October 5-11, 2020


October 5, 2020

Faculty News

Dr. David Broniatowski

Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) and his colleagues recently published their findings on the anti-vaccination discourse on Facebook in this article in the American Journal of Public Health: D. A. Broniatowski, A. M. Jamison, N. F. Johnson, N. Velasquez, R. Leahy, N. Johnson Restrepo, M. Dredze, and S. C. Quinn. “Facebook Pages, the ‘Disneyland’ Measles Outbreak, and Promotion of Vaccine Refusal as a Civil Right, 2009–2019,” American Journal of Public Health, October 1, 2020. The authors found that the anti-vaccination discourse on Facebook increased in volume over the last decade, coalescing around the argument that refusing to vaccinate is a civil right.

Photo of Professor Michael Kay

Dr. Matthew Kay (BME) has published the following article: T. X. Phan, H. T. Ton, H. Gulyás, R. Pórszász, A. Tóth, R. Russo, M. W. Kay, N. Sahibzada, and G. P. Ahern. “TRPV1 expressed throughout the arterial circulation regulates vasoconstriction and blood pressure ,” The Journal of Physiology, September 17, 2020. This article presents new collaborative experiments to measure the vasomotor action of the capsaicin receptor, a key ion channel involved in inflammatory pain signaling, within the coronary vascular system. The study was led by Gerard Ahern, PhD at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Rebekah Russo, a BME master’s student mentored by Dr. Kay, conducted the coronary flow experiments presented in the manuscript.

Dr. Rene van Dorp

Dr. Johan Rene van Dorp (EMSE) and his colleague Guillermina Jasso (New York University) are pleased to have been able to honor Drs. Samuel Kotz (1930-2010) and Norman Johnson (1917-2004), two pioneering scholars in the field of statistics and distribution theory, by publishing an entry for Dr. Kotz and an entry for Dr. Johnson in SAGE Research Methods platform. Dr. Kotz served as professor and research scholar at GW in the Operation Research Department and the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department from 1997 to 2010.


Upcoming SEAS Events

POSTPONED: 2020 SEAS Student R&D Showcase

Originally scheduled for Friday, October 23, the 2020 SEAS Student R&D Showcase is being postponed to a future date. More information will be provided as soon as a new date is set. Thank you to all SEAS students who have registered for the Showcase. Your application will remain valid, and you will not need to resubmit it.


BME Seminar: “New Approaches for Imaging Cardiac Activity In-Vitro and Ex-Vivo”
Speaker: Dr. Gil Bub, McGill University
Wednesday, October 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join via WebEx


CVP Speaker Series @ GW: “Women in Engineering: Charting the Path to Leadership”
Wednesday, October 7
12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Online event
A panel of women engineers at every stage of the career ladder will share their professional experiences and provide recommendations for young women entering the workforce, as well as leaders looking to increase the percentage of women engineers in their workplace.


SEAS Center for Women in Engineering Movie Night: “Picture a Scientist”
Friday, October 9
8:00 pm ET
Online event
Join Us for a free special screening of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival Award-Winning Movie Picture a Scientist, hosted by the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering and GW Society of Women Engineers. Picture a Scientist is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. The deadline to sign up for the movie screening is October 7 at 4:00 pm ET.


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Revisiting Exploration versus Exploitation: Adaptive Control and Multi-Armed Bandits”
Speaker: Dr. P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University
Wednesday, October 14
10:00 – 11:00 am ET
Online event
Password: Kt3cesNPb73
This lecture will count as part of the department’s colloquium requirements.


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
2020 Pitch George Applications are now open: The annual Pitch George Competition takes place each fall semester and allows student entrepreneurs from all GW schools to present their business ideas, get valuable feedback, and have the opportunity to win startup capital. Don't miss out on this opportunity to win cash prizes and the chance to advance to the Top 100 Round of the 2021 GW New Venture Competition in the spring semester. Applications are due by October 18 at 11:59 pm. This will be the first fully virtual Pitch George Competition. Apply to compete.


GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events:


Workshop: Introduction to Lean Innovation
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 20
1:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Do you hope to solve a global problem, start a new business, develop a new product, or simply have an idea? We're inviting the entire GW community to attend a half-day introductory virtual workshop to learn how savvy innovators start the process.


Jumpstart Bootcamp: Global Challenge Innovation
Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8
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


George Hacks: Kogan MakerWeek Infographic

George Hacks: Kogan MakerWeek 2020
Sunday, October 11 – Saturday, October 17
Join George Hacks for a fully virtual, week-long set of activities, workshops, and challenges that you can participate in from the comfort of home!


DIY Activities
Participate in DIY activities led by our team on Sunday, October 11 and learn about some of the basic tech concepts that drive modern innovation. We have tried our best to tailor these activities so that you can build them from items you likely already have at home. If you don’t have all the materials at home to participate, fill out this form by 12:00 noon on Monday, October 5, to request specific components and we’ll ship them to you.


Interactive Workshops
George Hacks will offer three technical workshops, all of which are beginner- friendly (NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED). Attendees will be eligible to win prizes from drawings and challenges! Tentative dates and times are:


3D Modeling: Monday, October 12 at 2:00 pm
Circuits/Arduino: Friday, October 16 at 4:00 pm
Entrepreneurship: Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 am
Register for the workshops



WoWTalk ("What's Our Work") Seminar Series

  • Dr. Ginger Ellington (Geography): “Mapping dynamic processes of land cover change in arid rangelands”
  • Dr. Matt Kay (BME): “Oh, brain, protect my heart! The powerful influence of the autonomic system”
  • Dr. W. Andrew Barr (Anthropology): “Putting the human fossil record in context”

Wednesday, October 14
4:00 pm
Online event
All are invited to the WoWTalk Seminar Series. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce faculty and students to current and exciting research projects, and to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and promote research performed at GW.



The GW Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service hosts GW Votes, a non-partisan coalition of students, faculty, and staff that promotes voter registration and participation among GW students. This fall, GW Votes is hosting a number of programs and initiatives leading up to the November 3rd elections. Visit GW Votes for more information.


GW Coders
Every Friday
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.


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.