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Reservations due March 12 for Friends of the Library Author Dinner

  • Tim Seibles
  • John Adam

Poet Tim Seibles will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries 16th Annual Author Dinner Friday, March 19, in the River Rooms of Webb Center. An associate professor of English and creative writing at ODU, he is the author of several books of poetry.

Friends of the ODU Libraries will also present its Outstanding Achievement Award to John Adam, University Professor of Mathematics.

The program begins with a reception and cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. The evening's events will also include a silent auction.

Tickets, which must be purchased by Friday, March 12, are $35 per person ($30 for life members of the organization). Checks, payable to Friends of the ODU Libraries, should go to: FoL Author Dinner, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529. Parking is free in the circle lot on 49th Street beside Webb Center and in Parking Garage E at 49th and Elkhorn Avenue.

Since joining the ODU faculty in 1995, Seibles has taught 52 undergraduate and graduate courses, including numerous writing workshops at all levels. He has received six grants from the Norfolk Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the National Writers Project. His books of poetry include "Buffalo Head Solos," "Hammerlock," "Ten Miles an Hour," "Kerosene," "Hurdy-Gurdy" and "Body Moves." His books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the University Village Bookstore.

Seibles' work has been included in many anthologies, including: "Under the Rock Umbrella," "Rainbow Darkness," "The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry," "The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales," "Humor Me" and "Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art."

Seibles is poet-in-residence at Bucknell University for the spring semester 2010.

Adam joined the ODU faculty in 1984. While his research has covered a variety of areas, during the last 15 years he has been involved in mathematical biology, specifically developing mathematical models of tumor growth and metastasis, and mathematical models for wound healing in bone.

The recipient of a 2007 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, he recently was an invited speaker for the Delft Symposium on Mathematical Models for Wound Healing, held at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.

Adam is co-editor of "A Survey of Models for Tumor/Immune System Dynamics" and co-author, with Larry Weinstein (ODU University Professor of Physics), of "Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin."

He is also the author of the award-winning "Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World" and "A Mathematical Nature Walk."

Adam is currently at work on a follow-up book, "A Mathematical City Walk," and has a contract to write a graduate text in the Princeton Series in Applied Mathematics, titled "Rays, Waves and Scattering: Topics in Classical Mathematical Physics."

This article was posted on: March 8, 2010

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