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Analytical chemistry professor Anthony Kennedy leads students through an exercise during STEM Day at ECU, an annual event designed to encourage local high school students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The students used equipment in the lab to solve a make-believe crime. Thanks to an NSF grant, ECU will now be able to offer significant scholarships to students pursuing majors in chemistry and physics.
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East Carolina University professor Dr. Rickey Hicks, chair of the Department of Chemistry in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, has accepted a position as Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga., beginning January 1, 2014.
Hicks, who joined ECU in August 2006 as professor and chair of chemistry, said he would miss many aspects of the college, university and Greenville community.
"Of course the first thing I will miss is interacting with the outstanding students of ECU. It has been a great honor to work with and teach them over the past seven and a half years," said Hicks. "Secondly, I will deeply miss the faculty, staff, my fellow chairs and administration of Harriot College. Harriot College is truly one big family, which I shall miss greatly. Lastly, Kim and I will miss the wonderful people of Greenville who have made us feel so welcome over the years. We wish only the very best for our students, Harriot College and all of Pirate Nation."
On January 1, 2014, Dr. Allison Danell, ECU associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in chemistry, will step in as interim chair of the department.
"I think Dr. Danell is an excellent choice as interim chair," said Hicks. "She has been a leader in our department for several years, and she cares very much about the success of our students. With Dr. Danell as interim chair, I think the department is in very good hands. She will play a major role in moving the department forward to a brighter and more successful future for all our students and faculty."
Danell joined the faculty at ECU in 2004, after moving to Greenville from the Boston area, where she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rowland Institute at Harvard. In addition to her current roles at ECU, Danell leads the advising collaborative within the Department of Chemistry, serves as chair of the Admission and Retention Policies Committee and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in her research lab and within ECU's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
"I am excited for the challenge and feel lucky to have strong support from my colleagues," said Danell upon accepting the position as interim chair. "Dr. Hicks has been an excellent mentor to me and has given me many opportunities to develop my leadership skills in the last few years. He has shown immense dedication to our department and university in his nearly eight years at ECU. His encouragement has meant so much to all of us, and while he will be sorely missed, I am eager to observe the success he will undoubtedly enjoy at Georgia Regents University."
Fall 2012 Department Newsletter