October 26 - November 1, 2020


October 26, 2020

Faculty News
Media Mentions:

Dr. David Broniatowski

In its October 22 article “Stressing freedom, vaccine opponents rebranding in virus era,” the Associated Press featured research led by Dr. David Broniatowski (EMSE) demonstrating the increase in conversations around civil liberties in the anti-vaccine community between 2009 and 2019, with Facebook pages framing vaccines as an issue of values and civil rights. On the topic of misinformation campaigns, Neiman Journalism Lab mentioned comments made previously by Dr. Broniatowski in the October 20 article “Overwhelmed by covering organized misinformation campaigns? The Media Manipulation Casebook is a great place to start.”


Conferences & Presentations:

emilia entcheva

On October 9, Dr. Emilia Entcheva (BME) gave the invited seminar “From gene expression to function – a pipeline for manipulating and characterizing human iPSC-cardiomyocytes” at McGill University (Canada).


Other News:

Dr. Lorena Barba

Dr. Lorena Barba (MAE) was selected to receive the Jupyter Distinguished Contributor award, established this year to recognize the work of contributors that is sustained over at least two years and is substantial in quality and quantity. The award carries a prize of $500 and recipients were recognized on October 16, at the closing of JupyterCon 2020. Dr. Barba’s recognition reads: “For your work pioneering and promoting Jupyter in research and education, including publishing many highly-regarded course materials; your work in organizing and leading community efforts directly impacting Jupyter, such as the community workshop on Jupyter in education; your championing of diversity efforts, and your leadership in NumFOCUS; and your tireless leadership of JupyterCon 2020 through the unique challenges of this year.”

Dr. Philippe Bardet

At the 33rd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, held virtually from Osaka, Japan (October 18-23), it was announced that GW’s MAE Department will host the 34th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics in 2022. The symposium is the main international conference for naval hydrodynamics sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research. It is held every two years, and every six years in the US. Organizers expect approximately 200 participants from 20 countries. Dr. Philippe Bardet (MAE) will be the lead host.


Upcoming SEAS Events
SEAS Alumni Career Panel
Tuesday, October 27
1:00 pm ET
Register on Webex
Hear from SEAS alumni about their experiences and perspectives on adapting to work during a pandemic. Alumni panelists include: Sana Al-Hajj, Manager at International Finance Corporation (IFC); Lauren Cephas, Senior Systems Engineer at CGI; and Mounir Alafrangy, Senior Analyst and Space Exploration Program Lead at Mosaic ATM. This event is open to the GW community and is co-hosted by the W. Scott Amey Career Services Center, the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services, and SEAS Office of Development & Alumni Relations. If you have any questions about the event, please email the Career Services Center.


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Optimizing Information Freshness in Wireless Networks: From Theory to Practice”
Speaker: Dr. Eytan Modiano, MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
Monday, November 2
10:00 am ET
WebEx Link
Password: Tz6pPmhJZ72
This lecture will count toward the department’s colloquium requirements.


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.


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.


DIY Plastic Recycling Workshop
Friday, October 30
Join GW Precious Plastics founder Isabelle Carney and learn how to turn plastic bags into useable fabric.


Live Music
Friday, November 6
Chill out at the end of election week to live music. Featured artists to be announced.


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:


Speaker Series: A Conversation on Angel Investing and Early-Stage Funding
Speaker: Roland W. Schumann III (MSc ‘97), President of Sierra Angels
Tuesday, October 27
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Join the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for an afternoon session with Mr. Schumann on his experiences as an angel investor and on perspectives on early-stage startup funding; what angel investors are looking for in startups and businesses; and what student entrepreneurs should be thinking about as they start their businesses.


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

OVPR Workshop: Pivot and InfoReady
Tuesday, October 27 or Tuesday, November 17
9:00 – 10:30 am
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.


Cybersecurity Across Borders Panel Discussion
Friday, November 6
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Dr. Costis Toregas (director, Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute) will be a participant in the Cybersecurity Across Borders webinar, a technology and diplomacy series panel. He will address academic efforts across national boundaries to share security frameworks and workforce pathways such as apprenticeships.


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.



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
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.


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.