George Mason in the News

Posted: March 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, Feb. 25, The Star-Ledger

Waiting To Get Behind the Wheel; Teens Aren’t As Driven To Drive

“Teenage lethargy over driving popped up recently in the popular ‘Zits’ comics, which chronicles the life of a 15-year-old. Four strips were devoted to the subject after Jeremy announced—to the great dismay of his parents—that he might not get his license at 16 because it was too expensive and too much trouble. ‘I think there’s always been sort of laggard kids, who for whatever reason have parents willing to shuttle them around,’ said Amy L. Best, a sociologist at George Mason University in Virginia, who is writing a book on teens and cars. But she agrees there are other factors at play today. ‘There’s so many other things going on—athletics and SAT courses and social life—and they don’t want to feel the added pressure of learning to drive and all that goes with it,’ she said.”

Friday, Feb. 25, Associated Press

Trinidad Hires American Experts To Reform Police Force

“The government has hired U.S. crime experts to help reform Trinidad’s police force, in a bid to stem spiraling violence in the oil-rich Caribbean country, officials said Friday. The government signed a one-year, Trinidadian $5.7 million (US $900,000) contract with Stephen Mastrofski, a professor of international affairs at George Mason University in Virginia, Jeffrey Snipes, a professor of criminal justice at San Francisco State University, and Jon Gould, the director of the justice administration program at George Mason University. The three will focus on making the police force more accountable to the public, Mastrofski said.”

Saturday, Feb. 26, The Washington Post

‘Independent Republican’ Potts Joins Race in Va.

“Students of Virginia politics said Potts’s candidacy underscored divisions in the Republican Party that have widened in the last 20 years over such issues as abortion and, more recently, taxes. ‘It’s obvious he wants a more socially moderate party and he has differences with the hard-liners on taxes,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor of politics at George Mason University.”

Saturday, Feb. 26, The Washington Times

Election Districts Drawing Attention; GOP Anxious to Move Lines

“Press reports this week indicated that House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, has been talking to state governors about redrawing their districts mid-decade to counteract any gains Republicans make in 2006 from Georgia. George Mason University public and international affairs professor Michael McDonald said Democratic retaliation is possible in some states, but unlikely. ‘I do get the sense that the Democrats could try to do some sort of retaliation in Illinois, Louisiana, and New Mexico,’ Mr. McDonald said, adding there may not be enough support in the state legislatures to draw a new congressional map this year.”

Monday, Feb. 28, AME Info

George Mason University of USA to Open Campus in RAK

“In a major boost to the higher education sector of the UAE, the prestigious George Mason University (GMU) of the US will open a modern international campus with state-of-the-art facilities in Ras Al Khaimah. The landmark educational project will be a joint initiative between RAK-Human Development Foundation (RAK-HDF), a collaboration between RAK Government, Al Ghurair Investments and ETA Ascon Group, Dubai and the George Mason University, USA. The campus of the George Mason University in Ras Al Khaimah, christened `GMU-RAK Campus’, is designed to be a world class centre of excellence in Higher Education.”

Monday, Feb. 28, USA Today

Groups Call for Comprehensive Reform for U.S. High Schools

“Warner, considered a potential 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, chairs the association and has made school reform a priority. But skeptics, such as George Mason University professor Gerald Bracey, said the effort is less about education than power and control. ‘People have been saying this about schools ever since the Cold War,’ he said. ‘There’s nothing in the “new” message that wasn’t in Life magazine in 1958 or A Nation At Risk in 1983. The critics always say that the kids are not learning what they need to know, but they never say what that is.'”

Wednesday, March 2, The Wall Street Journal

Patent Ruling Irks Inventors, Aids Companies

“Losing a patent suit can be enormously expensive even when judges or juries don’t find willful infringement. Microsoft Corp. is currently appealing a $565 million 2003 award to the University of California and Eolas Technologies Inc., Chicago, for infringing a software patent. That is the second-biggest patent judgment ever, trailing only the 1990 award of $990.5 million that Polaroid Corp. won from Kodak for infringing its instant-camera technology. In both cases, judges ruled the infringement wasn’t willful. Nevertheless, willful violation is charged in more than 90 percent of all patent suits, says George Mason University law professor Kimberly Moore. She adds that, when a defendant is found guilty, plaintiffs get enhanced damages for willful infringement about one-third of the time.”

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