George Mason in the News

Posted: November 3, 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.

Fri., Oct. 27, USA Today

Ferris Bueller’s Day Is History for Today’s Kids

“Suppose Ferris Bueller wanted to take a day off now. In a 1986 movie, the hooky-playing high schooler tricked his parents into believing he was sick, then went out for a fun day of driving around Chicago in a Ferrari with his buddy and his girlfriend. That was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off then. It’s a new day for Ferris and his under-18 friends … Technology and laws are combining in a reversal of attitudes toward teens a generation ago … ‘It’s as if we’re receiving crisis reports from a crisis I don’t see happening,’ says Peter Stearns, provost at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and author of ‘Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America.'”

Saturday, Oct. 28, Wall Street Journal

Hot Topic: Polls and Pundits: How Reliable Are Forecasts?

“Current projections show the party is poised to gain the 15 new seats needed to control the House of Representatives, and possibly more. Control of the Senate is seen as a closer contest, but Democrats are given a decent shot of winning the six seats they need to lead there as well … Early voters can affect poll bias. About a fifth of all votes cast in the U.S. are cast before Election Day, up from at least 8 percent in 1994, according to Michael McDonald of George Mason University. This ‘very subtly biases the results,’ he says, since this growing category isn’t always accounted for in polling models.”

Monday, Oct. 30, Hobart Mercury (Australia)

Policing Isn’t Just Meeting Targets

“It’s 11 o’clock on a weekday morning and a couple of police officers armed with a speed gun sit in wait on Castray Esplanade, just near where it turns into Salamanca Place. It’s not a particularly busy area and nor are there many pedestrians or traffic hazards. But it’s a favorite hangout for police officers to raise some easy revenue for the state and, more importantly, meet their quota of speeding fines for the month. Edward Maguire, an associate professor in the administration of justice program at the George Mason University in Virginia, has researched and written extensively about performance benchmarks and police in the U.S. Professor Maguire, writing in 2003, observed that the problem with police benchmarking is that it is what they miss that is as important as what they record. So when Assistant Commissioner Hine is quoted in this newspaper on October 20 as saying benchmarking is an ‘irrefutable success’ because crime rates are down, the rate of solving crimes has doubled and serious motor vehicle accidents have been reduced, he is missing the point.”

Tuesday, Oct. 31, Montreal Gazette

White House Unfazed by Threat of Democratic Sweep

“Karl Rove thinks he knows something most Americans do not about Tuesday’s midterm elections – that Republicans will somehow defy the polls and keep control of Congress. Question this outcome, and the White House strategist nicknamed ‘Bush’s brain’ grows impatient, even condescending. ‘One should never underestimate Karl Rove as a strategist. His reputation is legendary already,’ says Mark Rozell, a political scientist at Virginia’s George Mason University.”

Tuesday, Oct. 31, Globe and Mail (Canada)

A Freeloader No More; By Investing in Advanced Research, Canada Is Finally Reversing the Brain Drain and Playing Its Part on the Scientific World Stage

“A decade ago, the state of Canada’s research environment would have sent Guri Giaever running for the exit. Today, she likens her position at the University of Toronto as equal to one at Harvard. Richard Florida, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of ‘The Rise of the Creative Class,’ said Canada, and Toronto in particular, is at an ‘inflection point’ where it can become one of the major world centers. He said that the Toronto mega region stands to be one of top 20 research and economic hubs in the world. ‘My own view is that Toronto can position itself in the next decade as a first-tier mega region and that would require bolstering the universities, leveraging the quality of life and continuing to attract immigrants,’ he added.”

Tuesday, Oct. 31, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Lee Hochberg, NewsHour correspondent, interviewed Yoonmee Chang, assistant professor of English who teaches Asian-American studies, on the recent North Korean nuclear test.

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