George Mason in the News

Posted: January 6, 2006 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. 29, Associated Press

Depression Plagues Hurricane Katrina Victims

Fred Bemak, a George Mason University psychology professor, recently returned from a two-week trip to Mississippi with graduate students who helped counsel more than 500 residents. The storm survivors’ problems ranged from serious depression from losing loved ones to stress about having no holiday decorations. Few mental health services will be available in Mississippi as the new year approaches – a year that for many will begin with financial troubles, family stress and frustration. ‘The mental health needs are growing,’ Bemak said.”

Sunday, Jan. 1,

Changes in the Balance of Power

“On the face of it, the stakes seemed small with just a countywide office as the prize. However, given the ideological polarization of the candidates – Rice, 40, strongly favors abortion rights while Dillon, 72, ardently opposes them – experts see wider implications for next November’s statewide and midterm congressional campaigns, and the 2008 presidential race. ‘There are some indications here that the suburbs are much more in play … and I would expect going into 2006 to see the Democrats being very aggressive in order to capitalize on their gains this year,’ said Michael McDonald, a politics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Va., who served as an expert witness in redistricting litigation on Long Island.”

Monday, Jan. 2, El Paso Times

Google Picks Up Where Our Brains Left Off

“As more people find themselves spending much of the day within arm’s reach – or even pocket’s reach – of something that can tap into the Internet, search engine Google quickly is taking the place of not only a trip to the library, but also a call home to Mom, a recipe box, the phone book and neighborly advice. Shredders aren’t the only things that overheat. James Olds, a professor of computational neuroscience at George Mason University in Virginia, says he often feels his ‘brain would fry’ if he had to keep one more fact in it. To him, Google is a way to ‘off-load’ everything he doesn’t have to keep front and center in his brain for work.”

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