This Week in the News…

Posted: March 2, 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:

Sunday, Feb. 25, Dallas Morning News

Not the Retiring Type: Aging Population Smashes Stereotypes about Growing Older

“People are living longer and healthier lives. As they do, gerontologist Aliza Kolker says, ‘Chronological age will become less and less relevant.’… Still, an overall increased life span doesn’t mean everyone will celebrate three-digit birthdays, notes Dr. Kolker, a sociology professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘It’s very encouraging that people live longer and are healthier,’ she says. ‘But I would like to remember not all of us will. Nothing is assured.'”

Monday, Feb. 26, Los Angeles Times

L.A. Has Potential to Be a Leader on Biotech Industry Cutting-Edge Science

“But institutions elsewhere also see the potential of bioinformatics, which promises to revolutionize medicine. Virginia’s George Mason University and the University of Florida at Gainesville recently established bioinformatics programs with incubators. Growth in the Bay Area is in part fueled by research at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz, which has one of the most respected bioinformatics programs in the nation.”

Monday, Feb. 26, U.S. News & World Report

Reagan Playbook, Bush Time: The President Banks on a Quick Start

“Whether the public–and the media–buys Bush’s 180-day approach is an open question, but either way, swift action is essential. George Mason University professor James Pfiffner says studies show that 72 percent of the proposals introduced by a president from January through March of his first year are eventually enacted; only 39 percent of the bills introduced from April through June win passage. And the percentage shrinks after that.”

Tuesday, Feb. 27, Seattle Times

Federal Judges Question Key Claim of Antitrust Case against Microsoft

“The questioning was clearly one-sided, said Ernest Gellhorn of the George Mason University School of Law, with government attorneys struggling to answer how Microsoft could be forcing consumers to buy Explorer with Windows when it is given away free. ‘I had trouble finding any votes for the government on tying,’ Gellhorn said.”

Tuesday, Feb. 27, Dallas Morning News

Bush’s Freeze on New Regulations Sends Strong Signal to Businesses

“‘Clinton was a champion regulator,’ says Wendy Gramm, director of regulatory studies at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. And he left ‘a glass slipper behind that doesn’t necessarily fit all.’… ‘The Clinton agencies’ “midnight regulations” will only add to a regulatory burden that already costs the average household $8,000 a year,’ says Susan Dudley, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center.”

Wednesday, Feb. 28, Wall Street Journal

A Sorry Situation by Francis Fukuyama, a professor of public policy at George Mason University

“According to the Washington Post, families of the victims of the Japanese training ship that was sunk by the USS Greenville have rejected the statement of ‘sincere regret’ offered by the submarine’s captain, Scott Waddle, and remain perplexed that he has not apologized in person…. Let us hope that, whatever the final determination of fault, the Greenville tragedy becomes the occasion for a national and personal relearning of how to say that we’re sorry, and that the next official or politician who accepts responsibility for a bad decision does something other than return to his desk the next morning.”

Thursday, March 1, Washington Post

Conference to Focus on Internet Policy

“Technology industry luminaries will convene at George Mason University next week to discuss policy issues and life after the Internet economy meltdown as part of an annual conference focusing on the global network. Times are tougher for Internet companies, said Bradford Brown, chairman of the Tech Center at George Mason’s law school, which is sponsoring what it calls the 2001 Global Internet Summit. ‘But what hasn’t changed is the kind of collective view that the Internet as a communications medium and business tool is still important,’ he said. ‘The real question is “Where do we go from here.” That’s why it’s important to bring these folks together.'”

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