This Week in the News…

Posted: December 17, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Saturday, Dec. 11, Washington Post

The Death of a President: George Washington’s Final Hours Revisited 200 Years Later

In He Died as He Lived: George Washington’s Death and Funeral, George Mason University history professor Peter R. Henriques points out that Washington died a very human, courageous and particularly ghastly death–a death whose excruciating dimensions have never been fully explained to his countrymen…. To Henriques, the most striking aspect of Washington’s death is the absence of any religious observation…. ‘He believed in a divine providence, sort of like the clockwork universe,’ Henriques said. ‘And he believed that recognizing that divine power was a matter of good citizenship as well as good character. Religion, by encouraging humility, functioned as a social good.'”

Sunday, Dec. 12, Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)

A Sentimental, Proud George Washington Pops Up in His Last Will

“‘He goes to bed the night of Dec. 13 not feeling well, but not concerned,’ said historian Peter Henriques of George Mason University, who is writing a book on Washington’s death. ‘And he’s dead before the next day is out.'”

Sunday, Dec. 12, Seattle Times

For Asia Economies, the Best Is Yet to Come–But Two-Digit Growth Rates Unlikely to Continue in Next Millennium

“‘Japan, Korea and Taiwan were able to create modern state institutions that were reasonably uncorrupt, reasonably professional, and could focus on national economic development without having all the money siphoned off,’ said Francis Fukuyama, public policy professor at George Mason University.”

Monday, Dec. 13, Indian Express

‘Made-in-IIT’ Label Still Hot on U.S. Campuses

“Last year, [the information technology school of George Mason University] hatched a plan to go out to India and woo up to 60 students each year with scholarships, a housing allowance, and a paid internship at a sponsor’s company. ‘If we are to be the second coming of the Silicon Valley, we need talent like that in our area,’ reasoned Sudhakar Shenoy, founder and president of the Information Management Consultants and an Indian Institute of Technology alum who set up the program with dean Lloyd Griffiths.

Monday, Dec. 13, Boston Globe

Medical-Errors Issue Got High-Profile Push from Doctors Group, Politicians

Mary Wakefield found herself touched by medical errors even as she was preparing a report on the topic for the prestigious Institute of Medicine. Her 83-year-old mother was having an operation on her left hand. Three hours later, Wakefield got a subdued voice mail from the surgeon confessing that he had operated on the wrong hand…. ‘We were at the institute looking at research and data on medical errors, at abstract issues, on Monday and Tuesday that week of my mother’s surgery,’ said Wakefield, who runs the Center for Health Policy, Ethics, and Research at George Mason University. ‘Then on Thursday I’m experiencing them firsthand. It showed me how simple [wrong-site surgery is] to prevent; you just put a mark on the patient’s hand.'”

Monday, Dec. 13, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)

When You Face Wrenching Birth Decisions

“Nothing can prepare parents to make the decision, said Aliza Kolker, coauthor of Prenatal Testing: A Sociological Perspective and sociology professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘In the beginning of the process, they have no idea what’s involved. It’s more difficult than they can even imagine,’ she said. Even parents who have strong feelings about abortion find the issue isn’t as clear-cut anymore, Kolker said. ‘When it’s your baby, it’s a different story.'”

Tuesday, Dec. 14, USA Today

Panama ‘Insulted’ by Lack of Stars at Canal Hand-Over

“Many Panamanians ‘are very insulted,’ says Gustavo Mellander, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He is an expert on U.S.-Panama relations. ‘If (the White House) thinks it’s such a great idea to do what they are doing, then they should at least do it with some class…. I mean, it’s been 100 years,’ Mellander says.”

Thursday, Dec. 16, Washington Post

“Starting in January, former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr will teach a weekly class at the George Mason University law school–Advanced Problems in Current Constitutional Law. President Clinton’s erstwhile tormentor–who will also be racking up billable hours at Kirkland & Ellis–has been named a ‘distinguished visiting professor.’ Starr is ‘a man of great distinction, and we’re pleased to have him,’ George Mason law school official Dan Polsby told us yesterday, adding that Starr has been hunkered down in the law library doing research for a book on the Supreme Court.”

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