Monthly Archives: October 2012

Expert to speak about health care reform at ECU

Dr. Don Berwick, an internationally known health care expert and former administrator of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, will talk about the Affordable Care Act Oct. 10 at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.


Berwick’s lecture, “The Affordable Care Act: Aiming to Build a Better Health System,” will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Brody Medical Sciences Building at 600 Moye Blvd. in Greenville. The lecture is open to students, faculty staff and the public.

Ron Pollack, executive director and vice president of Families USA, will also give brief remarks.

Berwick is a founder of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, which aims to reduce errors, waste, delay and unsustainable social and economic costs in health care. He also created the “IHI Open School,” an online learning tool and health professions student organization that serves more than 100,000 students and faculty members across the globe.

Berwick’s lecture is sponsored by the Brody School of Medicine, Families USA and the North Carolina Justice Center.

For faculty, staff and students who cannot attend the lecture in the Brody Building, it will be simulcast at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the award-winning film “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” will be shown in the Brody Auditorium. The film is free and open to the public. An informal discussion will follow.

For more information, contact Karen James at or by calling 252-744-3420.

Grant enables research on depression, cardiovascular disease

 East Carolina University psychology professor Dr. Matthew Whited received a 5-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study connections between depression and cardiovascular disease.

“People who are depressed are more likely to end up with cardiovascular disease, but we’re not sure why, and we’re not sure what to do about it,” Whited said.


“I’m hoping to find out if treating depression can contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, and if we can identify who would get the most benefit from depression treatment in terms of their long-term mental and physical health.”

The institute chooses promising researchers from a pool of applicants, providing funding for research as well as training from expert mentors. Among Whited’s mentors are Dr. Samuel Sears, director of ECU’s health psychology program and director of the Cardiac Psychology Service at the East Carolina Heart Institute, and Dr. John Cahill, assistant professor of cardiovascular sciences with ECU Physicians. Dr. Sherry Pagoto and other scientists from the University of Massachusetts Medical School will also serve as mentors.

Whited is a new faculty member in the clinical health psychology program, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

For additional information about the grant or Whited, contact him at 252-328-6308 or


“Crossing Borders” event set for Oct. 25

East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences will host an interdisciplinary program, “Crossing Borders,” from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Brody School of Medicine Auditorium.

The event will bring students and faculty from each of the health sciences disciplines – allied health sciences, dental medicine, Laupus Library, medicine and nursing – together with a focus on collaboration in education. Approximately 300 students have been invited.

They will watch the film, “Crossing Borders,” a feature documentary directed by Arnd Wächter examining different cultures, hidden preconceptions and discovering oneself.

After the film, students will divide into small discussion groups to work with facilitators from each unit.

The event is sponsored by the offices of ECU Diversity and Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences. Dr. Donna Lake from the College of Nursing has led the event planning group.

For more on the film, go to

AmeriCorps launch event set for Oct. 5

The N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will swear in approximately 400 AmeriCorps members at the annual N.C. AmeriCorps Launch from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m Oct. 5 at Mendenhall Student Center, East Carolina University.

Of the new members being sworn in, 174 are ECU Project HEART participants, including high school and college students.

Former N.C. Commissioner Alice Keene, special projects coordinator of Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation, will swear in the new members.

The launch event will include one-on-one program coaching sessions, workshops, community service projects and program director’s training.

AmeriCorps is a national service initiative designed to amplify volunteering and civic engagement in America. Members’ duties include tutoring and mentoring school-aged youth, improving the quality of care for preschool children and addressing the need for energy efficient housing for low-income families.

The N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, a federally and state-funded agency housed in the Governor’s Office, administered funding to 11 N.C. AmeriCorps programs for the 2012-2013 program year. Since 1994, more than 13,000 individuals have participated in N.C. AmeriCorps programs.

For more information on the N.C. AmeriCorps programs, visit the Commission’s Web site at or call 1-800-820-4483 or 1-877-877-1765 (TTY).  For details on Project HEART, visit

In Memoriam: Richard Page Hudson Jr.

Richard Page Hudson Jr. of Asheville, former professor and pathologist at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, died Sept. 30.

Hudson was the first chief medical examiner of North Carolina and helped develop North Carolina’s statewide medical examiner system to provide medical input in cases were death was suspicious, unnatural or unattended.

He held a doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond. He interned at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., before traveling to Japan to director the histopathology lab at the USAF Hospital Tachikawa.

He returned to the United States to complete a research fellowship with Harvard Medical School, then completed his pathology residency at the King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He served on the faculty of the State University of New York, the Medical College of Virginia and UNC – Chapel Hill, where he partnered with the School of Medicine to develop a statewide medical examiners system and a forensic pathology residency training program.

He co-founded the state’s Sudden Infant Death Program and the N.C. Child Medical Evaluation program for investigation of child abuse and neglect.

He practed at the ECU medical school for five years before retiring as professor emeritus.

Magician to perform Oct. 10


Magician Martin Lubcke will present “The Magic of the Miracle at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 in Hendrix Theatre at East Carolina University. Lubcke will perform illusions and magic for the audience.

The event is free, with open seating. Students, faculty and staff are welcomed.

For additional information about the magician, visit  For questions pertaining to this performance, contact ECU professor David Smith ( or 252.328.5524).

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

ECU biology professor elected to lead international organization

East Carolina University biology professor John W. Stiller was elected to the role of incoming vice president and president elect of the Phycological Society of America. The election results were announced at the PSA annual national meeting in Charleston, S.C. June 22.


Stiller will serve a three-year term as vice president/president-elect in 2013, president in 2014 and past president in 2015. He will also serve on the PSA executive council for all three years.

The international organization promotes research and education in fields related to the biology of algae, and publishes the Journal of Phycology: an International Journal of Algal Research.

The journal was recently redesigned and its first updated issue featured research by Stiller and ECU biology student Justin Perry. The paper, “Major Developmental Regulators and their Expression in Two Closely Related Species of Porphyra (Rhodophyta),” reflected a large collaborative effort to sequence the genome of the red alga Porphyra, also known as Nori or as Stiller described it, “the black stuff wrapped around the outside of most sushi.”

The research is funded through grants from the Joint Genomic Institute/Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Stiller is a co-principle investigator on both grants.

Perry was an undergraduate at the time of the research but has since joined the biology department as a master’s student.

For additional information about PSA , visit  For more details about Stiller, visit

College of Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the East Carolina University College of Business have reported recent publications, as follows:

By primary author Huigang Liang with supporting author Lucky Xue, Management Information Systems,

  • “An analysis of China’s national essential medicine policy,” in the Journal of Public Health Policy.
  • “From imitation to innovation: China’s drug R&D and relevant national policies,” in the Journal of Technology Management and Innovation
  • “Antecedents of revolutionary changes of business-IT alignment: a case study of two companies,” in Communications for the AIS
  • “Online health information seeking by people with physical disabilities,” in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

By Huigang Liang, “Testing a Cultural-Based Substance Abuse Intervention among Native American Adolescents,” in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

By primary author Xue with supporting author Liang, “Punishment, justice, and compliance with mandatory IT usage,” in Information Systems Research; and “An empirical study of knowledge sharing intention within virtual teams,” in the International Journal of Knowledge Management

By Richard Hauser with Ravi Paul and John H. Bradley, Management Information Systems, “Computer Self-Efficacy, Anxiety, and Learning in Online Versus Face to Face Medium,” in the Journal of Information Technology Education: Research.

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