• Newsmakers

    Jones, Kersey are latest winners of SCHEV award
    For the third time since the recognition program was begun in 1990, Old Dominion University has two SCHEV award winners in the same year.

    Cynthia M. Jones and Katharine C. Kersey are among a select group of 12 statewide winners of the 2005 SCHEV Dominion Virginia Outstanding Faculty awards from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Each of this year’s winners, who were honored Feb. 15 in Richmond, receives a cash award of $5,000 from the Dominion Foundation. To date, ODU has produced 17 winners in the highly competitive program.

    The awards just keep on coming for Jones. Named a Virginia Scientist of the Year for 2003, the eminent scholar and professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences was honored in November as the 2004 Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

    Kersey, University Professor and chair of early childhood, speech pathology and special education, has taught at the university for 35 years. She is a nationally known expert on parenting and childhood education.

    Jones, who directs ODU’s Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology, joined the university in 1986. In addition to teaching and advising students in five courses, she is an international pioneer in fisheries ecology. She developed new techniques to accurately determine the age of fish by studying their ear bones, or otoliths, which have daily and annual rings similar to trees. She also pioneered a chemical analysis technique that can determine where a particular fish was hatched and what waters it has inhabited since. Because of her work, scientists can now identify essential fish habitats and determine which ones provide better living conditions.

    A Fulbright scholar, Jones is a member of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and the first fisheries scientist to serve on the commission in its 125-year history.

    In a letter of support for her SCHEV award nomination, a graduate student said of Jones, “She has the ability to present complex concepts in a format that is both understandable and relevant to real-world applications.”

    Kersey, who joined the university in 1969, is the author of several books, including “Sensitive Parenting” and “The First Year Teacher.” She recently developed a CD-ROM set, “101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline,” based on principles that she has been teaching future teachers for years.

    When Kersey’s students go into the classroom to student-teach, they are more than prepared to connect with, motivate and relate to children.

    One of her former students, now a second grade teacher, recalled, “She is a passionate, caring and honest person. I could feel her excitement about positive discipline as I sat in class that night, and every night that followed. She is an informative yet entertaining professor and the one I remember most. She became someone I looked up to as a mentor and eventually as a friend.”

    Passion is a word that many of Kersey’s former students use when they think back to their time in class with her, and she is happy that she’s been able to communicate this so successfully down through the years. Back to top

    Second Research Expo will feature talk on nanoscience by Nobel laureate
    B Y J I M R A P E R

    Horst L. Stormer, professor of physics at Columbia University and co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics, will be the keynote speaker April 6 for Portal to New Worlds: 2nd Annual Research Exposition at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

    His lecture, “Small Wonders: The World of Nanoscience,” will cap a day in the limelight for research being done by faculty and students at Old Dominion and Norfolk State. This will be the first joint research exposition for the universities. It begins at noon.

    Stormer, a strong advocate of outreach education in science and engineering, has expertise in nanotechnology, smart materials and biomimetic devices. His lecture, from 5-6:30 in the center’s Big Blue Room, will focus on the nanoscale and its potential to shape our technological future.

    “Nano” means one billionth, so a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. One nanometer is just about five to 10 times the size of an atom. The nanoscale reaches from the measure of a few atoms to just about what we can see in a microscope. It is a minute reach, but, for scientists, it represents vast opportunities to measure and manipulate the building blocks of the universe.

    Exposition exhibits will explain a wide array of research. Included will be displays about research in popular fields such as culture, business, investing, government and workplace behavior. There also will be exhibits of books and creative works, as well as performances of music and dance that showcase the artistic talent of faculty.

    In addition to the displays and demonstrations in the center’s arena and lobby, faculty panels will speak in meeting rooms from 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. on e-learning, advanced materials, science and engineering in Hampton Roads, and planning in Hampton Roads.

    The panelists will include academic, business, industry, government and military representatives. A reception for all participants and exhibitors will be from 4-5 p.m. in the arena, and an awards ceremony with the keynote address will be from 5-6:30 in the Big Blue Room.

    Stormer received his Ph.D. in 1977 and a year later became a member of the technical staff of Bell Labs (now of Lucent Technolo-gies) in the U.S. From 1983 to 1992 he headed the labs’ semiconductor physics research department and was the director of Bell’s Physical Research Laboratory. In 1997, Stormer became adjunct physics vice president at Bell Labs, as well as a professor at Columbia University.

    Stormer and two other scientists shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect, which advanced the field of quantum mechanics. Back to top

    Anthropologist Louise Leakey to speak March 31
    Noted paleoanthropologist Louise Leakey will speak on campus March 31 for the President’s Lecture Series.

    Leakey’s talk, “Origins and Evolution: In Search of How We Became Human,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium.

    Born in Kenya, Leakey has upheld the Leakey family legacy in the field of paleo-anthropology. The daughter of renowned paleoanthropologists Meave and Richard Leakey, she has spent considerable time on field expeditions, having first set foot on the Turkana Basin site when she was just 2 months old.

    A recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of London, Leakey now leads the annual expeditions to the Turkana Basin with her mother. There she focuses her research on the influence of changing climate on the evolution of indigenous animals between 3.3 and 1.6 million years ago.

    On March 19, 2001, Leakey and a group of scientists led by her mother unearthed a 3.5 million-year-old skull and partial jaw said to belong to a new branch of our early human family. The amazing discovery, announced in the journal Nature, has profound implications in our understanding of the origins of mankind. In a front page story on March 22, 2001, The New York Times wrote that the discovery “threatens to overturn the prevailing view that a single line of descent stretched through the early stages of human ancestry.”

    Currently, Leakey is developing a long-term research initiative at Koobi Fora, East Turkana, where her concern for the welfare of the surrounding peoples has led her to generate increased funding for the local school and medical center.

    An avid photographer, she recently published some of her photos in the book “Africa’s Children” as part of a charitable project for education. Back to top

    Campus community raises $7,600 for tsunami victims
    The university community recently raised $7,691 to aid the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, with the funds going to the International Red Cross.

    The fund-raising campaign culminated Feb. 19 at the Student Services-sponsored “Late Nighter” in Webb Center. The event itself was responsible for raising nearly $500.

    Donations from student organizations and the campus community totaled $5,797, and Aramark contributed $1,894 from its own fund-raising efforts to put the overall total above $7,600.

    The Student Government Association-sponsored flea market, which was supported by more than 20 university organizations, earned $1,441, while can-collection donations across the campus netted $406.
    The following campus organizations made significant contributions to the campaign: Model U.N., $1,402; Greeks, $1,385; Indian Student Association, $312; Asian American Pacific Student Union, $285; and Residence Life, $85.

    “Although these figures provide the facts, what they don’t describe are the new friendships and opened lines of communication between international students from the victimized countries and students from the U.S. and elsewhere,” said Dana D. Burnett, vice president for student services. “The generous response of our academic community in support of the victims of this tragedy has been inspiring.”
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    Strategy, leadership are topics for Economics Club
    Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, will speak at the Economics Club of Hampton Roads luncheon March 16.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration, the luncheon, scheduled for noon at the Sheraton Water-side Hotel in Norfolk, costs $30 for nonmembers. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

    An expert on strategy and leadership, Finkelstein is the author of “Why Smart Executives Fail.” He has also written articles for the Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Dynamics, the Journal of Business Strategy and other business journals. He received the Academy of Management Award for Best Article of the Year in 1997.

    He holds editorial positions at Adminis-trative Science Quarterly, Strategic Manage-ment Journal and Strategic Organization. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Columbia University.

    For reservations call 683-4058. Back to top

    Grant-writing workshops to be offered April 16
    The Office of Research will offer back-to-back workshops April 16 that address the needs of academic researchers. Titled “Writing Successful Grants” and “Finding Funding,” the workshops are for faculty who are seeking federal/private foundation grants to support their research programs.

    The day will begin with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the first session from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch and the second workshop from 1-4 p.m.

    Registration is required due to limited seating. Registration forms are available online at For more information contact Lee Furr at 683-3148 or Back to top

    Forum will address U.S.-Iraq relationship
    Faculty members from the political science and geography department will present a panel discussion, “U.S.-Iraq Forum 2005,” from 12:15-1:30 p.m. March 24 in the Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium.

    Moderated by Glen Sussman, department chair, the panel will include Kurt Gaubatz, associate professor of political science and international studies; David Earnest, assistant professor of political science and international studies; and Maria Fornella, lecturer in political science and director of ODU’s Model United Nations program. Back to top

    Steven Maurer selected as visiting prof at McMaster
    Steven D. Maurer, professor of business management, was named Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, one of the top research universities in Canada. The honor is bestowed annually on highly accomplished academics who have made significant contributions to their field of study.

    Maurer’s area of expertise is human resources, specifically the recruitment, selection and retention of technical professionals. He is a three-time appointee to the board of one of the top journals in management, the Academy of Management Journal.

    During his weeklong professorship, which ends March 12, Maurer gave a public lecture, presented a doctoral seminar, led sessions on publishing and met with faculty.

    Maurer also has been a visiting scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a lecturer at Romania Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Back to top

    John Adam is speaker for Friends of Library dinner
    John A. Adam, University Professor of Mathematics, will be the guest speaker for the 11th Annual Author Dinner, sponsored by Friends of the Library, on April 12. The organization will present its Outstanding Achievement Award during the program to Karl H. Schoenbach, eminent scholar of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Bioelectrics.

    Adam will speak on “Innumeracy: A Light-hearted Look at a Serious Problem.”

    The dinner, which costs $25 per person ($20 for Friends life members), begins with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center. Reservations are due by April 8 and may be made by calling 683-4141. Back to top

    Student chosen for first Youth Advocacy Summit
    Meghan Rapp, a junior political science major from Norfolk, was selected from nearly 150 applicants across the country to join 50 young people from the United States and European nations for the first Euro-American Youth Advocacy Summit Feb. 15-16, in Brussels, Belgium, where they worked on issues concerning young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    The summit was co-organized by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), Advocates for Youth, Marie Stopes Inter-national and YouAct, the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights.

    In December, SIECUS invited young people from around the country to write an essay about their efforts to advocate for access to reproductive health education and services, and how that work relates to sexual and reproductive health and rights internationally. As one of the winners in the competition, Rapp was flown to Brussels along with the SIECUS international policy staff.

    Rapp has been a member of the Young Women’s Leadership Council of the Pro-Choice Public Education Project for three years. In her role at PEP, she helps to research and create media messages and also to energize grassroots activists around the country. Recently, she organized and helped lead a group of her peers during pro-choice lobby day at the Virginia state capitol. Back to top

    Ted Constant Center welcomes its millionth fan
    When he stepped through the turnstile the evening of Feb. 17 for the Lady Monarchs vs. Drexel basketball game, Craig Mulderrig of Norfolk became the one-millionth fan to enter the Ted Constant Convocation Center doors since the facility’s opening in October 2002.

    Mulderrig, who said he has been coming to ODU games for 25 years, won an array of gifts as the millionth fan, including: one day’s interest on $1 million from Bank of the Commonwealth; two club seats for a year to every Constant Center event, including Monarch and Lady Monarch basketball games; a Friends of Festevents package; and a $500 gift certificate to Value City Furniture. Back to top

    New publications revive pfiesteria debate
    Two ODU biologists have waded back into the turbulent waters of the pfiesteria debate.

    This microscopic single-celled algae was blamed for fish kills along the East Coast during the 1990s, and two of its most persistent accusers have been Andrew S. Gordon, professor of biological sciences, and Harold G. Marshall, Morgan Professor Emeritus of biological sciences.

    They, together with lead researcher JoAnn M. Burkholder of North Carolina State University, and 10 other scientists, published a new indictment of pfiesteria on Feb. 14 in the online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings show that if the right study methods are used and if appropriate strains of pfiesteria are analyzed, the algae will be found guilty of fish predation. In other words, the single-celled algae can produce toxins that will kill fish and harm humans.

    But another set of scientists, which had offered previous evidence contradicting the findings of the Burkholder team, published a study in January that raised the stakes of the conflict. This latest study by scientists from George Mason University and the University of Maryland finds no direct correlation between the pfiesteria and fish death. The study was done with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    A GMU scientist said in a news release that the techniques of researchers on the other side of the debate had been indefensible: “Experiments to investigate the Pfiesteria toxicity were set up in fish tanks full of other contaminating organisms. Clearly, it was not rigorous science.” Another scientist involved in the GMU/Maryland study suggested that biology textbooks and other literature that set forth pfiesteria toxicity must be rewritten. “Scien-tists have an obligation to clarify the literature when what they publish is incorrect. Otherwise, a disservice is done to all of science,” he said.

    Neither Gordon and Marshall, nor Burkholder, were as contentious in statements supporting their research.

    Gordon said criticism of pfiesteria toxicity findings seems directed at early research, and not at the Burkholder team’s latest study. He also said he hoped the controversy does not have unwanted implications for clean-water legislation that may be needed to prevent more pfiesteria poisoning.

    Gordon asserted that lack of fish death in competing research does not necessarily mean pfiesteria toxin is not present. “Unless the water was tested to see if (the) toxin was present, all that can be said from such a study is that there wasn’t enough toxin present to cause the fish to die,” Gordon said.

    Explained Burkholder, who is director of the Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology at N.C. State: “If a person drinks a glass of water from a well that sometimes contains arsenic, and the person doesn’t suddenly become very sick or die, would it be correct to say that the water didn’t contain any arsenic? Surely not.”

    The Burkholder team’s study demonstrates for the first time the presence of toxin in pfiesteria cultures that are free of contamination from bacteria or fungi, and this counters criticism of the GMU/Mary-land scientists.

    However, as Marshall explained, “When bacteria were present, pfiesteria made more toxin, and a lot more toxin was produced when the toxic strains were given live fish.”

    The Burkholder-team study reaffirmed that some strains of the two known pfiesteria species are toxic, including a strain used by other researchers who had asserted that pfiesteria could not produce toxin. It also showed that toxin from pfiesteria can cause fish disease and death without pfiesteria cells having to be present.

    A kill of more than 1 billion Atlantic menhaden in North Carolina’s Pamlico River estuary in 1991 led to pfiesteria research that was begun at N.C. State and joined in 1997 by Gordon and Marshall. The two ODU scientists have identified at least 19 algal species in the Chesapeake Bay that can produce toxins and are potentially threatening to regional fish and shellfish populations.

    Pfiesteria can be amoebae and cysts at different stages in a complicated life cycle, and the cycle itself can be a factor in toxicity, according to the findings of the Burkholder team.

    Gordon was second author of the latest paper, whose co-authors are from four universities, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration-National Ocean Service and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Back to top

    General Assembly recommends raises
    The General Assembly’s recent budget recommendations call for a 4 percent average raise for faculty and administrators and 3 percent raise for classified staff who are rated as “contributor” or higher in the employee evaluation process.

    The legislature, which wrapped up its session last month, also developed a plan to reward senior classified employees who have received little or no raises in years past. In addition to the 3 percent raise, it is recommended that classified staff who have five or more years of continuous state service get an additional $50 for each of those years added to their base salary.

    The average state employee currently earns $36,750 and has 11 years of service. If this employee were rated as a contributor or higher, he or she would receive $1,102.50 from the 3 percent increase plus $550 for the 11 years of service, for a total base-salary increase of $1,652.50.

    Hourly employees would receive a 3 percent raise effective Nov. 16.

    Raises for faculty and classified staff would be effective Nov. 25, however it must be noted that the legislature’s recommendations are subject to approval by Gov. Mark R. Warner, who will hold a veto session on April 8.

    The General Assembly has also recommended that Old Dominion receive general funds totaling $13.18 million in 2005-06 to address the issue of base adequacy. ODU would receive the second-highest amount among the state’s four-year institutions.

    “I believe the emphasis Dr. Runte has placed on base adequacy the last two years has resonated with members of the House and Senate,” said John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement and chief of staff. “We are grateful to the governor, the money committees and the conferees.”

    The university also received authorization to use non-general funds for several projects: $23.7 million for new student housing; $1 million for a new physical science building; and a total of $1.3 million for renovations to the Batten Arts and Letters Building, Hughes Hall and the Health and Physical Education Building.

    As proposed under the Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act, state institutions will receive varying degrees of additional authority and flexibility to manage themselves, based on their meeting commitment and eligibility criteria, as well as approval from each school’s Board of Visitors.

    Initially, Old Dominion would be among the colleges and universities in the second level of the three-tier system. As part of the act, institutions would be required to develop a six-year academic, enrollment and financial plan that reflects the state’s goals and objectives and the institutions’ strategies to meet them. Schools that meet performance expectations would receive financial incentives beginning in fiscal year 2008. Back to top

    Adriene Schellings, emerita librarian, dies
    Adriene D. Schellings, associate professor emerita of library science, died Feb. 12, 2005, at DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk.

    Born Adriene Donneaud in Manhattan, N.Y., she moved to Norfolk in 1960, and had called Norfolk home ever since. She was the widow of William J. Schellings, who was a history professor at Old Dominion.

    Schellings received her bachelor’s degree in French in 1962 from ODU and her master’s in library service in 1965 from Rutgers University. She joined the Old Dominion library staff in 1965 and in 1966 was promoted to the head of the acquisitions department. She was awarded tenure and the rank of associate professor in 1976.

    She served as interim director of the library from July to December 1976. For her 17 years of service and her role in the development and growth of the acquisitions department, the University Library and ODU as a whole, she was granted emeritus status upon her retirement.

    Schellings is survived by her son, Richard Schellings of Norfolk; her sister, Muriel Charton of Norfolk; and two grandchildren.

    Memorial donations may be made to the ODU Libraries Scholarship Fund. Back to top

    Film and Video Festival, "Diaspora: Nations in Search of Home," opens April 3
    Old Dominion University’s eighth annual Film and Video Festival, “Diaspora: Nations in Search of Home,” will chart cultural manifestations of modern diasporas around the world through a variety of films and lectures to be presented April 3-8.

    The festival opens at 2 p.m. April 3 in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium with a welcome by festival artistic director Gary Edgerton, chair of communication and theatre arts, and a talk by Barbie Zelizer, professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her lecture is titled “Visualizing the Holocaust.”

    Later in the day, the MGB auditorium will be the site for the festival’s first screenings: “Legado” (“Legacy”) at 7 p.m. and “Ocho Candelas (“Eight Candles”) at 8:30 p.m. All of the week’s films and lectures are free and open to the public.

    “The recorded history of the diaspora experience is as old as the Jewish people. Jewish history has become the ultimate meta-narrative of a nation’s migration throughout the millennia in search of a permanent home," said festival director Frederick A. Lubich, chair of foreign languages and literatures.

    The festival will pay tribute to this history in a variety of presentations, ranging from films on Jewish communities in Cuba, Mexico and Argentina, and the flight of Jews from Nazi Germany into the heartland of Africa.

    Taking Jewish history as the cultural matrix of the diaspora experience, the festival will explore more recent conflicts and challenges faced by many ethnic, cultural and religious minorities. Films and lectures will address the African and Palestinian diaspora; the growing tensions between Europe’s Christian culture and its rapidly expanding Muslim communities; the dreams and nightmares of immigrants from India and Africa to Great Britain; the trials and triumphs of Greek, Irish, Acadian, Chinese and Japanese immigrants to the New World; and the vibrant growth of the Latino and Filipino communities in the United States.

    “As a whole, this festival can serve as a multifaceted crystal ball, reflecting the present and future of an increasingly global, transnational and multicultural world civilization,” Lubich said.

    Sunday, April 3

    • “Legado” (“Legacy”) (2001), in Spanish with English subtitles, 7 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “Ocho Candelas” (“Eight Candles”) (2002), in Spanish with English subtitles, 8:30 p.m., 102 MGB

    Monday, April 4

    • “Adio Kerida” (“Goodbye Dear Love”) (2002, in Spanish with English subtitles, 9 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center
    • “La Raiz Olvidada” (“The Forgotten Roots”) (2001), in Spanish with English subtitles, 11 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center
    • “De Florida a Coahuila” (“From Florida to Coahuila”)( 2002), in Spanish with English subtitles, noon, 921 BAL
    • “Nuestra Comunidad - Latinos in North Carolina” (2001), in Spanish with English subtitles, 3 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “Come See the Paradise” (1990), 5 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “Bend It Like Beckham” (2002), 7 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “Pieces of April” (2003), 10 p.m., 102 MGB

    Tuesday, April 5

    • “The Nephew” (1998), 9 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center
    • “A Wedding in Ramallah” (2002), 12:30 p.m., 101 MGB
    • “Monsieur Ibrahim” (2003), 3 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “Nowhere in Africa” (2001), 5 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “Angst essen Seele auf” (“Ali: Fear Eats the Soul”) (1974), in German with English subtitles, 8 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “Dirty Pretty Things” (2002), 10 p.m., 102 MGB

    Wednesday, April 6

    • “I Wanna Babysit Lola” (2001), 9 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center
    • “Disoriented” (1999), 10 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center
    • “Minstrelsy Matters: Joel Chandler Harris and the ‘Terrible Pleasures’ of Mythologizing Race and Nation,” noon, 921 BAL
    • “The Trip to Bountiful” (1985), 2 p.m., Kaufman Theatre, Chrysler Museum of Art
    • “Lost Boys of Sudan” (2003), 4:30 p.m., Kaufman Theatre, Chrysler Museum of Art, followed by reception
    • “In America” (2002), 7 p.m., Landmark Room, Batten Library, Norfolk Academy
    • “America, America” (1963), 7 p.m., Blocker Auditorium, Virginia Wesleyan College
    • “From Acadia to America,” 9 p.m., 102 MGB

    Thursday, April 7

    • “Medea” (1988), 9 a.m., 921 BAL
    • “Auberge Espangnole” (2002), 12:30 p.m., 101 MGB
    • “First Person Singular” (2002), 4 p.m., 102 MGB
    • Vocal recital, 5:15 p.m., 102 MGB

    Friday, April 8

    • “In Our Aunties’ Words” (2004), 10 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center
    • “Putting the Asian Diaspora in Context,” 11 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center
    • Student films, 3 p.m., 102 MGB
    • “El Norte” (1983), 7 p.m., 102 MGB. Back to top

    Tom Wunderlich named CMC executive director
    Tom Wunderlich was appointed recently as executive director of the Career Management Center (CMC). He succeeds Suzanne Martin, who was in the position for eight years.

    “Tom Wunderlich is dedicated to the success of ODU as well as the Career Management Center,” said Provost Tom Isenhour. “He works well with the administration and college deans. Most of all, he is dedicated to the success of each and every one of our students, both before and after they graduate, and after they become alumni.”

    Prior to his appointment, Wunderlich served as CMC’s interim executive director for two years. He has been a member of the CMC staff since 1989, holding a series of progressively responsible positions.

    Under his leadership, the Cyber Career Center (CCC) was created. The CCC’s “cyber career coaches” electronically provide commuter and TELETECHNET students and alumni with “Career Assistance from a Distance” in real-time. Wunderlich also for the first time made all of CMC’s services available to all ODU alumni, regardless of their year of graduation.

    Wunderlich earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in college student personnel from Southern Illinois University. Back to top

    Campus Community Campaign begins on 18th
    The Office of Development has set a goal of $152,000 for the 2005 Campus Community Campaign, which kicks off March 18.

    That amount is approximately $14,000 more than was raised last year, and coordinators are also hoping to increase the number of donors from 546 in 2004 to at least 601 this year.

    The campaign is part of the university’s annual fund drive, known as the Dominion Fund, which raises money for everything from library materials to scholarships.

    Nancy Bagranoff, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, and Blaine Taylor, men’s head basketball coach, will serve as campaign co-chairs.

    “They say charity begins at home. Old Dominion is our home and the Campus Community Campaign is our chance to support our university and the mission of higher education,” Bagranoff said.

    Added Taylor: “What makes the world go round is a sense of pride in what you’re doing, where you’re doing it and who you’re doing it with. ODU has a growing awareness of its cause and its community, thus any efforts to improve our setting is something with which we should all be involved.”

    Pledge cards and campaign material will be distributed via campus mail March 18. Back to top

    Pianist, quartet on tap for next Diehn Concerts
    Two performances in the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series are on the calendar this month.

    Pianist Nelita True will perform works by Schuman, Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Faure and Poulenc at 8 p.m. March 18, while the Johannes Quartet will perform works by Hayden, Bartók and Beethoven at 8 p.m. March 28. Both will be in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

    Winner of the 2002 Music Teachers National Association Achievement Award, True made her debut at age 17 with the Chicago Symphony and her New York debut with the Julliard Orchestra. She is currently a professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music.

    True’s concert is being held in conjunction with the 18th Annual Classical Period Piano Competition, for which she will serve as juror.

    The Johannes Quartet, which made its debut in 1998, was described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as having “accurate intonation, vigorous interaction and careful regard for the details in the score, the passion and attack that characterize the best of quartet playing.”

    Each of the musicians has spent numerous summers at the celebrated Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and participated in the New York String Seminar at Carnegie Hall.

    The Diehn Concert Series is supported by a grant from the Diehn Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for ODU faculty and staff, senior citizens and non-ODU students; and $5 for ODU students. They may be purchased in the Diehn Center atrium or by calling 683-5305. Back to top

    Playtime Theatre brings “Bingo” to the stage
    According to the popular children’s song, “There was a farmer who had a dog” ... and, well, most people know the rest.

    In playwright Chelley Merrell’s stage adaptation, however, the audience must help the farmer find his lost dog Bingo by working out a series of clues for a muddled but well-meaning cast of “letters,” each of whom has his or her own wacky problems to manage.

    The Playtime Theatre production of “BINGO” runs March 18-20 at the Stables Theatre. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for children. Call 683-5305 for tickets or more information. Back to top

    Music, art come together at Univ. Gallery concert
    Creo, ODU’s new-music ensemble, will feature a collaboration between Virginia painter Alexander Anufriev and composer Petros Ovsepyan as part of a multimedia F. Ludwig Diehn Concert at 8 p.m. April 11 and 12 at the University Gallery. A lecture will precede both concerts at 7:30 p.m. The gallery is located at 350 W. 21st St., Norfolk.

    Although composers and artists frequently use each others’ work as a source of inspiration, they rarely collaborate to compose a piece that is both musical and visual. Working together closely on a concept, Ovsepyan and Anufriev have created an interdependent work incorporating detailed composition and improvisation that can be experienced fully only in performance. The end result is musicians performing the composer’s composition in concert with the artist recreating the composition as a visual piece.

    In addition to the collaborative work by Ovsepyan and Anufriev, Creo will perform several selections.

    Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for ODU faculty and staff, and $5 for ODU students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 683-5305. Back to top

    Kosnik recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to include premiere of piece by Hailstork
    James W. Kosnik, professor of organ and music history, will play for the St. Patrick’s Cathedral 2004-05 Organ Recital Series at 4 p.m. April 3 in the well-known New York City church.

    He will perform works by Hytrek, Bohm, Mendelssohn and Vierne, as well as the premiere of “Three Studies on Gregorian Chants” by famed composer Adolphus Hailstork, ODU eminent scholar of music.

    Kosnik’s collaborations with Hailstork include the commissioning of “Five Spirituals” for Concordia Publishing House in the Laudate series, volume VI. Recently, they recorded a new organ CD, “Amazing Grace: The Organ Music of Adolphus Hailstork,” which will be released by Albany Records in the fall.

    Kosnik is the series editor of “Laudate,” a multivolume anthology of organ repertoire based on hymnody, published by Concordia.

    His most recent publication, “Jubilate,” volume I (2003), will be followed this summer by the release of a second volume. Back to top

    Nobel laureate to lecture on nanoscience March 16
    Pioneering work by the English chemist Sir Harry Kroto led to the discovery in the 1980s of hollow molecules that look like soccer balls or geodesic domes, and have become known as C60 Buckminsterfullerenes.

    These carbon molecules and their elongated cousins called nanotubes or Buckytubes could someday be the building blocks of electrical wires and circuitry so small as to be unimaginable. They also could lead to the development of super-strong materials that would revolutionize the construction of bridges and buildings.

    The discovery of the C60 molecules won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996 for Kroto and two colleagues, and advanced the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Kroto’s latest work in these fields and his predictions about their applications will be topics of his public lecture, “2010: NanoSpace Odyssey,” sponsored by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at 10 a.m. March 16 in the Big Blue Room of the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

    Mind-boggling advances in materials, medicine, pollution control, electronics and optics have been predicted as chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers press ahead with nanoscientific research.

    Robots one thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair, for example, may someday fight cancer, blood clots and infections within the body. Similar robots may be created to build even tinier complex structures for use in manufacturing.

    Kroto’s visit precedes by only three weeks a lecture by a physicist with expertise in nanoscience, Horst L. Stormer, who will be the keynote for Old Dominion’s 2nd Annual Research Exposition April 6.

    Richard Gregory, dean of the College of Sciences, said the college’s various departments use nanoscience and nanotechnology in their research and that he has organized an interdisciplinary “nano committee” to help promote the fields.

    Work in nanoscience at the university includes research by a group of scientists led by X. Nancy Xu, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Her area of expertise includes bionanotechnology and bionanomaterial. The ODU research group is studying chemical and biological reactions in real-time at the single-molecule level, with aims to unravel mysteries that inhibit understanding of diseases such as AIDS and cancer.

    Karl H. Schoenbach, eminent scholar of electrical and computer engineering, has helped to develop a process that applies 10-billionth-of-a-second pulses of electricity to destroy individual tumor cells. He and scientists working with him want to destroy cancer cells without destroying surrounding cells.

    “Nano” means one billionth, so a nanosecond is a billionth of a second and a nanometer is a billionth of a meter or a millionth of a millimeter. The prefix describes practices of science and technology in which individual atoms and molecules are the focus of research and manipulation.

    Today’s manufacturing processes such as casting, grinding and lithography are crude by comparison to the theoretical promise of nanotechnology.

    Bionanotechnology and biomimetic nanotechnology involve the application of physical sciences at the nanometer scale to biological measurement and manipulation.

    These technologies could produce molecules that would stick to and disable toxins such as those used in biowarfare. The day may come when a single detector within a human body could recognize and fight a wide array of toxins, cancer cells and other pathogens.

    A native of England, Kroto joined the faculty of Florida State University last year. He has championed the use of popular media to explain science and technology, and is a Nobel laureate who often lectures to children’s groups.

    Five faculty pairs awarded funding in new collaborative research program
    Ten faculty members have been awarded up to $17,000 per pair in the new intramural program, Summer Experience Enhancing Collaborative Research (SEECR). Pro-nounced “seeker,” the new initiative will fund pilot projects involving collaboration of faculty from different colleges.

    In its next round, the program is expected to also fund multidisciplinary collaborative research from faculty in the same college. The goal of the program is to instigate greater numbers of collaborations among faculty and to assist multidisciplinary pairs of researchers in obtaining pilot data as background for proposal submissions to federal agencies.

    Awarded by the Office of Research and administered by the Research Foundation, the program provides $6,000 stipends and up to $5,000 per pair for supplies, equipment or part-time assistance (such as a graduate or undergraduate student assistant) for an eight-week period.

    Upon completion, the principal investigators are expected to actively seek external funding to further their multidisciplinary research efforts. They will also be required to present their research findings at the university Research Exposition.

    Nine proposals were submitted for the 2005 program and five were funded:

    • Jonathan Appel, assistant professor of education leadership and counseling, and Brian K. Payne, professor of sociology and criminal justice – “Self-Control Theory and Differentiation of Self: An Investigation of Theoretical Fit and Association to Family Violence.”
    • Ali Ardalan, associate dean of the College of Business and Public Administration and professor of information technology/decision sciences, and Rabadi Ghaith, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering – “A Simulation-based Cost Modeling for Assembly Flow Shop Just-In Time Problems (Ardalan will dedicate full-time effort without financial compensation).
    • Rita DeBate, associate professor of community and environmental health, and Ravi Mukkamala, professor of computer science – “Increasing Behavioral Capacity Among Dental Practitioners Via a Web-based Eating Disorder Secondary Prevention Toolkit.”
    • H. Anna Jeng, assistant professor of community and environmental health, and Christopher Osgood, associate professor of biological sciences – “Gene Expression Technologies to Establish Biomarkers for Pfiesteria Exposure in Mammalian Cells.”
    • C. Ariel Pinto, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering, and Wayne K. Talley, eminent scholar of economics – “Port Recoverability from Security Disruptions.” Back to top

    Faculty are granted release time to pursue external funding
    Through its new Faculty Proposal Preparation Program, the Office of Research will support five faculty next fall in their efforts to obtain external funding. The goal is to financially assist the colleges by releasing faculty from their teaching commitment by one course so that high-quality, competitive proposals might be developed for submission to extramural agencies.

    “This program is based on the premise that there are faculty at the institution who have the enthusiasm and capability to be competitive for sponsored programs, yet are unable to set aside sufficient time for a systematic proposal preparation process,” said Mohammad Karim, vice president for research. “Our goal is to increase both the number of submitted proposals as well as the number of research-active faculty. Cross-college collaborations are encouraged, and additional release from coursework by the college is viewed favorably.”

    Those who have been selected for release time during the fall 2005 semester are:

    • Jie Chen, professor of political science and geography;
    • Gail Dickinson, assistant professor of education curriculum and instruction;
    • Gail Grisetti, associate professor of physical therapy;
    • Joan Mann, associate professor of MIS/decision sciences; and
    • Kimberly Adams-Tufts, associate professor of nursing. Back to top

    Andy Casiello--Head of Academic Technology Services is committed to better communication between faculty, students
    Room 217 in the Gornto TELETECHNET Center does not look any more high tech than the nine other studio classrooms in the six-year-old building, which is devoted to distance learning and other types of non-traditional instruction.

    Microphones and computer hookups are at each student’s seat in Room 217. Cameras monitor the room. There are audio/visual components here and there to promote complementary use of teaching aids, as well as to allow the instructor and students in the room to interact with students at remote locations.

    But there are design elements and ideas at work in Room 217 that make it unique in the domain of Andy Casiello, the assistant vice president for academic technology services. “Notice the rectangular table, seminar-style seating,” he said. “And the instructor’s post, it looks less like a throne, and more like a place for just another participant in the discussion.” This promotes conversation and community.

    Also, the electronics in Room 217 allow full two-way communication between all course participants, both on campus and off.

    At present, fewer than 20 percent of TELETECHNET distance-learning courses offer two-way visual connection between campus and remote locations. Most TELETECHNET interaction is limited to audio. While, for many courses, basic audio interactivity is sufficient, there is hard work going on within ATS to develop environments that allow for more personal, social interaction to occur, which builds the sense of community so important in graduate-level studies, Casiello said.

    “When it comes to Ph.D.-level graduate classes, where the student becomes the scholar and leads her own way, we have to give the reigns over from the teacher to student, and that requires a different kind of classroom environment.”

    For instruction at all levels, he added, “I have come to realize that the tail should not be wagging the dog. Technology cannot lead teaching. Learning has to lead technology. The primary focus changes from gizmos and gadgets to how people think and learn.”

    The Center for Learning Technologies, which is in Casiello’s domain, has made a concerted effort in the past year to involve faculty in the development of innovative design and practices for distance-learning classrooms. Room 217 was created to make use of some of the resulting innovations, and it has proven to be such a success that it stays booked up. Meanwhile, Academic technology Services is scrambling to find the means to clone it.

    “Room 217 is where we are doing much of our development work,” Casiello said, “and technologies that work well in that environment will be implemented on a larger scale in all of the TELETECHNET classrooms.

    Innovations at work
    “We believe the visual connection is important to the building of community, of making bonds.” Students on campus and off who are taking a course together often e-mail back and forth to try to create those bonds, but “it takes a lot of e-mails to do that and a three-month semester is not a long time. The bonds come easier when you are face-to-face,” Casiello noted.

    Professors say it is important for students, particularly graduate students, to become immersed in the learning environment, and Casiello agreed that this immersion is less likely when the student can send only his or her voice to campus. Neverthe-less, he pointed out, professors also understand that some of the “best and brightest students” may be seated in classrooms hundreds of miles away from the main campus. So the goal is to extend TELETECHNET's programs, while also making them more interactive. The $500 personal videoconferencing devices available today make it easier provide full two-way communication.

    Before coming to ODU three years ago, Casiello was vice president for technology at the online National Technological University, which has no campus or traditional educational environment. In the online setting, he said, he could believe that better technology alone could bring better communication. But now that his graduate studies at ODU have given him more exposure to educational psychology, he talks less about virtual classrooms, or “learning in the ether,” as he put it, and more about immersion in the educational environment.

    The best technological advancements, he believes, not only will provide ample means of communication, but also “get students more involved with each other and with faculty.”

    Recent ATS, CLT projects
    Technology’s supportive role for instruction becomes an interdisciplinary pursuit that makes for a more vigorous educational environment. Under Casiello’s guidance, Academic Technology Services and the Center for Learning Technologies are working with ODU’s various colleges and departments on:

    • A television production course for communications students of the College of Arts and Letters. Fifteen students are enrolled this spring, and after five weeks of basic instruction will become production interns of ATS developing programs of general interest to the university community. The best of the programs will be run on the ODUi cable channel.
    • The Instructional Design and Technology Program (in which Casiello has been a student) of the Darden College of Education. This will expand to a Ph.D. program in the fall. ID&T students are being recruited for paid internships by the CLT to assist in developing courses. Some of this work may be done under contract for outside companies and create a source of revenue to fund the internships.
    • The Academic Digital Asset Management (ADAM) Project. The CLT is leading this project, and working together with ATS, the computer science department, the colleges of Education and Arts and Letters, Perry Library, the Office of Computing and Communication Services and WHRO to move data from analog videotape storage to digital archives. The new system will allow quick, non-linear retrieval of credit courses, professional development programs, raw footage, HTML files, graphics, photos and other files that now are in stacks of hard-to-use videotapes.
    • Instructional support for faculty throughout the university via CLT’s Faculty Multi-media Development Lab, Learning Assess-ment Lab, graphics staff and multimedia design and production staffs. Services include development of PowerPoint presentations or custom-drawn illustrations and posters, training in technology-enhanced teaching aids and test giving in a proctored setting.
    • The Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM). This Department of Defense project is headed by Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab in Alexandria, and seeks to provide standards for online asynchronous course development. These are courses that students can tap into anytime, anywhere online. ODU is the only public institution in Virginia that is a member of the Co-Lab.

    Marc Jacobson appointed to Board of Visitors
    Gov. Mark R. Warner has announced the appointment of retired judge Marc Jacobson to the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors.

    Jacobson, who retired last year as a Norfolk Circuit Court judge, will fill the unexpired term of ODU alumnus Prabhav V. Maniyar, who died Oct. 25, 2004. The term will end June 30, 2006, at which time Jacobson will be eligible for reappointment to a four-year term on the board.

    Old Dominion’s Welcome Center is named for Jacobson and his wife, Connie, and they are sponsors of the university’s Raoul Wallenberg Lecture.

    ODU adds minor in motor sports engineering
    With the inauguration in January of a minor in motor sports engineering, the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology joined only two other universities in the country, Colorado State and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, in offering this unique academic concentration.

    “The worldwide motor sports industries are growing rapidly and in the U.S. account for more than $16 billion in annual business activity,” said Jim Cross, professor and chair of aerospace engineering. “Many of these business units employ a large engineering staff and the job opportunities for specialty-trained engineers are excellent. Student interest in the minor is very high.”

    Open to students majoring in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and engineering technology, the minor features a four-course sequence covering high-performance piston engines, motor sports vehicle dynamics, racecar performance and motor sports aerodynamics.

    Students will have a chance to do lab work at various sites, including ODU’s full-scale wind tunnel at Langley Air Force Base, where such NASCAR teams as Richard Petty and Rusty Wallace have tested their cars. Students will also visit the Virginia Inter-national Raceway in Danville and the skid pad in Pungo as part of their course work.

    In addition, students will take part in the annual Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The event features a race where students design, build and demonstrate a small race car.

    Women’s History Month events
    The Women’s Center has scheduled a wide variety of presentations for Women’s History Month, whose theme is “Women Changing America.” For an updated listing of the events and more information go to

    • March 15 – Primal percussion performance by the six-woman group Beleza, 7:30 p.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center.
    • March 16 – “Human Trafficking: An Unheard Chorus of Voices ... Will You Listen?”, led by Laura Lederer, senior adviser on trafficking with the U.S. State Department and featuring a dramatization by the Bold Girls Theatre Group, 7 p.m., Univ. Theatre.
    • March 17 – “Bedroom Conversations: Changes Women Have Made,” presented by Tammy Hatfield of Counseling Services, 12:30 p.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center.
    • March 21 – Ria Reynolds, visiting lecturer in women’s studies and African American studies, “Wealthy, Free Women of Color in Charleston, S.C.,” for the Women’s Studies Junior Faculty Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb Center.
    • March 22 – “Reflections,” a performance by the University Dance Theatre, 1:30 p.m., 156 Diehn Center.
    • March 22 – “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like,” facilitated by Becki Fogerty, assistant director of the Women’s Center, 7:30 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb Center.
    • March 25 – “Feminists Are Funny,” comedy night featuring The Guerrilla Girls, 6 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center.
    • March 28 – Performance by the ODU Speech Chorus, noon, Cape Charles Room, Webb Center.
    • March 29 – Feminist Activist Fair and Non-violence Fashion Show, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Mall, Webb Center.
    • March 30 – “Empowering Women and Institutional Change on College Campuses,” presented by Pat Hyer, associate provost at Virginia Tech, noon, River Rooms, Webb Center.

    Throughout the month of March, Perry Library will feature an exhibit in its lobby that takes an entertaining look at women’s fashion: “Fashion Is Fun, Frivolous, Fancy, Funky, Futuristic ...”

    Prison alumni like [Martha] Stewart “say there are a lot of comparisons between house arrest and jail, in terms of the loss of your freedom and the control that the state still has over you. They say it’s like being in jail, except you don’t run out of small things like toilet paper.” (Brian Payne, professor of sociology an criminal justice)

    – “Martha: Tale of two prisons”, March 2

    “You get an opportunity to help these kids live out their dream. For some of them, it’s the most important thing in the world. Even if it’s an opportunity to play for only one or two seasons, it means more to them at that time in their life than anything else. I like being part of that.” (Nathan Olansen, ODU class of 1996, an attorney and manager of Dominion Sports Management, which represents soccer players in contract talks and tryouts with teams around the globe)

    – “Upholding players’ dreams”
    Daily Press, Feb. 24

    “Few people in the commonwealth of Virginia would ever think of comparing Old Dominion University scientist and faculty member Cynthia Jones with baseball legends Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox or Frank Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles. ... In fact, she should be credited with capturing a Triple Crown of an academic variety after being one of the 12 Virginia faculty members across the commonwealth selected to receive one of the annual outstanding teaching awards presented by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education on Feb. 15.” (John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement)

    – “Other voices: Area boasts fine college faculty”
    Daily Press, Feb. 18

    “I think it will divide the country even more so than it is now. Kids learn a lot by being associated with diversity. Many private schools are wonderful, but some have very narrow perspectives.” (Bill Cunningham, eminent scholar of educational leadership and counseling)

    – “Capital lessons: Norfolk Academy and others raise millions for new buildings”
    Inside Business, Feb. 14

    “This would be bad news if we had a shrinking economy, but that’s not the case.” (Gilbert R. Yochum, professor of economics, on the potential loss of 1,000 jobs at NASA Langley Research Center and a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier)

    – “Analysis: Three-way fight for carrier”
    A UPI story in The Washington Times, Feb. 10

    “She really resuscitated the book. The book wasn’t selling that well and was headed for the bargain basement.” (Sheri Reynolds, associate professor of English, on her book “The Rapture of Canaan” being an Oprah’s Book Club pick in 1997)

    – “Dewey Beach writer’s conference attracts award-winning writers, poets”
    The Daily Times, Feb. 10

    “Like Marie Antoinette, IT departments seem unaware that the users are restless and showing signs of rebellion. That is the bad news. The good news is that, like most threats, there are opportunities for those who optimistically face reality and adjust to the challenges posed by the threats.” (Joan Mann, associate professor of MIS/decision sciences)

    – “User rising”
    CIO, Australia’s Magazine for Information Executives, Feb. 4
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