List of Announcements (details below):


VSE in the News

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

On the Volgenau Homepage: (

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


Photo of the Week


Simohamed Ghiwane the first recipient of the Michael J. Casey Endowed Scholarship currently works as an engineer for Fairfax County.


Seminar series: Responsible Conduct of Research

George Mason University is offering a seminar series on the Responsible Conduct of Research (details below) starting on February 3, 2016.  Completion of this series is a requirement of certain NIH career, education, and training grants (see:  It is highly encouraged that all trainees (undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars) working on other types of awards also complete this training.  The seminars will be presented by experienced faculty and cover a wide range of topics related to conducting ethical and professional research.  In order to attend, individuals must visit this link: and enroll in the course. Once enrollment is completed the room number for the training will be displayed. Please encourage your trainees to enroll and attend.  Enrollment is capped at 30 attendees for this session but future sessions will also be offered if the times for these sessions do not work for individuals who wish to attend.

For more information contact Aurali Dade ([log in to unmask], 703-993-5381).

Day 1 – Wednesday, February 3, 2016

1:00pm-2:15pm: Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research/the Researcher as a Responsible Member of Society  – Dr. Aurali Dade, Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity & Assurance

2:15pm-3:15pm: Collaborative Research and Mentor/Mentee Relationships – Dr. Catherine Tompkins, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean and Dr. Emily Ihara, Professor/Director, BSW Program, Social Work

3:15pm-3:30pm: BREAK

3:30pm-4:00pm: Research Safety - Dr. Julie Zobel, Assistant Vice President, Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management

4:00pm-5:00pm: Conflicts of Interest and Research Misconduct - Dr. Aurali Dade, Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity & Assurance

Day 2 – Thursday, February 18, 2016

1:00pm-2:15pm: Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership - Dr. Anne Washington, Assistant Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs and Wendy Mann, Head, Data Services Group; Digital Prog & Sys, University Libraries

2:15pm-3:30pm: Peer Review - Dr. Adam Winsler, Professor, Psychology

3:30pm-3:45pm: BREAK

3:45pm-5:00pm: Responsible Authorship - Dr. Jeff Offutt, Professor Computer Science


Announcements from Office of Teaching & Faculty Excellence

The items below were sent to me by Kim Eby (Director, Teaching & Faculty Excellence Center, [log in to unmask]).  Please contact her office if you have questions.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: David J. King Teaching Award

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 David J. King Teaching Award, Mason’s award that honors an individual for their career contributions to the overall educational excellence of the university. Nominations are due February 4. For more information, please visit the awards page:


Online Course Development Institute (OCDI)

Have you been interested in learning more about teaching online? The Information Technology Services (ITS) Learning Support Services Instructional Design team is seeking proposals for participation in the Online Course Development Institute (OCDI) from 02/03/16 – 03/22/16. The OCDI is an online, instructional designer-facilitated course development program. Full-time tenured, tenure-track, adjunct, term faculty members, and graduate teaching assistants who are interested in learning how to design and develop online courses are all encouraged to apply. To learn more about the OCDI experience, see this video (

Applications are due January 19 and can be accessed here. Please direct questions to Dr. Constance Harris, Manager, Instructional Design, at [log in to unmask] or 703-993-5950.

Graduate Student Opportunities this Spring

Just a reminder about our “Thriving in Graduate School” Workshop Series this spring, in partnership with Graduate Student Life. This professional development workshops series is designed for Mason graduate students to explore the opportunities and challenges of graduate school. All workshops will be held on Fridays, 1:30pm-2:50pm in Robinson Hall, B106. Space is limited and registration is required—see for a full listing of spring offerings.

Leadership Legacy Program Applications

This program is designed for faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development. A significant goal of the program is to increase the number of faculty and staff prepared to assume leadership responsibilities at all levels of the institution. Please see the Leadership Legacy website ( for more information. A formal call for applications will go out next week; completed applications will be due February 12.

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