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Norfolk updating its residential parking ordinance
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 26, 2012)
Akilah Matthews, a junior at Old Dominion University, usually pays to park on campus. To her, the expense is worth the guaranteed parking and not having to walk alone, at times in the dark, to find her car off campus.
But she couldn't bring herself to pony up the money to park on campus for a single calculus class this summer.
"Why pay the $75 when you can just park on a side street?" she said. …
Some residents would also like ODU to lift its ban on freshmen keeping vehicles on campus, but the university contends that's not the answer, said Bob Fenning, ODU's vice president of administration and finance. He said the policy is intended to keep the freshmen active on campus and focused.
Instead, the university has tried to encourage on-campus parking in other ways, such as reducing the parking rate for the lots and garage on the perimeter of the campus. The university has also provided a shuttle service for students and a Zipcar program. One parking deck, on 43rd Street, is being converted to mostly metered spaces to attract those who are on campus only a couple of hours at a time and who are less inclined to buy a $75 semester permit. (More)

700 Club Interactive: God Save the Queen
(Documentary, CBN, June 4, 2012)
Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen on 700 Club Interactive take a look into the life and reign of the Queen of England.
(Gary Edgerton, chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in Old Dominion University's College of Arts and Letters, is featured prominently in this piece) (More)

Sea rise faster on East Coast than rest of globe
(Video, WVEC-TV, June 25, 2012)
A new government study says sea levels are rising much faster along a stretch of the East Coast than they are around the globe.
The area covers the Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston.
U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Their study says that since 1990, sea levels in that region have been rising at an annual rate that's three to four times faster than the global average.
Since then, Norfolk's sea level has jumped about 5 inches, Philadelphia's 4 inches and New York City's 3 inches. The global average is 2 inches. …
(Saikou Diallo and Jose Padilla, researchers from ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, are featured in this story). (More)

Board to decide on UVa president's status
(The Roanoke Times, June 22, 2012)
Today the eyes of higher education will be on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors as it takes up the question of who will be president of Thomas Jefferson's famed school when students return in the fall.
Will the board reinstate self-described incrementalist Teresa Sullivan, the popular president asked by a minority of board members to step aside and allow the search for a bolder reformer?
Or will the full board affirm Sullivan's forced resignation? …
Board Rector Helen Dragas publicly criticized Sullivan for failing to take aggressive steps to develop centralized, online learning initiatives. …
Other state institutions such as Old Dominion University and Radford University are also implementing eLearning programs. In 2010, Radford developed an online doctoral degree in nursing practice. (More)

Before signing for student loan, consider this
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 24, 2012)
Another financial aid cycle has begun.
Incoming college students have firmed up their arrangements, often with thousands of dollars a year in loans. And most new graduates have started the six-month countdown before they must begin repayment.
Even if you're long out of college, you've probably heard a lot about loans recently - how they now account for more debt than cars or credit cards, how a Washington standoff could soon trigger a doubling of interest rates.
To sort it all out, The Virginian-Pilot is offering its own "student loan package." …
Colleges say they're trying. At Old Dominion, where 75 percent of students receive loans and where the average debt after graduation is $20,422, the financial aid office provides quarterly meetings for borrowers and workshops on topics such as debt consolidation and management, spokesman Brendan O'Hallarn said in an email. (More)

Poll: Virginians conservative but prefer Obama
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, June 23, 2012)
More Virginia voters prefer President Barack Obama than Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but many consider themselves more conservative on economic issues than the president, according to a statewide poll by Old Dominion University and The Virginian-Pilot.
When asked whom they would vote for on Nov. 6, 49 percent of those surveyed said Obama, 42 percent chose Romney, 5 percent said they wouldn't vote for either and 3 percent were undecided or wouldn't say.
Obama's 7-percentage-point advantage is significant, said Jesse Richman, an assistant professor of political science at ODU who analyzed the poll results.
But Romney may be able to cut into that lead, Richman said, because voters said they consider their views on economic policy closer to the Republican candidate's.(More)

ODU to open transportation research center
(Inside Business, June 22, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions will open in Virginia Beach July 1.
The center will lease 1,958 square feet for $24.50 per square foot from the Virginia Beach Development Authority on the first floor of One Columbus Center in the Town Center for three years.
The lease is valued at $47,951 a year, according to information presented to the authority.
In lieu of rent, the center will conduct research of equivalent value for Virginia Beach.
The authority, a political subdivision of the city, approved the lease last Tuesday at its monthly meeting. ...
"We are doing all the logistics to set up," said John Sokolowski, executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk. (More)

The CAA commits a foul on students
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
If Old Dominion University had any doubt about the wisdom of moving to Conference USA, it should've been settled this week. That's when the Colonial Athletic Association's college presidents voted to bar the Monarchs from conference tournaments in the school's last season in the CAA.
The decision was expected, but it's still a mistake. It deprives student-athletes and fans another year of the post-season play that has come to characterize the league. It makes CAA seem vindictive, something other colleges will surely note.
The decision affects both ODU and Georgia State, which will leave next year for the Sun Belt. Virginia Commonwealth University is leaving immediately for the Atlantic 10, in part to avoid such treatment.
The ramifications for ODU's teams - including football, basketball, soccer, baseball - are that they won't be eligible for conference championships or automatic NCAA tournament bids during the 2012-13 academic year. For everyone else, the move hastens a decline in competitiveness, not to mention a lower profile for the conference itself. (More)

Retired ODU professor helps develop tick app
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
A retired Old Dominion University professor has helped develop an app for people concerned about ticks.
Daniel Sonenshine, a professor emeritus at Old Dominion, is part of a team of researchers who have created TickID for iPhone apps, according to a university news release. The app helps users identify what species of tick they've found, gives advice about tick removal and describes symptoms.
The app provides both photos and descriptions. It is free, and can be downloaded at the app store by searching "TickID," the release said.
Sonenshine joined the Old Dominion faculty in 1961, the release said. He retired in 2002, but has remained active in research. (More)

Student patrol aides at ODU told their jobs are cut
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
About 30 Old Dominion University students have assisted campus police as patrol aides - looking for suspicious activity, escorting students at night and answering phone calls for the Safe Rides program.
On Friday, a campus police sergeant emailed them to say the program and their $8.15-an-hour jobs were coming to an end because of budget cuts. But the university says the sergeant jumped the gun, and Police Chief Rhonda Harris only wants to "revamp" the program. ...
University spokeswoman Jennifer Mullen said this week that the police sergeant's email was "premature" and "jumped to conclusions." The Safe Ride program will be transferred from the campus police to the parking services division to accommodate demand and speed up efficiency, she said. Students probably won't be needed to handle calls or drive carts. ...
The chief is "revamping it and might rename it, but we have not cut it," Mullen said. "To be sure, there were budget discussions about the funding for the program, but not in a manner of it being cut." (More)

Built on sinking ground, Norfolk tries to hold back tide amid sea-level rise
(The Washington Post, June 17, 2012)
At her cozy house by the river, Julie Faella spoke as though a monster lurks nearby. It rises under a tidal moon, she said, or when the winds howl, or when rains crash down.
She's seen it with her own eyes. It crept under the front door of one house she owned when Hurricane Isabel whipped the Lafayette River into a frenzy in 2003, and invaded a second house three years later when a nor'easter churned the waters for days.
"Your home isn't destroyed once. It's destroyed twice," said Faella, who tore down one house and rebuilt the other. "How are you going to get through it?"
In Norfolk, Virginia's second-largest city, with 250,000 residents, Faella's concerns aren't the isolated fears of one woman living on the river's edge. The entire city is worried. Miles of waterways that add to Norfolk's charm are also a major threat in the era of increased global warming and relative rising sea levels, as well as its odd and unique sinking ground. …
Area scientists and activists who watched the show described the interview as a bold truth. "You're going to be subject to more flooding over the years," said Larry Atkinson, a professor of oceanography at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, which sits in a flood zone on a map drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"In the long run, yes, all areas cannot be protected from flooding," Atkinson said. "There might be federal buyouts of people, where people's homes are bought and people are moved. It's not a happy situation." (More)

ODU: board extends president's contract
(WAVY-TV/Fox 43, June 15, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors has approved a two-year extension of President John R. Broderick's contract.
The university says in a news release that the contract will now run to 2017.
Old Dominion says several initiatives since Broderick became president in 2008 have enhanced its profile. They include creating an enrolled management plan, state-of-the-art facilities, the Business Gateway and the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative.
Board members approved the contract extension Thursday.
Rector David L. Bernd says Broderick has done an "exemplary job." (More)

William and Mary, Old Dominion key in women's athletics, Title IX timeline
(The Daily Press, June 17, 2012)
One was a tennis player from Illinois, a man with a well-honed sense of fairness combined with a fierce independent streak. The other was a self-described tomboy from Georgia, a woman whose grace and charm made her crusading spirit all the more effective. They settled in southeastern Virginia and, in their own ways, made history.
As the 40th anniversary of Title IX approaches, Millie West and Jim Jarrett are able to look back on careers that helped shape the lives of hundreds of athletes partly because of the landmark legislation that opened doors for women in athletics.
Jarrett spent 40 years as athletic director at Old Dominion, one of the first schools in the country to provide athletic scholarships for women. West came to William and Mary in 1959 and served 50 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, fundraiser and general instigator for women's athletics.
"It was easy for me to get in there and fight until the end, because I thought it was the right thing to do," West said recently. "The charge was part of my fabric. I had to do it." (More)

Navy takes steps to combat poor personal choices
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 18, 2012)
Consider any of the numerous recent cases in which Navy commanders have been removed from duty for some sort of personal misconduct, such as adultery, fraternization or fraud.
Could an improved, standardized screening process have weeded out prospective leaders prone to bad behavior? With a little more training, would any of them have made better choices that might not have cost them their careers?
The Navy apparently thinks the answer to both questions is yes, as evidenced by a pair of new initiatives aimed at lowering the number of sailors and officers being disciplined or fired for moral failures. …
Dale Miller, a professor at Old Dominion University who teaches philosophy and ethics courses, said the Navy's rationale makes sense, at least in theory. For people who are inclined to do the right thing but may be vulnerable to certain bad tendencies, Miller said, such a workshop might affect their behavior.
"I think it could make a difference," he said. (More)

ODU's nurse anesthesia program moving to Beach
(Inside Business/The Virginian-Pilot, June 18, 2012)
Old Dominion University's nurse anesthesia program is moving from the school's Norfolk campus, with plans to reopen in Virginia Beach.
The 13-student program is expanding to accommodate more students and enhanced training resources, like clinical simulation.
The program will move in August to ODU's Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, where 3,000 square feet of existing space is being renovated.
Renovations began May 7, and will include a 60-seat classroom dedicated to course instruction for program students, according to Brendan O'Hallarn, a spokesman at ODU.
"In the spirit of collaboration, the nurse anesthesia program will have exclusive use of this classroom until 4:30 p.m. each day," wrote O'Hallarn in an email. (More)

Homeowners might default to punish lender
(Inside Business, June 15, 2012)
Perception is everything.
If homeowners perceive that banks and investment houses were responsible for the financial collapse, they will punish them by defaulting on their mortgage.
In a recently published paper, Old Dominion University professor Michael Seiler found that individual homeowners are more likely to walk away from their mortgages if they perceive their lender more negatively.
"If your bank was your best friend, you would be less likely to default on your mortgage," Seiler said.
Seiler is founder and director of the Institute for Behavioral and Experimental Real Estate and professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate and Economic Development in ODU's College of Business and Public Administration.
His paper is entitled, "The Effect of Perceived Lender Characteristics and Market Conditions on Strategic Mortgage Defaults." (More)

ODU to raise tuition by 3.8%, or about $306 per year
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 15, 2012)
Under pressure from the governor to help rein in the sharply rising cost of higher education, Old Dominion University will raise tuition and fees 3.8 percent next year, the smallest increase in 10 years.
In-state undergraduates will pay $8,450 in tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year, up $306 from this year. Including room and board, the total cost for a residential student will be $16,997. ODU's governing Board of Visitors approved the increase at its quarterly meeting Thursday.
ODU's tuition increase is in line with those announced by other Virginia state universities after Gov. Bob McDonnell urged them in April not to exceed the rate of inflation, which was 2.7 percent for the previous 12 months.
Tuition at Virginia schools has been outpacing inflation for years, roughly doubling over the past decade, as state support for higher education declines. The 2012 General Assembly provided $230 million in new funds for universities.
The cost of education at ODU is among the lowest of Virginia four-year schools. (More)

Old Dominion University extends president's contract
(The Associated Press/Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 15, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors has approved a two-year extension of President John R. Broderick's contract.
The university says in a news release that the contract will now run to 2017.
Old Dominion says several initiatives since Broderick became president in 2008 have enhanced its profile. They include creating an enrolled management plan, state-of-the-art facilities, the Business Gateway and the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative.
Board members approved the contract extension Thursday.
Rector David L. Bernd says Broderick has done an "exemplary job." (More)

Norfolk picks police chief from within its ranks
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 13, 2012)
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Police Department will be led by a permanent chief promoted from within. City Manager Marcus Jones named Capt. Mike Goldsmith to the position over the interim chief, who also is a department veteran.
Norfolk has not had a permanent police chief who came up through the ranks since Henry P. Henson retired in 1993.
Goldsmith's family joined him for an announcement at City Hall on Tuesday in which Jones also praised Sharon Chamberlin, the acting chief, for helping the department through a transition.
Goldsmith, 49, has been a Norfolk cop since February 1989 and has lived in the city since 1977. His appointment followed a search that yielded more than 90 applicants, most from outside the department. He will earn $131,000 annually.
(Goldsmith received his BA in sociology and his master's in applied sociology from Old Dominion University. His resume is attached to story) (More)

Allen, Forbes easily win their respective primaries
(WVEC-TV, June 12, 2012)
The Associated Press has declared Former Senator George Allen the winner of Tuesday's Republican primary election
He was favored over three lesser-known Republicans as he tries to win back the Senate seat he lost six years ago.
13News visited a couple of precincts in Norfolk and no voters were there. State-wide, voter registrars predict just a 5% turnout. Justin Riemer of the Virginia Board of Elections said some races like the council races in Alexandria are boosting voting numbers in some localities.
(Kimberly Karnes, assistant professor of political science at Old Dominion University, was featured in the story). (More)

Police say Cummings case is not cold
(WAVY-TV, June 11, 2012)
Norfolk and ODU Police are still working to find the person who shot and killed Christopher Cummings last year one year ago Sunday.
Don't call it a cold case, that's what Norfolk Police say about the investigation Christopher Cummings's death. Someone shot Cummings in his home off of Old Dominion's Campus one year ago.
It was June 10, 2011 on W 42nd Street when the early morning hours were disrupted by gunfire and death. 20-year-old Chris Cummings lost his life inside a home.
"I imagined myself, what if I had come out of the house and this was going on?" asked neighbor William Kelley.
Kelley will never forget the day his neighbor died. One year later he sits at his home across the street reflecting on what he considers a big change in his neighborhood.
"It's more police presence."
With that presence comes a quieter street.
"Usually it would be Friday and Saturday morning there'd be beer cans, there'd be beer bottles everywhere but that has been curtailed," says Kelley. (More)

Virginia Republicans Oppose Sea-Level Rise Language
(Column, Talking Points Memo, June 11, 2012)
Virginia's Hampton Roads region is at high risk for flooding, and lawmakers and officials in the state are trying to plan for the sea-level rise expected as a result of climate change. But they're running into a problem: some Republicans refuse to accept the terms "sea level rise" or "climate change."
The BBC reports how state Senator Ralph Northam, a Democrat, and state Delegate Chris Stolle, a Republican, worked together this year to get a bill passed that provides $50,000 for a "comprehensive study of the economic impact of coastal flooding on Virginia and to investigate ways to adapt." The bill's original draft contained the term "relative sea level rise," but the version that eventually passed used the term "recurrent flooding" instead, at Stolle's suggestion. ...
Scientists and other officials are trying to play it cool when it comes to the wordplay.
"These studies need to be done if we're going to logically tackle these problems that scientific data unequivocally proves are happening," Larry Atkinson, an oceanographer at Old Dominion University, said. "So, whatever we have to call it, I've got no problem with that… What's the alternative? Do nothing?" (More)

At EVMS, medical and virtual training overlap
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 10, 2012)
Bob Shepherd and the guy in the hospital bed across the hall have a few things in common.
Both suffer from a mysterious ailment that a bevy of physician assistant students are trying to diagnose - probing here, asking questions there, listening intently through their stethoscopes. …
In Hampton Roads, EVMS has been working closely with Old Dominion University to create medical modeling and simulation expertise. The two schools received state and federal funding for these efforts, most recently a $600,000 grant from the state's Office of Economic Adjustment. …
Rick McKenzie, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at ODU, said the school is also working closely with EVMS to develop something called the "Virtual Pathology Stethoscope."
The stethoscope will substitute abnormal sounds for healthy sounds to mimic different medical conditions as a student moves the device across the body. The sounds of the stethoscope, which are recorded from actual patients with various diseases, will be used on standardized patients. (More)

ODU professor writes 'Lady Gaga' of word books
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 11, 2012)
'Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay" is Rod Evans' latest joy ride through language.
This is the Old Dominion University lecturer's 10th word-related book, and it contains about 260 pages of malapropisms, paraprosdokians and mondegreens (read on to find out what those are).
Evans calls it the "Lady Gaga" of word books because it's irreverent, funny and more than a bit risque.
"I wanted to have a lot of humor, a lot of popular culture," Evans said. "I wanted this book to represent my personality."
To get an idea of what that personality is, we offer some examples from the book:
Paraprosdokians
These are sentences that contain "ambushes" - what Evans calls surprising or ironic endings. Comedians capitalize on paraprosdokians. So do witty heads of state.
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx (More)

Manufacturing's still got clout
(Inside Business, June 8, 2012)
The idea that manufacturing is not a viable economic driver is a myth that has worked against the industry's potential in the U.S., according to economic geographer Susan Christopherson.
In reality, manufacturing has been a bright spot in the economy since the recession, the Cornell University professor said.
"Since 2008, that's where the job growth has been," Christopherson said to a group of more than 100 people gathered at an annual meeting and luncheon for Old Dominion University's E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development.
Christopherson was the keynote speaker at the CREED event June 5 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. ...
Her talk on "Why Manufacturers Are Taking a Second Look at the United States: What's in Store for Hampton Roads?" emphasized why the region was a strong contender to grow the national manufacturing industry, through investments in innovation and infrastructure. (More)

High-end rental market prospers in Hampton Roads
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 10, 2012)
At $3,500 a month, Bob Brunner's six-bedroom brick home in Virginia Beach is not exactly a starter rental.
The 4,414-square-foot, two-story house in the Little Creek neighborhood offers renters an expansive lawn, a two-car garage, and amenities such as granite countertops and a large deck.
Brunner listed the home for rent last month, and despite its hefty price, he found a tenant in less than a week.
While the sales market for high-end homes in Hampton Roads is struggling to regain its footing, the rental market for those same homes is booming, real estate experts said, and in recent months, pricey homes have been renting quickly.
The demand for expensive rentals is being driven by several factors, said Vinod Agarwal, an economist at Old Dominion University.
"There are a number of people who have chosen to rent rather than buy because they don't know if prices are going to continue to go down," he said. (More)

ODU's anesthesia program to move to Va. Beach
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 8, 2012)
Old Dominion University's College of Health Sciences will move its nurse anesthesia program from the Norfolk campus to the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center to accommodate anticipated growth in the program, ODU announced Thursday.
Renovation of about 3,000 square feet of the satellite campus near Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads will begin soon and is expected to be complete in time for the beginning of the fall semester, ODU said.
There are 13 students in the program now. ODU hopes to increase enrollment to at least 20 students a year.
The program now culminates in a master's degree. Curriculum improvements over the next two years should make it possible to offer a doctoral degree, ODU said. (More)

Robocaller revealed in pitch targeting senior citizens
(WVEC-TV, June 7, 2012)
The company behind the curtain of robocalls targeting many senior citizens is revealed. It's New York-based Lifewatch USA.
When April Smith of Virginia Beach received a call, she immediately got suspicious. The caller pitched a medical alert response system that can connect a senior citizen to help during a home emergency. …
Old Dominion University Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Yuping Liu-Thompkins says many telemarketers try to hide where their calls are coming from.
"That's the way a lot of advertising works -- is that by associating their product or brand name with a particular entity that is relatively well known, it helps the consumer to remember their product. And also, it adds credibility to the product, too, whether that's really a true claim or not. The problem is that most of the time, consumers on an average day are exposed to a couple hundred advertising messages on a daily basis, not all of them we're aware of, and who's going to actually do a fact check with every claim we receive?" says Liu-Thompkins. (More)

Time is right for ODU's move up to C-USA
(The Charleston (W.Va) Gazette, June 1, 2012)
If Old Dominion University entered Conference USA in football immediately instead of 2015, its average 2011 attendance of 19,818 per game would put it ahead of Tulane, Rice and Alabama-Birmingham.
In fact, that figure is close to those of Memphis and Southern Methodist, two schools tabbed to prop up the Big East.
But that's not the half of it. The Monarchs have sold out all 21 of their home games since reviving football, and could have an average attendance of well over 20,000. Or 25,000 or 30,000. ...
"We've got a waiting list that now has 3,500 names on it, and the average request is about three tickets per person," said ODU coach Bobby Wilder. "So we could put another 10,000 people in that stadium if we had enough seats." (More)

Norfolk viewing party watches Venus cross the Sun
(WVEC-TV, June 5, 2012)
ODU held a viewing party Tuesday night as the planet Venus made its trek across the face of the Sun.
The transit began at 6:09 p.m. EDT and had a six hour and 40 minute trek across the sun. It was visible in Hampton Roads for about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
It's a last-time-in-a-lifetime spectacle, one that only happens when Venus, the second planet in the solar system, comes directly between Earth and the sun.
The next transit will not be until December 10th, 2117.
About 50 people participated in the ODU watch party outside the Mary Denson Pretlow Planetarium and along Whitehurst Beach. (More)

Former astronaut to speak in Norfolk about coast
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 6, 2012)
Kathryn D. Sullivan, a former astronaut and the first American woman to walk in space, will speak Thursday night as part of her new job: chief scientist and deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Her speech at Nauticus, the downtown maritime museum, will be about environmental challenges facing coastal communities and what can be done about problems such as climate change, rising sea levels and increased flooding.
Her free talk begins at 7 p.m. and is part of the Blue Planet Forum, a continuing lecture series sponsored by NOAA, Old Dominion University and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about the latest ecological issues facing Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Sullivan is slated to hear presentations Thursday morning from area scientists before having lunch with invited guests and the Board of Visitors at ODU.
She also will take a "window tour" of neighborhoods in Norfolk that already have been affected by rising sea levels. Over the past 100 years, those levels have crept up a foot and are expected to at least continue the trend over the next century. (More)

UD researcher seeks clues to curing annual Chesapeake Bay dead zone
(Delaware First News, June 5, 2012)
Each summer in Chesapeake Bay, huge algal blooms, fueled by nutrient pollutants, blossom and die. Their remains sink to the bottom and are quickly devoured by bacteria that monopolize the Bay's stores of dissolved oxygen, stressing or suffocating entire communities of marine life, such as clams, oysters and sponges.
"Restoration efforts in recent decades have helped improved water quality and ecological conditions in the Chesapeake Bay. However, the extent and severity of [the dead zone] has not improved as expected," said Deb Jaisi associate professor of plant and soil science at the University of Delaware. ...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named phosphorous as one of two major nutrient pollutants (along with nitrogen) contributing to the annual "dead zone." Phosphorous is an essential element for life. It is found in every cell in the human body and nearly every food we eat. Humans, plants, and animals consume and excrete it. However, as with many things, too much phosphorous can be deadly. …
Something of a molecular detective, Jaisi plans to examine sediment cores provided by oceanography professor and eminent scholar David Burdige of Old Dominion University for traces of excess phosphorous that have settled on the bay floor year after year. Each source of phosphorous, from various fertilizers, to sewage treatment discharges, has its own atomic structure, similar to a fingerprint. (More)

Navy honors legacy of Midway
(The Daily Press, June 5, 2012)
The Navy on Monday marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway with four ceremonies, emphasizing the strong ties between Hampton Roads and one of World War II's most pivotal battles.
At Naval Station Norfolk, a wreath-laying ceremony featured an address by the executive officer of the base and comments from Old Dominion University history professor Timothy Orr, who is co-writing a book about a pilot who survived the battle.
The battle, fought from June 4 through 7 in 1942, changed the direction of the Pacific campaign. Only six months earlier, the U.S. battleship fleet had been crippled at Pearl Harbor. But thanks to superior intelligence, American commanders were able to take the initiative at Midway. By the time the battle ended, four Japanese carriers had been sunk. TheU.S. Navylost the USS Yorktown. (More)

A musical journey
(Suffolk News-Herald, June 4, 2012)
A much-anticipated astronomical event will get a musical accompaniment here on Earth on Tuesday.
What's known as the "Transit of Venus" is set to occur Tuesday evening. The event occurs when the planet Venus passes between the earth and the sun, showing up as a small black dot as its shadow moves across the sun as seen from Earth.
Those in downtown Suffolk during the event will be able to hear John Philip Sousa's 1883 composition "The Transit of Venus March" from the electronic carillon at Suffolk Christian Church. This version of the composition was recorded by Carmen Halley, pianist at Suffolk Christian Church, and electronically reproduced by the recorded bell sounds of the carillon.
The transit of Venus is analogous to a lunar or solar eclipse, according to Dr. Declan De Paor, director of the Pretlow Planetarium at Old Dominion University. But when Mercury or Venus comes between the earth and the sun, it's called a transit.
"You're seeing Venus eclipsing the sun," he explained. "If you were to look at the sun (Tuesday) evening with proper safety equipment, you'll see a small black dot going across the sun." (More)

Diabetics lose less fat through exercise
(Reuters, June 4, 2012)
New findings from two randomized trials suggest people with type 2 diabetes lose less of their abdominal fat through a prescribed exercise programme than do non-diabetics.
Despite similar fitness gains after six months of aerobic and resistance training, diabetics lost just 4% of their abdominal fat, on average, compared to 13% in the no-diabetes group. The difference seemed to be due to a large change in visceral fat among exercisers without diabetes, without a similar improvement in those with the disease. …
"People with type 2 diabetes... their main goal is to do enough exercise and the right type of exercise to improve their insulin sensitivity," as well as incorporating other strategies to lose weight, said Dr. David Swain, an exercise scientist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. (More)

ODU grad honored for medical training videos
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 3, 2012)
Rick Fischer always had an itch to make movies.
After graduating from Old Dominion University in 1973 with a bachelor's in art history, Fischer chased his dreams of a career in videography to graduate film school at New York University. The Norfolk native ultimately succeeded, however, by coming home.
Fischer - a full-time videographer for Ciber, an international information technology company based in Newport News - recently won a Pegasus Award of Excellence, which recognizes exemplary work of non-broadcast videographers. His winning submission: training videos for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Health and Human Services Department of the United State Federal Government. (More)

Lynchburg oral history event collects desegregation stories
(Lynchburg News and Advance, June 2, 2012)
Having grown up in an affluent white area of New York, Ramona Battle of Lynchburg remembers the "unspoken" view of educators in her public school that black students would not advance to college.
Her father, a World War II veteran and the first in his family to attend college, would not stand for that. One day he showed up to talk with the guidance counselor about Battle's education future beyond high school. …
Her story was one of many collected during Saturday's "School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve, and Empower" oral history event at the Lynchburg Public Library. A crowd of about 50 people gathered, many to go on the record about their own experiences with desegregation of public schools and to show photographs or documents bearing witness to the social change. ...
Old Dominion University Libraries in 2008 created DOVE - a group of libraries, archives and universities to find and preserve records and first-person accounts that tell the story of Virginia's public school desegregation process.
"We were concerned no one was recording this history," said Sonia Yaco, a librarian at Old Dominion and DOVE co-chair. "The records, the letters, were being lost to history." (More)

Tom Hanks' movie based on Maersk-Alabama hijacking to film in Va. Beach
(WVEC-TV, May 30, 2012)
A bit of Hollywood is coming to Hampton Roads.
Portions of "Captain Phillips," based on hijacking of the Maersk-Alabama in 2009, will be shot in Va. Beach. Shooting in other locations began earlier this year. The filming in our area will be June 15-June 30.
Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks will play Captain Richard Phillips in the film based on the book, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea," by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty.
In a release from the governor's office Wednesday, director Paul Greengrass noted, "For its proximity and accessibility to the Atlantic Ocean, and as a vital base for the U.S. Navy, we look forward to filming in Virginia."
(Stephen Pullen, ODU assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, is featured in the story). (More)

Hampton Roads churches help Haitian orphanage
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 31, 2012)
For 12 years, Lefort Jean-Louis has worked to keep poor children off the streets of Haiti.
With the help of several Catholic churches in Hampton Roads, he's grown a small orphanage about 70 miles north of Port-au-Prince into one of the region's largest private employers.
About 250 children now live at Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Hinche. Another 150 kids from the surrounding community attend school there, he said. …
When not studying business administration and English, Jean-Rene Clerveaux regularly volunteers at an area soup kitchen and dines with the foundation's executive director, Art Mowbray. …
While he is enjoying his time at Old Dominion, Clerveaux said, he has no desire to stay in Virginia.
"Without question, I'm going back to the orphanage," said Clerveaux, who plans to work with Jean-Louis to keep expanding it. (More)

ODU Student Hits the High Seas to Map Underwater Canyons
(Virginia Sea Grant, May 29, 2012)
On Tuesday, May 29, an Old Dominion University (ODU) student hit the high seas to map the deep sea canyons that separate the mid-Atlantic's continental shelf from the ocean abyss.
William Boll will spend is about two weeks aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Okeanos Explorer. For Boll, a master's student studying physical oceanography, the internship is an exciting opportunity. ...
Okeanos Explorer uses multi-beam sonar to create topographic maps of the ocean floor and can beam video and sonar data to scientists on shore in real time. (More)

WTKR news reels provide a lens on local history
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 30, 2012)
The black handwriting scrawled on the outside of the tin is visible 55 years later: "6-29-57 Children Come First."
Inside is film of an education special, aired a year before six Norfolk schools closed rather than desegregate.
It's one of nearly 2,000 reels documenting local and national history that were almost lost - but now, Old Dominion University is working to inventory the collection, digitize it and make it available to the public.
The vision for the final product, according to ODU special collections librarian Sonia Yaco, is a website where anyone can search by topic or time frame and find videos that match. …
He was looking for a new home for the collection when Jerry Harrell, a former broadcaster for WAVY and now ODU's video production manager, said he had some space at the university. (More)

ODU to host event June 5 for rare transit of Venus
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 30, 2012)
Old Dominion University is inviting people to visit the campus June 5 to view an event that won't happen again for more than a century.
The university's physics department is hosting a party between 6 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. at Whitehurst Beach, to celebrate the transit of Venus, according to a university news release. This won't happen again until 2117.
A transit is similar to a solar eclipse by the moon, the release said. Viewing it without proper equipment can result in serious eye injury or blindness, so faculty and staff will be helping people view the transit through telescopes.
If it is cloudy or raining June 5, the event will start at 5 p.m., in the Mary Denson Pretlow Planetarium, where a webcast from Hawaii will be shown, the release said. Those interested in attending are asked to respond by Friday by calling 757-683-3116 or checking www.odu.edu/ao/univents. (More)

Plugging back into the power of college
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, May 30, 2012)
When I was growing up, going to college was a given. It seemed everyone was on the same page: family, church, community and school encouraged all of us to do so.
Of course, college didn't cost what it does today. Growing up poor, I managed to graduate owing $500, the cost of tuition for my last semester at Old Dominion University.
Lack of resources wasn't considered a complete barrier to higher education. Instilled in us was the overarching fact that education was the key to our future. In many ways, we adopted the tagline of Tidewater Community College, "From here, go anywhere," before the school did. It seemed that there were no limits on what we could achieve(More)

Former track star Jones to talk Saturday at ODU
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 30, 2012)
Disgraced former track star Marion Jones will be the keynote speaker at a conference for girls and young women Saturday at Old Dominion University.
The Hampton Roads Conference for Girls and Young Women runs from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Webb Center, according to an ODU news release. It uses workshops and other activities to build leadership skills, aid career development and promote healthy lifestyles and self-esteem.
Jones is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. Sign-up information is available through the university's website.
Jones won five track and field medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia. But she dealt with allegations of steroid use for years, and in 2007, admitted that she had lied to investigators about using steroids. She served six months in prison and gave up her Olympic medals.
Jones has written a book about her experiences titled "On the Right Track." In it she discusses committing her life to inspiring others who face challenging situations. (More)

Military women and suicide: Home safe but not sound
(MSNBC.com, May 28, 2012)
Edie Bailey was shocked when her doorbell rang at 6 a.m. on a Saturday and the somber faces of uniformed soldiers greeted her. She recognized the macabre scene played out in countless movies, but how could this be happening? Her foster daughter, Galina, was home from war, safe, and hunkered down at her military base in Hawaii.
Then one of the men spoke. Galina was dead, he told her. Wait. Pause. Dead? But she hadn't yet left for her second tour abroad.
"She shot herself in the head," Edie says now, the words even and detached. "She got into her car at the base and blew her brains out." …
Experts agree that settling back into a typical civilian routine after combat can be tremendously difficult. Even the simplest elements of work and home life can be jarring to a soldier conditioned to a world of animal-instinct survival - someone who likely spent months, or years, on edge. Plus, the transition from order and structure to personal choice can leave many soldiers feeling overwhelmed. "They're suddenly expected to make a slew of decisions -however mundane - after spending months in an environment where it was their job to follow orders," says Michelle Kelley, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Old Dominion University. (More)

Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop Class Modules on Loss Prevention
(Insurance News.net, May 25, 2012)
Two Old Dominion University researchers have received a $50,000 grant from insurance giant FM Global to create loss prevention engineering modules, which ultimately are aimed at reducing the likelihood and severity of supply chain disruptions.
Ariel Pinto, assistant professor of engineering management in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology (BCET), and Michael McShane, assistant professor of finance, co-founders of the Emergent Risk Initiative at ODU (ERI@ODU), are co-principal investigators on the grant, which will be used to develop undergraduate academic class modules to introduce loss prevention.
The $50,000 grant, underwritten and administered by the Spencer Educational Foundation, will allow the university to take a leading role in loss prevention advocacy, and make ODU's College of Business and Public Administration and BCET programs stronger in the area of risk management.
Pinto and McShane started their collaboration in late 2009, thanks to a $20,000 multidisciplinary seed grant from ODU's Office of Research for their project "Multidisciplinary Investigation of Emerging and Complex Risks: (More)

'Most extensive' Warhol exhibit in Virginia Beach
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 26, 2012)
Author Truman Capote called Andy Warhol "a sphinx without a riddle," but what did he know?
Half a century after Warhol caused an art-world sensation with his renderings of Campbell's soup cans and a newly dead Marilyn Monroe, the meaning, merit and mentality of the quintessential Pop artist are still being debated. …
Linda McGreevy, a Norfolk art historian, author and critic, pegged Warhol's attitude.
"He saw the artificiality of our culture, and that's what he went for. In some ways, a lot of his work was critiquing that" - or perhaps not.
All of his portraits look alike, she said. "They've got that 40-yard stare, and they're glamorous. And all equally vacant."
It's hard to pinpoint his influence, "but he is very, very important. You cannot talk about the history of art after 1960," as McGreevy did as a professor at Old Dominion University for 30-plus years, "without Warhol." (More)

A giant step in the right direction
(Inside Business, May 25, 2012)
Reality Check Hampton Roads was like a flash mob. People showed up at the appointed time, took their positions and went to work, creating a vision of the future.
About 300 people participated in Reality Check Hampton Roads, a one-day exercise to determine how the region will grow in jobs and housing over the next 20 years.
The event, sponsored by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, was held at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Center May 17. Sponsors also included the Hampton Roads Partnership and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission as well as ODU's E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development. ...
"Today is a critically important stage in the evolution of our region," said John Peerson III, former chairman of the Urban Land Institute's local chapter who introduced the program. "Today's exercise is a chance to shape the region's future. This mixture of talents and perspective is rare." (More)

ODU researchers receive Department of Defense grant
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 23, 2012)
Researchers from Old Dominion University have received a two-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Defense.
The grant is for the university's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, and comes from the DOD's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, according to a news release from the university.
It will fund the creation of an interactive software program that will simulate training for Army and Navy nurses before they deploy to extremely challenging environments.
The program will be online- or CD-based, the release said. That will allow groups of nurses who have never worked together to train in a team setting.
The two-year effort will begin with a meeting June 5, the release said. (More)

Broderick will be giving up NCAA board of directors position
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 21, 2012)
Now that Old Dominion is bolting for Conference USA, here come the aftershocks:
ODU president John Broderick's tenure with the NCAA's board of directors is about to end as quickly as it began. Broderick sat down with the NCAA's board of directors less than a month ago for the first time in his role as representative of the Colonial Athletic Association.
Look for the CAA to take steps in two weeks to replace Broderick in that role when the league holds its annual meeting in Hilton Head.
* Scheduling will become a big issue for the Monarchs in football in 2013. You read it here first: That ODU game scheduled at Norfolk State in 2013 isn't going to happen unless its at ODU's Foreman Field because FBS teams don't travel to FCS teams. The schedule will be reworked and that series won't last very long to begin with. (More)

Will the Facebook IPO Ruin Facebook?
(The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2012)
By D.E. Wittkower
With Facebook's IPO today, the big question has been how Facebook is going to raise revenue to fit with stock valuation. There are several options, and many of them involve more ads: pushing more ads onto mobile interfaces, more ads in general, more narrowly targeted ads, more back-end data sales, further expanding Facebook Connect, and further expanding Facebook Payment. In all, though, I think Facebook's best option is to reconcile revenue and valuation the other way around. Don't raise revenue to fit with valuation. Instead, let the bubble burst.
So much of Facebook's success has to do with network effects, not with the quality of the site itself. Just as a telephone represents little value to you until and unless people you want to talk to have telephones as well, so too Facebook is valuable to users primarily because a great many other users are also there. Now, surely, there are things Facebook could do that would drive more users away, and there are things that Facebook has done very well, but for the most part we go to the site because of network value (we want to talk with our friends and share pictures with family), not because of intrinsic value (the site itself is good per se). …
D.E. Wittkower is a philosopher of technology at Old Dominion University, and editor of Facebook and Philosophy and iPod and Philosophy. (More)

Hits and misses
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 19, 2012)
HIT Moving up
Old Dominion University's growth has been well-documented in recent years, particularly as its athletic teams have helped burnish its reputation as a research university and its profile as a contender on the national sports scene. The announcement this week that the school will leave the Colonial Athletic Association for the bigger Conference USA - and compete with Virginia and Virginia Tech in the Football Bowl Subdivision - in 2013 seems a natural move. (More)

CAA should change "move it and lose it" rule
(Opinion, Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 20, 2012)
Any school that gives a year's notice it is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association immediately becomes ineligible to compete for a league championship during its 12 months in limbo.
The presidents of CAA colleges voted this rule into the bylaws in 2000.
At the time, it seemed the right thing to do.
Times change, and it is time for the CAA to change this rule.
It immediately affects Old Dominion, leaving for Conference USA, and Georgia State, leaving for the Sun Belt, both for the 2013-14 academic year.
It would have affected Virginia Commonwealth University had the rule not precipitated the Rams' immediate departure from the CAA.
Instead of waiting a year, as should be done for scheduling purposes and out of common courtesy, VCU will join the Atlantic 10 Conference on July 1. VCU officials did not want their athletes denied the chance to compete for conference championships and NCAA berths. (More)

ODU's move fuels drive to expand Foreman Field
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 19, 2012)
Before Old Dominion University announced this week that it would play big-time college football, an expanded Foreman Field seemed to be largely a dream.
Now, an enlargement of the 19,800-seat stadium appears inevitable.
ODU officials have never confirmed plans to enlarge Foreman Field and would not do so when asked about it this week.
Wood Selig, ODU's athletic director, said Thursday that an expansion of Foreman Field will be addressed in a university master plan to be completed later this year. Senior Associate Athletic Director Debbie White reiterated on Friday there were "no plans" to enlarge the stadium.
But ODU boosters, city officials and neighborhood civic leaders in Norfolk say a larger Foreman Field is not only certain, it's welcome.
"There's going to have to be some expansion of the stadium," said Sonny Stallings, a Virginia Beach attorney and a former member of ODU's governing Board of Visitors. "One of the reasons for moving the program up is to put more people in the stands." (More)

ODU athletic director knows first-hand the challenges of upgrading to Bowl Subdivision football
(The Daily Press, May 20, 2012)
Wood Selig has been here before and vows not to repeat his mistakes. Here is shepherding a football program from AAA to the big leagues. Mistakes include crippling schedules and high-volume redshirting.
Selig is Old Dominion's athletic director. He is ambitious, creative and connected, traits that will serve him well as the Monarchs' football program starts to navigate from the Championship Subdivision (FCS) to Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
But that ambition bit Selig in the backside when he charted a similar course as Western Kentucky's athletic director.
After Thursday's announcement that ODU is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association and the comfort of FCS for Conference USA and the challenge of FBS, Selig graciously recalled that trying chapter and how it will inform the Monarchs' decisions moving forward.
Selig served as Western Kentucky's AD from 1999-2010, a tenure highlighted by the Hilltoppers' 2002 FCS national title under Jack Harbaugh, father of NFL head coaches Jim and John Harbaugh. Moreover, from 1996-2007, Western Kentucky football had 12 consecutive winning seasons and earned six playoff invitations.
That streak hit a brick wall when the Hilltoppers upgraded to the FBS' Sun Belt Conference. (More)

One-Third Of Reef-Building Corals Face Extinction
(The Cambodia Herald, May 19, 2012)
A third of reef-building corals around the world are threatened with extinction, according to the first-ever comprehensive global assessment to determine their conservation status. The study findings were published today by Science Express.
Leading coral experts joined forces with the Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) -- a joint initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) -- to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria to this important group of marine species.
The results of this study are very disconcerting," stated Kent Carpenter, lead author of the Science article, GMSA Director, IUCN Species Programme. "When corals die off, so do the other plants and animals that depend on coral reefs for food and shelter, and this can lead to the collapse of entire ecosystems. …
The reef-building corals assessment is one group of a number of strategic global assessments of marine species the GMSA has been conducting since 2006 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Other assessments are being conducted on seagrasses and mangroves that are also important habitat-forming species, all marine fishes, and other important keystone invertebrates. By 2012, the GMSA plans to complete its comprehensive first stage assessment of the threat of extinction for over 20,000 marine plants and animals, providing an essential baseline for conservation plans around the world, and tracking the extinction risk of marine species. (More)

Graduates still face difficult job outlook
(Inside Business, May 18, 2012)
The newest Hampton Roads college graduates are facing the same situation that their predecessors did in 2011, an Old Dominion University career expert says - fewer jobs, a difficult job hunt and a longer wait for employment.
"It's essentially the same as last year," said Tom Wunderlich, assistant dean of ODU's Career Management Center. "It's not terribly bad, but not much more favorable than it was last year."
The school graduated 3,798 seniors this year. "The majority of our students are from this area and they want to stay in this area," he said. ...
Graduates looking for jobs in the STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, fields, and those looking for jobs in health care and computer science, Wunderlich said, have the best job prospects. (More)

ODU leaving CAA, joining Conference-USA in 2013
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 18, 2012)
Old Dominion University is taking a leap in college athletics, announcing it will leave its longtime home in the Colonial Athletic Association to join Conference USA and collegiate football's highest classification, the Football Bowl Subdivision, beginning July 1, 2013.
"With regard to ODU athletics, today's announcement, simply put, is a game changer," Director of Athletics Wood Selig said Thursday.
The decision was fast-tracked because of the recent bustle of realignment activity in college sports. And school officials said they found the financial offer and pledges by donors too good to pass up.
"While Old Dominion was not actively seeking new opportunities, the dynamic shifts happening across the country brought several to our attention," President John Broderick said.
The Monarchs are the second school to leave the CAA this week. Virginia Commonwealth University, which doesn't have an NCAA football team, announced Tuesday it's heading to the Atlantic 10 this summer.
Broderick and Selig spoke at an afternoon news conference attended by coaches, athletes, fans and donors who cheered the announcement of what was billed as a new era - not just for the athletic department but for the university. (More)

Old Dominion to join Conference USA
(ESPN.com, May 17, 2012)
Old Dominion is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association and joining Conference USA.
The move will be effective July 1, 2013, school president John R. Broderick said in a release Thursday. The Monarchs, who restarted their football program only three seasons ago, will play one more season at the Football Championship Subdivision level and then play two seasons as an independent at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, starting in 2013, until it moves to Conference USA for football in 2015.
"We are extremely pleased to add Old Dominion to Conference USA," commissioner Britton Banowsky said in a statement. "They are a tremendous university with, not only a great tradition in athletics, but an extremely bright future. Their leadership team has a bold vision for the University, which fits well with our plan for the future of the conference."
ODU becomes the second school to leave the CAA this week. VCU announced Tuesday that it is heading to the Atlantic 10 in July 2012, and the league faces the likelihood of having UNC Wilmington and Towson banned from postseason play in men's basketball next season for not meeting the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. Those penalties will be announced late next month. (More)

Region's leaders gather to plan future, play with Legos
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 18, 2012)
"All these blues should have yellows on them, guys," Will Christopher told his table mates while locking Legos Thursday morning.
The exercise was far from child's play. ...
The object wasn't to create pretty designs, but to plot - on a map of Hampton Roads without city lines - a way to house, employ and transport the 350,000 additional residents the region's planners expect by 2035.
The half-day event, at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center, was the latest in the "Reality Check" series, sponsored by the Urban Land Institute in such areas as Tampa, Fla., and North Carolina's Research Triangle.
The goal: to encourage dialogue and deliberation about the challenges ahead.
Tabulators of the results Thursday said the most common theme was the need for multiple modes of transportation, several extending to the Peninsula. (More)

Economists predict slow, steady growth for region
(The Daily Press, May 18, 2012)
Hampton Roads' economy should grow this year but at a slower pace than that of the country, Old Dominion University economists predicted Thursday in a quarterly forecast.
Hampton Roads' economy should grow this year but at a slightly slower pace than that of the country, Old Dominion University economists predicted Thursday in a quarterly forecast.
The region is on pace for 2 percent annual growth, compared with expected 2.2 percent bump nationally.
The report predicts a slight year-over-year increase with almost 5,000 jobs added in the region, less than a 1 percent change. But unemployment, it says, should drop from 6.8 percent in the second quarter of 2011 to 6.3 percent.  (More)

Power Issue 2012
(Inside Business, May 4, 2012)
The currents of power in Hampton Roads continue to ebb and flow freely as business community elders take a step into the backdrop and the young turks find their own places on the stage of leadership and influence. We at Inside Business put a lot of time and careful consideration into gauging these changes and charting them in our 2012 "Power List." We hope you find our rankings worthy of study for what they say about the myriad ways that people are helping build our community in Hampton Roads.
No doubt this year's list will, like last year's, create some debate in the business community, some heartburn in certain executive suites, and some private satisfaction for those who saw their fortunes rise.
With the revelation of some who made the cut in the top 10, we hope we'll whet your appetite for the entire list which appears in Inside Business on Monday May 7. (More)

14. John R. Broderick
(Inside Business, May 4, 2012)
John R. Broderick, the president of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, is the hand that guides the university's six colleges - a responsibility that means overseeing a $526 million operating budget and more than 2,500 faculty and staff at the school.
Soon after stepping into his role as president in 2008, the school drafted a strategic plan for 2009-2014, which included goals to grow and enhance its research arm, residential campus and partnerships in the Hampton Roads community.
In 2010, Broderick created the ODU Business Gateway, which is located in Innovation Research Park, and was established to be a go-to resource for Hampton Roads businesses, and beyond, and support economic development.
Since Broderick became president, the university has introduced a new Student Success Center and Learning Commons additions to Perry Library, which opened last fall.
In March, Broderick was honored by the American College Personnel Association with the Contribution to Higher Education Award.
He was also recognized with community awards in higher education, including the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities' Humanitarian Award, the Urban League of Hampton Roads' Marian Palmer Capps Award, the College Communicators Association Distinguished Service Award, Lead Hampton Roads' Julian F. Hirst Award for excellence in community, civic and professional leadership, and a 2011 Visionary Award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. (More)

This article was posted on: June 26, 2012

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