Frontiers of Computing in Health and Society @ Virtual
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Computation and data reshape how we study scientific, health, societal questions, as well as lived human experiences. In recognition of the tight interconnection of these areas, George Mason University is launching a new initiative to promote research in and train the next generation of leaders who will address these complex societal challenges. This initiative has two thrust areas:
• Computational Systems Biomedicine – To utilize computational methods to develop improved diagnostic, therapeutic, prognostic, and prevention strategies for chronic diseases.
• AI, Social Justice, and Public Policy – To acknowledge that social systems are increasingly embedded within computational platforms that mediate daily human activity and provide theoretical and practical solutions to significant problems at the nexus of AI, social justice, and public policy.

Please Register Here.

Day 2 – Computational Systems Biomedicine

Tuesday September 21st, 2021

Bioengineering Seminar: Micro/Nano Mechanics and Photonics with Atomically-Thin 2D Materials for Biomedical Engineering @ Virtual
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Speaker:  Pilgyu Kang, PhD Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering,
Department of Bioengineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering GMU

Nanomaterials have shown potential for high-performance functional materials especially in emerging flexible and wearable biomedical and health applications. Structuring of  nanomaterials, including atomically-thin two-dimensional (2D) materials (e.g. graphene) and combining 2D materials with conventional materials such as metals and polymers can enable new functionalities and high performance by engineering exceptional and outstanding mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. In my talk, I will discuss how engineering structures of 2D atomic-layered materials allows for the enhancement of material properties and creating of new functionalities. I will introduce a mechanical manufacturing approach, which allows large-scale, uniform nanostructures with 2D atomic layers and enables mechanical stretch ability and strain-tunable sensing for flexible optoelectronic devices. I will also discuss how multi-dimensional hybrid nanomaterials combining three-dimensional graphene and metallic nanoparticles can be produced in large scale with low production cost by transient laser photothermal processing. I will highlight the potential of the multi-dimensional nanohybrid structured materials in biomedical health applications.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 910 0178 8853 Passcode: 229574

Fall 2021 Interactive Workshop Series: Aligning your Time and Priorities @ Virtual
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

We are pleased to introduce a new collaboration between Faculty Affairs and Research Development Services. The new yearlong Interactive Workshop Series is designed to address key issues central to faculty development and success. Each virtual workshop is mentored by experienced faculty and staff at Mason. The goal is to have productive conversations and leave with concrete strategies and understandings of effective practices that can be tailored to the needs of Mason’s faculty. Faculty from across disciplines and fields of study are welcome to attend.
Download the flyer (PDF).

Do you find yourself at the end of the semester wondering where time went and feeling like you were not able to accomplish what you needed? Are you looking forward to a productive semester? You are invited to an interactive workshop to help you align your time with your career goals for this academic year.

Registration required.


How To Be An Anti-Racist Researcher Workshop 2: Taking Concrete Steps as an Anti-Racist Researcher @ Zoom Webinar
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by CEHD’s Division of Educational Psychology and Research Methods

September 29, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm
Zoom (link to be sent prior to meeting)

1:00-1:30pm: Critical Race Theory Today
1:30-2:30pm: Breakout sessions
– Critical Quantitative Cohort
– Critical Participatory Data Collection and Analysis Methods
– Project Workshopping
2:30-3:00pm: Individual Action Plans

Please pre-register and indicate your breakout room preferences here.

Pre-registration is required. For security reasons, you will only be allowed into the meeting if you have pre-registered. Also, breakout sessions will be added or tailored depending on pre-registration information received.

Questions? Contact the workshop organizer, Meagan Call-Cummings at

Women Building Bio 2021 Investing in Ourselves: Growing Stronger and Better Together @ Virtual and In-Person
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Women Building Bio 2021! Investing in Ourselves: Growing Stronger and Better Together

Join us on September 30th for the 6th year of the Women Building Bio conference. Don’t miss an event where women converge to advance the industry with all stakeholders, men and women, front and center joining forces.

Our half-day hybrid conference will offer full virtual attendance or the option for in-person viewing at one of 5 regional locations across our state. In-person requires pre-registration at a specific location and space is limited, so do not delay!

Convenient online access for virtual attendees or in-person viewers choose one location:

  • Charlottesville – Indoor Biotechnologies
  • Richmond – GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
  • Roanoke – Virginia Western Community College
  • Newport News – ivWatch
  • Northern Virginia/DC – Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus

Contact Frank Wilton to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Agenda coming soon.

Click here for registration details.

3rd Annual Healthcare Disparities Conference A Call for Transformation: Impactful Strategies for Sustainable Change @ Virtual
Oct 5 @ 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Keynote Speaker:  Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
Sandra Davis, Ph.D., DPM, ACNP-BC, FAANP, Deputy Director, NLN/Walden University College of Nursing, Institute for Social Determinants of Health and Social Change

This online, half-day symposium for healthcare professionals will discuss strategies for implementing individual, team, community, and systemic change to address health disparities and improve the health and wellbeing of culturally and ethnically diverse patients.

Speakers will share their experiences with advancing health equity and implementing change in their practice settings and communities.
Participants will learn how to be a community ally by supporting practice and policy changes that promote health equity.
Target Audience: Physicians, nurses, clinicians, researchers, public health professionals, community stakeholders, and students.

Click Here to Register.

1st SoC/IDIA Inter-disciplinary Computing Research Symposium @ Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center Fairfax VA 22030
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Today, not only are computing devices pervasive in society, but computational methods are used in almost every field of endeavor. This symposium, co-sponsored by the recently launched School of Computing (SoC) and the Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA), aims to bring together faculty from across the university to discuss potential research collaborations. Our goal is to facilitate dialogues and create connections between faculty with expertise in digital technologies and faculty focused on developing computational approaches and deploying computing systems to address problems in their fields, as well as faculty focused on studying the societal impact of digital technology and digital  systems

The symposium will feature Lightning Talk sessions (organized around the four themes of healthy society, healthy economy, healthy planet and healthy people,  interpreted broadly and including other emergent interdisciplinary research themes)where faculty can provide brief introductions to their research, a poster session to connect speakers from the lightning talk sessions to attendees who are interested in collaboration, as well as Birds-of-a-feather sessions on topics proposed by attendees.


For more information, including registration details and tentative agenda, go to the symposium’s webpage.


         Click here to register online by Monday, September 20th. It will only take a minute!

Fall 2021 Interactive Workshop Series: Building a Responsible Mentoring Culture Workshop @ Virtual
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Do you want to talk with colleagues about effective practices for mentoring postdocs and  students at all levels? Have you questioned how to equitably establish authorship  on your projects for conference presentations and scholarly products? You are invited to  a discussion in which we will share practices, explore the ethical dimensions of these  decisions, and work through challenges to achieve transparent collaborations.

Registration required.

Visiting Filmmakers Series, Mason’s Colleges and Schools, and Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact present: Picture a Scientist with Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck @ Johnson Center, Cinema, GMU
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday, November 4, 2021 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists, recounting the biases and abuses they’ve encountered.
The film offers fresh perspectives on how to make science more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

See details here.

Visiting Filmmakers Series

Fall 2021 Interactive Workshop Series: Writing Workshop for Research, Scholarship, and/or Creative Work Statements @ Virtual
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Are you trying to figure out how to convey the impact of your research, scholarship, or creative work for renewal, promotion, and/or tenure? You are invited to a discussion and writing workshop about preparing your impact statement. You will outline your research, scholarship, and/or creative work and learn strategies for developing and presenting it to peer and reviewer audiences.

Registration required.