InsideODU: News for Faculty and Staff
Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Ann Bennis, Dan Hennelly Are Winners of ODU Staff Dream Fund Awards

Thanks to ODU’s Staff Dream Fund, two university employees will soon be able to realize their long-held desires: one to spend a week in Ireland doing genealogical research, and the other to publish a novel. (Full Story)

ODU Ranks Eighth in World for Port Research

ODU’s expertise in port research stretches back decades, in part due to the university’s location near a major, deepwater port, but also because of the work of faculty researchers. Now this expertise is being recognized worldwide. (Full Story)

ODU Grad Ting Xu, Founder of Evergreen Enterprises, Is Next Landmark Speaker

Ting Xu, an ODU graduate and founder and president of Evergreen Enterprises, the nation’s largest flag designer and wholesaler, will be the next Landmark Executive-in-Residence speaker. (Full Story)

ODU Afghani Student’s Question to Secretary Clinton Included in WAVY-TV Report

Naqib Ahmad, a Fulbright student from Afghanistan enrolled in ODU’s Graduate Program in International Studies, had an opportunity to ask a question of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Tuesday’s World Affairs Council NATO Fest Banquet. (Full Story)

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John Adam to Speak on ‘Humor in the Classroom’ for Provost’s Conversations (Full Story)

Harvard Paleobiologist Will Deliver Ludwick Lecture (Full Story)

University Dance Theatre Presents Spring Concert April 11-14 (Full Story)

Seibles Poetry Reading Set for April 10 at Village Bookstore (Full Story)

Author Dinner Reservations Due April 6; Hear Poyer Interview on ‘HearSay’ (Full Story)

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ODU’s Colorful International Festival: A Photo Essay

The Hampton Roads community had an opportunity to learn about many of the world’s cultures at ODU’s International Festival on Sunday. The Constant Center was awash in vibrant colors and filled with a cornucopia of sights and sounds. (Full Story)

Business Prof Explores Greening of Supply Chain Management Industry

With energy costs rising, there has been renewed effort – and a pledge of federal research dollars – to support investments in “green” energy research and technology. But a little-known secret about alternative energy is that producing it sometimes isn’t all that, well, green. (Full Story)

Iran Oil Threat Overstated, Yetiv Contends in Washington Post Commentary

Steve Yetiv, professor of political science, published an op-ed in the Washington Post that went live on the Internet Friday and appeared in print in the Sunday Post Opinions section. (Full Story)

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ODU’s Polonko Honored by State for Child Advocacy Efforts (More)

Devon Taylor’s Fan Base Grows to Include Harvard Medical School (More)


Published by the Office of University Relations, InsideODU is sent to faculty and staff on Monday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed once a week, on Thursday, during the summer.

Section Heading: A picture is worth ...

The 41st annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, one of the largest scientific meetings for marine biologists in the U.S., brought 600 scientists and students to Norfolk in late March, and Mark Butler, the professor and eminent scholar of biological sciences who chaired the conference, made sure attendees had a chance to see the facilities and meet his colleagues at ODU. About 200 students who were attending the conference at the Waterside Marriott came to the campus to tour the Kaplan Orchid Conservatory (seen here), the Nuclear and Particle Physics High Bay lab and the Marine Aquatics Facility. The entire conference roster was invited for the closing dinner and dance at the Constant Center.

Section Heading: Events

Thursday, April 5
Start Walk, in association with the American Heart Association’s national Heart Walk, noon (fair) and 12:41 p.m. (walk), Kaufman Mall

Jan Todd, professor of kinesiology, University of Texas at Austin, “The Strength of Women: An Illustrated History” for the annual Warren Stewart Lecture Series, 4 p.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center

ODU In Support of Children 20th anniversary celebration, 6-8 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center. $

ODU New Music Ensemble, directed by Stephen Coxe, 7:30 p.m., Diehn Center

Tuesday, April 3
Parking feedback forum, 12:30 p.m., Learning Commons Conference Room 1310, Perry Library. 3-4004

Saturday, April 7
Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the ODU Greek Councils and Class Councils, noon to 2 p.m., Kaufman Mall. 3-3446

Tuesday, April 10
Parking feedback forum, 12:30 p.m., Learning Commons Conference Room 1310, Perry Library. 3-4004

Reading by poet Tim Seibles, ODU English department, 12:30 p.m., University Village Bookstore

Wednesday, April 11, to Saturday, April 14
University Dance Theatre Spring Concert, 8 p.m. April 11-13, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 14, University Theatre. 3-5305. $

Wed., Fri. & Sat., April 11, 13, 14
Movie, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” sponsored by the Student Activities Council, 8 p.m., 102 MGB. 3-4818

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