This Week in the News…

Posted: June 7, 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:

Saturday, June 1, Baltimore Sun

Cartoonist Can Inspire, Surprise, Even in Death

“Then the cartoonist known as Herblock died, and his friends learned something they never suspected: Block, the most modest of men, was filthy rich. And he was leaving most of his money–more than $50 million–to a charitable foundation in his name…. ‘He was a person who lived his work,’ said Roger Wilkins, a [Herbert Block] foundation board member and professor at George Mason University who worked with Block at the Post during the Watergate years.”

Saturday, June 1, National Journal

Does Al Qaeda Have Anthrax? Better Assume So

“So does the material used in America last year look Soviet? No, says Ken Alibek, a former Soviet bio-weapons official who is now executive director of the George Mason University Center for Biodefense. He has reviewed images of the material and says it looks like nothing he saw in the Soviet Union. The material, in fact, is of mediocre quality, he told me, and was not produced industrially. It definitely had not been milled, nor did it appear to have any sort of coating to reduce static or otherwise enhance its deadliness. Silica supposedly found in the material, Alibek thinks, may simply be a residue from an unsophisticated drying process.”

Wednesday, June 5, Microsoft

Time to Shift Attitudes About Telecommuting

“Interest in telecommuting–known just as widely today as ‘teleworking’–has picked up steam lately. ‘After September 11, people were grounded for awhile. That and the economy have brought the issue back again. Dispersed collaboration is getting more serious attention as an alternative to travel,’ says Catherine Cramton, associate professor of management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Thursday, June 6, New York Times

Budding Scientists, Let Loose in a World They Can Save

“She and her classmates are part of a research project designed by scientists at George

Mason University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education that relies on what they call multiple-user virtual environment experiential simulators, or Muvees. Players log in, adopt an identity and join up with other players to gather information and solve problems in a three-dimensional virtual world brimming with people, places and things…. Kevin Ruess, an assistant professor at George Mason’s School of Education who worked on the River City project, said that unlike other simulation programs students might use at school, Muvees emphasize learning to work with others.”

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