From left, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Mason faculty members Cindy Smith and Chris Jones get pleasure from the view of Belmont Bay at Mason’s Potomac Science Center in Woodbridge, Virginia. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Inventive Solutions
On Wednesday, April 12, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger visited George Mason University’s Potomac Science Center in Woodbridge, which is now portion of the congresswoman’s district. Mason President Gregory Washington met with the congresswoman to introduce her to the research and education applications at the Potomac Science Center and share the contributions the center is generating to the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
She also met with faculty to hear about Potomac River restoration sustainability practices K-12 programs tidal Potomac water high-quality aquatic vegetation and aquatic resource management fisheries ecology non-native species coastal, riverine, and urban flooding dynamics and hydrodynamics of manned and unmanned vessels and Mason’s revolutionary technologies in the location of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, wise grid, autonomous systems, and sophisticated communications.
Situated along Belmont Bay close to the mouth of the Occoquan River, this 50,000 square-foot LEED Silver investigation facility homes laboratories for teaching and investigation, lecture rooms, occasion space, outside trails, and a library/resource center. The 250-square-foot Living Wall faces the bay is covered in plantings and supported by harvested rainwater and constructing condensate.