George Mason in the News

Posted: February 18, 2005 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:

Wednesday, Feb. 9, National Public Radio

Analysis: How Bush budget cuts affect community policing

Reporter Laura Sullivan interviewed Stephen Mastrofski, professor, Administration of Justice, about the use of federal funds in local policing.

Saturday, Feb. 12, the Washington Post

National Certification Means More Cash, Cachet for Teachers

“More than 40,000 teachers in 50 states and Washington, D.C., have received national certification, a process that requires $2,300 to apply, takes hundreds of hours, and has a more than 50 percent failure rate for first-time applicants. With more than 30 states, including Washington, and the nation’s capital giving bonuses or higher salaries to successful applicants, it is the single most powerful merit-pay system in public education today, educators say. ‘Money is a proxy for respect in our society,’ said Gary Galluzzo, education professor at George Mason University and a former executive vice president of the Arlington, Va.-based board that grants the national certificates.”

Monday, Feb. 14 the Wall Street Journal

Class Action…a la Francaise

“It says something about Jacques Chirac—no prizes for guessing what sort of something—that, at the very moment the U.S. Congress is taking steps to scale back abusive class-action lawsuits in the U.S., the French president has endorsed their introduction in France. It was precisely on this point that the U.S. tort system, of which class actions are an important part, started to go off the rails some 60 years ago. It began, according to George Mason University law professor John Hasnas, with the legal professorate in the U.S., which decided that, while tort law was good at holding companies responsible for their mistakes, it could do so much more. Chief among these world improvers was a certain William Prosser, who argued that the tort system could be transformed, in Mr. Hasnas’s words, into ‘a social insurance mechanism for providing a safer environment.’ In other words, ‘If you hold companies accountable for injuries resulting from their products, they will have the highest possible incentive to make safer products.'”

Wednesday, Feb. 16, ABC News

All for One? Why Humans Cooperate

“‘The fact that people cooperate is quite mysterious,’ says Robert Kurzban, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. ‘People are constantly talking about how organisms are competing, but one thing that humans do that’s distinctive is they cooperate in groups.’ Other animals, from ants to wolves, also cooperate to a degree, but not as extensively as humans. As evolutionary psychologists, Kurzban and Daniel Houser [associate professor, Economics] of George Mason University are trying to figure out why.”

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