George Mason in the News

Posted: February 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage George Mason received during the past week.

Saturday, Feb. 4, Omaha World-Herald

Omaha: Creative, but Intolerant

“Omaha ranks well on two of social and economic theorist Richard Florida’s ‘3 T’s’ to economic growth. The city’s strong technology base and the talent produced by area colleges helped Omaha rank 11th on the midsize city Creativity Index, Florida told 800 people who came to hear him Friday at the Qwest Center Omaha. Florida, who is a senior scientist for Gallup as well as an author and professor at George Mason University, has helped crack the new economic code, [Gallup Organization Chairman James K.] Clifton said.”

Sunday, Feb. 5, The Washington Post

Outside: A Monthly Guide to the World around You

“They can be a splash of yellow on a rock, a delicate green tangle on the ground or a reddish brown patch on a tree. Lichens, mosses and liverworts are around all year, but their modest miniature forms stand out in winter’s stripped-down landscape. James D. Lawrey, a George Mason University biologist, is studying lichens at several National Park Service sites in the Washington area to develop a gauge of current pollution levels that can be a baseline for future work. Previous studies by Lawrey and others found that lead levels dropped dramatically in lichens when lead was phased out of gasoline.”

Sunday, Feb. 5, Mail and Guardian (South Africa)

Hillary Raises Millions for ‘Doomed’ Tilt at Presidency

“In United States politics, where money can mean the difference between winning and losing, Hillary Clinton is in a fundraising class of her own. The former first lady, current New York senator and 2008 presidential hopeful has amassed a huge war chest for a tilt at the White House. ‘The lesson for Democrats is clear: nominate a Southern candidate with credibility and appeal,’ said Professor Mark Rozell, a public policy expert at George Mason University. But few senior Democrats match that description.”

Sunday, Feb. 5, The Indianapolis Star

Toll Road Lease Would Create Jobs, but Long-Term Benefits Hard to Predict

“Gov. Mitch Daniels’ proposal to lease the Indiana Toll Road for $3.85 billion and then pump the money into road construction already has Pope [president and chief executive of Goshen-based Rieth-Riley Construction Co.] planning for growth and hiring at his construction company for years to come. Fast-food joints and other retailers are likely to crop up along a new stretch of I-69, as they do on interstates across the country. But that sort of development is a relatively modest economic gain, said Kenneth Button, professor of transportation at George Mason University in Virginia. Button said any potential boom depends on a host of complicated factors that play out in the years after the bulldozers and pavers do their work. ‘You may change the entire structure of an economy,’ Button said. ‘That normally happens if the area has some inherent advantage in the first place. What the road does is allow that advantage to blossom.'”

Monday, Feb. 13, People Magazine

She Shared a Dream

“Coretta had to struggle to have her voice heard in the movement. Martin made it clear he expected her to tend the home. When Roger Wilkins, the highest-ranking black in the Johnson Administration’s Justice Department, paid a 1966 visit to the Kings in a Chicago slum, Coretta was active in the conversation. She also served the coffee. ‘Who else would do it?’ says Wilkins, now a history professor at George Mason University. ‘This was still the ’60s, and she was, at home, a very traditional wife.’ Thanks to J. Edgar Hoover, who illegally tapped Martin’s phone, then sent tapes of his talks with other women to the King home, Coretta knew about her husband’s philandering. Yet, says Wilkins, ‘she stood by her man.'”

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