Today’s USA Today Sports Section (online for sure) features a story on GMU professor’s who have made huge breakthroughs in anti-doping testing. The article highlights how entrepreneurial George Mason is as an institution. From the article by AJ Perez:
Two GMU professors whose primary interest had been cancer research developed the first urine test for human growth hormone. Working outside the Olympic movement, outside the traditional research environment of a university-backed teaching hospital, and 20 miles outside the university’s main campus in Fairfax, Va., Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin and Lance Liotta moved directly to the forefront of international sports’ anti-doping efforts. They also furthered — at least for now — their university’s high-risk, high-reward pursuit of national renown and future income.
“From the early days at GMU, it’s taken an entrepreneurial spirit,” says Alan Merten, the university’s fifth president since its founding in 1972. “You don’t go from nowhere to a school this large in 36 years without that kind of mind-set.”