This Week in the News…

Posted: May 9, 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, May 2, The Washington Post

For a Nursing Shortage, an Older Cure

“In August, Brooks joined the inaugural class of an accelerated program at George Mason University that takes college graduates and turns them into registered nurses in one year, half the time undergraduate RN students typically spend taking nursing courses. There are 105 such fast-track programs in the nation, triple the number of a decade ago, as educators look to treat a nursing shortage that they say is rapidly approaching critical proportions nationally.”

Saturday, May 3, The Washington Post

Immigrants Caught In Tuition Limbo

“In Virginia, Warner decried the Republican-backed measure to refuse in-state tuition benefits to undocumented immigrants as an unnecessary tactic ‘to score a political victory against illegal aliens,’ noting that existing state regulations already denied them those benefits. Still, some college officials had feared that the bill would have ultimately forced them to start checking the citizenship status of all their applicants–a chore that George Mason University Dean of Admissions Andrew Flagel called ‘an unfunded mandate.’ ‘The amount of time and money it would take for getting verified citizenship documents for all our students is extensive,’ he said. ‘It would put us in the position of doing the INS’s work.'”

Tuesday, May 6, The Associated Press

Former Soviet Expert: Iraq had Chemical Weapons

“A former Soviet weapons chief says there is no question Iraq developed biological weapons and said terrorist groups likely have them too. Dr. Kenneth Alibek, who defected to the United States in 1992 after two decades developing biological weapons, told the Journal Inquirer of Manchester that weapons inspectors in Iraq will surely find either the weapons or documents and laboratories proving their existence. He said Saddam Hussein could have shared the information and technology behind those weapons with terrorists. ‘It is highly likely that terrorist groups have these weapons,’ Alibek said. Alibek, now executive director of the Center for Biodefense at George Mason University in Virginia, said it is more likely Iraq built weapons using anthrax bacteria than the smallpox virus.”

Wednesday, May 7, Knight Ridder Tribune Business News

Panel Calls for Dialogue to Help Children Cope with Sept. 11, War

“A panel of educators and physicians called Tuesday for a national dialogue to help children cope with the disaster of Sept. 11 and the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, warning that youths in the United States are struggling with the anxiety and trauma caused by these events. ‘War inflicts a great deal of pain, suffering, and destruction, and it thus can be traumatizing for students who are over-exposed to media images from reporters,’ said Dr. Eliot Sorel, a psychiatrist and professor at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘It is essential when dealing with war images and lessons that the teacher present them in historical context, and, especially, not project over and over again pictures of mass destruction.'”

Thursday, May 8, The New York Times

Can Markets Be Used to Help People Make Nonmarket Decisions?

“Economists believe financial markets do a pretty good job of aggregating information in part because they offer strong incentives to those who make good predictions. Prices of oil futures contracts predict future spot prices well because traders who make better predictions can make a lot of money. So why not use financial markets to help aggregate information about those matters of fact that are important to public choice? This intriguing idea is examined in detail in a paper by Robin Hanson, an economist at George Mason University, called ‘Shall We Vote on Values, but Bet on Beliefs?'”

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