GWVIRGINIAnews - December 2012 Issue

GWVIRGINIAnews - December 2012 Issue

Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Kicks off Dean's Speaker Series

Albright Kicks off Dean's Speaker Series at the George Washington University Virginia Science & Technology Campus


Dr. Penrose "Parney" Albright, Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, served as the inaugural speaker of the Dean's Speaker Series on Nov. 7, 2012.  The Series, hosted by Dr. Ali Eskandarian, brings leaders and experts together with students, faculty, alumni and the community to facilitate discussions on the challenges and opportunities of a global society. Dr. Albright's presentation, National Laboratories and Their Role in National Security, can be viewed on YouTubeMORE

Albright bio (.pdf)

View Presentation Slides (.pdf)


New Building Under Construction

Concept rendering, east view, of the new building under construction at the GW Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.


Construction began Nov. 5, 2012 on GW's new dual-purpose building on the GW Virginia Science & Technology Campus. Located at the intersection of Presidential Drive and George Washington Boulevard, the building will feature a 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art collections and conservation resource center and an adjacent 30,000 square feet of additional space, to be designed and built out for future academic and research activities.  MORE


GW's Crash Analysis Center Celebrates 20 Years

In its two decades, the National Crash Analysis Center has received $30 million in grants and worked with government and industry partners to save countless lives.

Chartered in 1992, the National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC), housed on GW's Virginia Science and Technology Campus, started with half a dozen staffers, a few projects and support from the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This year, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, NCAC staff has tripled; it has received more than $30 million in grants; it has modeled and crash-tested dozens of cars and roadside barriers; and it counts as its partners dozens of government agencies like the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense; industry companies like Ford, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia and Honda; and universities.  MORE



GW Launches Graduate Certificate in Justice and Public Safety Information Management

The 15-credit graduate certificate in justice and public safety information management will be offered in partnership with the IJIS Institute.

The program will provide a comprehensive and strategic understanding of policy, best practices and strategies related to information technology and data management. The program will help students gain an understanding of the challenges and contemporary solutions related to information sharing and safeguarding information, and allow them to apply that knowledge to justice and public safety fields. The program will be offered online and one weekend per month at GW's Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Ashburn.  MORE


Licht Receives $1.7M Grant to Study 'Solar Cement'


Chemistry Professor Stuart Licht will continue to research how to form cement without producing CO2 with a $1.7 million grant.

Stuart Licht, a George Washington University professor of chemistry at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, has received a $1.7 million grant to continue to study "solar cement."

The grant-funded by the National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways Program, under the umbrella of the NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability initiative-allows Dr. Licht and a team of GW researchers to examine the use of a green electrochemical process to form cement without CO2 gases.  MORE


GW Computational Biology Director Solves 200-Year-Old Oceanic Mystery

For over 180 years, researchers have tried to find the adult version of the Cerataspis monstrosa, pictured. Biology professor Keith Crandall found the adult species earlier this summer. Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Felder.


The origin of Cerataspis monstrosa has been a mystery as deep as the ocean waters it hails from for more than 180 years. For nearly two centuries, researchers have tried to track down the larva that has shown up in the guts of other fish over time but found no adult counterpart. Until now. GW Biology Professor Keith Crandall cracked the code to the elusive crustacean's DNA this summer.  MORE


Planning Commission Hearing, GW's Comprehensive Sign Package

When:  Dec. 19, 2012, 6 p.m.
Where:  Loudoun County Government Center
                1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg, VA 
Review full plan


A Holistic View of Enterprise Security

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Save the date for the next event in the Dean's Speaker Series.  MORE


Art Exhibits Open to the Public

"Monkey"
By Jacqueline Jones, art educator, Arcola ES.


Through a long-standing partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) the university is proud to exhibit local student and art educator artwork.  

Through Jan. 6, 2013-- Mixed media show by 17 art teachers from LCPS.

Through Feb. 19, 2013-- 48 students exhibit two-dimensional artwork from Lucketts Elementary School and Tuscarora High School.  MORE


The Adventures of "Safety Man" Eskandarian

"SafetyMan," starring Professor Azim Eskandarian, SEAS Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, develops intelligent systems to help improve the safety of our nation's highways. Although SafetyMan is depicted with a bit of exaggeration and humor, he, and the other "superheros," call attention to the important contributions engineering faculty make to critical research across a wide variety of sectors.  MORE