George Mason in the News…

Posted: October 15, 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, Oct. 9, Korea Times

Postwar Paths Diverge for Korea, Vietnam

“But while the Southeast Asian nation reunited under a communist government after a fresh invasion by the North Vietnam in 1975, South and North Korea remain divided and politically polarized. ‘It is very tempting to look at the experience of Vietnam after reunification as a sort of middle-ground between what has happened in North and South Korea,’ explained David Haines, a professor of anthropology at George Mason University who has worked as a translator in Vietnam. ‘Although Vietnam remains staunchly communist, it has nevertheless experimented with some economic liberalization and is quite active in regional affairs,’ he said. Haines, currently on a Fulbright Exchange at Seoul National University, said many experts identify the kind of economic activism and potential in present day Vietnam as that which drove South Korea’s speedy industrialization.”

Saturday, Oct. 9, Reuters News

Style is Part of the Battle in Bush, Kerry Debate

“There were moments, especially at the start of the debate when the Iraq war was under discussion, when Bush hit a heated tone, and he also interrupted moderator Charles Gibson of ABC television. ‘What was interesting was the number of times he sounded angry, a number of times he sounded as though he was hectoring,’ said Jeremy Mayer, a political scientist at George Mason University who has studied presidential image. ‘I also noticed how rapidly he jumped out of his chair … he was raring to go.’ On the other hand, ‘Kerry’s image problem was a certain gangliness … He was jerking around a bit.’ But Mayer added that the Massachusetts senator, who detractors say has too lugubrious an expression, was learning how to smile, which helped him project an optimistic image.”

Monday, Oct. 11, The Seattle Times

“Super Mario” Bolstered EU

“But others credit Monti with bringing Europe’s antitrust laws more closely in line with those in the United States, even if the Americans did not see eye to eye with him on every decision. ‘He has brought economics to the fore,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, a professor of antitrust law at George Mason University. ‘I may not agree with all of his analysis, but he … invigorated antitrust enforcement. I’m an admirer.'”

Tuesday, Oct. 12, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Vote By Poor May Skyrocket This Year

Michael McDonald, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan Washington, D.C., think tank, and an expert on voter turnout, said he expects outreach efforts in poor neighborhoods across the country to have a significant impact in the Nov. 2 election. McDonald said low-income voters are ‘very persuadable and easily mobilized’ to vote when they receive the visits, mailings and follow-up phone calls usually lavished on likely voters. He predicts a record turnout of about 60 percent of the voting age population on Nov. 2. ‘And since those at the top of the ladder already participate, the increase will come primarily from the lower rungs,’ said McDonald, who also is a political science professor at George Mason University in Northern Virginia.”

Thursday, Oct. 14, Washington Post

Visa Issues Vex Tech Workers, Their Employers

“Administrators of information technology departments at local colleges say there’s another visa problem that won’t be solved by more H-1Bs for their international graduates: Bureaucratic hurdles in getting student visas have increased dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, deterring some foreign students from enrolling. George L. Donohue, professor of systems engineering and operations research at George Mason University, said one of his most talented PhD candidates is a student from Vietnam who returned home last Christmas to visit her mother for the first time in four years. When she went to the U.S. embassy to get her visa renewed, she was told her background had to be investigated more fully before she could return to the United States. The student was stuck in Vietnam for three months, missing much of the semester while paying rent on an empty apartment.”

Thursday, Oct. 14, USA Today

So How Well Did They Do?

“Here is how experts in communications, linguistics and politics assessed the performances of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry in their debate Wednesday night (edited for length and clarity): Roger Wilkins, George Mason University history professor: ‘Bush was better than he has been in any of the other debates, but he still lost because the facts aren’t on his side. Although it seemed his delivery was better than it has been, he still was smirky and sometimes juvenile.'”

Thursday, Oct. 14, Washington Times

True Colors; Leaves Should Be Brilliant after Cool, Wet Summer

“Leaves respond to the decrease in sunlight by slowing production of chlorophyll, causing the green to fade and the other pigments in the leaves to appear. ‘The sun damages the chlorophyll year-round. The sun actually breaks the chlorophyll down,’ says Christian Jones, professor and chair of the environmental science and policy department at George Mason University in Fairfax. He holds a doctorate in botany. ‘If the leaf quits making it, it decomposes to something that doesn’t have a green color.'”

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