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List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * LITE Seminar (Tue Feb 24, 1pm)
  * Bioengineering Seminar (Thu Feb 26, 1:30pm)
  * Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing
  * Funding Opportunity: Cyber Security Research & Innovation Contest
    (State Department)
  * Funding Opportunity:BIGDATA (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Advanced Software Engineering Technologies (Air
  * William Roeting Receives Funding from Parsons Govt. Systems Corp. &
    Dept. of Defense
  * Jan Allbeck Receives Funding from Entertainment Software Association


*VSE in the News*

Here is a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted:

Beyond Mason:

  * Army.mil
    The website for the U.S. armed forces announces the private-public
    partnership with Mason and five other universities to create
    cybersecurity professionals.

At the Mason News Desk (http://newsdesk.gmu.edu):

  * Future Engineers Fix Equipment in Guatemalan Hospitals
    five students from the Volgenau School of Engineering

At the Volgenau website (http://volgenau.gmu.edu/):

  * Engineering Students Fix Equipment in Guatemalan Hospitals
    (a version of the story at Mason News mentioned above)

If you have suggestions for other stories, please submit them to Martha 
Bushong, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


*Photo of the Week*

Left to right: Mason student Caitlin Johnson, Guatemalan engineer Juan 
Manuel Moreno Sandoval, Marquette student Becca Avena, Mason student 
Mohamed Ali, David Kovacs from Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, and 
student Shanyce Rovon Stewart from Rochester Institute of Technology all 
worked at Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala in partnership with 
Engineering World Health.


*LITE Seminar (Tue Feb 24, 1pm)*

Title: How to Market your Business Idea
Date:Tuesday, February 24th, 1 pm
Location: Room 4801
Speaker:Jeff Fissel, KZO Innovations


Having a solid business idea is a good start, but, in order to be 
successful, entrepreneurs must be able to effectively market their new 
products or services. In a world where people are constantly bombarded 
with new ideas, inventions, and a myriad of new products and services, 
this skill is critical to stand out from the crowd and convince people 
to buy into you and from you. Mr. Fissel will provide an overview of the 
most effective strategies and practices to successfully market your 
business and achieve long-term success.


Jeff Fissel co-founded KZO Innovations, Inc. in 2007 and serves as its 
Vice President of Solutions.Mr. Fissel plays a key role in select 
strategic accounts and corporate development activities at KZO 
Innovations.He helped the team take their video content management 
software to market and build the customer base to include companies like 
PNC bank, Audi/VW, Michelin, and Comcast.He is an expert with 
interactive streaming media technologies and was a member of the 
development team for the KZO technology.KZO Innovations successfully 
raised venture capital and was sold to a 1.4 Billion dollar private 
equity fund in 2013.Prior to KZO Innovations, he founded KZO Webcasting 
and over five years produced hundreds of global webcasts ranging from 
events in the White House to film festivals in Hollywood.Mr. Fissel has 
a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Information 
Security and Network Administration from George Mason University.


*Bioengineering Seminar (Thu Feb 26, 1:30pm)*

/When:/Thursday – February 26th, 2015 @ 1:30 -2:30 PM
/Location:/ENGR 3507
/Speaker:/Jamal Zweit, Ph.D., D.Sc., Professor of Radiology, and 
Director of Center for Molecular Imaging, Virginia Commonwealth University
/Title:/Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology in Cancer Biology and 


Dr. Zweit is a professor of Radiology, and affiliate professor of 
Radiation Oncology, Molecular Pathology, Biochemistry & Molecular 
Biology and Chemistry at VCU. He is the Director of the Center for 
Molecular Imaging and a senior member of the Massey Cancer Center at 
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. He leads an 
inter-disciplinary and inter-collaborative molecular imaging research 
program that emphasizes multi-modality approaches to study biochemical 
and biological pathways in vivo. Professor Zweit’s research interests 
include the development of paradigms for molecular imaging, targeted 
therapeutics and nanotechnology strategies for preclinical and clinical 
translational research. His current research interests include 
radiopharmaceutical developments, Multi-modal probes, nanotechnology 
platforms, Tumor microenvironment, hybrid molecular imaging, and 
theranostic anti-cancer agents.

He is internationally recognized for his work in molecular imaging of 
cancer drug development, and conducted the “world’s first” Molecular PET 
Imaging clinical trial of Anti-angiogenic therapy in cancer patients 
(Journal National Cancer Institute 2002).

He serves on the review body of a number of funding organizations, both 
in Europe and North America. He has supervised more than 25 MSc, MD and 
PhD theses. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles, over 
250 conference abstracts, and several review articles and book chapters, 
as well as a few patents.


Molecular Imaging is concerned with the study of underlying biological 
pathways associated with disease processes and the working of therapies 
within the intact in vivo environment.Molecular nanotechnology deals 
with the applications of nano-materials in cell biology, drug delivery, 
targeted therapy and diagnostics. Combining molecular imaging with 
nanotechnology offers a powerful platform to specifically image and 
study multifunctional pathways associated with cancer biology and 
therapeutics. The Center for Molecular Imaging (CMI) at VCU, is a 
state-of-the-art multi-modality research facility, with expertise in 
molecular imaging Science (PET/SPECT/CT; MRI/MRS, Optical and 
Photoaccoustic imaging). The imaging technologies are underpinned by 
developments of targeted agents, including multi-modal hybrid 
nano-probes. Within the context of cancer biology and therapy, the 
combination of molecular imaging and nanotechnology offers real time 
investigations of tumor progression, the role of tumor 
micro-environment, and the interrogation of therapeutic interventions, 
all within the intact tumor and normal tissue environments. This 
presentation will highlight CMI research in these areas; which include 
i) image-guided chemotherapy, ii) radio-nanoparticle imaging and 
therapy; iii) dual-modal PET/MR imaging; iv) tumor associated 
microenvironment and v) image-guided normal tissue radioprotection. 
These research platforms highlight the use of combined technologies to 
enhance research in cancer biology and therapy within intact live subjects.


*Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing*

Designed to train the next generation of supercomputer users, the 
Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) is 
scheduled for its third year in the Chicago area from August 2-14, 2015.

/Application deadline:/April 3, 2015.

/Program Curriculum:/
Renowned scientists, HPC experts, and leaders will serve as lecturers 
and will guide hands-on laboratory sessions. The core curriculum will 

  * Computer architectures and their predicted evolution
  * Programming methodologies effective across a variety of today’s
    supercomputers and that are expected to be applicable to exascale
  * Approaches for performance portability among current and future
  * Numerical algorithms and mathematical software
  * Performance measurement and debugging tools
  * Data analysis, visualization, and methodologies and tools for Big
    Data applications
  * Approaches to building community codes for HPC systems

/Eligibility and Application:/
Doctoral students, postdocs, and computational scientists interested in 
attending ATPESC can review eligibility and application details on the 
event website.

The program is free; domestic airfare, meals, and lodging are provided.


*Funding Opportunity: Cyber Security Research & Innovation Contest 
(State Department)*

The U.S. Consulate General Chennai proposes to fund a Cybersecurity 
Research and Innovation Contest for young programmers and students of 
Information Technology (Age limit: 20-35 years only). The preliminary 
round of the contest will be conducted in six cities across Tamil Nadu, 
Karnataka and Kerala, culminating in a grand finale in Chennai. While 
building general awareness about opportunities and challenges in the 
field of cybersecurity, this program will build interest in research and 
innovation in this field among young talents in India. Though thousands 
of students graduate with degrees in Information Technology across South 
India, only a small minority specialize in cybersecurity. The proposed 
program will help popularize research and training in Indian 
institutions and complement U.S.-India bilateral cooperation on 

Program URL: 


The Department of State Public Affairs Section anticipates awarding a 
grant ranging from $15,000 - $20,000, subject to the availability of 
funding.The awardee is encouraged to seek and find additional funding 
for this project, subject to approval by the U.S. Consulate General, 
Chennai and U.S. Embassy New Delhi.


*Funding Opportunity:BIGDATA (NSF)*

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and 
Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)

Deadline:May 20, 2015

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, 
statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with 
innovative applications in domain science, including social and 
behavioral sciences, geosciences, education, biology, the physical 
sciences, and engineering, that lead towards the further development of 
the interdisciplinary field of data science.The solicitation invites two 
types of proposals: "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying 
fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, technologies of broad 
applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): 
those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key 
importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one 
specific application. [...]

In addition to approaches such as search, query processing, and 
analysis, visualization techniques will also become critical across many 
stages of big data use--to obtain an initial assessment of data as well 
as through subsequent stages of scientific discovery. Research on 
visualization techniques and models will be necessary for serving not 
only the experts, who are collecting the data, but also those who are 
users of the data, including "cross-over" scientists who may be working 
with big data and analytics for the first time, and those using the data 
for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The BIGDATA 
program seeks novel approaches related to all of these areas of study.


*Funding Opportunity:Advanced Software Engineering Technologies (Air Force)*

Title:RFP --AMENDMENT-- Advanced Software Engineering Technologies for 
the Software Producibility Initiative

Sponsor:Department of the Air Force

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking white papers for 
Advanced Software Engineering TechnologieS (ASETS) as part of the 
Software Producibility Initiative (SWPI). SWPI is an ongoing program 
with the overallgoal of improving the Department of Defense?s (DoD's) 
ability to design, build, test, and sustain software-intensive systems 
that are large-scale, high complexity, highly reliable, and operate in 
relevant military environments, whichmeet mission critical requirements, 
safety critical requirements as well as exhibit predictable behavior. 
Within SWPI, the ASETS BAA focuses on discovering andadapting 
cutting-edge ideas in computer science, mathematics, and information 
science to the production of military software. ASETS seeks to improve 
the producibility of software-intensive systems that directly support 
the Warfighter and operate in the most demanding military environments. …

Deadline(s):11/02/2015, 09/30/2016
Program URL: 


*William Roeting Receives Funding from Parsons Govt. Systems Corp. & 
Dept. of Defense*

William Roeting of the C4I Center received $125K from Parsons Government 
Systems Corp. and the Department of Defense for his project, “Android 
Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) - Integrated Automated Intelligence Workflow.”


*Jan Allbeck Receives Funding from Entertainment Software Association*

Jan Allbeck of the Computer Science Department received $20K from the 
Entertainment Software Association for her project, “ESA Anti-Piracy Game.”


Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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Fairfax, VA 22030

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