This Week in the News…

Posted: July 9, 2004 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, July 2, NBC News: Today

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of history and American culture at George Mason, was interviewed for a segment on the 40-year anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act into law.

Sunday, July 4, New York Times

My World, and Welcome to It

“Heaven help the British supermarket that is caught with anything that smacks of such Doctor Frankenstein-type entities. And do not bother to point out that genetically modified foods require less artificial fertilizer or pesticide. They are just not ‘natural,’ and that is an end to things. These and like issues are the topics of James Trefil, a George Mason University physics professor, in his new book, Human Nature: A Blueprint for Managing the Earth—by People, for People. He is concerned about the state of the earth and the denizens thereof. Are we heading for—are we already in—a crisis of ecology, resources, climate, population, and more?”

Wednesday, July 7, Baltimore Sun

Business Community Concerned about John Edwards as Choice for Running Mate

“But analysts point out that campaign rhetoric often doesn’t turn into policy. Bush, for example, was elected as a free-trade advocate, but later imposed tariffs to protect the U.S. steel industry and signed a farm bill that includes generous subsidies for farmers. Kerry tends to be moderate on trade issues, putting him at odds with Edwards’ more protectionist stance. But that may be by design, said Colleen Shogan, an expert on the American presidency and a professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University. Kerry’s selection of Edwards was likely an appeal to voters in battleground Midwest states, where the outsourcing of jobs overseas has been a hot political issue. Edwards could put Kerry over the top among those voters. ‘This will play well in areas like Ohio and Pennsylvania,’ Shogan said.”

July 12 Edition, Time

The End Of Management?

“Once confined to research universities, the idea of markets working within companies has started to seep out into some of the nation’s largest corporations. Companies from Microsoft to Eli Lilly and Hewlett-Packard are bringing the market inside, with workers trading futures contracts on such ‘commodities’ as sales, product success and supplier behavior. The concept: a work force contains vast amounts of untapped, useful information that a market can unlock. ‘Markets are likely to revolutionize corporate forecasting and decision making,’ says Robin Hanson, an economist at George Mason University, in Virginia, who has researched and developed markets. ‘Strategic decisions, such as mergers, product introductions, regional expansions and changing CEOs, could be effectively delegated to people far down the corporate hierarchy, people not selected by or even known to top management.'”

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