Mason in the News

Posted: April 25, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Sunday, April 20, New York Times

How Scientific Gains Abroad Pay Off in the U.S.

“Americans have long profited from low-cost manufactured goods, especially from Asia. The cost of those material ‘inputs’ is now rising. But because of growing numbers of scientists in China, India and other lower-wage countries, ‘the cost of producing a new scientific discovery is dropping around the world,’ says Christopher T. Hill, a professor of public policy and technology at George Mason University. American innovators — with their world-class strengths in product design, marketing and finance — may have a historic opportunity to convert the scientific know-how from abroad into market gains and profits. Mr. Hill views the transition to ‘the post scientific society’ as an unrecognized bonus for American creators of new products and services. Mr. Hill’s insight, which he first described in a National Academy of Sciences journal article last fall, runs counter to the notion that the United States fails to educate enough of its own scientists and that ‘shortages’ of them hamper American competitiveness.”

Sunday, April 20, Washington Post

Was ‘Excluded’ the Wrong Word?

“[Last year,] Scott Wilson, former Jerusalem bureau chief and now foreign editor, stated: ‘Except for a relatively small Druze population, Arabs are excluded from military service mandatory for all but ultra-Orthodox Jews, an essential shared experience of Israeli life and a traditional training ground for future political leaders.’ …Israeli security concerns are the paramount reason for not drafting Arabs. To Nadim Rouhana, it is more a matter of exclusion. Rouhana grew up as a Palestinian in Israel; he is the Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and heads the Haifa-based Arab al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research. ‘By and large, Israel does not allow Arabs to serve,’ Rouhana said. But ‘if one is to say all Arabs or Muslims are not allowed to serve, that is not accurate either. They don’t want it to look like they are preventing Arabs from serving, so they take them on an individual basis.’”

Monday, April 21, NPR

Colombia Reflects Rising Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

“There has been an increase in threatening rhetoric from the al-Qaida leadership, directed specifically against Western Europe and the United States. And some of the nuclear material that was lost 10 years ago might only now be turning up in the black market. Louise Shelley, who directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption at George Mason University, says there is a potential threat. ‘I mean, when Osama bin Laden says, ‘We’re going to get at you,’ Shelley said, ‘this is the kind of point where you think that the rhetoric is escalating to something that may make sense to use this.’ Much of the nuclear material, or alleged nuclear material, moving through the black market, however, involves scams. The uranium for which the Colombian rebels were reportedly willing to spend more than $2 million was useless.”

Tuesday, April 22, Fox Business

NAFTA Bashing Heats Up

“It’s an election year, U.S. workers are under duress and NAFTA bashing has hit the boiling point. But try to affix a bull’s eye of blame on NAFTA, even just for job losses, and you’ll find it’s a moving target. Donald J. Boudreaux, chairman of the economics department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says you should look at it this way. Since NAFTA, $5,000 billion worth of capital has flowed into the U.S., capital that has ‘helped to create and modernize many U.S. companies, to fund research and development, to train workers, and to ease the burden imposed on Americans by Uncle Sam’s profligacy,’ Boudreaux says. ‘Does Mr. Buchanan really lament this capital inflow?’”

Tuesday, April 22, USA Today

Women Business Founders Rising, but Slowly

“Only 43 women have climbed the traditional ladder to become CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies in the last 35 years, and fresh research … suggests that the pipeline is not exactly filling up with future candidates. That women are not growing businesses into mega companies is more than a curiosity and may have broad implications. Bruce Phillips, senior economist at the National Federation of Independent Business, says 66 percent to 80 percent of all new net jobs are created by small firms. But the Small Business Administration says that among those to begin operations this year, 82 percent will fold by 2012. Small businesses destroy jobs as fast as they create them, and net job creation comes from the handful of companies called gazelles that start small and grow large, says Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center of economics at George Mason University.”

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