Week of 9/7/12
ODU holds Football 101 for international students
(WVEC-TV, September 6, 2012)
It's football season again.
Old Dominion University's Intercultural Relations Office kicked off its Football 101 seminar. The idea is to explain the rules of the game to students who want to understand the uniquely American sport.
40 students learned about offensive lines and terms like "first and 10" from grad students Stephen Villanueva and Charles Walls.
"I didn't understand everything and I was really paying attention because we don't have this game in my country," said Sara Bouazzaoui, who's from Morocco.
Having some understanding will come in handy if the students want to go to any of the ODU football games this season. (More)
Study on proposed Va. Beach arena mentions AHL hockey
(The Virginian-Pilot, September 7, 2012)
Part of the business case for proposing a $350 million arena near the Oceanfront is that it would host 82 professional sports events.
Those games are projected to draw annually two-thirds of the venue's estimated 1.3 million sports fans and concertgoers and to constitute the bulk of ticket revenue, according to the economic impact study released last week.
As proposed, an NBA team would play half the pro sports games, 41, at the 18,500-seat arena. Sources have said the target tenant is the NBA's Sacramento Kings. ...
James V. Koch, the Old Dominion University economics professor who did the economic impact study, declined to comment on why research was done into hockey, the only minor league sport mentioned in his study.
"All I did was use the numbers they gave me," he said, referring to the city, its arena project consultant and Comcast-Spectacor, the company leading the private group that wants to operate the arena.
The Koch arena study is part of the nearly $700,000 the city's economic development authority has spent on consultants for an arena project. The authority signed a $31,240 contract with a Richmond company for a broader economic impact study of an NBA team and its headquarters on Virginia Beach and Virginia. The authority also hired a Texas company to help negotiate the terms of a management agreement for the arena. That contract is for a minimum of $30,000. (More)
Smithfield man compiles Romney book
(Suffolk News-Herald, September 7, 2012)
In the midst of national convention season - Republicans last week in Tampa and Democrats this week in Charlotte - the art of politics is in full swing.
Truth is often a casualty.
Depending on the messenger, President Obama is either plotting to replace America's proud system of private enterprise with government handouts, or striving to rebuild a middle class shattered by eight years of President Bush.
Mitt Romney either wants to outsource as many jobs as possible to China and float the federal government on the stock exchange, or draw on his vast experience as a CEO and governor to kick-start the sputtering economy.
A Smithfield native has published a book attempting to cut through the murky waters - at least on the conservative side.
Smithfield High alumnus Phillip Hines, 24, graduated from Old Dominion University with a political science minor, and now lives in Virginia Beach. (More)
Is the Energy Boom a Mirage?
(The New York Times, September 4, 2012)
By Steve A. Yetiv
THE United States is experiencing a boom in oil and natural gas production - one that many people, including Mitt Romney, see as a game-changing, tectonic shift in our energy picture. But while the boom is real, the benefits are less than meet the eye.
The United States produces 1.6 million more barrels of oil each day now than it did in 2008. That's a significant increase in a world that consumes around 89 million barrels per day, with the United States accounting for about a quarter of that amount. In addition, America's net petroleum imports have fallen from 60 percent of total consumption in 2005 to 42 percent today. This is partly because of new discoveries and the reclamation of "tight oil" using hydraulic fracturing technology that shoots pressurized liquids into compact, underground rock formations - the same technology driving the natural gas boom.
But what does this oil boom really mean? Will it deliver lower oil prices and enhance energy security, which is what most Americans want and many may expect?
We should not be overly optimistic. ...
Steve A. Yetiv, a professor of political science at Old Dominion University, is the author, most recently, of "The Petroleum Triangle: Oil, Globalization, and Terror." (More)
Port strike looms on Va. economy
(WAVY-TV, September 5, 2012)
A port strike may be looming for Virginia after talks between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U. S. Maritime Alliance fell through.
While port managers say they are getting as much cargo through the ports as possible before the October 1 strike deadline, there could be significant economic impact if a strike were to happen.
"It could cost us more for products in the stores because of the lack of sale if the supplies are disrupted," Old Dominion University economist Dr. Vinod Agarwal said.
Labor could also feel an effect.
"You will see for example some individuals laid off, some individuals will have shorter hours to work. But I think you'll see a compensating factor in the sense the month of September there should be longer hours," Agarwal said.
Agarwal said September is normally a peak season for overseas shipments. (More)
Academic Minute: Green Supply Chain Management
(Audio, Inside Higher Ed, September 5, 2012)
In today's Academic Minute, Erika Marsillac of Old Dominion University reveals how going green is keeping some companies in the black. Learn more about the Academic Minute here Read more: (More)
ODU presents study to VB council
(WAVY-TV, September 4, 2012)
Professors from Old Dominion University presented a sea level rise report to Virginia Beach council members Tuesday evening.
"In the long run, there are going to be more flooding events," ODU professor Larry Atkinson said. "You're going to see more flooded roads, parking lots, a rainstorm, its high tide, the water has no place to go like we've seen for the last couple of weeks."
Council member Glenn Davis said the study is a good way to look to the future.
"What this study is doing is looking out 50 years down the road and if we can expect problems and what we can do now to start preparing for them," Davis said.
ODU conducted the study with help from NOAA. WAVY.com reported last month another rising sea level report conducted by the University of Virginia, which said that Virginia Beach will likely lose 43,000 acres of land over the next 100 years.
Oceanographers from around the world will meet in Virginia Beach in October to discuss how to handle rising sea levels. (More)
ODU Young Democrats head to NSU to rally with US President
(Democratix, September 4, 2012)
At a time when there has been rumor that the youth vote won't mount up to that of the presidential campaign of 2008, Alex Jones of the Old Dominion University Young Democrats says that he is hopeful in regards to youth voter turnout for the 2012 presidential race. Alex along with 35 ODU Young Democrats made their way to Norfolk State University to rally with t President Barack Obama in an effort to remain in the White House.
Terrell Kingwood, President of ODU Young Democrats explained that while most of our organization is back in classes we have other events slated which will bring out all the members of the Young Democrats to stand in support of President Barack Obama.
"Virginia and the country have been moving forward, creating jobs, providing expanded healthcare access and pursuing goals of freedom and equality under President Obama," "We cannot lose those gains so we are on the phone, knocking doors, registering voters and talking to our friends to make sure we re-elect our President in November."
Virginia will always be a critical state and the issues have never been clearer for Virginian voters - including: the economy, education, transportation infrastructure, healthcare access and federal government investment. Focusing on these priorities under President Obama has made Virginia stronger; Romney-Ryan plan to destroy the policies making Virginia stronger and a better place to live. (More)
Big question in storms: Stay or go?
(The Virginian-Pilot, September 1, 2012)
Go or stay?
That's the choice Gulf Coast residents faced this week as they braced for the onslaught of Hurricane Isaac.
Hampton Roads residents can relate. They've experienced the same quandary repeatedly over the years as one hurricane or another drew a bead on the region from the Atlantic.
But what really goes through their minds as they weigh the pros and cons? Why do some decide to blow town while others stay put, come hell or high water?
Joshua Behr thinks he knows.
Or at least, he's getting a clearer picture than has been available before. And some of what he's learning runs counter to conventional wisdom.
Behr and his research team at Old Dominion University have been quizzing thousands of local residents, trying to get inside their heads and ferret out information that will help emergency planners as they prepare for the big storms to come.
They're finding myriad reasons why people tough it out at home, despite the planners' best efforts to get them to leave. ...
For Behr, a political scientist based at ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk, the research strikes close to home. He has family ties in New Orleans, which faced Isaac's wrath this week, seven years to the day after being battered by Katrina. (More)
A bad deal coming on Virginia's port
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 2, 2012)
State officials, led by Gov. Bob McDonnell and his transportation secretary, Sean Connaughton, are approaching the finish line in their quest to overhaul operations at the Port of Virginia. They appear unwilling to let anything slow them down.
So it was last month, when McDonnell appeared before a legislative advisory committee to batter the nonprofit company created 30 years ago to operate the state's terminals. Citing facts and figures from the port and others along the East Coast, McDonnell described an inefficient operator that lagged behind its competitors and held Virginia back from reaching its economic potential. ...
Other factors demand far more public discussion as well, including the state's record of drawing manufacturers and distributors to support growth at the port. The Port of Savannah, which has weathered the recession better than most, has reaped the benefits of investment and foresight, as economist James Koch recently noted.
Koch, a former president of Old Dominion University, has signed on to advise Virginia on the port proposals. In a presentation last month to lawmakers, he pointed out that Savannah has about twice as many big-box distributors as Hampton Roads. (More)
NCAA president to deliver speech at ODU next month
(The Virginian-Pilot, September 2, 2012)
NCAA president Mark Emmert, the man who levied harsh penalties against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, is coming to Old Dominion to speak next month.
ODU president John Broderick said during an interview on the school's radio sports network prior to the Monarchs home opener that Emmert will visit ODU at his invitation. Emmert will speak Tuesday, Oct. 23,at 7 p.m. at the Constant Center. Details will be announced later.
Emmert hit Penn State with a $60 million penalty, a ban on postseason bowl games for four years, the loss of 20 scholarships and the vacating of all wins dating to 1998.
Penn State's players were free to transfer immediately, and several did.
The Nittanly Lions were upset by Ohio, 24-14, on Saturday.
Emmert was named president of the NCAA in 2010. He came to the NCAA from his alma mater, the University of Washington, where he was the president. (More)
An important partnership for Virginians
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, September 4, 2012)
Virginia's bioscience community is thriving.
Just this summer, Professor Stephanie Troy of Eastern Virginia Medical School received a prestigious Clinical Scientists Development Award from the Doris Duke Foundation. This three-year grant totals nearly half a million dollars - and went to just 16 medical researchers in the whole country. Dr. Troy will use the grant to further her cutting-edge work into biopharmaceutical vaccines for polio.
Nearby Old Dominion University is home to 26 dynamic medical research centers currently conducting some 400 projects. ODU invests $88 million every year into new research lines and regularly generates breakthroughs in bioscience products.
According to recent studies, Virginia's biopharmaceutical sector supports more than 76,000 jobs and $13.7 billion in annual economic output.
Even with this great news, the commonwealth's bioscience community has the opportunity to expand its reach, thanks to a new trade agreement currently under negotiation with eight major nations in the Asia-Pacific. (More)
Both off-shore drilling, wind farms could be spoils of election
(RenewablesBiz/The Daily Press, September 2, 2012)
Whether it's drilling off shore for oil and natural gas, developing wind farms off the coast or a combination of the two, energy policy proposals from candidates of both parties seeking federal office could be a boon for Hampton Roads.
At first glance the Democratic and Republican parties seem miles apart when it comes to federal energy policy.
President Barack Obama has blocked drilling for natural gas and oil off Virginia's coast with a moratorium in place until 2017. As part of his re-election campaign he is pushing Congress to extend the wind production tax credit due to expire at the end of the year.
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he will allow drilling in Virginia's coastal waters in an effort to make the nation energy independent by 2020. He has called for letting the wind production tax credit expire and allowing the free market to make alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power profitable. ...
Romney specifically mentions off-shore drilling in Virginia in his energy plan. But Steve Yetiv, professor of political science at Old Dominion University, said reliance on fossil fuels off the state's coast should not be seen as a quick fix as it faces objections from the Department of Defense and raises questions about environmental concerns.
He said studies need to be done as to how much natural gas is really accessible in Virginia's coastal waters, and added that the recent "revolution" in natural gas has made the industry less profitable. A 30-year-old study shows that the region off Virginia contains roughly 6.5 days' worth of the nation's oil consumption and around 11 days' worth of natural gas. (More)