May 16-29, 2016


May 16, 2016

Faculty News

Honors & Awards:

Congratulations to Prof. Rahul Simha (CS), who is one of four members of the GW community who were honored at the 2016 GW Commencement ceremony for their outstanding service to GW.


Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and his colleagues have published the following paper: D. Broniatowski, K. Hilyard, and M. Dredze. “Effective vaccine communication during the Disneyland outbreak,” Vaccine, doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.04.044.  The paper was featured in the May 13 Medical News Today article, “What the Disneyland measles outbreak of 2014-15 can teach us about how stories go viral.”

Prof. Emilia Entcheva (BME), her Ph.D. student Aleksandra Klimas, and her co-authors have published the following article: A. Klimas, C. M. Ambrosi, J. Yu, J. C. Williams, H. Bien, and E. Entcheva. “OptoDyCE as an automated system for high-throughput all-optical dynamic cardiac electrophysiology,” Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms11542.

Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his former students, Dr. Leyu Wang and Dr. Jiaoyan Li, have published the following journal paper: L. Wang, J. Li, and J. Lee. “Work conjugate strain of virial stress,” International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials (Volume 7, Issue 1, 2016), doi:10.1080/19475411.2016.1162218.

Prof. James Lee (MAE), Prof. Azim Eskandarian, and their former student, Dr. Zidong Yang, have published the following journal paper: Z. Yang, J.D. Lee, and A. Eskandarian. “Objectivity in Molecular Dynamics,” International Journal of Terraspace Science and Engineering, 2016, 8(1), 79-92.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) delivered the opening keynote at the plenary session of the International Sustainability Conference (SCC 2016), which is being held May 15-18 in Washington, DC.  His talk was titled “Infrastructure Materials: Mechanics and Sustainability, from Nano to the Continuum.”

Prof. Erica Gralla (EMSE) organized a successful one-day conference on May 5, preceding the Production and Operations Management Society Annual Meeting, held in Orlando, FL.  In her role as vice president for meetings for the POMS College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management, she organized the “mini-conference,” consisting of talks and panels that blend academic research and operations practice.  It was attended by 48 people from universities across the U.S. and the world.  In addition, she and her student, Azrah Azhar, presented a talk titled “Transportation Networks for Humanitarian Aid: Test Cases and Analysis of Historical Disaster Scenarios.”

Dr. Rachael Jonassen (EMSE and CPS, visiting scholar and part-time faculty) presented the lead-off talk on the topic “What’s the Target? And Why?” at a May 4 workshop on science-based targets for greenhouse gas reduction sponsored by the Global Environmental Management Initiative.

Other News










Profs. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE), Volker Sorger (ECE), and Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) are actively promoting the results of their NSF-funded, interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Fellows Program. Prof. LeBlanc presented a paper titled “Nanotechnology Fellows Program: An Interdisciplinary Practicum for Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education” at the NSF-AAAS Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice Symposium, held April 28 in Washington, DC.  Prof. LeBlanc will speak about human infrastructure for nanotechnology as an invited panelist at the 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop.  And Profs. LeBlanc and Shittu will present the paper “Nanotechnology Fellows Program: Preparing Undergraduate Students for Careers in Nanotechnology” at the national American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, to be held June 27 in New Orleans, LA.  The second cohort of the Nanotechnology Fellows Program will be in session May 23-July 15; it includes students from MAE, ECE, EMSE, BME, CEE, and CS.

Student News

Congratulations to Dor Hirsh Bar Gai (EMSE), who received his B.S. degree last weekend and has been named a 2016 GW Presidential Administrative Fellow.  Dor will work in the Office of Undergraduate Student Services, where he also will serve as the SEAS Dean’s Fellow. 

Other News

CS alumnus Samy Al Bahra will give the ACM Learning Webinar “A Pragmatic Introduction to Multicore Synchronization” on May 16.  Samy is the CTO of Backtrace I/O.

SEAS Events

BME Seminar: “Perception and Paradigms for Medical Imaging”
Speaker: Dr. Francine Jacobson, Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital
Tuesday, May 17
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Entrepreneurship Events

IP Roundtable for Startups Lunch Discussion
Wednesday, May 18
12:00 – 1:00
1425 K Street, NW
We are excited to announce that Amita Shukla, founder and CEO of Vitamita and the author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change, will be joining our DC startup team to discuss “Mastering the Startup Mindset.” One of the most important factors in a startup’s success is the founder’s mindset, which drives how he or she tackles failure, adapts to disruption, sparks innovation, and creates the future. Join us to understand how great entrepreneurs think differently—and how you can learn to think like them to accelerate your startup’s success. Dress code is casual. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

Research Training & Events

Export Control: What You Need to Know
Learn more about doing research in accordance with Export Control requirements.
Tuesday, May 17
12:00 – 1:00 pm
SEH, 2000
RSVP to [email protected]
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