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Faculty Research Seminar Series

The Seminars are held about four times a year off campus at the Starlight Café in downtown Greenville. The seminars occur after the business day in a venue that promotes networking and informal communication. Typically there are two presenters at each seminar who give short presentations on their work followed by questions. Each seminar is widely advertised during the academic year.

Science at Starlight

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the ECU Chapter of Sigma Xi, is pleased to sponsor an ongoing seminar series designed to showcase ECU faculty research. Its goal is to promote scientific communication and collaborations among scientists in the Greenville area including ECU faculty from the main and medical campuses and scientists from local industries.


Past Presentations:


June 27, 2008
  • Paradoxical Inner Ear Function in Children with Sickle Cell Disease,
    Andrew Stuart, PhD
    Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Allied health Sciences
  • The Auditory System: Modem to the Mind
    Purvis Bedenbaugh,
    Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, College of Technology and Computer Science


February 28, 2008
  • Improving Vaccines - What We Can Learn About Immunology From a Pathogenic Virus
    Rachel L. Roper, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
  • Radiation Induced Electron Transport in Biologic Materials
    Larry H. Toburen, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
    East Carolina University


All Past Presentations


Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

The series has three main objectives: to highlight the relevance of the humanities to Eastern North Carolina, to showcase new research in the humanities and fine arts at ECU, and to promote communication and collaboration among humanities scholars and artists. These events are organized by the Humanities Advisory Council and sponsored by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies at ECU.


Upcoming events:


March 24, 2009: “The Humanities in the Modern United States: Building Bridges from Research to Real Life.”
  • Beyond  “Robin Hood: Man in Tights” in a Crisis of Wealth
    Dr. Jelena Bogdanovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architectural History
  • Mind, Brains and Cognitive Science
    Dr. Nicholas Georgalis, Ph.D., Distinguised Research Professor of Philosophy
  • Why Humanities Matter to Scientists: The Case of Religion and Female Circumcision
    Dr. Mary Nyangweso Wangila, Ph.D., J. Woolard and Helen Peel Distinguished Professor in Religious Studies
  • Literary Whiteness and the Rhetoric of Racial Passing in Mark Twain and Toni Morrison
    Dr. Joyce Irene Middleton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Director of Ethnic Studies
April 21, 2009:  “Money, Markets, Migration.”
  • Dr. Birgit Jensen, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Dr. Su-Ching  Huang, Assistant Professor of English