List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Nominations:GMU Teaching Excellence Awards
  * Discipline Based Education Research Seminar (9/30, 11am)
  * PROV 601: Planning Your Graduate School Experience
  * NSF Forum (10/3):Undergraduate STEM Education Program (IUSE)
  * Funding Opportunity:DOD Multidisciplinary University Research
    Initiative (MURI)
  * Sam Malek Receives Funding from Dept. of Homeland Security
  * Shanjiang Zhu Receives Funding from Virginia Tech and Virginia Ctr.
    for Transportation Innovation & Research
  * Parag Chitnis Receives Funding from U.S. Dept. of Health & Human
  * Max Albanese and Mihai Boicu Receive Funding from National
    Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance


*VSE in the News*

Here is a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted at, or that have appeared in other venues in the 
last week.

Beyond Mason:

  * A Virginia hacker catches the attention of federal law enforcement
    the /Washington Post:/the U.S. Government may be recruiting Muneeb
    Akhter, who has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Mason; an
    earlier story about Mr. Akhter appeared in my notices for 07/28/14]

At the Volgenau website (

  * Dr. Wilsaan Jointer's Research Focuses on Motor Control Theory

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


*Nominations:GMU Teaching Excellence Awards*

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) is currently 
accepting nominations for the 2015 George Mason University Teaching 
Excellence Awards.

Teaching Excellence Awards are open to all faculty members across the 
institution with at least 3 years of Mason teaching experience. Two of 
our Teaching Excellence Awards are specifically targeted around 
excellence in Teaching with Technology and teaching General Education 

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 14th. Please send 2-3 
paragraphs explaining why you believe your nominee should be considered 
for a teaching award to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

For additional information about the Teaching Excellence Awards and the 
nomination process, visit the CTFE website at


*Discipline Based Education Research Seminar (9/30, 11am)*

Ioulia Rytikova and Mihai Boicu of our Applied Information Technology 
Department will be presenting a seminar for the Discipline Based 
Education Research group:

/Personalized learning in ALT laboratories/

Tues., Sept. 30, 11 AM Exploratory Hall 3301


When active learning is used in the classroom, typical lecture methods 
of instruction are replaced with a new approach where students work 
collaboratively during class time and focus primarily on understanding 
and applying the material using cutting-edge classroom technology. 
Innovative Active Learning Technology (ALT) classrooms are specifically 
designed to support interactive, collaborative and a technology-enhanced 
learning environment. Taking a class in any ALT room helps students to 
become active participants in the learning process. It supports them in 
building competencies (problem-solving, critical thinking, 
communication) as well as content knowledge in a fun and creative 

Students have an innovative learning experience by immersing in a 
synergic integration of various learning methods, including experiential 
learning, personalized learning, competency-based assessment, team-based 
learning, and dynamic team assignment, all guided by dynamic learning 
data analytics in a partially flipped classroom. This becomes a great 
opportunity for the students to learn academically challenging courses 
in a new, innovative way.


*PROV 601: Planning Your Graduate School Experience*

PROV 601: "Thriving in Your Graduate Program: Fostering Graduate Student 
Success" is a 1 credit hour seminar for beginning (1st- and 2nd-year) 
doctoral and Master's degree students that is offered during the spring 
semesters.It is paid for by the Office of the Provost and the Center for 
Teaching and Faculty Excellence.

PROV 601 has been designed for students to explore the opportunities and 
challenges of graduate school with an eye toward facilitating their 
success as graduate students at Mason and in their career. The seven 
seminar sessions encourage students to begin thinking about where they 
want to be after completing their degree program, and how to position 
themselves to get there by improving the visibility and impact of their 
research in scholarly and professional communities.

Admission is competitive.The application, as well as further 
information, can be obtained at the URL below.



*NSF Forum (10/3):Undergraduate STEM Education Program (IUSE)*

The NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) is collaborating with 
the Virtual Faculty Collaborative (VFC), a partnership between AAAS, 
Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services, to discuss 
the newly released Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Program.

The IUSE Engineering Forum will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 
2:00-4:00pm (Eastern Time).

This webinar targets engineering faculty and staff considering 
submitting proposals to the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education 
(IUSE: EHR) program.During this session, NSF Program Officers will 
address items related to the IUSE program. The session will also include 
several opportunities for asking questions. A recorded version of the 
webinar will be posted at a later date.

To register for the IUSE Webinar, please access the application website.

Enrollment will be limited to 300 participants per session.


*Funding Opportunity:DOD Multidisciplinary University Research 
Initiative (MURI)*

On September 22, the Department of Defense (DOD) released the broad 
agency announcement (BAA) for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) as part of the 
larger University Research Initiative (URI) aimed at institutions of 
higher education.

Through the MURI program, DOD seeks to fund basic research bringing 
together more than one scientific discipline focused on enhancing 
fundamental knowledge across fields related to national security.DOD 
seeks to leverage its investment in basic research and notes that MURI 
research will have defense as well as commercial applications further 
downstream.As in years past, DOD funds MURI research across a wide range 
of disciplines that vary by branch needs.This year's topics include:

/Army Research Office (ARO)/

  * Emulating the Principles of Impulsive Biological Force Generation
  * Exploiting nitrogen vacancy diamonds for manipulation of biological
  * Noncommutativity in Interdependent Multimodal Data Analysis
  * Multi-scale Response for Adaptive Chemical and Material Systems
  * New Regimes in Quantum Optics
  * Fractional Order Methods for Sharp Interface Flows
  * 2-Dimensional Organic Polymers
  * Network Science of Teams

/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)/

  * Exploiting Biological Electromechanics: Using Electromagnetic Energy
    to Control Biological Systems
  * Large Scale Nano-Architecture Formation
  * Membrane-Based Electronics: Foldable & Adaptable Integrated Circuits
  * Semantics and Structures for Higher-level Quantum Programming Languages
  * Strong Field Laser Matter Interactions at Mid-Infrared Wavelength

/Office of Naval Research (ONR)/

  * Visual Commonsense for Scene Understanding
  * Characterization and Prediction of Remotely Sensed Mesoscale
    Aerosols in Coastal and Maritime
  * Atmospheric Boundary Layers for Electro-optical Propagation
  * Role of the Host Microbiome on Behavior/Resilience in Response to
  * Metalloid Cluster Networks
  * Computational and Experimental Methods towards Understanding the
    Chemistry and Physics of
  * Materials over 2000C
  * Quantum Optomechanics

DOD encourages faculty to engage with program managers assigned to each 
topic area through the white paper process to assess the feasibility of 
proposed topics.

Due Dates: Proposals are due by 4:00 PM (EST) on February 23, 2015.White 
papers are due November 24.

Total Funding and Award Size:DOD expects $145 million dollars to be made 
available, pending congressional appropriations.Individual awards will 
range from $1 million to $2.5 million annually for up to five years, but 
MURI awards typically fall between $1.25 million and $1.5 million annually.


More information: 


*Sam Malek Receives Funding from Dept. of Homeland Security*

Sam Malek of the Computer Science Department received $500K from the 
Department of Homeland Security for his project, "Tools for Automated 
Detection and Assessment of Security Vulnerabilities in Mobile 


*Shanjiang Zhu Receives Funding from Virginia Tech and Virginia Ctr. for 
Transportation Innovation & Research*

Shanjiang Zhu of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, 
Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering received $20K from Virginia 
Tech and the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research 
for his project, "Transportation System Impact of the Opening of Phase 1 
of the Silver Line."


*Parag Chitnis Receives Funding from U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services*

Parag Chitnis of the Bioengineering Department received $223K from the 
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for his project, "An 
All-Optical Photoacoustic Imaging System for the Eye."


*Max Albanese and Mihai Boicu Receive Funding from National Collegiate 
Inventors and Innovators Alliance*

Max Albanese and Mihai Boicu of the Applied Information Technology 
Department received $23K from National Collegiate Inventors and 
Innovators Alliance for their project, "Extra-Curricular Activities to 
support Educational Programs in Information Technology Entrepreneurship."


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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Phone: (703) 993-1505
Fax: (703) 993-1633