This Week in the News…

Posted: January 12, 2001 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, Jan. 5, New York Times

Fierce Ambition: Karl Rove

“President-elect George W. Bush announced today that he wanted Karl Rove to serve as a senior White House adviser with an unusually broad portfolio…. Mr. Rove grew up in various states along the Rocky Mountains and, by the time he went to the University of Utah and then George Mason University in Virginia, had become so consumed by politics that he never completed an undergraduate degree.”

Sunday, Jan. 7, Austin American-Statesman

Under Bush, Cabinet May Make Comeback

“George Mason University professor James Pfiffner, an expert on presidential transitions, warned that crowding too many people into the Cabinet room could make the group too unwieldy to be effective. He noted that the Cabinet had only 10 members under President Eisenhower, the last president who made it the basis for running his administration.”

Monday, Jan. 8, National Public Radio, Morning Edition

President Bill Clinton Continues to Issue New Regulations

Pam Fessler, reporting: “In recent weeks, the administration has issued a number of high-profile rules…. This flurry of last-minute activity isn’t unusual for a president. But Jay Cochran, who monitors the issue for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, says President Clinton is heading for the record books.”

Jay Cochran: “He’s going to produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 29,000 pages of regulations between November of 2000 and January of 2001 when he leaves office.”

Fessler: “Cochran calls this surge in rulemaking ‘the Cinderella effect,’ the urgent need for an administration to wrap up its work before officials turn back into ordinary citizens.”

Tuesday, Jan. 9, Associated Press Newswires

Study: Older Teens Worse Drivers than Younger Teens

“Teen-agers’ driving skills may actually regress after a year or two behind the wheel, according to a new study. Teen-age drivers seem to acquire a false sense of security that translates into reckless behavior among drivers age 18 to 20, said David Anderson, a George Mason University professor and the study’s primary author. ‘It’s a surprising finding,’ Anderson said. ‘The early young drivers are very cautious…. The older teens have two or three years of experience. They are more skilled but their attitude gets in the way.'”

Tuesday, Jan. 9, Business Wire

Study Finds Nursing Certification to be a Factor in Improving Patient Safety

“In the wake of growing public concern about errors in health care, a study published in the January 2001 issue of the American Journal of Nursing indicates that professional certification for registered nurses is a factor in improving patient safety…. ‘Because not all adverse events are preventable or attributable to errors, the ability of the nurse to recognize sentinel signs and symptoms and intervene during the trajectory of the patient’s condition is critical to the outcome of adverse events,’ remarked Ann Cary, Ph.D., RN, principal investigator of the study. Carey directs the International Program of Research on the Certified Nurse Workforce and is a professor at the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.”

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