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December 2013

ECU Physicians, East Carolina Neurology complete mergert1neurology

ECU Physicians is now offering neurology care following a merger with East Carolina Neurology, a private physician practice in Greenville. ECN, established in 1977 by Drs. Gregg Hardy and Frank Fleming and now a 12-physician group, joined the medical school during the summer. Its physicians are full-time clinical faculty of the new division of neurology within the Department of Internal Medicine at Brody. Read more...

 
Children with heart defects find camaraderie at camp t1camp

Children and teens with complex congenital heart defects learned about Latino culture at Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe during the ninth annual Camp WholeHeart in October. Twenty-seven campers from eastern North Carolina enjoyed the theme, "La fiesta de nuestros corazones/The fiesta of our hearts,"with activities including piñata and worry doll making, dance and cultural lessons. Read more...

November 2013

Former N.J. State Police major named ECU Police chieftlewis

The law enforcement official who led the New Jersey State Police efforts to improve community relations after a racial profiling scandal has been hired as the new police chief at East Carolina University. Gerald Lewis, who held the rank of major and was commanding officer of the N.J. Police Office of Community Affairs,, will retire in early December from the state police after 26 years of service. Read more...

Inaugural class honored at Brody School of Medicinetsmallmed

In 1972, when he and his classmates made up the first group of East Carolina University medical students, Dr. Douglas Privette said they knew they had to excel. Privette was one of 20 in the program, after which students transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was the first step toward ECU having its own medical school. Read more...

October 2013

Evelyn McNeill: From Tobacco Fields to Neuroanatomytbook

ECU's first female faculty member at the medical school, Evelyn McNeill, was interviewed on WUNC's "The State of Things," Oct. 21 about her personal history and her newly published memoir, "Zero to Eighty over Unpaved Roads." McNeill is a retired professor of neuroanatomy. She grew up on a tobacco farm in Lee County. Listen to the interview.

ACE Fellow offers fresh perspective at ECUt2graham

Dr. David L. Graham believes time spent with ECU administrators will ultimately make him a better leader. Graham is a 2013-14 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, visiting ECU from Ohio State University, where he serves as assistant provost and associate athletics director for student athlete success. Read more...

September 2013

Voyages of Discovery lecture to feature Jane Goodallt2goodall

Renowned British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall will address students, faculty, staff and guests of East Carolina University at a sold-out event Oct. 1 in Wright Auditorium. The founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace, Goodall will discuss “Sowing the Seeds of Hope” beginning at 7 p.m. Read more...


Califano elected to ABP leadership position

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East Carolina University professor Dr. Joseph Califano, director of periodontology in the Department of Surgical Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, was elected to serve as one of nine directors of the American Board of Periodontology. Califano will be installed at the board's annual meeting this month.  Read more...

August 2013

Dental Medicine announces first research deantgordon

Dr. Sharon M. Gordon has been named the first associate dean for research and chair of Foundational Sciences of the ECU School of Dental Medicine. Gordon assumed her new role Aug. 19. She formerly served as the director of Graduate Research and Training at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore. Read more...

Edwards named top nurse at ECU medical schoolNOY

Donna Lou Edwards is still getting used to the title “nurse of the year.” The nurse manager in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University received the honor at a recent banquet for nurses who work in the school’s group medical practice, ECU Physicians. Read more...

Nursing names associate dean for graduate programstbenfield

Dr. Rebecca Benfield has been named associate dean for graduate programs in the ECU College of Nursing. Benfield will provide leadership for the master’s, Ph.D., and new Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Her responsibilities include planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the graduate programs. Read more...

Grant funds ECU research on Alzheimer's, exerciselu

An East Carolina University laboratory dedicated to research on dementia has received $50,000 to advance studies of Alzheimer's disease. The money will be used to study the effects of physical and cognitive exercise on laboratory animals with symptoms of dementia and how certain drugs can mimic the effects. Read more...

July 2013

ECU dental faculty member honoredtkaur

Dr. Roopwant Kaur, clinical assistant professor of operative dentistry at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, was honored for her contributions to research at the annual UNC Graduate School Recognition Celebration. A 2012 graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Kaur was among 23 alumni to receive the external fellowship award in recognition of research funded by sources outside the university. Read more...

New members, officers for Boardt2brinkley

ECU’s Board of Trustees welcomed four new members and elected officers during its July 18 meeting. Robert Brinkley of Charlotte was elected chairman. Also elected were Steve Jones of Raleigh as vice chair and Edwin Clark of Greenville as secretary. The four members joining the board are Bob Plybon and Terry Yeargan, appointed by the UNC Board of Governors; Vern Davenport and Max Ray Joyner Jr., appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory. Read more...


Engelke selected for prestigious honortengelke

Dr. Martha “Marti” Engelke, professor and associate dean for research and creative activity in the College of Nursing at ECU, will be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October. The academy announced June 27 that Engelke will be one of 172 nurse leaders inducted at the AAN’s 40th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  Read more...

June 2013

ECU alumna seeks out doomsday prepperstbagwell

ECU 2011 graduate Brooklyn Bagwell is casting director for the hit television show "Doomsday Preppers" that airs on the National Geographic channel. She began as a production assistant in 2011 at Sharp Entertainment in New York, which produces the show for the network. She became casting director in the show’s 2012 season. The third season begins airing this fall. Read more...

ECU alum qualifies for U.S. Opentvarner

ECU graduate and 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year Harold Varner III of Gastonia, N.C. qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open as an alternate from the sectional qualifier in Rockville, Md. Varner set state records as the first African American to win both the North Carolina Amateur at Greensboro and two months later, the Match Play Championship in Bermuda Run. Read more at ECUPirates.comRead a Spring 2012 East magazine profile of Varner.

ECU career counselor earns president's awardtroberts

Career counselor Patrick Roberts from the ECU Career Center was recognized with the president’s award at the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers’ annual meeting in Blowing Rock on May 2. The award recognizes contributions to the association, career services and/or college recruitment made by an emerging leader in the field. The recipient is selected by the NCACE president with approval from the executive board. Read more...


May 2013

Award-winning writer, ECU alumnus completes trilogytguns

Some members of the Greatest Generation may enjoy reading Rick Atkinson’s book about their greatest triumph – the liberation of Europe during the final battles of World War II. “The Guns at Last Light” is the final volume of Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy. In this final installment, the Allies are poised to invade Europe on D-Day and fight their way to Berlin. Atkinson graduated from ECU in 1974; eight years later, as a reporter for the Kansas City Times, he won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the horrific casualties suffered in Vietnam. Read more...

Criminal justice students enjoy tutoring on demandtcj

ECU criminal justice professor Dr. John Kerbs responded to a need for additional one-on-one assistance for his students by developing the CJ Stat Lab. Through a partnership with the Pirate Tutoring Center and the textbook publisher CENGAGE Learning, Kerbs created a hybrid environment that offers both face-to-face and online instruction for students in his criminal justice statistics class. Read more...

April 2013

Two students to intern with NASAnasa1

Two students from ECU will participate this summer in an internship experience with NASA through the Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program. Lisbeth Soria, a senior pursuing a bachelor of science in industrial technology with a concentration in information and computer technology, and Kaveh Darafsheh, a graduate student in computer science, earned a spot among 200 internships out of 1,000 applicants.  Read more...

ECU student lands scholarship, internshiptvaughan

An EC Scholar and East Carolina University Honors College student has landed a scholarship and an internship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Thomas Vaughan, a sophomore from Murfreesboro, was awarded the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship on April 1. Only 126 students nationwide were selected for the honor this year, which is valued at approximately $30,000. Read more...

ECU sociology professor honoredmitchell

The Southern Gerontological Society honored ECU professor Dr. James “Jim” Mitchell with induction into the Gerontologists Rooted in the South (GRITS) Hall of Fame for 2013. The GRITS Hall of Fame seeks to recognize individuals who have made important contributions to the Southern Gerontological Society and to the field of gerontology through research, teaching, administration, advocacy or applied practice. Read more...

Potential Pirates test the waterstopenhouse

Visitors to East Carolina University toured campus, visited Joyner Library and residence halls, and sampled the fare in university dining halls during the 2013 Spring Open House held April 6. An Academic and Student Affairs Fair provided more details on life at ECU, and participants were invited to attend presentations on financial aid, admissions, academic advising and campus living. Faculty and staff were on hand to meet with incoming students and their parents. Read more...

March 2013

NCLR launches online supplementnclrt

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide an effective venue for the state’s authors and artists to showcase their work, the North Carolina Literary Review has launched the literary magazine’s second issue of NCLR Online, a winter supplement to the annual print issue. Expanding to a second issue—and making that issue available exclusively online—represents a unique opportunity for NCLR, its contributors, and its readers, said Margaret Bauer, editor of NCLR and Rives Chair of Southern Literature at ECU. Read more...

Students enjoy master class with celebrated composertthomas

Celebrated composer Augusta Read Thomas conducted a master class with ECU composition students while visiting campus March 21. Thomas served as guest composer for the NewMusic@ECU Festival. Her pieces were performed by the ECU Wind Ensemble on March 20 and by ECU faculty violinist Hye-Jin Kim and pianist Melvin Chen on March 21. Thomas is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists and writers.  Read more...

ECU programs ranked by U.S. Newscunninghamt

The Brody School of Medicine at ECU and the ECU Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies have been ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The Brody School of Medicine is ranked 19th overall among primary care schools this year, up from a tie for 31st last year. “It is clear that our school has what it takes to rank with many well established schools from across the nation,” said Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean of the Brody School of Medicine. Read more...

March events at ECU honor womentnomani

ECU will kick off its celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a presentation by author and journalist Asra Nomani at 7 p.m. on March 4 in the Science and Technology Building, Room C207. Nomani will present “Women in the Muslim World.” Born into a conservative Muslim family in India, she speaks about the struggle Muslim women face as they strive to reclaim rights originally granted at Islam’s birth. Read more...

February 2013

Mohammed to chair technology systemstmohammed

The College of Technology and Computer Science at ECU has named Dr. Tijjani (TJ) Mohammed as the chair for the Department of Technology Systems. Mohammed has been employed as an ECU faculty member for 16 years. He most recently served as the interim chair of the department for two and a half years. He has served in various other capacities, including as graduate advisor for several master’s and PhD students.... Read more...

Poverty to pro football: Alumna shares storytvinson

Many who heard Becky Vinson speak on campus Wednesday already knew the outlines of her inspiring life story. From newspaper stories and an ESPN video, they knew she came to East Carolina University as a single mother struggling to pay tuition and rent while raising two kids. Today she has two ECU degrees and her daughter is in college. Her adopted son, who was basically homeless when she took him in at age 14, now is a star player in the National Football League. Read more...

Charles returns to broadcast dutiestcharles_1

A good night for East Carolina University’s men’s basketball team was also a special night for longtime radio play-by-play announcer Jeff Charles. Charles returned to the sideline for the first time Feb. 13 after undergoing surgery for colon cancer late last year. The "Voice of the Pirates" has been absent since Dec. 1. The basketball team welcomed Charles back with fist bumps before the game, followed by a 74-61 win over the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Read more...

Clinical trials pave way for advancestrials3

Like many patients at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, Mary Jones drives to Greenville for regular follow-up visits with an oncologist. But what makes Jones different is that she's participating in a clinical trial. Her experience, and those of thousands of other patients across the country, could lead to better cancer care for future patients. Two years ago, Jones, visited her primary care physicians after feeling nauseous for a couple of days. He quickly referred her to specialists in Greenville. Read more...

January 2013

ECU professor interviewed from 'bottom of the earth'tcorbett

In a video conference from the "bottom of the earth," ECU researcher Reide Corbett said that Palmer Station in western Antarctica feels like "the top of the world." Corbett is leading a team of scientists in Antarctica studying how the flow of fresh groundwater from the continent delivers nutrients into the coastal ocean. Developed by the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, the video included a question and answer session with students from Manteo and Columbia high schools in eastern North Carolina. Read more and watch video…

ECU research addresses domestic violence in Indiatkimuna

An article published by ECU sociology professor Dr. Sitawa R. Kimuna, with co-authors including ECU sociology master’s degree graduate Gabrielle Circiurkaite, presents findings critical to current discussions of domestic violence in India. The research addresses causes for violence against women in the country's culture, of particular interest since a young woman was brutally raped last month on a bus in New Delhi. The woman died from injuries received in the attack and her experience triggered national outrage over women’s rights. Read more...

Gilbert to oversee advancement as interim vice chancellortgilbert1

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, has been named interim vice chancellor for advancement at East Carolina University effective Jan. 14. Gilbert has been dean of the College of Health & Human Performance since 1999. Under his leadership the college has grown from approximately 50 to now more than 100 full-time faculty members and added several degree programs including an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in bioenergetics. Read more...

Grant to help ECU recruit minority dental studentstwilson

ECU is one of a handful of schools nationwide that is participating in a program to recruit and retain minority dental students. The ECU School of Dental Medicine will focus on minority students through the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute. Introduced by the American Dental Education Association in partnership with the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the institute is a new training program dedicated to increasing recruitment and retention among underserved student communities at dental schools. Read more...