George Mason in the News…

Posted: November 12, 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, Nov. 5, USA Today

U.S. Prefers Diplomacy with Iran, but Conflict Possible

“Relations reached their peak in the early 1970s when Richard Nixon was president. ‘Under the Nixon doctrine, the United States relied on regional powers such as Iran’ to contain Soviet influence, says Shaul Bakhash, a professor of history at George Mason University in Virginia and an expert on Iran. Relations plummeted after the shah was overthrown in a revolution led by Islamic fundamentalists in 1979. Asked to rate relations now on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being relations under the shah and one the hostage crisis in 1979, Bakhash says, ‘we’re barely at four.'”

Sunday, Nov. 7, Houston Chronicle

“Dynasty” Isn’t What Bushes Would Call It

“George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, have 14 grandchildren, all of whom have the same pedigree and connections that have aided the politically minded members of the family in the past. Among the more well-known of those grandchildren are the president’s twins, Barbara and Jenna Bush; Jeb’s son, George P. Bush; and Neil Bush’s son, Pierce Bush, and daughter, Lauren Bush, a model. ‘The one thing we know about American dynasties is that they don’t last very long,’ said Hugh Heclo, a professor of public affairs at George Mason University. ‘We can’t predict how long this one will last. But there are a lot of grandkids. Possibly one of the girls will be next.'”

Sunday, Nov. 7, The Toronto Star

Republicans Triumph with “Southern Strategy” That Added God To the Equation

“Church leaders were enlisted to mobilize them and the lobbies of their churches were duly lined with pamphlets and voting guides. Then, in what analysts call a stroke of genius, [Karl] Rove orchestrated the placing of anti-gay marriage resolutions on 11 state ballots. ‘People came out to vote against that, and stayed to vote for Bush,’ says Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia and co-editor of The New Politics Of The Old South.”

Sunday, Nov. 7, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Major Airlines’ Survival Up in Air

“Saddled with back-breaking debt loads and expensive union contracts and facing intense price competition, many of the so-called legacy airlines-those that flew in regulated days-are laying off workers and streamlining their operations. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the airlines have laid off 123,000 U.S. workers, May said in a recent speech, which is about one out of every six employees. The recent surge in fuel prices, which are 70 percent higher than they were a year ago, has only made profits more elusive for the struggling airlines. ‘The current situation is: Everything has come at the airline industry at once,’ said Kenneth Button, a professor of transportation at George Mason University.”

Monday, Nov. 8, Christian Science Monitor

Early Lines on Bush’s Next Cabinet

“Increasingly, decision making is tightly coordinated by the White House, with outside input getting steadily narrower. Political director Karl Rove holds weekly conference calls with cabinet secretaries’ chiefs of staff, one sign of that tight leash. This is not to say that Bush is outside the modern norm. ‘Generally, this is the way it’s been for the last three or four administrations,’ says James Pfiffner, a public-policy expert at George Mason University. The first President Bush ‘paid more attention to his Cabinet than most other presidents since Carter. But Clinton’s ideas were run out of the White House.'”

Tuesday, Nov. 9, The Washington Post

Philadelphia Shows Progress in Schools Run by Companies

Gerald W. Bracey, an educational psychologist at George Mason University, cited a recent Philadelphia Inquirer study showing that more than 100 schools in Philadelphia and its suburbs would not have made adequate yearly progress under the federal law if the state had not loosened its rules for reaching that standard. In the ‘diverse provider’ model, the independent groups take over existing schools with students already in place. This differs from the charter school approach, in which independent groups create schools.”

Tuesday, Nov. 9, The Washington Post

It’s Time To Ante Up For Metro

“Those who know Metro say the current cavalcade of problems was not only foreseeable, it was foreseen. Zachary Schrag, a George Mason University history professor who wrote his thesis on Metro’s history, opened a file on the system’s decline five years ago, labeled it ‘Slump of ’99’ and collected news of delays, breakdowns and other symptoms of a system that had been chronically starved of maintenance money. As long ago as 1986, a Metro staff memo laid out a grim future, warning that unless the system jacked up its maintenance budget, it would face a day of reckoning that would look awfully like today.”

Wednesday, Nov. 10, The Washington Post

Terrorism Defense Lab Ahead For GMU; Vaccines Will Be Tested, Developed

George Mason University will build a $40 million high-security laboratory in Prince William County to test and develop new vaccines and treatments to defend the public against bioterrorism, officials announced yesterday. University officials will seek $25 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to help pay for the facility. GMU has committed to paying the balance but hopes that it can recover the funds through other private and public grants, officials said. Groundbreaking could begin as soon as 2006, but timing will depend on funding. The 70,000-square-foot lab will be part of GMU’s National Center for Biodefense, a graduate program designed to train a new generation of experts to defend society from the estimated 80 pathogens emerging and in existence worldwide. Inside, graduate students and scientists will study airborne biological pathogens and how to fight them.”

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