This Week in the News…

Posted: January 28, 2000 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, Jan. 21, Chronicle of Higher Education


“The job market for historians continued to improve in the 1998-99 academic year, as the number of job listings rose 10.6 percent over the year before, according to the American Historical Association…. The biggest trend last year, Mr. [Robert] Townsend says, is the increased job movement among senior historians…. ‘There’s always been a small group of people who can always move–they’re the stars,’ says Roy Rosenzweig, professor of history at George Mason University. ‘That’s been true even in a very bad job market. What’s going on right now is a movement of people a notch below that.'”

Sunday, Jan. 23, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)

Suing Over the Silliest Things: Filings of Petty Suits Are on the Upswing, but Few Win Big

“From its very beginnings, the United States has been a litigious society, in part because of the emphasis on individual rights, but also, experts say, because of a near-obsession with fairness. That juxtaposition has always filled dockets, said Michael Krauss, a law professor at George Mason University. Yet the groundswell of civil and small-claims action over the past two decades is unprecedented and disturbing, he said. Krauss contends a combination of factors are to blame for the increase, including more attorneys looking for work, legal precedents expanding the notion of personal rights, and a shift in cultural values. ‘Up until relatively recently, when bad things happened to good people, you tended to chalk it up to the will of God, fate, or one’s own responsibility,’ Krauss said. ‘Now there’s such a sense of narcissism and entitlement, people sue,’ he said.”

Sunday, Jan. 23, News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)

Studies Document Costly Effects of Workplace Stress, but Workers, Employers Have Tools to Reduce It

“It’s not always the challenge of a job that creates stress, say experts on workplace stress. ‘People can inoculate themselves through periods of intense workload and perform pretty well…. in fact, take a great deal of satisfaction’ in working under spurts of high pressure, said Richard Klimoski, a professor of psychology at George Mason University. He has studied workplace stress as the director of the university’s Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Studies. Rather, Klimoski says, ‘very often employees feel stress when the organization is not seen as supportive of their needs and of their well-being.'”

Monday, Jan. 24, Dallas Morning News

Worlds Without End

Leonid Ozernoy, of George Mason University in Virginia, suggests that the stars Vega and Epsilon Eridani may have planets hidden in their dust disks… His group’s computer models suggest that Vega may have a planet, half the mass of Jupiter, lying some 5 billion miles from the star. Epsilon Eridani may have a much smaller planet, some 0.2 times Jupiter’s mass, at roughly the same distance. Five billion miles is nearly twice the distance between the sun and Pluto.”

Tuesday, Jan. 25, Kansas City Star

Senate’s Bankruptcy Reform Vote Near: Consumer Credit Industry Pushing for the Changes

“Writing in a Brigham Young University Law Review article last year, George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki and Judge Edith Jones, an original member of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, argued that a major reason for an increase in bankruptcies over the past 20 years was ‘a decline in the level of personal shame and societal stigma that previously deterred individuals from filing bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is now too frequently a choice fostered by irresponsible spending habits and an unwillingness to live up to commitments.’ In a phone interview this week, Zywicki said: ‘Now is the time to fix the underlying structural problems in the code. Do we wait until a recession, when the unemployment level is high?'”

Wednesday, Jan. 26, Los Angeles Times

Some States Wavering on Microsoft Breakup Antitrust Case

“‘The breakup of AT&T Corp. made a lot of economic sense in that you had local [telephone] exchanges that were clearly independent from the long-distance business,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert and law professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘Breaking up Microsoft into an operating systems division and an application division isn’t going to change a whole lot. They will still dominate [and]…. you won’t necessarily be creating new economic opportunities.'”

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