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2014 Archives

April 2014

Art show exhibits student success in mentor program

A one-of-a-kind art show at East Carolina University demonstrated how middle school students with learning differences used art to learn about their strengths and express their individuality. The art show held April 11 in Joyner Library featured the work of middle school students from a Building Hope Community Life Center afterschool program. Read more...

ECU club boxer Brandon Knox wins national championship

ECU senior Brandon Knox won the U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association National Championship in Miami. Knox will graduate in December with a degree in construction management. Knox earned a bronze medal at the competition last year and the year before that – in his first year of competition at ECU – he was a nationals runner-up. Read more...
ECU students demonstrate skills in research, presentation

ECU students from multiple disciplines shared their research and creative works March 31 – April 4 at the Eighth Annual Research and Creative Achievement Week at Mendenhall Student Center. More than 300 students made presentations to explain their  work in categories that ranged from biomedical sciences to fine and performing arts. Read more...
ECU professor selected to attend Summer Institute

ECU psychology professor Dr. Matthew Whited was selected to attend an advanced training program in conducting randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions. The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Read more...


March 2014

'Small Changes' Yahoo article features ECU professor

ECU psychology professor Lesley Lutes was featured in a front page article, “15 Small Changes for Faster Weight Loss” published March 10. The article was based on research Lutes published earlier in Prevention magazine, in which she outlines how focusing on small changes can help individuals develop and maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime. Read the article...
ECU professor, bioethicist quoted in New York Times

ECU bioethicist Janet Malek was quoted in the New York Times article, "Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases," regarding emotionally-charged decisions prospective parents face when they discover embryos carry a gene for a disease that will affect the next generation. Malek's research interests include ethical questions surrounding reproduction and new technology. Read the article. 

February 2014

ECU sophomore is wrestling against the norm

A little advice from mom can go a long way in life. For ECU sophomore Aleigha Patterson, that valuable advice came when she was a headstrong seventh grader. “You are going to do great things,” her mom said. “Decide what you want to be, work at it and do it.” The advice was pretty simple, but Patterson took it to heart and to the mat – the wrestling mat. Read more...
Wall Street Journal quotes Tuten on Super Bowl ads

ECU marketing professor Tracy Tuten was quoted in The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch The article, "How Super Bowl ads move the market," examines real-world effects on a company's stock prices resulting from Super Bowl Sunday ads. Tuten said the immensely popular Budweiser puppy ad may not translate to market results because the ad simply maintains the brand. Read the article.
ECU alumnus scores Super Bowl championship ring

ECU alumnus Michael Brooks will join the ranks of former ECU Pirate football players who wear a Super Bowl championship ring. Brooks was on the winning Seattle Seahawks teams during the Feb. 2 contest as a rookie defensive lineman. A native of Roxboro, Brooks majored in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security. Read more...


January 2014

ECU senior to help manage Super Bowl social media

ECU senior Sarah Moran will be among the millions of travelers making their way to Manhattan for Super Bowl week, but she’s not planning to attend the game. Moran has landed a role as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee. She will work alongside 20 to 30 other volunteers managing Super Bowl-related social media. Read more...

Eamon's new book on state politics draws interest

A new book on North Carolina politics by ECU political science professor Dr. Thomas Eamon has triggered significant media interest. Eamon will speak this week on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” He will also join George Olson for segments to run during Public Radio East’s “Morning Edition,” focused on his book about the state’s politics from 1940 to present. Read more....
Harper to keynote annual MLK Jr. celebration

Award-winning actor, author and philanthropist Hill Harper will speak at ECU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in Wright Auditorium. Harper starred in the role of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the hit television drama “CSI: NY” from 2004 through 2013 and is now appearing in the USA Network’s program “Covert Affairs.”  Read more...
ECU to host global robotics event Jan. 4

As many as 400 young engineers participating in an international robotics competition will visit ECU on Jan. 4 to receive their parts kit and assignment for this year’s robot. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high school students – working alongside professional mentors – to design and build a robot.  Read more...

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