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Researchers Honored

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

Three researchers at East Carolina University received the university’s 2006 Achievement for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity awards.

Dr. James McCubrey, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Brody School of Medicine, received the University Lifetime Achievement award. Derek Alderman, a professor of geography, and Reide Corbett, a professor of geology, received the Five-Year Achievement awards.

Dr. Deirdre Mageean, vice chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies, said she was proud of the accomplishments of these three researchers.

“These faculty represent the spirit and creativity of East Carolina University,” Mageean said. “Congratulations to these faculty for their exceptional research accomplishments.”

In the past 18 years at ECU, McCubrey has received more than $3.5 million in grants to further his research in cancer. He has written more than 100 manuscripts and articles, and serves on the board of six academic journals.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Catania in Italy since Oct. 2003.

Alderman, who has taught at ECU since 2000, specializes in the politics of public commemoration and symbolic landscapes of the American South, including the politics of naming streets for Marin Luther King, Jr. He also studies popular culture such as NASCAR, the Internet as electronic folklore, Graceland as a pilgrimage site, Wal-Mart and the cultural history of kudzu.

Corbett, who has taught at ECU since 2000, studies the sediment and geochemical processes in coastal areas, the discharge of groundwater on the coast. In the past five years, he has worked on research grants totaling more than $3.3 million.

Each researcher will receive a cash award and will speak at a research seminar this fall.

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at