Talks are given by engineers, scientists and medical professionals from both within GW and from outside organizations. The objective of these lunch talks are to foster collaboration in both research and education. Meetings are open to everyone and are held in room 736 Academic Center at 1:00 p.m, unless otherwise noted. If you wish to be included in the announcements sent out by email for upcoming talks, please send email to These are the past talks. The current talks can be found on the colloquia page.

Talks 2006-2007 Academic Year
Nov 3 Neelam Gupta, Ph.D., U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
"Adaptive Hyperspectral Imagers from UV to LWIR"
Dec 1 Dr. Uri Nevo, National Institutes of Health.
"DW-MRI of experimental spinal cord injury"
Dec 15 Victor Frenkel, Ph.D., Chief of Molecular Interventions Lab, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health.
"Pulsed-High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Mediated Delivery for Non-Invasively Enhancing Targeting and Efficacy of Therapeutic Agents"
Feb 2 Dr. Ethan D. Cohen, Food and Drug Administration.
"Retinal Prostheses for the Blind: The neurobiological interface issue"
Feb 23 Jeeseong Hwang, Ph.D. Research Biophysicist, National Institute of Standrads and Technology, Optical Technology Division.
"Optical Metrology for Nano-biophotonics"
Apr 6 Hernan Abelado, Ph.D., Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering The George Washington University.
"Treatment Planning for Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver Tumors"
Apr 13 Bennett Lavenstein, MD, Associate Professor Neurology and Pediatrics, GWU School of Medicine, Children's National Medical Center Director Movement Disorders Program, Children's Hospital Washington DC Chief, Pediatric Neurology, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Fairfax Virginia
"Dystonia, A Complex Human Movement Disorder That is Slowly Being Understood - Rational Advances in Therapy"
Apr 27

Prof. Narine Sarvazyan, Associate Professor, The George Washington University
"Waves in the heart: from a cell to a small network and beyond"

Talks Spring 2006
Jan 27 Ibrahim Abdulhalim, Ph.D., Department of Electro Optics Engineering, Ben Gurion University
"Combining Spatial and Temporal Coherence with the Full Field Linnik Interference Microscope for OCT"
Jan 30 Avraham Mayevsky, Ph.D., Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University
"Real time monitoring of brain and other tissues vitality In Vivo: Theoretical , Experimental and Clinical applications"
Feb 10 Alexander A. Spector, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
"Piezoelectric-Like Cells in the Cochlea and Human Active Hearing"
Feb 24 Raul Fainchtein, Ph.D., Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University
"Advances in Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy"
Mar 10 Murray Loew, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Washington University
"Assessing Image Quality Using Salience"
Mar 24 Russel Taylor, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University
"Medical Robotics and Computer-Integrated Surgery"
Apr 7 James A. Harrington, Ph.D., Fiber Optic Materials Research Program, Rutgers State University
"Scientific Misconduct: the good, the bad, and the ugly"
Apr 21 Kevin Cleary, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center, Department of Radiology, Georgetown University Medical Center
"Computer Assisted Interventions & Medical Robotics Research at Georgetown University Medical Center (including recent work in respiratory motion compensation)"

Talks Fall 2005
Sept 23 Israel Gannot , Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
"Mid-IR Fiber Based Transendoscopic Image and Treat System"
The colloquium is at 3:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 640
Oct 7 Nathaniel Fried, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
"New Therapeutic Applications of Lasers in Urology"
The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Oct 13 Dr. Ziv Yaniv, Ph.D., Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center, Georgetown University
"Registration for Computer Aided Orthopedic Surgery"
The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Oct 21 Robert Bonner, Ph.D., National Institute of Health
"Model of Chronic Photodamage to the Macular and Photoprotective Glasses"
The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Nov 4 Prof. Jessica Ramella Roman, Ph.D., Catholic University
"Out-of-plane Polarimetric Imaging of Tissue Phantoms and Skin"
The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Nov 11 Recipients of the IBE grants (Faculty) session
Liliana Florea , Ph.D., Department of Computer Science
"Methods to Investigate the Role of miRNA in Blocking the Replication of HCV during the Differentiation of Human Primary Liver Cells
James D. Lee , Ph.D. and Youping Chen, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
"Microstructural Modeling of Biomechanics of Trabecular Bone"

The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Nov 18 Ilko Ilev, Ph.D., Food and Drug Administration
"Confocal Nanoscopy and Nanobiosensing"
The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Dec 2 Simon Berkovich, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science
"Biological Imprint in Recently Discovered Anisotropy of Cosmic Microwave Background"
The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 640
Dec 16 Recipients of the IBE grants (Students) session
Geralyn M. Schultz, Ph.D., Department of Speech and Hearing Science
"Translation of 3-D Articulatory Signals Acquired by Electromagnetic Articulography to On-Line Visual Display of Lingual Movements for Biofeedback"
Jared Kiraly (Computer Science)
"Motion Capture and Analysis of Tongue During Speech", Mentors: James Hahn (Computer Science) and Geralyn Schultz (Speech and Hearing Science)
Courtney Wang (English)
"Comparative Linguistic Analysis of Cross-gender and Same-gender Interactions During Virtual Job Interviews", Mentor: Shelly Brundage (Speech and Hearing Science)
Ryan Kelly (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
"Fluid Dynamics of the Forearm: Examining Configurations that Maximize Propulsive Forces in Swimming", Mentor: Rajat Mittal (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Joshua Rudawitz (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
"Mechanical Design Improvement in the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scanner", Mentor: Kerr-Jia Lu (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Jason Zara (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Mike Manyak (Urology)
The colloquium is at 1:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Other Seminars of Interest - Fall 2005
Oct 26 Dr. Bharti Temkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science, Texas Tech University, Research Professor, Surgery Department, Texas Tech Health Science Center
Computer Science Department Colloquium Series: "Building Laparoscopic Surgical Simulations: Generation of Virtual Environment and Development of Applications"
The colloquium is at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Academic Center Room 736
Nov 2 Matthew Kay, PE, DSc, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
ECE Colloquium Series: "Understanding the Heart of Fibrillation"
The colloquium is at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Phillips Hall Room 640
Talks Spring 2005
Feb 25 Christine L. Carter, Ph.D., M.P.H, Director of Surgical Research at the MFA, Research Professor of Surgery at GWU
"Division of Surgical Research: Research, Educational and Institutional Projects"
Mar 11 Laurence Grossman, Ph.D. Director, Division of Solid and Fluid Mechanics, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health
"How laboratory research can serve public health in a regulatory agency"
Mar 25 Ron Alterovitz, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley
"Biomechanical Simulation and Planning for Medical Needle Insertion Procedures"
The colloquium is at 11:00-12:30, Academic Center 736
April 8 Liliana Florea, Ph.D. Department of Computer Science
"Genome comparison and annotation: A collection of tools and methods"
April 22 Medical Center Research Day
May 13 Cing-Dao "Steve"Kan, Ph.D. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
"Solving Transportation Safety Problems Using Large Scale Computer Simulation"
May 20 Han Wen, Ph.D. PI, Imaging Physics Section LCE/NHLBI/NIH s
"Advances in MRI quantitative assessment of cardiac and vascular function"
Jonathan F. Plehn, M.D. Cardiovascular Branch NIH/NHLBI
"Quantitative Assessment of Congestive Heart Failure Using Noninvasive Imaging:
Background and Current Approaches"
(Powerpoint slides, 5.0M)

Talks 2004
April 8 Jim Burgess, MD, Neurosurgery, Inova Fairfax Hospital
May 6 Reception
May 20

Ryan Vallance, Ph.D. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
"Bio-medical Applications? Prior Research on Precision Systems: Mechanical Design and Non-traditional Microfabrication", GW Hospital Room 6121

June 3 James Michelson, MD, Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Clinical Informatics, Director of the Surgical Skills Center
"Documentation in medicine and medical education: Attempting to get information from unstructured data"
"Biomechanics of the Foot & Ankle", GW Hospital Room 6121
June 17

Mike Manyak, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Urology
"Collaborative Opportunities with Urological Technology", 11:30, GW Hospital Room 6121

July 16 John Haller, Ph.D., Acting Director of the Division of Applied Science and Technology,
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), NIH
"NIBIB AT NIH: New Programs in Imaging and Bioengineering", 3:30, GW Hospital Room 6121
Oct 21 Jason M Zara, Assistant Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
"MEMS Technology and Medical Imaging", 10:30-12:00 in Academic Center 736
Nov 5 Harry Burke, MD, Ph.D. "Proteomic Spectra: I Know a Peak When I See It"
12:00 in Academic Center Phillips Hall 640
Nov 19 Rachel F. Brem, MD. "Molecular Imaging of the Breast: IMproved Diagnosis of Breast Cancer." 12:00 in Academic Center 736
Dec 3 Seong K. Mun, Ph.D., Director and Professor of Radiology, ISIS Center, Georgetown University
12:00 in Academic Center 736
Dec 17 Claudia Ranniger, MD, Ph.D."Selected engineering applications in Emergency Medicine"
12:00 in Academic Center 736

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