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Lombardo is guest on next With Good Reason show, "Crime and Punishment"

Lou Lombardo, professor of sociology and criminal justice, lays out his vision for the treatment of criminals on the next edition of the "With Good Reason" radio program, "Crime and Punishment: Novel Approaches."

It will air on WHRV-FM at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

Joining Lombardo as fellow guest on the show will be economist Carl Moody from the College of William and Mary.

Moody will argue that the changes initiated by former Gov. George Allen - abolition of parole, tightening of sentences and construction of additional prisons - are directly related to a reduction in crime.

Lombardo will contend that many factors account for the reduction in crime and that prisons are not and cannot be the only solutions to criminal behavior.

The program will also feature a discussion of the view that crime is best handled when justice is restorative than retributive, and that more programs are needed like those for juveniles in Staunton and Warrenton, where victims, offenders and the community work together to mend the damage done by a crime.

A weekly interview program featuring outstanding faculty at Virginia's state-assisted colleges and universities, "With Good Reason" is a production of the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville.

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VTC offers demonstration of environment for teaching, learning on Web

The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education will present an online demonstration highlighting the features of the HorizonLive platform at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

HorizonLive can help create a live virtual classroom for Mac, PC and Unix platforms with streaming audio and/or video, a whiteboard and application screening features. It also allows for interactive live classes online.

To register online access: www.quickslides.com/QuickReg/sq.cfm?ObjectID=103.Viewers must have the following: Windows, Mac or Unix, 16 Mb. Ram, 3.0 Web browser, Real Player 5.0, G2, 7.0 or 8.0, Internet access and sound card with speakers.

For more information call 683-3183.

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Percussion ensemble, Chamber Consort to perform

The university Percussion Ensemble and the Norfolk Chamber Consort will perform next week in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The Norfolk Chamber Consort will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Tickets are $12.50 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $5 for students. For more information call 440-1803.

Also on Nov. 20, the music department will present a free opera workshop performance at 4 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall.

The university Percussion Ensemble will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. For more information call 683-4061.

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Nov. book club selection is "Mark of the Stone"

In conjunction with Native American Month, the Multicultural Book Club selection for November is "Mark of the Stone" by Rabiah Yazzie Seminole.

Seminole dedicated the novel to her brother, whose passion for life slowly disappeared upon the death of his son. Readers will be taken on a journey with a young Native American boy trying to understand the meaning of life. In the process, he learns about the critical balance of creation.

Seminole will join moderator Jane Merritt, associate professor of English, for a discussion of the book from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center. "Mark of the Stone" is available at the Multicultural Book Club display in the University Bookstore.

For more information about the new book club call Lesa C. Clark, director of multicultural student services, at 683-4406.

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Koch to address senate

President James V. Koch will be the invited speaker at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate, scheduled for 3-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Portsmouth/Chesapeake Room of Webb Center.

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Course targets students who plan to study abroad

A new course available next semester, Communication 300: International Sojourning, will prepare students who plan to study abroad. It will meet from 2-2:50 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For details contact William Hart, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, at 683-3834 or wbhart@odu.edu.

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Prof's research highlighted in recent issue of Nature

Ballast water carried round the world and dumped by ships is spreading harmful bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay, according to an article in the Nov. 2 issue of the weekly international science journal Nature, written in part by two Old Dominion researchers.

Fred Dobbs, associate professor of oceanography, and Lisa Drake, a postdoctoral research associate, along with colleagues at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, collaborated on the article.

Since the 19th century, ships have used ballast water stored in their hulls for stability, discharging water both in port and at sea. The U.S. receives more than 79 million tons of ballast water from overseas each year. The water can carry a diverse community of organisms, including those harmful to humans, plants and animals.

The researchers measured concentrations of bacteria, viral particles and the bacteria that cause human-epidemic cholera in the ballast water of vessels arriving in the Chesapeake Bay from foreign ports. Given the vast amount of ballast water deposited in the bay, the group's data indicate that the foreign water contains large numbers of harmful, as well as nonharmful, organisms.

The types of bacteria that cause human cholera were found in plankton samples from all ships surveyed and in water samples from 93 percent of the ships. The microorganism is common in freshwater and marine habitats, Dobbs said, but new cholera bacteria from foreign ballast water can establish itself in places where it already exists.

Despite growing concern about biological invasions and emergent diseases, the extent and effects of the transfer of microorganisms in ballast water have been virtually unexplored, according to the article.

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Memorial fund created for student from Ukraine

A memorial fund has been established to transport the body of former student Edouard Borissenko, who was killed Oct. 21, back to his homeland in Ukraine.

Borissenko, who recently had taken engineering courses part time at Old Dominion, was hit and killed while changing a tire along I-264.

He had been in the United States for seven years and had not seen his family since. "His mother, who has no money, is hoping that his body can be sent home to be buried beside his father," said Dana D. Burnett, vice president for student services.

Donations may be made at any branch of BB&T Bank to the Edouard Borissenko Memorial Fund.

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Enrollment deadline for long-term care extended

The deadline for enrollment in the Aetna Long-term Care Insurance Plan without proof of good health has been extended through Friday, Dec. 1

For more information call the Aetna U.S. Healthcare toll-free number, 877-894-2470, or visit the Web site: www.aetnaushc.com/custom/group/commonwealthva.

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