This Week in the News…

Posted: September 6, 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, August 30, Chronicle of Higher Education

American Political Science Association Presents its 2002 Awards

“The American Political Science Association presented its 2002 awards on Thursday night in Boston as part of its annual meeting. Twenty-one people were recognized for their scholarly and professional contributions to the field of political science…. Hugh Heclo, of George Mason University, received the John Gaus Distinguished Lecturer Award for his lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration.”

Friday, August 30, Dow Jones News Service

Boeing/Union Endgame Strategy Takes Center Stage

“‘To just say “I’m not going to meet” puts Boeing in a bad position PR-wise,’ said Kenneth Kovach, professor of human-resource management at George Mason University. ‘They should at least go there because there is absolutely no risk and you avoid the PR disaster,’ Kovach said. To present such an inflexible face, even if they aren’t going to change their offer at the Sept. 4 meeting, could open the company to an unfair labor practice charge, Kovach said….”

Saturday, August 31, National Journal

Voices of 9/11

“If relating these stories is part of the healing process, so is collecting them. George Mason University has set up a Web site of such memories in an attempt to gather what one scholar called the haystack where future historians can look for the needles.”

Sunday, Sept. 1, Los Angeles Times

Mapping the Minds in Iraq’s Regime: Social Scientists Take Aim at Saddam Hussein

Lee Wagenhals and Alexander Levis of George Mason University employ a software suite called CAESAR to tease out the beliefs and reasoning underlying military operations. CAESAR incorporates two influence-net applications: the Situational Influence Assessment Module, developed at Science Applications International Corp., and the Campaign Assessment Tool, developed by the Air Force. In these influence nets, ‘node’ represents a political actor’s statement or belief. The probability that the belief or statement will play a role in a decision is given a value. Various weblike diagrams and color schemes represent the links and strengths of the actors’ relationships. If one ‘parental’ actor (say, a very close Saddam Hussein advisor) is influenced in some way (he learns about an assassination plot targeting his boss), a ‘network’ of cascading effects on the ‘children’ (lesser advisors) is drawn. The network of relationships and reactions, called ‘branches’ and ‘sequels’ by the military, represents the behavioral implications of different U.S. actions.”

Wednesday, Sept. 4, Houston Chronicle

Bush’s Character, Decisions Baffle Political Scientists

Colleen Shogan of George Mason University argued that Bush’s ‘anti-intellectual, populist approach’ was useful to him ‘as an offset to his privileged background’ in the campaign against Al Gore and equally valuable in building public support and a sense of legitimacy after the disputed election victory. ‘After 9/11,’ she said, ‘he found his moral voice’ in condemning terrorism, but his penchant for reducing complexity to simple, categorical terms, as in the phrase ‘axis of evil,’ has hampered him in dealing with the muddled world and domestic picture today. She and others said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ended the unprecedented unity of response to terrorism, because it defied Bush’s efforts to draw stark contrasts between good and bad forces. The revelations of corporate greed made him seem a reluctant warrior against the very people who are his natural allies.”

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