George Mason in the News

Posted: May 27, 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 20, Conservative Voice (online newsletter)

Practice Malpractice Restraint

“George Mason University law professor Michael Krauss blames much of the explosion of legal costs—particularly for doctors and their patients—to a lack of understanding about the proper use of tort law. Krauss points out that the rising number of large awards and the negative impact they have on physicians can be blamed in large part on the increasing tendency of juries to see tort law as insurance, a welfare plan or vindication. ‘Rather the essence of tort law is to reallocate risks when one person has wrongfully and without consent caused harm to another,’ he writes.”

Sunday, May 22, Boston Globe

Sounding the Alarm over a Creativity ‘Crisis’

“These are the themes of [Richard] Florida’s latest book, The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent, which contends the United States is about to lose the race for the world’s best talent. The reason: Our open society, which has allowed people and ideas from all over to flourish, is closing under post-9/11 immigration policies and an intolerant Christian right. Flight is a follow-up to Florida’s influential earlier work, The Rise of the Creative Class, which argued that knowledge workers, from artists to engineers, drive today’s economy, and the U.S. cities able to attract this young, smart ‘creative class’ will come out winners. Florida, a professor at George Mason University near Washington, D.C., found that a common trait of successful new economy cities like Boston and San Francisco was a tolerance for unconventional ideas and people, which he quantified with indexes measuring the presence of gays and bohemians.”

Wednesday, May 25, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Capital Gains: How 9/11, Wall Street Woes Buoyed DC Real Estate

“In the past five years, about 287,000 jobs were created in the metro region, which includes parts of Virginia and Maryland, according to Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. That is by far the most job growth of any metropolitan area in the country, and it sent the region’s unemployment rate down to 3.6 percent, tied with nearby Richmond, Va., for the lowest among cities with populations of more than one million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About half of those jobs came from private-sector firms doing government work. The torrid pace of job growth should continue at least another few years, Mr. Fuller says.”

Wednesday, May 25, Los Angeles Times

To Get a Yes for Prom Date, Say No to Simply Asking

“An over-the-top invitation is another example of the continued elevation of the prom and its importance, said Amy L. Best, an assistant professor of sociology at George Mason University in Virginia and the author of Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture. A multimillion-dollar industry has sprung up around prom, hawking dresses, tuxedos, limousine rides and more, and reinforcing prom’s image as the transforming night of a high schooler’s life, a chance to play grown-up with all of the requisite bells and whistles.”

Thursday, May 26, Washington Post

Kaine outlines Plan for N. Va. Economy

Peter Stearns, the George Mason provost, said the university is asking the state to increase funding for research by $5 million annually for the next five years. ‘It’s not a matter of starting from scratch. We have a lot of economically relevant, high-quality research here already,’ he said.”

May 26, Augusta Free Press (Georgia)

Kilgore, GOP Reaching out to African-Americans

“‘It’s a smart strategy for Republicans to try to aggressively go after what has traditionally been viewed as a Democratic voting bloc,’ George Mason University political science professor and political analyst Mark Rozell told the AFP. ‘As more African-Americans achieve greater success in American society, more education, better jobs, homes out in the suburbs, the American dream, as it were, you’re going to see Republicans have more opportunities to reach out and appeal to traditionally Democratic voters,’ Rozell said.”

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