This Week in the News…

Posted: March 21, 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:

Saturday, March 15, The Toronto Star

A Sobering Way to Look at Drinking

“It sounds like a class for party-hearty college students: Alcohol 101 Plus. And it is. Alcohol 101 Plus is a CD-ROM that allows students to tour a virtual campus, visit its fraternity house and enter an off-campus bar, among other places, to see the possible consequences of drinking. David Anderson, an expert on college drinking and a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, says he has seen student attitudes change after using an older version of the program in his classes. ‘Clearly, students learned. They gained in their knowledge…and some of their behavioral intent shifted simply because of the use of the CD.'”

Sunday, March 16, Dayton Daily News

Battling Hackers Series: Cyber Intruders

“There is plenty of blame to go around, and not just at hackers and virus writers. Software companies too often emphasize catchy new features over security, releasing programs they know have security holes and failing to release timely patches to fix them, said Sushil Jajodia, director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The government should enforce safety recalls in the software industry just as it does for other vital consumer products such as cars and tires, Jajodia said.”

Monday, March 17, The Washington Post

Families Absorb Languages Through Children

“Educators say the benefits can be huge, even if children don’t achieve fluency in the foreign language they are studying, because beginning to learn a second language enhances their understanding of their own. ‘There is oodles of research showing the tremendous advantage with acquiring a second language,” said Virginia Collier, a George Mason University professor who has done extensive research in this field. ‘The stimulus of acquiring a second language raises the intellectual academic achievement of all students.’ Collier said it takes about six years–all of elementary school–for most children to work at grade level in a second language, so parents shouldn’t worry that their kids are falling behind if they don’t get it right away.”

Monday, March 17, Traffic World

Securing Supply Chains

“Creating a secure transportation infrastructure is a huge project, encompassing a wide variety of issues and security methods. Some ways to resolve these problems were addressed at a Council of Logistics Management conference last week, ‘Securing the Supply Chain: A Workshop to Maximize Supply Chain Preparedness.’ The conference was held at and in conjunction with George Mason University’s School of Public Policy in Arlington, Va. Jonathan Gifford, director of the master’s program in transportation policy, operations and logistics, George Mason University, spoke on the security state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Gifford is working on a project with George Mason, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board and other organizations, to create guidelines for emergency preparedness for state departments of transportation.”

Tuesday, March 18, Charleston Gazette

Bush Led a Country Reeling from 9/11 to War with Iraq

“On Sept. 12, Bush told the United Nations either to crack down on Iraq or to stand aside while the United States acts alone. In October, Bush won congressional authorization for military force if necessary, after debate that found Democrats mostly supportive or at least passive in their dissent. Polls indicated public support for war, too. ‘It’s based on trust of George Bush and his leadership–what he must know–rather than a deep-felt conviction for most people that Saddam is a threat,’ said George Mason University professor James Pfiffner, who studies the presidency.”

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