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List of Announcements (details below):

 

·         VSE in the News

·         Photo of the Week

·         Virginia Cancer Researchers Symposium (Sep 22-23, Charlottesville)

·         Funding Opportunity: Technology Experiences for Students & Teachers (NSF)

·         Funding Opportunity: Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV (NIH)

·         Duminda Wijisekera Receives Funding from Dept. of Commerce

·         Aditya Johri & Hemant Purohit Receive Funding from NSF

·         Avrama Blackwell Receives Funding from Burroughs Welcome

·         Jie Xu Receives Funding from Jeffress Trust

·         Wanli Qiao & Amarda Shehu Receive Funding from Jeffress Trust

·         Carolina Salvador-Morales Receives Funding from CIT

·         Ken Ball Receives Funding from CIT

·         Burak Tanyu, Celso Ferreira, & Liza Durant Receives Funding from Jeffress Trust

·         Lance Sherry Receives Funding from Booz Allen Hamilton & National Academy of Sciences

 

My regular announcements will appear less frequently over the summer, and four of the features (This Week at the Volgenau School, VSE in the News, Photo of the Week, Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School) will come and go.   But there are other ways to get information about the Volgenau School.

 

Attending a conference? Doing fieldwork somewhere far away? Social media is the quick, easy, and portable way to keep in touch with what’s happening here at the school.  Wherever you go, whatever you do this summer, use your smartphone or tablet share your stories and pictures on our social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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VSE in the News

 

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

 

On the Mason news site (https://www2.gmu.edu/news)

·         Where’s an open parking space? Thanks to engineering students, there’s an app for that. Six seniors developed a Parking Availability System as the capstone senior design project. The app integrate new technologies of sensors, a cloud-based server, and a mobile phone app to identify open parking spaces.

·         Teaching statistics with more than just numbers. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Johnson contributed to the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program for K-12 teachers and students. 

·         Constant vigilance needed to avoid future cyber attacks. Professors Albanese and Auffret comment on latest cyberattacks.

·         Government seeks to privatize air traffic control system. George Donohue discusses air traffic control system privatization.

 

On the Volgenau site (https://volgenau.gmu.edu/news/latest-news)

·         Learning by doing: SPARC grant from Google finishes year two. SPARC ends year two with new data and ambitious plans for year three.

 

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Photo of the Week

 

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Assistant Professor Elizabeth Johnson contributed to U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program. The program offers free class-room ready activities and resources to help K-12 student understand real-world applications of statistics. (Photo by Evan Cantwell).

 

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Virginia Cancer Researchers Symposium (Sep 22-23, Charlottesville)

 

The 1st Commonwealth of Virginia Cancer Researchers Symposium will be held at UVA this year, September 22-23.  This is a new initiative aiming to convene cancer researchers and physicians in the Commonwealth annually.

Registration for the meeting is now open at: https://cancer.uvahealth.com/research/events.

 

Keynote Speaker: Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

"Functional Genomic Approaches to Study Cancer Molecular Genetics"

 

For more information, contact, Mariaelena Pierobon, Research Associate Professor, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, [log in to unmask].

 

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Funding Opportunity: Technology Experiences for Students & Teachers (NSF)

 

Sponsor: Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

Deadline Date: 09-Aug-2017

Program URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15599/nsf15599.htm

 

Synopsis: ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM and ICT careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the education necessary to participate in those careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop their knowledge of related content and skills (including critical thinking skills) needed for entering the STEM workforce.

 

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Funding Opportunity: Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV (NIH)

 

Sponsor: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

Sponsor Number: PA-15-273

Deadline Dates: 07-Sep-2017, 07-May-2018, 07-Jan-2018,

Program URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-273.html

 

Synopsis: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote research that transforms understanding of HIV transmission, the HIV care continuum, and HIV comorbidities using Big Data Science (BDS). These approaches should include projects to assemble big data sources, conduct robust and reproducible analyses, and create meaningful visualization of big data.

 

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Duminda Wijisekera Receives Funding from Dept. of Commerce

 

Duminda Wijisekera of the Center for Assured Research & Engineering received $70K from the Department of Commerce (NIST) for his project, “A Forensic Framework for Cloud Computing.”

 

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Aditya Johri & Hemant Purohit Receive Funding from NSF

 

Aditya Johri & Hemant Purohit of the Information Sciences and Technology Department received $299K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “EAGER: Social Media Participation as Indicator of Actors, Awareness, Attitudes, and Activities Related to STEM Education.”

 

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Avrama Blackwell Receives Funding from Burroughs Welcome

 

Avrama Blackwell of the Bioengineering Department received $5K from the Burroughs Welcome Fund for her project, “The Role of the Dorsal Striatum During Short-term Motor Adaptation.”

 

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Jie Xu Receives Funding from Jeffress Trust

 

Jie Xu of the Systems Engineering & Operations Research Department received $100K from the Jeffress Trust for his project, “Increasing Power Grids Resilience To Weather Via Optimal Power Line Hardening.”

 

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Wanli Qiao & Amarda Shehu Receive Funding from Jeffress Trust

 

Wanli Qiao of the Statistics Department & Amarda Shehu of the Computer Science Department received $100K from the Jeffress Trust for their project, “      High-dimensional Statistics and Biomolecular Modeling as a Powerful Microscope over Pathogenic Mutations in Proteinopathies.”

 

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Carolina Salvador-Morales Receives Funding from CIT

 

Carolina Salvador-Morales of the Bioengineering Department received $100K from the Center for Innovative Technology for her project, “A Multiplexing Photoacoustic Thernostic System for Treatment of Breast Cancer.”

 

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Ken Ball Receives Funding from CIT

 

Ken Ball, Dean of VSE, received $250K from the Center for Innovative Technology for his project, “Recruitment of Eminent Scholar in Bioengineering in partnership with INOVA Health System.”

 

[I believe that this may be the first time that Mason has received an Eminent Scholar award from CIT.  Our School received major support in this effort from Deb Crawford, Mason’s VP of Research.]

 

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Burak Tanyu, Celso Ferreira, & Liza Durant Receives Funding from Jeffress Trust

 

Burak Tanyu, Celso Ferreira, & Liza Durant of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering received $100K from the Jeffress Trust for their project, “Evaluating the Potential of Bio-Inspired Soils to Enhance Nature Based Coastal Resiliency Systems by Combining Experimental and Computational Methods.”

 

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Lance Sherry Receives Funding from Booz Allen Hamilton & National Academy of Sciences

 

Lance Sherry of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research received $25K from Booz Allen Hamilton & the National Academy of Sciences for his project, “ACRP 03-45 Collecting and Sharing of Operational and Safety Data.”

 

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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

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