This Week in the News…

Posted: September 5, 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:

Sunday, Aug. 31, The Washington Post

On the Playing Fields, Serious Work and Squeegees

“For homeowners and gardeners in the region, this year’s monsoon-like rainfall and other atmospheric oddities have been a nuisance. But for Mike Sullenberger, they’ve been a challenge of epic proportions. Sullenberger – ‘Sully’ to his friends — is the athletic grounds supervisor at George Mason University, the guy charged with keeping GMU’s 11 playing fields in tip-top condition. For him, the last few months have been nothing short of a nightmare as he tends his acres of silver-gray Bermuda grass and green ryegrass. First were the tons of snow that he had to get off the baseball diamond in the spring. Then there was the rain that drowned the fields that were host to the NCAA East Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May.”

Sunday, Aug. 31, The Seattle Times

N. Korea Denounces Talks, Says It Will Build Nukes

“At the same time, Japan also stepped up plans to develop a missile-defense system. The Defense Ministry asked parliament on Friday for $1.2 billion in next year’s budget to start work on the U.S.-designed system. A professor of international relations who has been following the talks played down the North’s airport statement. ‘I see it as posturing. It is consistent with what they have been doing. They like to demonstrate their toughness,’ said Ming Wan, who teaches at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and specializes in East Asian affairs. ‘The important thing is that they were there talking this week. And my bet is they will be there for the next round of talks.'”

Monday, Sept. 1, Financial Times

All Bets Are Off at the Pentagon

“Following the collapse of the technology bubble, the efficient markets hypothesis looks a bit shaky. But proponents of information markets argue that they do not need to be perfectly efficient to be useful; they merely need to do better than other forecasting methods. Robin Hanson, associate professor at George Mason University in the US and an adviser to Net Exchange, explains: ‘You have to compare these markets to the alternative. People point to market overvaluation during the bubble but the press and the analysts did not do a better job than the market of calling stock prices. You might point to individuals who did better than the market; but without hindsight, which advice would you follow?'”

Thursday, Sept. 4, The Washington Post

Digital 9/11 Project Gets A National Repository

“For historians at the George Mason University Center for History and New Media, such communication is the stuff of history. And now their huge project to digitally document the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks through the words and images of ordinary people will become a part of the Library of Congress as well, George Mason University officials announced last week. The Sept. 11 Digital Archive–which GMU has been developing with the City University of New York for the last 18 months–contains more than 100,000 digital files: e-mails, instant messages, video clips, audio recordings, even PowerPoint presentations and computer-animated cartoons documenting the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The project was funded by a $700,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.”

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