served previously as a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Bailey holds a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Robert E. Baker

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Expertise: Sport Leadership, Governance and Policy in Sport, Sport Management Professional Preparation

Currently the director of the Center for Sport Management, Baker has had extensive experience in the sport industry, serving as an administrator and coach in both scholastic and collegiate settings. 

Baker’s current research agenda focuses on stakeholder dynamics in sport, including leadership in sport (e.g. altruism, strategies, coaching); contextual issues in sport (e.g. trash talking’ athletic inclusion); governance and policy in sport (e.g. systemic dysfunction in college athletics, sponsorships, Final Four impacts, human resources, facility management); and sport management professional preparation (e.g. field experiences, cooperative-competitive learning, outcomes assessment).

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

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Carryl Baldwin

Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise: Vehicle Safety Devices, Driving Distractions, Auditory Signals and Warnings, Auditory Cognition, "Smart" Cars, Visual and Spatial Learning

Carryl Baldwin has more than 15 years of experience investigating human factors issues in mental workload, surface and air transportation and cognitive aging.

Her primary research interests are in the area of applied auditory cognition, where she examines the way people interact with and respond to auditory warning signals in vehicles. She also, with funding from organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Foundation, works to inform policy surrounding the standardization of auditory vehicle safety signals such as crash and collision warnings.

Baldwin's work is also funded by the Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation and the Department of Transportation. Previously she has successfully completed multiple projects for the National Institutes of Health and both NASA Langley and NASA Ames.

She is a member of Mason's Arch Lab and conducts research projects using the department's driving simulator, EEG, ERP, EKG and eye tracking devices, and other equipment.

She is the author of 14 peer reviewed journal publications, 1 book, 12 book chapters and over 50 scientific conference proceedings to date.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

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Ancha Baranova

Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Microbiology

Expertise: Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Liver Disease, Hepatitis C, Translational Medicine

Baranova is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Microbiology. She is working in collaboration with researchers at Inova Fairfax Hospital on several projects related to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis C and is hopeful that this research will eventually lead to the development of prognostic biomarkers. Baranova holds a doctorate from Moscow State University. Her research interests include molecular pathways in human tissues with an emphasis on cancer and metabolic diseases, computational and comparative genomics. She is using a systems biology approach to the functional genomics and pathways analysis of complex human disorders.


Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,