George Mason in the News

Posted: April 7, 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.

Monday, April 3, BBC News (UK)

Space Network to Track Rainfall

“The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) project will provide three hourly reports on rainfall. It aims to improve weather forecasting and understanding of how the global water cycle affects climatic change … ‘The aim is to provide the best possible global precipitation measurement available from any sources,’ said Arthur Hou, GPM project scientist at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C. … Dr. Hou’s presentation formed part of a sequence here at the European Geosciences Union meeting on improving measurement of rainfall … Eyal Amitai, also from Goddard Space Flight Center with an additional post at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., is working on a new detection method involving sound. ‘It is difficult to measure rainfall at sea,’ he said. ‘Rain gauges on board ships and on surface moorings are unstable and subject to vandalism; satellite observations are poor in temporal coverage and have large spatial averaging, whereas rain is highly variable in time and space.'”

Wednesday, April 5, Associated Press Newswires

Poll at Odds with Katie Couric Move

“Now that Katie Couric is making the move from dawn to dusk, her legacy and the future of CBS News depends on an audience that, according to a new poll, prefers to see her in the morning. Asked if they would rather see Couric in her longtime role as ‘Today’ host or as the first woman to anchor a network weekday evening newscast on her own, 49 percent favored the morning and 29 percent said evening, according to a poll conducted this week by The Associated Press and TV Guide. ‘I think her strengths’ – three hours a day of live broadcasting covering a wide swath of topics – ‘will evolve and magnify to fit the task,’ said Frank Sesno, a journalism professor at George Mason University and special CNN correspondent.”

Wednesday, April 5, The Washington Times

On Bus Trip Home, Mason Students Savor Experience

“The George Mason University students who made the 600-mile bus ride to Indianapolis to root on the Patriots in the Final Four headed back to Fairfax yesterday, reluctantly preparing for classes and still savoring their team’s Cinderella season. ‘I’m ready to stay on the trip,’ said Michelle Torok, a GMU junior who was studying for her management midterm on one of the buses. ‘Even though we didn’t make it all the way, we’re still celebrating because we made it to the Final Four. … The whole trip has been an experience I’m really glad I went on and won’t ever forget.’ Sophomore Christina Hudson, the daughter of a diplomat who has lived around the world, said the trip provided her with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. ‘It’s definitely the first time I’ve ever done something like this,’ Miss Hudson said. ‘It’s one of those stories I’m gonna be telling my grandkids – I was at the NCAA Final Four.’”

Monday, April 3, Star Tribune (Minnesota)

What Can Judges State in the Court of Public Opinion?

“Denials that Minnesota Supreme Court justices discussed the state’s marriage law with a senator obscure a larger reality: Judges can and do express their opinions on legal controversies outside of court. ‘He can talk about the prior decisions and his role in them,’ said Ronald Rotunda, a professor of law at George Mason University who has written a book on legal ethics. ‘If he was talking about that, and it sounds like he was, that’s OK. But if he’s talking about issues that are coming up, that he heard argument on [last week], that’s not OK.’”

Thursday, April 6, Homeland Security Today

Safety from Tap to Tongue

“The vulnerability of drinking water supplies to terrorist attack has been a longstanding concern of homeland security, regional and municipal officials – and scientists, private companies and universities are working to close the gap. ‘The U.S. drinking water supplies are a major target for both domestic and international terrorists,’ Dr. Mark Krekeler, professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University, told HSToday. ‘Terrorists can introduce a wide range of substances that are soluble in water. A single attack can have an impact on several hundred to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people in major cities.'”

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