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Spotlight Archives 2011

December 2011

Increase safety in green constructiontbehm

ECU occupational safety professor Michael Behm was noted in a Boulder, Colo. newspaper, the Daily Camera, for his work with Colorado University - Boulder researchers. The research determined that green construction presents more dangers to construction workers than normal construction projects. The study suggests builders working to achieve environmental sustainability should also attend more carefully to worker safety. Read article. Contact Behm.

Riggs quoted on Hwy 12 repairriggs1

ECU geology professor Stanley R. Riggs was quoted in a News and Observer article about plans for rebuilding Hwy. 12 following extensive damage on the Outer Banks highway during Hurricane Irene. Riggs and co-authors have published a book on the state's barrier islands and ongoing efforts to maintain the transportation system in an area vulnerable to heavy storm damage. Read more details about the book. Read N&O article. 

Shopping and the economyparker1

ECU economics professor Randall Parker appeared on WNCT-TV News Dec. 12 on the uptick in holiday sales this season. Despite one of the best holiday shopping seasons in recent years, Parker said the numbers were misleading. Holiday sales should not be used to indicate that the economic downtown is over, he said. Watch the WNCT-TV interview.

In 'Duke Today'perry

ECU history professor Kennetta H. Perry was highlighted in Duke Today for her participation as a fellow in Duke's Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which creates scholarly opportunities for young minority and women scholars. Perry was one of the first two postdoctoral fellows named when the program began in 2007. Read the Duke Today story. Read more about Perry and her research interests.

Appearance on History Channeltmurray

ECU professor and director of the Visual Motor Laboratory Dr. Nick Murray in the Department of Kinesiology appeared in an episode of a History Channel's show entitled Stan Lee's Superhumans. In the show's "Unbreakable" episode, Murray measured the visual control of an expert archer as the archer hit an aspirin out of the air. Murray used the Applied Science Laboratories Mobile Eye to study the archer's visual control. For more details about the episode, visit The History Channel. Contact Murray.

November 2011

Quoted in Wall Street Journalwebberacha

ECU finance professor Eli Beracha was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on buying versus renting a home in today's economy. The research was drawn from a paper co-authored by Beracha and Ken H. Johnson of Florida International University, "Lessons from Over 30 Years of Buy Versus Rent Decisions: Is the American Dream Always Wise?" (Abstract).  Read the Wall Street Journal article.   Contact Beracha.

Fulbright funds Berlin triptcastro

ECU senior Rachel Castro will travel to Germany through the German-American Fulbright Commission’s Berlin Capital Program, which offers an opportunity for students and young professionals in journalism to learn firsthand about German culture and media. Read more.

Honored at national eventtchristian

ECU biology professor Robert Christian was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation during the federation’s biennial conference in Daytona Beach. Read more.

Tuten on ABC News onlineTracyTuten

ECU marketing professor Tracy Tuten was quoted in a story about gift giving, "Consumer's guide to downloadable gifts," in Business Week and Read the story in Business Week.  Read the story on

ECU alumna interviewed on NPRBarbara-in-Studio384V

ECU School of Art graduate Barb McPhail was interviewed on NPR's Out of Bounds, Nov. 10. The program will again on Nov. 13. Hear the show at . Read more about McPhail.

Quoted in Parks & Recreationkindalshores

ECU professor Dr. Kindal Shores in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies was quoted in Parks & Recreation Magazine on a study to determine how residents feel about park communities before and after revitalization. Download the article in pdf format. (Shores' quote begins on p. 73.)

Interviewed on drug shortagesasch

East Carolina University's Dr. Adam Asch, chief of oncology at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, was interviewed Nov. 3 on WNCT-TV regarding a nationwide drug shortage of life-saving medications.  Watch the interview on WNCT.

ON WNCT-TVAverette

East Carolina University social work professor Paige Averett was featured in a WNCT-TV news story on the proposed marriage amendment to the state constitution. Averett spoke regarding her research on gay couple parenting. Watch the WNCT video.

October 2011

On ABC News, Washington Postcannon

ECU was included in an ABC News story and in the Washington Post on the retrieval of Blackbeard's cannon off the coast near Beaufort. The gun will be taken to the QAR Conservation lab at ECU. Read ABC News story/watch video.  Read Washington Post story.

Interviewed on WNCT-TVdonica

ECU occupational therapy professor and certified handwriting specialist Denise Donica was interviewed on WNCT-TV about her handwriting studies, Oct. 24. Read more about Donica's research. Watch the WNCT video.

Quoted in U.S. News & World Reportwatkins

ECU professor and assistant dean for dental education and informatics Todd Watkins was quoted in a U.S. News & World report article on the use of Yammer versus Facebook as important social media on college campuses. Read the article.

Shipwreck survey featured in Outer Banks Voicerichards2

ECU professor Nathan Richards (Maritime Studies) was featured in an article in The Outer Banks Voice, Oct. 17, on his shipwreck survey of the Scuppernong River and Bulls Bay near Columbia, the first extensive archaeological survey done in the area. Read the article.

Quoted in L.A. Timesames

ECU geology professor Dorothea Ames was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story regarding the rebuilding of Hwy. 12, the Outer Banks highway partially destroyed by Hurricane Irene. Ames and fellow geologists Stanley Riggs, Stephen Culver and David Mallinson published "The Battle for North Carolina's Coast," which addresses development policies in the state's barrier islands. Riggs was quoted in a News and Observer news story on the same issue. Read more about the bookRead the L.A. Times article.

Quoted in Charlotte ObserverBossetti-Chad-web_2_2

ECU engineering professor Dr. Chad Bossetti was quoted in a Charlotte Observer article about Jell-O-like memory devices that could be implanted into the human body. Read the article.

Maritime history presentation notedsgrieve

An article in Lumina News entitled, "Maritime history buffs gather in Wilmington," included Susanne Grieve, director of conservation for the Program in Maritime Studies in the ECU history department. Grieve spoke at the N.C. Maritime History Council's Annual Conference in Wilmington on the Civil War blockade runner "Modern Greece," which ran aground near Fort Fisher in 1862. Read the article.

September 2011

Quoted in New York Timesbradley1

ECU sociology professor Don Bradley was quoted in a Sept. 15 New York Times article regarding making acquaintances after retirement and planning post-retirement location choices based on friendships. Read the article.

Research discussed in Washington Poststanley

Research co-authored by ECU business professor Laura Stanley was discussed in a Washington Post blog article  and in Occupational Digest. The article, “Disaffected Pollyannas: The influence of positive affect on salary expectations, turnover and long-term satisfaction," originally appeared in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Read the article.

Book reviewed in News & Observerriggs_1

A book by ECU geography professors Stan Riggs, Dorothea Ames, Stephen Culver and David Mallison, "The Battle for North Carolina's Coast," was reviewed in an article entitled, "Saving the N.C. coastline by letting it wash away," in the News & Observer. Read N & O review. Read more about the book.

Impact of Perdue's post-hurricane toursscavo2

ECU political science professor Carmine Scavo was quoted in the Houston Chronicle and The Republic on the political ramifications of N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue's tours around the state following Hurricane Irene. Read the story in the Houston Chronicle or The Republic.

Quoted regarding Hwy. 12riggs2

ECU geology professor Stanley Riggs was featured in an Associated Press story on the rebuilding of Hwy 12 in the Outer Banks following damages from storm such as Hurricane Irene. In an recent co-authored book, "The Battle for North Carolina's Coast," Riggs suggested the state invest in a ferry system instead of continuing to fund repairs to the road. The story and related opinion columns appeared in a number of media outlets including CBS News, the Charlotte Observer, The News and Observer, NPR and Forbes magazine.

August 2011

Tourism after Irene: Quoted by ABC, CBSStockW11-17 Kleckley

College of Business professor and director of the ECU Bureau of Business Research James Kleckley was featured in an Associated Press story on Hurricane Irene's effects on coastal tourism. Read the story on ABC News and CBS News online.

Study examines sleep and fatiguetwhites

Professors Carmel White and Mark White in ECU’s Department of Child Development and Family Relations, examined the sleep patterns of chronically ill mothers with young children to determine how they manage sleep and fatigue. Read more...

Profiled in NCRPA Newscover

The ECU Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is profiled in the Fall 2011 issue of NCRPA News, a publication of the N.C. Recreation and Park Association. RCLS is located with ECU's College of Health and Human Performance. Read the profile.

Best Buy Onlinebestbuy

ECU distance learning programs were ranked #1 on the Get college affordability ranking. The online bachelor of science in health services management and the bachelor of hospitality management, degrees which cost students approximately $13,560, were identified as the most affordable. See rankings. 

Elected as fellow in scholarly academytjordan

ECU professor Deb Jordan (Recreation and Leisure Studies) was the only professional in the nation elected this year as a fellow to the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration. Read more...

Article appears in nutrition journaltcao

Work by ECU Family Medicine faculty Dr. Qing Cao and Dr. Kathy Kolasa appeared in the journal, Nutrition Today. Read more...

Bauer to speak on NPR, "The State of Things"bauer

ECU English professor Margaret Bauer, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, will speak about NCLR's 20th anniversary on NPR's The State of Things  Aug. 4, along with James Applewhite and Bland Simpson.

July 2011

Alderman featured in BBC News storytalderman

ECU geography professor Derek Alderman was featured in a BBC News story on the pitfalls, politics and positives of naming streets and places after famous people. Read the story.

Study finds ongoing discriminationtaverette

An article by ECU researchers Paige Averett, Intae Yoon and Carol L. Jenkins (Social Work), “Older Lesbians: Experiences of Aging, Discrimination and Resilience,” is the largest and most comprehensive study of older lesbians in 25 years. Read more… Read the article.

Rewriting N.C. Civil War history?tise

ECU history professor Larry Tise was quoted in a News and Observer story about research that debunks claims about North Carolina's role in the Civil War. Read the story.

Why care about debt ceiling?eakins

Dr. Stan Eakins, interim dean of the ECU College of Business, was interviewed on WNCT-TV discussing the debt ceiling. Eakins explains why viewers should be concerned about battles on raising the debt ceiling taking place now in Washington, D.C. Watch the interview; read the story at

Electronic records could aid patient safetyradecki

Dr. Ryan Radecki, who completed residency training at ECU in June, says wider implementation of electronic health records could increase patient safety. Radecki co-authored a commentary on the topic in the July 6 issue of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. View a podcast of a JAMA interview with Radecki. Read the JAMA articleRead a news article about the JAMA commentary.

Speaks on economy in WRAL-TV interviewKleckley

ECU finance professor James Kleckley was interviewed on WRAL-TV on the state's economic health and unemployment issues. Kleckley is also director of the Bureau of Business Research at ECU. Read the story...

Internet shapes views of Anthony trialMcLaughlin

ECU communication professor Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin says blogs, Facebook sites and other Internet outlets helped demonize Casey Anthony, the Florida woman acquitted this week of killing her daughter. View details in this interview by Greenville television station WNCT Channel 9.

June 2011

Making sense of the Civil WartProkopowicz1

ECU history department chair Dr. Gerald Prokopowicz will serve as project scholar for the “Let’s Talk About it: Making Sense of the American Civil War” series at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library. Read more...

Receives CRA certificationwendy_smith_1

Wendy B. Smith, grants and contracts administrator for the College of Allied Health Sciences, received national recognition as a certified research administrator.Read more...

Alumna retires from National Portrait Gallerytcox

ECU alumna Beverly Cox celebrated her retirement after 43 years with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Read more...

Work cited in N & OCharlie_Ewen

Work by ECU anthropology professor Charles Ewen was quoted in the News and Observer article, "N.C. stops equivocating: It's Blackbeard's boat." Read the story.

Honored by international societySt. Amant

ECU English professor Kirk St. Amant was named an associate fellow by the Society for Technical Communication at the organization's annual conference in Sacramento, Calif. Read more...

Assumes leadership role tEscottStump

ECU professor Sylvia A. Escott-Stump began her one-year term June 1 as the 2011-12 president of the American Dietetic Association. Read more...

Four decades of Piratestph

From the class of 1977 to the class of 2006, four decades of ECU alumni work together at the Carolinas Medical Center, a 1,000+ level one trauma center and teaching hospital in Charlotte. Read more...