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Geological sciences professor David Mallinson served as a leader with the International Ocean Discovery Program, a research collaboration dedicated to exploring the world's oceans.

Senior Lekisha Pittman was recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact for her involvement in the ECU Campus Kitchens Project, which provides nutrition education and healthy snacks to children in the community.

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Lekisha Pittman, left, Campus Kitchens volunteer, helps find solutions to hunger and food waste.


As head athletic trainer for the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, alumnus P. J. Mainville ’97 oversees rehabilitation and conditioning.

ECU employees Kevin Byrum and Chris Wilson joined more than 900 firefighters from across the country to battle the recent Party Rock wildfire near Lake Lure.

Alumna Amanda Blakley, who teaches at ECU’s Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center, won the first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year Award.

Associate professor Christy Walcott was honored with a 2016 Presidential Award by the National Association of School Psychologists in recognition of her exceptional service to children and to school psychology.

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Embracing education
The College of Education launched a new program-the only one of its kind-through which educators can earn their doctorate in educational leadership online in just three years, including dissertation.

Treating trauma
Associate professor Heather Littleton received federal research funds to study treatment methods for reducing trauma symptoms in victims of unwanted sexual contact. This nationally unique work provides a potential solution to a national issue.

Most valued investments
Each year, the prestigious EC Scholars program awards 20 incoming top academic achievers who have demonstrated a commitment to service with an Honors College scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, a total value of approximately $62,000

No. 1 in nursing
ECU's College of Nursing targets a high-need profession and prepares the largest number of new nurses among North Carolina's four-year universities.



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Unique online programs
As North Carolina's leader in distance education, ECU offers more than 40 online degree programs that are not available at any other institution.

Addressing HIV
A grant awarded to the Brody School of Medicine by Gilead Sciences Inc. will support routine HIV blood testing and services for patients who come to Vidant Medical Center's emergency department.

Continuing excellence
The Brody School of Medicine continues to lead the state in the percentage of medical graduates training in or practicing primary care five years after completing school, according to a report presented this month to the state university system.

HEEDing diversity
ECU earned its fifth consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from Insight into Diversity magazine.

Making an impact
ECU's College of Education produced an economic impact valued at almost $46 million in eastern North Carolina during the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Global impact
In addition to campus- and community-based opportunities, ECU students and faculty embark on study-abroad trips to underserved regions of Guatemala and Nicaragua to deliver health care and education.

Schweitzer Fellows in action
Six ECU graduate students are among 30 Schweitzer Fellows from North Carolina and 240 nationwide who will spend the next year developing projects that will impact local migrant farm workers, prenatal oral health and veterans’ quality of life.

A life of service
Dr. Carmen Russoniello, director of ECU’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology, was awarded the 2015 James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service for his work using biofeedback in the treatment of wounded warriors with PTSD.

Hours of  impact
Students have recorded more than 72,000 hours of volunteer work in the community over the past three years, working with more than 230 community partners.

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Answering the call
Through a grant from the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast, ECU faculty members have educated, screened and treated more than 1,000 eastern North Carolina women for breast cancer — targeting underinsured Latina and African American women.

Gaining ground against strokes
Biology professors Keith Keene and Michael Brewer are working to identify genetic markers that indicate greater risk of recurrent stroke through a $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

What’s eating ecosystems
Professor Michael McCoy, along with a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, Radford University and McMaster University, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test models that will help scientists understand the effects of predator diversity on ecosystems.

Future millennial campus
ECU’s planned East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus will provide space for the university, high-tech industries, and other partners to discover and produce new innovations.