George Mason in the News…

Posted: October 22, 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, Oct. 15, The Cincinnati Post

Anti-Islam Fallout

“One recent Saturday night, about 50 Muslim scholars filed into a classroom at George Mason University’s Arlington, Va., campus to hear the keynote address of their three-day conference on Islam and modernity. They had to watch it on a DVD player. The speaker, Geneva-based Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan, could not attend in person because his U.S. visa had been revoked. Yet to those in the audience, his moderate words sounded like the kind of message U.S. officials would applaud. He urged a serious dialogue on the ‘universal values’ shared by Islam and the West and added, ‘We should not blame the West for our problems.'”

Saturday, Oct. 16, Washington Post

Market Takes a Breather

Stephen S. Fuller, local economy expert and professor of public policy at George Mason University, attributes the slowdown to recent Fed hikes of short-term rates and mortgage rates edging up over 6 percent in the summer before heading back down. ‘It’s just a momentary blip,’ he said, saying people’s expectations have been skewed by the insanity of the spring. Fuller predicts the local housing market will continue to sizzle over the next few years. He discounts the idea that the market is past its peak. ‘It’s going to take us three years to get to a more normal pattern,’ he said.”

Saturday, Oct. 16, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Battle for Battleground States

“If the lack of activity leads some Virginians to feel this is an election for others, they are hardly alone. Despite intense TV advertising, nearly 60 percent of Americans live in areas where no presidential campaign TV commercials have been broadcast since the end of the primary season on March 4, according to the University of Wisconsin study. ‘We in Virginia, unfortunately, are hearing about the ads, and the candidates’ positions, through media portrayals from other states,’ said George Mason University public policy professor Mark Rozell. ‘The candidates have made a strategic decision to concentrate on battleground states, and Virginia is not one of them. We political junkies are living vicariously by watching other states.'”

Tuesday, Oct. 18, Washington Times

Designs on Web; People Learn Online or in a Book, Class

“However, learning programming skills is not enough. ‘You need to organize all of your content, so the user doesn’t go all over the page,’ says Paras Kaul, coordinator of electronic publications and adjunct assistant professor in art and visual technology at George Mason University in Fairfax. ‘You need to have some worthwhile content. That’s not the technical aspect. Otherwise, it adds more junk to the Web.'”

Thursday, Oct. 21, Christian Science Monitor

British Try To Sway Ohio Swing Voters

“But Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University, says the effort may backfire. ‘Americans don’t take too well to outside meddling in their electoral process,’ he says. Rozell, who writes frequently about the electoral process, doubts the letter-writing campaign will help John Kerry. ‘It demonstrates their [The Guardian’s] naivete about how Americans view their own elections,’ he says.”

Thursday, Oct. 21, Washington Post

For GMU President, a Study of Closer Ties With Asia

“George Mason University President Alan G. Merten is on a three-week tour of Asia to promote relationships between the school and Asian education and business institutions, GMU officials said. Merten, who arrived in China on Sunday and is scheduled to return Nov. 6, will visit Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Taipei, Taiwan. Merten plans to meet with educators, government and community leaders, George Mason University graduates and prospective students. On Saturday, he is scheduled to give the keynote address, ‘Universities as a Primary Driver of Economic Development,’ at the China International Forum on Education in Beijing. Also while in China, Merten is scheduled to visit Fudan and Shanghai Jiaotong universities in Shanghai and Beihang and Tsinghua universities in Beijing, among others. The university president will also meet with the Chinese ministers of science and technology, and education.”

Nov. 1 Issue, Forbes

Regulatory Overdose; What’s a drug good for?

“Fans of the nanny state might prefer to bar the use of drugs for any patients or purposes the FDA hasn’t approved. But George Mason University economist Alexander Tabarrok has a different idea: Abolish FDA-required efficacy testing altogether. Such testing is a big reason it typically takes 10 to 15 years from the time a new drug is discovered until the FDA approves it for sale. The long wait can cost lives and runs up new-drug costs–to an estimated $900 million per successful drug. Tabarrok says this system makes little sense; the FDA demands costly, time-consuming efficacy tests for some uses and no tests for others. And while the FDA allows off-label prescribing by docs, it strictly limits the drugmakers’ promotion of such uses to doctors and permits none at all to patients.”

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