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University News for Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Area Residents Rate Hampton Roads Quality of Life Higher In New ODU Survey

After recording perceptions of an overall decline in the quality of life in Hampton Roads between 2010 and 2011, an annual survey conducted by Old Dominion University's Social Science Research Center (SSRC) reveals that area residents are starting to feel a bit more optimistic about living conditions in the region.

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Old Dominion University Named to 2013 Military Friendly Schools List

For the fourth straight year, Old Dominion University has been named to the list of Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.

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Gov. McDonnell Will Give Keynote Address at VMASC Conference Sept. 26

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) on Wednesday, Sept. 26, for a national symposium on modeling and simulation.

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ODU Researchers Say Level of Chesapeake Bay Rising Faster Today

A new study by an Old Dominion University oceanographer and a precocious undergraduate student has found that sea level in the Chesapeake Bay is now rising faster than in the past.

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ODU Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off Sept. 20 with Speaker, Dinner

Celebrating the theme "Diversity United, Building America's Future Today," Old Dominion University will mark Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events throughout the month of September and early October.

Ines Bustillo, director of the Washington office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), will be the featured speaker for the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Big Blue Room of the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Bustillo's keynote address, "Forging Links Towards Prosperity in the Americas," will be the highlight of the evening, which also includes music by Tumbao Salsero and dinner provided by De Rican Chef.

The event is sponsored the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the ODU Hispanic and Latino Employee Association, and ODU's Office of International Programs and Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services. To attend, RSVP at http://bit.ly/oirHHMC.

Bustillo joined ECLAC in 1989 as economic affairs officer, working on a variety of topics including macroeconomic analysis, international trade and finance. Previously, she was professor of economics at Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City and visiting faculty member at American University. Other positions held include consultant to the World Bank, the Center for Latin American and Monetary Studies and Operadora de Bolsa in Mexico City.

Bustillo, a national of Uruguay, earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from American University.

Other Hispanic Heritage Month events at ODU include:

  • Voter's Rights and Responsibilities Forum, noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, Chesapeake Room, Webb Center. Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations and the Social Entrepreneurs Council;
  • "Latinization of America and Comprehensive Immigration Reform," 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, Chesapeake/Portsmouth/Virginia Beach Rooms, Webb Center. Featuring Robert Aponte, Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis. Sponsored by Virginia Organizing, La Unidad Latina;
  • Spark Change Theatre presents "Tambien la Lluvia" ("Even the Rain"), 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, Intercultural Center, 2114 Webb Center. Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations and the Social Entrepreneurs Council;
  • Global Café, noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, Intercultural Center. Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations;
  • Women's Issues Panel, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center. Panelists will discuss various topics including women's health access, reproductive rights and violence against women. Sponsored by Virginia Organizing, La Unidad Latina, the ODU Women's Center, YWCA, the Social Entrepreneurs Council and Office of Intercultural Relations; and
  • Café con Leche, 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, North Cafeteria, Webb Center. Sponsored by the Latino Student Alliance and La Unidad Latina.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, or any programming at ODU's Office of Intercultural Relations, contact the office at 683-4406 or oir@odu.edu.

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ODU, Botanical Garden Sponsoring Mushroom 'Find and Dine' Workshop

A sauté of wild mushrooms can be delicious, but most folks aren't brave enough to forage for fungi because they doubt their ability to identify the ones that are good - and safe - to eat.

Just in time for this fall's foraging season, the Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) and Old Dominion University are joining forces to help remedy this standoff. On Saturday, Sept. 22, at NBG, Alan Muskat, who is known as "The Mushroom Man," will lead "Mushroom Workshop: Find and Dine." The workshop will include instruction on how to identify and find desirable mushrooms, and also how to cook them.

Muskat, who is based in Asheville, N.C., and has appeared frequently on travel and cooking shows on television, is the author of the book "Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment." But he often advises newcomers to mushroom foraging to learn from a "human" field guide, not a book.

He will provide this human guidance at the workshop, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a mushroom hunt, a cooking demonstration and a tasting. The cost is $66 for NBG members and $76 for others. For more information, visit www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.

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ODU Peninsula Higher Education Center to Host Technology Showcase and Open House Sept. 27

Multidisciplinary, 3-D technology, which can help teach, train and imagine the future, will be on display at the Technology Showcase and Open House on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Old Dominion University's Peninsula Higher Education Center.

ODU's Batten College of Engineering and Technology, College of Business and Public Administration, and Department of Computer Science are hosting the event at the center, which is located at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

The daylong event will feature displays by Microsoft, Anybots, EON Reality and ODU's Center for Advanced Engineering Environments (CAEE). Demonstrations will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by an open house from 4-7 p.m.

Attendees can see how 3-D technology is changing how we learn, teach, train and do business, and also meet with college representatives and admissions counselors to discuss Old Dominion and the Peninsula Center as options for academic study.

Microsoft will have representatives on hand to demonstrate its advanced interfaces, including Microsoft Kinect for Windows and the company's brain-based interface (thought control of the computer).

Ahmed Noor, ODU professor of engineering and CAEE director, will lead demonstrations of the center's research into advanced learning environments and networks.

Since 2001, CAEE researchers have worked closely with researchers from NASA, other universities and major software vendors to incorporate new developments into commercial systems, making research advances available to industry in a timely manner.

The Peninsula Higher Education Center is a state-of-the-art academic facility aligned with ODU's mission to promote the advancement of knowledge. The Peninsula Center supports a wide array of graduate and undergraduate programs that meet the needs of the local community.

The center currently offers 24 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs with more than 200 classes scheduled each week. Education programs include teacher licensure, as well as advanced degrees in instruction and administration.

The center is also home to CAEE and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

For more information about the Technology Showcase and Open House, call the ODU Peninsula Center at 757-766-5200 or email phec@odu.edu. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested for groups of 15 or more.

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Physics Open House Is Sept. 29

If you want to know more about the secrets of the Universe, or if you simply wonder what makes your hair stand on end, the Physics Open House at Old Dominion University on Saturday, Sept. 29, is where you can find answers.

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Groundbreaking for New Engineering Building Will Kick Off College's 50th Anniversary Celebrations

A groundbreaking event on Oct. 5 for the new Systems Research and Academics Building of Old Dominion University's Batten College of Engineering and Technology will kick off a year's worth of celebrations as the college commemorates 50 years of existence.

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Café Spice Brings a Taste of India to Webb Center Food Court

The sound of modern hip-hop beats with an Indian flavor filled the food court of Old Dominion University's Webb Center on Tuesday, Aug. 28, as Café Spice: A Taste of India opened its first on-campus location in Virginia.

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Filer Appointed Associate Dean in ODU's Business College

As Old Dominion University's College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) wrestles with the competitive environment for M.B.A. programs, regionally and nationwide, the college has appointed Larry "Chip" Filer, associate professor of economics, as associate dean of executive programs and external affairs.

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Sea Level Rise Initiative Has Key Role at OCEANS '12

Researchers affiliated with ODU's Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) will be key participants in "OCEANS '12, Harnessing the Power of the Ocean," an international meeting expected to draw 2,500 engineers and scientists to Virginia Beach in October.

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