July 20 - August 2, 2020


July 21, 2020

COVID-19-related News

Dr. David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) is the co-PI on a one-year National Science Foundation RAPID grant for the project “Automated Extraction and Validation of the Gist of Social Media Messages about COVID-19.” The PI on the grant is Dr. Valerie Reyna (Cornell University), and the total funding for the grant is $199,984.

Dr. Mona Zaghloul

Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE) and Dr. Jeanne Jordan (Milken Institute School of Public Health) have won a six-month, $50,000 COVID-19 Technology Maturation Award from GW’s Office of Technology Commercialization (TCO). Drs. Zaghloul and Jordan will work to develop a smartphone app to detect SARS-CoV-2. GW TCO works with industry partners to license and commercialize technology solutions to improve and save lives.


Faculty News

Photo of Professor Michael Kay

Dr. Matthew Kay (BME) and Dr. David Mendelowitz (SMHS) have received a one-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Aging to study the effect of obstructive sleep apnea on cognitive decline and the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Kay is the PI on the grant, and Dr. Mendelowitz is the co-PI. The project will involve animal memory studies, neuropathology assessments using the imaging facilities of the SEH Nanofabrication and Imaging Center, and chemogenetics to activate the parasympathetic centers of the brain to protect against cognitive decline that is associated with obstructive sleep apnea. This project builds upon the strong long-term SEAS and SMHS cross-disciplinary research collaborations of Drs. Kay and Mendelowitz.

Dr. Saniya LeBlanc

Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE) has teamed with Drs. Ji Ma and Prasanna Balachandran (University of Virginia) to conduct the project “Single-step additive manufacturing of thermoelectric devices guided by machine learning and high throughput characterization.” Awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office, the $500,000 ($250,000 GW share), two-year project will use machine learning accelerated design of laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing to attain thermoelectric devices with 40 percent increased efficiency and 20 percent cost reduction.


Dr. Ekundayo Shittu
Dr. Rene van Dorp

Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) and Dr. Rene van Dorp (EMSE) have received a one-year, $120,000 Department of Energy award for their project “Improving the Generation of Synthetic Time Histories for Electricity Demand, Prices and Variable Renewable Electricity Production.” This is the second year that Idaho National Labs is supporting their project, aimed at improving a Fourier-Autoregressive Moving Average (FARMA) model with a Latin Hypercube Sampling with Dependence (LHSD) procedure that has been tested under different copulas. The prior project offered the basis for the extension of the LHSD process to sample heavy tail distributions of temperature-dependent demand for wind energy. This phase of the project will further develop novel extensions informed by umbrella and importance sampling to produce an engine that is capable of stratification on fat tails, yet retains the fidelity and characteristics of the prior distribution.


Dr. Danmeng Shuai

Dr. Danmeng Shuai (CEE), as the PI, has received two grants from the Environmental Engineering Program of the National Science Foundation. On the first project, “Bioinspired Catalysts with Earth-Abundant Metals for Reductive Treatment of Waterborne Contaminants,” he will collaborate with researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to develop bioinspired catalysts (single atom catalysts) with earth-abundant metals for reducing persistent contaminants in water. The budget for the grant is $110,000. The second project, titled “Presence, Persistence, and Inactivation of Vesicle-Cloaked Rotavirus or Norovirus Clusters in Water,” has a budget of $220,000. On this project, he will collaborate with researchers at the University of California, Riverside and National Institutes of Health to understand the presence, persistence, and inactivation of vesicle-cloaked virus clusters in water, emerging yet largely unknown waterborne pathogens.



Dr. Michael Keidar

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) has published two recent papers with his students and post-docs: 1) D. Yan, Q. Wang, M. Adhikari, A. Malyavko, J. H. Sherman, and M. Keidar. “The Anti-glioblastoma Effect of Cold Atmospheric Plasma Treatment: Physical Pathway vs. Chemical Pathway,” Scientific Reports, 10: 11788, 2020; and 2) C. Corbella, S. Portal, J. Rao, M. Kundrapu, and M. Keidar. “Energy Considerations Regarding Pulsed Arc Production of Nanomaterials,” Journal of Applied Physics, 128, 033303, 2020.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Arkady Yerukhimovich

Dr. Arkady Yerukhimovich (CS) has published the following conference paper at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) 2020, held virtually, July 14-18: S. G. Choi (United States Naval Academy), D. Dachman-Soled (University of Maryland), M. Kulkarni (University of Massachusetts), and A. Yerukhimovich (GW). “Differentially-Private Multi-Party Sketching for Large-Scale Statistics.” Dr. Kulkarni gave the talk.

Dr. Taeyoung Lee

Dr. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) presented the following papers at the 2020 American Control Conference, held July 1-3, with his students and collaborators: 1) T. Lee. “Adaptive learning Kalman filter with Gaussian process;” 2) W. Wang and T. Lee. “Matrix Fisher--Gaussian distribution on SO(3) x R^n for attitude estimation with a gyro bias;” 3) W. Wang and T. Lee. “Spectral uncertainty propagation for generalized stochastic hybrid systems with applications to a bouncing ball;” and 4) H. Sharma, T. Lee, M. Patil, and C. Woolsey. “Symplectic accelerated optimization on SO(3) with Lie group variational integrators.”


Other News:

Dr. Shelly Heller

Dr. Rachelle Heller (CS) is the PI on an $83,247 National Security Agency grant to host the GW Gen-Cyber Middle School Girls Cybersecurity Day Camp. This is the fifth year that GW has been awarded this grant in the Gen-Cyber program. This year Dr. Heller’s team will host the camp online during the week of August 10.


Human Resources News
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This week's HR Corner includes information related to end-of-fiscal year issues, such as using remaining time off and submitting performance reviews, as well as information on the Kronos time reporting system, #GWinSolidarity, and other topics. Please visit the HR Corner to read these updates.