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Holiday meals provided for Falkland Elementary children
A season intended as a time of joy for children – with multiple days out of school – also means no breakfast or lunch for many children across Pitt County. Now thanks in part to a group of East Carolina University students, children at Falkland Elementary School will have meals provided throughout the holiday.
ECU historian focuses on the world of academic awards
As the latest round of Nobel Laureates are bowing their heads to receive medals this week, an East Carolina University professor will be leaning into a computer screen crunching numbers on the world’s great academic awards—the Nobels and 183 others.
ECU study finds exercise after bariatric surgery improves health
People who exercise following bariatric surgery gain health benefits beyond weight loss, according to researchers at East Carolina University, the University of Pittsburgh and Florida Hospital – Sanford-Burnham Translational Research for Institute and Diabetes Institute.
ECU-trained scientists discover Battle of the Atlantic shipwrecks
Two East Carolina University alumni were the principal investigators in the Oct. 21 discovery of two shipwrecks from an important World War II naval battle off the North Carolina coast.
ECU senior honored for community service
ECU senior Zachary Baker has been recognized by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities committed to community engagement, for his outstanding leadership and service.
ECU students construct, destroy Berlin Wall replica
ECU marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War by installing and then tearing down a replica wall Nov. 3 – 6 on the brickyard near Mendenhall Student Center. The wall divided the city of Berlin, but also stood as a symbol for ongoing political divisions between the East and West.
School of Communication director honored with scholar award
East Carolina University School of Communication Director Linda Kean was honored Oct. 9 with the 2014 NCA Health Communication Division’s Outstanding Scholar Award.
Former Miss America brings diversity message to campus
Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, challenged East Carolina University students to celebrate their diversity – whatever that may be – and to be accepting of others.
ECU College of Business named a top business school for 2015
For the eighth straight year, East Carolina University’s College of Business ranks among the best in the nation by The Princeton Review. The education services company features ECU in the 2015 edition of “The Best 296 Business Schools.”
Research shows mimicry in frogs can engender new species
Researchers at East Carolina University have discovered that certain populations of a South American frog species have changed their appearance to avoid predators through mimicry of other species, causing the populations to diverge – possibly to the point of evolving into two different species.
Educate To Career ranks ECU No. 4 in nation
East Carolina University is ranked No. 4 out of more than 1,200 universities in the nation by Educate To Career in its 2015 College Rankings Index. The rankings provide “actual college outcomes data,” according to the California nonprofit.
Joyner Library programs celebrate freedom to read
East Carolina University’s Joyner Library and Department of English marked Banned Books Week Sept. 25 with a Read Out at the Sonic Plaza near Joyner Library.
Velde inaugural member of national academy
East Carolina University’s Beth Velde will be inducted Oct. 7 to a policy group dedicated to honoring scholarship and service at college campuses nationwide. The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship invited Velde to become an inaugural member following peer nomination and selection.
ECU Professor Receives Gubernatorial appointment
Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed East Carolina University assistant professor Dr. Beth Chaney to the North Carolina Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force. The task force consists of 20 members appointed for a two-year term.
Series highlights ECU work addressing regional health
“Health Discoveries,” a production of ECU-TV, will launch at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. The “Health Discoveries” series, hosted by Dr. Samuel F. Sears, will highlight specific successes of East Carolina University faculty in solving important health problems via research, teaching and service.
Bauer, Rulifson selected as distinguished professors
Two professors in the ECU Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences were inducted as distinguished professors at the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 25. The honor is traditionally bestowed upon one individual at the beginning of each academic year.
Three medical students named Brody Scholars
Three incoming students at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine have been named Brody Scholars for the Class of 2018. Alyssa D'Addezio of Concord, Ismail Kassim of High Point and Zachary Sutton of Pink Hill will receive four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity to design their own summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad.
Nutrition lab partners with visiting scholar to research liver disease
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition Science at East Carolina University recently collaborated with a visiting scholar from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico to research chronic liver disease.
Three academic leaders join Academic Affairs
Three new academic leaders have joined East Carolina University’s Division of Academic Affairs. William Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; Dave Meredith, director of admissions; and Rondall Rice, director of university studies, all started July 1.
Riggs featured in National Geographic article
ECU geologist Stanley Riggs was featured in a National Geographic article on the effect of sea rise on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Riggs said that coastal storms, development of the region and sea-level rise are leading to the destruction of North Carolina's coastal communities, particularly those along Hwy. 12.
GreenTravel Initiative names 100th sustainable business
The ECU Center for Sustainability is a partner in the NC GreenTravel Initiative, which has named the Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market its 100th North Carolina business to be recognized for use of sustainable practices that save energy and protect the environment. The Umbrella Market is a Greenville farmer’s market that features locally-grown food and a free shuttle providing transportation.
North Carolina Literary Review traces the scars of war in 23rd issue
For its 2014 print issue, North Carolina Literary Review devotes its special feature section to “War in North Carolina Literature.” This in-depth exploration includes an interview with author Robert Morgan, who points out, “It is one of the mysteries of human life, and human history that intelligent people, often ethical people, kill each other so often and on such a scale.”
Three professors to head ECU faculty senate
Three East Carolina University professors begin their terms as officers for the university’s Faculty Senate on July 1. The newly elected officers are Andrew Morehead, who will serve as chair, John Given, who will serve as vice chair, and Kylie Dotson-Blake, who will serve as secretary of the ECU faculty.
ECU cardiologist elected to Royal College of Physicians
East Carolina Heart Institute physician Ashesh Buch has been elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Buch was formally recognized for this achievement June 10 at a ceremony in London.
Jorgensen urges parents to teach kids about money
ECU professor Bryce Jorgensen was featured on Bankrate.com, Foxbusiness.com and NASDAQ.com. In articles about teaching children about money, Jorgensen said, "Money influences...marriage, children, where we work, how much we pay in interest, whether we can get a loan, how much debt we are in, a comfortable retirement."
Atkinson delivers address on literacy at ECU summit
The changing definition of literacy and the constant evolution of teaching methods were major topics at the first-ever Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit, held May 21 at East Carolina University. North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson delivered the keynote address, titled “Student Literacy: Now and in the Future.”
ECU professor featured on 'Diggers,' Nat Geo
ECU anthropology professor Dr. Charles Ewen in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is featured in a National Geographic Channel episode of "Diggers," with the next showing set for 8:30 p.m. May 16. The episode focuses on the search for archaeological remains related to slave quarters on a site in Grimesland.
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Eubanks named 2014 top nurse at ECU Physicians
Susan Eubanks, a clinical trials nurse specialist at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, has been selected by her peers as this year’s top nurse at ECU Physicians, the group medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Eubanks has accumulated 11 years of nursing experience along with the respect and admiration of her coworkers.
ECU health ed professor quoted in Time magazine
East Carolina University health education and promotion professor Dr. Jennifer Cremeens was quoted in Time magazine. Cremeens, who studies campus alcohol policies, was referenced in an article about new alcohol polices at the University of Kentucky. She said that many universities are addressing issues with off-campus drinking.
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Ron Mitchelson selected as ECU interim provost
Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU interim vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, has been appointed interim provost effective Aug. 16. A geographer, Mitchelson has been at ECU since 1999. He chaired the department of geography and served as interim chair of the English department. In 2011 he was appointed to chair ECU’s Program Prioritization Committee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Small Changes' Yahoo article features ECU professor
ECU psychology professor Lesley Lutes was featured in a front page Yahoo.com 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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