George Mason in the News

Posted: November 11, 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.

Thursday, Nov. 3, Sacramento Bee

States all over the map

“A controversial mid-decade redistricting in Texas, where Republicans benefited from mapping engineered by Rep. Tom DeLay, helped spotlight the issue by spawning debate nationwide. ‘I think it really emboldened reformers in states like California and Ohio to push for their own redistricting reform,’ said Michael McDonald, a redistricting expert at George Mason University.”

Friday, Nov. 4, Daily Time, Pakistan

Toward a Virtual Caliphate

“‘While many hold up the specter of al-Qaida as a de-territorialized ‘brand name’ seeking to rally the masses of the umma (the world community of Muslims) around militant religious radicalism, al-Qaida is not the only game in town in terms of the transnational forces competing for Muslim hearts and minds. Indeed, it is possible today to point to an emerging infrastructure – on the Internet and satellite television, in widely-circulated books, through major international conferences and research centers – of a countervailing effort by mainstream Islamic scholars to challenge al-Qaida’s global rhetoric,’ said Peter Mandaville, associate professor, Public and International Affairs, George Mason University.”

Saturday, Nov. 5,, India

H1B Opening Aimed at Indians with Extraordinary Skills and Education

“A move by the U.S. Senate to ensure the passage of a legislation to increase the quantum of H1B visas is primarily aimed at bringing in Indian and Chinese teachers and workers with extraordinary skills and abilities. Alan Merten, president of George Mason University and former chairman of the National Academy of Sciences’ 2001 study ‘Building a Workforce for the Information Economy,’ said that while foreign workers were likely to contribute positively to the American economy, the country should focus on cultivating its own talent or find ways to retain foreign workers.”

Monday, Nov. 7, Inside Higher Ed

The Evolving Ethnic Studies Classroom

“A new problem that ethnic studies professors say that they are confronting is the post-9/11 interest of students in learning about Muslims. The professors say that they welcome student interest in Muslim cultures (and all cultures), but worry that student interest in this area is reaching an extreme form of seeking to understand ‘the other.’ Amal Amireh, associate professor of English at George Mason University, said that much of the interest stemmed from the idea of ‘know thy enemy,’ and not from a genuine desire to understand the people and ideas of the Middle East. She said that scholars and politicians who have talked of the ‘clash of civilizations’ have encouraged this kind of thinking.”

Monday, Nov. 7, Florida Today

Chalkboards Out, Web In

“Endeavour Elementary students are learning from web sites, digital simulations and interactive technology. By connecting the interactive white board to the Internet, teachers can take students to places they’ve never been, like an airport, a hospital or the snowy mountains of Colorado. Debra Sprague, associate professor at George Mason University in Virginia, pointed to studies that show technology can help students develop a deeper understanding. Her expertise lies in the integration of technology in K-12 classrooms. ‘They (students) begin to see why things happen the way they happen, if you use simulations for instance, and they begin to understand connections between materials and different concepts, and that helps them understand why they learn what they learn,’ she said.”

Tuesday, Nov. 8, Black Enterprise

Black Politicos Eye U.S. Senate Seats

“It’s a rare occasion when we see two African Americans from one state, and opposing political parties, vying for the same seat in the U.S. Senate. So, how likely is it that we will see a historic four African Americans serving together in the U.S. Senate? Not very, says Michael K. Fauntroy, PhD, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. ‘There’s no way Butler wins, almost no way Harold Ford wins, and a slightly better chance for Steele,’ he says.”

Wednesday, Nov. 9, Washington Post

A Triumph for Warner, and a Guide for His Party

“Virginia’s quadrennial search for a governor featured neither charismatic personalities nor dominant policy initiatives. But Democrat Timothy M. Kaine’s resounding victory over Republican Jerry W. Kilgore nonetheless provided important political lessons for the commonwealth, and maybe the country. It presented an intriguing campaign model for Democrats, in which religious faith plays an important role. And most of all it demonstrated the appeal of Gov. Mark R. Warner (D), for whom this could become the first stop of a presidential campaign. George Mason University professor Mark J. Rozell agreed. ‘I think to a large extent [the story] is the Warner influence,’ said Rozell, who has closely followed the race. ‘He created the circumstances for a Democrat to win in a Republican-leaning state in the South.’”

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