George Mason in the News…

Posted: December 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:

Monday, Dec. 6, Washington Times

Wiring Journalism for the Future

“The courses focus on teaching students how to report in a multimedia format. The students learn how to use different media’s tools, such as tape recorders, cameras and video recorders, to gather information and how to write and report what they gather for the Web, print, audio or television. Students need to know how to work in print, broadcast and online formats before they enter the work force, says Steve Klein, journalism professor and coordinator of the electronic journalism program in the communication department at George Mason University.”

Tuesday, Dec. 7, Washington Post

Fairfax Delegate Has Eyes on New Title

“Like other Northern Virginia Democrats who seek statewide office, [Chap] Petersen will work on becoming better known in the Southside and southwestern regions, which tend to vote Republican. ‘He’s going to have to find a way of balancing his Northern Virginia agenda with an agenda that answers questions from downstate areas, which are depressed and downtrodden,’ said Toni-Michelle C. Travis, an associate professor of politics at George Mason University.”

Tuesday, Dec. 7, Washington Post

Charting Progress of Rule Reviews Proves Difficult

Susan Dudley of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, which was the most prolific nominator in 2001 (44 of the 71 recommendations), said the current administration has done a better job than its predecessors of holding the line on new rules. But reviewing existing regulations has taken a back seat. ‘The administration has an opportunity in its second term to establish procedures for “sunsetting” rules that have outlived their purpose and reforming regulations that have had unintended consequences,’ said Dudley, who directs the center’s regulatory studies program.”

Thursday, Dec. 9, Washington Post

Hidden in D.C., a Constellation of Academic Stars

“Universities account for five of the top 20 private-sector employers in the city, with George Washington and Georgetown heading the list, according to the D.C. Department of Employment Services. But Stephen Fuller, an economist who is professor of public policy at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, said higher education is overshadowed by the federal government and the hospitality industry and tends to be an ‘orphan’ when the economic strength of the city and the region is assessed. ‘The District is loaded with universities,’ he said, noting that they and health institutions generate employment and lure visitors, and ‘are big players of regional and even national and international importance.'”

Dec. 13 Issue, Fortune

Why the FDA Keeps Blowing It

“Cancer patients are routinely treated off-label—with drugs ranging from the once-banned thalidomide to the much-raved-about Gleevec. Indeed, as many as 90 percent of children with serious diseases are treated with medicines or dosing regimens not formally approved for the condition, says Alexander Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University who has written extensively on off-label drug use and who argues that the FDA should drop efficacy standards altogether. ‘Treatment breakthroughs in the clinic,’ he says, ‘advance medicine faster than the FDA approves new uses for existing drugs.'”

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