Harriot College News
Watch the first six videos in the THCAS "Your Major Matters" video series and hear from our students, alumni, and faculty about what Harriot College students are learning and doing with their majors from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
At ECU the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences embodies both the passion and diversity of our namesake. The spirit of exploration lives in our students and faculty. Through our programs' initiatives we connect eastern North Carolina with the past, present and future of our world.
Data from the Life, Liberty, and Happiness survey conducted by ECU's Center for Survey Research has confirmed that employment plays a key role in Americans' perceptions of personal well-being.
Chancellor Cecil Staton to kick off 2018-19 series with special reception.
Dr. Baohong Zhang, professor of biology, received the THCAS's top honor at the 55th annual College Convocation on Aug. 17. Zhang is the 20th member of the faculty to be honored with the title.
Dr. Timothy J. Runyan, ECU professor emeritus of maritime studies and Honors College faculty fellow, will be honored this fall by the National Maritime Historical Society. Runyan will receive the David A. O'Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the New York Yacht Club on Oct. 25.
Dr. Fadi Issa, assistant professor of neurobiology, is studying the effects of social behavior on nervous system function and development in a most unlikely place - a fish tank.
A $1.3 million grant will examine how a serious video game may help adolescents with ADHD improve organizational and study skills.
Sociology major Tyler Beasley is the first graduate student representative for the UNC Association of Student Governments, representing more than 46,000 students.
A team of researchers at East Carolina University has conducted a national survey that offers new insights into American public attitudes and behaviors on topics related ot the nation's founding principles.
Faculty in ECU's College of Education, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Allied Health Sciences have received a $1.25 million grant for Project Convey, which will prepare graduates to work with K-12 students with special needs.
Harriot College professor Ernie Marshburn has developed a new approach to boating safety using an app on boaters' phones.
The second annual Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Staff Awards and Recognition Ceremony was held May 11 in Harvey Hall.
Dr. Bradley Rodgers, professor of maritime studies, working in partnership with the National Museum of Bermuda, has announced they may be one step closer to linking a shipwreck site to the nearly 400-year-old story of a stranded Dutch pirate ship.
Instead of repeating tried-and-true experiments in their science laboratory courses, university and community college students in eastern North Carolina will soon be learning and conducting science in a more interactive, engaging way.
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences anthropology professor Dr. Megan Perry has been appointed director of international initiatives for the college, effective July 1.
The North Carolina Literary Review is accepting submissions for the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize. Submissions are being accepted through July 1.
Dr. Elizabeth Ables, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Jacob Hochard, assistant professor of economics, are recipients of the 2018 Dean's Early Career Award.
Students at ECU now have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Spanish and to prepare for a successful career with the new Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies.
Eastern North Carolina's history with natural disasters helped draw a Fulbright research scholar to ECU this semester.
On April 18, ECU's Department of Geological Sciences received a donation of three boulders, estimated at more than 300 million years old.
One ECU student had the opportunity to serve as "Dean for a Day" in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
Students in ECU's French Club enriched their knowledge of French culture by attending the 26th annual French Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia.
The Ms. Harvey S. Wooten Voyages of Discovery Endowment is the first endowment for the series.
Several THCAS faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History and Sociology were honored at this year's ECU Teaching Awards Ceremony.
Riverbank erosion is a unique challenge for the people of Bangladesh. This multifaceted problem is understudies, but members of an expert panel funded by the National Science Foundation will address this issue at ECU.
Three students from the Department of History have been awarded Joyner Library's ninth annual Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for student research.
First-year graduate student and operations manager for LimeBike, Dan Hemme, says he wants to have an active role in shaping a community and helping it grow.
Get a degree that opens career options in diverse and interesting settings. The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is composed principally of departments in social sciences, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences.
The East Carolina University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines, will host its inaugural lecture this month.
National Humanities Medal winner Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of "Plato at the Googleplex" and "the Mind-Body Problem," will discuss "The Curious Relationship between the Sciences and the Humanities" during an April 23 visit to ECU.
In this day and age, political discussions may be overwhelming or disheartening at best, but when the political satire troupe The Capitol Steps comes to ECU in April, its members plan to lighten the atmosphere.
The next presidential election may be two years away, but East Carolina University's Center for Survey Research has its focus set on Nov. 3, 2020. By then, Director Peter Francia hopes to have established a university polling center capable of accurately predicting the voting margins.
The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences recognized its high-achieving first-year freshmen and transfer students at the college's annual ECU Excels Awards Ceremony on February 19 in Harvey Hall.
This fall 2017 marked the official beginning of East Carolina University's Global Living-Learning Community, consisting of a tight-knit group of seven first-year students from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Rebecca Asch, whose work as ECU focuses on the effects of climate change, was recognized Feb. 15 as one of 126 recipients of the prestigious 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships.
Renowned Grammy-nominated musician and ethnomusicologist Dr. Tim Eriksen will speak and perform at ECU during the week of Feb. 19-23.
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and Global Preparedness Authority, spoke to an audience of students, faculty and the public at East Carolina University Wright Auditorium on Feb. 8.
ECU's Department of Anthropology will celebrate World Anthropology Day for the fourth year with Anthropology After Dark.
East Carolina University students receive valuable benefits from the University Writing Center preparing them for academic and professional success. Recent donations to the center are facilitating those advantages.
Biology graduate student Christopher Moore was selected as a 2018 North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve Coastal Research Fellow, allowing the Winston-Salem native to fund his marine-life research.
Dr. Greg Howard, an assistant professor of economics, is helping shape polities to encourage best farming practices that assist rural farmers while also benefiting the environment.
Dr. Benjamin Fraser, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has been named the next editor of "Hispania," the highly acclaimed research journal of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
The Department of Geological Sciences in Harriot College celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. However, one could say that the department's foundation was cemented not in 1967, but in 1965, when Dr. Charles Q. Brown visited the campus.
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and Global Preparedness Authority, will visit ECU at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Wright Auditorium.
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at East Carolina University. Here is a glance at the growing THCAS community.
The 2017-2018 THCAS Cornerstone magazine, a signature publication for the alumni and friends of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is now available for downloading. Read more about how successful a year 2017 was for the college, faculty, staff, students and alumni.
The 2017-2018 issue of Cornerstone, Harriot College's annual alumni magazine, is now available to read and download.
Dr. Steve Culver, chair of Harriot College's Department of Geological Sciences, has received an honorary doctorate from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Culver has been working with the university's Institute of Oceanography for the past 10 years.
ECU students and the local community recently had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of foreign affairs and contribute to the international exchange of ideas and perceptions during a three-day symposium on central and eastern European politics.
In this season of thanks and giving, ECU's Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to helping the community's youngest citizens.
Ellen Hilgoe, associate director of the N.C. Early Mathematics Placement Testing Program (N.C. EMPT) housed at ECU, is receiving local and national attention for her work in preparing high school students for college-level mathematics courses.
Dr. Margaret Bauer, professor of literature at East Carolina University and editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, was presented with the state's top civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, by Governor Roy Cooper during a Nov. 9 ceremony in Raleigh.
Twenty-eight ECU students in the Learning Assistant Program are helping their fellow classmates better understand course material in biology, chemistry and physics.
The ECU Model UN Club, who competed in the National Model UN competition in Washington, D.C. received a conference-wide delegation award.
Ten ECU students are participating in the National Model United Nations competition in Washington, D.C. this Nov. 3-5.
Two courses at ECU are giving students a way to examine and discuss diverse issues in a safe environment.
Acclaimed author Colson Whitehead read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel as the second guest in Harriot College's Voyages of Discovery Series.
Researchers at ECU are continuing to study a known toxin and its interaction with Human Cardiac Troponin C (HcTnC), whose normal binding structure with Calcium helps regulate the contraction and relaxation of the heart muscle.
Andy Keeler, professor of economics at ECU and program head for public policy and coastal sustainability at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, is part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating how public policies affect both economic decisions and the coastal environment.
This academic year, 175 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences students will receive nearly $215,000 in scholarship support from 331 donors.
Katie Chandler will graduate in May as a quadruple major in History, Philosophy, Great Books and Religious Studies.
Colson Whitehead, 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Underground Railroad," will visit ECU at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Wright Auditorium.
Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard kicked off the 2017-18 season of Harriot College's Voyage of Discovery Series on Sept. 14 with a discussion on "Human History Under Water."
Successfully transitioning from the military to the university is the focus of a new grant-funded program for student veterans at ECU.
Researchers in ECU's program in maritime studies are working with the Department of Defense on a project they hope will give some peace of mind to U.S. military families who lost loved ones during WWII.
Jasmine M. Perry, Harriot College psychology student, recently was awarded first place in the W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award, sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library.
Dr. Joseph Hellweg, an expert in the interdisciplinary areas of religion, social violence and public health, joins the faculty of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences this fall.
Caley Kropp, clinical health psychology doctoral student, has received one of eight national grants from the Heart Rhythm Society to screen area residents for stroke risk.
Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who discovered the final resting place of the R.M.S. Titanic in 1985, will visit East Carolina University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Wright Auditorium
Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, praised the faculty and staff for their work during his State of the College Address at the college's 54th annual convocation.
Dr. Jody Baumgartner, professor of political science, was named Distinguished Professor at the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences 54th annual convocation on Aug. 18. Baumgartner is the 19th member of the faculty to be honored with the title.
ECU's Dr. Amy Shannon recently was named director of the University Studies Program, which joined the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences earlier in 2017.
Dr. Anna Froula, associate professor of film studies, has designed a two-week Soldier to Scholar bridge program to bring together war scholars and student veterans who begin their studies at ECU this fall.
Associate Professor of History Dr. M. Todd Bennett has won a 2017-18 NEH Public Scholar Award. Bennett is one of only 28 individuals nationwide to receive the award.
From finding the Titanic to rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina to writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel or satirizing the day's politics, the 2017-18 season of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Series will inform, enlighten and engage audiences.
The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences has appointed the next chairperson for the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. Dr. Thad Wasklewicz, professor of geomorphology, steps into his new role effective Aug. 1.
ECU will host the 2017 Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism July 27-29.
The Department of History's Maritime Studies Program, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer McKinnon, has teamed up with Task Force Dagger to research WWII underwater archaeological sites in the western Pacific.
ECU English student Sarah McKeever was one of only 12 students nationwide selected to participate in a highly-competitive workshop held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
ECU physics professor Dr. Yong-Qing Li and students in his lab have successfully pulled - not pushed - a particle for 10 meters, a distance 10 times greater than earlier experiments.
Dr. Heidi Bonner, assistant professor of criminal justices, is the recipient of the 2017 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Early Career Award.
Joyner Library is hosting the exhibit "Ancient Photons," a collection of astrophotography captured by Tim Christensen, molecular geneticist and associate professor of biology. The exhibit is on display in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery from June 9 through July 31.
U.S. Army veteran and geographic information science student Matthew Chandler made a family discovery while interning for the United States Forest Service.
Harriot College professors have been awarded almost $98,000 in grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work with veterans and their families.
The THCAS Staff Council recently hosted its inaugural Staff Awards and Recognition Ceremony. The event, held May 9 on the ECU campus, honors all dedicated THCAS staff members and recognizes the hard work they engage in on a day-to-day basis.
ECU's Bachelor of Science in University Studies is now housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
THCAS senior, Michael Sciacca, discovered his passion for the Spanish language while in high school. Following graduation, Sciacca will attend North Carolina State University graduate school for Spanish linguistics, focusing on applied and socio-linguistics.
ECU's Dr. Scott Curtis, professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, now holds the title of THCAS Advancement Council Distinguished Professor. This is only the second time the professorship has been awarded since its establishment.
English professor Liza Wieland had no idea when she opened her email recently that she had been chosen for a major award.
Chancellor Cecil P. Staton was initiated
into the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society,
during a ceremony April 9 in Wright Auditorium.
An ECU archaeology team, led by Dr. Charles Ewen, recently
tested an artifact found at a Native American dig site on Hatteras
Island 20 years ago, believed to be from the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Results indicate the ring is not originally what they thought.
East Carolina University’s
Department of Geological Sciences is celebrating its 50th
anniversary beginning this spring. In recognition of their milestone, the
department, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, will
host events throughout 2017.To kick off the
department’s momentous year, a keynote address and documentary film-screening
will be held Wednesday, April 19.
Chemistry professors, Colin Burns and Allison Danell, along with doctoral student Daniel Ladin, are members of a team that has patented a cancer-fighting compound.
On April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Adam Berinsky, professor
of political sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be on
campus to discuss “Fake News, Misinformation and Democracy in
America.” Berinsky studies the political behavior of ordinary citizens.
Carolina University’s Department of Biology will host the Burroughs Wellcome
Lecturer Thursday, April 13. Dr. Hans Hofmann, renowned behavioral neuroscientist and professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the
University of Texas at Austin, will give two free, public presentations.
Harriot College's Department of Physics is the recipient of more than 200 pieces of lab equipment. The research-grade optics and
biomedical equipment, valued at more than $35,000, was donated to the
department by Optosonics, Inc., a biomedical engineering company that relocated
to North Carolina from Indianapolis. Recently, the company was sold to a
Japanese firm, and the equipment was donated to ECU.
Life depends on the
availability of water. How can individuals become more involved in the
management of this precious and limited resource? East Carolina University’s
10th anniversary season of the Voyages of Discovery Series will
culminate with a discussion by Mina Girgis, producer and CEO of the Nile
Project, followed by a musical demonstration by Nile Project artists.
Former Marine Phil Klay will be at East Carolina University March 16-17
to participate in the University-sponsored Veterans Writing Workshop,
designed to coach and mentor veterans and military-connected writers to
record their stories of service.
Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research has re-opened for the research needs of the
campus and community and is now housed in the Thomas Harriot
College of Arts and Sciences.
More than 100 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences alumni and friends gathered together on February 24 to hear about a favorite topic for any ECU constituent: piracy.
With immigration and the global refugee problem at the forefront among
national and global issues, East Carolina University faculty and
students participated in “[In]Voluntary Migration Around the Globe: the
Good, the Bad and the Unknown” on Feb. 20-23.
East Carolina University’s
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences recognized its high-achieving
first-year freshmen and transfer students at the college’s annual ECU Excels
Awards Ceremony on Feb. 17 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms. The event, which began in
2010 and is in its eighth year, honored 573 Harriot College students who
achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their first semester at ECU.
capturing the eyes of the nation throughout last year’s election cycle
and today’s often divided society, observing the course of
demonstrations has become a pressing task for many in the sociology
field. Last summer, ECU professor and sociology department chair Bob Edwards led a team in collecting, analyzing and describing the nature of protests.
The generosity of two former East Carolina University
faculty members will soon provide $1.2 million for student scholarships. The gift comes from the estate of Eleanor and
Paul Toll, who taught at ECU between 1937 and 1978. The funds will provide scholarships for
students in the School of Music, where Eleanor Toll taught piano, and the
Department of Sociology, where Paul Toll was a faculty member.
The Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University is
celebrating World Anthropology Day 2017 with an Anthropology in the
Workplace event Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the
From diving on undersea battle fields to homeless veterans,
military-related research is an expanding enterprise at East Carolina
There is a direct correlation between politics and the treatment of
pain, according to Dr. Keith Wailoo, who spoke at East Carolina
University on Jan. 31. Wailoo, a Princeton University professor,
was the guest lecturer for the 2016-17 Thomas Harriot College of Arts
and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
THCAS geological sciences professor Dr. David Mallinson has spent many years volunteering his time and expertise with an international marine research collaborative dedicated to exploring the world's oceans.
Dr. Stan Riggs, distinguished research professor of geological sciences, appeared in two episodes of the UNC-TV series, "Exploring North Carolina," in January.
Strokes are the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and the top cause of serious long-term disability, and two ECU biology professors are working to identify genetic markers that indicate greater risk of recurrent stroke.
Award-winning author and Princeton professor Keith Wailoo will speak at East
Carolina University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Wright Auditorium. Wailoo continues the 10th
anniversary season of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages
of Discovery Lecture Series with the Lawrence F. Brewster History Lecture.
East Carolina University’s online bachelor’s and master’s degree
programs have been recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News &
World Report. ECU’s online graduate programs in business,
criminal justice, education and nursing as well as the online bachelor’s
degrees are listed in U.S. News 2017 Best Online Programs announced
Traditional liberal arts degrees are sometimes overlooked with the
current focus on science, technology, engineering and math fields, but
students continue to find that degrees like English help build important
skills that are sought after by employers.
In this annual issue of Cornerstone, you will read about a few of the ways Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is helping our students prepare for their professional development. Help us spread the good news!
Great books and English major Ellen Franks, a U.S. Air Force veteran and mother of four, said one reason she chose ECU is because of its support of veterans.
ECU students and officials including Provost Ron Mitchelson helped with clean-up efforts in Windsor following damage from Hurricane Matthew.
Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation, discussed the keys to interfaith leadership during the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series' Religion and Culture Lecture Nov. 7 at East Carolina University.
Harriot College hosted its inaugural scholarship luncheon Sept. 23, 2016. At the event, 156 scholarship recipients for the 2016-17 academic year were honored, and 68 donors who provide the financial gifts that fund the scholarship were formally thanked.
Two days after the first debate between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, journalist Bob Woodward asked an East Carolina University audience who would get their vote. Woodward delivered the premier lecture Sept. 28 to kick off the 10th year of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
From the mountains with their brilliant autumn displays, to rivers
winding through pine forests and past bustling cities, to the marshlands
and beaches of the coast, North Carolina has inspired generations of
writers to put pen to paper.
East Carolina University biology
students and faculty are educating the public through various service-learning
projects within the city of Greenville. The activities, which started in fall
2015, are funded by a $20,000 grant awarded to the East Carolina Biodiversity
Initiative from the Dominion Foundation.
ECU professor of
anthropology Dr. Megan Perry is co-directing the Petra North Ridge project with
fellow archaeologist and historian Dr. Thomas Parker of North Carolina State
University. Their task is to piece together the puzzle of an enigmatic people.
Bob Woodward, Pulitzer
Prize-winning author and investigative reporter who, along with Carl Bernstein,
gained fame uncovering the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration,
will speak at East Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, in
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences inducted Dr. Liza Wieland as Distinguished
Professor at the college’s annual convocation on August 19. Wieland,
professor of English and THCAS Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development,
is the 18th member of the faculty to be honored with the title of THCAS Distinguished Professor.
In August, ECU and the THCAS welcomed Anne Whisnant to the faculty as the 2016 David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.
Dr. Brad Lockerbie, professor in the Department of Political Science, has developed an election forecast model that has correctly predicted the outcome of each presidential election since 1996.
10th anniversary of East Carolina University’s Voyages of Discovery
Lecture Series kicks off in September with speakers of international renown and
wide public interest.
Researchers at East Carolina University are studying an invasive
parasite that takes over the reproductive system of mud crabs and even
alters their behavior, potentially impacting coastal ecosystems.
This year’s North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR), now on its way to readers throughout the state, celebrates the 25th issue of the publication.
Professor emeritus Marsha Ironsmith from ECU’s Department of Psychology
was awarded a 2016 Literacy Grant from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa
Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society
for all academic disciplines. Ironsmith is one of 16 recipients
nationwide to receive the award.
East Carolina University’s Mona Amin was one of 19 students from
across the country selected for a prestigious student entrepreneur
Amin, a biology major and Honors College student from Charlotte, participated in
the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student
Entrepreneurship Program held June 19-24 in Orlando.
East Carolina University’s Department of Geological Sciences is using a
new teaching tool that accelerates students’ understanding of
topographical maps and geologic concepts. The augmented
reality (AR) sandbox consists of a box of quartz sand, a projector and
an Xbox Kinect 3-D camera connected to a computer running an open-source
software program developed at the University of California, Davis.
Congratulations goes to Dr. April Blakeslee, assistant professor
in the Department of Biology, and Dr. Jacob Hochard, assistant professor
in the Department of Economics, for being selected as two of the 25
recipients, out of 132 applicants, for this year's ORAU Ralph E. Powe
Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.
Associate professor of history and co-director of the
Women's Studies Program Dr. Karen Zipf has a new book out about the
sterilization of young Southern women. Read more in an interview
conducted with Zipf by Rewire News.
East Carolina University sophomore Garrett Yarbrough, soon-to-be 18-year old from LaGrange, NC, is the inaugural recipient of the Humanities Scholar Program and will receive an annual $3,000 scholarship through his senior year.
Associate Professor Dr. Lisa Campbell has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Dr. William H. Hendrix Psychology Faculty Excellence Award.
Joseph Paul’s graduation from East Carolina University on May 6 will mark another step in his research career with a move to California. Paul will attend the University of California, Berkeley to study cell biology at no cost thanks to a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Harvey Sharp Wooten, an East
Carolina University alumna and founding member of the Thomas Harriot College of
Arts and Sciences Advancement Council, recently was inducted into the ECU
Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society, on April 17, 2016, at
ECU’s Wright Auditorium. ECU’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is ECU’s most
distinguished academic honor society.
Daniel Franch, who is graduating in May with a degree in history, history
education and German, is one of 140 students in the United States to
receive a $30,000 grant that will support his international experience
in East Germany teaching English for a year.
East Carolina University welcomed 300 high school juniors
to campus Friday, April 8, for hands-on learning in STEM disciplines
(science, technology, engineering and mathematics), as part of the 5th
annual High School STEM Day. Attendance included 16 high schools from
nine counties across eastern North Carolina.
This academic year, ECU students are helping foster K-12 student
interest in science and increase student confidence, while serving as
positive role models.
For the third consecutive year, East Carolina University has
produced the highest number of new registrants to the Register of Professional
Archaeologists. ECU is one of only a few graduate institutions
in the U.S. offering an interdisciplinary master’s degree in maritime history
and nautical archaeology, a key reason ECU continues to produce the highest
number of applicants to the RPA.
A five-man drum circle welcomed audience members to East
Carolina University's Wright Auditorium March 23, at Harriot College's final 2015-16
Voyages of Discovery lecture. Zonnie Gorman, acclaimed historian of the
WWII Navajo Code Talkers, discussed the history of the Code Talkers, her
family's connection, how the code was developed and how 29 men made
Eleven East Carolina University students passed up traditional spring
break activities by traveling to Munich, Germany to support local
organizations in their humanitarian outreach efforts to refugees and
In 1942, following on the heels of the December '41 bombing of
Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military was searching for a way to transmit
undecipherable code to its troops. That spring, a group of 29 young
Navajo men created a code that thwarted the Japanese military. These men
became known as the "first 29" Navajo Code Talkers.
Ship time on a global-class research vessel usually costs more
than $50,000 per day, but a team of scientists from North Carolina will
embark on a 10-day research expedition this March free-of-charge. The
cruise is being conducted to evaluate the suitability and capability of a
newly commissioned oceanographic research vessel.
Chancellor Steve Ballard formally approved the Faculty Senate's
request to reorganize Criminal Justice into the College of Arts and
Sciences in January, and the integration of people and programs is now
The controversy and debate surrounding memorials and building
names, and the role they play in shaping our collective memory and
understanding of history, have played out in recent years locally,
nationwide and even globally.
More students in ECU's Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences may study abroad in the coming year due to the recently established Harold H. Bate Study Abroad Fund.
From Confederate flags on license plates and statehouse grounds, to the names of buildings, there is a growing national debate related to monuments and memorials. Two guest panelists to ECU will explore the legal, historical, geographical and cultural perspectives for considering both the advantages and dangers in renaming or removing monuments and memorials.
Across a range of programs in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences students venture well beyond the comfortable confines of their classrooms to gain invaluable field experience.
ECU leaders have joined Gov. Pat McCrory to build support for a $2 billion bond referendum, which, if passed at the March 15 primary, will give ECU $90 million to build a new life sciences and biotechnology building.
East Carolina University's Department of Criminal Justice will hold its inaugural student recognition ceremony for fall 2015 graduates at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, in the Jenkins Fine Arts Building auditorium. ECU alumna and Raleigh Chief of Police Cassandra Deck-Brown is the featured guest speaker. The event is open to the public.
An expert in plant evolution who makes research an integral part of her interactive classroom instruction will deliver the commencement address at East Carolina University on Dec. 18. Carol Goodwillie, who has taught at ECU for 15 years, received the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence earlier this year.
East Carolina University Honors College student Erika Dietrick discovered her passion during an honors research colloquium featuring ECU biology professor Dr. Claudia Jolls.
A panel of ECU professors in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geography, Planning and Environment will lead a free, open discussion on the "Refugee Crises: Syria and Beyond," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Rivers Building, room 102, on the ECU campus.
East Carolina University students are assisting Farmville Middle School students through tutoring and team building projects. Approximately 10 school psychology and pediatric school psychology students in the ECU Chapter of the Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) have been working with the middle school children to help them perform well academically and continue on to college.
Emeritus professor of consciousness studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and former ECU assistant professor of philosophy, Dr. Raymond Moody, will deliver the ECU Religious Studies Program Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture in the 2015-16 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Moody will discuss "Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experiences," at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27, in ECU's Wright Auditorium.
The rapid rise of the terrorist Islamic State group demonstrates the power of social media, acclaimed author and journalist Peter Bergen told a crow at ECU on Sept. 29.
East Carolina University scientists have been sending a small craft to navigate the North Carolina coast studying underwater noise and keeping tabs on tagged marine life all to better understand the ocean environment. Called an acoustic wave glider, the metal-and-composite device is an ocean-going robot that studies underwater noise; acoustically tagged fish; and ocean environmental conditions. ECU researchers have nicknamed the craft "Blackbeard."
CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen will present "Making Sense in a World of Trouble" on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University. Bergen, who is one of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden face-to-face, is the Premier Lecturer of the 2015-16 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
North Carolina Literary Review Art Director Dana Ezzell Gay will present "The Power of Effective Design in a Literary Landscape," on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Speight Auditorium at East Carolina University. Gay will discuss the vibrant features of the NCLR and how focusing on the elements of effective design has been instrumental in its development.
Dr. William M. Downs, dean of East Carolina University's Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to announce the 2015-16 season of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
Dr. Haiyong Liu, associate professor of economics and adjunct associate professor of public health, steps into the role of chair for the college's Department of Economics this August.
Dr. Christopher Oakley, associate professor of history who has been with the East Carolina University faculty since 2005, steps into the role of chair for the college's Department of History this August.
Dr. Bob Edwards, professor of sociology who has been with ECU since 1995, has stepped into the role of chair for the college's Department of Sociology.
On July 1, Dr. Andrew Morehead, associate professor of chemistry and outgoing chair of the faculty, who has been with East Carolina University since 2003, will step into the role of chair for the college's Department of Chemistry
Dr. Randy Daniel, professor of anthropology who has been with East Carolina University since 1996, is the next chair of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology. Daniel has served as interim chair of the department since 2012.
East Carolina University and the Biogen Foundation sponsored a NC Science and Engineering Fair Workshop for 21 teachers from local counties on June 18. The daylong workshop, "Inspiring Innovation in Student Research," assisted teachers in learning how to mentor science and engineering fair students.
Teachers from South Central High School in Winterville visited ECU Tuesday, June 9, touring the Pharmaceutical Skills Laboratory housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry.
The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences has announced the appointment of a new director of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Dr. Jeffrey S. Johnson, professor and former chair of the Department of English, will lead the acclaimed series, taking over for Dr. John Tucker, who guided the series since its inception in 2007.
Two assistant professors at ECU are the first to receive the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Early Career Award, announced May 15 at a special reception. Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Matthew Whited, assistant professor of psychology, are this year's award recipients.
Congratulations to Dr. Yizhen Zhao, assistant professor of economics, who has received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Zhao is one of 35 recipients of the award, from a total of 134 applicants.
On April 22, ECU's Division of Academic Affairs and the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa recognized 29 students within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Gregory Lapicki, professor of physics, was honored Friday, April 17, as the 2015 Helms Faculty Award recipient. The award was presented to him by the ECU chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
ECU anthropology professor Dr. Holly Mathews was honored with the Dr. Linda Allred Profiles in Leadership Award. The award is the highest honor given to one of 10 ECU Women of Distinction. Mathews and Dr. Mary Farwell, professor of biology, were two of this year's 10 Women of Distinction.
On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear legal arguments on the constitutionality of amendments in four states that limit marriage to heterosexual couples.
Dr. Michelle F. Eble, associate professor in the Department of English, has been named President of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.
East Carolina University will welcome native North Carolinian Cynthia Hill back to campus at the end of March for screenings of both her new documentary and an episode of her award-winning PBS television show.
Sociology students, alumni and faculty will present at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans, LA. This year's meeting theme is "Stalled Revolutions? Gender Inequality in the 21st Century."
Dr. Karin E. Limburg, of the State University of New York, will discuss the secrets of fishes in a free, public discussion hosted by Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Dr. Roger Rulifson.
East Carolina University's Contemporary Writers Series will host a three-day series of workshops for Veterans, current military and members of military families interested in expressing their experiences through fiction, non-fiction or visual art.
East Carolina University will soon welcome to campus Dr. Illona Bell who will deliver the Thomas Harriot Lecture in the 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
In its inaugural event, East Carolina University soon will host a symposium that will explore digital projects across disciplines and focus on collaborative research and education, hallmarks of a 21st century university.
Golden LEAF Foundation will award $1.1 million to support the creation of a Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Center of Excellence.
East Carolina University's Department of Biology soon will host the Burroughs Wellcome Lecture, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian.
East Carolina University soon will welcome to campus Dr. Raymond Moody, emeritus professor of consciousness studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and former ECU assistant professor of philosophy.
East Carolina University soon will host Dr. Matthew MacManes, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.
East Carolina University will culminate the series of events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Wednesday, November 19.
With the assistance of a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, January 2015 will see the commencement of a year-long maritime heritage-themed speaker series on the Outer Banks.
East Carolina University soon will welcome to campus Julian Bond, civil rights activist and professor emeritus of the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, who will deliver the...
East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences would like to congratulate Dr. Karin Zipf, associate...
Now in its twelfth year in Greenville, the popular Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program will be hosted...
On Wednesday evening, East Carolina University and a crowd of nearly 1,500 audience members welcomed Jean-Michel Cousteau to Greenville.
The East Carolina University Contemporary Writers Series, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of English...
Over the past year, East Carolina University faculty and students in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and the...
Four researchers in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology, Geological Sciences and Physics at East Carolina University have secured a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation.
East Carolina University soon will welcome to campus Jean-Michel Cousteau, renowned underwater explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer,..
East Carolina University’s Dr. Kyle Summers, professor of biology, and biology doctoral student, Evan Twomey, recently published a research paper in Nature Communications.
Two East Carolina University sociology students worked jointly with the ECU Office of Student Retention Services and the Pirate Tutoring Center to complete internships during the 2013-14 academic year.
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, chair of the Department of English, is the recipient of a $270,000 grant...
Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, delivered his first "State of the College Address"...
On Monday, August 25, East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences broke with tradition and inducted two members of its faculty into the ranks of distinguished professor...
Dr. William M. Downs, dean of East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to announce the 2014-15 season of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
This summer, two associate deans within East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences have left ECU to pursue new professional roles.
ECU’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences received a $620,884 grant from the National Science Foundation to support financial need based chemistry and physics scholarships...
For nearly 10 years, Dr. Gerald J. Prokopowicz, professor and chair of the Department of History at East Carolina University, has been engaging a worldwide audience through a weekly podcast...
Researchers in Hawaii, including two East Carolina University alumni, have found a large WWII-era Japanese submarine...
A former East Carolina University professor and chair of the Department of Physics, Dr. Carl G. Adler, Jr., 74, died Sunday...
ECU soon will welcome to campus Dr. José Casanova; Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University...
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Biology soon will host a public lecture as part of the THCAS Advancement Council Distinguished Professorship in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
East Carolina University soon will welcome to campus Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
East Carolina University faculty and staff attended a farewell reception yesterday in honor of Dr. Alan R. White.
This past week, an East Carolina University assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Lisa Baranik, received the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Research in Personality.
In recent weeks, research conducted by an East Carolina University professor has appeared in two major science publications.
This past Sunday, April 7, the Southern Gerontological Society honored East Carolina University professor of sociology Dr. James "Jim" Mitchell...
East Carolina University is one of the UNC system's leaders in Public History...
East Carolina University's Office of International Affairs and the ECU Language Academy will present a free concert, "East Meets West," at 8 p.m. April 20...
East Carolina University Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Mamadi Corra has received a prestigious National Science Foundation grant...
East Carolina University soon will welcome Dr. Daniel K. Richter for the final presentation of the 2012-13 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
The North Carolina Sociology Association recently honored a long-time professor from East Carolina University. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilson...
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke, and nearly 40 percent of those survivors will suffer a recurrent stroke within five years.
East Carolina University soon will welcome Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, who will give the Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture in the 2012-13 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series...
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences' Scholarship Selection Committee is accepting applications for the Moldin Scholarship, to be awarded for the 2013–14 academic year.
Biology department chairpersons from across the UNC System will gather together Friday, Feb. 1, on the East Carolina University campus...
Dr. Gary A. Stringer, scholar of English Renaissance Literature and visiting professor at East Carolina University, will give a free, public lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 7, in room 1031 of the Bate Building.
East Carolina University soon will host the popular Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Program.
Academic Exchange Service
This fall, after a one-year hiatus, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry hosted a spectacular event for nearly 150 alumni, faculty, staff and students at East Carolina University's 2012 Homecoming.
Dr. Heather Littleton, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at East Carolina University, recently was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Freshwater Discharge to Southern Ocean
On Friday, Oct. 19, East Carolina University will celebrate the inauguration of the Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Initiative.
East Carolina University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the first recipient of the Linda McMahon Distinguished Professorship in Foreign Languages in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
A new faculty member has joined East Carolina University's Department of Psychology, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Matthew Whited, a newly hired assistant professor in East Carolina University’s Department of Psychology, recently received a 5-year career development grant from The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study depression and cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes.
On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 2, Dr. Louise Leakey, distinguished paleoanthropologist, conservationist and Explorer-in-Residence for the National Geographic Society, spoke on the campus of East Carolina University. Her keynote address, "Secrets in the Sand: Revelations into How We Became Human," brought a packed house to Wright Auditorium.
Last month, East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences inducted another member of its faculty into the ranks of distinguished professor, an honor bestowed at the beginning of the academic year when a qualifying individual is chosen for the award.
Dr. Rasmus Nielsen, one of the world’s leading experts on evolutionary genomics and professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will lead a free, public seminar at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 2, in room 209 of the Science and Technology Building on the campus of East Carolina University.
East Carolina University soon will welcome to campus Dr. Louise Leakey, renowned paleoanthropologist, conservationist and explorer-in-residence at National Geographic, who will deliver the Premier Lecture of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
John Fernandez Finch, assistant professor of psychology, passed away this August 2012.
East Carolina University soon will begin the 2012-13 season of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.
Mulatu Wubneh, Professor in the Planning Program, Department of Geography has been awarded 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research.
On Thursday, Aug. 9, East Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry received a generous $10,000 gift from the local branch of an international chemical company.
The American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation has approved the full accreditation of East Carolina University’s clinical psychology program in health psychology for the next seven years.
Dr. Alan R. White, dean of East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to announce the 2012-13 season of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series
This fall, East Carolina University students taking college algebra will notice a change in curriculum modeled largely after a program based at Louisiana State University.
A prestigious, national scholarship recently was awarded to an East Carolina University student in the clinical health psychology doctoral program. Jessica Ford, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., is the recipient of the 2012 Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship given by the National Defense Education Program and the American Society for Engineering Education.
Researchers are hoping to get a rare peek this summer at an elusive bird hiding in the marshes of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.
East Carolina University professor of sociology, Dr. Lee Maril, recently was honored by two national associations for his research on immigration presented in his 2011 book, “The Fence: National Security, Public Safety, and Illegal Immigration Along the U.S.–Mexico Border.”
Dr. Frank Smith Jr., founding director of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation in Washington, D.C., will give a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, in room 209 of the Science and Technology Building at East Carolina University.
East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences welcomed a new grants administrator to the college’s professional staff last Wednesday, March 28. Ms. Gina Betcher joins ECU from Western Michigan University, where she most recently served as research and program officer in the Office of the Vice President for Research.
This weekend, East Carolina University will host the 99th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Folklore Society.
East Carolina University will host a special, guest lecturer this Friday. Retired NASA Space Radiation Programs scientist Dr. Walter Schimmerling will discuss “The Space Radiation Challenge,” at 3:15 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, room SC 207.
Since the explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, scientists have been working to understand the impact that this disaster has had on the environment.
East Carolina University’s Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and the Division of Continuing Studies had the honor of hosting the 2012 Blue Heron Bowl on March 3, which is the regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
East Carolina University soon will welcome Dr. J. Kameron Carter, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke University, for the final presentation in the 2011-12 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
An East Carolina University faculty member was honored this week with a Sloan Research Fellowship and $50,000 to further his research in ocean sciences.
This spring, an East Carolina University anthropology professor, Dr. Luci Fernandes, is using music to help teach diversity in her undergraduate Global Understanding classes.
In an effort to better understand sea-level rise and flooding from hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a 3-year, $1.5 million grant to a research team led by the University of Pennsylvania, including East Carolina University’s Dr. Reide Corbett.
East Carolina University and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences will host the first of four conferences slated to examine North Carolina’s distinctive history in an effort to develop a new narrative of the state.
East Carolina University soon will welcome to campus guest lecturer Bland Simpson, North Carolina native and Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For its eighth consecutive year, East Carolina University will host the popular Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program.