George Mason in the News

Posted: September 22, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week.

Thursday, Sept. 14, Washington Post

Tuning In to the Needs, Challenges of Loudoun’s Teens

“A Loudoun County government agency has partnered with George Mason University to gather information that will be presented this fall at the second annual Step Up Loudoun, a conference focusing on how the community can better serve its teenagers.”

Saturday, Sept. 16, Union Tribune (San Diego)

The Brainy Ones Driving Up House Prices?

“If the real-estate market made sense, it would work like this: You’d put money down, take out a mortgage and buy a house for X number of dollars. Over the long haul, its value would steadily increase depending on variables such as interest rates and sweat equity … The reality, at least in these parts, is quite different. Real estate can seem as predictable as a runaway roller coaster. In ‘Where the Brains Are,’ an article in the October edition of The Atlantic, Richard Florida could be talking about San Diego County when he identifies a national megatrend he calls ‘means migration.’ Florida, a public policy professor at George Mason University, identifies a relatively small number of regional ‘superstars’ in which housing prices ‘consistently and rapidly outpace the average national increase, and where growth in housing supply is limited.’ The best index of superstardom, according to Florida, is the percentage of college graduates drawn to an area.”

Sunday, Sept. 17, Washington Post

Allen and Webb Set for High-Stakes Debates in a Redefined Race

“Virginia’s U.S. Senate candidates will debate twice in the next two days, the first time they have faced each other since George Allen’s ‘macaca’ gaffe turned the race into a close, increasingly nasty affair. The upcoming forums will be the first public opportunity for Webb to confront Allen about his use of the word ‘macaca’ to describe a Webb campaign volunteer of Indian descent. In return, the debates will give Allen a chance to repeat attacks he launched against Webb this week: that the Democrat inappropriately used footage of Ronald Reagan in a TV commercial and that an article penned by Webb nearly 27 years ago sparked harassment of women at the U.S. Naval Academy. ‘It’s hard to avoid the recent campaign stories that have dominated,’ said Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. ‘At some point, these guys will get out of the 1970s and 1980s and talk about current issues more.’”

Tuesday Sept. 19, New York Post

Stone Age to Space Age – Astro Angel Is Rocketing Off into History … As Caveman Lands in the City

“He’s an Iranian stuck in the Stone Age – she’s an Iranian soaring straight into the Space Age. Rogue Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who infamously banned fast food and ‘indecent’ Western music in his country after taking power in 2005, hits Manhattan today for a historic U.N. powwow. Meanwhile, space tourist Anousheh Ansari – a raven-haired beauty who fled her country’s repressive regime to become a self-made millionairess in Texas – made a triple play into history yesterday when she became the first woman, first Muslim and first Iranian to enter space. After the family settled in Virginia, Ansari quickly learned English and developed into a top student, receiving a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering at George Mason University and a master’s in electrical engineering from George Washington University.”

Wed., Sept. 20, Inside Higher Ed

Bias or Interest?

“With much fanfare, the National Academies on Monday released a report suggesting that ‘unintentional’ biases and institutional policies were the main reasons for a continued scarcity of women on science and engineering faculties … Unpublished data, however, suggest that most professors don’t agree that discrimination – intentional or otherwise – is the main reason that men hold so many more positions than do women in the sciences. Professors overwhelmingly think it’s a matter of men and women having different interests. The data come from a national survey of 1,500 professors at all kinds of institutions in the United States. Two sociologists – Neil Gross of Harvard and Solon Simmons of George Mason University – conducted the survey on a range of social and political issues. While they have not yet finished their analysis, they agreed to release the data on women and science because of the interest generated by the National Academies’ study. ”

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