Old Dominion University Newsmakers

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Appointments/Elections
CARL O. HELVIE, professor emeritus of nursing, elected chair of the Homeless Caucus of the American Public Health Association at its annual meeting in Atlanta in October.

SUSAN KENT, eminent professor of anthropology, elected to the executive board of the American Anthropological Association. Her three-year term starts in November 2002.

GEORGE MAIHAFER, associate professor of physical therapy, elected president-elect of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association at its annual conference in Williamsburg.

WILLIAM R. PETERSON, assistant professor of engineering management, elected president of the American Society for Engineering Management. He took office Oct. 13 at the ASEM national conference in Huntsville, Ala.

REGINA A. ROOT, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, elected assembly delegate for Latin American Literature from Independence to 1900, Modern Language Association, 2001-04.

LEPOSAVA VUSKOVIC, associate professor of physics, elected to a four-year term as chair of the Gaseous Electronics Conference.

Awards
MICHELE DARBY, eminent scholar of dental hygiene, second place for "Effectiveness of Distance Education Strategies on Student Achievement in a Multidisciplinary Research Methods Course" in the research poster session competition at the Annual Session of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, in Norfolk.

JENNIFER DUNNING, a recent graduate of the master's program in dental hygiene, first place for "Effects of Occupational Ultrasonic Noise Exposure on Hearing Status in Dental Hygienists" in the research poster session competition at the Annual Session of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, in Norfolk. Co-authors included MICHELE DARBY, eminent scholar of dental hygiene, LYNN TOLLE, professor of dental hygiene, and JOSEPH SEVER, associate professor of early childhood, speech pathology and special education.

ELIZABETH FRANCIS GILES, senior lecturer in physical therapy, the John L. Echternach Research Award for Best Research Presentation from the Virginia Physical Therapy Association at the 2001 VPA Annual Conference in Williamsburg. Also, the Barbara Jordan Community Service Award for Outstanding Leadership from Old Dominion's Hugo A. Owens African American Cultural Center.

HAROLD MARSHALL, professor emeritus of biological sciences, awarded honorary membership in the Polish Botanical Society during the opening ceremony at the 52nd meeting of the Polish Botanical Congress, at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.

JANE MERRITT, assistant professor of history, awarded the Philip S. Klein prize from the Pennsylvania Historical Association for her article, "Cultural Encounters Along a Gender Frontier: Mahican, Delaware and German Women in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania," which was published in vol. 67 of Pennsylvania History. The prize is awarded for the best scholarly article published in the journal over the course of two years (1999 to 2000).

BRETT NEWMAN, associate professor of aerospace engineering, the Top 10 Best Paper Award for "Flight Control Leverage on Crack Growth in a Flexible Aircraft - Part 1 & 2," which was presented at the 2000 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference in Denver. Co-author is SI-BOK YU, a doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering.

ROY L. WILLIAMS, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, named the Virginia Wine Industry's Person of the Year by the state winegrowers advisory board during an awards ceremony Oct. 15 in Gainesville, Va. The award honors people dedicated to the support and improvement of Virginia wines.

Books
GARY R. EDGERTON, chair of communication and theatre arts, "Ken Burns's America" (New York: Palgrave for St. Martin's Press, 2001).

DUC T. NGUYEN, professor of civil and environmental engineering, "Parallel-Vector Equation Solvers for Finite Element Engineering Applications" (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001).

Papers
MAURICE R. BERUBE, eminent scholar of educational leadership and counseling, "George W. Bush and Urban Education" at the Institute of Education, University of London.

JOHN R. DONAT, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, "Complexation, Speciation and Sediment-Water Cycling of Metals in the Elizabeth River, Virginia (a Major U.S. Harbor)" at the International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, in Venice, Italy. Co-authors are DAVID J. BURDIGE, professor, and GONZALO G. CARRASCO, doctoral student, ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, and M.T. Brown.

GARY R. EDGERTON, chair of communication and theatre arts, "Living in a Digital World: Five Fundamental Considerations Concerning Communication and Culture in the Era of Globalization" at the 5th Conferencia de Las Americas, Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.

GARRETT J. MCAULIFFE, associate professor of educational leadership and counseling, "Transformational Teaching for Student Transformation" and "Problems and Pitfalls in Teaching Experientially" at the annual meeting of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Athens, Ga.

STACEY B. PLICHTA, associate professor of community and environmental health, "Outcomes Research Using the Donabedian Model of Structure, Process and Outcome: An Introduction to Methodology" and "Childhood Immunizations: Later Interventions May Be Better" (a poster presentation) at the 2001 Annual Conference of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, in Norfolk.

REGINA A. ROOT, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, "The Argentine Republic of Signs: Contemporary Visions of Political Vanity" at the Latin American Studies Association conference in Washington, D.C.

G. RICHARD WHITTECAR, associate professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, "Sedimentation Patterns Within Tidal Fresh-water Marshes, Mattaponi River, Virginia" at the 113th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Boston. Co-authors are J. Patrick Megonigal of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Arlene K. Darke of George Mason University.

Presentations
CHERYL BAKER, graduate program director, ROBERT GABLE, eminent scholar, and STEVE TONELSON, professor, early childhood, speech pathology and and special education, and JANE HAGER, associate dean of the Darden College of Education, "A Distance Learning Approach to Reducing Shortages in Urban Special Education Personnel" at the Council of the Great City Schools 45th Annual Fall Conference in Norfolk.

JOHN R. BRODERICK, vice president for institutional advancement, "The Pros and Cons for Developing a Marketing Council on a University Campus" at the fall conference of the College Communicators for Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, in Richmond.

ELIZABETH FRANCIS GILES, senior lecturer in physical therapy, "Linking Clinicians to the DPT: A Transition DPT Needs Assessment Study" at the 2001 Virginia Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference in Williamsburg.

HAROLD MARSHALL, professor emeritus of biological sciences, "A Review of Autotrophic Picoplankton Studies in Marine and Freshwater Habitats" at the 52nd meeting of the Polish Botanical Congress at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. He also was co-author of another presentation (with Lubomira Burchardt of Adam Mickiewicz), "Short Term Trophic Changes Within Two Reservoir Lakes Indicated by Composition Changes Within the Cyanoprokaryotes and Other Phytoplankton." Also with Burchardt, "Cyanoprokarote Species: Examination of Early Herbarium Collections with Electron Microscopy" at the International Association for Cyanophyte Research in Barcelona, Spain, and "Observations of an Epiphytic Fungal Species Associated with Cyanoprokaryota Specimens" at the 7th International Phycological Congress in Thessaloniki, Greece.

ARACELI SUZARA, director of the Filipino American Student Cultural Center, a panel presentation on "We're All Still Trying to Get Along: How to Improve Media Coverage of Race/Ethnic/Cultural Relations in Hampton Roads" at the 2001 Unity Conference for Hampton Roads" at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.

CYNTHIA WRIGHT SWAINE, instruction services librarian, "Moving Toward a Team Approach: What Are You Afraid Of?" at the October Annual Conference of the Virginia Library Association in Richmond.

MELVIN H. WILLIAMS, eminent scholar emeritus of exercise science, physical education and recreation, five presentations at the 24th Simposio Internationale de Ciencios do Esporto in Sao Paulo, Brazil: "Ergogenic Aids: What Works and What Doesn't Work," "Herbal Supplements: Effects on Exercise and Sports Performance," "The Drug Foods: Effects of Alcohol and Caffeine on Exercise and Sports Performance," "Growth Hormone and Exercise Performance," and "Creatine Supplementation and Sport Performance: An Update."

Publications
A. OSMAN AKAN, professor of civil and environmental engineering, chapter 7, "Design of Detention Systems," in "Stormwater Collection Systems Design Handbook" (McGraw-Hill Book Co., 2001). Co-author is former student JOHN N. PAINE (M.S. '86).

JOHN R. DONAT, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, "Elemental Distributions: Transition Metals and Heavy Metal Speciation" in "Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences" (Academic Press, London), edited by J. Steele, S. Thorpe and K. Turekian. Co-author is CHRISTINA L. DRYDEN, doctoral student in ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences.

JOHN L. ECHTERNACH, eminent scholar of community health professions and physical therapy, a case study, "Loss of Ulnar Nerve Function Following a Total Elbow Joint Arthoplasty," in vol. 15, no. 3 of The Clinical Electrophysiology Newsletter.

HELEN TAYLOR GREENE, associate professor of criminal justice, "Understanding the Connections Between Race and Police Violence" in "The System in Black and White: Exploring the Connections Between Race, Crime and Justice" (Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2000), edited by Michael W. Markowitz and Delores D. Jones-Brown. Also, "Black Females in Law Enforcement: A Foundation for Future Research" in vol. 16, no. 2 of Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

AUSTIN JERSILD, associate professor of history, a review of Ronald Grigor Suny's (editor) "Transcaucasia, Nationalism, and Social Change: Essays in the History of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia" (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996) in vol. 35, nos. 2-3 of Canadian-American Slavic Studies.

HAROLD MARSHALL, professor emeritus of biological sciences, and Lubomira Burchardt of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, "Characterization and Specific Morphological Features of Phytoplankton in Goreckie Lake in the Wielkopolska National Park" in no. 66 of Ecosystemy Wodne Wielkopolskiego Parku Narodowego, Seria Biologia.

STEPHEN MEDVIC, assistant professor of political science, "Parties and Campaign Professionals in a Digital Age: Political Consultants in the United States and Their Counterparts Overseas" in vol. 6, no. 4 of The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. Lead co-authors are David M. Farrell and Robin Kolodny.

MICHAEL PEARSON, professor of English, "The Other Creative Writing" in "Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction" (Longman) and "Researching Your Own Life" in "Writing Creative Nonfiction" (Story Press), edited by Carolyn Forche and Philip Gerard. Also, a review of Pearson's book "Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx" (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1999) appeared in the spring 2001 issue of New York History.

REGINA A. ROOT, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, "Vestidas para matar: La mujer, la moda y el espiritu de la independencia en America Latina" ("Dressed to Kill: Women, Fashion and the Spirit of Independence in Latin America") and "Moda e Globalicao" ("Fashion and Globalization"), an interview with Valerie Steele in DeSigniS, Gedisa Editores.