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The following announcements were received through Aug. 28, 2009.


GARY EDGERTON, professor and chair of communication and theatre arts, appointed to the editorial advisory board of Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

VISHNU LAKDAWALA, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, elected chair of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission. Lakdawala, who recently completed the final year of his second four-year appointment as an HRSD commissioner, will serve as chair until June 30, 2010.

GUANG LEA LEE, associate professor of reading education, elected to the board of directors of the Northampton County Education Foundation Inc.

DEBRA MAJOR, professor of psychology, elected to the governing council of the American Psychological Association representing the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1.

WILLIAM OWINGS, professor of educational leadership and counseling, appointed editor of The Journal for Effective Schools, a national refereed journal published twice a year.

ARACELI SUZARA, director, Filipino American Student Cultural Center, appointed to the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast's board of directors in March 2009.


MOHAMAD ALKADRY, associate professor of urban studies and public administration, named the 2009 Khi V. Thai Public Procurement Research Scholar of the Year by the Public Procurement Research Center.

JOHN BRODERICK, president, the Julian F. Hirst Award from Lead Hampton Roads. The award recognizes LHR graduates who exemplify excellence in community, civic and professional leadership.

DENNIS DARBY, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, a "Best Paper" award as co-author of "210Pb-226Ra-230Th Systematics in Very Low Sedimentation Rate Sediments from the Mendeleev Ridge (Arctic Ocean)" in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2008. The authors are: Christelle Not, Claude Hillaire-Marcel, Bassam Ghaleb, Leonid Polyak and Darby.

MICHELE DARBY, eminent scholar of dental hygiene and graduate program director for the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene, a Fulbright Scholar award to teach, train and conduct research at Jordan University of Science and Technology from Jan. 1 to May 15, 2010.

TIMOTHY MOTLEY, J. Robert Stiffler Professor of Botany, an award from the Botanical Society of America for recruiting the most members to the society over the past year.

PETER SCHULMAN, associate professor of French and international studies, named

Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Educational Ministry. The honor goes to outstanding teachers and professors.

JAMES SWEENEY, associate professor of history, the Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography, presented by the Virginia Historical Society, as editor of "Race, Reason, and Massive Resistance: The Diary of David J. Mays, 1954-1958" (University of Georgia Press). The annual award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

SUZAN THOMPSON, visiting assistant professor of counseling and human services, a certificate of excellence from the Norfolk Community Services Board "for her unwavering support and commitment in the oversight and implementation of the Outpatient Counseling Center in partnership with Old Dominion University."

QI "HARRY" ZHANG, assistant professor of community and environmental health, a "Best Published Research Article of the Year Award" from the Society of General Internal Medicine for an article he co-authored, "The Effect of Comorbid Illness and Functional Status on the Expected Benefits of Intensive Glucose Control in Older Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Decision Analysis." It appeared last year in Annals of Internal Medicine of the American College of Physicians. Elbert Huang, a medical doctor and researcher at the University of Chicago, is the first author and Zhang is the second author. Three other researchers also contributed to the article.


JOHN ADAM, University Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, "A Mathematical Nature Walk" (Princeton University Press, 2009).

MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL, Mina Hohenberg Darden Chair in Creative Writing, a volume of poetry, "And" (BOA Editions, May 2009).

JEFFREY JONES, associate professor of communication, co-editor of "Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era" (NYU Press, 2009). The editors are: Jonathan Gray, Jones and Ethan Thompson. Jones also co-wrote the book's opening essay and contributed another essay.

TATYANA LOBOVA, visiting assistant professor of biological sciences and a researcher with the Kaplan Orchid Conservatory, lead author of "Seed Dispersal by Bats in the Neotropics" (New York Botanical Garden Press). The co-authors are: Cullen Geiselman, joint doctoral student at Columbia University and the Institute of Systemic Botany at the NYBG, and Scott Mori, the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany at the Institute of Systematic Botany.


CLAY MCGLAMORY, adjunct assistant professor of art, "Chromatic Synergy" at the Selden Gallery in Norfolk, June 26 to July 30, 2009.


JOHN ADAM, University Professor of Mathematics, "Fermi Problems, Guesstimation and the Goldilocks Principle" to managers at the Amerigroup Corp. in Virginia Beach. Also, "Guesstimation, Fermi Problems and the Goldilocks Principle" to the Engineers' Club of the Virginia Peninsula.

ROBERT ASH, professor of aerospace engineering, a seminar, "Opportunities for Atmospheric Research Collaboration Using CubeSat Satellites," to Hampton University's Center for Atmospheric Sciences.

MONA DANNER, professor of sociology and criminal justice, a discussion of the art of salary negotiation for female academic professionals for the University of Delaware's annual Women of Excellence Lecture.

GARY R. EDGERTON, professor and chair of communication and theatre arts, "Situation Tragedy: The Banality of Tony Soprano" at annual American Culture Association Conference in New Orleans.

PATRICK HATCHER, Batten Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences, "Molecular Characterization of Atmospheric Particulates Using Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry" at the Goldschmidt 2009 Conference, "Challenges to Our Volatile Planet," in Davos, Switzerland.

JOHN HOLSINGER, eminent professor emeritus of biological sciences, "Development and Application of a Database for the Subterranean Amphipod Crustacean Genera Stygobromus and Bactrurus" at the 15th International Congress of Speleology in Kerrville, Texas. Co-authors are JUSTIN SHAFER, graduate student of biological sciences, and GRACE SCHULTE, former student of biological sciences.

JEFFREY JONES, associate professor of communication and theatre arts, "Satire for Change and Profit: Popular Politics On-Line in the 2008 Election"; "The Repopularization of Politics: How Popular Media Have Revived 19th Century Political Practices"; "Viewer Engagement Beyond the Audience-Citizen Dialectic"; and "Network Talk Shows in the Age of Digital Distribution" at the International Communication Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.

KARIN ORVIS, assistant professor of psychology, "The Moderating Role of Personality in Determining the Optimal Degree of Learner Control in e-learning Environments" at the 2009 Academy of Management Conference. Co-authors are ROBERT BRUSSO, a graduate student of psychology, Michael Wasserman and Sandra Fisher.

JAMES SWEENEY, associate professor of history, "Profile of a Twentieth Century Diarist: David J. Mays of Richmond, Virginia" at the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville, Va.

SONIA YACO, special collections librarian and university archivist, a paper about ODU's Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project, which she co-chairs, at the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists. Her paper was part of a panel, "Meeting the Challenge: Documenting Under-represented Communities and Topics Through Cooperative Collecting."


PETER SCHULMAN, associate professor of French and international studies, was executive producer of the play "LOST," by Arnold Schulman, which was performed at the Looking Glass Theater in New York City by the Haberdasher Theatre Company May 7-16.


ROBERT ASH, professor of aerospace engineering, "Volume Viscosity in Fluids with Multiple Dissipative Processess" in vol. 21, issue 3 of Physics of Fluids. Co-author is Allan Zuckerwar, a retired NASA researcher and occasional adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at ODU.

CRAIG BAYSE, associate professor and graduate program director of chemistry and biochemistry, and SONIA ANTONY, graduate student, "Modeling the Oxidation of Ebselen and Other Organoselenium Compounds Using Explicit Solvent Networks" in vol. 113 of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Also, "Theoretical Studies of [2,3]-Sigmatropic Rearrangements of Allylic Selenoxides and Selenimides" in vol. 14 of Molecules.

JOHN HOLSINGER, eminent professor emeritus of biological sciences, "Gammarus cohabitus, a New Species of Subterranean Amphipod Crustacean (Gammaridae) from Groundwater Habitats in Central Pennsylvania, USA" in vol. 6 of Subterranean Biology. Co-authors are JUSTIN SHAFER, graduate student of biological sciences, and Daniel Fong and David Culver of American University,

JEFFREY JONES, associate professor of communication and theatre arts, the following book chapters: "Pop Goes the Campaign: The Repopularization of Politics in Election 2008" in R. E. Denton Jr.'s (Ed.), "The 2008 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective" (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers); "Believable Fictions: Redactional Culture and the Will to Truthiness" in B. Zelizer's (Ed.) "The Changing Faces of Journalism: Tabloidization, Technology and Truthiness" (New York: Routledge); and "I Want My Talk TV: Network Talk Shows in a Digital Universe" in A. Lotz's (Ed.) "Beyond Prime Time: Television Programming in the Post-Network Era" (New York: Routledge).

YUPING LIU, associate professor of marketing and E. V. Williams Faculty Fellow, and L.J. Shrum, "A Dual-Process Model of Interactivity Effects" in vol. 38, no. 1 of The Journal of Advertising.

KARIN ORVIS, assistant professor of psychology, S.L. Fisher and M.E. Wasserman, "Power to the People: Using Learner Control to Improve Trainee Reactions and Learning in Web-based Instructional Environments in vol. 94, no. 4 of Journal of Applied Psychology.

This highlight was posted on: September 4, 2009

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