April 12-18, 2021


April 12, 2021

Faculty News

Dr. Murray Loew

Dr. Murray Loew (BME), doctoral student RyeAnne Ricker (BME), and ECE master's graduate Zirong Chen, along with their colleagues in Radiology and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, have published the following paper: S. Haji Momenian, R. Ricker, Z. Chen, M. Houser, N. Adusumilli, M. Yang, A. Toubaji, and M. Loew, “Prediction of histologic grade and type of small (< 4 cm) papillary renal cell carcinomas using texture and neural network analysis: a feasibility study,” Abdominal Radiology. Published online April 4, 2021.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Michael Keidar

On April 9, Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave a keynote talk on plasma cancer therapy at the International Plasma Tech 2021 Joint Conferences, held April 7-9 in Paris, France (online).


Other News:

Dr. Ken Chong

The chairman of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (which is similar to the National Science Foundation) has invited Dr. Ken Chong (MAE) to serve for a three-year term on the council’s Research Impact Fund (RIF) Committee. The objectives of the RIF are “to encourage academics to consider and articulate the potential of research to deliver benefit for the wider community, to encourage more impactful research projects and a greater volume of collaborative research beyond academia.” The RIF Committee members assist in reviewing proposals, putting up funding recommendations, and monitoring active awarded projects. Some US universities have been involved as co-investigators in RIF proposals.


Student News

Paulina Rodriguez

First-year PhD student Paulina Rodríguez, of the Barba research group (MAE), has been awarded the 2021-22 Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. This is a highly competitive award, with a 4% rate of acceptance historically (and even lower in engineering). The award will give Paulina an opportunity to complete a 12-week practicum experience at one of 21 Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories or sites, including access to DOE supercomputers.


Entrepreneurship News & Events

GW Innovation Center Events
GWIC Spring 2021—We’re OPEN!

Bring your ideas and questions to the Innovation Center. We are here to help you with a range of expertise, from 3D modeling to equitable venture plans and human-centered design.


M06 Virtual Hours
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm (ET) and Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET)
GWIC student fellows, Phoenix Price, Isabelle Carney, and Jamie Horowitz, will host virtual office hours to assist in making, design, and social impact project development.


Virtual Mentor Hours with Innovation Center Co-directors
Fridays 12:00 – 1:30 pm (ET): GWIC Founder and SEAS Chief Evangelist, Annamaria Konya Tannon
Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET): GWIC Co-director, Erica Cusi Wortham


For details and links, please visit the GWIC Events Page and Instagram @gwinnovationcenter.

GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events:

2021 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 15
6:30 pm (ET)
RSVP to receive the live stream link
Watch live as hosts announce the winners of $500,000 in cash and prizes at the 13th GW New Venture Competition (NVC). Find out who takes home the 1st place $10,000 prizes in the Tech, Social, and New Venture tracks.


Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: “Merging Health Devices and Technology into Business and Entrepreneurship”
Speaker: Dr. Wei Chen
Tuesday, April 20
5:00 – 6:00 pm (ET)
How is artificial intelligence (AI) impacting the healthcare domain and accelerating healthcare innovation? How can healthcare entrepreneurs, business leaders and managers utilize artificial intelligence in their information systems and technology pipelines to scale their businesses? Join us on as we speak with Dr. Wei Chen, visiting assistant professor of information systems and technology management at GW’s School of Business, about the intersection of artificial intelligence and the healthcare industry.


External Events
GW Research Showcase (formerly GW Research Days)
Monday, April 12 – Friday, April 16
Presenting at GW Research Showcase is a résumé-worthy opportunity for students to receive feedback on their projects, hone their presentation skills, and compete for prizes. This year’s event will be held virtually.


Women in Engineering Webinar: “Nanostructure for Sensors in Chemical and Biological Systems”
Speaker: Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE)
Wednesday, April 14
12:00 pm (ET)
Dr. Zaghloul has achieved many firsts in her storied career, including being the first woman to earn a doctorate in engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the first woman faculty member hired in SEAS. In addition to talking about her journey, Dr. Zaghloul relates a brief history of women engineers and the effect of advances in technology. Featured during this webinar is Dr. Zaghloul's research on nanostructures, including lessons learned and perspectives on the future of this fascinating area of engineering.


GW Women in Research: Discussion of Picture a Scientist Film
Wednesday, April 14
5:00 – 6:00 pm (ET)

  • Dr. Evangeline Downie (CCAS Research Dean), moderator
  • Dr. Cynthia Dowd, (Department of Chemistry)
  • Dr. Sharon Lambert (Department of Psychology)
  • Dr. Rachelle Heller (CS)

GW Research Showcase is pleased to host a campus-wide virtual screening of Picture a Scientist, which chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. The screening is available April 11-13, followed by the discussion on April 14.


Public Interest Technology Panel
Thursday, April 15
4:00 pm (ET)

  • Dr. John Helveston (EMSE)
  • Dr. Alexa Alice Joubin (English, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs)
  • Dr. Costis Toregas (CSPRI)

The professional field of public interest technology is working to shape the way we think about technology to solve public problems in an inclusive and impactful manner. This cross-cutting field of research brings together disciplines such as engineering, data science, humanities, public policy, and law. Moderated by Dr. Susan Aaronson, director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, the Public Interest Technology panel will provide snapshots of research being conducted in this area and its impact in the world.


GW Undergraduate Series: “Destination Moon: The National Air and Space Museum's New Look at Lunar Exploration”
Friday, April 16
10:30 – 11:30 am (ET)
Register (Students must register in advance using their GW email address. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
In mid-2022, as part of the complete renovation of the National Mall Building, NASM will open Destination Moon, its new exhibition on lunar exploration from ancient dreams to the missions happening today. At its center will be the story of the Cold War Moon race and Project Apollo. Among the key artifacts will be the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, which carried Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin to the Moon and back during the first human lunar landing. The latter spacecraft has returned from a national tour that was part of the Destination Moon project. A newly restored, giant mural of a lunar crater painted by famous space artist Chesley Bonestell in 1957 opens the exhibit, and it ends with another giant mural: a panorama of the lunar surface taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts. Hanging overhead are a test vehicle for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2009, and a model of the SLS/Orion vehicle that will launch the Artemis astronauts to the Moon in 2023/24. Michael Neufeld, senior curator of the National Air and Space Museum’s Department of Space History, will present. Dr. Rachel Riedner, associate dean of undergraduate studies, will moderate the discussion. This session is part of the GW Undergraduate Series, “Can't Get to DC Museums, Historical Sites, and Political Institutions? We will bring them to you!”


GW DIGITAL Health Summit graphic

GW Digital Health Summit
Wednesday, April 14 – Friday, April 16
GW will host its inaugural Digital Health Summit focused on the acceleration of digital technologies in health care and the implications for health care and academic environments alike. Presentations and discussions will focus on the state of the science, innovation and development with digital health technologies, as well as the gaps and opportunities that exist. The multi-day summit will focus each day on a key topic related to digital health: Day 1: Educational Needs; Day 2: Emerging Tech; and Day 3: Use of Tech. The summit will be hosted by GW’s: School of Nursing, SEAS, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Medical Faculty Associates.

GW Career Center Events & Services:

Virtual coaching appointments available: Make your appointment with Dr. Merrill, the STEM industry coach. If you need tips on the virtual job search or virtual Interviewing or would like to work on your career strategy, spruce up your resume, or land an internship, make a virtual coaching appointment with her in Handshake or email her for more information.


Technical interview preparation: If you have a technical interview coming up, sign-up for the new technical interview slots in Handshake! See tips for technical interviews in Handshake Article # 18641, Technical Interview Tips.


Human Resources News
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