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ODU Maritime Expert Advises U.S. Senate Committee

Wayne K. Talley, professor and Eminent Scholar of economics in Old Dominion University's Strome College of Business, recently advised the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation about policy approaches to address port congestion.

Talley, who is recognized as one of the world's most prominent maritime economists, shared several options in a written report about ways to alleviate the congestion plaguing U.S. ports, including rerouting vessels and using double-stack trains.

"This honor once again confirms that our maritime program is widely recognized," Talley said. "I am very pleased to see that our maritime program continues gaining momentum. This is thanks to the hard work of our maritime faculty."

He singled out ManWo Ng, associate professor in maritime management.

"He formed a partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to disseminate our research via AAPA's Seaports Magazine to more than 130 port authorities in the Western Hemisphere," Talley said. "U.S. senators and congressmen are regular contributors to the Seaports Magazine."

ODU's expertise in port research stretches back decades. Talley was one of the two co-recipients of the $200,000 International Onassis Prize in maritime research, which is awarded every three years. The Onassis Prize recognized his work on ports and the risks of terrorism and piracy to the shipping industry. He also won the Hanjin Shipping Prize, which he won for presenting the best paper at the World Conference on Transport Research in 1998. Last year, he was named a top 2% global scientist in logistics and transportation by a Stanford University study.

Talley joined the University faculty in 1972. He is a founding faculty member in the University's Maritime Institute, which was created through a University/business community partnership in Hampton Roads.

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