George Mason in the News

Posted: June 8, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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

Saturday, June 2, New Scientist

Rainfall Records Could Warn of War

“Every month, the International Crisis Group (ICG) makes predictions it hopes won’t come true. The nonprofit organization, which has its base in Brussels, Belgium, monitors regions where conflict is brewing. By tracking precursors of armed struggle, such as political instability, it raises awareness about looming wars in the hope of stopping conflicts before they begin. And as of this month, it will start talking about whether to include another variable in its analyses: climate change. The discussions come after a wave of interest in the link between climate change and conflict. Marc Levy at Columbia University in New York, who is working with the ICG, is one of the few researchers who have been able to support these speculations with data. But not everyone is as confident of the link as Levy. ‘So far, climate change has not been powerful enough to be the main driver of conflict,’ says Jack Goldstone, professor of public policy at George Mason University. ‘Drought was a contributory factor in Darfur, not the main cause.’”

Monday, June 4, Money Management Executive

Hedge Fund IPOs Swathed in Sunshine

“When hedge funds, long known for their exclusivity and secret-sauce approach to investing, go public, it takes a lot of planning and some cultural adjustment, too, according to a web-based presentation hosted by Deloitte & Touche last week. The list of public hedge funds is short, led by London-based Man Group, which has been traded in the United Kingdom for a while, and now crossing the pond to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The most notable public offering of a hedge fund in the United States may be that of New York-based Fortress, which went public in February. Whether private investment pools going public is a trend, it’s too early to tell, said Houman B. Shadab, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Still, going public may have advantages.”

Tuesday, June 5, Washington Post

Who Needs the SAT?

“Several Washington Post reporters have started such groups in their specialties. My group, ‘Admissions 101,’ explores the college admissions process. It launched last week with this question: “Who Needs the SAT?” The answers from readers were so smart, and so useful in the debate over our nation’s most feared test, I want to discuss some of them here. Andrew Flagel, admissions and enrollment development dean at George Mason University, stunned me by cheering for both the SAT and the ACT even though his school has an SAT/ACT optional policy. He said he was ‘a fan of having students take [the SAT] early and often, and of taking the ACT as well (wonderful for the option of skipping the writing test.)’ His SAT/ACT optional policy is designed to help students, not demean the tests. He said he thinks if a student has good grades and doesn’t want to take the tests, that is fine. If the student thinks their grades don’t reflect their academic strength, then taking the SAT or ACT, or both, is also a splendid idea, according to Flagel.”

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