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Profacts Received Through May 31

Profacts Received Through May 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 May 31. 2010.


JOHN BRODERICK, president, appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. The commission includes the presidents of seven other Virginia colleges and universities, as well as a number of business, education policy and government officials.

FRED DOBBS, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard to a committee to conduct a study that will significantly inform their efforts to derive environmentally protective numeric ballast water discharge limits in the next Vessel General Permit. The study will take into account estuarine and freshwater systems, including the Great Lakes and other inland navigable waters, as well as the waters of the three-mile territorial sea.

THOMAS SOCHA, University Professor of Communication, elected president of the Southern States Communication Association. This year, as SSCA vice president, he was the primary planner of the association's annual convention in Memphis, which turned out to be the largest convention in the association's 80-year history (757 presenters).


MALCOLM SCULLY, assistant professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation, which will support his innovative research of oxygen-depleted areas of the Chesapeake Bay.


MAURICE BERUBE, eminent scholar emeritus and professor emeritus of educational leadership, and CLAIR BERUBE, 2001 doctoral graduate in education and currently assistant professor of education and continuing studies at Hampton University, "The Moral University" (Rowman & Litttlefield, 2010).

JIE CHEN, Louis I. Jaffe Professor of Political Science and chair of the political science and geography department, and Bruce J. Dickson, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, "Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change" (Harvard University Press, 2010).

ROD EVANS, lecturer of philosophy, "Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions that Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong" (Perigee, 2010).


MICHAEL SEILER, professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate Economic Development, quoted in a May 29 Virginian-Pilot story, A study in home buying: What do people like in online reality sites?"

Home Buying Online

JAMES KOCH, president emeritus and Board of Visitors Professor of Economics, quoted in a May 28 Daily Press story, "Hampton Roads home prices rose quickly, falling slowly," and a May 24 Virginian-Pilot story, "Big risk, big boon: Offshore drilling could create 15,000 jobs."

Home Prices

Offshore Drilling

LARRY ATKINSON, professor and eminent scholar of oceanography, interviewed May 26 for a WVEC-TV news report, "Local expert offers insight into oil spill's impact on coast"; also, quoted in a May 30 Richmond Times-Dispatch story, "Spill fears reach the coast of Virginia," and a May 12 Philadelphia Inquirer story, "Spill prompts doubts over Atlantic oil drilling."

Oil Spill Impact

Oil Spill Fears for Virginia

Doubts Over Drilling

VINOD AGARWAL, professor of economics, quoted in a May 26 Virginian-Pilot story, "ODU report: Region's economy recovering without new jobs," and in a May 11 Pilot story, "Home sales up, prices down in Hampton Roads."

Economic Recovery

Home Sales Up

DAVID BURDIGE, professor and eminent scholar of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, quoted in a May 23 Washington Post story, "Va. Attorney general off to rocky start with state colleges." He also wrote a letter to the editor in the May 9 Virginian-Pilot, "Academic freedom?"

VA Atty General and Higher Ed

Academic Freedom

ANN GRANDY, executive director of the ODU Community Development Corp., quoted in a May 20 Portfolio Weekly story, "ODU to host conference for girls and young women this Sat."

Conference for Women and Girls

RICHARD LANDERS, assistant professor of psychology, quoted in a May 17 Popular Science story, "Unleashing a swarm of augmented-reality cockroaches to fight bug phobias."


GARY EDGERTON, chair of communication and theatre arts, quoted in May 16 and May 14 Philadelphia Inquirer stories, "A '40s hint of the future" and "Reality TV saturating life in the real world."

Hint of the Future

Reality TV

DAVID SWAIN, professor of exercise science, was quoted in a May 10 Los Angeles Time story, "Weighing in on the Shake Weight."

Weighing In

MAILLE LYONS, postdoctoral research associate, ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, was quoted in a May 7 Science Now story, "Kon-Tiki, bacteria style," and a May 4 National Science Foundation story, "Islands of germs: Researchers discover pathogens floating on tiny clumps of aquatic detritus."

Kon-Tiki Bacteria Style

Islands of Germs

LARRY FILER, associate professor of economics, was quoted in a May 9 Virginian-Pilot story, "Old, slow and not too bright. Welcome to Hampton Roads?

Welcome to Hampton Roads?

TOM WUNDERLICH, assistant dean for career management, was quoted in a May 9 Virginian-Pilot story, "Degree of difficulty in finding a job."

Finding Jobs

DEBBIE WHITE, senior associate athletic director, was featured in a May 9 Daily Press story, "Debbie White juggles duties as mom and an administrator at ODU."

Big Mom on Campus

JEFFREY RICHARDS, chair of English, was quoted in a May 2 Chronicle of Higher Education story, "Faculty job interviews move from scholarly meetings to campuses."

Changing Faculty Job Interviews

JOHN BRODERICK, president, was quoted in a May 5 Virginian-Pilot story, ODU launches Business Gateway," and a May 5 Virginia Business story, "ODU launches initiative to help local businesses and entrepreneurs."

Launch of Business Gateway

ODU Launches Initiative for Business/

PATRICK HATCHER, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was quoted in a May 3 Offshore Wind story, "USA: 10% of Virginia's energy could come from offshore wind."

Energy from Offshore Wind


SONIA YACO, special collection librarian and university archivist, "Diversifying Our Patron and Donor Base: Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project" at the Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Conference in Richmond.


JOHN NUNNERY, interim executive director of the Center for Educational Partnerships, and Sam Stringfield, Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville, as lead author, "School Improvement Strategies and Whole School Designs for Enhancing Student Achievement" in E. Baker, P. Peterson and M. McGaw, (eds), International Encyclopaedia of Education, 3rd edition (Amsterdam: Elsevier).

RENEE OLANDER, director and assistant professor, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, three poems, "Conquest: Turtle Island," "Memory" and "Keeping the Pearls," in vol. 21 (spring 2010) of The Café Review. Also, a poem, "On First Looking, and Looking Again," on The Chronicle of Higher Education Monthly Blog, April 2010


JANIS SANCHEZ-HUCLES, professor, and DONALD DAVIS, associate professor, psychology, "Women and Women of Color in Leadership: Complexity, Identity and Intersectionality" in a special issue (vol. 65) of American Psychologist, on diversity and leadership.

This highlight was posted on: June 2, 2010

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