George Mason in the News

Posted: August 3, 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.

Sunday, July 29, Boston Globe

Bush Allies Slam His Support of Maritime Treaty

“Some of President Bush’s allies are criticizing him for promoting a landmark maritime treaty that would commit the United States to obeying hundreds of pages of international law, including provisions allowing foreign officials to order the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard to release certain detained ships. Bush wants the Senate to ratify the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which conservatives have blocked since the Reagan administration. The treaty creates comprehensive rules for the world’s oceans and their resources. Among other things, it governs interdictions on the high seas, offshore drilling and fishing, maritime pollution, and the right to sail through straits and other waters belonging to coastal nations. ‘In an age of terrorists potentially getting access to weapons of mass destruction, this is not something that we can submit the Navy to,’ said Jeremy Rabkin, a George Mason University law professor and author of a book about preserving American ‘sovereignty’ from multinational agreements, during a recent think-tank event.”

Tuesday, July 31, Science Daily

Analysis: Women Offenders at Health Risk

“Health problems generally afflict incarcerated women at higher rates than the rest of the population, but correctional facilities provide an optimal forum to potentially improve inmates’ health and stop cycles of destructive behavior, some experts say. Female inmates tend to be disproportionately poorer than the general population and often have experienced physical, mental and sexual abuse, as well as fragmented family histories. Few of the 107,000 women incarcerated in federal or state correctional facilities have had health insurance or received routine care prior to serving jail time. Higher rates of STDs, as well as pregnancy and childbirth, among juvenile offenders have led a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, to issue standards for treatment. However, few facilities provide adequate reproductive health care for young, female inmates, said Catherine Gallagher of the Justice, Law and Crime Policy Program at George Mason University. ‘The bulk of facilities are providing testing and services on an ad hoc basis rather than opting for policies that stipulate provision to the full population of females,’ Gallagher wrote in the article she co-authored, ‘A National Overview of Reproductive Health Care Services for Girls in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities.’”

Tuesday, July 31, New York Times

A Democratic Convention: Voters Choose Irrationally

“If you collect a bunch of guesses about, say, the weight of an ox, the average estimate will be eerily accurate. Yet while crowds of people may be good at making predictions, they’re often lousy at recognizing their own self-interest. That problem is explored in the best political book this year: ‘The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies.’ This book, by Bryan Caplan, an economist at George Mason University, does a remarkably thorough job of insulting the American voter. The cover portrays the electorate as a flock of sheep. ‘Democracies frequently adopt and maintain policies harmful for most people,’ Caplan notes. There are various explanations for this – the power of special interests, public ignorance of details, and so on. But Caplan argues that those accounts fall short. ‘This book develops an alternative story of how democracy fails,’ he writes. ‘The central idea is that voters are worse than ignorant; they are, in a word, irrational – and vote accordingly.’”

Thursday, Aug. 2, Washington Post

Coach L’s World Ball

“Briefly leaving the world of Redskins and Ashburn for the world of Patriots and Fairfax, I arrived at George Mason just in time for the post-camp geography quiz Wednesday afternoon. ‘What’s the biggest state in the United States?!’ Mason head [men’s] basketball coach Jim Larranaga was asking 267 youth basketball campers. Together, Larranaga and Allan Falconer, chair of Mason’s Geography Department, developed the idea for the World Ball – an NCAA-regulation basketball that is also a globe providing a scale representation of the location and areas of the continents. Mason partnered with the National Geographic Society and the Geographic Information System (GIS) software company ESRI to ensure that the ball is both an accurate scale globe and an official NCAA basketball.”

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