October 10-16, 2016


October 10, 2016

Faculty News

Awards & Honors:

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) recently received the Elizabeth J. Somers Award for leadership at the Mount Vernon Alumnae celebratory weekend. The award recognizes women who cherish and promote education in their personal and professional lives.


The hard road to reproducibility,” by Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) was published October 7 in Science magazine, Vol. 354, Issue 6308, pp. 142, DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6308.142.

Conferences & Presentations:

On October 5, Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) served as an invited panelist on the Decision Sciences and Risk panel at the Summit on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security hosted by the National Academy of Sciences. The purpose of this panel is to solicit feedback from the scientific community for an upcoming decadal survey.

A presentation by Prof. Joe Cascio (EMSE) will be delivered by Mr. Erik Puskar, Group Leader, Standards Services, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the October 12 workshop of the International Conference on Education of Standards (ICES). The conference is arranged by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Frankfurt, Germany. The presentation will cover the educational content of international, voluntary consensus standards in the GW graduate certificate program in environmental and energy systems management. The GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute, which Prof. Cascio co-directs with Prof. Jonathan Deason, was the recipient in 2014 of a $75,000 award from the NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. That award funded the creation of one of the two courses devoted to standards, EMSE 6992-80: Global Connections: Standards in Technology, Business, and Public Policy.

On September 29, Kelly Scanlon (Environmental and Energy Management Institute, senior research scientist) presented “Characterizing Life Cycle Occupational Health and Safety Impacts for the Department of Defense and its Supply Chain” at the annual meeting of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment in Charleston, SC. Attendance at the conference was supported by a cooperative agreement with the DoD's Chemical & Material Risk Management Program.

Student News

Anna Gabriella Porras Santolamazza (Gaby), a five-year BS-MS student in civil engineering and a graduate administrative assistant in the SEAS Undergraduate Student Services Office, won the Bronze medals in the Women's Doubles and Women's Team competitions at the 2016 Pan American Squash Championships. Gaby represented her home country of Colombia in the competition.

Other News

The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the European Energy Center will offer three remaining professional short courses:

Renewable Energy Management & Finance
Thursday and Friday, October 27-28
Taught by: Michael Ware & Scott Sklar

Environmental Management Beyond Compliance (Implementing an ISO 14001 System)
Monday and Tuesday, November 14-15
Taught by: Joe Cascio

Distributed Generation and Storage
Thursday and Friday, December 8-9
Taught by: Scott Sklar

Circular Economy
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2017
Taught by: Roger Feldman and Ed Pinero

Multi-Aspect Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics
Dates TBA
Taught by: Scott Sklar

SEAS Events

BME Seminar: “Mimicking the Complexity of the Human Body in Vitro”
Speaker: Dr. Mandy Esch, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Monday, October 17
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220

MAE Seminar: “Toward a Low-carbon Future with Automotive Fuel Cells”
Speaker: Dr. Ajay Prasad, University of Delaware
Thursday, October 20
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

MAE Seminar: “Single Ventricle Palliation with the Assisted Bidirectional Glenn”
Speaker: Dr. Jessica Shang, University of Rochester
Thursday, October 27
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

MAE Seminar: “Bursting Bubbles and Bilayers”
Speaker: Dr. Steven Wrenn, Drexel University
Thursday, November 17
2:00 pm
SEH, B1220

BME Seminar: “Haptics: The Technology of Touch”
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, November 28
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Career Center & Career-Related Announcements & Events

DreamWorks Info Session & On-Campus Interview 
DreamWorks is scouting for students interested in art/illustration, design, character animation, computer graphics, and media studies jobs and internships. Representatives will be on campus Wednesday, October 26 for an information session and the tech talk “How to Train your Microservice at DreamWorks Animation.” RSVP on GWork for the information session and/or the tech talk.

The Cognitive Computing Odyssey
Cognitive computing unites fields like AI, machine learning, and natural language processing to “think” about data more like a human than a computer. It treats cancer patients, personalizes education, and predicts financial markets. And it's just getting started. This November, students from across the country will gather in one of three cities (San Francisco, Austin, Boston) to explore the technology, future, and jobs of cognitive computing as part of The Cognitive Computing Odyssey. The Cognitive Computing Odyssey is presented by Uncubed and IBM. Travel and lodging will be fully covered for accepted students. Apply and learn more.

Entrepreurship Events

The Best Kept Secret in the Public Sector: How SBA-OII Unleashes the US Government's “Mojo” and Fights to Make Private Sector Innovation a Reality 
Wednesday, October 12
5:30 – 7:00 pm
SMPA, Room 310
Do you want to learn more about how the government works with the private sector to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship? Have you ever wondered about the opportunities that are available through the U.S. Small Business Administration? Then register today for this workshop featuring guest speaker Nareg Sagherian, chief commercialization strategist, senior investment officer, and policy advisor with SBA.

DC I-Corps Veteran Entrepreneur Lean Startup Program
Wednesday, October 26
4:00 – 8:00 pm
SEH, 2000B

DC I-Corps and GW in partnership with the Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development are offering a new program designed to help veteran entrepreneurs maximize the potential for their new business ideas. The program is free to selected participants.

GW October 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Conference
Thursday October 13: World Bank
Friday, October 14: GWSB
In partnership with the World Bank Group, the 7th annual GW October Global Entrepreneurship Conference will focus on the role of regional and local policies and their effect on entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development. Join us as we discuss ways in which we can help the growth and development of SMEs through policies and various studies.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Social
Thursday, October 13
5:00 pm
SEH, 2000

External Events

Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp
Monday, October 17
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310
RSVP by emailing [email protected] with "POSTBC" in the subject line.
This session covers management of sponsored projects/awards including receiving and accepting an award, support services, travel, purchasing equipment and supplies, initiating agreements, research integrity, financial management and reporting, and award closeout.

ASNE Flagship Technical Program: Secrets of a NAVSEA/ONR Naval Engineer
Speaker: Thomas C. Fu, Ph.D., Director, Ship Systems & Engineering Research Division, Office of Naval Research
Wednesday, October 19
5:00 – 6:00 pm (Reception to follow)
SEH, B1220
Register and pay online
Cost: $10 for ASNE/SNAME Members; $15 for ASNE/SNAME Non-members; $5 for Young Professional ASNE/SNAME members; and free for full-time ASNE/SNAME engineering students
In observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Division of IT is hosting the following events:

Networking & Informational Event: 2016 techEXPO
Tuesday, October 11
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mid-Campus Quad

Networking & Informational Event: Password Hack Demo
Monday, October 17
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Marvin Center Lobby

Information Session: Ten Tips to Keep Your Computer and Data Secure
Thursday, October 20
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
VSTC Exploration Hall

Networking & Informational Event: Technical Information Session for IT Teams
Friday, October 28
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Information Session: National Cyber Security Awareness Month Keystone Event
Monday, October 31
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium