This Week in the News…

Posted: May 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, April 26, Times of London

People Know More Than Economists

Bryan Caplan, of George Mason University, Washington, has analysed in this month’s Economic Journal why voters and economists are at odds. It is not because economists have safe, well-paid jobs. Other wealthy folk agree with the rest of the public. Nor is it that the economists are all free-market ideologues. Most are, in U.S. terms, left of centre. Sheer ignorance and prejudice is to blame, the professor concludes. Surely it is no coincidence that the average American thinks anything involving foreigners hurts the economy.”

Friday, April 26, Science Magazine

In New York City, a Building Blooms

“Paleobotanist Judith Skog of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, predicts the herbarium will become an even greater draw as researchers unravel the genomes of plant specimens. Says Skog, ‘One can always return to the exact specimen which yielded that set of genes, the place it was collected, the time of year, and in what conditions it was growing.'”

Sunday, April 28, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The ‘Big Day’ Is Only One Day in the Rest of Your Life Together

“‘Women have expectations and standards as they come into adulthood from watching Martha Stewart make her own wrapping paper to having mothers who didn’t work away from home full-time,’ says June Price Tangney, a professor of psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. These high expectations are reinforced by a booming $70 million bridal industry that plays on the fantasies of the perfect wedding that many women have held onto since age 5.”

Sunday, April 28, San Francisco Chronicle

Gates’ Testimony Solid, But Not a Slam-Dunk

“‘He put a human face on the company, and I think he succeeded in non-demonizing it, so to speak, said Ernest Gellhorn, a professor of antitrust law at George Mason University. And by committing himself and his company to compliance with the court’s orders–while insisting that they be clear and workable from his perspective–he may have undermined the holdout states’ argument that their stringent plan is the only way to curb Microsoft’s anticompetitive abuses, according to Gellhorn.”

Sunday, April 28, New York Times

Who Was Responsible For Elizabeth Shin?

“Nonelite schools also believe that their students arrive at college stressed out by a high-school experience described as replicating ‘the adult lifestyle too much too early,’ as

Nancy Schulte, a therapist who works as an administrator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., put it…. ‘It’s a real Pandora’s box,’ Nancy Schulte from George Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health said. ‘Is it fair to parents who are paying the bills to find out after it’s too late to do anything that their child has been asked to sit out a semester? If there are once again higher expectations on colleges and universities to look after the welfare of students, shouldn’t we be asking parents to help us? Or is that a real affront to the students’ right to privacy?'”

Wednesday, May 1, Parenting

Q&A: No Blankie? No problem!

“Some children–especially those who are very active or outgoing–may just naturally prefer to soothe themselves in a more physical way, such as twirling their hair or rocking, says Elyse Lehman, Ph.D., professor of psychology at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va. Even if your toddler doesn’t tote around her teddy, you can take comfort in knowing that she can calm herself in other ways.”

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