George Mason in the News

Posted: December 2, 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 two weeks.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, Discovery Channel

Hurricanes Send Strengthening Signals

“A close look at what’s happening inside the eye-walls of hurricanes has uncovered a signal that can warn forecasters when an approaching monster storm is about to get even uglier. ‘I was surprised at how well correlated it was,’ said hurricane researcher Owen Kelley of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and George Mason University. ‘It’s only recently that we have enough information to confirm the correlation.’”

Sunday, Nov. 27, MSN Money, online

Bingeing on Stocks? It’s Biology

“Neuroeconomics shows that our brains are wired with two different systems, each struggling for control of our financial decisions. Call it the battle between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Jekyll brain, the prefrontal cortex, is highly evolved and rational. The Hyde brain, or limbic system, is more primitive and reactive. All too often, says Kevin McCabe, an economist at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va., Mr. Hyde takes control, even ‘when it’s not in our best interest.’”

Monday, Nov. 28, Media Channel, New York

The Man with the Inside Scoop

“In today’s polarized political atmosphere, Woodward’s journalistic methods have been assailed by those who view him as dependent on the Bush inner circle for the narratives that drive his bestsellers. In his 14 books since helping to unravel the Watergate scandal as a 29-year-old local reporter, Woodward has penetrated such varied institutions as the Supreme Court, the CIA and the Federal Reserve. Rick Shenkman, [of] George Mason University, says Woodward’s books are ‘very, very important’ in an age when presidents and their top aides no longer keep diaries or write letters for fear of possible subpoenas. ‘To the extent Bob Woodward has become a captive of their narrative, that’s to the advantage of historians,’ Shenkman says. ‘He’s channeling these people.’”

Wednesday, Nov. 30, Washington Business Journal

George Mason President Calls for More Research Funds

“George Mason University needs about $25 million in additional funds over the next five years from Virginia lawmakers to propel it into a top-notch research university that will better compete for jobs in biotechnology and other high-tech industries, says its president. ‘George Mason University is poised to become a premier research facility in the world,’ [President Alan] Merten says in a statement. ‘The best way to achieve this goal, from an economic standpoint, is to invest in growing Mason’s already solid base of highly regarded researchers.’”

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