George Mason in the News

Posted: May 12, 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.

Monday, April 17,

Working Life

“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 web site design or maintenance often offer higher wages.”

Saturday, May 6, The Bellingham Herald (W.V.)

Why Area’s Gas is Highest in the State

“In a study provided by the American Petroleum Institute, two economists explain why refiners charge different wholesale prices: In markets where demand is brisk or competition is limited, and gas can command a higher price, the refiners want to ‘capture’ the extra profits. If retailers in those lucrative markets got gas for the same wholesale price as retailers in more sluggish markets, the well-placed retailers would reap the extra profits. By charging those retailers more for the wholesale gas, the refiners get those profits themselves. But the same study – by Bart Wilson of George Mason University and Cary Deck of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas – contends that outlawing such pricing practices would not save consumers money overall. It would merely shift the profits in the most lucrative markets into the retailers’ pockets, while consumers in the lower-priced, less-lucrative markets would wind up paying more.”

Monday, May 8, Los Angeles Times

Stalking an Insidious Killer

“The American Cancer Society estimates that this year about 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Of those, 75 percent will be diagnosed in an advanced stage of the disease, says Dr. David Fishman, director of the National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection program at New York University. New research is underway to come up with better tools to detect the cancer early. ‘We scientists are beating every bush’ to find them, says Emanuel Petricoin, codirector of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine at George Mason University in Manassas, Va. He and other researchers are screening the blood and urine of patients in the hope they’ll find a protein, or more than one, that increases or decreases in quantity when ovarian cancers begin to grow and which could ultimately be the basis of an accurate early test.”

Monday, May 8,

America Beaten in Brain Game

“Prepare to be shocked: America was just skunked in a world computer-programming contest. This is worse news for a prosperous and powerful America than it may first appear. In April, whiz kids from across the globe gathered at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Tex., for the 2006 annual ACM International Collegiate Programming contest, sponsored by IBM. ‘Until the late 1990s, U.S. teams dominated these contests,’ wrote Business Week in its May 1 commentary about America’s poor showing at the contest. ‘But the tide has turned. Last year not one was in the top dozen.’ The tide they are referring to is Eastern European and Asian schools dominating the global tech industry. ‘China and India, the new global tech powerhouses, are fueled by 900,000 engineering graduates of all types each year, more than triple the number of U.S. grads.’ This, then, is the harbinger: ‘If our talent base weakens, our lead in technology, business, and economics will fade faster than any of us can imagine,’ warns Richard Florida, a professor at George Mason University and author of ‘The Flight of the Creative Class.’”

Monday, May 8, The Daily Star (India)

A Wonder Filter That Gives Arsenic-Free Water

“A simple and cheap filter made with easily available materials has worked wonders in supplying arsenic-free water to rural people. Its use has stopped spread of arsenicosis in about 100 villages in Kushtia Sadar, Khoska, Daulatpur and Bheramara upazilas. Three Bangladeshis brothers innovated the system after seven years’ experiment. They are Dr. Munir, a physician in Kushtia, Bangladesh born U.S. citizen Prof Abul Hussam of the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University, USA, and Prof Abul Barkat of Economics department at Dhaka University.”

Wednesday, May 10, Reuters India

Iran Letter to Bush May Buy Time in Nuclear Dispute

“A letter from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President George W. Bush is unlikely to draw Washington into talks with its old foe but may buy Tehran more time to pursue its nuclear program and improve its standing as a regional leader, analysts said on Tuesday. Analysts said the letter recalled one sent in 1989 by the late Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Khomeini applauded Gorbachev for abandoning ‘the false god of communism’ and invited him to study the Koran for the ‘real universal truths,’ said Shaul [Bakhash], an Iran expert at George Mason University. Similarly, Ahmadinejad’s letter asserts the ‘moral high ground,’ inviting Bush to return to universal principles of great monotheistic religions, with the implication being that Bush has violated Christian principles, [Bakhash] said.”

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