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Coastal Research Awarded

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

An East Carolina University coastal studies student received the 2008 Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards and NOAA Awards for Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Management.

Heather Ward, a doctoral student in ECU’s Coastal Resource Management Program, was one of four North Carolinians who received the award Feb. 27 at the Capitol in Raleigh.

Ward worked closely with Derek Alderman, ECU professor of geography to conduct the research.

“Heather is breaking new ground by examining the role of language and communication in coastal management, paying close attention to how the public, scientists, and policy-makers talk about the coast and its various challenges and opportunities,” said Alderman, ECU co-author of the study, “Writing on the Plywood: Toward an Analysis of Hurricane Graffiti.”

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones presented the awards that honor his father, the late 11-term U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones.

“The unique challenge in coastal areas is balancing the needs of the natural resources with the needs of the people — and these awards recognize those who are exceptional in doing so,” Jones said.


This page originally appeared in the April 4, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at