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Profacts Received Through March 31

Profacts Received Through March 31

ProFacts welcomes post-announcements from faculty and staff regarding professional achievements. Items may be submitted for: Appointments/Elections, Awards, Books, Certifications, Commissions, Compositions/Arrangements, Degrees, Exhibitions, Papers/Presentations, Patents, Performances and Publications. Send your submissions to: sdaniel@odu.edu.

The following announcements were received through March 31, 2010


LEIGH BUTLER, director of teacher education services the Darden College of Education, appointed editor of the Teacher Educators' Journal.

JOHN SOKOLOWSKI, from interim executive director to executive director of ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center.


KAAVONIA HINTON-JOHNSON, assistant professor of teaching and learning and director of the Tidewater Writing Project, honored by the Ohioana Library Association for her book "Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy" (Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature, 2008). The association, which recognizes the work of Ohio writers, as well as books about Ohio, holds an annual program to honor the year's Hamilton County area authors, illustrators and composers.

YUPING LIU-THOMPKINS, associate professor of marketing and E.V. Williams Faculty Fellow, elected a Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research, a global foundation and think tank focused on the latest developments in media and communications.


RICHARD NICKEL, associate professor of art, had his work accepted by the Lux Center for the Arts second annual National Juried Cup Exhibition in Lincoln, Neb., Linda Arbuckle, juror, and the 18th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Sherman Hall, juror.


COLIN BRITCHER, chair of the aerospace engineering department, quoted in a March 30 Daily Press story, "ODU considers building wind tunnel in Danville."

Wind Tunnel

KENT CARPENTER, professor of biological sciences, interviewed March 13 for a CBS News story, "Coral reefs face extinction within century."

Coral Reef

He was also quoted in a March 18 USA Today story, "Caviar demand threatens Caspian Sea sturgeon."

Endangered Sturgeon

MICHAEL PEARSON, professor of English, quoted in a March 26 College Reporter story, "Visiting travel writer brings worldwide adventures to F&M."


VINOD AGARWAL, professor of economics, quoted in a March 29 Inside Business story, "Tomorrow's jobs won't be same as yesterday's."

Tomorrow's Jobs

JESSE RICHMAN, assistant professor of political science and geography, quoted in a March 23 Virginian-Pilot story, "Health care bill's process proved to be unappetizing."

Health Care Bill Process

STEPHEN SHAPIRO, assistant professor of human movement sciences, quoted in a March 16 USA Today story, "NCAA basketball tournament dodges conference bias."

NCAA Conference Bias

MARGIE MULHOLLAND, associate professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, quoted in a March 11 Virginian-Pilot story, "Seas' acidity threatens life, livelihoods, film says."

Sea Acidity Threat

DONALD SWIFT, Slover Professor of Oceanography, an op-ed in the March 7 Virginian-Pilot, "Global warming and the basic laws of physics."

Global Warming

LEE BOUVIER, adjunct faculty member, sociology, quoted in a March 7 Virginian-Pilot story, "Tough economy forces some young adults to 'boomerang.'"

Young Adults Boomerang


JOHN ADAM, University Professor and Professor of Mathematics, "Mathematical Patterns in Nature," the keynote speech at the Pi-Mu-Epsilon Math Honor Society induction ceremony at Christopher Newport University. Also, "A Mathematical Nature Walk" at Utah Valley University in Orem, where he led a mathematical nature walk at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort.

TIMOTHY MOTLEY, J. Robert Stiffler Professor of Botany, "Botany and Natural History of the Remote Island of Rapa Iti" at the annual banquet meeting of the Torrey Botanical Society at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Torrey Society is believed to be the oldest such society in the United States.

WILLIAM OWINGS, professor of educational leadership, "The Future of School Finance Litigation: A Discussion of Educational Accountability in the Face of Economic Challenges and Technological Change" at the American Education Finance Association meeting.


RICHARD NICKEL, associate professor of art, was among more than 120 ceramic artists who were featured, along with color photos of their work, in the book "Ceramics Today," Jeffrey B. Snyder, editor (Schiffer Books).

SONIA YACO, special collections librarian and university archivist, "Documenting the Struggle for Integrated Virginia Schools: A Case Study" in the conference proceedings of Conference of SUV (section on University and Research Institution Archives) and the Fourth Meeting on Scientific Archives: The Nature of University and Research Institution Archives: An International Perspective, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her previous article on Encoded Archival Description was cited extensively in OCLC Research's report "Over, Under, Around, and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD Implementation," published in 2010; available online at: www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-04.pdf. Co-authors are Michele Combs, Mark Matienzo, Merrilee Proffitt and Lisa Spiro..

This highlight was posted on: April 1, 2010

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