George Mason in the News

Posted: May 13, 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, May 6, Chronicle of Higher Education

Look for the Union Label

“The GESO [Graduate Employees and Students Organization] veterans’ view of the conflict at Yale is hardly unanimous. Colleen J. Shogan, an assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University, earned her Ph.D. at Yale in 2002. She says that she found the union to be dishonest, self-important, and much too concerned with parochial campus concerns. ‘When GESO lost its straw poll in 2003,’ she says, ‘that was very heartening to me. It showed me that democracy works, and that reasonable people will listen to reasonable arguments.’”

Friday, May 6, Los Angeles Daily News

CNN’s New Boss Ready to Hunt Fox

“Former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno, now a professor at George Mason University, has come back to do some part-time work at CNN and is impressed with what he sees in Klein. ‘I think he has energized the place,’ Sesno said. ‘I think he has been very creative and smart and has a lot of new ideas. He believes that news and storytelling can work, can be compelling, and can attract an audience.’”

Saturday, May 7, the Harlingen Valley Morning Star (Texas)

Educators Share Success of Dual-language Program with Others

“‘With the 90/10 ratio model, students will, instead of trying to be caught up learning English, learn the same curriculum any other student is taught only in Spanish,’ Virginia P. Collier, a professor at George Mason University, said. ‘Teaching them in Spanish rather than making the curriculum easier at such an early age, like transitional language programs do, will slow the student learning down. By trying to teach a student English first, schools are actually creating the learning gap rather than trying to close it.’”

Saturday, May 7, NewScientist.com

Lost Asteroid Clue to Pioneer Puzzle

“But there might be a cheaper way to find an explanation. [PhD student] Gary Page of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and his colleagues have identified 15 asteroids that might also be subjected to the mysterious force. The asteroids’ orbits all stretch far into the outer solar system. This is crucial because the Pioneer anomaly only shows up beyond about twice the distance from the sun to Saturn. Of the 15 candidates, the best is 1995SN55. This 370-kilometre-wide space rock has spent the past 54 years in the anomaly zone, so it should have experienced the largest perturbation. And tantalizingly, it is not where predictions say it should be. ‘It could be lost because of the Pioneer effect,’ says Page. ‘Asteroids are just big and dumb and go where gravity tells them.’”

Wednesday, May 11, Washington Times

Battling Noise

“Sound is a wave in the air that displaces air molecules and travels as the air is compressed and expanded, says Eugenie Mielczarek, emeritus professor of physics at George Mason University in Fairfax. ‘If there was no air, we wouldn’t hear sound,’ says Ms. Mielczarek, who holds a doctorate in physics.”

Wednesday, May 11, Washington Post

FBI Office Will Move to Prince William

“Occupants of the park include several small defense contractors, nonprofit group American Type Culture Collection, which collects microorganisms for scientists, and George Mason University. George Mason officials plan to break ground on a $40 million bioterrorism lab by next year. FBI officials are considering an internship program for students at George Mason, which offers an administration of justice program, [Joseph Persichini Jr., the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office] said.”

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