This Week in the News…

Posted: February 14, 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:

Friday, Feb. 7, The Denver Post

The Celebrity Fame Game: We Love to Watch them Rise and Fall

“It’s possible stars aren’t any more likely to end up disgraced than average folks, that their mistakes simply get a disproportionate amount of publicity. But the money and the fact these people become superhuman commodities put them at higher risk of personal crash-and-burn. ‘The famous live stressfully and many die young,’ according to Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University in Virginia who has written about the economics of fame. ‘The quest for approval sometimes serves as a weakness or an addiction, rather than as a source of satisfaction.'”

Friday, Feb. 7, The Associated Press

GMU Nursing Students Use New Technology for Lifelike Learning Experience

“Nursing students at George Mason University can sit down at a computer and insert a needle into a vein in a human hand. At least, they insert it into a picture of a human hand. The software, which also feigns swabbing skin with alcohol and resistance of punctured skin, helps students learn from their mistakes, instead of practicing on each other or a rubber mannequin. The new technology is part of a $1 million renovation project to the laboratory in the university’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, completed in January. The renovations provided about 14 new computers, 14 real examination beds, space and other lifelike medical equipment.”

Friday, Feb. 7, The Denver Post

First-strike War Proves a Tough Sell

“Yet some who share Bremer’s views say that war on Iraq, with all its costs and horrors, still could be avoided. Few know the perspective of weapons-makers seeking to deceive inspectors better than Ken Alibek, 52, a George Mason University professor who ran the Soviet Union’s bioweapons program before defecting to the United States in 1992. He said he supervised work ‘to hide everything from inspectors.’ He saw how inspectors were diverted. He knows that ‘if you have no goodwill, if you have no desire to disarm, nobody can force you to do that.’ On Wednesday, Alibek said, he saw Powell’s photos and realized that Iraq’s mobile bioweapons production labs apparently are exact copies of ones he helped create in the Soviet Union. He said he suspects they came from renegade scientists.”

Saturday, Feb. 8, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

From New York … It’s More of CNN But Executives Say Atlanta Still Calls the Shots

“Some media analysts predict programming will be increasingly tied to New York, with news-gathering and technical support continuing to be based in Atlanta. ‘In some respects the orbit has already shifted to New York,’ said Frank Sesno, once a CNN Washington bureau chief and now a professor at George Mason University in Northern Virginia. ‘There’s been a discernible shift already, because you now have major components of the lineup coming out of New York.’ But Sesno, too, doubts CNN would ever give up its Atlanta headquarters.”

Sunday, Feb. 9, The San Francisco Chronicle

Shuttle Tragedy Feels Like Body Blow to Already Anxious Americans

“‘There is still a sense that Feb. 1 was a major day,” said Dan Cohen, a history professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and co-director of the Echo Project, which is creating an online historical archive of the Columbia. ‘But for many people, this event is conflated with what’s going on in Iraq and the leftover depression of 9/11. That’s one thing that’s come out fairly early on.'”

Tuesday, Feb. 11, The Associated Press

Feds Approve $900 Million Loan Guarantee for US Airways

“In return for the loan guarantee, the government will receive a 10 percent interest in the reorganized airline’s stock. Not everyone considers the guarantee a wise investment by the government. Kenneth Button, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, said the need for a government guarantee indicates that private lenders may not believe US Airways represents a worthy financial risk. ‘There is a serious problem with the government getting involved in guaranteeing loans,’ he said. ‘Either the market would have done it anyway, or it shouldn’t happen.'”

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