George Mason in the News

Posted: February 23, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage Mason received recently.

Thursday, Feb. 8, Time Magazine

The Federal Job Machine

“With Fairfax County leading the way, the Washington area is becoming a job machine. Stephen Fuller, who runs the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University in Fairfax, says ‘it’s nice to have a rich uncle.’ That would be Uncle Sam. Yes, there are purely private jobs in the region: drive among the dense thickets of office buildings in Tyson’s Corner and along the Dulles Toll Road, and you see some impressive corporate HQs – Capital One, Freddie Mac, Gannett, Sprint Nextel. But you also come across mysterious acronyms like BAE, CSC, MITRE and SAIC. These are big-time government contractors, and when Fuller looks closely at job growth in the area, it is mainly these that he sees.”

Saturday, Feb. 10, BBC World Service

Toni-Michelle Travis, director of the African American studies program at Mason, was interviewed by the BBC World Service on the subject of African Americans and political power. The interview was part of the news coverage of Sen. Barack Obama’s announcement that he is running for president.

Monday, Feb. 19, Indianapolis Star

Corporate Boards Prove Lucrative for Purdue Chief

“Purdue University President Martin Jischke is not only the highest paid public official in the state, besides sports coaches, he’s also got a lucrative lineup of part-time jobs. Purdue is paying Jischke $480,950 in salary and deferred compensation this academic year. After his June retirement, he will get a $400,000 bonus for his years of service. James H. Finkelstein, a senior associate dean at George Mason University, said presidents of public universities tend to be the only top state-paid executives, such as a governor or supreme court chief justice, to have this sort of outside income. Though he also said his research on the issue has been unable to verify that universities directly benefit – through increased donations or research funds from companies – from presidents serving on boards.”

Monday, Feb. 19, NBC News: Today

Rumor or Reality?

Rebecca Goldin, associate professor of Mathematical Sciences, was interviewed in NBC News’ Today show concerning rumors about nail salon products. Goldin said, “We’re finding that the low levels of exposure that we get through painting our nails that maybe gets absorbed through the skin is much, much, much, much less than what has been shown to be dangerous to animals in studies.”

Wednesday, Feb. 21, Fulton County Daily Report (Atlanta)

Businesses Cheer Ruling on Punitives

“The Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed out a $79.5 million punitive damage award won by a smoker’s widow against Philip Morris, ruling that Oregon jurors improperly considered harm to other smokers in punishing the tobacco giant. ‘It seems, then, that jurors can think about harm to others in deciding that the conduct was awful enough to merit punitive damages in the first place,’ said Michael Krauss, torts professor at George Mason University School of Law. ‘But then they can’t think about it anymore because when they set the amount of the damage award, the court is saying it has to reflect only the harm to the plaintiff. You’ll have to wash your brain out between steps.’”

Thursday, Feb. 22, Miami Herald

Money, Not Outrage, Fuels Anti-Merger Fight

“The National Association of Broadcasters has been shocked, shocked, to learn that the potty-mouth Howard Stern is talking about sex, poop and body parts on satellite radio, and says that’s a good enough reason for the government to block the merger of XM and Sirius. This attempt to stop the merger is just one more skirmish in the NAB’s war on competition. ‘If you’re an antitrust enforcer and you see that all the competitors are banding together to oppose a merger in the name of “public interest,” it’s pretty easy to figure out that the truth is exactly the opposite,’ says Tom Hazlett, who teaches law at George Mason University in Virginia.”

Thursday, Feb. 22, Kansas City Star

Science Project Gets an ‘A’

“African-American students at two segregated schools in this area not only excelled in science but dominated their white counterparts in science competitions. The obscure but remarkable achievements were discovered by Frank Manheim, who graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City and is an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.; and his research partner, Eckhard Hellmuth, an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. ‘It was not a fluke,’ Manheim and Hellmuth wrote in their report. ‘Sumner would dominate top science prizes for much of the 1950s. Later, Lincoln High School dominated science awards in the Kansas City School District well into the 1960s. Science became the first playing field on which Kansas City’s black students could measure their skills against white students,’ the two men wrote. ‘The achievements speak for themselves.’”

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