George Mason in the News

Posted: February 17, 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.

Fri., Feb. 10, Washington Post

GMU’s Nurturing Potential

“In the long run, Northern Virginia’s biggest economic challenge isn’t overcoming traffic congestion and curbing runaway development. It’s building a world-class research university that can nourish and catalyze an entrepreneurial technology sector. But which school could that be? … And then there is George Mason University, whose spectacular growth since it went independent in 1972 has focused on giving a solid education to local residents and providing skilled employees for local companies. But some recent developments offer some hope that, in its next three decades, GMU may have the potential to do for this area what the University of Texas has done for Austin.”

Wednesday, Feb. 15, Associated Press

Poll: Jackson, Rice Are Tops among Blacks

“Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice get the top support among blacks asked to name the nation’s ‘most important black leader,’ according to an AP-AOL Black Voices poll. Next come Colin Powell and Barack Obama. ‘In the days of segregation, when blacks were limited to certain neighborhoods, you could look around the black community and identify who the leaders were,’ said Roger Wilkins, a history professor at George Mason University and a former Justice Department official involved in the civil rights movement.”

Thursday, Feb. 16, Washington Post

In King’s Death, a Lesson in Ovarian Cancer’s Deadlines

“One reason ovarian cancer statistics are so discouraging is that a reliable screening method for the disease doesn’t exist. A blood test called CA-125, which identifies some ovarian cancer patients, has flaws and can involve many false-positive results, experts said. Because of these and other obstacles, ‘the survival rate for ovarian cancer is still very low, and unacceptable,’ said Lance A. Liotta, co-director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine at George Mason University’s Prince William Campus, which is involved in ovarian cancer research.”

Wednesday, Feb. 15, Palm Beach Daily Business Review

Unlikely Defender – Lobbying

“Paul Miller went to Capitol Hill a couple of weeks ago to praise lobbying, not to bury it. Miller, who is president of the American League of Lobbyists, an organization of roughly 700 members, offered an impassioned defense of the multibillion-dollar industry, which is beset by scandal and public condemnation. His summation: Lobbyists too are honorable men. If Miller does ultimately fail to head off legislation K Street opposes, it won’t be because of a lack of effort. He is advocating a strengthening of current congressional rules, not wholesale reform. The league also is spearheading a Lobbying Certification Program with George Mason University’s New Century College and has sponsored a voluntary code of ethics that its members can sign.”

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