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RESEARCH EXPO AWARD WINNERS NAMED

Chester Grosch, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences and computer science, was named ODU's outstanding faculty member in the area of research at "Portal to New Worlds: Research Exposition" on Wednesday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Grosch, whose research career spans more than three decades, was given the award at the closing ceremony of the exposition by Vice Provost David Hager. "He has consistently demonstrated high quality in research activities," Hager said.

He came to ODU in 1973 as a Samuel L. and Fay M. Slover Chair in Oceanography, but also has held research and teaching positions at Stevens Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Pratt Institute and the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. In 1989 he was a Royal Society Guest Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Grosch is widely published and has done extensive professional consulting.
He specializes in hydrodynamic stability, new and advanced numerical techniques for fluid modeling, and the development of algorithms to take advantage of massively parallel systems.

Undergraduate exhibitors who won awards at the joint Old Dominion University-Norfolk State University exposition were:

First place: Mayen Udoetuk of NSU, "Reliability of E. Coli Cells as Mechanical Actuators for Microfluidic Systems."

Second place: ODU ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences students William Ashley, Brian Belmont, Catherine Flynn, Albert Sanford and Lisa Strange, "Nutrient Exchange Between the James River and Hoffler Creek."

Third place: Kevin Reynolds of NSU, "Testing of High-Resolution SI and GE Analyzers for X-Ray Emission Spectroscopy and X-Ray Raman Scattering. He worked with NSU's Uwe Bergmann, professor of physics.

Graduate students who won awards:

First place: David Tiangco of ODU, "3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine Activates Nuclear Factor-Kappa B and Increases Intracellular Calcium in Cultured Striated Rat Heart Cells." His faculty advisors included Christopher Osgood and Barbara Hargrave of the biological sciences department and others from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Second place: Hau T. Ngo, Tao Li, Adam Livingston and Ming Zhang of ODU, "Driver's Assistant for Visibility Improvement." Their faculty advisor was Vijayan Asari, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Third place: Qin Hu of ODU, "Modeling and Simulation of Phosphatidylserine Externalization in Lipid Membranes." Faculty advisors were Ravindra Joshi and Karl Schoenbach of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology

This article was posted on: April 7, 2005

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