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During the 2016 election season, rare campaign flags and patriotic textiles from the Collection of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman illustrate how presidential campaigning developed in the nineteenth century. Additional pieces from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection broaden the story. Learn more at
Although the road trip may be a quintessentially ‘American’ idea, people have been making journeys since the beginning of our existence. Increasingly efficient modes of transportation have made long distances possible in shorter amounts of time, but whether by car or by carriage, some experiences remain the same – traveling with a companion, stopping at wayside inns to replenish energy and supplies, the trouble of a flat tire or a sick horse. Capturing this shared human experience is also something that endures: we feel the need to hold onto the journey. This exhibit presents a sample of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from the GW Collection that represent the quintessential elements of the road trip. This exhibition complements and was inspired by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery’s current exhibition Along the Eastern Road: Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, (thru Dec. 2, 2016) featuring prints made from the drawings Hiroshige completed during his journey along the Tokaido road that connected Edo to Kyoto. Now through January 31, 2017 Media and Public Affairs Building 805 21st Street NW First Floor Display Cases, H Street side MPA Building Hours:
From the 15th century until 1879, Okinawa was the independent Ryukyu Kingdom, with its own language, art, culture, and religion. Among its most famed fabrics were those patterned with bingata, a uniquely Okinawan dyeing technique noted for bright colors and bold designs that evoke the lush island landscape. Organized in partnership with the Okinawa Prefectural Government, this major exhibition brings to GW masterpieces of this artistic tradition and contemporary works by Okinawan artists and designers. Learn more at
Holiday Door Decorating Contest for Faculty and Staff   ( 7:00 AM Dec 2 - 7:00 PM Dec 9 )
'Tis the season to be jolly! Celebrate the holiday season by entering the Door Decorating Contest. The contest draws entrants from across all three campuses. The first place winner will be announced at the Faculty and Staff Holiday Parties on the Foggy Bottom and Virginia and Science Technology Campuses and they will receive the golden doorknob award. Please visit for more information or to enter the contest. The deadline to submit materials is Friday, December 9. Save the Date! Holiday Parties for Faculty and Staff Foggy Bottom Campus Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 2-4 p.m. Marvin Center, Third Floor Virginia and Science Technology Campus Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 2-4 p.m. Enterprise Hall, Colonial Cafe (First Floor)
Biology Plant Sale   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Searching for the perfect holiday gift? Look no further than GW Biology's Plant Sale, Mon. Dec. 5 and Tue. Dec. 6, 10-2 pm in Bell Hall Greenhouse, 5th Fl. Coffee will be served, cash only please!
Loction: SEH Room 2000 Abstract We compare characteristics of various modulators of light. Included are semiconductor QW’s with band-to-band and intersubband transitions), graphene, two-dimensional materials like MoS2 and polymers. The efficiency enhancement using either micro resonators or plasmonic structures is considered as well. The results indicate that the performance of different modulators depends on the very few characteristics of modulators, essentially on the ratio of absorption cross-section of the modulating medium to the waveguide cross-section and none of the currently fashionable 2D materials offer any meaningful improvement over a simple QW modulator. We also show that electro-optic modulators typically offer lower switching energies than all-optical modulators, but still their performance simply cannot match electronic devices. Bio Jacob B Khurgin has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University since he remembers himself, or, more precisely, since 1988. Prior to that he vaguely recalls being a Senior Member of Research Staff at Philips NV where he developed various useful things such as small kitchen appliances, lighting fixtures, display components and systems including 3-D projection TV. Satiated by things useful, Prof. Khurgin had decamped industry for academia to immerse himself into topics of dubious utility yet higher entertainment value. Prof. Khurgin’ s main area of expertise is difficult to pinpoint as it falls into the gap between optics and solid-state electronics. In his 28 years at JHU Prof. Khurgin had made contributions of various degrees of relevance and importance in the fields of nonlinear optics, semiconductor optoelectronic devices, quantum-cascade lasers, optical communications, THz technology, microwave photonics, slow light, plasmonics, laser cooling, opto-mechanics, condensed matter physics, and to other fields that he can no longer recall. Prof Khurgin had author...
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Time: Session 1: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Session 2: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Register Here: Lex McCusker, GW Director of Student Entrepreneurship Programs, wil give a comprehensive overview of this year's GW New Venture Competition, including timelines, submission requirements, and scoring criteria. He will also describe the broad array of services that are available to members of the GW community who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, both on campus and online. GW runs the fith largest student entrepreneurship competition in the country with annual prizes valued at over $250,000. First round entries for this year's competition are due on January 25, 2017. The New Venture Competition is sponsored by the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship under the Office of the Vice President for Research. Directions for login: Upon logging into WebEx room, be sure to check your audio using the "Audio" tab up at the top. Click "Audio Connection". Either use your computer audio or if you are unable to hear the presentation, there is also a dial-in option. If neither work, please exit the WebEx room and reenter. About the presenter: Leo X. (Lex) McCusker, PhD, recently retired from the School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, where he served as Dean from 2006 through 2009. At Stevens Institute, he taught and did research in entrepreneurship, especially technology-based entrepreneurship spawned from university research. Prior to joining Stevens Institute, Dr. McCusker worked from 23 years at AT&T and Bell Laboratories in the areas of software development, professional technology services, technology licensing and intrapreneurship. He was CEO of the AT&T text-to-speech startup, Natural VoicesTM. He is currently the President of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network of DC. He...
Laboratory Safety Training   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
All GW employees whose who have exposure to hazardous materials in a laboratory setting on GW campuses should take this course annually (includes undergraduate and graduate students). This course covers Biosafety, Chemical Hygiene, Disposal of Hazardous Waste, and Fire Safety in a laboratory setting. A review of the different kinds of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in laboratories is provided. Attendees learn about the physical symptoms of exposure, and how to respond to an emergency situation in a laboratory (e.g., a spill, a fire, etc.).
Location: SEH Room B1220 Abstract Matrix factorization (MF) is an approach to derive latent features for two categories of entities, from the observed interaction matrix between them. It is at the heart of many algorithms, e.g., collaborative filtering where two entities are users and items; topic models where two entities are documents and words; word embedding where two entities are words and words. Alternating least Square (ALS) and stochastic gradient descent (SGD) are two popular algorithms in solving MF. SGD converges fast, while ALS is easy to parallelize and able to deal with non-sparse ratings. GPU with massive cores and high intra-chip memory bandwidth sheds light on accelerating MF much further when appropriately exploiting its architectural characteristics. In this talk, I will introduce cuMF, a CUDA-based matrix factorization library that accelerates both ALS and SGD to solve very large-scale MF. cuMF uses a set of techniques to maximize the performance on single and multiple GPUs. These techniques include smart access of sparse data leveraging GPU memory hierarchy, using data parallelism in conjunction with model parallelism, approximate algorithms and reduced precision. With only a single machine with up to four Nvidia GPU cards, cuMF can be 10 times as fast, and 100 times as cost-efficient, compared with the state-of-art distributed CPU solutions. Moreover, cuMF can solve the largest matrix factorization problem ever reported in current literature. In this talk I will also share lessons learned in accelerating compute- and memory-intensive kernels on GPUs. Biography Wei Tan is a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. His research interest includes big data, distributed systems, NoSQL and services computing. Currently he works on accelerating machine learning algorithms using scale-up (e.g., GPU) and scale-out (e.g., Spark) approaches. His work has been incorporated into IBM patent portfolio and software products such as Spa...
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The George Washington University Presents 2016 Native American Heritage Celebration Tuesday, December 6 “Warrior: the life of Leonard Peltier” Marvin Center, Amphitheater | 6:30pm Join NASA in the screening of the definitive feature documentary about American Indian activist, Leonard Peltier. His story is told within the context of the American Indian Movement, the US federal government, and the multinational companies interested in mining the land in South Dakota. Produced and directed by Suzie Baer (1992) Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICE CENTER 2127 G St, NW, Washington, DC 20052 202-994-6772

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