April 13-19, 2020


April 13, 2020

COVID-19-related News

Dr. Michael Keidar

The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) a one-year, $200,000 RAPID grant for his project “RAPID: Cold Adaptive Atmospheric Plasma Decontamination of COVID-19.” The RAPID funding mechanism is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Dr. Costis Toregas

Dr. Costis Toregas (director, Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute) has published a blog post on Covid19 and cybersecurity, titled “COVID-19: When a health crisis drives cyber risk.” It is published on Prevention Web, the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Program portal that is read by risk professionals around the world.

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The GW Today article “GW Community Collaborates to Produce PPEs for Hospital Workers” describes various efforts by members of the GW community to help the GW medical community respond to COVID-19. The article highlights the teams’ efforts— spearheaded by GW Innovation Center (GWIC) and SEAS faculty, staff, and students—to produce PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and develop a safer screening system for staff entering GW Hospital. Mentioned are BME graduate students Konstantin Mitic and Maria Sidulova; BME undergraduates Caitlyn Pratt and Karen Rius; ECE undergraduate Matt Taylor; Ms. Annamaria Konya Tannon (GWIC director); and Dr. Erica Wortham (GWIC project lead); SEAS faculty members Dr. David Lee (BME) and Dr. Robert Pless (CS); and Dr. Carl Wick, formerly of the GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering.


Faculty News

Dr. James Hahn

GW has awarded a one-year, $49,914 Cross Disciplinary Research Fund grant to Dr. James Hahn (CS), the principal investigator on the grant, and his co-investigators, Michele Mietus-Snyder (Children's National), John Philbeck (Psychology), Christine Pintz (Nursing), Jennifer Sacheck (Exercise and Nutrition Science), Xiaoke Zhang (Statistics), Khashavar Vaziri (Surgery), and Jonathan Sherman (Neuro Surgery), for the project “Predicting 3D Body Composition Using Optical Surface Scans.”

Dr. Danmeng Shuai

Dr. Danmeng Shuai (CEE), along with Dr. John Lafleur (Department of Emergency Medicine), has received a one-year, $50,000 GW Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund grant to work on developing photocatalytic graphitic carbon nitride for inhibiting biofilms on indwelling urinary catheters. Dr. Shuai's PhD student, Hongchen Shen, in CEE will work on this project.



Dr. Can Korman

Dr. Can Korman (ECE) has published the following paper: C. E. Korman and I. D. Mayergoyz. “On Hysteresis of Ion Channels,” Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena, Vol. 15, 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Louri

Dr. Ahmed Louri (ECE) and his PhD student Ke Wang have published this refereed journal paper: K. Wang and A. Louri. “CURE: A High-Performance, Low-Power, and Reliable Network-on-Chip Design Using Reinforcement Learning,” IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. DOI: 10.1109/TPDS.2020.2986297. The work exploits the use of reinforcement learning and presents a Network-on-Chip design that simultaneously reduces network latency, improves energy-efficiency, and tolerates transient errors and permanent faults. This research is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Media Mentions:

Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi

A research group led by Dr. Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE) and Dr. Richard Millar (research professor, EMSE) was mentioned in an April 3 WOAY-TV segment, “Company making coal-based products looks to move to area.” The group is developing a green technology for the US coal industry. The technology provides a route for low-cost and low-waste production of engineered coal, which can be used to rebuild lost and depleted topsoil in agriculture and urban settings and to treat municipal wastewater. GW Technology Commercialization Office is currently prosecuting a patent application covering this technology and is considering various commercialization paths. Engart, Inc., an international manufacturing firm, plans to open a new plant in West Virginia in 2020 to produce engineered coal using the new technology developed by Drs. Millar and Mazzuchi. The plant may create 700 new jobs or more.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Scott Sklar

On April 7, Mr. Scott Sklar (EEMI) made a presentation in the Environmental Protection Agency webinar “Efficiency and Renewables Finance for Small Business and Congregations.” A recording of his presentation, which provided a comprehensive overview of opportunities for the financing of renewable energy projects across the US, is available online. Mr. Sklar is an adjunct professor in EMSE and the director of sustainable energy in EMSE’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI).


Student News

BME PhD student Jaclyn Brennan and post-doc Dr. Sharon George have published a co-first author video manuscript in the Journal of Visualized Experiments, titled “Preclinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Assessment by Dual Voltage and Calcium Optical Mapping of Human Organotypic Cardiac Slices.” The video describes the procedure for sectioning and culturing human cardiac slices for preclinical drug testing and details the use of optical mapping for recording trans-membrane voltage and intracellular calcium signals simultaneously from these slices.


MAE senior Allegra Farrar has been selected to receive a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). These fellowships are very competitive and are awarded for research-based graduate study in a STEM field. The GRF provides a $34,000 stipend per year for three years.


MAE student Ryan Welch has received a US Department of Defense SMART Scholarship, which will pay fully for his PhD program. Ryan received his BS degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from GW in 2019 and will finish his MS degree in May. He will start his PhD studies this summer with Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE). SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation) Scholarship is a scholarship-for-service program that provides full tuition and other financial benefits to “the best and brightest of minds whose technical expertise will help execute the Department's mission” in exchange for a period of post-graduation civilian service in a DoD facility.


SEAS Computing Facility
MATLAB Online Office Hours: SEAS CF will continue to hold MATLAB open office hours throughout the Spring semester, but they will be offered online. Office hours are: Sundays (12:00 – 4:00 pm), Tuesdays (6:00 – 10:00 pm), and Fridays (1:00 – 5:00 pm). Please email us to schedule a tutoring appointment. The workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS senior Emilie Lemieux via webex.gwu.edu/join/elemieux19. MATLAB and many other helpful programs are available to be downloaded onto any personal computer. For a complete list of applications, please visit the SEAS Computing Facility website.


Upcoming SEAS Events

Please note that all SEAS and GW in-person events are canceled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.


CS Lecture: “Credit Card Fraud: Fighting the Bad Guys with Data”
Speaker: Dr. Paul Melby, Senior Director of Data Science, Capital One
Wednesday, April 15
4:30 – 6:00 pm
This webinar is a special topic lecture for the CSCI 6548: E-Commerce Security course. To attend, please RSVP to Dr. Hurriyet Ok by April 14. Registrants will receive the Webex video conference details from Dr. Ok.


CSPRI Webinar: “Case Study of World's Largest Cyber-Heist at Central Bank of Bangladesh”
Speaker: Rakesh Asthana, Managing Director & CEO, World Informatix Cyber Security
Thursday, April 16
12:00 noon
This event will be held as a webinar through Webex. Please RSVP to Dr. Hurriyet Ok to register for the talk. Registrants will receive the Webex video conference details from Dr. Ok.


SEAS Center for Women in Engineering (WiE) Interactive Webinar: “Bringing Together the SEAS Community”
Monday, April 27
Webinar will be available on WiE website
This interactive webinar is designed to bring the SEAS community together virtually during this time of social distancing. SEAS Computing Facility Director Raoul Gabiam will lead the presentation and discussion, which will feature SEAS panelists discussing:

  • How SEAS has addressed the opportunities and challenges of supporting academics, research, and everyday operations in this time of coronavirus;
  • Some of the day-to-day technical issues being resolved; and
  • Steps being taken to keep students connected and engaged and to respond to their academic concerns.


Entrepreneurship News & Events

New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 16
6:30 pm
RSVP to live stream link
In response to COVID-19, GW is moving the New Venture Competition to a virtual live stream! Find out who takes home a share of $500,000 in cash and prizes. Starting Tuesday, April 14, watch the video pitches and vote for your favorite team to win the $10,000 Viewers’ Choice Award.


Dissertation Defenses
Note: All dissertation defenses will be held online.


Student: Xiao Xiao
Title: “A Physics-based Virtual Reality Framework for Medical Training and Simulation”
Advisor: Dr. James Hahn (CS); Presiding: Dr. Robert Pless (CS)
Wednesday, April 15
9:00 – 11:00 am


Human Resources News
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This week's HR Corner includes important information regarding the paid time-off option, qualified life event changes in status, medical virtual visit costs, and other topics. Please visit the HR Corner to read these updates.