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Nutrition Students Volunteer at Special Olympics Dance

Nutrition VolunteersNutrition Sciences students volunteered at the Special Olympics Valentine’s Day dance held Feb. 10 at the Drew Steele Center.  The seasonal celebration was held for Special Olympics athletes, caregivers and family members of those with physical and developmental disabilities living in Pitt County.

Nutrition students are involved in a variety of activities associated with the programming for special needs populations, including health fairs and nutrition education classes. Service-learning projects, a requirement for their senior seminar course, help them interface with diverse populations and become better prepared for a service-based career.

During the Valentine’s dance, students interacted with over 350 participants-giving them exposure to real people facing challenges in their daily lives. As future dietetics practitioners, students must be able to modify their practice based on their target population’s needs.

They also learned about developing relationships with community partners and understanding the complexity of developing, organizing and delivering community-based events.  The Pitt County Special Olympics Program, a component of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department, provides year-round training and competition for the special needs population. Programs are supported largely by volunteers.


 

TACKLING TEEN HEALTH: Symposium explores adolescent challenges

Mills SymposiumThe issues and challenges surrounding teen health were the focus of the 12th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium, held Feb. 5 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University.

Bringing together community leaders, residents, health providers and youth organizations, the event featured workshops and presentations on substance abuse, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, violence and eating disorders.

"This event is a way of pulling in all kinds of assets to look at best practices and support systems for our youth," said Philip J. Leaf, the keynote speaker for the symposium. Leaf is a director at the Center for Adolescent Health, Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and the Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

With the increasing prevalence of single-parent households and those in which both parents work, along with many other factors, Leaf said today’s children spend less time with adults than at any other time in history. Therefore it is vital to focus on adolescents and provide them with positive opportunities.

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Joseph Kalinowski

Allied Health professor inducted into National Academy of Inventors

Stuttering treatment pioneer Dr. Joseph S. Kalinowski of East Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is among 168 individuals to be named this year as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Election to the academy's fellow status recognizes academic inventors who, according to their peers, have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that impact quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Kalinowski holds seven U.S. and 18 international patents, three of which have been licensed to start-up companies. His most notable patents relate to treatments for stuttering and other fluency disorders. Janus Development Group, a North Carolina corporation that specializes in assistive living devices, has licensed these patents for developing products and services.

In addition, one patent is the subject of new computer applications to assist a subset of stutterers who struggle with silent block – caused when vocal muscle contractions are so severe a person is unable to make any sound when trying to speak. Another has been licensed to start-up company Reading Comprehension Solutions for development of products and services that improve reading comprehension of students and adults.

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Sylvia Escott-Stump

Sylvia Escott-Stump Named Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, recently recognized Sylvia Escott-Stump as a fellow. This designation recognizes Escott-Stump’s commitment to the field of dietetics and celebrates her professional accomplishments and pursuit of life-long learning. It also signifies that a member has lived up to the academy’s values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility.

Escott-Stump is the dietetic internship director in the Department of Nutrition Sciences for the College of Allied Health Sciences. She has authored eight editions of Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care; five editions of Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process; and the second edition of Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications: A Nursing Approach.

For the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has served as president; speaker of the house; and chair of the Standardized Language Task Force, Nutrition Educators and Preceptors Council, and the Clinical Nutrition Management practice group.  She currently serves as the academy representative to the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations. 

Other honors she’s received include the academy’s Medallion Award, Lenna Frances Cooper Lecturer, recognition from North Carolina and Pennsylvania as Outstanding Dietitian, Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary doctorate.


 
Brettelyn Knell

COMMUNITY IMPACT: East Carolina University senior honored for community service

East Carolina University senior Brettelyn Knell has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to community engagement.

Knell is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, honoring one student leader at each member school. Twenty-one total students were chosen by their campuses for the honor this year, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

At ECU, Knell has been involved with the Adopt-A-Grandparent program for four years and currently serves as the program coordinator. She has partnered with other organizations to bring programming for Veterans Day, National Nursing Home Week, Thanksgiving and Christmas to residents at the Golden Living Center. Her commitment led to the Golden Living Center and the Adopt-A-Grandparent program receiving the 2015 ECU Leadership Awards for Outstanding Service Program of the Year and Community Partnership of the Year.

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FoodMASTER Workshop Teaches Hands-On Science

foodmasterFoodMASTER, a National Institutes of Health SEPA-funded resource for middle grade science classrooms, hosted a teacher training workshop for 25 teachers at the Natural Science Museum on Raleigh in early November. The 10-unit resource uses food as a tool to teach hands-on science to seventh and eighth grade students. 

Participants experienced the FoodMASTER approach while completing scientific inquiry learning labs and exploring ways to incorporate FoodMASTER materials into the middle grades science classroom.

The classroom-tested materials feature 24 hands-on laboratory experiences and 12 health-focused extension activities. Each chapter provides users with hands-on, application-based activities, detailed procedures, science concepts to be emphasized, materials needed, critical thinking exercises and background knowledge with instructions for educators.

Lab experiences and extension activities were designed so teachers in any classroom environment can implement them without the need for specific laboratory space.

Housed within the Department of Nutrition Sciences, FoodMASTER provides outreach opportunities for students interested in nutrition and health professions.


 
Foster Hunt

Foster Hunt serves veterans through the Navigate Counseling Clinic

Service-learning projects are one of many requirements for first-semester physician assistant studies students in the College of Allied Health Sciences. But when PA student Foster Hunt wasn’t compelled by any of the usual sites for the assignment, he forged his own path.

Hunt earned an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in information technology before beginning five years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked closely with doctors, medics and Navy corpsmen. After deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he sought more opportunities to work in field medicine and began to consider returning to school in the health sciences.

"It was never a far stretch for me to go to PA school," said Hunt. "My mother’s a nurse, my aunt’s a nurse, and my great grandfather was a physician. There are pictures of me when I was little taking my mother’s blood pressure."

Read more about Foster Hunt here.