List of Announcements (details below):

 

         This Week at the Volgenau School

         VSE in the News

         Photo of the Week

         Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School

         Cabrera Leads Effort Against Harmful Tax Provisions

         Funding Opportunity:  Bioengineering Research Partnerships (NIH)

         Funding Opportunity: Bioengineering Research Grants (NIH)

         Lance Sherry & John Shortle Receive Funding from Intelligent Automation & NASA

 

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This Week at the Volgenau School

 

I’ll be making a pie tonight.  You might guess that I’m getting an early start on Thanksgiving preparations, but that’s not it.  The pie is for an event tomorrow, a pie-tasting celebration for our students.

 

I’m not an expert pie maker, but I’m comfortable enough with dough that it isn’t intimidating.  With guidance from Melissa Clark at the New York Times, plus my share of experience with pasta dough and gnocchi, the risk of disaster is low.  I don’t have to worry about the filling – in our household that’s not my responsibility.

 

This is the first time that our office has put on an event like this.  The idea came from Jennifer Skorzawski-Ross, part of our on-going efforts to build a community among our graduate students.  Our international graduate students may not be going anywhere for the holiday, and she thought this would be a good way to include them in an American tradition.

 

Susan Brionez joined in, and the project quickly grew to include the undergraduate students.  They contacted the departments to get pie commitments, with great response. I’m expecting an array of pies tomorrow, some homemade, some from Costco, and I’m hoping that pumpkin won’t be the only flavor.

 

This isn’t the only way that we are engaging with our graduate students.  There are monthly student coffees, participation in the annual Gradstravaganza, and an ever-expanding presence in social media.  We think that we are having some success with the full-time PhD students, but engaging the part-time MS students remains a challenge.  We do it because there is evidence that it increases the chance that our students will be successful in their programs.  We also do it so the students will feel part of the Mason Engineering community.

 

Tomorrow we won’t be thinking of those bigger issues.  We’ll just be tasting pies.  I don’t expect that there will be any judging, which is fine by me.   If there is anything left of my pie, I can always take it home and it will get eaten on Thursday.

 

Consider dropping by: Tuesday, 3-4pm, suite 2500.  My contribution will be in the plate.

 

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VSE in the News

 

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

 

Beyond Mason:

         Science Magazine: Mason researchers cited for discovering new ultrasound technology to help amputees.

         Washington Business Journal: Mason grad Anthony Nunez’s INF Robotics, incubated at the Mason Enterprise Center, launches its home care robot, Rudy.

 

On the Mason Engineering news page (https://volgenau.gmu.edu/news/latest-news)

 

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Photo of the Week

 

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Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Community Engagement Liza Wilson Durant (center) and Capt. of the Concrete Canoe Team Stephen Kloecker (on right) say a Big Thank You to George Mason University Facilities Management and Facilities Services Manager Steven Pulis for the canoe’s new home.

 

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Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School

 

Whether you're looking for a specific event or browsing, our calendar lets you know what’s happening at the school. Here is a sample of what’s coming in the next several weeks. For more information visit our calendar on the web. From this page you can share the event on social media, get updates, forward to friends, or save it to your own calendar.

 

Nov. 30, 8:00 a.m. – Mason HTCIA, Founder’s Hall, 120 Classroom (TDC)

Nov. 30, & Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. – Bioengineering Senior Design Presentation Practice (BENG 492 and BENG 493)

Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m. – Cyber Intelligence, Johnson Center Meeting Rooms C and F

Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m.  – Mason Cybersecurity Innovation Forum, Research Hall Lobby & Room163, Fairfax Campus (Cybersecurity Innovation Forum discussion and presentations for professionals looking to discover the newest innovations in cybersecurity. Hosted by George Mason University’s School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering.)

Dec. 5, 8:00 a.m.– CEIE Senior Design Practice, Hub Meeting Room 1 & 2, Fairfax Campus

Dec. 7, 2:00 p.m. – Cyber Security Engineering Senior Design Presentations, Hub Meeting Room 3-4-5, Fairfax Campus

Dec. 8, 8:00 a.m. – CEIE Senior Design Presentations, Johnson Center 327, Meeting Room C, Fairfax Campus

Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m. – CEIE Senior Design Dinner, Johnson Center George’s, Fairfax Campus

 

Whether you're looking for a specific event or browsing, our calendar lets you know what’s happening at the school. Here is a sample of what’s coming in the next several weeks. For more information visit our calendar on the web. From this page, you can share the event on social media, get updates, forward to friends, or save it to your own calendar.

 

For information about getting your event posted visit this page.

 

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Cabrera Leads Effort Against Harmful Tax Provisions

 

[This is from the weekly announcements distributed by Kerry Bolognese, Mason’s Director of Federal Relations.]

 

President Cabrera, in his capacity as Chair of the Virginia Council of Presidents, sent a letter to every House Member of the Virginia Congressional delegation urging that provisions in the House tax bill damaging to higher education be removed.  The letter, co-signed by almost every college president in the Commonwealth, explains that the tax bill would repeal provisions for the Lifetime Learning Credit, the student loan interest deduction, the tax exemption for tuition waivers, and the tax exclusion of employer provided tuition assistance.  Taken together these changes would substantially reduce tax benefits and increase costs for college students by $65 billion over the next decade.  The letter points out that the Senate version does not include these harmful provisions.   A few days prior to the Council of Presidents letter, Mason Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance sent a letter to Senator Mark Warner urging that these House provisions not be adopted.  Senator Warner serves on the Finance Committee, which is responsible for writing the tax legislation.

 

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Funding Opportunity:  Bioengineering Research Partnerships (NIH)

 

Sponsor: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS

Deadline Datew: 07-May-2018, 07-Jan-2019, 13-Sep-2018, 08-May-2018, 07-Sep-2018

Program URL: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-208.html

 

Synopsis:  National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for bioengineering applications that will accelerate the development and adoption of promising tools and technologies that can address important biomedical problems. The objectives are to establish these tools and technologies as robust, well-characterized solutions that fulfill an unmet need and are capable of enhancing our understanding of life science processes or the practice of medicine. Awards will focus on supporting multidisciplinary teams that apply an integrative, quantitative bioengineering approach to developing technologies, and engage biomedical researchers or clinicians throughout the project. The goal of the program is to support projects that can realize meaningful solutions within 5–10 years. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project – Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

 

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Funding Opportunity: Bioengineering Research Grants (NIH)

 

Sponsor: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS

Deadline Dates: 05-Feb-2018, 05-Jun-2018, 05-Oct-2018, 07-Jan-2019, 07-Sep-2018, 05-Feb-2019, 07-May-2019, 07-May-2018

Program URL: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-206.html

 

Synopsis: National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for collaborations between the life and physical sciences that: 1) apply a multidisciplinary bioengineering approach to the solution of a biomedical problem; and 2) integrate, optimize, validate, translate or otherwise accelerate the adoption of promising tools, methods and techniques for a specific research or clinical problem in basic, translational, or clinical science and practice. An application may propose design-directed, developmental, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven research and is appropriate for small teams applying an integrative approach to increase our understanding of and solve problems in biological, clinical or translational science. This program will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

 

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Lance Sherry & John Shortle Receive Funding from Intelligent Automation & NASA

 

Lance Sherry & John Shortle of the Systems Engineering & Operations Research Department received $75K from Intelligent Automation Inc. & NASA for their project, “Metrosim and ACES Testing to Support New York Novel Airspace Configurations (NYNAC).”

 

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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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