This Week in the News…

Posted: April 4, 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, March 28, The Harrisburg Patriot

2 projects collect personal accounts of a Nuclear Scare

“People involved with two history projects, one at Dickinson College and the other at George Mason University in Virginia, are scouring the midstate for personal accounts of the accident that caused a near meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear station 24 years ago today. Though each is taking a different approach, both colleges are focusing on individual experiences to piece together a broad image of the accident’s impact on the community. ‘We’re not trying to build a factual repository. We’re trying to build a base of perceptions,’ said James Sparrow, visiting professor of history at George Mason and director of a program called Exploring and Collecting History Online. ‘What we’re trying to get at is more the popular perception of nuclear power, government expertise and authority.'”

Saturday, March 29, The Columbus Dispatch

Bioterrorism Predicted As Regime’s End Nears

“Iraqi President Saddam Hussein might unleash biological and chemical weapons on U.S. troops advancing on Baghdad ‘as soon as he sees he has no way out,’ an expert predicts. ‘If he understands his last day is coming, he has no moral restrictions to using biological or chemical weapons,’ said Kenneth Alibek, executive director of George Mason University’s Center for Biodefense. As a medical doctor with degrees in microbiology and infectious diseases, Alibek was a top civilian in the former Soviet Union’s biological-weapons program. When he came to the United States in 1992, he was considered the highest-ranking official to leave the program.”

Tuesday, April 1, The Australian

Burger Etiquette for Lard-Butts

“At least that’s how students at George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering, which is in Virginia in the US, are viewed, as the university has introduced a workshop on dining etiquette for its tech students. It covers such topics as the application of butter to bread, how to hold a wineglass (so the bit with the wine faces upwards, a method that has always served Defrag well) and how to use a fork (poking your dining companion with a fork when they annoy you is a faux pas, unless you use the specific annoying companion fork on the table).”

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