September 20 - 25, 2021


September 20, 2021




GW Visitors Protocol:


Beginning Monday, September 27, the university will require all visitors to campus to attest that they are vaccinated, or if they are unvaccinated, attest that they have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their visit to campus. Visitors should register with the university at and follow the protocol noted on the registration page.


If visitors are unvaccinated, they will need to arrange testing on their own before visiting campus. Visitors are not eligible for COVID-19 testing at GW’s test centers. Visitors who are unable to present an approved registration form are not permitted to access university facilities. Registrants for Centuries Weekend and Commencement on the National Mall will receive specific instructions on visitor requirements.  


Faculty News



Media Mentions:

Conferences & Presentations:

Dr. Volker Sorger

On September 14, Dr. Volker Sorger (ECE) gave the keynote address “Photonics for Machine Intelligence” at Optics 2021: International Confererence and Expo on Laser, Optics and Photonics.

Other News

Mo6 Hours          Weekly Calendar

The Innovation CenterTompkins M06 is open M-F from 2:00 to 6:00 pm for GW community use! On Friday afternoons we host Open Studio, a time for skill sharing and working on specific projects. Follow us on Instagram @gwinnovationcenter for details!


M06 is located on the mezzanine level of Tompkins Hall, off the H Street parking area on the main campus.


SEAS Events Re-cap

WiE Welcome Seminar Presenters

The SEAS Center for Women in Engineering (WiE) and the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions hosted a Welcome Seminar (virtual) for all new SEAS graduate students on September 15. Dr. Rachelle Heller (CS) emceed the event, introducing SEAS Dean John Lach for opening remarks and facilitating a series of questions and answers with seven faculty panelists who introduced themselves, their experiences in academia, and their teaching and research interests, and offered advice to the new students about starting their graduate studies. The panelists included: Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Dr. Rumana RiffatDr. Gina Adam (ECE)Dr. Kinga Dobolyi (CS)Dr. Emilia Entcheva (BME)Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE)Dr. Kim Roddis (CEE), and Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber (EMSE). A recording of the event is available for those who were not able to attend.


Upcoming SEAS Events

CS Seminar: “Investigating User Expectations for Differential Privacy”

Speaker: Dr. Gabriel Kaptchuck, Boston University, Hariri Institute for Computing

Friday, September 24

1:30 – 2:30 pm

SEH, B1270 (in-person)/also virtual via Zoom

Dr. Kaptchuck will present his talk as part of a visit to Dr. Adam Aviv’s (CS) research lab.


BME Speaker Series: “Advances in Musculoskeletal Regeneration”

Speaker: Dr. Warren Grayson, Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, September 29

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lehman Auditorium (SEH, B1270)


EEMI Webinar: “From Vikings to Wind Turbines, Denmark’s Journey Toward Sustainability”

New date: Thursday, September 30

8:00 am (ET)


The SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) will co-host a free webinar on Denmark's pioneering actions towards energy sustainability. The event will feature Dan Jørgensen, the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy, and Utilities. He will be interviewed by EEMI Visiting Scholar Ambassador András Simonyi on Denmark’s journey toward sustainability. Topics will include the European Commission’s 2021 "Fit for 55" legal framework to achieve climate goals, Denmark's pioneering role in energy transition, transatlantic climate and energy cooperation, and preparation for COP26.


SEAS Open House

Sunday, October 3

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

SEH, B1 Level

Dean John Lach invites all SEAS alumni, students, and their families to join him for the SEAS Open House during GW’s Centuries Celebration Weekend. Check-in for the open house will take place in the first floor lobby of the SEH.


BME Speaker Series: “Image-Based” Systems Biology - A New Paradigm in Cancer Research”

Speaker: Dr. Arvind Pathak, Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, December 1

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lehman Auditorium (SEH, B1270)


Entrepreneurship News & Events

NSF I-Corps Grants for Customer Discovery and Prototype Development

The InnovateGW I-Corps Site Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, awards grants of up to $3,000 to GW students, faculty or staff members who wish to explore possible applications of their research or technology to solve problems that could lead to a broader impact in society. InnovateGW is designed to educate researchers and technologists on entrepreneurial principles and practices and to give them hands-on experience in exploring potential, real-world applications of their technologies. To be eligible for the InnovateGW I-Corps Program, you must attend one of the “Introduction to Lean Innovation” workshops that take place each month. The next workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Register here to attend a workshop, and/or learn more about the I-Corps program and apply for funding.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council Meeting (virtual)

Monday, September 20

12:00 – 1:30 pm


This meeting is open to any GW faculty member who is interested in the teaching, research, or practice of innovation and entrepreneurship. Faculty are invited to present or just attend to learn about best practices, courses, projects, resources, news, and the entrepreneurship minor, among other topics. The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship also uses these meetings to gather feedback about the types of programming and support to offer the GW entrepreneurial community.


Jumpstart 1-Day Bootcamp: Global Impact (In-Person Event)

Thursday, September 23

I+E Lab at Heyday Workplace

10:00 am – 4:00 pm


The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with Ycenter presents the Jumpstart: Global Innovation Bootcamp, an experiential and interactive bootcamp focusing on global innovation and problem-solving. Over the course of one day, students will discover and break down complex global problems, innovate new solutions, and design a business plan to launch a new company, startup, nonprofit, or social and civic enterprise. Participants will interact via video chat with international changemakers to help ground participants in global challenges spanning the globe.


App Building for Entrepreneurs (In-Person Event)

Friday and Saturday, September 24-25

I+E Lab at Heyday Workplace

10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Learn how to build an app without any coding experience! The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with Ycenter presents our newest bootcamp, “App Building for Entrepreneurs,” an experiential and interactive bootcamp focusing on how to create digital app solutions for startup, business, and social venture founders.


External Events

SSPI Women in Engineering Student Event

Friday, September 24

6:15 pm (Check-in begins at 5:45)

Room 309, GW University Student Center (800 21st Street, NW)


Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) invites college women in technical majors to a panel discussion and “speed networking” session. Panelists Nicole Robinson (president at Ursa Space Systems and chair of SSPI) and Danielle Phillips (senior principal business solutions engineer at Intelsat) will share their views on challenges they've faced in their careers and offer advice for younger professionals and aspiring space and satellite professionals. This event is free.


GW Centuries Celebration Weekend

Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 3


Join GW for the culmination of our bicentennial. The weekend includes in-person events and activities for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and GW families, as well as Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, opportunities to honor our Monumental Alumni, and a closing Bicentennial Bash. 


RCR and Beyond

Classes meet throughout the Fall semester

Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) @ GW and Beyond is a semester-long weekly seminar course designed to develop and strengthen ethical problem-solving skills along with cultivating sensitivity to ethical issues commonly found while conducting research. The course is open to the entire campus community, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, researchers, staff and research administrators. Registration is capped at 20 participants, first come, first served. Classes are held on Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. throughout the semester, unless otherwise noted.


Human Resources News
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