This Week in the News…

Posted: April 27, 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, April 20, USA Today

Arsenic Fouls Review of New Rules: Uproar Marks Turning Point for President

“But arsenic became a rallying cry for environmentalists, who had little difficulty raising alarm bells about a substance universally recognized as a deadly poison. ‘You just hear the word “arsenic,” and you think poison,’ says Susan Dudley, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, which is critical of most regulations.”

Saturday, April 21, Associated Press Newswires

Money Helps Boost GMU Law School into Top 50

“A big increase in funding helped the George Mason University School of Law earn its first top-50 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s assessment of the nation’s law schools. The 22-year-old Arlington law school tied two other schools for 47th place in the rankings, released this month. It was a huge turnaround for George Mason, which as recently as two years ago was hovering around 100th place among the 174 schools rated by the magazine. The ranking worried state and university officials. ‘There’s the risk of the death spiral,’ said law school Dean Mark F. Grady. ‘These rankings tend to feed upon each other if left untended.'”

Monday, April 23, InternetWeek

It’s Up to You to Pave the Way to the Information Society

“‘The industrial revolution took 130 years,’ Mark Warner explained to an intense group of college students last week at George Mason University. Warner, founding partner of Columbia Capital Corp., was comparing the last major change in Western civilization–the move from an agrarian to an industrial society–to changes afoot in global civilization. Warner thinks the current change, to an information society, will take much less time, perhaps a decade. But he questions whether the companies now laying the foundation for that change are really ready for it. More important, he says, individuals aren’t ready either.”

Tuesday, April 24, New York Times

Observatory : Beyond Superfund

“Superfund sites are the celebrities of the hazardous waste site business–they get most of the press. But there are plenty of other contaminated sites around the country, many that haven’t been reported to any authority. Consider recent research by a doctoral student at George Mason University. Examining old state and federal business records, the researcher came up with a list of 640 former lead smelting factories, 430 of which were unknown to federal and state authorities.”

Wednesday, April 25, CNN

Airport Delays Worsen

Patty Davis, CNN Correspondent: “Another controversial idea: peak pricing during an airport’s busiest hours.”

Ken Button, George Mason University: “It’s a rationing device, like every other circumstance. When there is a shortage, you charge more for it and discourage people who don’t really need to travel during that particular time.”

Wednesday, April 25, Associated Press Newswires

Former Sen. Chuck Robb to Teach at George Mason

“Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Robb will join George Mason University this fall as a part-time distinguished professor, university officials said. Robb will work for no pay in the university’s law and public policy schools. The university offered Robb the typical salary for part-time instructors of $2,500 a course, but he rejected it because of concerns about state budget cuts for higher education, said Mark Grady, dean of the law school.”

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