George Mason in the News

Posted: April 1, 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:

Sunday, March 27, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Easter is the Time to Celebrate Spiritual Rebirth

Laurence R. Iannaccone, economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said that although some people do return to church, the overall religiosity of Americans has remained stable for the past 50 years. ‘This contrasts with many other developed countries, where religiosity seems to have declined rather dramatically,’ he said. The number of people claiming no religion has increased, but most of them were not religious in the first place, he said. People are least involved in religion from the late teens through their early 30s, Mr. Iannaccone said. Religious involvement tends to rise through the rest of the person’s life, he said.

Wednesday, March 30, New York Sun

Bush’s Social Security Plan Sparks Rift Among Conservative Intellectuals

“Conservative Harvard University economist Robert Barro broke with the White House in the April 4 issue of Business Week, writing, ‘Overall the accounts are a bad idea.’ A free-market economist at George Mason University, Tyler Cowen, has linked his web log, Marginal Revolution, to Mr. Barro’s dissent, declaring, ‘Robert Barro agrees with me on Social Security.’ To be sure, the White House can tap a deep well of support among conservative academics. Harvard economist Martin Feldstein has spoken glowingly of private accounts, as have Nobel laureate Gary Becker and Richard Posner, both of the University of Chicago. But Mr. Cowen and others say the cracks in public support for the president’s approach are only the surface manifestations of wider misgivings on the right.”

Wednesday, March 30, Associated Press

Study: Mistaken Eyewitnesses Key in Wrongful Convictions

“Mistaken eyewitness identification is the driving force behind wrongful convictions in Virginia, an 18-month study released Wednesday by the Innocence Commission for Virginia has found. While the study cites several factors as having contributed to sending innocent Virginians to prison, it places much of the blame on honest people making honest mistakes. ‘This is a problem that every single study nationwide has shown is a significant issue in criminal investigations,’ said George Mason University criminal justice professor Jon Gould, chair of the commission’s steering committee. ‘It is not limited to Virginia.'”

Wednesday, March 30, Seattle Times

Most College Profs Lean Left, Study Says

“College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiracy-minded conservatives might have imagined, a new study says. By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at U.S. universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms, with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans. ‘What’s most striking is how few conservatives there are in any field,’ said Robert Lichter, a professor at George Mason University and a co-author of the study. ‘There was no field we studied in which there were more conservatives than liberals or more Republicans than Democrats. It’s a very homogenous environment, not just in the places you’d expect to be dominated by liberals.'”

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