George Mason in the News

Posted: July 6, 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.

Friday, June 29, Los Angeles Times

McCain Still Faces an Uphill Climb in GOP Race

“Sen. John McCain slid this winter from presumed favorite to embattled underdog in the Republican presidential contest. He retooled his campaign in hopes of a comeback. But now he faces a distressing question that few observers would have posed just months ago: Will he even be able to stay in the race? For McCain, who clashed with social conservatives in his 2000 bid for president, the recent uproar over immigration has only heightened their wariness of him. From both right and left, McCain’s challenges have mounted. Most vexing to many was his support for legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants. ‘A lot of the conservative base sees him as wrong on one of the principal issues of the day,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.”

Sunday, July 1, New York Times

Can a Law Change a Society?

“Since 1954, liberal and conservative justices have disagreed about the central meaning of Brown v. Board of Education. Was the purpose of Brown to achieve a colorblind society or an integrated one? Last week, in its 5-to-4 decision declaring that public schools in Louisville and Seattle can’t take explicit account of race to achieve integration, the Supreme Court came down firmly on the side of colorblindness. Despite some important qualifications by Justice Anthony Kennedy, at least four conservative justices made clear that they believe that nearly all racial classifications are unconstitutional. But some legal scholars on both sides of the political spectrum, and of the affirmative action debate, question this assessment. And some of them question whether Brown was even as singularly influential in transforming society as many have claimed during the last half-century. The conventional wisdom about Brown holds that it was more responsible than anything else for the integration of schools. ‘Brown really did transform society by stopping de jure segregation, and without Brown, schools would look very different,’ says David Armor, a conservative scholar at George Mason University.”

Tuesday, July 3,

The Implications of Immigrant Entrepreneurship

“A survey of 28,000 companies found that immigrants were key founders in more than a quarter of all the engineering and technology companies set up in the United States between 1995 and 2005. The new research — led by Vivek Wadhwa, an executive-in-residence at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering — is a follow-up of a study published earlier this year by Wadhwa and his team that had counted $52 billion in annual sales by these immigrant-founded companies. Total employment at those companies: roughly 450,000. David Hart, professor at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, who has seen Wadhwa’s findings, agrees that ‘there are a lot of things that need to be fixed in the present immigration system.’ But he doesn’t see a strong case for scrapping H1-B visas, because ‘you may need temporary people in particular occupations.’ Also, he feels temporary H1-B visa holders shouldn’t see their prevailing status as ‘a holding pattern for a green card.’”

Thursday, July 5, Washington Post

Trying to Cure the Logistics of Health Care

Mark Meiners, a professor of health policy in the College of Health and Human Services at [George Mason University], received a grant of more than $500,000 to train a group of doctors and their support staffs in San Diego to better manage the complicated treatment of those with chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. The training will include making earlier contact with patients to prepare them for visits and communicating with other providers to make sure patients receive proper follow-up care. He said he hoped the training will serve as a model for other communities, including those in Northern Virginia. The $535,000 grant was awarded by the California Endowment and the Alliance Healthcare Foundation and builds on an earlier grant awarded to Meiners. ‘There’s a huge amount of frustration among patients and physicians these days because people feel underserved, under-appreciated — and so all of this is looking for ways to overcome some of those barriers,’ Meiners said.”

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