November 16-22, 2015


November 16, 2015

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

Washington Business Journal featured the announcement of GW’s new master of regulatory biomedical engineering program and quoted Prof. Igor Efimov (BME) in the November 10 article “Too few inventors are getting their devices to market. Here's what George Washington University is doing about it.”

Prof. Megan Leftwich (MAE) was quoted in the November 12 Wired article “Sea Lion Flippers Could Inspire Super-Stealthy Submersibles.”


Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE) was invited to prepare and edit a special issue on plasma medicine in Plasma Physics, the leading journal in the field. He published a review paper in the issue, “Experimental approaches for studying non-equilibrium atmospheric plasma jets,” as well as the preface.

Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) and her doctoral student, Cheng Tang, have published the following article: C. Tang and C. Monteleoni. “Can Topic Modeling Shed Light on Climate Extremes?” IEEE Computing in Science and Engineering, November/December 2015.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) presented “The Status of Slovenian Women in Science” at the Gender Summit 7, held November 6-7 in Berlin, Germany. This study established a baseline from which the Slovenian scientists can judge the changes (increases) in the number and position of Slovenian women in science and the resources for them.

Prof. Lance Hoffman (director, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute) chaired the Right to be Forgotten workshop at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference on October 25. He also met with a number of Chinese cybersecurity educators and officials in Beijing on October 27 to discuss cybersecurity education.

On November 11, Prof. Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) gave a presentation titled “Uncertainties and Reorganization in Vaccine Supply Chains to Estimate Performance and Storage Requirements: Evidence from Nigeria” at the just-concluded 8th Global Health Supply Chain Summit, held in Dakar, Senegal. This is an output of the joint collaboration between GW, LMI and the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) of Johns Hopkins University.

Prof. Volker Sorger (ECE) presented a paper titled “From Creativity to Innovation” on October 29 at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Asian Council of Small Business. The conference was held in Miri, Malaysia.

Other News

SEAS Student R&D Showcase: the application and abstract deadline to participate in the showcase has been extended to Monday, November 16. The showcase is open to all SEAS undergraduate and graduate students, and $38,000 in prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Graduate Student Theoretical Research
  • Graduate Student Experimental Research
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Entrepreneurship

Talk to your research advisor and apply.

Samuel Klein, a GW graduate who conducted research at GW’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute, published the article “The Data Is in the Details: Cross-Border Data Flows and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: How will the TPP impact cross-border data flows, the lifeblood of the modern Internet” in the November 23 issue of The Diplomat.

The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) announces the 2015-2016 call for proposals from faculty and undergraduates:

The GWIBE Undergraduate Research Fellowship was established to foster undergraduate research in biomedical engineering mentored by a faculty member. Each recipient receives a $5,000 stipend. Proposals are due November 30, 2015. More information and application guidelines

Faculty: The GWIBE Interdisciplinary Research Fund is designed to support pilot research that involves synergistic collaborations in science, engineering, and medicine. Each award may be up to $20,000. Proposals are due November 30, 2015. More information and application guidelines

Computing Facility News

MATLAB workshops and tutoring: SEAS Computing Facility is holding a series of workshops covering MATLAB programming in Tompkins 406 from November 14 through December 5:

  • November 14: Introduction & Linear Algebra
  • November 21: Figures, 3D Plotting, and Equation Solving
  • December 5: ODE Solving and SIMULINK

Interested students can register for the workshops at: . Matlab tutoring also will be offered from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Tompkins 401. To schedule an appointment for MATLAB tutoring, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB workshops and tutoring will be hosted by Farhad Goodarzi, former SEAS Ph.D. student.

SEAS Information Security: What you need to know

GW Policy mandates use of antivirus software. Symantec Endpoint Protection software is available for free to all GW students, staff and faculty. Download it at IT.GWU.EDU/software-business- apps .

Be the first line of defense. Keeping GW secure is a shared responsibility. For questions or support, please contact the SEAS Computing Facility at [email protected].

SEAS Information Security: What You Need To Know


  • Learn to recognize a phish at IT.GWU.EDU/u-security-video- tutorial
  • Forward suspicious messages to [email protected]

Be the first line of defense. Keeping GW secure is a shared responsibility. For questions or support, please contact the SEAS Computing Facility at [email protected].

SEAS Events:

BME Seminar: “Optical Imaging for Applications in Cardiac Electrophysiology”
Speaker: Dr. Christine Hendon, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
Monday, November 16
4:00 – 5:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000B

MAE Seminar: “Reliable Operations with Collision Avoidance in Unmanned Vehicles”
Speaker: Amit Sanyal, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
Thursday, November 19
11:00 am
SEH 2000B

External Events:

Structural Engineers Association: “A Forum for Future Structural Engineers”
Speaker: Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Friday, November 20
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
SMPA, Jack Morton Auditorium
For more information, please contact [email protected].

TEDx Youth Conference
Saturday, November 21
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Gala Hispanic Theatre, Columbia Heights
This conference is geared towards high school juniors and seniors and college freshman and sophomores. Prof. Megan Leftwich (MAE) is one of the featured speakers. GW undergraduates in SEAS and CCAS may want to attend. Tickets: $10

Entrepreneurship Events

Dolphin Tank at GW
Monday, November 16
6:00 – 9:00 pm
SEH, Room B1220

Pitch George
Saturday, November 21
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Duques Hall, 6th floor