July 5-11, 2021


July 5, 2021


Faculty News



Dr. Paymen Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) has received a three-year, $360,000 National Science Foundation grant for the project “Mobility-As-A-Service for Resilience Delivery in Power Grids: Stochastic Programming Advancements under Decision-Dependent Uncertainties.” As power grids are constantly subject to potential extreme emergencies that may leave communities without electricity and pose critical threats to health and public safety, this project aims to offer a new decision-making paradigm to deploy mobile power sources (e.g., mobile energy storage systems, mobile emergency generators, electric vehicles, and electric buses) to enhance the resilience of communities and critical infrastructures when facing extreme events. Dr. Dehghanian is the principal investigator (PI) on the grant and is working with the co-PI Dr. Miguel Lejeune (GWSB and courtesy appointment in ECE).

Dr. Mona Zaghloul

On June 15, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent No. 11,035,792, “Nanohole Array Based Sensors With Various Coating and Temperature Control,” to Dr. Mona Zaghloul (ECE), Yangyang Zhao, Stephen Semancik, and Kurt Benkstein. This is the second patent issued to Dr. Zaghloul in less than a month.


emilia entcheva

Dr. Emilia Entcheva (BME) has published a new article on tissue engineering with her students and postdoc. Christianne Chua, who joined the lab as a freshman undergraduate and finished her master’s degree in May is the lead author; she was a Barry Goldwater Scholar and Clare Boothe Luce Fellow during her work on this project. The paper citation is: C. J. Chua, J. L. Han, W. Li, W. Liu, and E. Entcheva, “ Integration of Engineered ‘Spark-Cell’ Spheroids for Optical Pacing of Cardiac Tissue,” Frontiers in Bioengineering & Biotechnology, 9, 491, 2021.

Media Mentions:

Dr. Igor Efimov

In its July 2 article “Scientists devise a battery-free pacemaker that can be absorbed by the body,’’ STAT quoted Dr. Igor Efimov (BME) about a study he co-authored with his colleagues to design a temporary, battery-free pacemaker that can be broken down by the patient’s body. The paper, “Fully implantable and bioresorbable cardiac pacemakers without leads or batteries,” was published last week in Nature Biotechnology. Articles about the study also appeared in  The GuardianPhysicsWorld, and other media outlets.

Dr. Scott Sklar

On July 1, Mr. Scott Sklar (director of renewable energy, SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute) was featured in an Al Jazeera English television news program on global climate change. The program was sparked by the recent record-breaking heatwave in western Canada and the US, causing a spike in heat-related deaths, with officials warning that the weather is likely to remain at scorching levels. Among his comments, Mr. Sklar said the “Climate change has to stop being a Democratic thing and become an American thing.” The program also featured comments by President Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan. (Program clip)


Conferences & Presentations:

Mr. Joe Cascio

On June 15, Mr. Joe Cascio (co-director, SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute) gave a plenary session address at the U.S.-China Carbon Neutral Technology Innovation Summit, sponsored by the George W. Bush China Foundation, the National Center for Sustainable Development, and the Energy Investment Professional Committee of the China Investment Association. Also presenting at the summit were Neil Bush and other notable speakers. Mr. Cascio’s remarks were covered in the Beijing Review, China's only national news magazine in English, in the June 28 article “Tech-based innovations for carbon neutrality require cooperation between China and the U.S.”

Headshot of Kausik Sarkar

Dr. Kausik Sarkar (MAE) presented the keynote speech “Contrast microbubbles for ultrasound imaging, therapeutics and tissue engineering: Interfacial rheology, jet and microstreaming flows” at the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers’ 5th & 6th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference, held May 26-28.

Dr. Jigar Shah

On June 25, Dr. Jigar Shah (visiting scholar and advisory board member, SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute) was the keynote speaker at the webinar “How Green Is Your Business: Why You Need to Go Green and How to Do It,” hosted by the US Embassy in India. Praveena Sanjay, director of climate and sustainability at the World Institute of Sustainable Energy, moderated the webinar. The webinar helped participants understand the environmental and economic benefits of going green and covered a series of best practices in green business for small and medium enterprises. 



GW’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP) is pleased to announce a call for funding proposals in support of research projects aligned with IDDP's mission to help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media's influence on public dialogue and opinion, and develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces. Any GW faculty member is eligible to apply for funding. More information about funding availability, project requirements, and application process can be found on IDDP's website. The deadline for proposals is July 15. Proposals and any questions may be sent to IDDP Associate Director David Broniatowski.


Upcoming SEAS Events


SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute Virtual Seminar: “Clean Technologies for Lithium and Copper Mining”

Speaker: Dr. Adam Cohen, President, Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI)

Thursday, July 8

11:00 – 11:30 am (ET)

WebEx link

Dr. Cohen will discuss clean technologies for lithium and copper mining and related energy and environmental implications. AUI is a $100 million+ non-profit established in 1946 to manage Brookhaven National Laboratory, one of the first federally funded research and development centers. Through seven decades of discovery, AUI research has earned six Nobel prizes in a variety of energy and technology fields and convened scientists from across the globe to collaborate for the enlightenment of humanity. Until May 2017, Dr. Cohen served as the deputy undersecretary for science and energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, overseeing basic science, applied energy research, technology development, and deployment efforts, including stewardship of 13 of the 17 DOE national laboratories.


External Events

“Celebrating 200 Years: GW on the Pulse of Space and Technology”

Tuesday, July 13

6:30 – 7:30 pm (ET)

Online via Zoom

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For decades, GW’s world-renowned faculty, students, and alumni have built a rich legacy at the forefront of science, technology, and space exploration—from revolutionary Big Bang Theory research and NASA’s first female spacecraft project manager to countless cutting-edge innovations. Join us as four alumni leaders discuss how their GW experiences influenced their truly stellar work. The panel includes two SEAS alumni, Ms. Anousheh Ansari, an astronaut, a hi-tech serial entrepreneur, and a global change maker; and Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang, chair, professor, and dean of the Institute for AI Industry Research (AIR) at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 


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