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Research Efforts Honored

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

Three researchers at East Carolina University received the university’s 2007 Achievement for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity awards.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson, a professor of sociology, received the University Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Erik Everhart, an assistant professor of psychology; and Dr. Michael R. Van Scott, a professor of physiology, received Five-Year Achievement Awards.

Since arriving at ECU in 1981, Johnson has focused on marine resource conservation and management. He has been a principal or co-investigator on approximately $4.6 million in funded research and has written or edited nearly 100 articles, manuscripts and chapters.

Everhart came to ECU in 2000. Since then, he has focused on understanding the neuronal systems associated with processing emotion and on understanding the relationship between hostility, the brain and the cardiovascular system. He has written or co-written 35 academic articles along with other publications and presentations and received more than $600,000 in research grants. Everhart is also director of research at the PCMH Sleep Center and an adjunct professor of communication sciences and disorders.

In the past five years, Van Scott has received more than $8 million in research grants and published 18 peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as other publications and presentations. His research focuses on airways, looking into subjects such as asthma and pollutants and their effects on the cardiovascular system.

Each researcher received a cash award and will speak at a research seminar.


This page originally appeared in the Feb. 29, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at