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ODU Makes Gains in Research and Development Expenditures Rankings

The latest research and development (R&D) expenditures data released by the National Science Foundation (NSF) show that Old Dominion University attained Top 100 rankings in 16 academic areas and made overall gains in several funding categories in fiscal 2009.

Mohammad A. Karim, the ODU vice president for research, said the university moved up one spot this past year from 112th to 111th in total R&D spending among the nation's public universities. In the past six years, ODU has moved up 20 positions in this category.

For fiscal 2009, ODU maintained its rating of 61st for total R&D spending among universities without a medical school.

The university's rankings in federal-source R&D expenditures showed relative gains in funding from NASA, NSF and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Among these, the most impressive jump was in NIH support, where ODU moved up 12 positions in one year and has gained 100 positions in the past six years. ODU lost ground slighting in its ranks for federal funding from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

The Top 100 academic categories in total R&D expenditures at ODU are aerospace engineering (19th), business management (15th), civil engineering (71st), economics (73rd), education (9th) , electrical engineering (50th), engineering (64th), environmental science (55th), humanities (31st), mathematics (87th), mechanical engineering (98th), non-science and non-engineering (24th), oceanography (35th), physics (94th), political science (72nd), and visual and performing arts (8th).

Karim noted specific areas of growth for ODU, such as in federal funding for environmental research. ODU stood at 89th in this category in fiscal 2008, but jumped to 39th last year.

ODU also moved up in federal funding for psychology from 166th to 104th, for civil engineering from 152nd to 71st, for life science from 216th to 158th, for social science from 169th to 115th and for medical science from 217th to 157th.

ODU's 111th rank among public universities places it ahead of the College of William and Mary (128th). Virginia public universities that reported R&D expenditures higher than ODU were Virginia Tech (28th), University of Virginia (50th), Virginia Commonwealth University (73rd) and George Mason University (106th).

This article was posted on: September 26, 2010

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