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Nutrition Science student honored with Wright Award

Sarah LissonA student from the Department of Nutrition Science has earned the prestigious Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award from the East Carolina Alumni Association - an honor bestowed on only five ECU graduates each year.

Sarah Lisson of Raleigh will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in nutrition science, and plans to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has received the EC Scholars award and Honors College scholarship every year since her first semester at ECU, and has won numerous awards including the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement award.

Lisson is a member of the Student Dietetic Association, where she serves as vice president; the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where she serves as a student liaison; and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, where she serves on the selection committee. She was previously involved with the Honors Ambassadors and Baptist Campus Ministries, and she studied abroad in both England and Guatemala. She was a leadership intern at the Pitt County Health Department where she created materials about food insecurity and food assistance. She has volunteered more than 240 hours at various programs including the North Raleigh Ministries food pantry, WakeMed ENERGIZE! Program, the Special Olympics Young Athletes program, Golden Living Center and Hope Lodge.

One of Lisson's mentors in nutrition science - assistant professor Dr. Virginia Stage - was also recognized recently. Stage was one of two faculty members lauded by the ECU Honors College this year for their work encouraging undergraduate research.


CSDI students open free 'Little Libraries'

Little LibrariesStudents from ECU's chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association celebrated the grand opening of two free "Little Libraries" in Paramore Park and Boyd Lee Park on April 15. A ribbon cutting and ceremony was held to acknowledge the dedication of the student group who built the free book exchanges to offer access to reading materials for children living in the community.

Constructed with repurposed newspaper boxes donated by The Daily Reflector, the libraries house a collection of children's books gathered by the student group.

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College of Allied Health Sciences awards 35 student scholarships

CAHS Scholarship CelebrationThe College of Allied Health Sciences held its annual Scholarship Celebration during a March 31 luncheon at the Rock Springs Center. The event, created in 2014 to honor outstanding students from all allied health sciences disciplines, provided much to celebrate as 35 scholarships totaling over $100,000 were awarded to 71 deserving students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

"The college is very proud of the accomplishments of our student recipients, very excited that this group will be part of the next generation of servant-leaders in their professions and very grateful to our donors for their generosity," said Dr. Greg Hassler, interim dean for the College of Allied Health Sciences.

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TACKLING TEEN HEALTH: Symposium explores adolescent challenges

Mills SymposiumThe issues and challenges surrounding teen health were the focus of the 12th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium, held Feb. 5 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University.

Bringing together community leaders, residents, health providers and youth organizations, the event featured workshops and presentations on substance abuse, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, violence and eating disorders.

"This event is a way of pulling in all kinds of assets to look at best practices and support systems for our youth," said Philip J. Leaf, the keynote speaker for the symposium. Leaf is a director at the Center for Adolescent Health, Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and the Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

With the increasing prevalence of single-parent households and those in which both parents work, along with many other factors, Leaf said today’s children spend less time with adults than at any other time in history. Therefore it is vital to focus on adolescents and provide them with positive opportunities.

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Joseph Kalinowski

Allied Health professor inducted into National Academy of Inventors

Stuttering treatment pioneer Dr. Joseph S. Kalinowski of East Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is among 168 individuals to be named this year as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Election to the academy's fellow status recognizes academic inventors who, according to their peers, have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that impact quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Kalinowski holds seven U.S. and 18 international patents, three of which have been licensed to start-up companies. His most notable patents relate to treatments for stuttering and other fluency disorders. Janus Development Group, a North Carolina corporation that specializes in assistive living devices, has licensed these patents for developing products and services.

In addition, one patent is the subject of new computer applications to assist a subset of stutterers who struggle with silent block – caused when vocal muscle contractions are so severe a person is unable to make any sound when trying to speak. Another has been licensed to start-up company Reading Comprehension Solutions for development of products and services that improve reading comprehension of students and adults.

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