This Week in the News…

Posted: February 15, 2002 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. 10, New York Times

To Learn What People Want, Trade ‘Idea Stocks’

“The students were not trading securities, but the traits of [M.I.T. Professor Ely] Dahan’s research was inspired by the successes of several Internet-based trading exchanges that have been called ‘decision markets’ by Robin Hanson, an economics professor at George Mason University…. Professor Hanson says he thinks the biggest hurdles to the spread of research-driven trading in business may be cultural.”

Sunday, Feb. 10, Houston Chronicle

More Non-Family Households Living in Suburbs, Study Says

“The growing power of single suburbanites of all ages could foreshadow political struggles. ‘They may be able to outvote the households with children who need schools and playgrounds,’ said economist Stephen Fuller, who teaches at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Reuters English News Service

U.S. Civil Rights Panel Assails Bush Record

“The Bush administration, backed by a conservative judiciary, is pursuing policies that will increasingly resegregate the United States, according to a new report issued by the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights. ‘The president came to office trumpeting a concept that he called “compassionate conservatism.” In practice, after a year, we can see that it amounts to practical and policy tokenism…. Compassionate conservatism is a sham,’ said Roger Wilkins, a professor of history and culture at George Mason University in Virginia and a member of the commission.”

Tuesday, Feb. 12, New York Times

Suits Against Andersen May Test Partners’ Risks

“Partners who participated in wrongful acts–for example, by shredding important documents to conceal information about a company’s finances–or had supervisory responsibilities over wrongdoers, or at least had knowledge of wrongful acts, can be individually liable, said Larry E. Ribstein, a law professor at George Mason University who has written extensively about limited liability partnerships. ‘Just like in a corporation, the partners are liable for the things that they themselves do wrong,’ he said. ‘You work for Arthur Andersen, you commit malpractice, you are liable for that malpractice. The client can take your house and car and everything else.'”

Thursday, Feb. 14, Kansas City Star

If You’ve Ever Chalked Up a Hot New Love Affair to Chemistry, You Were Right on the Money

Jim Olds, a neuroscientist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., compares the two phases to the vastly different sensations produced by cocaine and heroin. The initial flush of sexual attraction, like cocaine, is a powerful rush. That’s PEA at work, probably reinforced by some dopamine and norepinephrine. Couples who have settled in report the same sorts of feelings that characterize regular heroin users. They’re ‘intensely at peace, happy, content,’ according to Olds. They’re experiencing the effects of endorphins, the body’s painkilling compound.”

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