InsideODU: News for Faculty and Staff
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Section Heading: Top Stories

Researchers: Organic Material in Glacial Ice a Reason for Concern

A team of researchers, including three from ODU, reports in the influential journal Nature Geoscience this week that their analysis of organic matter in glacial ice raises new concerns about biomass burning and fossil fuel use by humans. (Full Story)

Nanoscale Cover Article Highlights Work of Xu, Huang, Browning

The research group of Nancy Xu, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, reports in the journal Nanoscale that the group's proprietary nanoparticle biosensors and single-molecule imaging techniques are now able to spy on cellular signaling pathways that are tied to diseases such as cancer. (Full Story)

Vision Lab Wins Grant to Study Brain Tumor Modeling and Detection

Khan Iftekharuddin, director of ODU's Vision Lab, has received a grant of nearly $350,000 from the National Institutes of Health to use machine vision technology in brain tumor modeling and detection. (Full Story)

CCSLRI Speaker Calls for Public-Private Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation

An executive with an international insurance firm told audiences at ODU on Feb. 20 that private insurers are taking the climate change warnings of scientists very seriously, and that she believes communities should be hard at work right now collecting data to inform their decisions about how to react to the risks. (Full Story)

Section Heading: More News

Concerts Include Program of Popular Music from Civil War (Full Story)

Waste Audit Reveals Need for More Recycling (Full Story)

Black History Month: East Coast Gospel Festival Set for Feb. 24-25 (Full Story)

Students Can Apply for New Broderick-Evon Award for Community Engagement and Service (Full Story)

Section Heading: Features

ODU Research Spurs World Interest in Lost Tweets from Egyptian Revolution

Hany SalahEldeen, a Ph.D. student in computer science, never would have guessed how much social media traffic he would generate when he posted the article "Losing My Revolution" on the Web page of the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group. (Full Story)

NYC Artist Judith Braun Creates a Mural with Help from ODU Students

New York-based artist Judith Braun said she wanted to recruit two or three ODU fine arts students to help her create the 48-foot-long mural, "Diamond Dust," that is now complete and open for viewing at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. (Full Story)

Many of Region's Brightest Students Get Lesson in International Relations at Model UN Conference

More than 1,000 students from 53 schools took part in this month's Old Dominion University Model UN Society high school conference, the largest in many years. The 35th annual conference met Feb. 16-19 in downtown Norfolk. (Full Story)


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Section Heading: A picture is worth ...

ODU baseball coach Chris Finwood greets President John Broderick after he threw out the first pitch at the Monarchs' home opener against Temple on Feb. 17. At right is catcher Michael Perez. The freshman from Fairfax Station, Va., delivered a single with one out in the bottom of the 10th to lift ODU to a 5-4 win over the Owls. Next up for the Monarchs is a three-game home stand against Rutgers, Feb. 24-26.

Section Heading: Events

Thursday, Feb. 23

Tami Al-Hazza, associate professor of teaching and learning, "Developing Rapport with Students in a Collegiate Environment" for the Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning, 12:30 p.m., Learning Commons, Perry Library. 3-4252.

Imtiaz Habib, professor of English, "'I Am Not as Others Are': Towards a Critical Poetics of Reading the Early Modern English Black Voice in the Archives," focusing on an intriguing transcription of an African woman's confessional conversation with a female Baptist spiritualist in late Stuart London, for the Literature Faculty Forum, 12:30 p.m., 1004 BAL

Wine tasting, 5:30 p.m., Taste Unlimited. RSVP to Old Dominion Advising Network: $

Sunday, Feb. 26

ODU Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m., Diehn Center

Monday, Feb. 27

"Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" for the "Intergenerational Relationships in Modern Cinema" film series, 5-7:30 p.m., 244 Va. Beach Center

ODU Brass Choir, "American Civil War Sensations," featuring popular American music from the Civil War era arranged for brass instruments by musicians of the day, alongside modern music that looks back at the era, 7:30 p.m., Diehn Center

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Imke Meyer, Helen Hermann Professor of German, Bryn Mawr College, "Labor Pains: Franz Kafka's 'Hunger Artist' and the Protestant Work Ethic" for the International Literacy and Cultural Studies Research Forum, 12:30 p.m., Burgess Room, BAL.

LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Network meeting, 12:30 p.m., 2026 Student Success Center

Faculty recital, featuring Mike Hall, euphonium, and Oksana Lutsyshyn and John Toomey, piano, 7:30 p.m., Diehn Center. 3-4061

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