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Commission on Technology and Science to Meet at ODU Today

Old Dominion University will host a meeting of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) today. The meeting, which is open to the public, will include a number of presentations that together will give an overview of research initiatives at the university.

The first two presentations will be held in the Webb Center Board Room, and the next three will take place at the E.V. Williams Engineering and Computational Sciences Building. The final session will be held at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center.

The following is a tentative agenda:

• 9-9:30 a.m. - ODU research and technology overview, with presentations by Mohammad Karim, vice president for research; Oktay Baysal, dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology; and Bob Ash, associate vice president for research.

• 9:30-9:55 a.m. - Briefing by Richard Heller, executive director of the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics.

• 10:10-10:30 a.m. - Briefing on robotics research by Vijayan Asari, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

• 10:30-10:55 a.m. - Demonstration of a virtual operating room by Mark Scerbo, professor of psychology.

• 11 a.m. to noon - Briefing by Pat Hatcher, executive director of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium, and other members of the group.

• 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Briefing and tour of VMASC, led by John Sokolowski, interim director.

JCOTS was created by the 1997 Virginia General Assembly as a permanent legislative commission. The commission is charged to generally study all aspects of technology and science and to promote the development of technology and science in Virginia through sound public policies.

The commission, which is headed by Delegate Joe May, consists of seven delegates and five senators.

"It is an honor to host Delegate May and the other members of the commission, and we appreciate the opportunity to highlight some of our outstanding research initiatives," said President John Broderick.

"I am confident that a number of our faculty researchers can play a role in providing scientific and technological solutions in support of JCOTS policy development."

For more information about the meeting, call Jim DeAngio at 683-5359.

This article was posted on: July 9, 2009

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