George Mason in the News

Posted: May 6, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received over the past week.

Friday, April 29, Baltimore Sun

Bush Comes to Juncture on Signature Initiative

“Some independent analysts believe Bush made a huge miscalculation in thinking that his re-election was a mandate for a sweeping overhaul of perhaps the nation’s most politically volatile government program. He also may have underestimated how sharply polarized the country is, in spite of the majority that he won in November. ‘This may go down in history, alongside Clinton’s health care proposal, as a spectacular failure,’ said Mark Rozell, a George Mason University political scientist. Attention now shifts to Congress, where little progress has been made and even some of the president’s staunchest supporters admit that time is running out. ‘That’s the classic presidential strategy for avoiding blame—to kick the issue over to Capitol Hill and then to blame Congress if Congress does not act,’ Rozell said.”

Sunday, May 1, Baltimore Sun

Md. lawmakers Say They’re Correcting Slips in Travel Reporting

Susan J. Tolchin, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of a book on congressional ethics, said it’s important to make the distinction between privately funded travel that serves a policy purpose and the trips that are more about providing a lawmaker with a free vacation. For someone such as [Tom] DeLay—whose trips have included a visit to the famed St. Andrews golf course in Scotland—it is the motivation for the trip that has raised eyebrows, she said. ‘That’s probably Tom DeLay’s problem right now,’ Tolchin said.”

Monday, May 2, Washington Post

Armed with Federal Cash, Colleges Take on Terrorism

“Colleges across the country are catering to students such as Lanier by revamping curricula and research as they try to keep pace with the changes brought on by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and take advantage of a large pool of homeland-security money. At hundreds of schools, Sept. 11 is influencing how many topics are taught, from medicine to firefighting to politics to computer networking. Much of the funding so far has gone to immediate practical needs rather than long-term research, some analysts said. And the rapid increases seem to be slowing, said Kei Koizumi of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Still, there is an influx of money for homeland-security studies, said Peter Stearns, provost of George Mason University in Virginia, where students can earn a doctorate in biodefense.”

Monday, May 2, Chicago Tribune

St. Louis Waits for Bio-Belt to Bloom

“‘A lot of the promise of the technology will be hampered by the political climate,’ predicted Russ Roberts, an economist at George Mason University in Virginia who formerly worked in St. Louis. Meantime, Roberts noted, the development effort here has produced no blockbuster companies, or even solid midsize players. ‘They have a lot of tinkerers,’ he said.”

Monday, May 2, Philadelphia Daily News

Religious Right and GOP Split on Tactics

“Maybe the differences between the GOP and the religious right are merely stylistic. But it’s significant that the Christian leaders’ continued willingness to assail the judiciary in apocalyptic religious overtones doesn’t mesh with the more measured language of the Republican leadership. This could complicate the GOP’s balancing act: the need to please its restive Christian base, while also seeking to assure centrist Americans that the Christian base isn’t running the show. ‘It’s tricky,’ said Mark Rozell, a George Mason University political analyst who specializes in the religious right. ‘Religious conservatives do feel they have the power now, and that they can use government to advance their moral vision. And they believe that their vision is the correct one. That’s a pretty radical view, given the fact that they live in a pluralistic society.'”

Tuesday, May 2, MSNBC.com

Evolving with Our Stomachs

“In other words, we, meaning most residents in highly technological nations like the United States, are truly among the first handful of generations never to worry about where to get our food. ‘This is the first time in human history that’s been the case for large numbers of people,’ says George Mason University professor Peter Stearns, author of Fat History.

Tuesday, May 3, Inside Higher Ed

When a Professor Loses It

Sandra I. Cheldelin, a psychologist who teaches at George Mason University and runs conflict resolution programs involving academic departments at a number of institutions, said, ‘The real story here is the high stakes of tenure. There is an extraordinary amount of pressure about tenure—people have been working their entire careers toward this one thing.’ Cheldelin said that people can’t assume that just because someone doesn’t appear on the verge of a breakdown, news like a tenure denial might not set off much more than disappointment. ‘Any time you have something that’s really threatening your livelihood, then people’s responses are going to differ, but they can be as powerful as it was important to them.’”

Thursday, May 5, Washington Post

GMU Looking to Raise Profile and $15 Million

“Each of the 300 technology professionals who attended the annual gala for George Mason University‘s School of Information Technology and Engineering Friday evening walked away with a compact disc of classical music containing a thinly veiled message from Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the department. ‘With the help of corporate sponsors and individuals like yourself, we’ll move the School of IT and Engineering into a position of true national prominence and leadership,’ Griffiths says on the CD.”

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