George Mason in the News

Posted: October 20, 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.

Friday, Oct. 13, CQ Researcher

Caring for the Elderly: Who Will Pay for Care of Aging Baby Boomers?

“Nearly 70 percent of those turning 65 this year will need long term care (LTC) in their lifetimes; 20 percent will need it for five years or longer. But – unlike most other industrialized nations – the United States has no public or private insurance infrastructure to pay for LTC. Some analysts say the government should establish a mandatory public LTC insurance program. Others say a tax-supported program is not feasible in today’s budgetary and political climates. ‘If we continue to take it back to that discussion, it’ll be a wheel-spinning,’ says Mark Meiners, director of George Mason University’s Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics. It’s more realistic to help people share the risk by strongly encouraging them to purchase private LTC insurance, he says.”

Monday, Oct. 16, St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)

Over Time, ‘Meanness Started Happening’

“Kelsey Bolesta is a 15-year-old honor student who plays varsity volleyball and wants to be a doctor. Carter Bolesta is 12 and takes tae kwon do. But they can’t ride bikes outside their fenced-in property, or take out the trash, or go to the end of the driveway to pick up the mail, or go alone to the movies or the mall or even the public library. Their mother doesn’t let them. ‘The one thing that’s very clear is that, for whatever set of reasons, contemporary Americans have become bad estimators of the risk of abduction or sexual predation,’ said Peter Stearns, a history professor at George Mason University in Virginia and the author of ‘Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America.’ ‘We consistently think there’s a higher chance of it than there really is.’”

Tuesday Oct. 17, Washington Post

In Comptroller Race, Ex-University Dean Revels in Risk-Taking

“Her specialty, as an academic, has always been the entrepreneur, that individual who ventures out of the safety zone to try something new. So perhaps it should surprise no one that Anne M. McCarthy abandoned her job as dean of the University of Baltimore’s business school this summer to run an uphill campaign as a Republican for Maryland comptroller. Why, her friends ask, would a woman leave a prestigious job in academia to make her first run for office in a state in which Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin – and, at the outset, set her sights on unseating one of the icons of Maryland politics, Comptroller and former governor William Donald Schaefer (D)? ‘Everyone knows who Donald Schaefer is in the state of Maryland, and no one knows who Anne McCarthy is,’ colleague Zoltan Acs recalled telling her. ‘She just smiled.’ Democrats paint McCarthy as an academic and businesswoman who has no experience in government. Yet the political neophyte operating on a shoestring budget notched her first election win by soundly beating three other Republicans in the recent primary with 43 percent of the votes. ‘That demonstrated that she had campaigning skills that I didn’t know about,’ said Acs, a George Mason University professor who worked with McCarthy in Baltimore.”

Tuesday Oct. 17, Fox 5 News

Andrew Carle, assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services and director of its assisted living program, was interviewed for a segment on “nana” technology, a phrase he coined to describe products that assist elderly people.

Tues., Oct.17, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Richard Norton Smith, scholar-in-residence in the Department of History and Art History and the School of Public Policy, was interviewed by Jeffrey Brown for a segment on journalists writing books about current events and how historians view these books.

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