Faculty members honored for excellence
By Doug Boyd
Two East Carolina University faculty members received Achievement for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity awards in March.
Dr. Scott Curtis, associate professor of geography, and Dr. Kyle Summers, professor of biology, received Five-Year Achievement Awards.
Curtis came to ECU in 2003. He has master’s and doctoral degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. His research focuses on global climate variability and change. He is also assistant director of the ECU Center for Natural Hazards Research.
He has received more than $500,000 in research funding at ECU and published more than 30 refereed articles and two book chapters.
Summers came to ECU in 1996. He has a doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research focuses on evolution, particularly evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetics.
He has received more than $800,000 in research funding at ECU and published more than 60 articles.
Recipients of the Five-Year Award are recognized for their achievements during five years of continuous service at ECU.
Dr. Deirdre Mageean, vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, selected the awardees upon recommendation by the Faculty Senate Academic Awards Committee.
Curtis and Summers received a cash award and conducted seminars on their work during Research and Creative Achievement Week, March 31 to April 9.