Archive for March 15th, 2012

Knovel for Students Webinar

From Principles to Application, Knovel Has the Answers Students Need

Knovel provides answers for students across all disciplines and is used to find technical information, solve design problems, improve processes, validate assumptions and much more.

You are invited to this free training session.  You’ll learn:

  • Learn to browse and search 28 subject areas
  • Familiarize yourself with Knovel’s interactive tools
  • Participate in a Q&A session with our training team

Join us for a 45 minute webinar on March 19 at 11AM EDT.

Register here.

Preparing for Disasters and Terrorism

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Systems and Information Engineering Colloquium

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Olsson 011 , University of Virginia

Preparing for Disasters and Terrorism: Observations, current Federal programs and opportunities for improving preparedness

Mark A. Kirk, MD; Medical Director, UVA Medical Simulation Center; Associate Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics

Preparedness and resilience are keys to surviving disasters.  Preparing for and responding to large-scale chemical accidents and acts of terrorism present significant problems for communities.  In order to save lives, communities, states and Federal government need a synergic, comprehensive overarching strategic plan.  In addition, the key elements for success include promoting a culture of preparedness, breaking down the silos, creating an interconnected, information sharing response community and training through realistic rehearsal.  History clearly identifies expected challenges we will face in a disaster.  We must understand these challenges more thoroughly through research and develop innovative processes to confront them.  This session is intended to provide an overview of challenges during disasters, a description of the elements of the emergency response system and an opportunity to discover potential collaborative research endeavors.

Mark Kirk is a board certified emergency medicine and medical toxicology physician with extensive field experience in prehospital medicine, emergency medicine, critical care toxicology, large-scale hazardous materials and chemical terrorism incident response, mass gathering medical care and disaster medicine.  He has extensive teaching experience with innovative technologies and traditional modalities.  He led the creation of several academic medical education programs including the development of the UVA Medical Simulation Center.  He recently completed a four-year tour with the Federal government where he created and led the Chemical Defense Program within the Department of Homeland Security.  He operates extensively across the Federal interagency and regional and state levels regarding public health preparedness.

Graduate Student Research Skills Seminar Archive

For those who are unable to attend the UVa SEAS graduate student research skills seminars, recordings have been made, and they are now available.  They may be retrieved from the UVA Collab site SEAS_Seminars.

To join the SEAS_Seminars site, follow these steps:

  1. On your My Workspace tab within UVA Collab, click on Membership in the left menu.
  2. Then, near the top of this membership page, click Joinable Sites.
  3. Use the Search field on the right side of the page to enter SEAS_Seminars. Be sure to click the Search button (the Search function will not work in Internet Explorer if you press the Enter key to submit the search command-you must click the Search button).
  4. Click the Join button directly under the workgroup names. The new site tab will appear in the site tab bar or under your My Active Sites tab. You may need to refresh your browser to force the display of the new site tab.

The seminar materials are in the site’s Resources folder.  Note, to view the seminar recording, you may need to first install the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in for your browser.  After plug-in installation, you may need to restart your browser.

Clean Energy Competition

Have an idea for developing new energy technologies?

Want to show off UVa’s entrepreneurial talent?

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to support the next generation of American clean energy entrepreneurs, the Department of Energy is offering $2 million to student-entrepreneurs for new clean energy solutions.  These funds will be awarded through a series of five regional competitions around the country.
Students at UVa and other universities in the Southeast are invited to compete in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge.  The winner of this challenge will receive a $100,000 prize and compete in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington, D.C., in summer 2012.

To enter, you or your team should register at

Key Dates and Steps:

23 March 2012      Executive Summary (3 pages) and an Investor Video Pitch (3-5 minutes) due.  (During this preliminary round, students compete with other teams from their university.)

10 April   Teams notified of advancement to Southeast Regional Competition.

20 April        Full Commercialization Plans due.

24-25 April    Fifteen teams gather at the University of Maryland to make 20-minute presentations and compete for top prizes.

For complete rules, visit

If you are a UVa student and planning to submit an entry, please contact Prof. Bernie Carlson,, so that he can keep track of UVa’s participation.

Knovel Academic Refresh Webinar

Knovel provides answers for engineering students and faculty across all disciplines and is used to find technical information, develop engineering design projects, improve processes, validate assumptions and much more.

Have you ever used Knovel’s Data Search? Have you ever worked with a Knovel Interactive Table? What about a Graph Digitizer? If you would like to learn more about these topics, please view this On Demand training webinar.

In this session you will:

  • Learn to browse and search 28 subject areas
  • Familiarize yourself with Knovel’s interactive tools

 Link to the Webinar here.

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