This Week in the News…

Posted: May 19, 2000 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:

May 9 to 15, Ubiquity

Education in the New Hi-Tech World: Talking with Alan G. Merten

“The most exciting part of university life right now is watching the infiltration of information technology in the teaching and research of faculty from all disciplines…. We use the expression ‘distance learning’ poorly and in an unfortunate way. I prefer the phrase ‘technology enhanced learning.’ Technology has a major role to play even when all the students are in a room at the same time and the faculty member is there…. What we need to aim for is the blend you get when a great motivational teacher uses technology to enhance the information content and presentation format of the learning environment. That’s the real future and it’s a very exciting one.”

Friday, May 12, Associated Press Newswires

Grads Leaving School Find Strong Job Market Waiting

“At George Mason University in Fairfax, Director of Career Services Pat Carretta said a student was offered a job with a sizable signing bonus–and a catch. The bonus offer was good for only 24 hours, and would then start decreasing incrementally by day. The student, who had interviews with other companies and was expecting offers, was put in a dilemma, said Carretta, who noted the tactic is a new phenomenon…. Informal surveys at George Mason used to suggest that between 25 and 30 percent of students had jobs lined up by February, Carretta said. Now, it’s about 50 percent.”

Friday, May 12, Gannett News Service

University Program Produces Specialists in Computer Security

“Iowa State’s security program began four years ago, and the school is one of seven nationwide accredited by the National Security Agency, which encrypts and decodes security information for the U.S. military. The agency started the accreditations last year…. Other schools are James Madison, George Mason, Idaho State, Idaho University, Purdue, and California-Davis.”

Monday, May 15, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Love Bug Escalates War on Hackers

“A [U.S. Department of Justice] report in March termed online anonymity a ‘thorny issue,’ and Attorney General Janet Reno warned a Senate subcommittee that nations lacking computer crime laws could become ‘safe havens’ for cybercriminals. But global hacking laws should be crafted with extreme care, said David Post, a fellow at the National Center for Technology and Law at George Mason University.

Monday, May 15, Dallas Morning News

Scientist Uses Chemical Cycle to Search for the Origin of Life

“Many biologists who study the origin of life look for ways to make the double-helix DNA (the master molecule of heredity), perhaps starting with RNA, DNA’s simpler, single-stranded cousin. But to Harold Morowitz, asking about life’s origin means asking about the origin of metabolism. Dr. Morowitz, a biophysicist at George Mason University in Virginia, thinks the secret of life’s origin is concealed in a complicated chart depicting life’s essential chemistry. Called ‘the chart of intermediary metabolism,’ it’s like biology’s version of the periodic table of chemical elements. But while the periodic table contains a mere hundred or so simple blocks arranged in neat rows and columns, the metabolic chart looks more like a Texas road map.”

Wednesday, May 17, New York Times

Making Sure Brand-New Teachers Know Technology

The [Washington-based CEO Forum] has created the Teacher Preparation School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart, a self-evaluation tool for institutions that train teachers. Nearly 250 of the nation’s 1,500 schools and colleges of education have committed to using the chart to evaluate their ability to give teachers technology skills…. Gary Galluzzo, dean of George Mason University’s Graduate School of Education in Fairfax, Va., helped test the chart before its introduction in January. He said the final result is indispensable for tracking the school’s progress. ‘We plan to use it annually to see where we are,’ he said. ‘We prepare the people who prepare the work force. Our obligation is to make sure every teacher leaves here prepared.'”

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