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Weeklong Event to Showcase ECU Research

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies at East Carolina University has expanded its traditional research day into a weeklong Research and Creative Achievement Week with the theme, “Students Revealing the World.”

Activities include more than 300 poster and oral presentations, performances by students in the performing arts and lectures by distinguished ECU research faculty, guests and alumni. Events will take place March 30 to April 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in ECU’s Mendenhall Student Center.

ECU faculty honored for excellence in their research will showcase their work in public seminars held throughout the week. Presenters will include Linda Darty, Art and Design, winner of the 2009 ECU Lifetime Achievement Award; and Brody School of Medicine faculty Qun Lu, Anatomy and Cell Biology, and R. Martin Roop, Microbiology and Immunology, winners of the Five-Year Achievement Award.

Darty is honored for accomplishments across the entire span of her professional career. Lu and Roop were honored for achievements during five years of continuous service at ECU.

Another special event is the 2008-2009 Scholar-Teacher Awards and Symposium, which recognizes outstanding faculty members who integrate scholarship in their teaching and mentor others to do the same. This event is kicked-off with an awards luncheon for winners and their guests at noon on April 2, and is followed by presentations by the recipients.

This year’s Scholar-Teacher Awards for ECU faculty recognized Tarek M. Abdel-Salam, Technology Systems; Craig M. Becker, Health Education and Promotion; Bob Edwards, Sociology; Archana V. Hegde, Child Development and Family Relations; Elizabeth M. Hodge, Business Information and Technologies Education; Monica Strauss Hough, Communication Sciences and Disorders; James M. Kohlmeyer III, Accounting; David Knox, Sociology; Peter Standish, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Nancy L.N. Stephenson, Undergraduate Nursing Science; and Christine Lettang Zoller, Art and Design.

“The Research and Creative Achievement Week symposium is a great opportunity for students to reveal their findings and display their creative works to the university and surrounding community,” said Ron Newton, co-chair of the event and assistant vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.

“We have an increasing number of faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students who are conducting very interesting research, as well as a great number creating performance activities and producing very creative projects. They are all very excited about the opportunity to showcase what they are doing,” Newton added.

A mini-symposium will highlight research by international students and faculty. Additional features include faculty recognition for new patents; workshops in presentation and research ethics and compliance; and a student visualization challenge competition.

Student oral and poster sessions are scheduled throughout the week. Graduate and undergraduate presentations will be judged by selected faculty, with monetary awards going to the winners in 10 categories, including biomedical sciences, education, engineering, fine and performing arts, human health, humanities, natural sciences, business, technology/computer science and social sciences.

Co-sponsors of this event include the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Division of Health Sciences, the Graduate Student Senate, Office of University Honors, and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

This page originally appeared in the March 20, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at