We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year with the Spring exam period and it’s worth a pause, to look back. Most salient of course is the new research wing, which is now larger than the original Krasnow Institute facility that we moved into in 1997. I’m looking forward to an official grand opening in the Fall, but we’ll begin moving our scientists as soon as the semester ends.
Second, this past year was marked by a highly successful collaboration with our friends in Singapore with the Decade of the Mind VI Conference this past October. Sadly we mark the passing of the intellectual founder of the Decade of the Mind project, Dr. James Albus. Jim was an intellectual giant and we’ll all miss him.
Third, the Institute is minting its first Computational Social Science doctorate at Commencement next week, Mark Rouleau. This is a milestone both for the Institute as an Academic Unit of Mason, but also for the United States–Krasnow’s CSS doctorate program is the first of its kind in the nation.
So all told, a great year. We’ll be having our annual Krasnow Science Retreat at the end of the month and then hopefully a bit of rest as summer sets in.