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Spring 2011 Awards Ceremony

The Old Dominion University College of Sciences gave its 2011 Distinguished Research Award to physicist Jean Delayen, oceanographer Eileen Hofmann and psychologist Michelle Kelley.

Dr Delayen is a professor of physics and the Director of the Center for Accelerator Science. Dr Delayen was appointed as Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Accelerator Science and Technology at Old Dominion University in November 2009. He has stated many times that his primary goal for the new Center is to educate the next generation of accelerator scientists. He is a very accomplished teacher himself having taught at the USPAS many times and given invited lectures for students and staff at universities and labs all over the world. In addition to supervising/mentoring several Ph.D. students, he has championed the cause of creating a unique master's program geared for accelerator scientists who find themselves on the job but needing additional interdisciplinary training. Most recently, Dr Delayen recived the 2011 US Particle Accelerator School Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology.

Dr. Hofmann is a member of the U.S. GLOBEC Science Steering Committee, the GLOBEC International Science Steering Committee, and the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council. Dr. Hofmann is recognized for her work on coupled physical-biological models. Her research interests cover a variety of topics, which range from mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems to descriptive physical oceanography. Currently she is working in two areas that are directly related to the goals of the Center. The first is the development of coupled circulation-population models that can be used to investigate the factors controlling the larvae and adults of the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. These models have been applied to a variety of estuarine systems to study the role of environmental conditions on structuring oyster populations. The second area of research involves the development of data assimilative models for investigating circulation and biological processes in coastal marine systems. The overall goal of this research is to develop a predictive capability for biological distributions in marine environments. Dr Hofmann's research is supported by federal funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr Kelley is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Old Dominion University. Her research is in the area of at-risk families, especially in the areas of the effects of parent alcohol and drug abuse, and related family violence and parenting problems, on short- and long-term child and adolescent outcomes. In addition, she has conducted research on Navy families and the impact of deployment on military personnel and their children with a particular interest in single military parents and women. Dr Kelley has recently conducted several studies on fathering, with an emphasis on predictors of paternal involvement. Dr Kelley currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Psychology and Fathering. Dr Kelley has been extensively funded by federal agencies: her research has been supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Department of Defense. She currently has a prestigious RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Other college awards presented at the awards ceremony led by Dean Chris Platsoucas included:

  • Distinguished Teaching Award-Tenure/Tenure Track: Elaine Justice, Ph.D.- Department of Psychology;Ruhai Zhou, Ph.D.- Department of Mathematics & Statistics.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award- Lecturer/Instructor/Adjunct: Catherine Chamberlayne, M.S.- Department of Mathematics & Statistics;Jay Morris, M.S.- Department of Computer Science.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Mike Overstreet, Ph.D.- Office of the Dean
  • Lee Entsminger Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award: Saori Pastore, Ph.D.-Department of Physics; Ian Reagan- Department of Psychology.
  • M.S. Thesis Award: Tatyana Kholodov- Department of Psychology.
  • Outstanding Staff Member of the Year: Gabrielle Franke, M.S.-Department of Physics.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor: Charles Sukenik, Ph.D.- Department of Physics.

Individual departments also presented awards and scholarships. These included:
  • Department of Biological Sciences- Wayne Hynes, Ph. D., Chair
    Outstanding Undergraduate in Biology
    Awardee: Nicholas Flanders Faculty Mentor: Lytton Musselman, Ph.D.
    Awardee: Cassandra Willman Faculty Mentor: Kneeland Nesius, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Undergraduate Biology in Service
    Awardee: Amanda Bieber Faculty Mentor: Lytton Musselman, Ph.D.
  • Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry- Patricia Pleban, Ph.D., Assistant Chair
    Outstanding Chemistry Senior
    Awardee: Eric Buzan Faculty Mentor: Leslie Greene, Ph.D.
    Awardee: Marites Siebels Faculty Mentor: Pinky McCoy, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Biochemistry Senior
    Awardee: Mindy Riahi Faculty Mentor: Craig Bayse, Ph.D.
  • Department of Computer Science- Desh Ranjan, Ph.D. Chair
    Outstanding Undergraduate Computer Student
    Awardee: Wayne Stillwell- Spring 2011 Faculty Mentor: Ajay Gupta, M.S.
    Awardee: Volha Gullup- Fall 2010 Faculty Mentor: Steven Zeil, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Computer Science Research Assistant
    Awardee: Naja Dasari Faculty Mentor: Mohammad Zubair, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Computer Science Teaching Assistant
    Awardee: Puya Ghazizadeh Faculty Mentor: Ravi Mukkamala, Ph.D.
  • Department of Mathematics & Statistics- Mark J. Dorrepaal, Ph.D., Chair
    Philip R. Wohl Scholarship
    Awardee: John Gounley Faculty Mentor: Natalie Hutchinson, M.S.
    Top Mathematics & Statistics Senior
    Awardee: Michael Piper Faculty Mentor: Richard Noren, Ph.D.
    Awardee: Ermal Rrapaj Faculty Mentor: Gordon Melrose, Ph.D.
    Awardee: Clark Shanholtzer Faculty Mentor: Richard Noren, Ph.D.
  • Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences- Rodger Harvey, Ph.D.-Chair
    Jacques S. Zaneveld Endowed Scholarship
    Awardee: Stacy Beharry Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Jones, Ph.D.
    Neil and Susan Kelly Scholarship
    Awardee: Meredith McPherson Faculty Mentor: Richard Zimmerman, Ph.D.
    Dorothy Brown Smith Scholarship
    Awardee: Danielle Morgan Faculty Mentor: Alexander Bochdansky, Ph.D.
    Awardee: Chris Schweitzer Faculty Mentor: Margaret Mulholland, Ph.D.
    Awardee: Brittany Widner Faculty Mentor: Margaret Mulholland, Ph.D.
    Entsminger Scholarship for Coastal Geology
    Awardee: Matthew Richardson Faculty Mentor: Rich Whittecar, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Oceanography
    Awardee: Eric Buzan Faculty Mentor: John McConnaugha, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Masters in Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
    Awardee: Danna Palladino Faculty Mentor: Alexander Bochdansky, Ph.D.
  • Department of Physics- Gail Dodge, Ph.D.-Chair
    Clifford and Lillian Adams Scholarship
    Awardee: Lindsey Andrews Faculty Mentor: Charles Sukenik, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Physics Senior
    Awardee: Stacy Barker Faculty Mentor: Mark Havey, Ph.D.
    Outstanding Physics TA
    Awardee: Grady White Faculty Mentor: Charles Sukenik, Ph.D.
  • Department of Psychology-Elaine Justice, Ph.D.-Assistant Chair
    Alan L. Chaikin Award
    Awardee: Benjamin A. Kite Faculty Mentor: James Henson, Ph.D.
    Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Service Award
    Awardee: Kristen Pritchard Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Younkin, M.S.
    Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Academic Award
    Awardee: Sara Peoples Faculty Mentor: Ralph Stevens, Ph.D.