George Mason in the News

Posted: June 10, 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, June 3, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Embattled D.C. Lobbyist Also Sent Money to Democrats

“‘Lobbying shops typically direct contributions to both parties because they want contacts on both sides of the aisle,’ said David Hart, a public policy professor at George Mason University. ‘Lawmakers in the minority can also have a lot of clout.'”

Friday, June 3, The Southern Voice (Ga.)

Stone Sets ‘Alexander’ Straight

Roger Lancaster, director of Cultural Studies at George Mason University and author of The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science & Popular Culture, said the current political climate likely plays a role in how [Oliver] Stone and other artists choose to deliver their works to the public. ‘Obviously, since last November’s election, there’s been a real chill in the air,’ Lancaster, who is gay, said in an e-mail interview. ‘Everywhere you look, free expression and rational debate are under attack. It wouldn’t surprise me to see historical movies selectively altered in line with “family values.”’”

Friday, June 3, Voice of America

Global Survey Finds Armed Conflict Down, Risk Remains in Africa, Muslim World

Monty Marshall, lead author of the report and professor of [public] policy at George Mason University, says many of the recovering countries are in Africa, where other factors place them at risk for sliding back into conflict. He cites the region’s many humanitarian crises, ranging from long-term poverty and widespread and recurring famine to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which have undermined already fragile state governments in sub-Saharan Africa. This has left the region with little capacity to handle future conflicts.”

Sunday, June 5, New York Times

Unloved, but Not Unbuilt

“‘It’s by far the best thought-out of any project I’ve ever heard of,’ said Lee M. Talbot, a professor of environmental science at George Mason University and a consultant who advised the bank on Nam Theun 2. ‘I’m not a lover of dams, but I feel very strongly that this dam probably will be the one that has the real possibility of being successful from an environmental and social point of view.’”

Monday, June 6, Jakarta

Prediction Markets Facilitate Better Decision and Policy Making

“Despite the PAM debacle, Robin Hanson—an economist at George Mason University and a leading advocate of prediction (idea)—claims that such markets can be used to assess potential consequences of policy decisions by a government or other institutions. Indeed, Hanson wants to go further. In his paper ‘Shall We Vote on Values, But Bet on Beliefs,’ Hanson proposed a new form of government, which he calls a ‘Futarchy.’ In this government, elected representatives would formally define and manage after-the-fact measurements of national welfare, while market speculators would say which policies they expected to raise national welfare.”

Tuesday, June 7, Monterey Herald (Calif.)

High Court Sides with Feds, OKs Medicinal Marijuana Prosecution

David Bernstein, a George Mason University law professor, said it’s always disappointing when the court’s more liberal members disregard explicit constitutional limits on federal authority, but it’s even more so when court conservatives such as Scalia do it. ‘It suggests he focuses on the text of the Constitution when it helps him get to the result he’s trying to reach,’ Bernstein said. ‘It opens him up to criticism that he uses it only for political purposes.’”

Tuesday, June 7, Wilmington Morning Star (N.C.)

After a Shower of Anthrax, an Illness and a Mystery

“Anthrax experts asked about Mr. Paliscak’s illness had varying views. Dr. Brachman, of Emory University, said he would not rule out anthrax as a cause, despite the test findings. Dr. Ken Alibek, a former Soviet bioweapons expert now at George Mason University, was more skeptical. ‘You cannot make the diagnosis without laboratory confirmation,’ Dr. Alibek said.”

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