This Week in the News…

Posted: January 31, 2003 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:

Monday, Jan. 24, The Washington Post

Maryland Regents Approve Tuition Increase for Spring

“College officials lay the blame on state leaders who have steadily reduced their share of higher education costs, forcing campuses to play catch-up through tuition, they said. In Maryland, state funding has declined from 42 percent of the university system operating budgets in 1991 to 28 percent this year. At George Mason University in Fairfax, the state’s share of support shrank from 35 percent to 25 percent in two years. ‘The public policy implications are not good,’ said GMU President Alan G. Merten. ‘We’re now saying the state has less and less responsibility for providing higher education to its citizens.'”

Monday, Jan. 24, The Orange County Register

As American Life Gets More Complex, 50 Becomes the New Gateway to Adulthood

“Though there is no chronological definition for young adult, and sociologists offer many definitions, there are so many young adults now in American culture (about 25 million, give or take) that it’s being viewed as an independent life stage, as different from full-blown adulthood as childhood is from being a teenager. ‘It’s a huge change, just like the rise of adolescence was during the middle of the last century,’ says sociologist Aliza Kolzer, who teaches about life stages at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Still, Kolzer can’t quite say what young adulthood is. Instead, like most experts, she defines the period by what it isn’t.”

Tuesday, Jan 25, The Associated Press

Foes Say Raising College Tuition for Legal Aliens Would be Unjust

“Raising the bar for foreign nationals, however, could cause a problem for some Virginia colleges, said Tom Hennessy, the chief of staff at George Mason University and the school’s chief lobbyist. It could undo important student exchange programs his university has with universities abroad, he said. ‘If we’re not able to offer these programs on a reciprocal basis, it would be difficult to maintain them,’ said Hennessy, whose university has a program that trains nurses from Saudi Arabia.”

Thursday, Jan. 27, Charleston Gazette

CNN Marks Unpleasant Anniversary

“There’s no simple answer. But facing a challenger with confidence and a clear sense of mission has only amplified the lack of those two qualities in CNN. ‘CNN’s problems go deeper,’ said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief and now a professor at George Mason University. ‘They cut to the question of what is CNN? What is their audience? And how are they talking to that audience? I think CNN has created its own fog of war and they’re getting lost in it a little bit.'”

Thursday, Jan. 27, The Washington Post

GMU Events Celebrate Black History Month

“Beginning today, George Mason University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of lectures, films, performances and other events. A 1:30 p.m. march today in the Johnson Center atrium celebrating the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. will kick off the month-long commemoration. The university’s gospel choir will perform, and the Rev. Michael Beckwith, founder and director of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker.”

February 2003, The Lancet Neurology

MyLifeBits: Holding on to the Present to Preserve the Past

“Although an improved search engine might rapidly retrieve relevant materials from a self-created medical library or repository of patient records, something ‘much more sophisticated’ would be needed before MyLifeBits could be used as a memory aid, comments James Olds, a cognitive neuroscientist and director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA). ‘For a download of your cognitive life to be useful, the database would have to be structured so that it reflects as much as possible the way the brain stores and processes information,’ he says. ‘The brain doesn’t record your life’s movie on a pixel-by-pixel basis, and memory doesn’t work the way [a] web search engine does.'”

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