Mason in the News

Posted: July 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Monday, June 30, CNN Money

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Now Available in Online Format

“Pearson today announced the availability of an online version of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, Second Edition (NNAT2), an assessment of student ability that yields a norm-based score that can be used to identify gifted students who are likely to have the potential for advanced scholastic achievement. The NNAT2 is authored by Jack A. Naglieri, PhD, who has been an expert in assessment for more than two decades and is a professor of psychology at George Mason University. He is the author of more than 250 publications, including scholarly articles, books, tests, rating scales and computer software solutions.”

Monday, June 30, Seattle Times

Pay Attention! “Stupid” Says We’re Bad at It

“For several years, a majority of Americans believed Saddam Hussein had a hand in the 9/11 attacks. People who were paying attention should have thought it unlikely, because of Saddam’s secular Stalinism as compared with Osama bin Laden’s fundamentalist Islam. And there was a glaring paucity of evidence. Rick Shenkman, a former managing editor of KIRO-TV, went on to found the History News Network Web site and is an associate professor at George Mason University. He says television has become a stupefying medium offering ‘stories about fires, murders and Keiko, the killer whale.’ But if TV news is stupid, it is because stupidity works. People tune in. Most of the time, Americans do not pay attention to public questions. And that means, he says, that our confidence in democracy ‘rests on a myth.’”

Monday, June 30, Washington Post

GOP Sharpens Attacks on Obama

“Sen. John McCain’s allies have seized on a new and aggressive line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama, casting the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee as an opportunistic and self-obsessed politician who will do and say anything to get elected. Mark Rozell, a professor of political science at George Mason University, said the similarity of the attacks suggests a concerted effort to ‘build a picture’ about Obama’s character before the political newcomer has a chance to convince people of the truth of his rhetoric. ‘These things are always orchestrated,’ Rozell said. ‘I have no doubt there has been a running conversation within Republican circles about what the theme should be in going after Obama and how that theme could be reinforced.’”

Tuesday, July 1, Washington Post

Resets Peaking on Subprime Loans

“The number of homeowners facing an increase in their subprime adjustable-rate mortgage payments will peak this summer, testing the efforts of lenders and others to keep those people out of foreclosure and stabilize the housing market. ‘Locally we’re going to continue to see foreclosures be at a high level until these resets finish their run,’ said John McClain, deputy director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. If home prices do not continue to drop, the foreclosure rate could start to slow in late fall or early next year, he said.”

Wednesday, July 2, Washington Post

Iran Appears to Warm to Diplomacy

“Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Tuesday that prospects for a military attack by either the United States or Israel on the Islamic republic before the end of the Bush administration are ‘almost nil,’ and he dismissed a recent Israeli military exercise and warnings from Washington as ‘psychological warfare.’ But Mottaki’s remarks came on the same day that the senior foreign policy adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested in a newspaper interview that Iran may not reject the deal. Shaul Bakhash, an Iranian-born political scientist at George Mason University, said the pair of comments ‘suggest that the Iranian government is much more interested in finding a negotiated settlement to the nuclear issue.’”

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