George Mason in the News

Posted: June 2, 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 has received during the past week.

Wednesday, May 24, New Scientist

The Kink at the Edge of the Solar System

“The outer boundary of the solar system is distorted as though it has been punched from below. The evidence comes from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft, which is about to cross the inner boundary even though it is closer to the sun than its twin spacecraft was when it crossed in 2004. The Voyager craft have been racing out of the solar system for 30 years. ‘They’re a pair of old fridges out there,’ says astrophysicist Merav Opher from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, who has used the data to simulate the shape of the heliosphere, the huge magnetic bubble that contains the solar system, the solar wind and the sun’s magnetic field.”

Monday, May 29, The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Quake Forecast

“Scientists can forecast when volcanoes will erupt or when hurricanes will make landfall, but they haven’t made much progress in predicting earthquakes. Guido Cervone, a U.S. computer expert who specializes in data mining, hopes to change that by combing through remote sensing data from the past 10 years in areas of the world that have been hit by a major earthquake. He and his team at George Mason University in Virginia are working with researchers around the world. So far, he has found a pattern that fits some earthquakes, but not others.”

Tuesday, May 30, Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Depressed or Stressed?

“Judging by the statistics, you could be forgiven for thinking that we’re a nation of depressives. Doling out anti-depressants isn’t just about giving doctors and their patients a solution, it also has huge financial implications. This is something about which Dr. James Maddux, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at George Mason University in Virginia, U.S., is keenly aware. ‘The notion of what is psychologically normal and not normal is not a scientific construct but easily influenced by cultural and social forces,’ he explains.”

Wednesday, May 31, Indo-Asian News Service

Washingtonians Celebrate 30 Years of Their Metro

“As residents of India’s capital city discover the new found delights of their metro, citizens of Washington are celebrating the 30th anniversary of a project conceived to make the American capital ‘among the most attractive in the world.’ Telling the story of ‘The Great Society Subway,’ Zachary Schrag, an assistant professor of history at George Mason University, recalls that the idea of a metro was first conceived after Washington finally became the boomtown its citizens had dreamt of since the capital relocated from Philadelphia in 1783.”

Wednesday, May 31, AsiaTimesOnline (Hong Kong)

Khamenei in Control and Ready to ‘Haggle’

“For months, the U.S. news media, [and] the attention of pundits and elected officials have been riveted on the provocative rhetoric of ultra-conservative Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. President George W. Bush in particular has invoked Ahmadinejad’s alleged drive for nuclear weapons and desire to destroy Israel to justify U.S. isolation and pressure on the regime. But historian Shaul Bakhash of George Mason University recalls that one of the arguments Khamenei cited in the speech against engaging the United States was that Iran should not negotiate until it was in a stronger position. Since that January 1998 speech, much has happened to change Khamenei’s perspective.”

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