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September 26, 2013


Grandmothers Fighting Ravages of AIDS in South Africa to Visit ODU

As an HIV/AIDS pandemic ravages lives in South Africa, a group of women - now tasked with becoming parents to their orphaned grandchildren - has organized to hold their communities together in the face of an enormous care deficit. Their stories will be told in their own words next month, when five South African visitors bring "The Nevergiveups" photo exhibition and book launch to ODU.

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ODU Economist James Koch to Present State of the Region Report at Lead Hampton Roads Breakfasts

ODU's 14th annual State of the Region report, which examines a wide array of Hampton Roads issues, will be unveiled at a breakfast Tuesday, Oct. 1, hosted by Lead Hampton Roads.


Physicists Carefully Deliver Last Jefferson Lab Component

A tractor-trailer pulled away from the Nuclear and Particle Physics High Bay laboratory at ODU on Sept. 19, loaded with the final piece of a huge, $2 million "drift chamber" built by university physicists to be installed as part of an upgrade at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News.


Vision Lab Director Awarded NSF Grant for Computer Pattern Recognition Research

Khan Iftekharuddin, electrical engineering professor and director of the ODU Vision Lab, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to make groundbreaking computer vision pattern recognition algorithms work faster, better and more simply.


ODU Theatre Opens Season Oct. 1 with 'Reasons to Be Pretty'

Old Dominion University Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with "Reasons to Be Pretty," a hard-edged comedy by Neil LaBute and directed by Steve Earle, chair of the theatre and film department at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk.



Monarch Family Weekend: A Photo Essay

In addition to spending some quality time with their son or daughter, the parents (and siblings) of ODU students had a wide variety of activities to choose from during Monarch Family Weekend, Sept. 20-22. There was an Honors College reception for first-year students and their parents, a "paddle palooza" on the Elizabeth River sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program and the annual President's Brunch. Other activities included educational sessions, a charity walk/run, alumni reception and soccer and football games. Monarch Family Weekend attracted nearly 1,500 parents, siblings and other relatives to campus.


As a Physicist and Pilot, She's Skilled Beyond Her Years

Holly Szumila-Vance is only 27 years old, and looks much younger. But she has a life's story that could fill a thick book. The latest chapters would cast her as a nuclear physicist. Since the fall of 2012, she has been a Ph.D. student at ODU with an eye toward becoming a research scientist who does experiments in nuclear physics at facilities such as the Jefferson Lab.

A Picture is Worth...

thepicturePhoto: Steve Daniel

Sophomore mechanical engineering majors Jared Harris on cello and Sean Abrams on cajon give a sidewalk performance in front of Webb Center Monday afternoon. They are vice president and president, respectively, of LECo (Live Entertainment Culture : Life Education Create Org.), a new student organization founded by Abrams. The group was conceived as "a productive environment for students to practice their artistic passion safely with direct feedback from the campus community." It welcomes any ODU students interested in learning or perfecting an artistic talent. LECo was created to reach the ODU community with artistic expression to spark the passion of fellow students. Members perform at locations throughout the campus. The organization's goals include mentoring various artistic skills, setting up ODU live events and philanthropy, inspired by Harris' vision, and going to local elementary schools to demonstrate the positive effects of artistic activities.


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