George Mason in the News

Posted: March 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.

Friday, March 3, The Washington Times

GMU, Italy Sign Research Accord

George Mason University signed a three-year agreement with the Italian government this week to set up a research program that would develop new diagnostic tests and therapies for cancer. George Mason and the Instituto Superiore di Sanita (ISS), the technical and scientific arm of the Italian National Health Service, will focus on proteomics research, an emerging field of medicine that studies protein activity in cells. Under the agreement, ISS will provide the university with human tissue and blood samples collected from healthy Italian patients and those with all kinds of cancers. George Mason scientists will provide access to research in Italy’s cancer centers.”

Wednesday, March 8, Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies

U.S. Satellites Find Cause of Winter Pollution in North India

“American satellites have found the reason for haze and smog during winter that leads to cancellation of flights and brings day-to-day life to a standstill in north India. Analysis of data from instruments onboard NASA satellites has shown that ash from coal-fired thermal power plants is the main culprit. The joint Indo-US study was carried out by Professor Ramesh Singh and his student Anup Krishna Prasad of the Department of Civil Engineering in IIT Kanpur and Professor Menas Kafatos of George Mason University.”

Tuesday, March 7, The Washington Times

Military Ban on Campus Rejected; Court Upholds Law Denying Funding

“The Supreme Court yesterday ruled against universities that had prohibited military recruiters on campus. The justices unanimously upheld a 1996 federal law that permits the government to withhold funds from universities that deny military recruiters the same access to students that is allowed other potential employers. Joseph Zengerle of George Mason University School of Law – the only law school to publicly side with the government in the case – said the ruling fits within a high court pattern of giving ‘great deference to the military and how it organizes itself and handles its policies.’”

Monday, March 6, Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Scrutiny of Foreign Deals Urged: Lawmakers Would Improve Screening of Purchases of U.S. Firms by Overseas Investors

“President Bush is coming under growing pressure to toughen the government’s scrutiny of future transactions, as the furor continues over an Arab firm’s purchase of some U.S. port operations, including in Baltimore. But the backlash against the Dubai Ports World deal could give momentum to efforts that would, for the first time, give Congress a hand in making those decisions. ‘If you had 535 members of Congress able to question every transaction, our economy would come to a screeching halt,’ said William H. Lash III, a George Mason University international trade law specialist who formerly served in Bush’s Commerce Department.”

Monday, March 6, Voice of America

The Presidency of Gerald Ford

“The presidency of Gerald R. Ford, who served from 1974 to early 1977, came about because of extraordinary circumstances in a troubled time. Gerald Rudolph Ford is the only U.S. president who served in that office without being elected. On October 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in the face of corruption charges. Public policy analyst James Pfiffner at George Mason University in suburban Washington, D.C., says Mr. Ford entered the White House determined to defuse the environment created by his predecessor. ‘It had a large impact on his initial approach to the presidency, which was an open presidency. He was reacting against Richard Nixon. Nixon, of course, had shut out his own Cabinet very carefully and had been very confrontational with Congress,’ according to Professor Pfiffner.”

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