George Mason in the News

Posted: September 16, 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. 11, Washington Post

George Mason University Hopes Biotech Grant Helps Build Image

George Mason University’s receipt of a $25 million grant last week to build a lab on its Prince William campus signals the school’s increased stature in scientific research and boosts the county’s profile as a center of biotechnology, university and county officials said. “It recognizes that, to use the vernacular, George Mason plays with the big boys,” said Thomas Hennessey, the university’s chief of staff.

Sunday, Sept. 11,

Toxic Floodwaters Threaten Wildlife

“From the streets of New Orleans to nature preserves and fisheries along the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina scattered man-made toxins and tons of debris that could threaten wildlife for years to come, scientists say. Government officials know that the pumped water carries oil, sewage and toxic chemicals. But what ultimately happens to the polluted brew is anybody’s guess. It could wash quickly into the Gulf of Mexico or sit in the lake for years, spoiling two decades of local restoration efforts. ‘We don’t know how bad the initial impact will be,’ said Frank Manheim, who studied the lake on behalf of the U.S. Geological Survey and now teaches at George Mason University in Virginia.”

Tuesday, Sept. 13, WTOP Radio

Some Video Games May Make Kids Less Tolerant of Aggression

“Violent video games have long been an easy target for politicians who are interested in protecting children. But not all violence may be created equal. ‘Specific forms of violent content may be OK and we might even bother to encourage them,’ says George Mason University’s Evan Rosenfield, who surveyed nearly 400 elementary school students. He found that games with a lot of kicking and punching—as opposed to shooting and killing—might make kids less tolerant of aggression.”

Wed., Sept. 14, Washington Post

“With the rise of gangs and the increase in violent incidents in and around this region’s schools, it has become imperative that conflict resolution be taught in schools. The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University has been providing advice, leadership and guidance to Fairfax County schools that have such programs. The county runs programs in 77 of its schools, some dating to 1988.”

Thurs., Sept. 15, Chicago Sun-Times

College No Place for Closed Minds

“The domination by liberal opinion on many college faculties—often verging on this majority’s intolerant orthodoxies—was revealed in a recent study, ‘Politics and Professional Advancement among Faculty,’ by Stanley Rothman, emeritus professor of government at Smith College; S. Robert Lichter, a professor of communications at George Mason University, and Neil Nevitte, a political science professor at the University of Toronto. The result of this study—confirmed in reports in the widely respected, nonpartisan weekly, Chronicle of Higher Education—reveals that campus liberal professors outnumber conservatives 5-1. It also concludes that conservatives get worse jobs than liberals.”

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