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Mark Camphouse

Professor of Conducting and Composition

Expertise: Wind symphony, musical communication in performance

Mark Camphouse is a professor of Conducting and Composition in the Music Department in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He began composing at an early age and the Colorado Philharmonic premiered his First Symphony when he was only 17.

Camphouse conducts the wind symphony at Mason and can discuss conducting and composition, wind symphony and musical communication in performance. His works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the U.S. and abroad. His composition "In Memoriam" was performed in Russia by the Moscow Area Governor's Wind Orchestra during the summer of 2008.

Camphouse has served as guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician in 40 states, Canada, and Europe.  He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and is coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project. 

Bryan Caplan

Associate Professor of Economics

Expertise: voter irrationality

Caplan is author of “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies” and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute. Caplan's articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Law and Economics, Social Science Quarterly and numerous other outlets.

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

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Andrew Carle

Assistant Professor, and Director, Program in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration

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Expertise: Senior Housing and Care, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care, Retirement Communities

Andrew Carle is an internationally recognized expert on senior housing and care. He has written extensively about, and presented nationally and internationally on, the best models of Alzheimer’s care including the 1950s inspired Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. Carle conducts research related to the quality of housing options for seniors and designed the Alzheimer’s facilities for a national “Top 10” assisted living provider. According to Carle, more than one-third of the nation’s 40,000 assisted living and continuing care retirement communities offer some type of Alzheimer’s care. However, families considering such housing need to know what to look for in terms of staffing, programming and facility design.

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

Calvin B. Carpenter

Deputy Director of George Mason University’s Biomedical Research Laboratory and Research Professor

Expertise: Biodefense, Infectious Diseases

Carpenter is a veterinarian with more than 26 years of military experience and over sixteen years of infectious disease and biodefense research experience. Prior to joining Mason, he served as the chief of the Medical Science and Technology Division in the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the deputy director for Grants Management at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and program manager for the Department of Defense’s Prion, Muscular Dystrophy and Hepatitis C Research Programs. Carpenter is a member of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Oklahoma State University and is board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

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

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Daniel Carr

Professor of Statistics

Expertise: Statistical graphics, visual analytics

Daniel Carr is a professor of Statistics in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering and conducts research in the fields of statistical graphics and visual analytics for use in communication, data exploration, hypothesis generation and model criticism.

His recent National Science Foundation digital government research, titled Quality Graphics for Federal Statistics Summaries, produced and promoted the use of new visualization methodology.

Carr was on a national expert panel that produced the five-year research and development agenda for visual analytics to support major agenda areas in the Department of Homeland Security.  His current research for the Office of Naval Research concerns visualization of networks and graphs with multivariate arcs or edges.

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

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Shane Caswell

Associate professor of athletic training and director of the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research and Testing (SMART) Laboratory

Expertise: Prevention of traumatic brain injury in sport, Effectiveness of protective equipment in sport, Concussions trends, Risk factors that result in concussion, Sport policy

As a licensed athletic trainer, Caswell’s primary research interest focuses on the prevention of traumatic brain injury in sport. Caswell has worked extensively with scholastic athletes and can discuss the risk factors and trends of concussion that may contribute to better detection, treatment and prevention of concussion. In his most recent study, he partnered with Fairfax County Public Schools to examine the concussion trends of more than 150,000 athletes for 11 consecutive years. It is the first study of its kind to look at high school sports over a significant period of time to determine whether or not concussions are increasing. He is currently working on a study that examines concussion in girls and boys lacrosse. Another component of his research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of sport equipment used to prevent concussion.

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Stephen Christophe

Professor of Finance

Expertise: Corporate Finance, Investments

Stephen E. Christophe is a professor of finance at the School of Management.

Christophe’s research focuses on the valuation of multinational corporations and the investment activities of short sellers. His publications have appeared in many leading academic journals including the Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, Journal of Investing, Journal of Portfolio Management, and the Financial Analysts Journal.

Christophe received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA from The College of William and Mary, and a BA from Colby College.

Before obtaining his PhD, Christophe worked as a corporate development analyst for FPL Group, a financial economist for the National Soft Drink Association, and a public utility consultant.

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

Rita Chi-Ying Chung

Professor of Counseling and Development

Expertise: Race relations, cross-cultural counseling and psychology, Psychosocial adjustment of refugees

Chung conducts national and international research on cross-cultural counseling and psychology. She has conducted studies on culturally responsive mental health services related to immigrants, refugees, interethnic relations, human trafficking, and post-disaster counseling. Her key contributions to the field are evident in her work throughout the United States as well as in Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. In 2004, Chung was awarded the O'Hana Social Justice Award by the Counselors for Social Justice, a division of the American Counseling Association.

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Kevin Clark

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology

Expertise: Instructional design and technology, Corporate training, Education software and games, Technology and education

Clark is an associate professor and program coordinator of the Instructional Technology program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Clark's research interests focus on the design and development of online learning environments, the role of gaming and media in formal and non-formal learning and the use of technology in learning with underserved populations.

Clark has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster Candidate, and his research activities have been funded by such organizations as: the Hoop Magic Foundation, WIN-WIN Strategies Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.  Clark also serves as an advisor and consultant to non-profit and for-profit organizations that include the Smithsonian Institute, Public Broadcasting Service, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, CDI America, HOSTS, Cosmos Literacy, Lightspan and Knowledge Adventure.

Gerald Cook

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Automatic control sytems, Robotics, Estimation and Identification, Landmine detection

Cook is the Earle C. Williams Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Life Fellow of IEEE, a former President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and a former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. His areas of interest include automatic control systems and robotics as well as signal processing. He has performed numerous research projects in these and other areas with well over 100 refereed publications. Recent research has been in the area of sensor-bearing vehicles used for remote sensing. Emphasis is on control and navigation of the vehicle, and geo-registration of the sensed objects of interest. Military applications include search for landmines and other types of strategic targets and may involve airborne as well as ground vehicles. Other potential non-military applications include search for survivors in disaster areas as well as exploration of various types in areas inaccessible to humans.

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