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Research and Creative Activity recipients announced

GREENVILLE, NC   (Mar. 25, 2008)   —   East Carolina University has named two recipients of the 2008 Research and Creative Activity Awards.

Margaret Bauer, the Rives Chair of Southern Literature in ECU’s English Department, and Ron Cortright, professor of exercise science and physiology, received the five-year awards from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. Along with their 2007 counterparts, they will each deliver lectures of their research as part of ECU’s Research and Creative Activity week, March 31 through April 4.

Bauer will deliver her lecture at 6:30, April 1. Cortright will deliver his lecture at 6:30, April 2. Both will take place in Mendenhall Room 244.

Deirdre Mageean, vice chancellor of research and graduate studies, said she was proud of the accomplishments of these researchers.

“These individuals are recognized for the originality and excellence of their research and creative activities, as evidenced by sustained high quality work performed at ECU,” Mageean said. “Congratulations to them for their exceptional research accomplishments.”

Bauer, who came to ECU in 1996 and was named the Ralph Hardee Rives Chair of Southern Literature, is the editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, and the author of three books of scholarship on Southern literature that examine the work of Ellen Gilchrist, William Faulkner and a forthcoming publication on the playwright Paul Green. She has also written dozens of articles and book reviews and presented many conference papers. Since 2002, she has orchestrated five annual Literary Homecoming events, bringing together writers with ties to North Carolina. She has received the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Teacher-Scholar award as well as two departmental awards.

Cortright came to ECU in 1995 to complete a post-doctorate in biochemistry and joined the faculty in 1998. He has received more than $1.3 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to study the causes of obesity, type II diabetes, and metabolism misfunction. Most recently his work has focused on health disparities, in particular understanding the higher incidence of diabetes and insulin resistance in African-American women compared to their Caucasian counterparts. He has received the College of Health and Human Performance’s Teacher-Scholar award as well as a departmental teaching award.

The 2007 Research and Creative Activity Award recipients will deliver their lectures as well. Five-year recipients Michael Van Scott, professor of physiology, will present at noon, March 31; Erik Everhart, professor psychology, will present at 6:30 p.m., on March 31. Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jeffery Johnson, professor of sociology, will present at noon, April 1. All lectures will take place in Mendenhall Student Center Room 244.


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