George Mason in the News

Posted: September 9, 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, Sept. 4,

U.S. struggles to revamp air traffic control system

“U.S. airlines, including commuter and regional carriers, will carry 1 billion passengers in 2016, up from 688.5 million in 2004, the FAA has forecast. Safety is another reason the current system needs an overhaul, said George Donohue, a former FAA official who is now a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. ‘The FAA is trading off safety for capacity by not doing any modernization,’ he said. ‘The airlines schedule too many flights for what the runways can safely handle.’”

Monday, Sept. 5, Hartford Courant

Court Vacancy, Hurricane Converge on Bush

“Experts said Sunday the administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath could make it more difficult for Bush to win confirmation of the kind of conservative he long has sought to replace Rehnquist. Bush’s increasingly shaky stature may make it harder for him to successfully fight for the nominee of his choice. ‘He’s vulnerable,’ said James A. Pfiffner, professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘He was vulnerable even before the storm, and now he’s even more vulnerable.’”

Tuesday, Sept. 6, Los Angeles Times

One Bullet Away

“New kinds of memoirs are emerging from the Iraq war, some by self-professed cowards and madmen. Often a slacker outlook replaces deeper musings common to the genre. Writers such as Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien tested the limits of the memoir form, says Christopher Hamner, assistant professor of history at George Mason University in Virginia. In ‘The Things They Carried,’ for example, O’Brien tells a war story — then informs the reader, ‘that’s not exactly how it happened,’ Hamner says. This sort of postmodernist conceit ‘starts to ask a bigger question,’ he says. ‘How well can you describe something … that’s so visceral and traumatic? Is even the most truthful memoir getting at the truth about war and how it changes people?’”

Tuesday, Sept. 6, WJLA TV

George Mason to Establish Campus in Loudoun County

George Mason University announced plans Tuesday to establish a satellite campus in Loudoun County, its third such campus in northern Virginia. The school hopes to open the campus by fall of 2009 on a 123-acre site south and west of Dulles International Airport, at the intersection of Routes 50 and 659, the school said. While the Prince William campus emphasizes biotechnology, the university plans an emphasis in Loudoun on training health professionals and teachers and research in health sciences and air transportation.”

Wednesday, Sept. 7, The Wall Street Journal

Be Prepared: Government Funding for Nursing-Home Care May Be Cut

”The partnership program won’t solve the larger problem of how long-term care is financed, with many older people already too poor to buy coverage, or too sick to get it. But for someone who is middle-age or part of the middle class, a long-term-care policy with a government guarantee not to wind up penniless might be worth a look. In the states with these programs, the long-term-care insurance market grew 23 percent faster from 1993 (when the programs were started) to 2001 than in states without them, says Mark Meiners, a health policy professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who helped develop the partnership program. So far, of the 180,000 policies purchased since 1992, only 89 have been exhausted, a recent study found.”

Wednesday, Sept. 7, New York Law Journal

Military on Campus Splits Law Faculties

“As a coalition of law schools prepares to battle the Department of Defense in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court next term involving a law that requires the accommodation of military recruiters on their campuses, a group of nearly 100 law professors and students have filed a brief siding with the government. The amicus brief represents a growing schism among law school faculties divided about the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ sexual orientation policy and its role in recruiting law school students on their campuses. ‘There are large numbers of students and faculty members at other law schools who disagree with the forum,’ said Joseph Zengerle, a George Mason University School of Law professor who is of counsel for the amicus parties.”

Thursday, Sept. 8, WAVY-TV

GMU Welcoming Late-Hour Applications from Hurricane-Affected Students

George Mason University is offering help to local college students who can’t start school in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana because of storm damage …GMU is accepting late-hour applications from northern Virginia and DC students planning to start semesters at schools kept closed by Katrina. The university is letting students apply with minimal paperwork and no fee.”

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