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Six Old Dominion University doctoral students will present their research at the Virginia Graduate Forum in Richmond March 29. The forum, from 4-6 p.m. at the Library of Virginia, will attract an audience that includes state legislators, business groups and academicians.

The ODU Office of Graduate Studies chose the representatives from nominees provided by the university's various colleges. Those selected for the honor are:

·Scott H. Brunstetter, Ph.D. program in international studies, College of Arts and Letters, will present "From Green to Olive-Green: The Withering of Pacifism in the German Green Party, 1990-2002." The research focuses on the evolution of the German Green Party's stance on the use of force between 1990, when it rejected use of force to evict Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, and the post-9/11 period, when it accepted the deployment of German combat forces in Afghanistan. Brunstetter lives in Falls Church.

·Jewel S. Goodman, Ph.D. program in health services research, College of Health Sciences, will present "Community Health Fairs: Going Where the People Are." The research assesses ways to organize health fairs to provide the free health screenings, follow-up care referrals and other services needed by underserved minority segments of the population. Goodman lives in Suffolk.

·Chris Klentzman, Ph.D. program in civil engineering, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, will present "The Development of a Coastal Storm Impulse (COSI) Scale." The research pertains to a new classification system that more accurately measures the strength of coastal storms. The scale goes well beyond wind speed, to include wave conditions, storm surge and storm duration time. Klentzman lives in Chesapeake.

·Frank K. Thomson III, Ph.D. program in oceanography, College of Sciences, will present "Characterization of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Vibrio cholerae Isolated from Ships' Ballast Tanks." The research looks into the possibility that ships' ballast water discharges in the coastal waters of the United States could result in contamination by cholera microbes of genotypes that are resistant to antibiotics. Thomson lives in Portsmouth.

·Felicia M. Toreno, Ph.D. program in education, Darden College of Education, will present "Articulation Trends in Allied Health Programs." The research analyzes the effectiveness of education pathways between allied health programs at participating institutions in urban section of Virginia. Toreno lives in Virginia Beach.

·Eyad M. Youssef, Ph.D. program in business administration with international business and marketing concentration, College of Business and Public Administration, will present "Negative Mood and Risk Taking Tendency: The Effect of Attachment Style." The research explores the inter-relationship of certain personality qualities, negative moods, and business risk taking. Youssef lives in Virginia Beach.

This article was posted on: March 2, 2006

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