Date: 6-13-2011

Contact: Kathy Muse, College of Health and Human Performance, (252) 328-5555

ECU Scientist Receives Award to Fund Innovative Research

Dr. Lucas Carr

GREENVILLE, N.C. (June 13, 2011) – An East Carolina University professor has been recognized among the top junior research faculty in the country.

Dr. Lucas Carr, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in the College of Health and Human Performance, received the 2011 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Affiliate Universities.

As one of 30 recipients nationwide, Carr will receive $5,000 from ORAU and the ECU Research Division will provide an equal match.

Funding from this award will provide support for a project entitled "Pedal@Work" which will test whether a worksite physical activity intervention is effective at reducing sedentary time spent across the day.

Eligible participants will receive access to a portable pedal exercise machine which they will use to pedal at their desk while they work. Participants will also receive a pedometer and access to a motivational website which will help them keep track of their daily physical activity.

"I am extremely honored to receive the Ralph E. Powe award," said Carr. "This line of research is extremely important to me and it's my hope that we can help many people avoid some of the dangerous health consequences we know are caused by prolonged sedentary behaviors such as sitting at work."

Carr began teaching at ECU in 2010. A native of Deadwood, South Dakota, he received his bachelor of science degree in exercise and sport science in 2002, master's degree in exercise physiology in 2004 and doctoral degree in physiology in 2008 all from the University of Wyoming. He also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2010.

ORAU is a 98 member university consortium that leverages their scientific strengths to promote partnerships with government agencies, national laboratories, and private industry. Their mission is to enhance the scientific research and education enterprise of our nation.