This Week in the News…

Posted: August 3, 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, July 27, Aerospace Daily

NASA Selects Teams for Small Aircraft Transportation System

“NASA has selected four teams to participate in the new five-year, $69 million Small Aircraft Transportation (SATS) research and development program, the space agency announced…. The Virginia SATS Lab Research Alliance, led by George Mason University, Va., intends to demonstrate that a single-pilot small aircraft can be safely sequenced and separated in Instrument Meteorological Conditions at higher-volume airports without a terminal radar controller or control tower with mixed aircraft equipage. It also intends to demonstrate that small aircraft can land in low visibility weather conditions at minimally equipped airports, and can accomplish autonomous operations while flying in controlled airspace.”

Sunday, July 29, Baltimore Sun

Stars, Fans Make Direct Connection Through Internet

“Despite the seemingly frank ramblings of celebs online, Tyler Cowen, author of What Price Fame, reminded those seeking Web connections with the stars that these interactions still remain carefully engineered. ‘What Marilyn Monroe did was on one hand portray sex goddess and on the other hand portray innocence and vulnerability at the same time,’ said Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘Most likely, Jennifer Aniston is doing the same. It’s a good business move,’ he added, ‘and we can expect more of it in the future.'”

Tuesday, July 31, National Public Radio, Morning Edition

Robert Ehrlich Discusses his Book, Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: A Few Might Even Be True

David Kestenbaum, Host: “So is this your day job? Do you have a chair of professor of crazy ideas?”

Robert Ehrlich: “Well, I might ask my university if they’d create such a job. I think it’d be a very interesting job. No, I teach physics at George Mason University; although I actually have been thinking of offering a course on crazy ideas in science…. I think it’s extremely important that people understand that crazy ideas play a very important role in science and can form the basis of new ways of looking at things. I think there is a general feeling among people that the world is a mysterious place and that our current understanding of it very well may be proven incorrect over time. And this has happened time and time again. Why shouldn’t it happen in the future?”

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