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Photo by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesECU School of Art and Design students, from left, Katie Murray, Evan Weinstein, Darius Brown, Lisa Cornell and Evan Fernandes presented their plans for revamping the Brody School of Medicine's

Photo by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesECU School of Art and Design students, from left, Katie Murray, Evan Weinstein, Darius Brown, Lisa Cornell and Evan Fernandes presented their plans for revamping the Brody School of Medicine’s “Hall of Chairs” on March 18. The students’ senior project included designing a custom wall covering depicting the past and present of the Brody School of Medicine.

ECU Notes

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A hall in the Brody Medical Sciences Building will go from boring to beautiful with help from five East Carolina University graphic design students.

Darius Brown, Lisa Cornell, Evan Fernandes, Katie Murray and Evan Weinstein, who are seniors in the School of Art and Design, unveiled plans for a new “Hall of Chairs” on March 18. The hall features photos of the Brody School of Medicine department chairs.

Dr. Paul Cunningham, Brody dean, challenged the Brody Beautification Committee two years ago to think of new and creative ways to make the school more warm and inviting.

The committee picked the “Hall of Chairs” as one of its first projects because of the hall’s visibility, teaming with the School of Art and Design students who did the work for their senior project.

The hall frequently is the first thing that visitors see on their way to the auditorium for annual ceremonies or special events, Kim Scarborough, committee chair and administrator of the dean’s office, said.

On one side of the hall, a portrait gallery with 82 new displays will be hung, including the current and past chairs of Brody’s basic sciences and clinical departments.

An 80-foot custom wall covering will be installed on the opposite side, featuring a collage of photographs from the past to the present in three separate panels highlighting the school’s tripartite mission: education, patient care and research.

The photos include Leo Jenkins, William Laupus and Ed Monroe, key people in the formation of the school.

“It really does capture the history, the evolution and the impact of this medical school,” Dr. Nicholas Benson, vice dean of the Brody School of Medicine, said. “It will inspire our learners and out staff for many years to come.”

With a mix of black-and-white and color photos lightly tinted purple, the students said they wanted to avoid the look of a timeline from a history book. The school’s mission is written on top of the collage, following the familiar twists of a DNA strand.

A fourth panel will include logos of East Carolina University, the Brody School of Medicine and ECU Physicians — the group medical practice of the school — creating a space for photo opportunities or media interviews with a built-in backdrop.

The total budget was $25,700 and the project will be finished by June 30.

“It would have been considerably more if the students hadn’t helped us,” Scarborough said. “Our students made the project feasible.”

The students have met every other Friday with the committee on the project since Jan. 18.

Working with real clients out of the classroom setting was a great learning experience, said Fernandes.

“We learned to pull the strengths of everyone,” Weinstein said.

The students also enjoyed learning more about the Brody School of Medicine and its mission, Murray said, since the graphic design students are based on main campus.


Hero of “The Goldsboro Broken Arrow” speaks at ECU

Jack ReVelle knows how close much of eastern North Carolina came to being transformed by a mushroom cloud into a radioactive wasteland.

“It was damn close,” ReVelle told an audience of 140 students, faculty and locals at ECU on March 25.

ReVelle was the young Air Force weapons disposal specialist who, in January 1961, was charged with disarming two nuclear bombs that plummeted from a crippled B-52 into a Wayne County tobacco field about 20 miles southwest of Greenville.

It was the height of the Cold War, and the Statofortress carrying the bombs developed mechanical problems and was attempting to return to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The plane broke up while still several thousand feet in the air. Its eight-man crew bailed out just as the tail broke off and dislodged two MK-39 bombs from their storage racks in the bomb bay. Each weighed 6,700 pounds and packed 250 times the explosive power of the blast that destroyed Hiroshima.

ReVelle immediately was summoned from his base in Ohio, where he was in charge of ordnance disposal.

“When I got to the site, we found the parachute had deployed on one bomb,” ReVelle said. “The parachute caught in a tree, and the bomb was intact and standing upright. When I checked it I found the arm/safe switch was still in the safe position, so it had not begun the arming process.”

That was not the case with the second bomb. Its parachute failed to open and it struck the ground at about 700 miles per hour, ReVelle said.

ReVelle and his crew began digging to recover the second bomb. After five days, they found parts of the bomb and the crucial arm/safe switch.

“I will never forget hearing my sergeant say, ‘Lieutenant, we found the arm/safe switch,’” ReVelle said. “And I said, ‘Great.’ He said, ‘Not great. It’s on arm.’”

Later tests determined the second bomb had gone through five of six steps toward detonation, ReVelle said.

Had that bomb exploded, “it would have created a crater eight football fields wide. It would have destroyed every structure within a four-mile radius. There would have been a 100-percent kill zone for eight-and-a-half miles in every direction.” A lethal cloud of radiation would have blanketed the entire region, he said.

Although the bomb had not detonated, it still contained the uranium and plutonium core that provided the fissionable material for the atomic reaction.

On the fifth day of the dig, ReVelle — not wearing any protective clothing other than a pair of gloves — fished around in the muddy hole and felt something. It was round, about the size of a volleyball. It was the core.

“As I carried it up out of that hole, I remember thinking, ‘Don’t drop it,’” he said.

ReVelle is retired and lives in southern California. A book commemorating the 50th anniversary of the near-disaster, “The Goldsboro Broken Arrow,” came out two years ago.

The College of Technology and Computer Science, the College of Business, and the Office of Military Programs sponsored the event.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday: Youth Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the mall in the center of campus, featuring more than 100 visual and performing artists from across the southeast. Free and open to the public. Contact Dindy Reich at 328-5749 or reichd@ecu.edu.
  • Saturday: Inaugural Pirate Nurse 5K, registration at 7:30 a.m., race at 9 a.m. on the Health Sciences Campus course. Proceeds support the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship and the May BSN Senior Class Gift. Register online at www.runtheeast.com. Registration costs $20. Contact Alta Andrews at andrewsa@ecu.edu.
  • Saturday: Edible Book Festival, 2-4:30 p.m., second floor gallery of Joyner Library. Register edible entries inspired by books, book titles, scenes or characters by midnight Monday, April 1. Contact Eleanor Cook at 328-2598.
  • Saturday: St. Baldrick’s Day at the Brody School of Medicine, 2-3 p.m., Brody Auditorium. Visit www.stbaldricks.org and register as either a volunteer or shavee, or create a team and challenge your co-workers to a fundraising contest. Donations can also be made directly through the event website: www.stbaldricks.org/events/ECU. Contact medical student Lindsey Fix at lindsey.fix@gmail.com.

via The Daily Reflector.


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