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October 24, 2013


Splash: ODU Grads' Mermaid Business Venture Going Swimmingly

ODU graduates Elaine Luria and Robert Blondin didn't become mermaid entrepreneurs because of fairy tales or magic. Instead, it happened because they tried to solve a problem.

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ODU Governor's Race Poll: Republican Cuccinelli Out of Step with Virginia Electorate on Major Issues

A statewide poll released Wednesday, Oct. 23, by the ODU Social Science Research Center shows Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe with a significant lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Virginia governor.


Pumpkin Drop Hits on Halloween This Year

For the first time in 11 years, ODU's Pumpkin Drop, which is always held on the last Thursday of October, will hit on Halloween. Expect especially shrill whistles from pumpkins plunging nine stories to their fate. Expect especially violent endings for the pumpkins that don't survive the fall.


Chemistry Chair Peter Bernath Honored at ACE Mission Celebration

Peter Bernath, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Old Dominion, was among the honored guests when scientists and government and industry partners hosted a special media event on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the University of Toronto to celebrate a decade of success for Canada's Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE)/SCISAT satellite mission.


Copyright Expert to Speak on Scholarly Publishing Oct. 31 at Perry Library

In recognition of Open Access Week, the ODU Libraries, in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs, will host a lecture by Kimberly M. Bonner on "Scholarly Publishing Agreements: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You, Your University and Your Peers." The program will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Perry Library.



Around the Grounds: A Photo Essay

From hair-raising experiences at the annual Physics Open House to passionate debate at the Model U.N. Conference, activities on campus were vast and varied over the past week.

A Picture is Worth...

thepicturePhoto: David Hollingsworth

Professor Jishan He, former president and now honorary president of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China, presents a gift to Old Dominion Provost Carol Simpson during an Oct. 18 visit to campus. He led a delegation of three professors from Central South University who are interested in developing exchange and collaborative work between their institution and ODU. Central South is among the largest universities in China. Currently, it has more than 33,000 full-time undergraduates, 12,000 graduate students and approximately 1,000 international students. The calligraphy on the scroll presented to Simpson was done by Professor He.


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