George Mason in the News

Posted: May 5, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason recently received.

Monday, April 17, U.S. News and World Report

Working Life

“Working in college is familiar territory for many students. With total costs expected to average $32,000 this fall at private schools (and roughly half that at in-state public universities), more and more students are working to help pay the bills. Even an on-campus job may afford the opportunity to build up a resume while banking cash. ‘We are running a business,’ says Janice Sutera, director of the career center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘With everything we need to make this place work, there is a potential for student workers.’ Jobs swiping meal cards and monitoring the library are still available, but those that require more training such as website design or maintenance often offer higher wages.”

Sunday, April 30, Boston Globe

Civic Science

“Back in 2001, Harvard president Lawrence Summers used his inaugural address to identify an especially significant problem he believed the university was facing. Harvard, said Summers, was failing to teach science to its undergraduates. Many scientists, however, contend there is no single entity called ‘science,’ but rather, many complicated sciences and specialized fields. ‘The idea that there is something like a scientific method or scientific mind-set is a red herring,’ argues James Trefil, a professor of physics at George Mason University who has written about science literacy. ‘’Knowing general relativity does not give you any particular insights into molecular biology. It just doesn’t work that way.’”

Sunday, April 30, Los Angeles Times

Public Spin Stops in Duke Rape Case

“For weeks, lawyers for Duke University lacrosse players mounted an aggressive public campaign to discredit a stripper’s accusation that she was raped at a team party. They released time-stamped photos to counter the dancer’s story, produced a detailed alibi for one of the players, and raised questions about the motivations of a second stripper at the party who said she thought a rape might have occurred. At the same time, the attorneys were responsible for defending their clients’ reputation. The clients ‘don’t want all their classmates thinking they’re rapists,’ said Craig Lerner, a professor at George Mason University School of Law in Virginia.

Thursday, May 4, USA Today

Incomes Up in Most Energy States

“Americans’ personal income is growing dramatically in states that produce energy or have strong ties to the expanding federal government. The five states enjoying fastest per-capita income growth since 2000 are major suppliers of oil, natural gas or coal, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal data. ‘The engine driving growth here is federal spending, especially for technology related to military and homeland security,’ says economist Stephen Fuller of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Thursday, May 4, Scripps-Howard News Service

Let the Good Proms Roll

“Ask any high-school girl which event she looks most forward to during the school year, and unless she’s a lead in the musical or is getting ready to graduate, here’s her response: the prom. Amy Best, associate professor of anthropology and sociology at George Mason University and author of ‘Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture’ ($23.95, Routledge), says so much attention has been given to creating lasting memories for teenagers that the assumption is for a memory to be made.”

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