*List of Announcements (details below):*

  * Google's Latest Product (to replace Google Reader)
  * New Graduate Certificate: Data Analytics
  * Open Forum: Revised Time Limits for Ph.D. Programs: Tuesday 4/2
  * Planning Meeting for NSF ADVANCE Proposal: Monday 4/22
  * Michael Hieb Receives Funding from Booz Allen Hamilton / US Dept. of
  * Larry Kerschberg and Collaborators are Issued a Patent

*Google's Latest Product (to replace Google Reader)*


*New Graduate Certificate: Data Analytics*


Data analytics (i.e., the process of acquiring, extracting, integrating, 
transforming, and modeling data with the goal of deriving useful 
information) is becoming an important quantitative methodology in a wide 
variety of applications.  The need for data analytics is due to the 
massive accumulation of "Big Data"  in all industries to include but not 
limited to healthcare, finance, government (federal, state, and local), 
and cyber defense.

This certificate program provides a broad overview of the end-to-end 
value chain for Big Data Analytics, from the capture and management of 
the data, through the analytics that harness the data to create 
value.The program is designed to provide a framework for the 
methodologies for organizing and integrating disparate data, analyzing 
and visualizing the integrated data, and determining what decisions or 
actions should be taken to generate value from the data. The program is 
comprised of 12 credits of required coursework.

The certificate is intended for students who are interested in 
addressing the challenge of transforming the massive data arising in 
applications such as business analytics, cyber defense/forensics, 
energy, finance, genomics, healthcare, intelligence, law enforcement, or 
transportation, into meaningful information.The program is intended for 
graduate students in areas where applications of big data may arise.

/Certificate Requirements/

The following four courses (12 credits) must be completed with a grade 
of B or better:

  * AIT 580 Analytics: Big Data to Information
  * STAT 515 Applied Statistics & Visualization for Analytics
  * CS 504 Principles of Data Management and Mining
  * OR 531 Analytics & Decision Analysis

AIT 580, STAT 515, and OR 531 will be offered in Fall 2013. CS 504 and 
OR 531 are expected to be offered in Spring 2014.

*Open Forum: Revised Time Limits for Ph.D. Programs: Tuesday 4/2*

A subcommittee of the Mason Graduate Council was recently formed to 
examine the current rules about maximum duration of PhD studies at 
Mason. The committee prepared a draft proposal which was discussed at 
the Graduate Council last month.

We would like to invite you all to an open forum to discuss this 
proposed draft and hear your comments before the proposal moves 
forward.A draft of the proposal is included below, with changes underlined.

The forum is scheduled for Tue. April 2 at 3:00 pm. It will take place 
in Mason Hall, room D0005.

/Draft Proposal:/

For _both full-time and part-time_students enrolled in post-master's 
doctoral programs, the total time to degree will not exceed eleven (11) 
_nine (9)_ calendar years from the time of first enrollment as a 
doctoral student. Doctoral students are expected to advance to candidacy 
in no more than six _five_ years and to complete all other degree 
requirements for graduation (including dissertation or final project) in 
no more than five _four _years from the time of advancement to 
candidacy. Students who do not meet published time limits because of 
circumstances beyond their control (_including personal or family 
illness or incapacity, military activation or deployment, or other 
similar circumstance_) may petition _their dean_ for an _a single 
_extension _of one calendar year at any point during their program_. 
Extensions to the time limit for advancement to candidacy may be granted 
for a maximum period of one calendar year. The one-year extension 
granted to advance to candidacy will run concurrently with the five 
years provided to complete the dissertation. _In case of an extension_, 
the total time limit to _for completion of the_ degree will not exceed 
eleven (11) _ten (10)_ years. even for those students granted a time 
extension for advancement to candidacy. Students who are given 
permission to re-enroll following an absence from Mason may not count 
the time limits as beginning on the date of re-enrollment. Failure to 
meet the time limits or to secure approval of an extension request may 
result in termination from the program. International students attending 
in F-1 or J-1 status also have more restrictive _time_ limits to advance 
to candidacy and to complete the degree and cannot expect the maximum 11 
9-year deadline to apply to them. Students should contact the Office of 
International Programs and Services for information. _It is the 
responsibility of the student to conform to these time limits._

*Planning Meeting for NSF ADVANCE Proposal: Monday 4/22***

George Mason University is in the initial phases of preparing a grant 
application to the National Science Foundation, ADVANCE program.The 
meeting will be held on the Fairfax campus with video connections to 
Arlington and Prince William. The location will be determined shortly.

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in 
Academic Science and Engineering Careers.

The meeting will be held on Monday, April 22, at 1pm.

If you would like more information, please contact Carl Batt 
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

The meeting is being organized by Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach and Carl Batt.


*Michael Hieb Receives Funding from Booz Allen Hamilton / US Dept. of 

Michael Hieb of the C4I Center received $23K from Booz Allen Hamilton 
and the US Dept. of Defense for his project "M&S CO Mission Support 

*Larry Kerschberg and Collaborators are Issued a Patent*

Larry Kerschberg of the Computer Science Department, Ph.D. graduate 
Hanjo Jeong, and Yonsei University professors Yong Uk Song and Wooju 
Kimwere issued the following patent by the US PTO.

Title: Case-Based Framework for Collaborative Semantic Search
Inventors: Larry Kerschberg, Hanjo Jeong, Yong Uk Song and Wooju Kim
Number: 8,386,4785 B2
Issue date: February 26, 2013.


Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2500
Mailstop 5C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

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