This Week in the News…

Posted: May 4, 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 27, Reuters English News Service

Cheney Is at Bush’s Right Hand, Close to Senate

“Presidential scholar James Pfiffner, of George Mason University, said Cheney is setting a new standard for influence. ‘The mold of the vice president’s role is going to be broken by Cheney,’ Pfiffner said. Asked if there were any pitfalls, he said, ‘The only danger would be that if the president delegated too much and didn’t stay on top of things.'”

Saturday, April 28, New York Times

Merger Blocked for Makers of Baby Food

“The Bush nominee to lead the FTC, Timothy J. Muris, a law professor at George Mason University, worked on behalf of the two companies. He has been critical of the government for failing to consider the economic benefits of such mergers, and he is expected to be confirmed soon as the next chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.”

Sunday, April 29, Detroit News

Ford Revolution Spawns Turmoil

“Ford takes regular surveys to gauge employee morale. The company also tries to address misconceptions and fears surrounding programs such as the forced ranking system. ‘You are never going to pacify everybody,’ said Kenneth Kovach, professor of employee relations at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘But you can educate your employees and they will understand it and acceptance will grow over time.'”

Monday, April 30, Newsweek

Hot Industry Seeks Super-Geeks

“One study estimates the industry will need 20,000 highly trained workers by 2005–a new brand of super-geek who understands the complex tongues of both biology and computer science…. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is one of the many around the country rushing to produce the workers to fill that gap. The new Virginia Bioinformatics Institute will cost $100 million and occupy three new buildings. Other schools, like the University of Florida at Gainesville, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and George Mason University in Virginia, have all recently formed departments of their own.”

Tuesday, May 1, USA Today

Just Say No to Judge Junkets

“The surroundings are lavish, the hosts who pay the tab are a mystery, and the names of those attending a secret. Welcome to a junket for federal judges. This week, they’re being hosted at a Tucson golf resort, expenses paid by unnamed private groups to educate them about ‘science in the courts.’ The seminar, organized by George Mason University’s (GMU) Law and Economics Center, is one of several elite programs bankrolled by private groups that have strong interests in judicial rulings. For now, the seminars are funded by conservative, free-market interests, but as their popularity spreads — GMU has attracted nearly 500 judges — others may jump into the game.”

Thursday, May 3, Christian Science Monitor

As Borders Fall and Local Customs Increasingly Meld in the Wake of Globalization, Will Cultural Diversity Sink or Swim?

“The globalization of telecommunications is also causing surprising fallout. Widely thought to be enhancing world understanding, it may also be causing more friction. For example: Where once Asian societies looked up to the U.S. as a model for development, Hollywood images and CNN news reports of family decay and American social ills have soured their view, argues Francis Fukuyama, professor of public policy at the Institute of Public Policy at George Mason University in Virginia.”

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