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December 2013

ECU professor chronicles U.S. Navy's B-1 Band historytalbright

ECU English professor Alex Albright was interviewed this month on the WUNC N.C. Public Radio program, “The State of Things,” about his recent book titled “The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy.” The book details the history of the first African Americans to serve in the modern U.S. Navy at a rank higher than messman’s. Read more...

ECU grad inspires on Asheville television news featuretbuckner

ECU student Felicia Buckner, who will graduate with a bachelor's in education this week, was featured in Asheville television news station WLOS-13's "Person of the Week" feature. Buckner completed her degree following a motorcycle accident that left her with brain trauma, a broken back and a collapsed lung. Read more and watch the video of Buckner's story.

ECU physicians named to annual Best Doctors listtlee

Forty-nine physicians from the Brody School of Medicine have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 "Best Doctors in America" list. Approximately 5 percent of the physicians who practice in the United States make the annual list. A partial list of the state's best doctors will be in the December issue of "Business North Carolina" magazine. Read more...

November 2013

Velde elected to leadership position for APLUtvelde

Dr. Beth Velde, director of public service and community relations at ECU, has been named chair of the Council on Engagement and Outreach for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Velde will serve a one-year term as chair in 2014. She was elected during the annual meeting of the APLU held Nov. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Read more...

Traditional events highlight ECU homecomingthc

ECU Pirates of all ages came out to enjoy the Homecoming festivities this weekedn at East Carolina University, including the traditional homecoming parade held Saturday, Nov. 9 on Fifth Street in Greenville. The parade was followed soon after by the traditional football contest at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. View images from the parade.

ECU Chamber Singers win in international competitiontspain

The ECU Chamber Singers have been named one of the winners of the international Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain, and as winners, they will perform at the winners concert Nov. 4.  The ECU group was competing against choirs from Germany, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia, Russia, Spain and Sweden. Read more...

October 2013

N.C. Arts Council fellowship supports researchtwieland

Set in the 1930s and '40s in France, ECU English professor Dr. Liza Wieland's novel in progress requires more research than her previous works. Thanks to a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship in literature, Wieland will travel abroad to pore over history archives that will enhance the novel's historical accuracy. Read more...

ECU College of Nursing celebrates midwifery program tmidwife

Think again if the word “midwife” conjures up thoughts of home birth and hippies. In fact, 95 percent of births attended by midwives happen in a hospital system and the rest are divided about equally between birthing centers and home. ECU’s College of Nursing has been educating certified nurse-midwives for more than 20 years, graduating its first class in 1992.
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Service, leadership focus of Women's Roundtable
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The fourth event in the ECU Incredible Women’s Series will focus on service and leadership and will feature the founders of the successful Georgetown Cupcakes and a Paralympian medal winner. Keynote speakers will be Katherine Berman and Sophie LaMontagne, sisters and founders of the shop featured in TLC’s “DC Cupcake.” Read more...

Study shows omega-3 fatty acids boost immunityt2shaikh

New research at ECU suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may have potential applications for combating infections in obese people. The study was led by Dr. S. Raza Shaikh, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Brody School of Medicine. He found that giving omega-3 fatty acid-enriched fish oil boosts antibody production.... Read more...

September 2013

Hollingsworth named first Legacy Pirate of the Yeartaward

East Carolina University alumnus Ted Hollingsworth ’79 was named the East Carolina Alumni Association’s first Legacy Parent of the Year. The award was presented at the inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium’s club level on Sept. 15 during ECU’s Family Weekend. Read more...
 

Perry paints Dowdy-Ficklen field purple and goldtperry

Joey Perry goes through several pairs of tennis shoes each year. It’s easy to do when you’re responsible for every painted inch at Bagwell Field in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. His feet and paint sprayer are too close together to avoid contact. “Every day my shoe color changes,” he said. “I do get a few pairs each season." Read more...

August 2013

Child Development and Family Relations names chairtballard

Dr. Sharon M. Ballard has been appointed the new chair of ECU’s Department of Child Development and Family Relations following a national search. Ballard joined the faculty of the department in 2000 and served as interim chair for one year. She has taught for The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Western Carolina University. Read more...

Griffith named Arts & Sciences distinguished professortgriffith

ECU anthropology professor Dr. David Griffith was named distinguished professor for the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences during the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 19. Griffith was the 15th individual selected for the honor, traditionally awarded at the beginning of each academic year. Read more...

 
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National Medical Association recognizes Cunningham

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Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has received an award from the National Medical Association. Cunningham was one of seven deans of U.S. medical schools who received special Presidential Awards on July 30 during the NMA’s annual convention and scientific assembly. Read more...

July 2013

Study uncovers secrets related to fat, estrogenthickner

Research by an ECU professor and co-authors could generate ideas on how fat interacts with estrogen to cause problem areas for weight gain in women. Dr. Bob Hickner, professor in the ECU Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance, and his research team determined that estrogen’s effect on fat depends on where the fat deposit is located. Read more...

Race, PAD affect patient outcometefird

A new study by researchers at East Carolina University connects race with a higher chance of death following coronary bypass surgery among patients who also have peripheral artery disease. The study, by surgeons and scientists at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, shows black patients with PAD face a higher risk of death than whites among patients with PAD who undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Read more...

ECU's RT program ranked top producertgremore

ECU’s recreational therapy program has been ranked the largest producer of certified therapeutic recreation specialists in the UNC system. Recreational therapists provide treatment services to individuals with illnesses and disabilities in rehabilitation, mental health and long-term care facilities. ECU contributed 41 percent of the newly licensed recreational therapists in 2012. Read more...
 

ECU alum appointed commissionertgorham

East Carolina University alumnus James "J.R" Gorham, a 1981 graduate, was appointed commissioner of the Juvenile Justice division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Gorham is a retired brigadier general with the N.C. National Guard who also spent 29 years in the banking industry, mostly with First Citizens Bank.  Read more...

June 2013

'NCLR' explores changing state of North Carolinatnclr

"The North Carolina Literary Review" focuses on the state's ever-changing historical, environmental, and literary landscape in its 2013 issue. The issue's special feature section includes interviews with Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier; Maria DeGuzmán, founder of the Latina/o Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill; and novelists Wiley Cash and Anna Jean Mayhew. Read more...
 

ECU grad is 'Hot Dad' winner on Today Showtungaro

ECU medical school graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured June 14 on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb as winner of the iVillage Hottest Dad in America contest. Ungaro is a Navy doctor who lives in Portsmouth, Va. with his wife, Marley, and children Langley, 14, and Grey, 10. He was selected from among 1,500 entries narrowed down to nine categories that received 150,000 votes online. Read more...

Saeed earns national psychiatry awardtsaeed

Dr. Sy Saeed, professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine in the Brody School of Medicine, has been honored with the Administrative Psychiatry Award by the American Psychiatric Association. The award honors an APA member who is a nationally-recognized clinician executive, whose effectiveness as an administrator has expanded the body of knowledge of management in the mental health services delivery system...  Read more...

Research garners national attentiontdelbridge

Online publications including WebMD, LiveScience.com and ScienceDaily.com have quoted research co-authored by ECU physician Theodore R. Delbridge, professor and chair of emergency medicine. The article, “Outcomes of Medical Emergencies on Commercial Airline Flights” published in the New England Journal of Medicine, noted that in-flight medical emergencies occur daily – in one of every 604 flights – and that physicians passengers assist in nearly half of those cases.  Access the article.

May 2013

Med student demonstrates new health care appsuttle

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, innovationstamant

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 researchrock1

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 plantmerritt

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...

April 2013

Lucas honored for board servicelucas

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, speakerthayes

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 awardtlassiter

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 workHerron-cubbie-Stroke

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...

March 2013

Research leads to national awardtdewit

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, accesstcorra

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 Nursingeason

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 nanotubestthomassen

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...

February 2013

ECU alumna on "The State of Things"tsmith

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 systemstmohammed

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, Hollywoodtbennett

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 bookVisit the Backstory web site.  Read more about Bennett.

Weekend snow blankets campustsnow

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-learningtdumlao

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 Trusteestcopeland

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, sportstsatore

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 EXCELtexcels

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...

January 2013

ECU pioneer recognized for contributionstpories

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 thouston

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 rankingsbest

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 competitiontmj

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.