This Week in the News…

Posted: February 10, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: Due to the inclement weather on Friday, this story is being rerun today.

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Monday, Feb. 3, The Washington Post

Venus Makes a Lovely Valentine

“Feb. 9: Astronomy is more than optical telescopes. Some astronomers use the radio, the electromagnetic spectrum, to unwrap cosmic secrets. George Mason University astronomy professor Harold Geller explains how amateur astronomers can see the heavens through radio, at the regular meeting of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, Enterprise Hall (Room 80, on the basement level) at George Mason University in Fairfax. Parking Lot B is the closest to the building. 7 p.m.”

Thursday, Feb. 6, U.S. News & World Report

Choose a Weapon

“[John] Lott [Jr.] is at least considered a credible researcher and a fine scholar, even by critics who think he is wrong. At the heart of Lott’s argument is a data set of unparalleled size and scope. He has cobbled together crime figures for all 3,054 U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992. His provocative conclusion: Guns make the world safer. Other academics agree with Donohue that Lott is sometimes hasty in his conclusions. Even his supporters acknowledge that a data set of this size–with so many unstable and conflicting variables–cannot produce such dramatic and clear-cut conclusions. His findings, says Daniel Polsby, associate dean at George Mason University, spring from ‘a unique combination of [Lott’s] abnormal psychology and quite conventional econometric overclaiming.'”

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