Friends of the Old Dominion University Library


Events and Exhibits

15th Annual Author Dinner

Featuring author John Adam and honoring Kimberly Adams Tufts

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time: Reception with cash bar: 6:00 pm.  Dinner:  6:30 pm
Place: Hampton/Newport News Rooms, Webb Center, Old Dominion University
Parking: Available in the VIP lot beside Webb Center and in Parking Garage E on 49th Street, near Foreman Field
Cost: $35.00 per person   ($30.00 for Life Members)
Reservations: Due by Thursday, April 23, 2009. Click here to make reservations now.

Mathematical Nature Walk cover.pngJohn A. Adam is a University Professor and Professor of Mathematics.  Dr. Adam was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Rochester (NY) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering prior to coming to Old Dominion University as a full professor of mathematics in 1984.  While his research has covered a variety of areas, including astrophysical fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, and singular differential equations, during the last 15 years Dr. Adam has been involved in mathematical biology, specifically developing mathematical models of tumor growth and metastasis, and mathematical models for wound healing in bone.  He is currently working on mathematical models of atmospheric optical phenomena, such as rainbows, halos and glories.  He has published 95 papers in scientific and mathematical journals, and made about 112 professional presentations (both invited and contributed) at universities and research institutions, as well as talks at the middle school, high school and community college levels.  Dr. Adam is co-editor of A Survey of Models for Tumor/Immune System Dynamics, co-author with Larry Weinstein (ODU University Professor of Physics) of Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin.  John is also the author of the award-winning Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World, and now his latest book, A Mathematical Nature Walk.

The University Village Bookstore will have copies of John’s book available for purchase and signing by the author.



Kimberly Adams TuftsFriends of the Libraries
Outstanding Achievement Award

Kimberly Adams Tufts
Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Kimberly Adams Tufts, DNP, WHNP-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor and Role Coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the Old Dominion University School of Nursing, will receive the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries Outstanding Achievement Award.

A life-long love of reading has shaped the career of Dr. Kimberly Adams Tufts.   During her junior and senior years in high school she worked as a reading tutor for inner-urban children and saw how learning to read enriched the lives of those children.  Through reading, Dr. Adams Tufts learned to write grant proposals which helped garner the funding needed to open and support a nurse-managed health care center that increased health care access for the elderly, ethnic minorities, and inner-urban residents.  Her current research interests include family decision-making around HPV vaccine and interventions targeted at preventing STDs and HIV in adolescents.

After coming to Old Dominion University in 2004, Dr. Adams Tufts’ research led her to realize that African American women were rapidly overtaking Caucasian males regarding HIV incidence and prevalence.  Thinking about what these women would need in order to live better, she began to form partnerships with others in the Hampton Roads community to promote self care and explore self-care patterns in African American women living with HIV.  These partnerships, with colleagues from Eastern Virginia Medical School and AIDS services organizations, have set the stage for developing effective interventions for these women.  In working with them, it has become clear that possessing health care literacy skills is essential to their wellbeing.   

Dr. Adams Tufts is a doctoraly-prepared advanced practice nurse. She received her MSN and her ND/DNP from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Research University. 

For more information, please call Fern McDougal at 683-4146, or e-mail her at: fmcdouga@odu.edu