George Mason in the News

Posted: March 17, 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 recently received.

Sunday, March 5, Dallas Morning News

Independent’s Path a Rough Ride in Texas

“There’s a reason no independent candidate has been elected governor of Texas in 150 years: It’s really, really hard to get on the ballot. Faced with some of the toughest restrictions in the country, Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn and singer/writer Kinky Friedman have devised elaborate – if somewhat different – blueprints to assure their spots as independent candidates in November. Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University, said the rules penalize independent candidates by requiring them to expend time and money just to get on the ballot. ‘That puts them at a distinct disadvantage above all the other disadvantages that exist for candidates not affiliated with another party,’ he said.”

Monday, March 13, Buffalo News

Supreme Court Backs Gerald Solomon’s Law

“The Supreme Court unanimously slapped down one of the curiosities of the ‘Me Generation.’ It was that a university with one hand could beg for cash Congress provides for the defense of the nation and with the other hand make it more difficult to recruit talented leaders for its armed forces. Commenting, Daniel Polsby, law dean at George Mason University, said: ‘Many law professors really do believe . . . that their own strongly held policy preferences are all encoded somehow in the Constitution. This is a timely reminder that it just isn’t so.'”

Monday, March 13, National Review

A Law School with a Twist

“At George Mason University, the Left doesn’t reign, believe it or not. This is a nerve-wracking time of year for law-school deans, as they await the results of what amounts to the Bowl Championship Series for their profession: On March 31, U.S. News & World Report will release its rankings of the top 100 law schools in the country. Most of the deans insist that these assessments are ‘inherently flawed’ and ‘unreliable’ – and virtually all of them will sign an open letter to law-school applicants that says so. But Daniel Polsby, the dean of the George Mason University School of Law, is different. His name will not appear on the forthcoming annual missive, and he’s actually looking forward to the U.S. News survey. ‘We hope to move up a few places this year,’ he says. That would certainly be in keeping with a decade-long trend: Mason vaulted from 71st place in 1995 to 41st in 2005 – an impressive achievement given that these rankings tend to remain static from year to year.”

Wednesday, March 15, The Irish News

Academic Says Peace Is Winning

“Despite wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and even continuing loyalist violence in Northern Ireland, the world is becoming a more peaceful place – according to a leading academic speaking in Derry. Monty G. Marshall from Washington’s George Mason University is the keynote speaker at a University of Ulster conference due to take place in Limavady next month. He claims research contradicts much of the rhetoric of the ‘war on terror’ and will argue the number of armed conflicts worldwide is falling and peace processes are slowly succeeding.”

Thursday, March 16, The Times of India

Northern Haze Comes from Power Plants

“Ash from coal-fired power plants is responsible for winter haze and smog in the northern plains, particularly UP and Bihar, says a new study. It debunks earlier research that pinned the blame for pollution over Bihar on biofuel cooking. The joint study by Prof Ramesh Singh of IIT, Kanpur, his student Anup K Prasad and Prof Menas Kafatos of the [United States]’ George Mason University analyzed data since 2000 from two instruments – MODIS and MISR – on board NASA satellites.”

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