March 29 - April 4, 2021


March 29, 2021

Faculty News

Dr. David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and co-author Heidi Larson (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) have published an editorial titled “The Volatility of Vaccine Confidence” in Science, Vol. 371, Issue 6536, pp. 1289.


Student News

Doctoral student Shuyue Guan, advised by Dr. Murray Loew (BME), is the first author on this recently published manuscript: S. Guan and M. Loew, “Analysis of Generalizability of Deep Neural Networks Based on the Complexity of Decision Boundary,” 2020 19th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), Miami, FL, USA, 2020, pp. 101-106.


Doctoral student RyeAnne Ricker, advised by Dr. Murray Loew (BME), has been awarded a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides full support for three years. RyeAnne is interested in understanding the cellular and image characteristics of the tumor microenvironment, which may help with more exact treatment of tumors.


Upcoming SEAS Events
ECE Seminar: “Learning Strong Inference Models in Small Data Domains”
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Ostadabbas, Northeastern University
Monday, March 29
2:00 pm (ET)
Zoom link
This seminar is hosted by Dr. Omur Ozel (ECE) and will count toward the department’s colloquium requirements.


BME Seminar: “High-density EEG, Robotic Lower Limb Exoskeletons, and Bionic Prostheses”
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Ferris, University of Florida
Wednesday, April 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET)
WebEx link


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:

Save the Date: 2021 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 15
More details will be announced soon.


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
Wednesday, April 7
4:00 pm (ET)
Zoom link

  • Dr. David Nagel (ECE):The Lure of LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions)
  • Dr. Dwight Kravitz (Psychological and Brain Sciences): “Bridging Neuroscience and Behavior Using Big Data
  • Dr. Diana Pardo Pedraza (Anthropology): “Playful intra-actions: Dog-Human Training in Mine Detection

The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and promote research performed in the SEH and at GW. Students are welcome to attend. All WOWTALK sessions will be held via Zoom.


GW Women In Business 12th Annual Spring Conference: “Headliner”
Saturday, April 10
9:30 am – 4:30 pm (ET)
The theme of this year's spring conference is “Headliner.” Through this theme, the conference organizers encourage attendees to enter the day with an open-mind, ask questions, and be inspired to seek innovation in these times of uncertainty. Ms. Annamaria Konya Tannon, the SEAS chief evangelist for innovation, entrepreneurship, and invention, will moderate the Innovation and Entrepreneurship panel, featuring: Suzanne Simon, founder of Chaia; Aysia Woods, event consultant for Events by AW; Andrea Vieria, co-founder of The Nail Saloon; and Susie Selby, winemaker/proprietor of Selby Winery.


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 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.


GW DIGITAL Health Summit graphic

Save the Date: 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.