academics

Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

The Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics is one of several research centers at Old Dominion University (ODU). The center seeks to understand how pulsed electromagnetic fields and cold ionized gases interact with biological cells to provide more understanding in the fields of biotechnology, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, industrial processing and sterilization, and environmental remediation…. read more »

Samantha Salvia

Samantha Salvia became the first Rhodes Scholar at Old Dominion University (ODU) in 1995. History When Samantha Salvia arrived at ODU in 1992, she was an all-star standout in field hockey and lacrosse. During her field hockey career at ODU, Salvia earned CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year and first team All-CAA honors, was a… read more »

Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is one of the departments that make up the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU). Most of the classes take place in the Oceanography and Physical Sciences Building. History The oceanography program began as the Oceanography Laboratory in 1960. In 1965, the Institute of Oceanography… read more »

Ulysses V. Spiva

Ulysses V. Spiva served as the first African American dean at Old Dominion University (ODU) from 1979 to 1984. He received his degrees from Tennessee State University, Case Western Reserve University and Stanford University. Before ODU, Spiva served as a principal in Cleveland and held positions at Florida International University and Nova University. Old Dominion… read more »

Old Dominion-Norfolk State Merger

To help with eliminating duplication of programs between Old Dominion University (ODU) and Norfolk State College, the federal government suggested the merger of the two institutions in 1978. History During segregation in Norfolk, African American students were sent to Norfolk Division of Virginia State College, now Norfolk State University, to complete their undergraduate education. After… read more »

Dennis J. Zeisler

Dennis J. Zeisler (1947-2020) was a music instructor at Old Dominion University (ODU) from 1979 until his retirement in 2018. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music, both from the University of Michigan. Service to Old Dominion and Profession While at ODU, Zeisler served as chair of the Department of Music for 15… read more »

Dr. Louis H. Janda

Dr. Louis H. Janda, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Old Dominion University (ODU), died on March 24, 2020 at the age of 73. Dr. Janda taught at ODU from 1973 until his retirement as Associate Professor Emeritus in 2016. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1969, his Master… read more »

Alexander Brooks “A.B.” Jackson

Alexander Brooks “A.B.” Jackson was the first African American professor at Old Dominion University (ODU). ODU and Personal Accomplishments Jackson taught art at Old Dominion College from 1967 until his death in 1981. Previously the chair of the Art Department at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College, now Norfolk State University, Jackson specialized in… read more »

Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center (BCIOC)

The Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center (BCIOC) makes STEM education services and workforce development accessible to businesses, students, and citizens. The center is a collaboration between Old Dominion University (ODU), the City of Newport News, Newport News Shipbuilding, the Newport News Economic Development Authority, and other community partners. The BCIOC is located within the… read more »

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