By Joe Garvey

Throughout 2020, Old Dominion University's students, faculty and staff were featured on the ODU News homepage.

Ranked by number of website visitors, the following 10 stories were our most viewed in 2020.

The Passing of a Respected Engineer

Old Dominion University lost one of its most renowned engineering faculty members in July with the passing of Frederic (Rick) McKenzie, professor and chair of the Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology

With 147,000 YouTube Subscribers, ODU Physics Alum Is Making a Big Bang

When Andrew Dotson began posting physics videos to YouTube, he had two followers: his mother and his best friend. Three years later, his channel boasts 147,000 subscribers. One of those videos, "Physics Professors be Like, " has 2.5 million views.

Old Dominion Named Among the Nation's Top Universities

Once again, Old Dominion University was recognized as a top-tier university, according to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best Colleges rankings. Old Dominion remained in the top tier of the nearly 1,500 institutions assessed, and ranked No. 126 among the nation's public universities. Old Dominion also ranked as a top university for social mobility for the second consecutive year.

Old Dominion University Among the Top 10 in the Country and Top 100 in the World for Reducing Inequality
Old Dominion University has emerged as a world leader in addressing inequality, according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. The University is ranked in the top 100 globally and the top 10 nationally. ODU is also the only institution in Virginia in the ranking designed to assess universities against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global call to action to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality.

VMASC Develops Real-Time Platform That Predicts Spread of COVID-19 in Virginia

As COVID-19 approaches its forecast peak in Virginia, researchers at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) have developed a real-time platform that predicts the spread of the disease down to the city and county level.

Work begins on the new, $3.1 million ODU volleyball facility

Instead of calling the 8,500-seat Chartway Arena home, ODU's volleyball team will play in the renovated old basketball practice facility at the Jim Jarrett Athletic Administration Building. It's a more expensive option, but one officials think will pay off in the long run.

President Broderick to Retire in 2021

John R. Broderick, Old Dominion University's longest-serving president, announced today that he will retire as president in the summer of 2021 after completing his 13th year as leader of the institution.

ODU Dietitian Offers Advice that Might Help You Fight Off Coronavirus

There was no vaccine for COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic, but improving your immune system might increase your chances of avoiding the coronavirus or lessening its impact. The best way to do that is to eat well and get enough sleep, says Tracy Conder, ODU's dietitian.

On ODU's Campus, a Quiet Reminder of Past Times and Quarantine

Norfolk had two quarantine houses during the 1855 yellow fever epidemic: one off Lambert's Point near the coal piers that was an office of sorts, and another on what today is Eleanor Court in Larchmont where the sick were detained. The Quarantine Road also cut through land that eventually became part of Old Dominion University's campus.

Ph.D. Student and MMA Star Miranda Maverick Hits the Books as Hard as She Hits Her Opponents

Whether it's textbooks in the classroom or opponents in the cage, Miranda Maverick hits hard. The 22-year-old is determined to earn a place in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) - while earning her Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at Old Dominion University.

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