This Week in the News…

Posted: August 6, 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:

Friday, July 30,

Kerry, `Reporting for Duty,’ Says Democrats Can Do Better

“‘He was warm, he focused on personal topics,’ said Susan Tolchin, a public policy professor at George Mason University. ‘He talked about his parents, his children, his childhood. He spoke most of the time on very personal subjects. That answers the criticisms that he’s cold and wooden.”’

Monday, Aug. 2, The Scientist

Protein Microarrays Mature

Victor Morozov of the National Center for Biodefense at George Mason University, Manassas, Va., says that in order for protein arrays to be competitively priced, developers will have to turn to parallel, industrial-scale manufacturing technologies similar to those employed in the production of microelectronic chips. Or, they will need to develop in situ synthesis methods such as that pioneered by DNA array manufacturer Affymetrix of Santa Clara, Calif.”

Monday, Aug. 2, USA Today

Minneapolis Ranks Highest of the Literates, Study Finds

“Most cities at the top of the list are not surprising—they can generally be characterized as ‘yuppie magnets’ that attract highly educated, relatively young and affluent professionals working in creative jobs, says Richard Florida, a public policy professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who studies metro-area trends in a knowledge-based economy. He notes also that the most literate cities ‘are the ones with the fewest kids.'”

Wednesday, Aug. 4, the Chicago Tribune

Bush Renews Call for Compassionate Conservatism

“President Bush delivered an election-year appeal to Roman Catholic priests and laypeople on Tuesday, reminding the faithful of his opposition to abortion and gay marriage even as he pledged to do more to help the poor if he wins a second term. ‘There is a huge divide within the Catholic community, but the Catholic vote is extremely similar to the overall vote,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, who studies religion and politics. ‘The war is the one wild card here for Catholics.'”

Wednesday, Aug. 4, the Wall Street Journal

New ICAP-Nymex Derivatives Have U.S. Gas Market’s Number

“Two months ago, when ICAP Energy and the New York Mercantile Exchange launched derivatives that allowed traders to bet each week on the outcome of the U.S. Department of Energy’s natural-gas storage survey, reactions from energy analysts and traders were at best mixed.

‘I don’t think it’s a glitch,’ said Robin Hanson, an assistant professor of economics at George Mason University and an expert on decision markets. ‘I believe it’ll continue.’ Mr. Hanson was associated with one of the highest-profile experiments in the decision-markets field: an aborted Policy Analysis Market touted by a group within the Pentagon to more accurately predict geopolitical risks by creating a financial futures market in geopolitical events such as political turmoil or terrorist attacks.”

Wednesday, Aug. 4, the Washington Post

Cato Institute Opposes Drug Importation Ban

Russell Roberts, an economist at George Mason University, agreed with Pilon’s analysis of ‘free rider’ countries that pay less than their fair share but take advantage of the latest pharmaceutical discoveries. But he said it would be a mistake for Americans to view free trade as a panacea.”

Wednesday, Aug. 4, USA Today

Bush Courts Catholics at Knights of Columbus Confab

“‘A lot of Catholics oppose the war in Iraq, but they are not the Catholics Bush was talking to today. These are the regular, churchgoing Catholics who vote mostly Republican,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia who has written on the role of religion in politics.”

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