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Three ODU Faculty Appointed Eminent Scholars

Old Dominion University has appointed three new faculty members to the ranks of its eminent scholars, effective at the start of the 2009-10 academic year. Provost Carol Simpson, who made the announcement, said she endorsed the recommendations of Lawrence Hatab, Leposava Vuskovic and Li Xu by the Eminent Scholar Committee.

The eminent scholars designation was established to recognize faculty members of unusual merit and service to the university. Only faculty members holding the rank of full professor may be considered for this honor.

Hatab, who holds the titles of University Professor and Louis I. Jaffe Professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, has taught at the university for 32 years. He was one of two ODU faculty members, and one of only 12 statewide, to win a 2009 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award.

Hatab has had great success teaching some of the most demanding thinkers in the Western tradition. The only member in the College of Arts and Letters to have received both its teaching and research award, Hatab is also a nationally and internationally recognized scholar. He has published six books (all monographs) and more than 40 articles, book chapters and reviews. John D. Caputo, arguably the premier Continental philosopher in the country, calls him "one of the major philosophers writing in the Continental tradition in the United States."

Hatab recently completed his 12th year as department chair. During this tenure, his many notable achievements included restructuring the degree requirements and implementing a new track in political and legal studies, primarily for prelaw students

Vuskovic, who is "Lepsha" to her friends, is an experimental atomic physicist. She joined Old Dominion in 1993 after serving on the faculty of New York University and as director of the Atomic, Laser and High Energy Physics Division of the Institute of Physics at the University of Belgrade. In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for important and sustained work on electron collisions with ground state and excited atoms by creating a number of remarkable experimental techniques."

Her research includes work with NASA to investigate the use of silver membranes to dissociate the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere in order to produce oxygen. She also has researched ways to convert kinetic energy of spacecraft into useful forms, rather than heat, during entry into the Martian atmosphere. At the Jefferson Lab in Newport News, she has studied ways to make accelerating cavities more efficient.

Vuskovic's renown as a faculty adviser was recognized by the university in 2008 when she won a Doctoral Mentor Award.

Xu is a professor of information systems and decision sciences in the College of Business and Public Administration. He teaches database, data warehousing, data mining, business intelligence and other courses.

Xu's research interests include management information system foundational theory and methodologies, business intelligence, enterprise information systems in e-commerce, enterprise resource planning and intelligent systems.

He has received a National Science Foundation grant of over $400,000 and published more than 100 papers in 73 refereed journals. He was elected to the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences as a Distinguished Scholar in 2003 and received the Changjiang Endowed Chair Professorship in 2007. One of his external reviewers stated, "Dr. Xu has addressed problems such as how to simulate societal systems and how to simulate demographic and economic systems. These are extremely difficult problems to address, [and he] did not try to use the same set of research tools to address the various problems."

This article was posted on: April 29, 2009

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