George Mason in the News

Posted: December 12, 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.

Friday, Dec. 2,

The U.S. Brain Drain

“Forget the war on terrorism. According to Richard Florida, America confronts a more dangerous long-term threat: losing the competition for foreign talent. A 49-year-old professor of social policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and the author of two widely influential books about the relationship between creativity and competitiveness, Florida argues that there are six facts we need to face to preserve American cultural and scientific leadership.”

Saturday, Dec. 3,

Casino Group Says It Will Bring Jobs, Money to Straban

“Casino investors estimate a slots casino in Straban Township will attract 3.2 million visits a year and generate 3,052 new full-time jobs in Adams County. Chance hired Stephen Fuller, an expert in economics and regional planning who teaches at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to conduct a study, which has not been finalized. Construction alone would generate $217.8 million and 1,448 jobs locally, according to Fuller. That includes a 120,000-square-foot facility with 3,000 slot machines, a 30,000-square-foot spa, a 224-room hotel, restaurants and a 1,500-space parking garage. ‘As an economic activity, this would be a significant contributor,’ Fuller said.”

Monday Dec. 5, Texas Lawyer

Imagining a Doomsday Scenario for the Supreme Court

“Call it coincidence, but in the same week that a big chunk of marble fell from the front facade of the Supreme Court, a heavyweight panel of thinkers convened in Washington to contemplate what would happen if all nine justices of the Supreme Court were to be killed at once. George Mason professor Ross Davies offered some ingenious solutions that would require passage of statutes expanding the size of the Supreme Court. But Davies was not suggesting an FDR-style Court-packing scheme. Congress can, by statute, set the number and qualifications of Supreme Court justices, so Davies suggested the appointment of several justices with one extra qualification: They would serve only if the Supreme Court drops below a quorum. Alternatively, retiring justices like Sandra Day O’Connor could keep their positions but would be recused from their duties unless the Supreme Court drops below a quorum. Short of these weighty and controversial measures, Davies also suggested short-term steps to reduce vulnerability, such as encouraging justices to work at home or in non-D.C. locations when possible, in order to limit the number of occasions when all nine justices are in one place.”

Tuesday, Dec. 6, Christian Science Monitor

Clash Over Military Recruiters on Campus

“Less than a week after it heard arguments in an abortion notification case, the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday takes up another hot-button issue in the nation’s culture wars. This time it involves law-school protests designed to end discrimination against gays in the military. At the center of the legal showdown: to what extent military recruiters should have access to law school campuses. The case involves conflicting conceptions of free speech. It also could erode some civil rights laws, which use federal funding to encourage nondiscrimination. The law schools’ First Amendment case is weak, says Daniel Polsby, dean of George Mason University School of Law. He says the Solomon Amendment is a regulation of behavior, not speech. ‘The government doesn’t care about what positions anyone is taking. The Solomon Amendment leaves the schools free to teach what they want to teach, it leaves the professors free to say what they want to say,’ Professor Polsby says. ‘All it says is we don’t want you to Jim Crow our recruiters anymore. Let them in the same way you let in hundreds of other recruiters and treat them the same way.’”

Wednesday, Dec. 7, Washington Business Journal

Warner Announces $255M for Research and New Facilities

“Hoping to save lives while generating economic growth, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner on Wednesday said he plans to include $255 million in his upcoming budget to develop and promote higher-education facilities that focus on medical research. The governor’s funding will support several new projects, including a bioscience facility at George Mason University, a medical research building at Virginia Commonwealth University, a clinical cancer center at the University of Virginia, and a technology building and infectious-disease laboratory at Virginia Tech.”

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