George Mason in the News

Posted: August 26, 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.

Sunday, Aug. 21, Las Vegas Sun

Bumpy ride: Obstacles Have Kept Maglev Train Plan off Track

“Building maglev lines is risky business because of high construction and maintenance costs and potential technical problems, said Kenneth Button, director of the Center for Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He said there’s also the question of ridership. To be profitable, maglev projects likely would have to serve cities with ‘many millions’ of potential passengers, Button said. He was skeptical of maglev making money in Nevada. ‘You really need dense population centers at either end and very few stops,’ he said.

Monday, Aug. 22, Health & Medicine Week

Obesity Pathogenesis; Obesity-related Gene Expression in Visceral Adipose Tissue Discussed

“Scientists discuss obesity-related differential gene expression in visceral adipose tissue in a recent issue of ‘Obesity Surgery.’ ‘Two custom two-color cDNA microarrays were produced with 40,173 human individual cDNA clones,’ said Ancha Baranova and colleagues at George Mason University. ‘Microarray experiments were performed for each sample, and a selected group of gene expression values were confirmed with real-time RT-PCR. A comparison of gene expression profiles from obese and non-obese patients identified 1,208 genes with statistically significant differential expression between the two groups.’ The researchers concluded, ‘These findings are a first step toward clarifying the molecular pathogenesis of obesity and identifying potential targets for therapeutic intervention.'”

Monday, Aug. 22, Voice of America

Website of the Week: ECHO

“You could spend hours browsing through those 5,000 or so science history web sites listed at Many are prepared by universities, museums and other established institutions. But others are the online creations of self-declared specialists with no formal training or credentials in history. Dan Cohen is a history professor at George Mason University, where ECHO is located. And he says some academic historians view that sort of democratizing of history as a threat. But the historians at ECHO don’t see it that way. ‘We like the idea of the ability of anyone to post something online. It’s meant, for instance, in the case of something like Wikipedia that there are historical topics that are covered in Wikipedia that no historian in academia is willing to cover. And yet these are topics that are covered online.'”

Wednesday, Aug. 24, The Washington Post

Designs on Dorm Rooms; Retailers Vie for the Hip College Set

“Coffin-sized bedrooms still exist, of course. But they are slowly giving way to roomier on-campus digs (such as the Potomac Heights apartments at George Mason University, with private bathrooms and spacious living rooms) and off-campus pads (take American University’s luxury units in Bethesda, with concierge desk, full kitchens and soft carpets). ‘A lot has changed from the days of cinderblock halls,’ said Bari Fagan, a spokeswoman for Bed, Bath & Beyond, which has created a dorm registry on its Web site and sponsors model dorms, decorated with products from the chain, at colleges such as George Mason University in Fairfax.”

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