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Blackfish, an award winning documentary about
the captive killer whale industry hit theaters nationwide on July 26th. The
films focuses on Tilikum, the world's largest captive killer whale, who has
taken the lives of 3 humans during his 30 years of captivity. Tilikum is
currently housed at Sea World Orlando and was involved in the death of a Sea
World trainer in 2010. Dr. Walters, an assistant professor in our department,
is featured in the film. He worked with Tilikum as a whale trainer from 1987 to
1989 and so the film makers wanted his perspective on Tilikum's early years in
captivity. Because of Dr. Walters' experience working with Tilikum, combined
with many years conducting research on wild killer whales in his native British
Columbia, he was called as an expert witness in 1991after Tilikum was
implicated in the death of a whale trainer, the first human death ever
attributed to a killer whale.
What is the first thing you thought about with the title ... a robotic tick? Well think again, this is a robot that may help us eliminate the pesky ticks that inhabit our playgrounds, be it the home back yard or a public park area. Check out what ODU faculty, Dr Holly Gaff and Emeritus Professor Dan Sonenshine have been up to with a team of engineers from VMI.....
Lytton Musselman, Eminent Professor and the Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany,has a new book out on edible plants (The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants) in which the authors discuss wild produce that is reasonably easy to prepare and tastes good. So if you are looking for something different or new, may be go for a hike and pick up dinner while you are doing so. For more check out this article in News@ODU.