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December 2012

More than 40 ECU physicians ranked as 'top doctors'tchitwood

Forty-one faculty members at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU have been named in U.S. News & World Report's "Top Doctors." U.S. News Top Doctors was developed with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and was built upon data from Castle Connolly's "Top Doctors," in which physicians nominate other physicians for their excellence. Among ECU's physicians on the list, Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., was recognized as being among the top 1 percent of cardiothoracic surgeons in the country. Read more...

'Each One-Reach One' honors teachers of the yeartteachers

Eighteen Teacher of the Year recipients from eastern North Carolina were honored at a Dec. 6 event sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education. The event, titled “Each One-Reach One,” served as a celebration of outstanding educators and their positive impact within the region. Joining the Teachers of the Year were first- and second-year educators. Invitations were issued to each member of the Latham Clinical Schools Network, which comprises 36 counties within eastern North Carolina. Read more...

Ten graduate from ECU academyteosa

East Carolina University's 2012 Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy recognized 10 graduates Dec. 5, including Deborah Thomson, pictured, who partnered with Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation to work with puppet shows. Thomson and other ECU Honors students will use puppets to debunk junk food advertising and promote healthy eating. The academy is designed to cultivate engaged scholars who can be leaders in their professions while working with communities to improve quality of life. Read more….

Bauer appears in 'Our State' magazinebauer1

East Carolina University English professor Margaret Bauer, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, was interviewed in Our State magazine's December 2012 issue about NCLR, produced annually at ECU. The article referred to NCLR as "one of the South's most unusual and respected annual literature publications."  "…This isn't your grandfather's academic journal," the article stated. Visit Our State. Read the article. Read more about Bauer.

November 2012

ECU recognized for diversity, inclusion effortstheed1

ECU was named as a recipient of the first Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The award recognizes ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.  INSIGHT Into Diversity selected award recipients based on diversity and inclusion initiatives, including all aspects of diversity such as gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community, according to Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of the magazine. Read more...

Son David brings Henrietta Lacks story to lifetlacks

Whenever anyone mentions David "Sonny" Lacks' mother, Henrietta, a small, private smile crosses his lips before he lifts his eyes and speaks. When he begins to talk about her, it's in a reverent whisper, but his voice grows stronger as he launches into the story of Henrietta Lacks, her death and the ensuing tale of ethics, race and science that revolutionized modern medicine. Lacks spoke to a packed crowd Nov. 12 in Wright Auditorium about the 2012 East Carolina University Pirate Summer Read selection, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Read more...

ECU physicians selected for Best Doctors listtkeen

Fifty physicians from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 "Best Doctors in America” list. The annual list is compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based group that surveys more than 45,000 physicians across the United States who previously have been included in the listing asking whom they would choose to treat themselves or their families. Read more...

October 2012

Health sciences students explore global caretborders

About 240 students and 50 faculty members in allied health sciences, dental medicine, medicine and nursing watched the documentary "Crossing Borders" on Oct. 25 and discussed how the film's themes apply to their personal lives and roles as health care providers. The idea for the event began several months ago when the College of Nursing’s international advisory committee began brainstorming ways to educate students on cultural awareness and sensitivity and invited other disciplines to join. The effort evolved to include inter-professional health care practice and teamwork. Read more...

Smartphone app to assist patientstsears

People with implanted cardiac defibrillators can have some peace-of-mind thanks to a new smartphone application developed by experts at ECU. ICD Coach is a mobile phone application with a multimedia educational purpose for cardiac patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs. Dr. Samuel F. Sears, professor of psychology and cardiovascular sciences, is the author behind the ICD Coach. Read more...

STEM shows girls fun side of science, technologytstem

East Carolina University hosted the second annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Girls Day on campus Oct. 12. The event is designed to expose Pitt County middle school girls to the fun side of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. Robots used during the session had diverse skills such as reacting to heat, avoiding obstacles, forming a peace sign and dancing the hokey pokey.  Read more....

ECU to facilitate community developmenttflowers

East Carolina University will support community development projects in 12 rural underserved communities in the state through a $600,000 grant program provided by the N.C. Department of Commerce. Now in its third year, the Talent Enhancement and Capacity Building Program combines ECU’s resources, expertise and connections with state funding to support economic development across North Carolina. Read more...

Miller earns USA Network awardtmiller

ECU anthropology major Chantel Miller of Wilmington was selected as one of ten winners from hundreds of nominees for the USA Network’s Characters Unite Award, which celebrates individual efforts to combat hate and intolerance. She was the only college student selected. Representatives from the USA television network came to Greenville Oct. 3 to present the $5,000 Characters Unite Award. Read more...

September 2012

Kruse named distinguished professortkruse

ECU economics professor Dr. Jamie Kruse was inducted as the 2012 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor during the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 20. The professorship is conferred upon a professor whose career exemplifies commitment to and love for knowledge and academic life. Kruse is founding director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research. Read more...

McCain challenges students to get involvedtmccain

Dr. Franklin McCain, one of four men who led the Greensboro Woolworth’s sit-ins in 1960, challenged ECU students on Sept. 14 to find ways to leave the Earth better than they found it. “It’s your life. You’re in control,” McCain said. McCain was featured speaker for Lead Week, sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, which spotlighted service in recognition of ECU as a leadership university. Read more...

Profs to be inducted in national academyt2fellows

Two professors in ECU’s Department of Kinesiology were named fellows of the National Academy of Kinesiology and will be inducted during the national organization’s annual conference Sept. 20-22 in Portland, Ore. The new fellows are Dr. Paul DeVita, a professor and director of the Biomechanics Lab; and Dr. Matthew Mahar, a professor and director of the Activity Promotion Lab. DeVita and Mahar are among nine academicians named in this year’s class of NAK fellows. Read more...

Overhaul needed on health care systemtferguson

East Carolina University cardiovascular sciences professor Dr. T. Bruce Ferguson, Brody School of Medicine, participated in a national news conference in Washington, D.C. about America's health care system. Ferguson was a member of a committee made up of national health care experts who reported that the nation's health care system has become too complex and costly to continue business as usual. Read more...

August 2012

Psychology prof honored with Best Paper awardtlittleton

Dr. Heather Littleton, associate professor in ECU's Department of Psychology, received the 2013 Georgia Babladelis Best Paper award by the Psychology of Women Quarterly for her co-authored paper, “Health Risk Behavior and Sexual Assault Among Ethnically Diverse Women.” The award-winning article will be featured as the lead article in the March 2013 issue of the journal and comes with a $1,000 honorarium. Read more...

ECU named to 'Best in Southeast' listtprinceton

East Carolina University has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region based on its academic programs by The Princeton Review – an educational services company known for its annual college ratings. ECU is among 135 colleges to be deemed “Best in the Southeast” as part of the “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges on this list. Read more...

Textbook rentals offer cost savingsttext

East Carolina University’s Dowdy Student Stores is offering students significant cost savings on college textbooks this fall through an expanded textbook rental program. Bryan Tuten, director of the Dowdy Student Stores, said a program for textbook rentals has been in place, but this year the bookstore has expanded its capacity from about 50 available titles to approximately 800 textbooks available for rental. “We have been working to lower textbook costs to help make college more affordable for students and their families,” Tuten said. Read more...

ECU alum drives Mars roverMaxwell-NASA-resized_1

ECU graduate Scott Maxwell is one of about a dozen people at NASA tasked with steering the $2.6 billion Curiosity rover on Mars. Maxwell is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, home to Curiosity's mission control -- more than 100 million miles away from Mars. Maxwell earned a degree in computer science from ECU in 1992. Watch a WRAL video with Maxwell. Read more about Maxwell's work in this CNN news story

July 2012

Study shows drug does not reduce deathstferguson

A drug designed to shield the heart from injury during bypass surgery failed to reduce deaths, strokes and other serious events among patients at high risk of complications, according to a large clinical trial involving researchers at Duke University and East Carolina University. The study, led by Dr. Mark Newman of Duke University and Dr. T. Bruce Ferguson, professor of cardiovascular sciences, showed the drug acadesine does not reduce death, non-fatal strokes or the need for a cardiac pacemaker following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Read more...

Perdue to swim in Olympic gamestlauren

Lauren Perdue, daughter of ECU faculty member Tammy Perdue (Nursing) is swimming in the London Olympic games as one of four women on the 800 M free relay event. She will swim Aug. 1, with hopes of making the finals scheduled for that evening. Following training, Lauren leaves for France July 21, where she will train for ten days before moving on to London for the games. Tammy Perdue teaches part-time in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Science Junior Division. Read more...

Brick pavers honor military servicepaverst

ECU masonry shop personnel John Phillips, James Boyd and Ron Causey installed new brick pavers at the ECU Memorial Walk on campus July 18. The new pavers have been purchased in 2012 to honor members of the ECU community for their military service. More than 140 pavers were installed last year. Friends and family donated approximately $125 to have each of those names included. The money received from the ongoing brick paver campaign funds ROTC student scholarships. Read more, view slideshow of installation...

Food, bugs lead to ECU lessons in math and sciencetcamp

Twenty-eight middle school students from the Pitt County Boys and Girls Clubs took lessons on fractions, pizza and lady bugs this summer at East Carolina University. The hands-on math and science lessons were delivered through cooking and gardening experiences in ECU’s FoodMASTER Summer Science Camp, led by ECU faculty members Jacqueline De Chabert-Rios, visiting assistant professor of hospitality management, and David Rivera, Jr., associate professor of hospitality management. Read more...

Crews clean up downed tree on campuststorm

East Carolina University grounds services personnel joined with City of Greenville workers to clean up a downed tree along Fifth Street. The tree belonged to the City of Greenville but fell on the ECU campus during a severe thunderstorm July 1. The storm killed three in eastern North Carolina, downed trees in multiple counties and left thousands with power outages.  The university lost approximately 70 trees on campus last August when Hurricane Irene came through the area. See photos.

June 2012

Fourth year shapes up for med student tmehaffey

As his third year in medical school draws to a close, Hunter Mehaffey sees his future coming into focus. A surgery residency is likely, and he's looking at programs around the country where he would be a good fit. He's honing his research techniques and has already been published in academic journals. And after spending the first half of his medical school career primarily in the classroom, the third year meant going into clinical settings and interacting more with patients. Read more...

Grant helps grow garden networktgarden

A $15,000 grant from the Vidant Medical Center Foundation will support the Greenville Community Garden Network, a project directed by ECU nutrition science professor Beth Wall-Bassett. The garden network funds one hub garden and two satellite gardens in west Greenville.  “The ultimate hope is to strengthen the community one fruit or vegetable at a time-- a feel good, win/win situation for everyone all the while growing more community gardens in Greenville,” Wall-Bassett said. Read more...

ECU grad wins business contestbarrick

ECU hospitality management graduate Spencer Barrick ’11 was selected as the winner of BootStrap, a Wilmington Downtown contest for start-up technology companies. Barrick’s company, EyeBar, is a web site and iPhone app that streams live video of bars, clubs, restaurants and events to a user’s cell phone. “Bars and other venues pay a monthly subscription to use the service,” Barrick said. “In the near future, EyeBar will be live streaming events, concerts and festivals..." Read more...

Award enables study of Afro-Carribean migrantstperry

East Carolina University history professor Kennetta Perry was recently awarded the American Council of Learned Societies fellowship grant for her research in Afro-Caribbean migrants in Britain during the 1950s and 60s. In 2012, the American Council of Learned Societies will award over $15 million to more than 320 scholars worldwide working in the humanities and related social sciences. Read more...

May 2012

Future docs develop skills at ropes coursetropes

Activities at the ropes course strengthened critical thinking and teamwork skills May 14 for participants in the annual eight-week Summer Program for Future Doctors at East Carolina University. The intensive educational program is aimed at college students and recent graduates pursuing a career as a physician. The program provides a taste of the social, academic and emotional demands students will face in the medical school curriculum. View slideshow...

Selected as interim vice chancellortmitchelson

Dr. Ron Mitchelson, a professor in the Department of Geography and a senior research fellow, has been named interim vice chancellor for research and graduate studies effective June 1. Mitchelson has been at ECU since 1999. He has chaired the geography department and served as interim chair of the English department. In 2011 he was appointed to chair the Program Prioritization Committee, which evaluated programs campus wide and examined the university’s academic structure. Read more...

Conference USA adds five memberstcusa

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said an expansion of Conference USA offers the potential for growth and competitive excellence and reflects a continued emphasis by the conference on academic success for student-athletes. “Conference USA is aggressively improving its membership, and East Carolina University is especially appreciative of the strong TV markets that are being added and the commitment of the conference to academic success of the student athlete,” said Ballard. Read more...

Strategies enable students to thrivetpaul

High expectations are the key to effective teaching, said Ravi Paul, a management information systems professor in the East Carolina University College of Business.

 “I set a high bar of standards for my students,” he said. “Challenging students is what enables them to thrive.” 

Paul is the 2012 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of 17 outstanding faculty members in the UNC system selected for the annual award. Read more...

April 2012

U.S. Poet Laureate shares poetry, anecdotestlevine

A visit from the U.S. Poet Laureate drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 literature lovers to the Greenville Museum of Art on April 25. Born and raised in Detroit, Phillip Levine is known as “the working man’s poet.” The author of more than 20 books of poetry, essays, and translations, Levine won the National Book Award in 1991 for his collection, “What Work Is,” and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for “The Simple Truth.” Read more...

Earth Day events on tap this weektearthday

Several events are planned this week at ECU to mark Earth Day. Activities include an April 19 presentation by conservation biologist Joe Roman, author of “Listed:  Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act," pictured. The documentary "Tapped," about the bottled water industry will be shown at noon on April 20. Earth Day Expo is set for several locations on Saturday, including interactive exhibits from ECU faculty for children and their families at the Howell Science Center on ECU’s main campus. Read more...

Students compete with pizza saucestpizza

ECU nutrition science students shared their own pizza sauces April 11 in the Golden Corral Culinary Center on campus. The students have been developing the sauces for potential commercial production. ECU professor Dr. Melani Duffin, who teaches the food science class, said her students complete a food development project each spring, often in conjunction with major food companies. The students have developed several good recipes, she said, and now they are offering to share their samples with the public. Read more...

ECU students unveil pizza saucestduffrin

ECU nutrition science students will share their own pizza sauces from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. April 11 in the Golden Corral Culinary Center in the Thomas W. Rivers Building on campus. The students have been developing the sauces for potential commercial production. ECU professor Dr. Melani Duffin, who teaches the food science class, said her students complete a food development project each spring, often in conjunction with major food companies. Read more...

Chancellor to deliver State of University addresstballard

Chancellor Steve Ballard will deliver the State of the University Address at 11 a.m. April 10 in Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center. Students, faculty and staff - as well as members of the Greenville community -- are welcome. Individuals who are unable to attend may click here to watch the event live or recorded.

Children interact at Youth Arts Festivaltyouth

More than 100 visual and performing artists came to East Carolina University March 31 for the 8th Annual Youth Arts Festival. Activities included wheel-thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, papermaking, blacksmithing, portraiture, and printmaking. Children were also able to interact with musical, dance and theatrical groups.  Read more...


March 2012

DIANA SPELL: 'First year of our careers'tspell

Three years into medical school at East Carolina University, Diana Spell finally feels like she can offer a road map to incoming students. "First year, you learn everything that goes right (in the body)," she said. "Second year, you learn everything that goes wrong." And the third year? "You’re free," the 25-year-old said, and laughed. "It solidifies why you went into medicine. This was like the first year of our careers." Read more...

A "Fey effect?'tfeyresearchers
You betcha!

With the U.S. presidential race ramping up, politicians will spend millions on campaigns to enhance their image and affect voters’ choices. And the politicians’ multiple appearances and news interviews give late-night comedians new material to mine. ECU political science professors Jody Baumgartner and Jonathan “Jay” Morris have determined that humorous portrayals and caricatures of political figures are an important factor in how politicians are perceived among young adults. Read more...
           

ECU Match Day set for March 16tmatch

Graduating East Carolina University medical students will learn where they will spend the next few years as doctors-in-training during the annual Match Day at noon Friday, March 16, in the auditorium of the Brody Medical Sciences Building. Before they provide direct patient care, U.S. medical school graduates normally complete a three- to seven-year residency program accredited in a recognized medical specialty. Read more...

Art education professor honoredtarnold

East Carolina University art education professor Alice Arnold has been named the 2012 Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. The award recognizes exemplary contributions, services and achievements of an NAEA member. Arnold’s award was presented during the NAEA national convention in New York, March 1-4. The Southeastern Region is comprised of 10 U.S. states and two territories. Read more...

           

February 2012

Duke professor to speak on campustcarter

Duke University theology and black church studies professor Dr. J. Kameron Carter will speak at ECU at 7 p.m. March 13 in Wright Auditorium. Carter will discuss “Religion and the post-racial condition,” in the final presentation of the 2011-12 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Carter’s research addresses Christian thought, particularly the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the human being in Christian perspective. Read more...

Service to eastern N.C. notedtbrinson

Building good relationships and partnering with others has driven East Carolina University alumna Helen Brinson’s nursing career. “We’re all about collaboration and partnering,” she said. “There is no way in eastern North Carolina to do the work that needs to be done without partnering, not only because of funding but other limited resources. We have to all work together to advance the nursing profession.”   Read more...

ECU biology professor selected as Sloan Research Fellowtschrenk

An East Carolina University faculty member was honored this week with a Sloan Research Fellowship and $50,000 to further his research in ocean sciences. Dr. Matt Schrenk, an assistant professor of biology, was selected alongside 125 other researchers from the U.S. and Canada. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Read more...

Pirate Read selected for 2012tlacks

East Carolina University has picked the highly acclaimed “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot as its Pirate Summer Read for 2012. The work tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the forgotten woman behind one of the most important tools in modern medicine, and of her descendants, many of whom feel betrayed by the scientific establishment.   Read more...

January 2012

Health Sciences launches ECU Health Beatthorns

ECU Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis N. Horns has announced the launch of a new blog called ECU Health Beat. “We hope the citizens and leaders of the state visit ECU Health Beat to learn about better health, our work in the state, our cutting edge research, and the fine faculty and health professionals we get to work beside,” Horns said in the blog. Access ECU Health Beat. Read more.

Prostate Screeningthu

An ECU researcher is developing a screening test for prostate cancer with help from a $50,000 grant from Triad Golfers Against Cancer.  Read more...

 

New speaker series targets grad studentsteakin

Until now, focused leadership training at East Carolina University has targeted mostly undergraduate students. That’s changing this semester. Thursday, Jan. 26 marks the beginning of the ECU’s first Graduate Leadership Speaker Series, with Honors College Interim Dean Richard Eakin as the first speaker.  Read more...

SOPA protests leave Internet users in the darkwinstead

Many web users found their favorite web sites out of operation or hosting protest banners this week. Web sites such as  Wikipedia and Google joined in the protest of the SOPA/PIPA bills under consideration by lawmakers in Washington, D.C. ECU copyright officer Beth Winstead has studied the bills and their impact. SOPA has been indefinitely tabled by the House, she said, while in the Senate three co-sponsors have withdrawn their support. Here's her take on how passage of the bills might affect the average Internet user.

(For more details, contact her at  http://libguides.ecu.edu/profile.php?uid=19152)

Q:  Why are web sites like Wikipedia and Google protesting by going dark today?
 

A:  These sites have gone dark to protest the potential of Internet censorship in the SOPA/PIPA bills. Some sites are operating but have banners to bring awareness, while other sites like Wikipedia and Wordpress are totally down for the day.
 
Q:  What are the SOPA/PIPA bills and how will they affect the average Internet user?

A:  SOPA/PIPA could mean that sites like Google or Youtube themselves could be taken down without due process if one person published something that infringes on copyright.  In Youtube, frequently videos are posted to music without permission to use that music. Youtube takes those down and notifies the creator.  Under the proposed bills, the hosting site could be taken down and if anyone posts something knowingly or unknowingly that infringes on copyright they can be prosecuted as a federal criminal.
 
Q:  How might passage of the bills affect research on the Internet? Could it negatively affect tools that students and faculty use for learning?

A:  The purpose of copyright was originally in place to increase creativity but to protect the creator. The Internet makes breaking copyright law unintentionally easy. While many people realize they are breaking the law, many who are comment on a story while citing portions of it are in fact breaking the law.   Wikipedia has been found to be as accurate if not more accurate than Britannica, so many rely on that information daily.  However if someone posts an entry in Wikipedia that infringes on someone else’s copyright, Wikipedia could be shut down immediately for that post.  This would be true for other sites that students and scholars depend on for information.
 
Q: Are there any alternatives to prevent online piracy without such severe limitations?

A:  There has been another bill introduced in Congress OPEN (Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act) that seems to have more promise and would place the responsibility for enforcement in the International Trade Commission instead of the Justice Department.
This is a great way to sum this up – in our country we believe a person is innocent until proven guilty.  Both SOPA and PIPA do the opposite – they assume the entire website is guilty and the website could be removed immediately without due process.
 

Milestones recognized on Declaration Day tbus

The College of Business welcomed business students on Jan. 10 with its inaugural Declaration Day ‒ an event when eligible undergraduate students officially declare their specific concentration within the College of Business. The event will be held in both spring and fall semesters going forward. As part of the event, the College honored students with a pinning ceremony before breaking them into their various concentrations. Read more.

Named to state health boardtcunningham

Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has been named to the board of trustees of the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees. State Treasurer Janet Cowell nominated Cunningham to the board. The 10-member board is made up of plan members as well as other experts in medicine and health administration. Read more.