This Week in the News…

Posted: December 13, 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, Dec. 7, Associated Press Newswires

Nobel Prize Winners Give Advice on Science and Money

“Some of the world’s greatest minds on Saturday hatched theories on how to become successful in science and best spend 10 million kronor (US$1 million). This year’s Nobel Prize winners in medicine, physics, chemistry and economics spoke about their discoveries in science and in life with journalists, students and other researchers in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. ‘Know and respect the rules of your profession, but don’t follow them,’ said the economics prize winner, Vernon L. Smith of George Mason University in the United States. Smith, 75, will share the 10 million kronor (US$1 million) award with Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University.”

Saturday, Dec. 7, The Washington Times

Hip-hop Goes to College; Course Proves Popular at George Mason

“Young people bobbing their heads to rap artist Nelly’s ‘Hot in Here’ or old school tracks such as Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Criminal Minded’ or Eric B. and Rakim’s ‘The Ghetto’ are commonplace on street corners, at parties and in cars – but almost never in college classrooms. Andrew Ryan is changing that. Mr. Ryan teaches Beats, Rhyme and Culture from 7:20 to 10 p.m. in Room A208 of Robinson Hall at George Mason University. This is the second semester the three-credit course has been offered through the university’s New Century College, which schedules a progressive collection of culturally inclusive courses and programs for innovative young minds.”

Tuesday, Dec. 10, The Washington Post

Warner Offers Anti-Terrorism Proposals; Package Anticipates Medical Crisis, Death of Top Va. Leaders

“Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) yesterday unveiled anti-terrorism proposals aimed at securing important services, clarifying the state’s leadership succession and rethinking the way doctors provide medical care during an attack. Warner, in a speech at George Mason University, called on lawmakers to pass his anti-terrorism package when the General Assembly convenes in January.”

Tuesday, Dec. 10, The Washington Post

Tech Contractors Cite Rising Demand

“In September a subsidiary of computer reseller Micro Warehouse Inc. opened offices in Ashburn, adding 40 employees to help it focus on government clients. The company will be adding 100 workers to that office over the next six months, officials said. ‘Any kind of hiring is good news right now,’ said Stephen S. Fuller, a public policy professor and regional economist with George Mason University. ‘This is just indicative of the strength of the local economy.'”

Friday, Dec. 13, New Zealand Herald

Snow Schooled in Deregulation Theories

“President George W. Bush’s nominee for Treasury Secretary earned his doctorate in economics studying under two of the most influential thinkers at the time on the costs of business transactions and political decisions. John Snow, chairman and chief executive of CSX, gained his degree from the University of Virginia in 1965, at the height of the school’s research into deregulation, industrial organisation and the motivations of politicians. His professors included James Buchanan, the 1986 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, and Ronald Coase, the 1991 recipient. Buchanan’s theories spawned ‘public choice’ scholars who lacked enthusiasm for government solutions and drew connections between political decisions and the need for votes. The school of political economy at George Mason University was named after Buchanan, a professor emeritus at the school.”

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