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ODU'S CUTTER RECEIVES RESEARCH AWARD

Greg Cutter, professor of chemical oceanography, is the recipient of Old Dominion University's 23rd annual Faculty Research Achievement Award.

The award plaque and a $1,000 check were presented to him at the closing ceremony of Research Expo 2007 on Thursday, April 5, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

"Professor Cutter is honored for his outstanding research over more than 20 years at Old Dominion and for his international reputation as a scholar and scientist," said Mohammad Karim, ODU vice president for research, who presented the award. The 2007 recipient has faculty appointments in the departments of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences as well as chemistry and biochemistry.

Cutter, who has published more than 50 articles in prestigious journals, including Nature and Science, has received funding in excess of $5 million for his research. Much of his support has come from the National Science Foundation. He is a principal investigator in the NSF-funded Hall-Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Scholars in Ocean Science.

His research interests include processes affecting trace element speciation and distributions in natural waters and sediments, paleoceanographic tracers, analytical methods for aquatic chemistry and computer modeling of geochemical processes. For his research, he has ventured into waters all over the world, from the South Pacific to the Western Arctic, spending more than 500 days aboard research vessels. He was chief scientist for 10 of the cruises.

In the summer of 2005, Cutter was among an international team of scientists who participated in a trans-Arctic research expedition, gathering samples and data that are expected to help us better understand climate cycles through the ages and present-day global warming. In 2003, he was Cox Visiting Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.

"Although this award recognizes Dr. Cutter's outstanding research contributions
in the field of marine geochemistry, we are equally proud of his contributions to our undergraduate and graduate education programs, as well as his service to ODU and the larger community," said Richard Zimmerman, chair of the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. "Two of the numerous examples of his contributions in these areas include his pioneering development of our senior capstone course sequence that gives all our undergraduate majors a real research experience in their final year at ODU, and his leadership as coordinator of the Hall Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Scholars in Ocean Sciences at ODU."

In accepting the award, Cutter thanked his students, especially the five who have
received doctoral degrees under his mentorship, and his wife, Lynda, who is his lab manager.

Cutter edits the quarterly Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin and has served
as a manuscript reviewer for numerous publications, including Journal of Geophysical Research, Marine Chemistry, Nature and Science. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union and the Estuarine Research Federation.

He joined the ODU faculty in 1982 after earning a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was a research associate at the Center for Marine Studies at UC Santa Cruz while he was a graduate student.

Last year's ODU Research Achievement Award winner was Rocco Schiavilla, professor of physics and a senior staff scientist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News.

This article was posted on: April 6, 2007

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