George Mason in the News

Posted: December 15, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 7, USA Today

Airline Luggage Complaints Remain High

“The latest government figures show airplane luggage problems remain near their highest level in more than a decade despite new rules that encourage travelers to check fewer bags. Transportation Department figures released Wednesday for the month of October put 2006 on track to be the worst year for lost, delayed, damaged or stolen baggage since 1991. George Mason University transportation expert Kenneth Button said the lost baggage problem is fueled by outdated technology and baggage-handling systems that are taxed by record numbers of passengers. ‘They haven’t really made any technological advance since bar codes’ were put on luggage tags, Button said. ‘They do need some new technology, but that involves quite big capital investments.'”

Sunday, Dec. 10, Los Angeles Times

In the Blogosphere, Even Economists Are Celebrities

“Fame found Tyler Cowen on the back seat of an airport bus. Weary after a long flight back from a family vacation, the economics professor was returning to his car at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Suddenly, a man leaned across the bus aisle to shake Mr. Cowen’s hand, pronouncing himself a ‘huge fan’ – not of Mr. Cowen’s economics work but of the Internet blog the George Mason University faculty member created three years ago. ‘My first question was, “How do you know what I look like?”‘ Mr. Cowen said. ‘I thought that was a little strange.’ Before the Internet, Mr. Cowen was many things. New Jersey’s 1977 chess champion, for instance. The author of an ethnic dining guide to the Washington area as well as academic papers with snappy titles like ‘More Monitoring Can Induce Less Effort.’ But since he and colleague Alex Tabarrok started the blog Marginal Revolution, which has had more than 6 million visitors, Mr. Cowen has become something he didn’t even know existed: an economics celebrity. Thanks to life as an econo-blogger, ‘I’m invited to give a speech or something at least once a week,’ Mr. Cowen said.”

Monday, Dec. 11, Washington Post

Pr. William Office Park Planned to Attract Biotech

“A Reston-based developer plans to build a major office park in Manassas aimed at the kind of companies in the biotech, technology, biomedical and government-contracting businesses that Prince William County officials say they are trying to attract. Waterford Development said it will start construction next year on a 640,000-square-foot office park on 50 acres at Prince William County Parkway and Godwin Drive. The first phase of the $150 million project is scheduled to be done in the first quarter of 2008. The project is near Prince William County’s major technology park, Innovation at Prince William, whose tenants are mostly biotech and government-contracting companies. Also nearby is a new Eli Lilly project, and George Mason University’s campus in Manassas has several development partnerships for biodefense, drug discovery and bioterrorism research. ‘Innovation at Prince William has been competing with Northern Virginia and Montgomery County for life-science companies. But because George Mason is starting to have a similar focus, companies are being drawn to that environment,’ said Waterford president and chief executive Jan A. Zachariasse.”

Tuesday, Dec. 12, BusinessWeek Online

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

“While the rest of the G7 countries gained on the U.S. in 2001 in terms of early-stage entrepreneurial activity, by 2005 the U.S. had retaken the lead. In fact, U.S. activity stands as double that of the other countries, according to a recent report of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a joint research project of Babson College and George Mason University. ‘The level of entrepreneurial dynamism for 2005 was significantly higher in the United States than in any of the other G7 counties,’ states the report. While the report doesn’t make predictions, it observes that ‘a healthy entrepreneurial investment climate exists in the United States.'”

Wednesday, Dec. 12, Financial Times (London)

The United Colors of Canada

“As part of its annual charity drive, CAE Industries encourages 3,000 head-office employees in Montreal to bring in a dish that is emblematic of their country of origin. Pasta, curry, enchiladas and chow mein are just a small sample of the offerings. CAE, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of flight simulators, has 110 nationalities on its payroll. Such diversity has proved a boon not only for employees’ taste buds, but also for CAE’s business. The company is among a growing number that have come to appreciate the benefits of one of the world’s most multicultural societies. Richard Florida, professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia, believes the world’s most successful cities are those that become ‘global talent magnets.’ In his book ‘The Flight of the Creative Class,’ he cites Toronto and Vancouver as examples, together with Amsterdam, Auckland and Geneva. ‘What makes these cities such formidable challengers to US regions,’ he asserts, ‘is that many of them, in particular the Canadian cities, not only boast a high immigrant population, but a diverse one too.'”

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