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ODU's Burdige Speaks About Producing Mongraphs to the Friends of the Libraries

David J. Burdige, professor and Eminent Scholar in Old Dominion University's Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, will speak Thursday, Oct. 22 to the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries, on publishing scientific work in the unique form of a monograph.

A monograph is a specialist work of writing on a single subject or an aspect of a subject, usually by a single author.

In the sciences, most scholarly writing is done in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles; writing monographs is far less common and poses a number of challenges. Burdige, who has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, will discuss his experiences writing his book, Geochemistry of Marine Sediments, at 7 p.m. in rooms 1310 and 1311 of the Learning Commons @ Perry Library.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP at LibraryEvents@odu.edu by October 20.

Burdige has been a faculty member in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences since 1985, also holding a joint appointment in Old Dominion's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

He is an internationally known expert in marine geochemistry, and has spent much of his career studying biogeochemical processes in marine and estuarine sediments and their resulting effects on the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and trace metals such as iron, manganese and copper.

His Oct. 22 address, co-sponsored by the University Libraries, is part of a series of events that celebrates the integral role of the ODU Libraries to students, faculty, staff and the community by showcasing the interests and scholarship of ODU faculty members and alumni.

Members of Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries receive library borrowing privileges, a preview of the annual book sale, the Friends of the Libraries Newsletter and opportunities for volunteer service to the ODU Libraries.

For information about joining Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries, see the ODU Libraries website.

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