George Mason in the News

Posted: February 4, 2005 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, Jan. 28, ABC News: 20/20

Russell Roberts, professor of economics at George Mason, was interviewed for a segment on the sharing of private property.

Sunday, Jan. 30, The Washington Post

Engineering Students Get College Push; George Mason Partners With Vocational Program

“Beginning this year, Arain and his classmates could get more than knowledge and experience from the class. Last week, Fairfax County schools and George Mason University, in the first such arrangement between the institutions, signed an agreement that will allow students who complete either of two engineering classes to earn three university credits. Douglas Wright, administrator of the Chantilly Academy, the professional and technical studies program within the high school, said the agreement could help economically disadvantaged students get a start at George Mason. For other students, it could provide the boost they need to gain admission to the university.”

Tuesday, Feb. 1, Associated Press

College Presidents Back Bill for Greater Autonomy

“The legislation establishes three levels of autonomy, with universities enacting six-year plans intended to promote stability and predictability in tuition, enrollment growth and other matters.

All universities would be eligible for the first level of autonomy. Those seeking additional flexibility at the second level would operate under a ‘memorandum of understanding’ while those at the top level would operate under a management agreement signed by legislative leaders and various administration officials. Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason University, said the measure ‘will make us more effective and more efficient.'”

February, Oprah Magazine

Marriage Without a Map

“The notion of the married couple as an isolated nuclear family is distinctly Western, and only a couple of hundred years old, according to Roger Lancaster,PhD, director of the Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. But it has had hearty social and governmental support, which has undoubtedly fed our reluctance to think about it as a more flexible institution. That, in turn, has had the unfortunate consequence of making us feel that there’s something wrong with us if we don’t happily participate in our conventional system of modern love, says Lancaster. He believes that our ideal places too many demands on that relationship, and that creativity is vital to any kind of livable domestic arrangement.”

Thursday, Feb. 3, The Washington Post

Professor Alerts Homeland

“A researcher at George Mason University had an interest in the tsunami’s effect on India, his native country. Ramesh P. Singh, a civil engineering professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, is on leave and working as a visiting professor at George Mason’s Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. A few days after the Dec. 26 tsunami struck the coast of India and elsewhere in South Asia and Africa, Singh sent an e-mail to government officials in India warning them that the aftershocks could trigger a major earthquake in Assam and the Himalayan region. In a telephone interview, Singh said the last major earthquake in Assam was in 1950. He said he warned the officials that ‘no big earthquake has occurred in the Assam region for a long time, and scientists believe that it is due any time.'”

March 1 Edition, Money

Is this the End of Lawsuit Lotto?

“The president and his allies business groups, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the American Medical Association, and most Republicans contend that fewer lawsuits and smaller awards will shrink tort costs for business and that will mean lower prices for consumers. David Bernstein, a law professor at George Mason University, says the average American will ‘care that their local doctor is more likely to stay in his or her practice, or that when they go to Home Depot, the ladders cost 20 percent less because people aren’t falling off them and suing for millions. Scaling back the system probably won’t have any effect on your health or safety, but it’ll probably save you some money.'”

Tuesday, Feb. 1, WAMU Radio

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History at George Mason, was interviewed for a To the Point segment on Iraq’s relationship with Iran.

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