Mason in the News

Posted: May 15, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

May/June 2009 Smithsonian Zoogoer

Living Classroom

“‘What we’re doing here is unique,’ says Tom Wood, who, as director of the Mason Center for Conservation Studies, helped start the Smithsonian-Mason program. ‘There are so many positives coming out of this. We’re integrating the incredible resources of the Zoo and the university. We’re providing an interdisciplinary learning environment that can serve a wide array of students. And we’re creating a community of students and faculty who are passionate about conservation.’”

Thursday, May 7, Journal of Commerce

HOT Lanes to Deliver $3.5 Billion in Virginia

“A 14-mile stretch of High Occupancy Toll lanes will generate billions of dollars in economic activity for the Washington area long before the first toll is collected. HOT lanes being built on the I-495 Capital Beltway in Northern Virginia will support 11,800 jobs over the next five years and pump $3.5 billion into the region’s economy, says Stephen Fuller of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. That includes $1.54 billion in construction spending alone from 2008 to 2013, Fuller said in a study commissioned by the project’s contractor, Capital Beltway Express.”

Friday, May 8, ABC News

Could Profit Motive Put an End to Piracy?

“After the recent rise in Somali piracy, politicians began to consider ways to prevent future attacks. Some want to spend tons of money for naval escorts in the region, others prefer sanctions and military force against Somalia. But George Mason University’s Peter Leeson, economist and author of ‘The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates,’ suggests a more economically practical solution: privatize the Gulf of Aden. Economists have said ‘what nobody owns, nobody takes care of,’ and ‘no one washes a rental car.’ These adages apply to the oceans, too.”

Friday, May 8, National Journal

U.S. Remains Unready for Pandemic

“So if swine flu continues to fade from the headlines, and history is any guide, we can expect the sense of urgency surrounding pandemic preparedness to fade as well — even though some experts predict that a more virulent form of the virus will hit this fall. Donald Thompson is the senior program director for medical and public health program at the Center for Infrastructure Protection at George Mason University’s School of Law. He contends that if a killer flu devastates the nation, many people, such as health care workers, would need antivirals for extended periods. ‘They’ll be taking it constantly. Plus, law enforcement officials [will need it], and [so will] people to keep government going,’ he said.”

Tuesday, May 12,

We Need Smarter, Not Fewer, H-1B Visas

Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University, proposes that foreigners who buy homes be granted an employment visa, a mechanism he feels might even buoy the U.S. housing market. Melding a home purchase with an expanded H-1B program and a clear, fast-track path to citizenship might be an effective way to not only bring in these immigrant knowledge workers but also harness their economic growth to help the entire country regain some of its lost housing value. Beyond creating more jobs and potentially underpinning the housing market, this infusion of smart immigrants would most likely have other salutary effects, such as expanding the U.S. tax base and boosting the number of patents filed in the U.S. by both immigrant workers and U.S. citizens.”

Thursday, May 14, Wall Street Journal

Intel Fine Jolts Tech Sector

“European regulators hit Intel Corp. with a $1.45 billion fine — the largest ever assessed there for a case involving monopoly abuse — and called for changes in the way the U.S. company sells the microprocessors at the heart of most of the world’s PCs. The decision, which Intel vowed to appeal, underscored the European Union’s willingness to challenge the business practices of dominant U.S. technology companies like Intel, Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. Though there are new signs the Obama administration will get tougher on antitrust abuses, rules enforced by European regulators are already having a big effect on Silicon Valley companies and leaders of other industries. The possibility that the FTC will take action against Intel is ‘much more likely today than it was two weeks ago,’ said Joshua Wright, an assistant law professor at George Mason University who previously served at the FTC.”

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