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John Farina

Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department

Expertise: politics, law, public affairs

As an attorney, Farina has practiced corporate and church-state law and published articles on current topics on law and religion. He is the author of "Beauty for Ashes: Spiritual Reflections on the Attack on America" and "Great Spiritual Masters: Their Answers to Six of Life's Questions." He is currently writing "The Intelligible Sphere: Theory of Religion in Civil Society."

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

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Michael Fauntroy

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Expertise: Republicans and the black vote, race and public policy

Fauntroy is the author of the recently released book “Republicans and the Black Vote.” He teaches courses in urban policy and American government and specializes in race and American politics. Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service, where he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. He was also a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he conducted research on major civil rights issues.

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

Jane Flinn

Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

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Expertise: Role of Metals in Alzheimer’s Disease

Jane Flinn is examining the role of metals, particularly zinc, iron and copper, in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. She is also studying the effects of metal levels in drinking water on behavior and on plaque development. Flinn, who holds a doctorate in psychology from George Washington University and a doctorate in physics from Oxford University, has long been focused on the biological bases of learning and memory. She recently completed a study — conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey — that focuses on the effects of enhanced zinc on spatial memory and plaque formation in transgenic (or genetically modified) mice.

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

Cara Frankenfeld

Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Community Health

Expertise: Chronic Disease, Diet, Cancer, Illness, Public Health, Epidemiology, Environment, Women’s Health

Cara Frankenfeld is an assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Global and Community Health.  Her work seeks to understand the way that diet, environment, and our host bacteria interact to affect human health.  She is also working on how we measure diet and in the relationship between dietary flavonoids and isoflavonoids (particular compounds in fruits, vegetables, and soy and other legumes) and chronic conditions. 


She is a member of the American College of Epidemiology, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Society for Nutrition.


Frankenfeld completed a M.S. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Washington, where she studied the relationship between markers of intestinal bacteria profile and postmenopausal breast cancer risk factors.  In addition to this main area of study, she also worked on projects evaluating the validity of food frequency questionnaires, footwear and fall risk in the elderly, and risk factors for meningioma.  She completed post-doctoral work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the National Cancer Institute.   She has also provided consulting expertise in the areas of environmental and occupational epidemiology, including dioxins, asbestos, and electric and magnetic fields. 

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

Helen Frederick

Associate Professor of Printmaking

Expertise: Printmaking, drawing, books as visual language

Helen Frederick is as associate professor and director of Printmaking in the Department of Art and Visual Technology and is a distinguished print, paper, book arts and electronic media artist.

As founder of Pyramid Atlantic in 1981, Frederick has been responsible for the development of the organization into an internationally recognized arts center, organizing cultural exchange programs, exhibitions and creating print media publications that are represented in museums around the world. She can discuss printmaking, bookmaking and textual studies.

Frederick's work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and the Fogg Museum. She also teaches nationally as a lecturer and resident artist at various colleges, universities and museums.

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Chawky Frenn

Associate Professor of Painting

Expertise: Painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, visual vocabulary

Frenn Chawky is an associate professor of Painting in the Department of Art and Visual Technology whose experience of civil war in his home country of Lebanon powerfully influences his work.

Frenn can discuss the elements and principles of two-dimensional design, establishment of visual vocabulary and contemporary practices in visual arts. He can also discuss the development of formal and technical skills with an emphasis on paint application, color interactions and concepts, methodologies and approaches relevant to contemporary painting.

Frenn works are exhibited nationally and internationally. He has had shows in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon and Paraguay. He has also participated in many museum shows such as Sursock Museum in Lebanon, the Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino County Museum and the Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art.

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Stephen Fuller

Director, Center for Regional Analysis; Dwight Schar Faculty Chair

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Expertise: Economic and Fiscal Impact Analyses, Economic Development in Developing Countries, Employment, Forecasting Population, Housing Policy, Income, Labor, Real estate development, Regional Analysis, Economic Development

Stephen Fuller joined the faculty at George Mason University in 1994 as Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development.  He served as Director of the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy from July 1998 to June 2000 and from July 2001 to July 2002. He also serves as Director of the Center for Regional Analysis. In September 2001, the GMU Board of Visitors appointed him University Professor and in July 2002 he was named to the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair.

Prior to joining the Mason faculty, he served on the faculty at George Washington University for twenty-five years, including nine as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development and one as Director of Doctoral Programs for the School of Business and Public Management.

Fuller has authored more than 500 articles, papers, and reports in the field of urban and regional economic development including monthly reports on the Washington metropolitan area and Fairfax County economies.

His research focuses on the changing structure of metropolitan area economies and measuring their current and near-term performance. In 1990 he developed a monthly series of indicators to track the current and near-term performance of the Washington area economy. He also developed leading and coincident indices for Fairfax County in 1997. These monthly reports are available on the Center for Regional Analysis website. His research includes studies on the impacts of federal spending, the hospitality industry, international business and the building industry on the Washington area economy. His international assignments include Kazakhstan, Georgia, Hungary and China as well as on-going projects in Portugal.

In August 2006, Governor Kaine appointed Professor Fuller to the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists.  He had previously served on this Board under Governors Warner, Allen and Wilder. In 2003, he was a member of Governor Warner’s Tax Reform Working Group. He also is a member of the CFO Advisory Group of the District of Columbia.  Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation and Tompkins Builders Inc. He has been economic advisor to Fairfax County, VA since 1995 and has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Authority. In 2007, he was appointed by Cardinal Bank as its Chief Economist.

In 1996, he was honored by the Economic Club of Washington as Educator of the Year and in 1997 was selected for the Richard T. Ely Distinguished Educator Award by Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society of land economists. He served as President of the Washington Chapter of Lambda Alpha from 1998 to 2000 and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Washington District Council. In 2001, he was selected by NAIOP as a Distinguished Fellow, an appointment that extends through 2007.

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

Donald Gantz

Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Information Technology

Expertise: Information technology, Forensics, Computer simulation, Handwriting analysis

Gantz has taught courses  on basic statistics, probability, stochastic systems, computer simulation, case studies in applied statisticsat the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests are mathematical economics, applied statistics, flight test analysis, computer performance engineering and capacity planning, computer simulation and management decision systems.

He is an active researcher and practitioner in the application of geographic information systems, modeling systems and decision support systems to transportation demand management and traffic mitigation. Throughout his years as an applied statistician, he has been involved with survey design, analysis and reporting. He has considerable experience in the development of management decision systems and in litigation related analyses. He has done research, published papers and made presentations about the relationship between tuberculosis and demographic and socioeconomic factors in Northern Virginia.

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

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Naomi Lynn Gerber

Professor and Director, Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability

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Expertise: Chronic Illness, Fatigue, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Gerber is the director of Mason’s Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing a research program to help describe the mechanisms by which disease produces disability and explore treatments that can prevent or reduce disabilities and restore function. She is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and PM&R. Dr. Gerber previously served as Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine Department (RMD), in the Clinical Center of National Institutes of Health. Under her supervision, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, RMD developed a state of the art, program driven research section which studies human movement. Dr. Gerber is on staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and ran a teaching clinic on foot management as part of a bilateral agreement between NIH & NRH. Much of her clinical research interest has been centered on measuring and treating impairments and disability in patients with musculoskeletal deficits; in particular, children with osteogenesis imperfecta, and persons with rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Her collaborative work has focused on studying pathomechanics and how patients with a variety of disorders compensate for impairments to preserve function. Dr. Gerber, who was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine, has authored/co-authored 90 peer reviewed, published manuscripts and 45 Chapters in major textbooks (Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Cancer, Rehabilitation et al.). She graduated from Smith College, Magna Cum Laude, Tufts University School of Medicine; and received medical training at the New England Medical Center, fellowship in rheumatology at NIH and residency training in PM&R at George Washington University.

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

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Edward Gero

Associate Professor of Theater

Expertise: Contemporary acting techniques, history and development of acting, Shakespearean acting

Edward Gero is an associate professor of Theater in the College of Visual and Performing Arts who has played a wide variety of classical roles at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C. since 1983.

Gero can discuss contemporary acting techniques that incorporate tools such as observation, sense, emotion, memory and improvisation. He can also discuss the history and development of acting theory and the challenges of performing Shakespeare.

Gero has appeared on stage in New York, in regional theater, including the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Center Stage in Baltimore and Roundhouse Theater, Studio Theater, the Olney Theater and the Theater of the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on film and television. He is a member of Actor's Equity and served on the National Committee for Standards in the Arts.