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2009-10-17 09:43:47

Worried about climate change and want to learn more? You probably aren't watching television then. A new study by George Mason University Communication Professor Xiaoquan Zhao suggests that watching television has no significant impact on viewers' knowledge about the issue of climate change. Reading newspapers and using the web, however, seem to contribute to people's knowledge about this issue. The study, "Media Use and Global Warming Perceptions: A Snapshot of the Reinforcing Spirals",...

2009-09-01 16:40:00

With good directions, anyone can find the right path. That's what George Mason University Professor Nicole Darnall is hoping with her new report that gives clear guidelines on how the government can help businesses "go green" and how being green will even help companies financially in the long-run.According to Darnall, companies don't green their production processes because there are unclear and mixed messages about how doing so will benefit them and their bottom line."Many companies want to...

2009-08-03 15:18:18

About half of the car trips in the U.S. are less than five miles"”a distance easily navigated by walking or cycling. Reducing short-distance car trips has many benefits"”it decreases car accidents, has positive benefits for the environment and increases physical health and activity, says communication professor Edward Maibach of George Mason University. An expert in climate change communication research, Maibach says that community leaders should make promotion of physical...

2009-05-07 17:43:00

WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) 2008 Performance and Accountability Report ranked second amongst the largest federal agencies according to a report issued by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. This independent research organization evaluates and ranks federal agency reports on how transparently they report their successes and failures, how well they document the tangible public benefits they produce, and whether they...

2009-05-06 08:23:00

Former Landmark Systems Founder And CEO Joins Market Leader In Online Tutoring WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SMARTHINKING, Inc. (www.smarthinking.com), the market leader in providing online tutoring and academic support to students, has announced that Katherine K. (Kathy) Clark has joined the company as CEO. Burck Smith, the company's founder, will remain president of SMARTHINKING and will focus on StraighterLine, a division of SMARTHINKING providing students with a new online option...

2009-03-13 12:26:31

With Mother's Day, Father's Day and high school and college graduations upcoming, there will be plenty of gift-giving and well wishes. When those start pouring in, let yourself be grateful"”it's the best way to achieve happiness according to several new studies conducted by Todd Kashdan, associate professor of psychology at George Mason University.Gratitude, the emotion of thankfulness and joy in response to receiving a gift, is one of the essential ingredients for living a good life,...

2009-03-12 15:07:00

LORTON, Va., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the Lorton Arts Foundation today announced the appointment of Sharon Mason as Executive Director of the Workhouse Arts Center, citing Mason's experience as an artist and business owner as factors for their selection. The Workhouse Arts Center provides essential visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as engaging arts education programs for people of all ages and artistic abilities. Set on 55 acres of land...

2009-01-29 13:19:00

Mercatus Center study shows infrastructure spending won't drive recovery. ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress ponders spending $6 billion in economic stimulus dollars to rebuild the levees and coastal areas near New Orleans, a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University cautions policymakers against relying on levees as the panacea to a stronger Gulf Coast. "Reliance on government protection can create false impressions that individual risks have...

2009-01-06 06:45:00

CINCINNATI, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Hobsons EMT today announced that George Mason University (Mason) has selected Hobsons Enrollment Management Technology (EMT) to provide integrated enrollment solutions throughout all of its undergraduate and graduate programs. Recently named the #1 national university to watch by U.S. News & World Report, Mason will now be using Hobsons' EMT Connect Admissions CRM recruitment and enrollment technology software, as well as EMT ApplyYourself, the...

2008-12-29 09:18:00

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon's FiOS1 local TV channel will broadcast live two George Mason University CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) conference basketball games in January and February from the university's Patriot Center here. FiOS TV customers can see two exciting matchups -- on Jan. 5 when the Patriots take on Georgia State University at 5:07 p.m., and on Feb. 18 when the Patriots host Drexel University at 7:07 p.m. "FiOS1 delivers content that demonstrates our...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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