Mason in the News

Posted: August 22, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage Mason recently received.

Sunday, Aug. 17, CTV (Canada)

Al Jazeera: Russia-Georgia Crisis

Susan Allen Nan, assistant professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, was interviewed on CTV concerning the Russian invasion of Georgia and the limits of the American approach of unconditional support for Georgian President Saakashvili. Nan said that a more constructive and influential approach would better address the needs and interests of all involved parties.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, Washington Post

Some Nonprofits Push for Increased Federal Involvement

“In the world of philanthropy, where independence from government has long been sacred, a revolution is underway. Social entrepreneurs are clamoring for a realignment of the way the federal government and nonprofit groups work together to maximize the impact of American generosity. With the presidential campaign in full swing, nonprofit leaders are organizing what some call an unprecedented effort to boost the presence of philanthropy and community service in a new administration. They are calling for a White House office or an agency similar to the Small Business Administration to match nonprofit programs with government priorities, help successful community-based initiatives grow and organize a corps of service volunteers. ‘Some people think, “Hey, it’s a great idea,’’ said Alan J. Abramson, a philanthropy scholar at George Mason University. ‘But there’s also this other argument that . . . we don’t want an agency that is going to over-regulate us.’”

Thursday, Aug. 21, Christian Science Monitor

Will U.S.-Russia Tensions Extend to Space?

“Russian spacecraft are how NASA plans to send its astronauts to the International Space Station. But with tensions rising over Russia’s invasion of Georgia and a U.S.-Polish missile deal, some lawmakers and space-policy analysts worry that the U.S. Congress — or Russia itself — could scuttle the plan. Unless a new president and Congress give NASA enough money to extend the shuttle program — which already is winding down and likely would require a costly recertification of the remaining shuttles — cash to keep the shuttles running probably would come from money NASA plans to spend on the Constellation program. At the end of the day, ‘Congress will act pragmatically’ and grant the waiver, predicts Peggy Finarelli, a senior fellow at the Center for Aerospace Policy Research at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Thursday, Aug. 21, Washington Post

Wii Controllers Get Tangled in Patent Fight

“A small local technology company, citing patent infringement, yesterday asked a U.S. trade panel to stop Japan-based video game giant Nintendo from importing its Wii system into the United States and filed a suit in federal court for unspecified damages. The Wii video game system, released in late 2006, became massively popular with a new interface that lets players swing a remote to play tennis or tilt a controller left and right to drive a car. Hillcrest Labs, a seven-year-old Rockville company, said it owns the patents to the technology underpinning the Wii. Even if Hillcrest’s claims are valid, the likelihood that Nintendo will be forced to stop selling the Wii is small, said Samson Vermont, a patent expert and law professor at George Mason University. ‘It could happen, but the stakes would be so high that Nintendo wouldn’t let it happen,’ Vermont said. ‘The reality of it is, one of two things is going to happen: either there’s no merit to [Hillcrest’s] suit and they’ll lose, or Nintendo will settle.’”

Thursday, Aug. 21, USA Today

Miss. Population Bouncing Back

“Mississippi’s battered coast has regained most of its population and is getting a boost from tourism but still lacks affordable housing for its poorest residents, according to two new studies. Mississippi’s coastal communities have been regaining population faster than New Orleans, one of the hardest-hit areas in Louisiana. By comparison, New Orleans has recaptured about 72 percent of its pre-Katrina population of 450,000. The disaster was more profound in New Orleans, where levees broke and submerged 80 percent of the city for weeks, said Dan Rothschild, who is leading a long-term study of Gulf Coast recovery at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.”

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