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Faculty Search in Theoretical Nuclear/Hadronic Physics

The Department of Physics at Old Dominion University and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) are seeking a theoretical physicist in the field of hadronic and nuclear theory to support the Jefferson Lab 12 GeV physics program. The appointment is expected to be made at the tenure-track, Assistant Professor level with an anticipated start date of Fall 2014. For more information and to apply please visit: http://jobs.physicstoday.org/jobs/#/detail/6185637/1,false ( More )

Bayse Selenium Research Takes Aim at Diseases

Craig Bayse, professor and graduate program director in Old Dominion's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is an author of an article in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) April 21 that reports new understanding of how the chemical selenium is able to do so much good within the human body. ...(read more at InsideODU) ( More )

Two Public Events in May Will Showcase Nuclear Physics

On Wednesday, May 14, Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk's Ghent business district will feature a 7:15 p.m. showing of the documentary "Particle Fever," which is about the search for - and believed discovery in 2012 of - the Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle," at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. Three nuclear physics researchers affiliated with ODU and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News will speak and answer questions at the conclusion of the film. On Saturday, May 17, Jefferson Lab will hold one of its popular daylong open houses. These extraordinary events, held only once every two years, allow visitors an up-close look at the facility, which includes a mile-long accelerator that speeds electrons along at close to the speed of light. ODU researchers will have key roles in presenting programs and exhibits that will be part of the open house. ( More )

Physics Undergraduate Seniors' Day on April 29, 2014

On April 29 the Physics Department will be hosting it's semester Undergraduate Seniors' Day. Activities for the day include inductions into the national physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma and the senior physics majors will present talks about their research. ( More )

Justin Mason Honored as December Employee of the Month

It didn't take long for Justin Mason to make an impact in the physics department. Hired in March 2012 as a laboratory and research specialist, Mason has had "an immediate and lasting" impact on the department, said his supervisor, Lisa Okun, who nominated him for Old Dominion's Employee of the Month award. That impact has been felt by faculty, staff and students throughout the department, according to Okun, who serves as operations manager and assistant to the department chair. In addition to this latest award as ODU's December Employee of the Month, Mason was recognized earlier as the Hourly and Classified Employees Association Rookie Staff Member of the Year for 2013. ( More )

Psychology Students Investigate Use of Technology to Support Participants in Portsmouth Weight-Loss Initiative

The weight-loss program launched earlier this year by Healthy Portsmouth, a city-sponsored health initiative, hasn’t had the impact its proponents were hoping for. So a class of psychology doctoral students at Old Dominion University is investigating how to use Web and mobile technology to better support residents’ weight loss attempts by making the program more engaging for participants. ( More )