George Mason in the News

Posted: May 20, 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.

Thursday May 12, Kansas City Star

St. Louis Waits for Bio-Belt to Bloom

“Biotech wheat got shelved last year amid widespread environmental concerns. And while visionary scientists such as St. Louis’ Roger Beachy preach about saving the U.S. farm economy, practically no one believes the market will expand much beyond the four basic crops in the near future. ‘A lot of the promise of the technology will be hampered by the political climate,’ said Russ Roberts, an economist at George Mason University in Virginia who formerly worked in St. Louis. Meantime, Roberts said, the development effort here has produced no blockbuster companies or even solid midsize players. ‘They have a lot of tinkerers,’ he said.”

Friday, May 13 Cleveland Plain Dealer

Solon’s Groedel No Longer a ‘Survivor’

“The civil-rights lawyer, who has been an outsider for much of the series, was one of five contestants left in the reality series before being voted off the island in Thursday’s episode. She escaped elimination in last week’s episode, but she still was an outsider from the main alliance. She had outlasted four members of her Koror tribe to make it to the final five. Groedel, 46, lives in Solon with her husband, Howard, and three daughters. She was born and reared in New York City and has a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.”

Sunday, May 15, Boston Globe

Mass. Landmark Ruling Pushed Issue onto Ballots

“When gay marriage foes face resistance to constitutional bans in legislatures, they are successfully taking their case directly to voters by collecting enough signatures to put initiatives on the ballot. That worked last year in three politically moderate states: Oregon, where 57 percent approved a constitutional ban, Michigan at 59 percent, and Ohio at 62 percent. Next year, voters in Alabama, South Dakota, Tennessee, and, most likely, Indiana and Virginia will consider ballot initiatives. Wisconsin may vote as early as this year, and initiative drives are under way in Florida and California, among others. But polls consistently show broad acceptance for gay unions among young people, who could reshift the political balance as they age. Foes of gay unions ‘wish to foreclose what they view as inevitable’ by adopting constitutional bans, said Roger Lancaster, director of cultural studies at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Va.”

Monday, May 16, PBS On-line News Hour

The Filibuster Debate

“‘Jeremy Mayer [assistant professor in the School of Public Policy], expand on that. This began not because the framers decided this was something which should be protected or enshrined in the Constitution necessarily.’

[Mayer] ‘Absolutely. And it emerged very slowly and began to be used most particularly with civil rights. The grandest clashes in the history of the filibuster deal with the issue of civil rights where we had a strong regional opposition to a majority desire to stop things like lynching in the South.’”

Tuesday, May 17, San Francisco Chronicle

Thinking Ahead: Long-Term Care

“‘The whole notion of the partnership is to broaden the market to people of modest income. Teachers and government workers are a good example,’ said Mark Meiners, a professor at the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University, who acted as a consultant in starting the California Partnership for Long-Term Care. ‘They have resources, have a pension, but not enough to get the kind of quality care they want. If they need long-term care, they’re at significant risk of losing their nest egg and not having something to pass along,’ Meiners said.”

Tuesday, May 17, Patriot News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

State gays’ lack of job safeguards draws fire

“‘It’s not the business climate. … It’s the people climate,’ said Richard Florida, the Hirst Professor at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. Florida said a technical worker simply might feel as if he doesn’t fit into a community that doesn’t welcome gays.”

Tuesday, May 17, Yahoo News

$500,000 John Templeton Foundation Grant Awarded to Mercatus Center at George Mason University

“‘We’re focusing on the entrepreneur because entrepreneurship is the true engine of economic growth,’ comments Mercatus Center President Tony Woodlief. ‘The John Templeton Foundation is providing seed funding for a long-term and sustained effort which will have a profound impact on the direction of economic development in Africa and the rest of the world.’ The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is a research, education, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to connect academic learning and real world practice.”

Wednesday, May 18, Seattle Weekly

The Monkey Wrench Trial

“But three social scientists interviewed by Seattle Weekly, including one of the other leading experts on ‘ecological inference,’ say Katz is trying something very different in this case than has ever been tried before. In fact, they say they do not know of any court, let alone the U.S. Supreme Court, that has accepted what Katz seeks to do. George Mason University political science professor Michael McDonald, a leader in the field of elections and statistics, says of Katz’s work in this case: ‘This is a whole new way of looking at things. I’m very hesitant about it. It hasn’t been published. It hasn’t been vetted in the academic community.’”

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