George Mason in the News

Posted: May 18, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage George Mason recently received.

Monday, May 14, Washington Post

After Boom and Bust, Diversity and Maturity

“Twenty years ago, government business formed the backbone of the technology community. In the 1990s, the rise of local companies such as XM Satellite Radio and AOL helped broaden the industry and bring consumer-oriented investment to the region. But after the dot-com crash, the region reverted to its core customer — the government — and was buoyed by the post-Sept. 11 federal spending boom. Now, growth in federal information technology spending has dropped to about 5 percent after several years of growing at a clip of close to 9 percent, according to Input, a Reston market research firm. So the market is beginning to round out once again, with many firms expanding their customer base to Fortune 500 companies, universities and health-care systems. ‘I think we’re currently at an inflexion point on the curve,’ said John McClain, a senior fellow with George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. ‘So if they want growth, they’ll need to find other clients, and we’re well positioned to do that.’”

Monday, May 14, Washington Post

Dealmakers Juggle the Corporate Lineup

“Take a good, hard look at the list of companies on The Post 200. It might be the last time you see many of those names. Today’s deal making climate is so overheated that the lineup is likely to change noticeably over the next year. Some of the largest companies in the region will soon have new owners, moving their headquarters to other cities or even countries. The exodus can be disruptive to workers and a nuisance to local economic development efforts. But it need not be cause for undue consternation, argues economist and author Richard Florida, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. He says the changes are simply a reflection of metropolitan Washington’s place in a sprawling business corridor, stretching from Richmond to Boston and anchored in New York. The same forces that have erased companies from The Post 200 help the area attract new ones to take their place. Think of the region as ‘the sunbelt of the greater New York megalopolis,’ Florida said.”

Tuesday, May 15, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Creative Retirees, Look No Further

“If you are member of the ‘Creative Class’ — a population that fuels cultural and economic vitality — Pittsburgh is one of the best places to be, if you are ready to retire. So says a new study released Monday by Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine in cooperation with former Carnegie Mellon University professor Richard Florida, the creator of the ‘creative class’ description. ‘Where you live is the key to your wealth and happiness no matter what stage of life you are in,’ said a news release quoting Florida, now a professor of public policy at George Mason University. Florida has authored two best-selling books on the creative class subject.”

Tuesday, May 15, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

George Mason University Program for First-Generation Students Celebrates Milestone

George Mason University’s Early Identification Program celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday by welcoming a new batch of students and congratulating those who finished the program this past year. EIP has had an enviable track record, sending 96 percent of its graduates on to college. EIP identifies local seventh-graders who have high potential but are at risk of not attending college without extra support. The four-year program, which features annual summer academies, prepares the students for the college application process.”

Wednesday, May 16,

Solar System May Be Sailing Sideways through Milky Way

“Our solar system is hurtling through space while angled nearly perpendicular to the plane of the Milky Way, new computer models suggest. ‘It’s almost like we’re sailing through the galaxy sideways,’ said study team leader Merav Opher, an astrophysicist at George Mason University in Virginia. The findings, detailed in the May 11 issue of the journal Science, suggest the magnetic field in the galactic environment surrounding our solar system is pitched at a sharp angle and not oriented parallel to the plane of the Milky Way as previously thought.”

Wednesday, May 16, Brisbane Times (Australia)

Bush Loses Religious Powerbroker

“The legacy of Jerry Falwell, the combative U.S. preacher who died on Tuesday, lives on in the White House and a Republican Party divided by the conservative causes he held dear. ‘If you want to see his legacy, look at that Republican debate recently where just about every candidate was running to the right on social issues,’ said Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University, referring to a debate among the party’s candidates for the 2008 presidential race. ‘That’s become the mainstream of the national Republican Party and that was not the case before Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority came into existence,’ he said.”

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