This Week in the News…

Posted: March 22, 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:

Friday, March 15, Associated Press Newswires

People in the News

“Former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno has joined the faculty of George Mason University as a professor of public policy and communication. Sesno will teach an undergraduate communication course and a graduate course on public policy. He also will hold a series of forums on journalism and public policy, and will be the host of regular on-air town meetings on the university’s television network. ‘I see this as an opportunity to drill down and look at some key issues in public policy and journalism–to make a difference on matters of policy and media,’ Sesno said.”

Friday, March 15, United Press International

Chemists Trick Alzheimer’s Enzyme

“‘This is indeed a revolutionary method in rational drug design,’ neuroscientist James Olds, director of the Krasnow Institute for Neurobiology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., told United Press International. ‘It may have great applicability to improving the specificity of drugs, particularly those currently used in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases.'”

Sunday, March 17, Newsday

And the Home of the Fat: How Can Americans Worship Slenderness and Still Lead the World in Obesity?

By Peter N. Stearns, author of Battleground of Desire: The Struggle for Self-Control in Modern America and provost of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

“Clearly, there’s a considerable amount of national baggage to contend with in dealing with obesity. The components run deep in the national culture. And we’re a disunited nation where food is concerned, clearly unable to agree on health priorities. None of this means that change is impossible, but it does suggest a level of difficulty that another set of medical warnings will not address…. The causes can be addressed, but we have yet to see real breakthroughs. It’s the human side that needs attention, and with it the history that got us where we are.”

Monday, March 18, InformationWeek

Cyber-Protection’s Murky Waters Run Deep

By David Post, a Temple University law professor and senior fellow at the National Center for Technology and Law at the George Mason University School of Law, and Bradford C. Brown, chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law at the George Mason University School of Law

“What would have happened if the tragic attacks of Sept. 11 had been followed by cyberattacks on the computer systems that control the nation’s electric power grids, transportation networks, and water supplies? Are we prepared for a cyberattack on our critical infrastructure? The short answer is no…. Implementation of critical infrastructure protection continues to be hampered by the inadequacy of criminal laws relative to cybercrime, international enforcement issues, the lack of civil remedies, antitrust issues relating to information sharing, and liability issues.”

Monday, March 18, New York Times

Turning Out Guerrillas and Terrorists to Wage a Holy War

“Dr. Kamal Beyoghlow, a professor at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Va., [an adjunct professor in George Mason University’s department of public and international affairs] and a former counterterrorism officer at the State Department, said the curriculum reflected care and deliberation. ‘The lesson is very well organized, extremely organized,’ he said. ‘It is the work of a methodical hand.'”

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