Open House 2008
October 10, 2008
by Miriam Wildeman
On October 2, members of the East Carolina University (ECU) community and professionals from organizations representing surrounding counties mingled in the halls of the Rivers Building as the RENCI at ECU Center for Coastal Systems Informatics and Modeling (RENCI/C-SIM) held its second Open House. In keeping with the theme of the of "Celebrating Research and Engagement," displays at the Open House featured information about RENCI/C-SIM as well as closely related research organizations at ECU including the Center for Natural Hazards Research, the Center for Sustainable Tourism, and the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy.
Along the hallway outside the RENCI/C-SIM offices, posters and laptop displays acquainted viewers with RENCI at ECU's recent scholarly activities, faculty and graduate student research, school outreach, and the Center's recent Visualization Challenge. In the AVO Node room, visitors could watch teleconference video footage, while just outside the Rivers building, the RENCI ROVER was positioned to allow participants to experience its diverse features, guided by outreach coordinator Michelle Covi. Technology coordinator Stephen Sanchagrin provided demonstrations of GIS-based research on the Visualization Wall in Brewster C202.
At the heart of the afternoon's activities was a series of brief presentations in Rivers 105. RENCI/C-SIM Director Jamie Kruse welcomed the audience and introduced staff members. Paul Gemperline, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, commended Center researchers for their interdisciplinary cooperation and exemplary community engagement. Among those presenting their work were project investigators Lloyd Novick, James Wilson, Donna Kain, Catherine Smith, Tom Allen, and Enrique Reyes, as well as graduate student fellows Chris Betancourt and Robert Howard. In closing, Kruse announced the RENCI at ECU fellowship competition for the next academic year as well as a symposium next September marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Floyd's devastation of eastern North Carolina.
A Channel 9 team was on hand to cover the event; an interview with Dr. Kruse appeared on the news later that evening and again in the morning of October 3.