Week of 3/10/14
Global health program starts local
(Daily Press, March 8, 2014)
All health is local - and global. That's the take of the new director of the Center for Global Health at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. "Everything starts locally. There are no borders for disease," said Muge Akpinar-Elci, MD, MPH.
This fall the center will launch an online graduate certificate program to help people in many fields - medicine, public health, business, education and more - to see the big picture in terms of improving health both locally and around the world. "The major focus is our region. We can start something locally and expand," said Akpinar-Elci. Registration for the distance-learning program, which is limited to 15 students, will open this spring.
As an example of the multi-disciplinary approach to solving community health problems, she cited partnerships with the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative at the university and with Eastern Virginia Medical School to address flooding in the region and its connection to respiratory diseases and infections. "Long after the flood has ceased, the spores and yeast remain, and fungi grow," said Shelley Mishoe, a respiratory therapist and dean of the university's health sciences program. "It's overlooked the degree to which people are exposed.
While the national figures for asthma incidence hover around 8 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence in Virginia is cited at more than 9 percent by the 2010 Virginia Asthma Report (the most recent data available). The rates in southeastern Virginia, including Hampton Roads are still higher, at 11 to 12 percent. So engineers will be working on flood simulations and connecting them with asthma incidence with the ultimate goal of prevention, said Mishoe. (More)
Brightest brains to get spotlight at ODU science fair
(The Virginian-Pilot, March 9, 2014)
The 63rd annual Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair will be held Saturday at Old Dominion University's Webb Center. Student projects will be open for viewing from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. Awards will be given at 2 p.m.
Students from private and public schools in 17 cities and counties in South Hampton Roads, the Peninsula, the Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore are eligible to enter. Categories include environmental sciences, engineering, Earth systems, computer sciences, botany, math and medicine.
More than $5,000 will be awarded to students and teachers.
From the senior division, 25 students will be invited to attend the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. Two will be invited to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May.
Junior division winners will be able to participate in other national competitions.
The science fair is paid for entirely through donations from the public. (More)
Founding doctor of Chesapeake General Hospital dies at 87
(WVEC-TV, March 8, 2014)
Dr. W. Stanley Jennings, Sr., a founding doctor of Chesapeake General Hospital, died at his home in South Norfolk Friday. He was 87 years old.
Jennings was born in Old Norfolk County and served the community of Chesapeake as a doctor for 55 years.
He graduated from Great Bridge High School, and attended the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University), the University of Virginia, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia.
Jennings served as a United States Army medic during World War II.
People remember him as a driven, selfless, generous, passionate physician and family man. (More)
Thanks to Johnny
(Letter, The Virginian-Pilot, March 9, 2014)
Re 'Hall of Famer was athlete, soldier, author' (Sports, March 4): I was sad to read of the passing of a legend in the local sports community. Johnny Brown was one of the summer track coaches who, along with the late Scrap Chandler, would hold swimming and track camps in the early 1950s at the old 'Norfolk Division,' as we called it. It's now Old Dominion University.
Johnny had a unique way of helping to improve running time in the low hurdles and other events. He was patient and knew what each kid was capable of.
In the past 10 years, Johnny attended the monthly lunches of the 'Old Maury guys.' He had a remarkable memory. He also was one of the 'greatest generation' who went to war and returned to coach and mentor many.
He made a difference. He will be missed.
Don Hipple, Virginia Beach (More)
Two versions emerge in death of ODU student
(The Virginian-Pilot, March 8, 2014)
A single punch likely caused the Feb. 23 death of a 20-year-old Old Dominion University student.
Police have given few details about how or under what circumstances Paul Johnson, a math major from Richmond, died.
They said he was found with a severe head injury in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven near campus and that he died later that day at a Norfolk hospital.
On Friday, more details came out at a bond hearing for David William Grimm Jr., 21, who is charged with second-degree murder.
General District Judge Joan Mahoney heard from almost a dozen character witnesses, including teachers and an employer, who testified on Grimm's behalf.
One of Grimm's friends, Sean Prendergast of Woodbridge, Va., said he had been with Grimm that night. He said he and others came to Norfolk to visit his brother.
Prendergast said one of them, Christopher Chase Johnson, was kicked out of a bar they had gone to and that Grimm followed him out.
Grimm's lawyer, Andrew Sacks, told the judge that Christopher Chase Johnson became involved in an altercation outside of the bar and that his client was trying to pull him away. (More)
Beach officials to view maglev technology
(Inside Business, March 7, 2014)
Virginia Beach City Council members and city officials are headed to Powder Springs, Ga., Tuesday to check out a magnetic levitation passenger rail test site built by rail American Maglev Technology Inc.
AMT is one of three groups seeking to develop and operate passenger rail in Virginia Beach, but it's the only firm that seeks to use maglev technology. The others - Parsons Construction Group and a consortium led by The Philip A. Shucet Co. - intend to use traditional light rail. ...
Virginia Beach commissioned Hampton Roads Transit to study alternative light rail routes and costs. The results, released over the past several months, estimated that extending light rail to the Oceanfront would exceed $1 billion. Maglev technology was not considered, but AMT CEO Tony Morris estimated his firm could extend a line to the beach for about $344 million. ...
AMT has not built any systems in the U.S., although it unsuccessfully attempted to build one for Old Dominion University student use in 2001. Morris said expected federal funding fell through and there were suspension issues.
"We went out and perfected the technology based on the lessons we learned at Old Dominion," he said. "If we did not have Old Dominion, we would still have to learn those lessons."
When asked about the ODU project, Solis declined to comment because Virginia Beach was not involved except to say: "It would have been preferred if that was up and running so that we could, obviously, visit a closer location." (More)
Two SBA seminars Tuesday for entrepreneurs
(The Virginian-Pilot, March 6, 2014)
The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold two free seminars Tuesday on how entrepreneurs can find financing to start their businesses.
The sessions will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Isle of Wight Room at Old Dominion University's Webb Center and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hampton History Museum on 120 Old Hampton Lane.
Those who plan to attend or want more information should email email@example.com or call 804-771-2400, extension 158. (More)
A list of upcoming food and wine festivals in Hampton Roads
(The Daily Press, March 5, 2014)
Spring has been slow to arrive, but that hasn't stopped organizers of the region's food and wine festivals from planning for the weeks ahead. Here's a look at several culinary events to put on your calendar. ...
Tapped at the Ted: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22. Ted Constant Center, Hampton Boulevard, Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk. More than 30 Virginia craft beers owners will present classic brews and new flavors. The entertainment lineup will be Jackson LeBeau from noon to 1:30 p.m. and Jackass from 2 to 5 p.m. $15 brew package includes a mug and three brew tokens. Additional tokens: $5. http://www.YnotTix.com or 1-877-Ynot-Tix. (More)
BUSINESS SHORTS: Webchat to focus on paying for college
(The Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg), March 7, 2014)
Finding out the cost of a college education can be enough to send a parent into sticker shock.
But there are a variety of ways to help make it more affordable.
Marc T. Vernon, Germanna Community College's financial aid coordinator, will answer questions about paying for college during a Money Talk$ webchat at noon Tuesday on fredericks burg.com.
Vernon has worked for four universities in the offices of admission, registrar, financial aid, student accounting and athletics.
He was previously the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine financial aid director for six years.
Vernon has a master's degree in education and a master's degree in public administration/executive leadership from VCU, and a bachelor's degree in political science and mass communications from Old Dominion University.
Questions can be submitted in advance by sending an email to cjett@freelances tar.com. Some of the questions and Vernon's answers will appear in the business section on March 15. The entire transcript will be archived on our website, fredericksburg.com. (More)
GOP's opposition to ABC nominee is just a bunch of sour grapes
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, March 6, 2014)
I get it, state Republican Party insiders. You feel betrayed. Incensed. Maybe even violated.
All because Boyd Marcus - former chief of staff to then-Gov. Jim Gilmore and a longtime consultant on GOP campaigns - switched sides and worked for Terry McAuliffe in the 2013 gubernatorial contest. That was political heresy, in your view.
Now, though, you've gone overboard, ever since McAuliffe named Marcus to run the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The chairmanship is lucrative, earning more than $133,000 annually.
The state Senate approved the appointment. The state House of Delegates, with a comfortable Republican majority, thwarted it on a mostly party-line vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee on Wednesday.
But the GOP's recent call for a federal investigation of a supposed "quid pro quo," in which Marcus allegedly "sold" his endorsement last year for the ABC job? That's puzzling. ...
It's a time-honored tradition that staffers of the victorious campaign assume posts in the administration.
"It's quite common for political patronage to go to people who provide political support," said Jesse Richman, associate professor of political science at Old Dominion University.
Added Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics: "Is Boyd qualified to be on the ABC board? You bet." (More)
ODU Police investigate cafe robbery near campus
(WAVY-TV, March 5, 2014)
Old Dominion University Police are investigating a robbery that Tuesday around 8 p.m. at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe on Monarch Way.
University spokeswoman Jennifer Collins said the suspect entered the restaurant and handed a cashier a demand note, implying he had a weapon. After receiving cash, he fled the area on foot toward Killam Avenue.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 20′s, approximately 5'8" tall, and 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black skull cap, long sleeved green t-shirt and black pants. (More)
Job fair connects teens with potential summer employers
(WVEC-TV, March 5, 2014)
The Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads will host the second annual Teen Summer Opportunity Fair at Pembroke Mall on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Over 40 companies are expected at this year's event, including Auto Bell Car Wash, the Westin Hotel, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Higher education institutions such as Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University are also on the list.
Last year, the fair connected more than 1,000 area youth to local companies, higher education institutions, volunteer opportunities and the military.
The event is free and open to the public. (More)
Caring for your teeth while under orthodontic care
(The Freeport (Bahamas) Times, March 6, 2014)
By Lauren Higgs
Orthodontic treatment requires that you wear various appliances on your teeth in order to fix your bite, and/or straighten your teeth. Braces are an important investment you can make for both your smile and for your health so it is essential that you take extra care in your oral hygiene regimen. It is important to know what foods to avoid and how to brush and floss properly, so the braces can provide the best results.
Your normal brushing routine is simply not the same while wearing braces. Those brackets and wires provide ideal plaque traps which can cause gum disease and tooth decay. It is not uncommon for patients to have their braces removed at the completion of treatment and they are surprised to see their teeth permanently stained from decalcification of their enamel. Another shocker is bone loss between the teeth from gum disease. Some orthodontic patients notice that their gum tissue has swelled up over their brackets and wires. This is gingivitis. Obvious signs and symptoms of gingivitis are swollen, red gum tissues that bleed when touched or during brushing or flossing. While orthodontic bands, brackets and wires make cleaning more difficult than normal, added time and effort must be spent on brushing all tooth surfaces and gum margins.
Her name is also on the front doors of Tidewater Physical Therapy's newest clinic. (More)
USA Today's Christine Brennan on women in sports
(Video, WVEC-TV, March 3, 2014)
Christine Brennan is one of the premiere sports reporters in the country and has always been on the front lines of the advancement of women in sports. She shares her views with us about how far women have come.
(Brennan spoke at Old Dominion University Tuesday evening as part of the President's Lecture Series). (More)
Paving the Way: Women in STEM
(Tidewater Women, March 1, 2014)
Susie Hill also loves her STEM job. She is the Education Specialist and Special Programs Manager at Nauticus, where she has worked since 1997. Situated on the Norfolk harbor, Nauticus is a museum that offers interactive experiences and utilizes the natural setting of its surroundings to educate about maritime commerce and our Navy.
After graduation from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in biology, Susie decided that she wanted to pursue both a career and a family at the same time, while remaining close to home. She found a job at Nauticus as a part-time Aquarist, where her duties included feeding sharks and cleaning habitats. In 1999, the museum merged the aquarium and educational staffs, and she began to expand her range of skills.
Today, she develops, coordinates, and leads museum guests of all ages, including families, scout groups, science clubs, school field trips, and summer camps. She teaches STEM-related subjects to students, including marine science, military ships, history of the local Navy, and engineering aspects of robotics.
"My favorite part of my job is that we get to teach such a variety of different topics with a wide age range of students," Susie said. "We have a wonderful team of educators here, all from different backgrounds. I love to see our passion carry over to those we teach." (More)
Virginia Cities Hope for State Guidance on Sea Rise
(Emergency Management/The Virginian-Pilot, March 3, 2014)
There's no shortage of studies on sea level rise in Hampton Roads. The binders would overwhelm a filing cabinet.
They all agree the water is coming. After that, it gets a little murky.
How high will it rise? How fast? Are historic trends accelerating? Is that in meters or feet? Does that include sinking land, subsidence? What if the Greenland ice sheet melts? What if the Gulf Stream slows down? ...
The slow evolution of action in Virginia has created a kind of study fatigue among people itching to do something about sea level rise.
"Virginia needs to do more than study the problem with another committee," Old Dominion University professor of civil and environmental engineering David Basco said at a recent speech. "I'm getting old. I'm getting tired of studies, studies, studies. Let's get out and do something."
Basco said some of his students, as part of a class, will be looking at the feasibility of a sea wall across the Elizabeth River between the Norfolk Naval Station and Craney Island. (More)