September 28 - October 4, 2015


September 28, 2015

Faculty News


Professor Zhenyu Li (BME, PI), Professor Mona Zaghloul (ECE, Co-I), and Professor Dinesh Pillai (Children's National and GW SMHS, Co-I) have received a four-year NIH U01 grant for their proposal “Ambulatory Sensor Arrays for Real-Life Monitoring of Pediatric Patients with Asthma.” This work aims to develop wearable and handheld sensor systems for collecting real-life environmental, physiological, and behavioral data, which will enable the rigorous testing of hypotheses on environmental contributions to the causation of pediatric asthma exacerbations. The total award is $2,016,588, and the SEAS portion is approximately $1.3 million.

LMI Research Institute has awarded Professor Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE, PI) and Professor Suresh Subramaniam (ECE, co-PI) a one-year $50,000 grant for their project, “Integrating Mesh Networking into the Design of a Smart Healthcare Logistics System.” The objective of this project is to harness the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the connection and management of different assets in a healthcare supply chain system. Specifically, this project will develop a template for the integration of wireless mesh radio frequency identification (RFID) into the architecture of a healthcare system for embedded data analysis to capture and distill new insights for improved decision making, particularly in care-supporting functions, logistics management, and predictive analysis. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is interested in this topic.


Adjunct Professor Jin-Hee Cho (CS) published the following journal article with her collaborators, Dr. Kevin Chan (US Army Research Laboratory) and Dr. Sibel Adeli (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute): S. Adali, K. Chan, and J.H. Cho. “TANDEM: a trust-based agent framework for networked decision making,” Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, pp. 1-30, 10 September 2015.

Professor Vesna Zderic (BME), her former doctoral student Dr. Marjan Nabili, and their collaborator from GW Department of Ophthalmology, Professor Craig Geist, have published the following manuscript: M. Nabili, C. Geist, and V. Zderic. “Thermal safety of ultrasound-enhanced ocular drug delivery: A modeling study,” Medical Physics. 42, 5604 (2015).

Student News

ECE student Chidubem Nwokoye has invented a new Low Temperature Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect Experimental System with a Cryogen-Free Sample Environment, and he has made a number of new discoveries using this instrument. Several patents are pending. The experimental system will allow GW Institute for Magnetics Research (IMR) researchers to conduct experimental investigation of photon-magnon interactions at various temperatures down to cryogenic temperatures. Research results from the experimental system will aid in the development of magnon-based sensors and BEC magnon qubit gates for a quantum computing processor arising from BEC macroscopic entanglement. A paper with this title has been published by the International Journal of Nanoparticles and Nanotechnology. The authors are Chidubem Nwokoye, Lawrence Bennett, Edward Della Torre, Abid Siddique, Frank Narducci, Mohammadreza Ghahremani, and Khurram Khattak. The research effort was supported in part by the Naval Air Systems Command's NISE Section 219 fund."

Other News

The GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) will conduct a two-day short course on solar photovoltaics on Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, in partnership with the European Energy Centre. The course will be taught by Professor Scott Sklar, an EEMI affiliate, and is intended for design engineers, architects, and technicians and individuals who want to learn how to install, maintain, and repair solar photovoltaic equipment. The location is 2020 K Street, Room 10. The cost is $594 and includes a certificate of participation and the exam for the Galileo Master Certificate. 


BME Seminar: “Programming and Reprogramming the Myocardium via Notch and Wnt Signaling”
Speaker: Prof. Stacey Rentschler, Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Washington University St. Louis
Monday, September 28
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2000B

Nano@GW2015 Workshop: “Frontiers in 2D-Nanotechnology: Synthesis through Applications”
Tuesday, September 29
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Contact Prof. Sorger for details.

MAE Seminar: “Increasing Energy Efficiency of Connected Cars”
Speaker: Prof. Ardalan Vahidi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
Friday, October 2
11:00 am
SEH, B1220

Workshop: “Theseus’ Paradox”
Saturday, October 24
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, B1270
This is the third of a three-part series created by Dr. Annie Green and Cynthia Gayton, J.D., and supported in part by EMSE and GW’s College of Professional Studies to explore new methods and strategies to manage knowledge and innovation. The event is free, but RSVPs are required and space is limited to 50 participants. Light refreshments will be served. 

ECE Colloquium: IEEE Magnetic Society's 2015 Distinguished Lecturer
Speaker: Prof. Russell Cowburn, Cambridge University
Tuesday, October 27
1:30 pm
SEH, 2000B

External Events

Cybersecurity Summit
Thursday, October 1
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street, NW
The Cybersecurity Summit will be hosted by The Washington Post, in partnership with AT&T and GW’s Cyber Security and Policy Research Institute. Business leaders, lawmakers, and security experts will discuss and debate the newest tools for cyber defense and policies to better protect companies, consumers, and citizens. 

Symposium: “Open edX Universities Symposium”
Wednesday, November 11
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Milken School of Public Health, Room 100
The symposium will be structured around topics of general concern in online learning: web-enhanced learning and pedagogy; learning analytics; and inter-institutional collaboration. Please visit the symposium website to register and see the list of speakers and panelists, many of whom are top figures in the field. Anyone can attend, but space is limited. The registration fee is $75. This event is hosted by the GW Vice-Provost of Online Learning and Academic Innovation. 

Entrepreneurship Events

Entrepreneur Workshop: International Students
Wednesday, September 30
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Marvin Center 405

GWERT 100 Mentor Match-up
Thursday, October 8
5:30 – 8:30 pm
1957 E Street, City View Room (7th Floor)