Med student demonstrates new health care app
A chance visit to a booth at an innovative health conference landed Brody School of Medicine student Dylan Suttle in a news video spot. Suttle, who just finished his second year of medical school at ECU, became the patient in a smartphone physical exam in April while attending the TEDMED conference, an annual gathering focusing on health and medicine held in Washington, D.C. Read more...
St. Amant awarded for teaching, innovation
ECU English professor Kirk St. Amant received the Society for Technical Communication's 2013 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching during the organization's annual conference in Atlanta, Ga. The award honors excellence in teaching and mentorship, innovation, creativity and contributions that change how technical communication is taught. The group noted particularly St. Amant's work in online education and globalization of teaching practices. Read more...
Golf classic benefits cancer research
The third annual Coach Rock Cancer Research Golf Classic will be held May 13 at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville. The tournament will benefit ongoing research in the Department of Oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU and the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center through the Coach Rock Roggeman Cancer Research Fund. Thomas “Rock” Roggeman, who died of lymphoma in 2010, served as a defensive coordinator for ECU’s football team. Read more...
Grad student develops recreation plan
ECU graduate student Ryan Merritt has made a name for himself during his time in North Carolina – particularly in one coastal county. Merritt, who came to ECU from Iowa last spring, led the development of a recreation master plan for Dare County this semester. He carried out the work as a teaching assistant in a parks and facilities planning class under the direction of Dr. Carol Kline, assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Read more...
Lucas honored for board service
ECU Board of Trustees outgoing chair Bob Lucas was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his two years of service as chairman and eight years on the board. Lucas of Selma also served on the Board of Trustees when he was Student Government Association president in 1974-75. During his remarks to the board, Lucas said he was an example of how this university changes people’s lives for the better. Read more...
Earth Day events to include expo, speaker
Interactive events for people of all ages will be featured at the annual Earth Day Expo from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the Howell Science Complex on the East Carolina University campus. At 8 p.m. Thursday, guest speaker Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a renowned biologist and professor of integrative geology at University of California, Berkeley, will present "From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men." Read more...
Lassiter to receive alumna award
The ECU School of Communication's Seventh Annual Spring Reception will include presentation of the school's distinguished alumna award to communication professional Valeria Lassiter. The event is set for 6 p.m. April 20 at the Greenville Museum of Art. The award recognizes alumni with a minimum of four years of work history, outstanding and uncommon achievement in one’s profession, in civic affairs, and/or politics. Read more...
D.C. exhibit features ECU work
An exhibit on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is showcasing the achievements of Dr. Thomas Herron, associate professor of English at East Carolina University, students in ECU’s School of Art and Design and the University Multimedia Center. The exhibit, which runs through May 19, is named “Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland” and focuses on the Irish upper class during the 16th to mid-17th century and its cultural exchanges with England. Read more...
Research leads to national award
Dr. Jamie DeWitt, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has received the 2013 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. The award is given to investigators who are 10 or fewer years out from obtaining their doctorates who have contributed substantially, through scholarly research, to the field of immunotoxicology. Read more...
Research to study race, access
ECU sociology professor Dr. Mamadi Corra will study how race affects access to commodities such as jobs and real estate, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant of $191,514. Corra will study the impact of racial status on gatekeeper-client relationships. He defines gatekeepers as individuals who provide access to information and services for potential customers. Examples of gatekeepers include employment agents, car sales representatives and real estate agents. Read more...
Distinguished alum, hall of famers named in Nursing
Dr. Frances Eason has been named the ECU College of Nursing Distinguished Alumna for 2013. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made exemplary contributions to the nursing profession. Inductees to the 2013 class in the College of Nursing Hall of Fame also have been announced. They are Becky Bagley, Linda Bolin, Susan Brinkley, Nancy Leggett-Frazier, Kathleen Johnson, Maura McAuliffe, Frank Moore, Tommie Pratt, Sue Taylor, Gene Tranbarger, Cheryl Whitaker and Joan Wynn. Read more...
Grant funds study of carbon nanotubes
An ECU researcher is studying the effects of microscopic particles that are important parts of products ranging from sunscreens to sailboats but which could pose as-yet-unknown hazards to human lungs. Dr. Mary Jane Thomassen, a scientist and professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, is looking at the effects of carbon nanotubes with help from a three-year, $368,159 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Read more...
ECU alumna on "The State of Things"
ECU alumna Dr. Leslie Smith was featured on "The State of Things" on North Carolina Public Radio on her personal story of rising from poverty to a degree in medicine at East Carolina University. Once homeless and nursing 3rd degree burns on nearly a third of her body, Smith is now a primary care physician in Boone. Read more/Listen to her story on WUNC 91.5 radio. Read an East magazine profile of Smith.
Mohammed to chair technology systems
The College of Technology and Computer Science at ECU has named Dr. Tijjani (TJ) Mohammed as the chair for the Department of Technology Systems. Mohammed has been employed as an ECU faculty member for 16 years. He most recently served as the interim chair of the department for two and a half years. He has served in various other capacities, including as graduate advisor for several master’s and PhD students.... Read more...
Bennett to discuss history, Hollywood
ECU history professor M. Todd Bennett will be interviewed on the historically-oriented radio program Backstory Feb. 23 - 24. Bennett will be featured in an episode titled "And the Oscar Goes to…: History at the Movies." Bennett said that he and the program's host will discuss a movie that features prominently in Bennett's new book, "One World, Big Screen: Hollywood, the Allies and World War II." Read more about the book. Visit the Backstory web site. Read more about Bennett.
Weekend snow blankets campus
Students who stayed at ECU for the Feb. 16 weekend enjoyed a winter treat on Saturday as snow began falling in earnest early in the afternoon. Weather experts predicted snowfall would continue through much of the evening, with an anticipated 2 to 3 inches of snow before the storm pulled off the coast. Services such as student computer labs, the Student Help Desk and Joyner Library shut down early to allow staff members time to make it home before the worst of the storm. Read more...
ECU professor honored for excellence in service-learning
North Carolina Campus Compact, a coalition of 38 public and private colleges and universities, has named an ECU professor as the recipient of the 2013 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award. Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, an associate professor in ECU’s School of Communication, is the first from ECU to receive the award. The Sigmon Award recognizes a faculty member for significant contributions to the practice of service-learning, a teaching strategy that links community service to classroom study and reflection. Read more...
Charlotte business leader appointed to Board of Trustees
Mark Copeland of Charlotte will join ECU’s Board of Trustees as its newest member. The UNC Board of Governors on Friday appointed Copeland, managing partner for Ernst & Young’s Charlotte office and a member of the ECU Board of Visitors, to fill a trustees’ seat left vacant in January when attorney Kieran Shanahan of Raleigh resigned to become N.C. Secretary of Public Safety. Copeland is a CPA in the State of North Carolina and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from ECU. Read more...
ECU prof edits book on gender, sports
East Carolina University kinesiology professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin edited and authored two chapters in "Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play," available from the publisher here. Sartore-Baldwin wrote the chapters "Gender, Sexuality and Prejudice in Sport" and "What's Next?" in the book, which addresses what it means to be a sexual minority in the arena of competitive sports. Sartore-Baldwin earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/exercise science from Western Illinois University in 2000. Read more...
ECU students EXCEL
East Carolina University freshmen and transfer students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester will be recognized for their academic achievements on Feb. 1 and 8 as part of the annual ECU EXCELS program. Nine colleges and the major advisement program for students who have yet to declare a major will hold ceremonies to honor the students within its department. This is the fourth year the program has acknowledged the academic achievement of first-time students. Read more...
ECU pioneer recognized for contributions
Dr. Walter Pories, a pioneering surgeon and researcher at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, is the recipient of the 2013 John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award. Pories is a pioneer in bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery, and his team at ECU discovered patients who had diabetes before the surgery showed no signs of it afterward. The surgical procedure Pories developed, called the Greenville gastric-bypass, excludes part of the large intestine from the digestive process. Read more...
Spy the Lie: ECU alum on CBS News
ECU political science graduate and former Central Intelligence Agency expert Philip Houston, co-author of “Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception,” appeared on the CBS morning news show Jan. 18. Houston spoke on methods to detect deception and how to elicit more truthful answers. Houston, of Greenville, is chief executive officer of Qverity, a provider of behavioral analysis and screening services for a worldwide clientele. Read more and watch the CBS interview.
Nursing, Business in top rankings
Two graduate programs at East Carolina University rank among the best nationally in online education in a listing released Jan. 15 by U.S. News & World Report. The ECU College of Nursing ranked 10 out of 72 master’s or doctorate of nursing practice programs in the country. The online Master of Business Administration program in the College of Business ranked 40 out of 148 graduate business programs. The complete listing of online education programs can be viewed at www.usnews.com. Read more...
Alumna wins international voice competition
ECU School of Music alumna Mary-Jean O'Doherty, a 2005 graduate in voice and flute performance, won first prize in the Paris Opera Awards Competition, an international voice competition. She performed arias from Delibes' Lakmé and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. O'Doherty has recently sung the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Prague, and participated in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Young Artist Program. She is now understudying the title role in Berg’s Lulu for the Welsh National Opera. Read more and see video from the Paris competition.