This Week in the News…

Posted: September 29, 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:

Friday, Sept. 22, Chronicle of Higher Education

Scholars and Entrepreneurs Enter Brave New World of the Human Genome

“Scientists search the public database more than 250,000 times a day, for myriad purposes…. Keith H. McKenney, an associate professor of computational science at George Mason University, studies human genetic diversity by looking at a region of DNA that tends to pick up many mutations over time. He has set up a computer program to automatically search the public databases every day for new sequences from the region he’s interested in.”

Sunday, Sept. 24, Dallas Morning News

Cultural Differences Can Hurt Nurse-Patient Communication

“Communicating with a patient who is in pain is hard enough. Cultural differences between patient and caregiver make treatment even more difficult, according to two nursing professors who recently wrote a scholarly paper on how to bridge the gap. The paper–titled ‘Nursing Around the World: Cultural Values and Ethical Conflicts’ and published in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing–looks at how nurses can effectively deal with patients who now come from all over the world. The authors, Dr. Ruth Ludwick and Dr. Mary Cipriano Silva [a nursing professor at George Mason University], say cultural clashes are inevitable if health-care providers don’t prepare themselves.”

Monday, Sept. 25, Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville, Fla., Hosts Volunteer Group to Help Stop Computer Crime

“There are still only a handful of schools–the University of California at Davis, Purdue University and George Mason University–that have comprehensive programs to teach students to build fundamental security programs into an application or an operating system, said Richard Power of the Computer Security Institute in San Francisco.”

Tuesday, Sept. 26, New York Times

Controversial Drug Makes a Comeback

“In 1983, the morning sickness drug Bendectin was removed from the market amid a barrage of lawsuits claiming that it caused birth defects. Now, in what medical and legal experts say is a highly unusual reversal of fortune, it may well be brought back…. But Prof. David Bernstein, a law professor at George Mason University in Virginia, said it was only a twisted sort of poetic justice to bring back Bendectin. ‘There’s no justice to the company who spent over $100 million in litigation, not to mention having their chief executives tied up in litigation for years and years,’ Professor Bernstein said…. Many judges have made it clear that they will no longer allow Bendectin cases in their courts. ‘You would hope that if a case was brought it would be laughed out of court,’ Mr. Bernstein, the law professor, said.”

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