November 9-15, 2020


November 9, 2020

Faculty News

Dr. Michael Keidar

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) and his students Xiaoliang Yao, Li Lin, Vikas Soni, Eda Gjika, and Dayun Yan have published the following paper: X. Yao, L. Lin, V. Soni, E. Gjika, J. H. Sherman, D. Yan, and M. Keidar. “Sensitization of Glioblastoma Cells to Temozolomide by A Helium Gas Discharge Tube,” Physics of Plasmas, Vol.27, Issue 11. This paper describes a novel method of the sensitization of cancer to chemotherapy and reduction of toxicity.


Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Michael Keidar

Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) gave a keynote talk titled “Adaptive Plasmas and Recent Development in Biomedical Applications” at the 7th International Workshop on Plasma Science & Entrepreneurship. This online conference was hosted November 2-3 by the Plasma Institute in Bochum, Germany.


Other News:

Dr. Ken Chong

Dr. Ken Chong (MAE) has been appointed as a member of the advisory board of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, a monthly journal published by Springer. It is a comprehensive international journal presenting original research papers on mechanics, mathematical methods, and modeling in mechanics, as well as applied mathematics relevant to neoteric mechanics.


Other News
New course: Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) within the GW School of Business (GWSB) has partnered with Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE) and Dr. Anna Helm (GWSB) to offer a new 3-credit course for the Spring 2021 term. The Global Business Project: International Business of Sustainable Energy course will bring together students from multiple disciplines to learn about energy technologies, international business, and global energy perspectives. Students will compare and contrast the energy perspectives of two countries, the United States and Sweden. After learning core energy and business topics, interdisciplinary teams of students will partner with real clients in Sweden to complete energy sector consulting projects. Students will work in teams to research new market opportunities for the firm's technology and propose their recommendations upon conclusion of the course. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students within SEAS and GWSB. Students with a minor in sustainability are also encouraged to apply.


Engage: Engineering for Social Good: We are seeking second-year engineering undergraduate students to participate in an experimental one-credit social innovation course focusing on community engagement and creative problem-solving. The course will be offered Spring 2021, and financial assistance is available. Submit this Google form by Friday, November 20. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ekundayo Shittu or Dr. Erica Wortham. This course is part of a research project, “Service Learning Projects to Improve Engineering Students’ Civic Engagement and Capacity for Innovation,” which is funded by the National Science Foundation.


Upcoming SEAS Events
Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: “Navigating the New Normal”
Speaker: Mr. Christopher Wiernicki (MS ’83), Chairman, President, and CEO of American Bureau of Shipping
Thursday, November 12
12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Mr. Wiernicki’s talk will cover an exploration of the technology, talent, and leadership skills required to address our current environment and shape our post-pandemic future. He will touch on topics such as how new technology is redefining our talent needs and the speed with which the Fourth Industrial Revolution is reshaping our world through unprecedented processing power and unlimited access to knowledge. The Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted by SEAS, is an endowed lecture fund established in 1945 by a gift from its namesake. The lecture brings outstanding leaders of science and industry to GW to discuss timely topics in engineering and allied subjects.


CS Lecture: “Building A Lost City: An Interactive Story in VR about the Impact of Climate Change on the Ocean”
Speaker: Liz Canner, Director, Astrea Media
Thursday, November 12
3:30 – 4:30 pm
This is a special topic lecture for the course CSCI 6907: Augmented and Virtual Reality. To attend, please RSVP to Dr. Hurriyet Ok by November 11. Dr. Ok will send a WebEx invitation to those who RSVP.


SEAS Community Workshop: Engineers Can Write, Too
Thursday, November 12
5:00 – 6:00 pm ET
Join the Webinar
The workshop will be presented by the SEAS Undergraduate Advising and Student Services Office.


SEAS Community Workshop: Money Matters
Monday, November 16
12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Join the webinar
This workshop will be presented by the SEAS Undergraduate Advising and Student Services Office.


SEAS Community Workshop: The Best of Growth Worlds
Tuesday, November 17
12:30 – 1:30 pm ET
Join the webinar
This workshop will be presented by the SEAS Undergraduate Advising and Student Services Office.


Webinar: “A Day in the Life: Career 2.0”
Tuesday, November 17
5:30 pm ET
Register on Handshake
Join alumni panelists from the US Patent and Trademark Office, Capital Construction, Whiting Turner, Salesforce, and Thorton Tomasetti for a career discussion. Topics include networking within an industry and relevant career resources. This event is hosted by the GW SEAS Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations.


SEAS Center for Women in Engineering Webinar: “What to Do After Graduation”
Thursday, November 19
12:00 noon ET
The SEAS Center for Women in Engineering is pleased to present to SEAS students an opportunity to hear from recent graduates in various engineering disciplines. As these women discuss their career routes post-graduating, students (especially juniors and seniors) will be able to gather new insights that may help their own process and choices for the future. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants.


CSPRI Webinar: “Adversarial Machine Learning and Wireless Security for 5G and Beyond”
Speakers: Dr. Yalin Sagduyu, Director of Networks and Security, Intelligent Automation, Inc., and Dr. Tugba Erpek, Lead Scientist, Intelligent Automation, Inc.
Thursday, November 19
12:00 noon ET
This Cyber Security & Privacy Research (CSPRI) 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.


BME Seminar: “Flexible, Hybrid Opto-Electro-Chemo Implants for Neural Interfaces”
Speaker: Dr. Wen Li, Michigan State University
Wednesday, December 2
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join via WebEx


Entrepreneurship News & Events


GW Innovation Center


Fall Fridays at the GW Innovation Center:
Check out the GWIC Innovation Center’s line-up of fall Friday events. All events will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Please visit the GWIC Events page for links and details.


GWIC Podcast Series: “Graduated, What's Next?”
Friday, November 13
Join us for the second edition of our new podcast series “Graduated, What's Next?” with GWIC Founding Fellow Sarah Shavin (BA ’19).


Discussion: Plastic Recycling: Fact or Fiction?
Friday, November 20
Join us for a discussion with industry experts on innovations in plastic recycling.


GWIC Cookie Contest: Winning Cookie Baked Live
Friday, December 4
Watch live as Chief Evangelist and GWIC founder Annamaria Konya Tannon bakes the winning cookie recipe. Keep an eye out for the cookie recipe contenders and make sure to cast your vote for your favorite recipe on Instagram (@gwinnovationcenter) on 11/30 and 12/1.


GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events:


Jumpstart Bootcamp: Global Challenge Innovation
Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET on each of the four dates
Students will discover and breakdown complex global problems, innovate new solutions, and design a business plan to launch a startup. This virtual event will feature four, two-hour interactive sessions. Guests who register for this event must attend all four sessions.


External Events
Student Workshop: NSF and Funded Research Application
Wednesday, November 11
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Register on Handshake
During this workshop students will learn how to submit a successful research funding application, and guest speaker(s) will share their experiences as researchers.


OVPR Workshop: Pivot and InfoReady
Tuesday, November 17
9:00 – 10:30 am ET
WebEx link will be provided to registrants
Learn how Pivot can help your search for new research funding opportunities and how InfoReady is used to support GW's intramural funding programs and limited submission competitions. This workshop is offered by the Research Enhancement Unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research.


GW Coders
Weekly, on Fridays
11:00 am
Complete this short form to learn more
GW Coders is a new community that brings together students and faculty to apply computational and data analytics skills in research. We will share coding experiences, learn some new skills, and build our professional networks. GW Coders is for everyone, from those just getting interested in coding to those who have years of experience; for undergraduate and graduate students; for faculty in any discipline; for others in the DC community who want to join us.


Office of Research Integrity Seminar: “Responsible Conduct of Research”
Weekly, on Thursday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
This fall 2020 seminar course is designed to develop and strengthen ethical problem-solving skills and foster sensitivity to ethical issues in the conduct of research. Registration is open to the entire campus community but will be capped at twenty participants. Please register early to secure your space. If you have questions about the seminar, please email the Office of Research Integrity.


Dissertation Defenses
Student’s Name: Vikram Rao (EMSE)
Dissertation Title: “Investigation of Decision Processes in Chemical Substitution Decision Making”
Advisor: Dr. Royce Francis (EMSE); Presiding: Dr. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE)
Monday, November 23
11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET
WebEx Link


Human Resources News
HR Corner Hero

This week's HR Corner includes information related to the temporary suspension of employer base and matching contributions to retirement plans, changes to campus access, updates to GW's FY21 holiday schedule, and more. Please visit the HR Corner to read these updates.