George Mason in the News

Posted: September 29, 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.

Sunday, Sept. 24, USA Today

Cable Rantings Boost Ratings

“On cable news, objectivity works well during the day. But as the sun begins to set, programmers have learned that viewers like some edge. And ranting helps. In bygone days, ‘journalists used to be referees: the better they did their job, the less you noticed them,’ says Robert Lichter, a journalism professor at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘But now, the way to make it in journalism is to stand out, to intrude into the story.'”

Sunday, Sept. 24, Washington Post

Savoring the Sweet Smell of a New Career

Laura Winkler, a career coordinator for the School of Management at George Mason University, recommends that career-switchers go through a process of assessing themselves before making the change. ‘People spend more time researching the cars they buy than what careers are a good fit for them,’ she said.”

Sunday, Sept. 24, the Oregonian

Will Their Plans Solve Our Problems?

“SUMMARY: Oregon’s tax system needs repair, and the proposals from leaders do too little. Step outside the fog of the fall campaign and there is surprising unanimity about how Oregon needs to change. John Petersen, a public finance specialist at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, says Oregon is ‘hobbled’ by its lack of a rainy-day fund, got ‘shot in the foot’ by its kicker law and ‘missed the boat’ with its lack of a sales tax to balance its revenue sources. The state should immediately work to build a rainy-day fund, he says.”

Monday, Sept. 25, Washington Post

Report Reflects High Hopes for Route to Beijing

“As U.S. airliners compete for a planned new route between China and a major U.S. city, they are putting forth arguments for the economic benefits their respective proposals would generate. In a report commissioned by United Airlines, George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis projects that United’s proposed direct service between Beijing and Dulles International Airport could bring $275 million to $333 million in economic gains to the Washington area, including 3,400 to 4,100 new jobs.”

Monday, Sept. 25, Washington Post

FBI Is Casting a Wider Net in Anthrax Attacks

“Five years after the anthrax attacks that killed five people, the FBI is now convinced that the lethal powder sent to the Senate was far less sophisticated than originally believed, widening the pool of possible suspects in a frustratingly slow investigation … The use of the Ames strain in the 2001 attack was initially seen as a strong clue linking the terrorist to the U.S. biodefense network. But the more the FBI investigated, the more ubiquitous the Ames strain seemed, appearing in labs around the world including nations of the former Soviet Union. ‘Ames was available in the Soviet Union,’ said former Soviet bioweapons scientist Sergei Popov, now a biodefense expert at George Mason University. ‘It could have come from anywhere in the world.'”

Tuesday, Sept. 26, PBS Nightly Business Report

Correspondent Darren Gersh interviewed Peter Stearns, Mason provost, about what the university has done to boost its graduation rate.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, ABC News: World News with Charles Gibson

Correspondent Jake Tapper interviewed Mark Rozell, Mason professor of public policy, about the Virginia senatorial race.

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