Week of 4/22/13
Old Dominion University Libraries Collection
(Video, CSPAN, April 19, 2013)
Sonia Yaco, special collections librarian at Old Dominion University, talked about items in their collection related to school desegregation, including court records, letters from parents, and a letter from a former governor of Virginia which states that any school deciding to integrate will be shut down. From 1959-1964 all schools were closed in this area of Virginia. White children went to private schools and black children were not allowed in any school.
C-SPAN's Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their "2013 LCV Cities Tour" in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on March 18-22 to feature the history and literary life of the community.*Working with the Cox Communications local cable affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed.*The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on BookTV on C-SPAN2. (More)
Future uncertain as sequestration plays out
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 22, 2013)
The Navy got a reprieve of sorts late last month when Congress signed off on another in a series of stopgap spending bills.
The construction and overhaul of aircraft carriers and scheduled maintenance on an array of other warships appear to be intact, at least through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.
That was good news for Newport News Shipbuilding and for local ship-repair yards.
The Navy, however, isn't out of the woods yet.
And neither are tens of thousands of federal "service" contractors in Hampton Roads who support the Navy and other branches of the military.
Like everyone else associated with the defense industry and the federal government, they are shadowed by the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration, which kicked in March 1. ...
In the short term, Hampton Roads is not going to be hurt as badly as many feared it could be a few months ago, said James Koch, an Old Dominion University economist.
Due largely to Congress' temporary spending fix in late March, the net effect of sequestration on employment in the region through this year is projected to be only 1,655 jobs, a drop of only 0.22 percent, Koch said.
Long term, however, the impacts will be "very serious," Koch said, though they won't occur overnight.
"This is going to be a pretty gradual process," he said. "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." (More)
Successful launch for rocket Antares at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
(WDBJTV7/The Daily Press, April 22, 2013)
With a gut-rumbling growl, the Antares rocket vaulted from the launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Sunday afternoon, finally completing the test flight of a prototype booster designed to ship cargo to the International Space Station.
Two previous launch attempts in the last five days had been scrubbed, with Dulles-based rocket-maker Orbital Sciences Corp. citing a technical glitch and risky upper-level winds.
But the third time proved the charm. At 5 p.m., the most powerful rocket ever launched from Wallops roared skyward, trailing a jet of bright, liquid-fueled flame and white smoke. ...
Momentum has been building since the 1980s when the Reagan administration urged a shift to commercial space transportation.
It began to accelerate in the commonwealth in the mid-1990s when engineering professors at Old Dominion University in Norfolk convinced the General Assembly to create a commercial spaceport on Wallops Island and the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) to oversee it.
It sped up in earnest in 2008 after Orbital landed its $1.9 billion NASA contract, with plans to launch eight resupply missions out of MARS through 2016. (More)
Sea level rise will especially hurt poor
(Inside Business, April 19, 2013)
Standing in front of a large graph that displayed what looked like Richter scale results trending upward, Old Dominion University professor Tal Ezer began explaining.
The graph showed the highest and lowest flood levels at Sewell's Point in Norfolk in each year since the late 1920s, and small red circles marked the years in which floodwater was more than seven feet deep.
"Because of the sea level rise," he said about the red circles, "such a flood that happened about two times over 70 years has now happened four times over the past seven years."
Ezer was one of five panelists who spoke last week during the Sea Level Rise session at ECOnference, an annual forum at which alternative energy, green development and related topics are discussed.
Held at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, the conference was sponsored by ODU's Business Gateway and Inside Business.
Besides increased frequency of deeper floods, Ezer said flood hours are up, too.
From 1928 to 1982, according to another graph the oceanographer showed, the number of flood hours at The Hague in Norfolk never topped 100 in a given year.
The last four years, however, have seen no fewer than 200 annual flood hours, including more than 300 flood hours in 2009. (More)
Something's Fishy In The Tree Of Life
(Red Orbit, April 19, 2013)
Fishes account for over half of vertebrate species, but while groups such as mammals, birds and reptiles have been fairly well understood by scientists for decades, knowledge about relationships among many types of fishes was essentially unknown - until now.
A team of scientists led by Richard Broughton, associate professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma, published two studies that dramatically increase understanding of fish evolution and their relationships. They integrated extensive genetic and physical information about specimens to create a new "tree of life" for fishes. The vast amount of data generated through large-scale DNA sequencing required supercomputing resources for analysis. The result is the largest and most comprehensive studies of fish phylogeny to date. Broughton notes, "The scope of the project was huge in terms of the number of species examined and the number of genes analyzed, and the new patterns of relationships among fish families result in what may be the broadest revision of fish systematics in history." ...
The fish tree is the result of years of work among a collaborative team of scientists as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Euteleost Tree of Life project. Researchers involved in the project include Broughton, Wiley and Guillermo Ortí, George Washington University; Kent Carpenter, Old Dominion University; Andrés Lopez, University of Alaska-Fairbanks; Guoqing Lu, University of Nebraska-Omaha; and Terry Grande, Loyola University of Chicago. The work is published in two papers in the open access journal PLOS Currents - Tree of Life. (More)
Toyota Unveils the 2013 Avalon: "Great cars do not happen without great people"
(Insight News, April 19, 2013)
Toyota recently unveiled their 2013 Avalon at a press junket in Cincinnati. The event not only provided the media in attendance with a look at the newly designed vehicle, but also an inside look at the company who makes it and their strong commitment to diversity. ...
Another great person of Toyota is Wilbert W. (Wil) James, Jr. James is President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. When he gave an overview of the facility, he talked with great pride. He said, "We are proud of the way we do business."
James became the seventh president of TMMK in July 2010. It is the largest plant in North America. His first position at Toyota was actually at TMMK in 1987. Over a 20 year period, he served in various positions including General Manager of Assembly and General Manager of Production Administration. He served as vice president of Manufacturing from 2003-2006. He has also served in positions at other facilities including Toyota's Princeton, Indiana facility as Senior Vice President for Manufacturing and Quality. He also worked in Long Beach, California as President of TABC Inc.
He was educated at Old Dominion University where he received his Associate's degree (1976) and Bachelors of Science degree (1978) in Mechanical Engineering Technology. (More)
ODU named host campus of Confucius Institute
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 19, 2013)
Old Dominion University has been named a host campus of the Confucius Institute, an international program that promotes the study of Chinese language and culture and seeks to foster mutual understanding between the United States and China.
ODU is the third Virginia school selected for the program, following George Mason University and the College of William and Mary. There are nearly 100 Confucius Institute sites across the United States.
The program is affiliated with and funded by the Chinese government's Ministry of Education.
An opening ceremony will be held this evening at ODU's Ted Constant Convocation Center.
ODU officials say the program will enhance an already extensive Chinese presence on campus. The university has a China Center, an Institute of Asian Studies and a Chinese language curriculum. The student body includes 120 Chinese nationals.
The Confucius Institute program will be administered by China Center director Qiu Jin and housed in Dragas Hall on the Norfolk campus.
ODU will be paired with a partner school, Minzu University, in the western suburbs of Beijing. Minzu originally was designated for ethnic minorities and was one of the first universities in China to enroll international students. (More)
Port of Virginia works to stem pollution as cargo traffic increases
(Hellenic Shipping News, April 19, 2013)
As air quality requirements for shipping become more stringent, the Virginia Port Authority is trying to promote cleaner fuel, equipment and transportation alternatives for moving cargo.
That's what the authority's director of environmental affairs, Heather Wood, told attendees of an Ecoconference workshop at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. The Ecoconference was sponsored by Old Dominion University's Business Gateway and Inside Business.
Although cargo volume to the port increased 18 percent from 2005 to 2011, air pollution decreased overall by 28 percent and particulate matter or dust was cut in half, she said.
"We try to set the example first," Wood said, adding the port authority couldn't expect contractors, truckers or ship operators to make changes on their own. (More)
Ten Virginia schools make The Princeton Review's guide to green colleges
(Virginia Business, April 17, 2013)
Ten Virginia schools made The Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges," released earlier this week.
The free guide profiles 320 higher education institutions in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
Norfolk-based Old Dominion University and Winchester-based Shenandoah University were new to the list this year, joining The College of William and Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Radford University, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech.
To produce the list, The Princeton Review partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council, a national nonprofit organization best-known for developing the LEED green building rating system. The guide is available online. (More)
Moosehead's Andrew and Patrick Oland: Is it good to hire a family member?
(Video, The Financial Post (Canada), April 13, 2013)
Andrew Oland, president, Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Mr. Oland is the sixth generation member of his family to lead the Oland brewing business started by his great-great-great grandmother Susannah Oland in 1867. Mr. Oland received his business degree in 1989 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997. He joined Moosehead in 1992 as a foreman in the company's bottleshop and has held a number of increasingly senior positions with the company, including sales manager for Nova Scotia, sales director for New Brunswick, Alpine Lager Marketing Director, and President of Moosehead Quebec. He was appointed president on April 1, 2008. (More)
Explore world culture at annual International Children's Festival
(The Flagship, April 17, 2013)
This weekend, bring the entire family to the 13th annual International Children's Festival, a veritable palette of color, cultural pride and camaraderie. The event, taking place April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Downtown Hampton's Mill Point Park, will allow children of all ages the unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 40 countries, regions and cultures.
A wealth of activities are planned for the festival, including a costumed Parade of Nations, showcasing a breathtaking array of exquisite fabrics, bold colors and exciting designs. Entertainment will take place on three stages and includes the popular Dragon Head Dance, native folk dancers and musicians. Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, The Mechanical Man, a stilt walker and the Monkey Man will provide roaming entertainment in Mill Point Park throughout the day.
This year, the festival is happy to welcome China Kaleidoscope Kung Fu Love, a group of martial arts and folk dance performers from the People's Republic of China. The group will be in Hampton Roads for the opening of Old Dominion University's Confucius Institute, which will officially establish on April 19. (More)
The good will triumph
(Letter, The Virginian-Pilot, April 17, 2013)
As a college student, I lived in the Back Bay section of Boston for five years and was one of the thousands who would leave the Red Sox game on Patriots Day every third Monday in April to watch the finish of the Boston Marathon.
The spot where the bombs killed and injured so many innocent people was one that my wife, Kate, and I walked past less than a month ago when we went back to the city to watch our basketball teams play Northeastern.
My heart goes out to the families and individuals who have had their lives shattered by this senseless act of terrorism. I know I speak for all at Old Dominion University in sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of Boston.
Imagine completing a 26-mile run, only to be greeted at the finish line by this violent act?
An 8-year-old boy was one of the victims.
Old Dominion's own Jim Duffy, from the provost's office, crossed the finish line just minutes before the terror began. Thankfully, he is safe.
Monday night, Kate and I hosted 45 student leaders at the President's House. Nearly everyone there asked the same question: 'Why?'
Sadly, I could not provide the answer.
However, I can provide a reminder that good is stronger than evil, compassion triumphs over malevolence. In our thoughts and in our actions, we have the opportunity to honor Monday's victims and to defeat the chaos and fear engendered by acts of terror.
John Broderick, Norfolk (More)
Environmental change agent speaks at ODU
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 17, 2013)
Majora Carter did the unthinkable in her native South Bronx.
She blocked the opening of yet another waste facility in one of New York's most downtrodden neighborhoods. Then she helped turn a dump into a park.
What helped her succeed, Carter said Tuesday at Old Dominion University, was her ignorance of the world of community activism when she started at age 30.
"I didn't know who I wasn't supposed to talk to," Carter said. "You can't work with businesses. You're not supposed to call the city. I was like, this thing is way too big. I'm just going to smile and ask for help."
Carter was the luncheon speaker Tuesday at Ecoconference '13 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The conference, which featured sessions on rising sea levels and advances in wind energy, was sponsored by Old Dominion's Business Gateway and Inside Business, published by Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, the owner of The Virginian-Pilot.
The Bronx park, Carter told about 120 people, "is now one of the most sought-after places in the borough" and has spurred hope for other improvements.
Carter, who won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 2005, has since helped secure government funding for greener medians and streets in the Bronx and ushered in a training program for jobs in such fields as wetlands restoration and green-roof installation. During her tenure, she said, 85 percent of participants landed jobs. (More)
ODU hosts Special Olympics for kids
(Video, Fox43/WAVY-TV, April 17, 2013)
Old Dominion hosted a Special Olympics event for Norfolk Public Schools special needs children Tuesday.
Just under 300 kids participated in the event held at Foreman Field. (More)
Runners from Hampton Roads recount Boston blast
(The Virginian-Pilot, April 16, 2013)
About an hour before the start of Monday's Boston Marathon, the 27,000 runners were asked to participate in a moment of silence to honor the victims in the Sandy Hook shootings.
Dr. Sam Wittenberg turned to his friend Jim Duffy and said, "I guess we're still in civilization."
About four hours later, they weren't so sure.
"There was a big boom and oh, my Lord," said Duffy, associate vice president for academic affairs at Old Dominion University. "And then all you could hear was sirens, all kinds of public safety folks in every which way."
The two Virginia Beach runners had finished the marathon and were waiting in line for their gear when the explosions occurred.
Wittenberg, a 60-year-old family practitioner for the Sentara Medical Group, knew people would need help, but he also knew the event was heavily staffed with medical personnel.
"I've been on the medical staff for some running events," Wittenberg said. "I knew that in a situation like this, me going back and trying to help would have created more trouble.
"The finish line area was well equipped for this. Not prepared, but equipped." (More)