George Mason in the News

Posted: December 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.

Saturday, Dec. 10, Kingsport-Times News (Tenn.)

Warner Budgets $255 Million for Higher Education Research

“The funding will increase the research capacity of Virginia’s higher educational institutions by providing start-up capital for research laboratories, recruiting top researchers and graduate students to Virginia universities, creating state-of-the-art research facilities, and funding cutting-edge research equipment. Most of the funding will be one-time. The governor announced that the funding package would support several new research facilities including: A bioscience facility and a biocontainment laboratory at George Mason University.”

Saturday, Dec. 10, Journal News (Westchester, N.Y.)

Virtual Pets Stage a Comeback This Christmas Season

“On a recent afternoon in Mahopac, a slew of elementary school children brought their Tamagotchis to the after-school program, and the virtual pets — and their owners — were connecting throughout the room. Unlike many electronic toys that encourage solitary play, the Tamagotchi encourages interaction, which Stephen White, professor of education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says is the sign of a good toy. ‘With electronic toys, parents need to be aware of how their kids are using them so they aren’t off in the corner for long periods of time,’ says White. ‘Toys that get kids interacting help them develop what we call social competence.’”

Sunday, Dec. 11, St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)

Why Gouging Laws Don’t Work

“Allowing prices to rise after a natural disaster may not be politically popular, but to many economists it makes sense. The laws create shortages and delay recovery, they say. It’s not some ivory-tower, market-efficiency argument, either, said Russell Roberts, an economics professor at George Mason University. Price-gouging laws hurt the very people they are intended to help. Roberts and his supporters don’t suggest that everyone in a disaster zone be left to fend for himself. Help the poorest and hardest-hit families with charity and targeted government assistance, he said. But let prices rise naturally. ‘This argument is about what helps people’s lives the most after a disaster,’ Roberts said. ‘Price-gouging laws, while well intended, are a terrible mistake.’”

Monday, Dec. 12, Washington Times

“Mrs. Agarwal and two other students at George Mason University developed a business plan for a new type of gift registry that earned them three credits and $5,000 — and provided her with a solution to her shopping dilemma that could benefit others as well. ‘It’s my first paycheck in this country,’ says Mrs. Agarwal, who is from India and is earning a master’s degree in information systems at Mason. Mason’s schools of Management and of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) offered a new course during the fall semester to teach business and IT&E students how to develop, start up and run a business.”

Tuesday, Dec. 13, Canton Repository (Ohio)

Polyglot Workforce Brings Challenges

“Having a polyglot workforce can also boost sales and build loyalty among non-English-speaking customers who can ask a question — Are the Pepsi 12-packs still on sale? — in their native tongues. With fewer people looking for work, non-English speakers are in more demand, said economist Stephen S. Fuller, who tracks employment trends as director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. ‘Employers are having to dig deeper into the labor pool,’ he said.”

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