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Week of 4/29/13

ODU tuition to rise 4.4 percent for undergrads
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 27, 2013)

Old Dominion University will raise tuition and fees 4.4 percent for in-state undergraduates for the next school year.
The increase was approved Friday in a unanimous vote by ODU's governing Board of Visitors. Students taking 30 credit hours will pay $8,560 for the 2013-14 academic session, up from $8,190 this year, not including room-and-board charges.
Tuition and fees for out-of-state undergraduates taking a 30-credit-hour load will rise to $24,220 from $23,070.
Virginia's public universities moderated tuition increases last year under pressure from Gov. Bob McDonnell to rein in the escalating cost of higher education. Tuition at state schools had roughly doubled over the past decade as state support declined.
McDonnell reiterated his opposition to hefty tuition hikes in a letter to state college presidents earlier this month, urging them to "make every effort" to keep in-state tuition and fee increases to the rate of inflation as measured by the U.S. Consumer Price Index. (More)

Va. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
(NBC Washington, April 27, 2013)

An Army Blackhawk pilot from Fairfax, Va., was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, where his unit was just deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom this month.
First Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, was killed after sustaining wounds from indirect enemy fire.
The highly decorated soldier was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Hess attended Old Dominion University where he majored in criminal justice and was a member of the swimming and diving team. A graduate of Robinson High School in Fairfax, Hess played linebacker on a state championship-winning football team. He also swam for three years at Robinson, garnering three state championships.
Hess, who joined the Army in 2010, is survived by his mother, father and brother. His parents released the following statement to News4 Friday night:
"Our son was an amazing person. He was a wonderful, loving man. He had a wonderful sense of humor that could make anyone laugh ... He was a natural leader and a great officer. He loved the Army, and he died living his dream." (More)

Dr. Steve Yetiv, Old Dominion University - Oil Production and Foreign Policy
(Audio, WAMC Radio, April 29, 2013)

In today's Academic Minute, Dr. Steve Yetiv of Old Dominion University explains why U.S. foreign policy is closely tied to foreign and domestic oil production.
Dr. Steve Yetiv is University Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Old Dominion University. His research explores energy security, American foreign policy and decision making, the Middle East, and globalization. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and the General Accounting Office. He recently published a new edition of his book Crude Awakenings, in which he develops and applies a framework for examining threats to global oil security. He holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University.
America is in the midst of an energy boom that has helped decrease its dependence on foreign oil significantly. Current U.S. oil imports of around 9-10 million barrels/day are projected to fall to around 4 million b/d within one decade.
But, if that does occur, what would it mean for U.S. foreign policy? In particular, could America withdraw from the oil-rich Persian Gulf? That's an interesting question because the United States has fought two big wars there and spends between $40 to $50 billion a year, not including the Iraq war costs, to protect the free flow of oil, mainly. That expenditure exceeds the entire military budgets of all but a few countries and taxes America's already massive national deficit. (More)

Oil Production and Foreign Policy
(Audio, Inside Higher Ed, April 29, 2013)

In today's Academic Minute, Old Dominion University's Steve Yetiv examines why U.S. foreign policy is closely tied to foreign and domestic oil production. Yetiv is University Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Old Dominion and author of Crude Awakenings. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here. (More)

Research Explains Why Electric Fields Puncture Biological Cells
(Health Canal, April 26, 2013)

An exacting nanosecond jolt of electricity can briefly open a cell's wall, allowing for the delivery of drugs or DNA. This procedure - called electroporation - is widely used in biology, biotechnology and medicine, including cancer treatments.
Researchers discovered that the electric charge causes water molecules (oxygen is red and hydrogen is gray) to rearrange themselves to create a water bridge across the cell's wall connecting the inside and the outside of a cell.
Why the cell's wall opens, however, has remained a mystery until now.
UC Merced applied math Professor Mayya Tokman and her collaborators have figured out what is going on at the nanoscale and recently published their findings in PLOS ONE. The open access peer-reviewed journal is part of the Public Library of Science, a nonprofit public publisher. Tokman's coauthors include Professor Michael Colvin, graduate student Jane HyoJin Lee, research Professor Thomas Vernier at Old Dominion University and Vernier's graduate students at University of Southern California.
Using complex computer models, the research team discovered that the electric charge causes water molecules to rearrange themselves to create a water bridge across the cell's wall connecting the inside and the outside of a cell. (More)

For summer internships, outlook improving - slowly
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 29, 2013)

This is the story of how Stanley Zheng got a summer internship after he stopped looking for one.
His search began in January 2012. Zheng, then a sophomore at Old Dominion University planning to major in computer science, submitted about a dozen applications. He got a couple of offers, all for unpaid jobs.
Zheng, instead, worked at his family's restaurant in Portsmouth over the summer so he could store away some money.
Last January, Zheng restarted the search. Still no luck. In March, he stopped looking.
Later that month, mostly for fun, he attended Start Norfolk, a weekend event to identify the best new startup ideas. Before the crowd, Zheng pitched a friend's proposal.
During intermission, he met Scott Stewart, managing partner of NBT Solutions in Williamsburg, which specializes in Internet-mapping applications.
Zheng had thought his presentation was "not so great." But as their talk went on, Stewart grew impressed with Zheng, not just for his computer know-how, but also for his maturity and extracurricular commitments.
Right there, Stewart offered him a job as a software development intern. Zheng was stunned. ...
The number of internship postings at Old Dominion's Career Management Center as of mid-April grew nearly 20 percent to 338 from 283 the same time last year, said Beverly Forbes, director of experiential education. ...
Earlier this year, Zheng, the ODU student, established the first campus chapter of Code for America, a nonprofit that seeks to make governments more responsive to citizens. That helped him get his internship at NBT.
"We admire those guys a great deal," said Stewart, the executive from NBT. "We love that sort of civic engagement." (More)

Coping with uncertainty
(Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 28, 2013)

For years, computer simulations have predicted that climate change will cause East Coast sea levels to rise at an increasingly rapid rate.
In a 2010 study, Virginia Institute of Marine Science oceanographer John Boon looked at decades of tide-gauge readings for evidence of this ever-faster-rising water. ...
Two other studies last year, by Old Dominion University and the U.S. Geological Survey, also found rising sea-level rates along much of the East Coast. Using differing methodologies, the three studies in effect validated one another.
The studies portend a major threat to cities such as Norfolk, New York and Boston. Sea levels there aren't going up in a straight line but are climbing increasingly fast, the way a debt can soar with compound interest. ...
Tal Ezer is an Old Dominion oceanographer who led that university's 2012 study of rising seas. In February, he published a study finding evidence that the Gulf Stream has indeed slowed.
The ocean is not flat. For example, the water level is lower on the side of the Gulf Stream nearest the East Coast and higher on the other side. So the Gulf Stream resembles a wall keeping a lot of water from moving to the coast.
If the Gulf Stream slows, computer simulations suggest, that wall would lower, allowing water to drop on the far side of the stream and rise along the coast, adding to already-rising coastal sea levels.
Ezer said his study indicating a slowing Gulf Stream, plus the three 2012 studies of rising seas, appear to show this is happening. (More)

ODU group provides picture of Virginia seat-belt use
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 28, 2013)

Excuse Jessica Ladage for staring. She couldn't help but notice.
In fact, as you drove by, she was trying very hard to notice.
No, not the finger-in-nose thing, although she has caught her share of that, too.
It was the seat belt.
Ladage, a 28-year-old graduate student, has been standing on roadsides in a bright orange safety vest and peering into vehicles since 2009 to learn whether you're buckled in. She looks for that and about a half-dozen other details, all of which she has about three seconds to mentally capture before she marks them on her clipboard. ...
The data, collected thousands of times on carefully selected roads across Virginia, contribute to a constantly evolving understanding of safety belt use in the commonwealth. It's all done by a group from Old Dominion University. ...
The consequences can be deadly. While surveys show that about a fifth of the population doesn't buckle in, unbelted fatalities generally represent about half of all vehicle occupant deaths on Virginia roads. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reported 305 unbelted fatalities and 4,417 unbelted injuries for 2012.
Some crashes are so bad that a seat belt wouldn't make a difference, but "if you're not restrained, you have very little chance," said Bryan Porter, an associate professor of psychology at ODU who leads the seat belt research.
Why some choose not to buckle up is a difficult question to answer, he said. (More)

7 Ways to Cut Your Diabetes Risk
(ABC News/Women's Health, April 28, 2013)

Hit the Weights
Upping your lean muscle mass could lower your insulin resistance and drop your odds of developing prediabetes, according to a new study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers found that for every 10 percent increase in muscle mass, people's prediabetes risk fell by 12 percent. Build three days of resistance training into your weekly fitness plan, says Sheri Colberg-Ochs, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University. And aim for at least two and a half hours a week of glucose-burning cardio activity such as running, cycling, or swimming. ...
Chill Out
Chronic stress is a risk factor for many major diseases, including diabetes. "When your body senses stress, it releases hormones that increase blood sugar," says Colberg-Ochs. That rush is beneficial in a pinch but dangerous long-term. Regularly practicing deep breathing or meditation, listening to calming music, or getting massages can quell stress hormones and help lower overall blood sugar, she says. (More)

At Work With | Gerry White, ECPI associate dean
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 28, 2013)

As told to Pilot writer Philip Walzer
I was way more on the art and philosophy side than the technical side of the house. I wanted to be an English teacher since sixth grade. I taught at ODU for four or five years, and then I started teaching a class here, and we started the writing center. And the writing center didn't have a website. My brother started racing cars at Langley, and he needed a website. So I went online and figured it out, and then I started doing one for the writing center. It was not hard at all. It's like English. It's just a different language. (That's how I sell English to the tech students. If you learn the syntax and the language that we speak, it's going to be an easier transition to HTML and other languages.)
I started doing videos for the writing center and for my students. Then I started teaching some of the arts and sciences faculty how to do some Web stuff and some video stuff. Then came the app boom, so I started researching it and built an app for ECPI. It took students to their schedules and their grades and to the websites.
To me, the Web was always one of the most advanced forms of art that you could possibly experience. You've got language, you've got sound, you've got visual arts, and people can interact with it. And the app piece just kind of fascinated me. (More)

Mom explains how her son E.J. Manuel helped her through harrowing breast cancer scare
(Sun Media (Canada), April 26, 2013)

When Jackie Manuel found out late last summer she had breast cancer, she worried.
Not so much about her own fate.
But about how on earth she'd go about informing her son - Erik Rodriguez Manuel Jr., more commonly known as E.J. Manuel, the only quarterback selected Thursday night in Round 1 of the NFL draft (by the Buffalo Bills).
"Honestly, when I got my diagnosis, E.J. was the last one in the family to know because we just didn't know how we could tell him," Jackie Manuel said in a phone interview on Friday morning from her Manhattan hotel room. ...
On that late-summer morning, Jackie Manuel was readying herself for work as travel coordinator for the Old Dominion University athletic department, just like on any other day. Then her life changed.
"I found a lump on my breast," she said. "I went to my doctor and did all the tests, and it came back positive for Stage 2 breast cancer.
"So I had to do eight rounds of chemo, and I had surgery on the 1st of February, and I'm just finishing up my radiation treatments now. I'll be done with that around the 1st of May."
The surgery, almost three months ago now, was a success. The cancer was removed. (More)

For the Record - Eastern Virginia, May 2013
(Virginia Business, April 26, 2013)

The Women's Business Center in Norfolk is the newest addition to Old Dominion University's Business Gateway. The center offers counseling, networking events, training, technical assistance and mentoring to women interested in starting and growing their businesses. The Norfolk center is one of two women's business centers opened by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Virginia in March. (More)

After Boston Marathon Bombing, ODU Professor Austin Jersild Shares Chechen Insight on 'HearSay'
(Audio, WHRV-FM, April 26, 2013)

In the wake of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent violence in Watertown, Mass., related to the police killing of one suspect and eventual capture of a second, much of the American public has been fixated on those events and understanding the motivations of the two Chechen-born brothers at the center of it all.
On Tuesday, Old Dominion University history professor Austin Jersild, an expert on Russian-Chechen relations, joined radio host Cathy Lewis on WHRV's popular lunchtime call-in talk show "HearSay" to provide insight into a region of the world suddenly thrust into our collective consciousness.
The tragic events began to unfold April 15 when two crude bombs were detonated seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people - including an 8-year-old child - and injuring nearly 300 others. Several days later, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed and a subsequent firefight involving police led to the death of one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was arrested a day later after a massive police manhunt in nearby Watertown. (More)

Coping with uncertainty
(Virginia Business, April 26, 2013)

Two decades of traveling to every state and living around the country ultimately drew Kevin Murphy back home to Hampton Roads.
"I got a good grasp of what goes on around the country and a greater appreciation of where I was from," he says. Returning home, he moved into downtown Norfolk, purchasing a 100-year-old building where he lives and operates his business, Basketball Products International, which sells basketball equipment for competitive play.
He's glad to be back in Hampton Roads and participating in the revitalization of downtown Norfolk where he serves as president of the civic league. "There's diversity of opportunities here for both recreational and professional activities. It's a cross section of America here."
Stories like Murphy's resonate with Hampton Roads civic and business leaders who are trying to attract a new breed of entrepreneurs to the Southeast's eighth largest metropolitan region. That's especially critical in the face of sequestration. With cuts looming, there's a sense of urgency that Hampton Roads can no longer count on the massive defense industry to power its economy. ...
Old Dominion University's 2013 Economic Forecasting Project initially projected sequestration could trigger the loss of more than 17,500 jobs across Hampton Roads this year, with the total impact to the region's spending power estimated at more than $2 billion.
Recent budget changes, however, are expected to reduce the severity of sequestration in the region. They include $670 million for the overhaul and continued construction of aircraft carriers at Newport News Shipbuilding and $287 million for the maintenance of other Navy ships at local shipyards. ODU's new forecast is a loss of almost 6,900 jobs and a nearly $800 million reduction in gross regional product.
That's still a large hit to the region, says Gary Wagner, an ODU economics professor, who worked on the project. "Defense is such a big component of what makes up Hampton Roads that I'm not sure any other sectors of the economy can pick up that much slack. It would take a pretty remarkable growth in non-defense activities to make up for sequestration." (More)

HRT working on deals for costlier GoPass365 program
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 26, 2013)

Hampton Roads Transit is beginning to strike deals to keep its GoPass365 ridership program running at colleges and major employers under scaled-back arrangements that will charge much more per pass.
Norfolk State University officials have agreed to buy 600 passes at $250 each for the fiscal year beginning July 1, said Ray Amoruso, HRT's chief planning and development officer, on Thursday. The university plans to give them to students on a first-come, first-served basis and monitor the demand before buying more, Amoruso said.
The city of Norfolk is considering a similar arrangement, but one in which workers would pay half of the cost of the $250 pass if they want one; the city would cover the rest, Amoruso said. ...
Representatives from EVMS and Old Dominion University told HRT's Board of Commissioners last month that they could not afford the transit agency's higher asking price and fretted about their students losing the perk.
The GoPass365 program allows users to ride without paying a fare on any of HRT's services. Former CEO Philip Shucet started it in 2011 to boost ridership and fill empty seats. It began costing the agency so much in lost revenue that it prompted Shucet's successor, William Harrell, to begin overhauling the program last year. (More)

Adolphus Hailstork
(Classical CD Review, April, 2013)

Oh, that Adolphus Hailstork. Sorry, I couldn't resist the cheap shot, thoroughly undeserved, by the way. Hailstork, born 1941 in Rochester and raised in Albany, New York, received not only the solid training of an older generation (at one point, he studied with David Diamond, Vittorio Giannini, and, most impressive to me, Nadia Boulanger), but the grounding in the avant-garde techniques of the Sixties and Seventies.
However, he had an ace up his sleeve. He wasn't all that interested in writing avant-garde music but preferred to tease out his own music. Possibly as a result, his composing career took about a decade longer than it should have to take off. He first came to sporadic notice in the Eighties and gained real traction in the Nineties. In the meantime, he taught at various places before finally landing at Virginia's Old Dominion University, in Norfolk.
I find it hard to describe Hailstork's music, except to call it tonal, which is not saying much. I can't compare him to anybody else. He really seems to have written the music inside him alone. I can seldom tell where his music will go; it unfolds as an almost-continuous surprise without succumbing to incoherence.
Modest in scope, the Symphony No. 1 is laid out in the conventional four movements -- allegro - slow - scherzo - finale -- although the movements themselves avoid well-traveled roads. The scherzo, as you might expect, plays rhythmic games, but I can practically guarantee that you've never heard this particular mixture of meters before. I love the symphony's directness and vigor. My favorite section is the slow movement for its idiosyncratic, yet beautiful lyricism.
An American Port of Call, a musical picture of Norfolk, Virginia, impresses me less. It brings to mind Ibert's Escales, another work I don't care for. There's nothing obviously wrong with either score, but nothing that grabs me, either. On the other hand, you can find many opinions on both scores counter to mine, so your mileage may vary. (More)

(The Virginian-Pilot, April 21, 2013)

THE DAUGHTER OF a Jewish father and an Episcopalian mother, Rachel Chasin grew up steeped in the Jewish faith.
Memories of her girlhood in Fairfax County are replete with attending synagogue on holy days, working at a Jewish day camp and visiting her Orthodox grandparents in New York City.
Like many American Jews, she knew that some of her ancestors perished in the Holocaust.
Her great-great-grandmother, Chana Nemeth. Her great-great-aunt, Henna Stammler. Henna's husband, Chaim Greenfader. Their daughter Miriam and her husband, Simcha Grossman. They all died in the Nazi genocide. But where? How? ...
One of the family's few tangible links to those who died was a sepia-toned portrait of Chasin's great-grandmother Fannie Stammler - Chana Ne-meth's daughter - her long, dark hair piled atop her head, her hands pressed together against the high neck of her lacy gown. The first in the family to emigrate to the United States, she left the Polish village as a teenager and arrived alone at Ellis Island in 1904.
Chasin, a senior at ‍Old Dominion University, wanted to know more. So she had more than an academic interest in ODU's first Holocaust-themed study-abroad program, offered this spring.
She was among 13 students who took the class, which included a 10-day trip to Paris, Krakow and Auschwitz over spring break. ...
After an emotional visit with two French Holocaust survivors in Paris, the group arrived at Auschwitz in a driving snowstorm. The cold became a metaphor for the incomprehensible Nazi slaughter. ...
A red shoe with sequins.
That was one of the most vivid mental images Ruth Triplett brought back from Auschwitz.
A professor of sociology and criminal justice at ODU, Triplett went on the trip as a student, having found study-abroad programs to be unparallel ed learning opportunities. This was her third. (More)

American Foreign Policy Expert (Professor Joseph S. Nye) at ODU
(Examiner.com, April 23, 2013)

It is not every day that one gets to enjoy sitting in the company of scholars and thinkers who have, and continue to influence the course of American politics. For that reason, when the opportunity arises, one is careful to spend some time in the presence of greatness (okay, maybe I exaggerate a little). This afternoon-to-evening, as part of Old Dominion University's Presidential Lecture Series, one of America's foremost foreign policy experts, Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor and former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, former Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University, "most influential scholar on American Foreign Policy, 4th most influential scholar in international relations since 1990 and among the top 100 global thinkers, spoke to the Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS) select group of students, and then had a public lecture at the Webb Center.
Professor Nye, a former deputy Undersecretary of State and chair of the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons and former chair of the National Intelligence Council (which writes the National Intelligence Estimates, or NIEs), is also an author of 13 academic books and more than 200 academic articles. It was most decidedly an honor for the GPIS students and the University to host him. Professor Nye spoke to the future international relations and policy makers at a time when the United States is facing several challenges, notably from Iran, China and North Korea. (More)

Professor Offers Ode To Boston
(Audio, National Public Radio, April 22, 2013)

Tell Me More is celebrating National Poetry Month with the series 'Muses and Metaphor.' Listeners are sending their own poems via Twitter. Today's poetic tweet comes from Luisa Igloria. She teaches creative writing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
And what perfect timing, because now it's time for the latest in our series Muses and Metaphor. That's how we are celebrating National Poetry Month, by hearing your tweet poems. That's poems at 140 characters.
Today we hear from Luisa Igloria.
LUISA IGLORIA: My name is Luisa Igloria and I live in Norfolk, Virginia, where I direct the MFA creative writing at Old Dominion University. I wrote these lines on Monday, April 15, thinking about how in the kind of world we have today we need so much more to be kind to each other. Later I heard the news and saw images of the Boston Marathon bombings. My brother-in-law ran in the marathon. Thankfully he is unhurt. But as we know, this isn't the case with so many who were there that day. I included this tweet poem and a larger poem I wrote last week. I guess you could think of it as a kind of ode to Boston. Here is my tweet poem.
Oh love, oh neighbor, oh stranger huddled in fear, waiting for parole. How much more we belong to each other and wait to be consoled. (More)

Base closures make strange bedfellows of politicians
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 23, 2013)

When it comes to military spending, the budget hawks in Congress are getting less hawkish.
Democrats have clasped hands with Republicans - and no, that's not a misprint.
Their common opponent? A president who dares to cut defense dollars by weeding out unnecessary bases nationwide. Such a task would probably aid the country but harm local economies.
That means angering voters.
And that's something craven lawmakers abhor.
This display of bipartisan hypocrisy is no surprise. Nothing focuses the 535 members of Congress more than a threatened tightening of the federal spigot for their states and districts.
No incumbent wants to risk it - even if that's the correct course in the long run.
The Pilot's Bill Bartel reported that President Barack Obama wants to begin a new round of base closings within 24 months. His budget proposals include spending $2.4 billion over five years to identify and shut down facilities that Pentagon officials don't want. ...
In 2012, Old Dominion University's State of the Region report said defense spending continues to be the "primary regional economic engine" and was on course to total nearly $21 billion. It was an estimate that included DOD civilian employees and all defense procurement activities.
"Despite auspicious attempts to diversify the regional economic base, reality is that we have not succeeded in doing so," the report said.
Defense spending now accounts for 47 percent of regional economic activity, James Koch, ODU's president emeritus and prime mover behind the report, told me Monday by email. (More)

Long-Term Outlook Uncertain for Hampton Roads Contractors
(Association of Defense Communities, April 22, 2013)

An infusion of funds for DOD's operations account courtesy of the full-year fiscal 2013 defense spending bill Congress passed in March has granted the Hampton Roads, Va., region a reprieve from many of the overhaul and other ship maintenance projects the Navy earlier had suspended.
But sequestration, which could slash the defense budget by almost $500 billion through FY 2021, is still lurking and defense contractors in the area remain anxious about the future, reports the Virginian-Pilot.
The Pentagon's $41 billion sequester cut in FY 2013 may result in the loss of only 1,655 jobs in Hampton Roads this year, but over the long term the consequences are expected to be significant.
"This is going to be a pretty gradual process," said James Koch, an Old Dominion University economist. "Absent some international crisis that would push defense spending up, we're going to see things just gradually ease away from, you know, where we are right now."
Now many contractors in southeastern Virginia are looking to diversify their businesses. (More)

Joan Munzel Gosink '62
(MIT News, April 23, 2013)

Joan Munzel had a retort for professors and classmates who asked her why a girl would come to MIT: "I am interested in math and science." Of the 15 women who matriculated with her in the aftermath of Sputnik, eight remained by the spring of her first year. Munzel stuck it out, going on to make her mark in engineering education.
After majoring in math at MIT and marrying Thomas Gosink, SM '62, ­Gosink earned her master's in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University. Then she moved with their four sons to England to complete a Fulbright fellowship studying numerical methods in fluid dynamics. She and the boys moved to California, where she did her doctoral work at UC Berkeley while her husband worked at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF). "I had a commuting marriage," she notes.
After Gosink completed her PhD, the family lived in Alaska for a decade. The boys helped their dad build the family house while she joined UAF's Geophysical Institute and studied phenomena from the Arctic permafrost to katabatic winds in Antarctica. Finally, she says, "the cold got to me." She headed to Washington, D.C., to warm up with a position at the National Science Foundation studying heat transfer.
In 1991, Gosink and her husband, who had retired, arrived in Golden, Colorado. She joined the Colorado School of Mines as a faculty member in the Engineering Division, where none of her new colleagues had an active research project at the time. She won grants for a million dollars in equipment, spurring a burst of faculty support and success that resulted in a state Program of Excellence award. In 2002 Gosink created a minor in humanitarian engineering that engaged students in developing windmills, water pumps, and solar-powered electrification projects for underserved populations. (More)