This Week in the News…

Posted: June 4, 2004 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:

Saturday, May 29, The Globe and Mail

You Named Her What?

“But apart from possibly playing a role in job interviews, a person’s name isn’t likely to affect his or her sense of self in significant ways, according to a study by psychologist Martin Ford, an assistant dean at George Mason University in Virginia. Mr. Ford found no relationship between the popularity or social desirability of a given name and academic or social achievement. ‘This doesn’t mean that a name would never have any effect on a child’s development,’ he told Psychology Today. ‘But it does suggest that the probability of a positive effect is as large as that of a negative effect.'”

Monday, May 31, Charleston Gazette


“While America debates same-sex marriage, anthropologist Roger Lancaster of George Mason University says ‘traditional’ monogamous marriage, freely chosen by the couple, actually is rather rare in the world. He pointed out that some cultures practice polygamy, usually allowing a man to have several wives, but occasionally condoning multiple husbands for a lone woman. Some American Indian groups allowed men to marry each other, as did Japan’s Samurai warrior groups, and Nuer people of Sudan sanction marriage between two women, Dr. Lancaster said.”

Tuesday, June 1, Roll Call

On Continuity, Both Parties Need To Cooperate

By Colleen Shogan, guest observer:

“The debate over how Congress should reconstitute itself in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack has evolved into a partisan melee with experts, staffers, and elected officials talking past one another. The same arguments are repeated over and over again, with interested parties now seeming to treat the issue as a law school exercise that rewards the most arcane legal reasoning. It’s true that when tinkering with the Constitution and interpreting the meaning of the Founders, we must pay attention to the details. But along the way, we should not lose sight of the larger issues that surround the preservation of Congress and its continuity.”

Tuesday, June 1, The Star-Ledger

They’re Betting Their Futures on Politics

“The point was to use the collected data as a means of predicting events, including terrorist attacks. The project was killed when outraged lawmakers got wind of it, calling the idea of government-sanctioned betting on such propositions as the assassination of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ghoulish and a waste of money. Robin Hanson, a professor of economics at George Mason University who helped to design the Pentagon’s market, said the idea was to tap the predictive properties of futures trading, not to make book on the potential for terror attacks. ‘Most markets are intended to hedge risk or to entertain ordinary people who want to bet on events. A side effect is this information. There are topics we’d like more information on, (so why not) create a market that does this,’ Hanson said.”

Thursday, June 3, The Washington Times

Wireless Future; Web Access Moving Fast Toward Total Mobility

“Fairfax resident Michael Kelley expects to be able to connect to the Internet through completely portable and mobile broadband access in one to two years. ‘Now, you have to sit down and be at one location to be connected,’ says Mr. Kelley, professor of telecommunications and English at George Mason University in Fairfax. ‘You can’t get in your car and stay connected. All the wire and broadband you can’t drag behind your car.’ Mr. Kelley expects a proposed Federal Communications Commission ruling this summer to be the next entry point for wireless technology.”

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