Mason in the News

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

Monday, July 21, Washington Post

Young Drivers Getting a Lesson in Economics

“Gas prices are too high for a day trip to Dewey Beach. They are too high for a quick visit to see a friend in College Park. They consume enough of 18-year-old Ashleigh Krudys’s paycheck that she second-guesses her social plans. As the nation’s unprecedented jump in gas prices takes a toll across the region, many teenagers say they, too, are feeling the pinch. Some have a harder time wresting car keys from their parents. Others are looking for second part-time jobs to help foot the bill. Some are using Metro more often or getting around in other gas-saving ways. Stephen S. Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, said the fallout for teens is largely related to family economics. A teenager whose parents pay for gas ‘probably doesn’t feel it at all, but the teenager whose spending depends on his earnings is going to feel this significantly. Gasoline is a big portion of their budget.’”

Monday, July 21, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Can Obama Spur Black Allegiance to the GOP?

“When Tanya Freeman went to vote in the presidential primary, she asked a West Orange poll worker where the Republican polling station was. The elderly woman leaned into Freeman, an African American, and whispered: ‘My God. I just assumed all of your people were Democrats,’ Freeman recalled. More than anything, said Michael Fauntroy, assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University, the Republican party’s policies have not appealed to African Americans. ‘Republican crime control policies have had a debilitating impact on black households and done nothing to reduce crime,’ said Fauntroy, author of ‘Republicans and the Black Vote.’ ‘If the Republican party showed leadership with diversion programs and job training then I think you can use that as a base to work from.’”

Wednesday, July 23, Time

Fast-Tracking Law School

“Society might not need any more lawyers, but a growing number of law schools are trying to turn out new ones faster than ever. ‘This is a major change, not a minor thing,’ says Daniel Polsby, dean of George Mason University School of Law, in Arlington, Va. After teaching at Northwestern Law for 23 years, Polsby has asked his faculty to take a look at offering a similarly accelerated program and thinks other schools may follow suit. ‘The idea is generally a good one and there is going to be demand for it, but how much I don’t know,’ he says.”

Wednesday, July 23, USA Today

Scientists Say Breakthrough Urine Test for HGH Developed

“A team of scientists from the USA and Italy say they have developed a urine test that detects human growth hormone. The finding is a potential breakthrough in efforts to find a non-invasive way to screen for the performance-enhancing drug that is banned throughout the athletic world. Virginia-based Ceres Nanosciences, partnered with George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and Italy’s Istituto Superiore di Sanità, could have the test on the market within six months, company CEO Thomas Dunlap says. Ceres’ intention was first reported by the Washington Business Journal. ‘Our aim wasn’t to clean up sport like some social Santa Claus,’ says George Mason life sciences professor Emanuel Petricoin, a member of Ceres’ scientific advisory board. ‘We locked onto HGH because it presented us with a challenge due to the fact it’s so hard to detect. As a sports fan, it’d be great to know there could be a more-level playing field.’ ‘We’re more fans of cancer research,’ says Lance Liotta, a George Mason University life sciences professor and also on Ceres’ scientific advisory board.”

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