George Mason in the News…

Posted: September 10, 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:

Thursday, Sept. 2, The Washington Times

Gifted Minds; Experts Who Study the Brain Don’t Agree on How it Works

“The connections total in the trillions for both the average and gifted minds. ‘There are lots of hypotheses in terms of physiological function,’ says Layne Kalbfleisch, member of the National Association for Gifted Children, based in Northwest [Washington, D.C.]. ‘We have beginning observations but don’t have ways to put the pieces of the puzzle together yet.’ The observations come from behavior and cognitive psychology and not from biology, says Ms. Kalbfleisch, professor of cognitive neuroscience and assistant professor in educational psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax. Most biological experiments are conducted with animals or on the damaged or diseased brain, she says.”

Friday, Sept. 3, Associated Press

Army’s Draw Sidesteps Draft So Far

“Active-duty, Reserve and National Guard troops have found themselves in Iraq for months longer than expected because the Pentagon extended their tours of duty. Other soldiers, nearing retirement, have been kept on duty through the armed services’ ‘stop-loss’ programs. Still, the recruiting effort remains a success story. ‘The risk doesn’t bother the people who volunteer to serve in wartime,’ said David Armor, a public policy professor at George Mason University and an expert on military manpower. ‘That’s what they’re there for. They’re in it for love of country, the military family, the military way of life. They’re in it for old-fashioned patriotism.'”

Saturday, Sept. 4, The Washington Post

Christian Conservatives Content Backstage

“The rhetoric prompted one commentator to quip that the Buchanan speech was better in its original German. ‘That convention was a drag on George H.W. Bush and the campaign,’ said Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of several books on religion and politics. ‘Religious conservatives learned their lesson from 1992. They’re smart enough now to know that the payoff comes later if President Bush wins. In other words, by playing along, they’ll get much more in the long run.'”

Saturday, Sept. 4, The Oakland Tribune

Stamping Out a National Identity?

“Official stamp subjects have gotten more lively in recent years; they now include Woody Guthrie, Honus Wagner and Nancy and Sluggo. But turning the stamp in ‘Your Photo Here,’ while exciting, isn’t the same cultural expression. ‘It’s saying, “Postage is about me,” rather than some national notion,’ says Roy Rosenzweig, director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and author of The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life. ‘Part of the point of stamps was to tell us who we are,’ Rosenzweig says. Photostamps, though, represent ‘a symbol of some wider set of changes that are already out there—people identifying with smaller groups, with marketplaces instead of countries.'”

Sunday, Sept. 5, The Plain Dealer

Figuring Out Just What an ‘Economic Girlie-man’ Is

Russell Roberts, National Public Radio commentator and economics professor at George Mason University, says girlie-men are ‘the people who are always worrying about a threat to the American economy. Japan in the early 1990s. Mexico in 1994. Today it’s India and outsourcing or the loss of manufacturing jobs. Or we’re becoming a nation of hamburger flippers. Or the middle class is disappearing. Or the deficit is going to send the economy into a death spiral. None of these particular worries are worrisome, but they do get a lot of air time,’ Roberts said.”

Tuesday, Sept. 7, The Washington Post

A Hands-Off Approach

“Since the mid-1980s, high-tech devices that ‘hear’ what a user says and turn the spoken word into electronic text have held out promise to amputees, upper-body paraplegics and others unable to type or manipulate a mouse, according to Kristine Neuber, an assistive technology specialist and director of George Mason University’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities [Assistive Technology Lab] in Fairfax. The institute provides training and technical assistance to students with disabilities and their teachers. Like Pogue, Neuber said the early programs’ reputation for intractability was well-deserved.”

Thursday, Sept. 9, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Recovery Plan: Cuts Will Hit Hard across Atlanta

“A company cutting back also would presumably spend less on its suppliers, purchasing less food, fuel, maintenance, security and other services. But Delta’s restructuring includes additional flights at Hartsfield-Jackson, so that spending might grow, said transportation economist Kenneth Button of George Mason University in Virginia. ‘I think that will be a positive,’ he said. ‘I think personnel will be a negative—fewer jobs, less spending power.'”

Thursday, Sept. 9, The Washington Post

Sniper Prosecutors Want Judge Off Case

“Several legal experts were stunned by Thacher’s actions. ‘That just seems like a most injudicious thing to do,’ said Michael E. O’Neill, a law professor at George Mason University. ‘It seems to me that there are legal issues, but those are best presented by the lawyers and not something the judge ought to be doing.'”

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