This Week in the News…

Posted: November 3, 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, Oct. 27, The Record (Northern New Jersey)

Certification Offers Benefits to Teachers

“It is the latest, and many experts think the most promising, attempt to give teachers the professional respect and some of the increased salary that accrues to doctors, lawyers, and accountants in the United States…. Gary Galluzzo, who became executive vice president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this year after serving as dean of George Mason University’s School of Education in Northern Virginia, said the program is also likely to raise the standards for teacher training. ‘Teachers say something about the national board process that they rarely did about the master’s programs at education schools I have known,’ he said. ‘They say, “This was the best professional development experience I ever had.”‘ As a consequence, he said, George Mason is creating a master’s program that copies the national board approach, and other universities are following suit.”

Saturday, Oct. 28, Times of India

Early Green Cards to Hi-Tech Workers Recommended

“A drastic reduction in the time involved in issuing Green Cards to foreign workers, especially those with H1-B visas given to hi-tech workers, has been recommended in a report on the manpower requirements of the U.S. information technology sector…. The U.S. needs to train more hi-tech workers to meet the market demands, says the report, soon to be released by the National Academies of Sciences National Research Council…. ‘As the U.S. economy comes to depend more heavily on information technology, the availability of skilled workers becomes increasingly important to the nation,’ said committee chair Alan Merten, president of George Mason University. ‘The labor market for these workers is unquestionably tight and all sources of talent, both domestic and foreign, are needed to address this problem.'”

Saturday, Oct. 28, New York Times

Trial Judge Comments on Microsoft Ruling

“Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson says he knows his rulings in the Microsoft antitrust case are controversial, but he has no regrets, even though, as he put it today, ‘virtually everything I did may be vulnerable on appeal.’ Speaking to an antitrust conference sponsored by George Mason University, Judge Jackson said a breakup of the company, which he ordered in June, ‘was never my remedy of choice.'”

Saturday, Oct. 28, Winston-Salem Journal

Polls at Odds in Virginia Senate Race: Difference Could Be Result of Voters Polled, Experts Say

“The race for the U.S. Senate in Virginia is a statistical dead heat. Or the Republican candidate is winning by a landslide, depending on which poll you read…. Scott J. Keeter, a political scientist at George Mason University, a former supervisor of the Commonwealth Poll, said that one explanation for the results may be that the Commonwealth Poll underrepresents black voters, who are likely to favor Robb.”

Monday, Oct. 30,

The Old College Try: Providers and Vendors Push MPLS Interoperability in University Testing

“To speed the process, UUNet joined a group of vendors last year to fund a multiyear MPLS testing project at the Advanced Internet Lab at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to measure how well MPLS performs in a multivendor, multicarrier environment…. The successful tests were the first to publicly demonstrate how IP traffic can be funneled over disparate devices, says Bijan Jabbari, director of the lab and a George Mason faculty member. Interoperability may be the most critical issue, but it’s only one part of what the lab is trying to do, Jabbari says. ‘We will also be looking at other areas such as traffic shaping and quality-of-service capabilities.'”

Wednesday, Nov. 1, Shape

How Smart Women Lose Weight

Farrokh Alemi, Ph.D., associate professor of health-care management at George Mason University School of Nursing in Fairfax, Va., and his colleagues have tested what they call continuous self improvement on 400 people seeking personal change, including losing weight and exercising more. Not only has it been successful in changing daily habits, the changes have been long lasting…. ‘Using willpower for self improvement is like applying brute force,’ Alemi says. ‘Using a systems approach is applying intelligence.'”

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