This Week in the News…

Posted: June 15, 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, June 8, Arizona Republic

UA Loses 7 on Faculty to Virginia University

George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., has lured an internationally prominent economist and six of his colleagues from the University of Arizona in an unusually large raid on a school’s faculty. Vernon L. Smith, cited by many in the field as a potential Nobel Prize winner, is considered the father of ‘experimental economics,’ a growing specialty that applies scientific methods to economic theory.”

Saturday, June 9, National Journal

Off to See a Grumpy EU

“Moreover, the current U.S.-EU economic dialogue has been frustratingly unproductive. ‘There has been a tendency to substitute procedure for substance,’ said Desmond Dinan, a professor of European Union studies at George Mason University in Northern Virginia.”

Sunday, June 10, Wisconsin State Journal

Mad Scientists? Or Just Ahead of Their Time? Book Explores Why Some Nutty Scientific Theories Shouldn’t Be Dismissed

“The assumption we mostly share when we talk about ‘fossil fuels’ is that their supply is limited. How would we look at energy if we thought there was an unlimited supply of oil and natural gas available to us? Such abundance could be possible if those fuels are actually created deep in the earth by the planet itself and are not due to the demise of plants and animals eons ago. Most of us would think the idea is nutty, but Robert Ehrlich, professor of physics at George Mason University, thinks we might take a second look. Erlich discusses fossil fuels and other bizarre ideas in Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: A Few Might Even Be True (Princeton: $24.95).”

Sunday, June 10, Seattle Times

Regulatory ‘Dance’ Outdates Clinton, Bush

“The regulatory work of all modern presidents has ballooned at the end of their terms, according to the conservative Regulatory Studies Program at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, which has analyzed the number of pages of regulations published in the Federal Register during the three months before each president dating to when Harry Truman left office…. ‘What you’re basically finding is there isn’t a partisan difference,’ said Jay Cochran, a Mercatus researcher who did the analysis.”

Monday, June 11, Reuters English News Service

U.S. Cautiously Optimistic After Iranian Elections

Shaul Bakhash, professor of Middle East history at George Mason University near Washington, said he did not foresee any rapid progress in Iranian-American relations. ‘I doubt whether much will happen, because the obstacles remain the same,’ he said.”

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