Monthly Archives: July 2013

New health education and promotion chair selected

Dr. Don Chaney has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion following a national search.



Chaney comes to ECU from the University of Florida, where he served as the assistant dean for distance education and outreach and the associate director for the Center for Digital Health and Wellness in the College of Health and Human Performance. A former faculty member in ECU’s Department of Health Education and Promotion, he has also held appointments at Texas A&M University and the University of Alabama.

Chaney’s research interests include technology integration in health and online learning/professional development.  The majority of his publications are related to distance education course development and technological applications.

“I am honored to be back at East Carolina University and leading what I believe to be one of the best, if not the best, faculty in health education and promotion in the country,” said Chaney.  “Graduates from our programs in athletic training, school health education, community and worksite health promotion and environmental health are making a real difference in the health of Eastern North Carolinians,” he continued.

Chaney is the past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Health Studies.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1999 in fitness management from the University of North Alabama.  In 2000 he received a master’s degree in health education and promotion from Mississippi State University and in 2003 he earned a doctorate in health education and promotion from the University of Alabama.

ECU dental faculty member honored for research

Dr. Roopwant Kaur, clinical assistant professor of operative dentistry at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, was honored for her contributions to research at the annual UNC Graduate School Recognition Celebration at UNC-Chapel Hill.Kaur, Roopwant

A 2012 graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Kaur was among 23 alumni to receive the external fellowship award in recognition of research funded by sources outside the university. She was the only awardee chosen from the Department of Operative Dentistry.

Kaur’s thesis project, “Influence of dentin desensitizers on the microtensile bond strengths of self-etch and etch-and-rinse adhesives to dentin,” was funded by Heraeus Kulzer, a leading supplier of dental products and materials.

She also received a 2012 Bloc Travel Grant from the American Association for Dental Research and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for research, travel and presentation at the International Association of Dental Research annual meeting in Foz De Iguazu, Brazil.

In addition, she received the Elsie and Baxter Sapp Fellowship established by Dr. Baxter Sapp, a general dentist in Durham, and his wife, Elsie. The fund supports outstanding post-doctoral students pursuing advanced degrees at the School of Dentistry.

A 2005 graduate of Buddha Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital in Patna, India, Kaur completed residency training at Government Dental College and Hospital in Jaipur, India. She earned a master of science and certificate in operative dentistry in 2012 from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Kaur is a faculty member in ECU’s Department of General Dentistry; she teaches both pre-clinical and clinical courses. Her current research topic is “Effect of instructions delivery format (Ibook vs oral presentation) on the outcome of a pre-clinical wax carving exercise.”

ECU appreciation lunch, fair set for Aug. 6

SEANC District 65 at ECU will host an Appreciation Lunch and Vendor Fair on Aug. 6 at the Tipsy Teapot, 409 Evans Street in Greenville.

Admission is free with an ECU 1Card, SEANC ID or a valid state ID.

The first 100 people in the door will receive a free lunch from Tipsy Teapot, compliments of District 65, along with a SEANC shopping tote with coupons from local businesses, a copy of The Daily Reflector, a bag of Logan’s peanuts and a chance to win one of more than 15 door prizes.

Names of SEANC members who bring a non-member will be entered in a drawing for two ECU football tickets to a game of  choice (excluding West Virginia game).

Representatives from the Raleigh SEANC office will be on hand to provide updates on issues facing state employment and answer questions about membership benefits, insurance programs and other benefits of being a SEANC member.

More than 20 vendors will offer information, coupons, prizes and items for sale. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned items for the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina.

SEANC is the South’s leading state employees’ association with 55,000 members. District 65 represents members from East Carolina University.

For more information about SEANC or the vendor fair, or to provide coupons for the event, contact Lynn Tuthill at 917-4987, Alicia Simpson at 744-5101 or Gloria Evans at 744-9678.

Allied Health faculty earn accolades

Faculty in the College of Allied Health Sciences have reported a number of publications and accolades this summer.

Bonita Sasnett and Robert J. Campbell (Department of Health Services and Information), published “The Utility of the Team Notebook as a Teaching Tool for Team Learning,” in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Health Administration Education.

Martha Chapin, professor in the Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies, and ECU doctoral graduate Andrew Byrne published, “Ethical Decision making Applied to Social Networking” in The Journal of Rehabilitation.

Leigh W. Cellucci, associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, was elected to a three-year term on the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Board of Directors during the organization’s annual meeting in June.

AUPHA is the accrediting association for ECU’s undergraduate degree in health services management. Its membership includes more than 180 graduate and undergraduate programs in North America along with hundreds of personal and corporate members. Its faculty and individual members represent more than 400 colleges and universities.

ECU researchers uncover secrets related to fat, estrogen

Research by an East Carolina University professor and co-authors could generate ideas on how fat interacts with estrogen to cause problem areas for weight gain in women.



Dr. Bob Hickner, professor in the ECU Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance, worked with Kathleen Gavin, a post doc fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver; ECU alumnus Dustin Raymer and ECU graduate student Elizabeth Cooper.

The team determined that estrogen’s effect on fat depends on where the fat deposit is located. Those effects could explain why some premenopausal women have difficulty losing their pear shape even when they exercise. They could also help generate some new ideas on how estrogen in fat may influence why postmenopausal women tend to accumulate more fat in the abdomen.

The authors suggest that more research is necessary to better understand the mechanisms behind how and why estrogen acts in these differential ways.

The article is titled, “Estradiol Effects on Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Lipolysis in Premenopausal Women are Adipose Tissue Depot Specific and Treatment Dependent.” It appears in the June edition of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, published by the American Physiological Society, and available at

Hickner is director of the Ph.D. program in bioenergetics and exercise science at ECU and co-director of research at the Center for Health Disparities Research.

Resource Fair targeted to grad students

ECU graduate students may appreciate the Academic and Student Life Resource Fair set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the first floor of Joyner Library.

The event includes an orientation and reception with Joyner Library and representatives from University Writing Center, ECU Career Center, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Campus Safety, Campus Wellness & Recreation, and Parking/Traffic.
For additional information, contact David Hisle or Dawn Wainwright, 252-328-4978 or e-mai or

Michael Schinasi selected Fulbright Scholar to Spain

East Carolina University foreign language professor Michael Schinasi was selected for a Fulbright award to Spain in spring 2014, for his book proposal Performance and the Theater Industry in Nineteenth Century Spain: the Teatro Español and the Creation of a National Theater.

The chapters of the book are tentatively titled: 1. Ideology, Realpolitik and the Creation of Spain’s First National Theater. 2. Six Images of the Teatro Español and its Famous Café from the End of the 18th Century to the End of the 19th. 3. The Theatre’s Operation. The Monarchy’s Takeoever of the Building. 4. The Second Period of the Teatro Español. Quarrels and Jealousies. Politicization of the Theatre and Attacks by the Madrid Press. Demise in 1851.

More than one publisher has expressed interest in the completed manuscript on this neglected pivotal moment in 1849-51 of the History of the Spanish theatre.

Schinasi was a Fulbright grantee to Spain once before, in 1987-88. He is author of an edition of the Poems of Ventura de la Vega (Grupo de Estudios del Siglo XVIII-University of Salamanca, 2005) and is at work on an edition of his prototypical bourgeois comedy, El hombre del mundo (1845).

His work on Vega complements his proposal for the Fulbright: a detailed history of the national theatre and a textual edition of one of the most popular contemporary plays. Vega was a principal architect of the theater reforms of 1849 that created the Teatro Español, and was the national theater’s first director. Schinasi hopes to have an extended period in Madrid for use of the resources there, particularly the National Historic Archive, the National Library, and the Archive of the Comunidad de Madrid.

— Courtesy of ECU Foreign Languages and Literatures blog

Positive parenting program a success for ECU

ECU professor Kerry Littlewood lists high-risk situations for parents during a five-week positive parenting program held at ECU. (Contributed photo)

ECU professor Kerry Littlewood lists high-risk situations for child behavior problems during a five-week positive parenting program held at ECU. (Contributed photo)

By Nicole Wood
ECU College of Human Ecology

East Carolina University’s College of Human Ecology in partnership with the Pitt County Health Department and the university’s Department of Human Resources held a free, five-week Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) for faculty and staff.

Triple P was designed to treat and prevent common behavioral issues that parents may encounter when raising children and teenagers. ECU professors Eboni Baugh, Sharon Ballard, Kerry Littlewood and Lisa Tyndall focused the program on empowering parents to become more confident and efficient in their childrearing techniques.

Kerri Augustino, Triple P participant and lab specialist with ECU’s Department of Internal Medicine, said that this type of course should be an integral part of family planning. “When people are preparing for children to come into the world they attend classes on what to expect during the birthing process, they often take a tour of the hospital, or learn CPR, but what they should be taught how to be a good parent,” said Augustino.

ECU faculty leading the Triple P program provided information handouts specific to participants' needs.

ECU faculty leading the Triple P program provided information handouts specific to participants’ needs.

One of the Triple P program’s hallmarks is flexibility that allows for each provider to facilitate the program in a way that best meets participants’ needs. ECU’s sessions included provider-led activities, small-group discussions and individualized take-home tip sheets. The providers have also planned ongoing follow-up and information delivery via Blackboard.

Scheduled to accommodate attendance during employee lunch breaks, the program was more popular than expected with seating capacity reached within 48 hours. Due to the high demand, the program will be offered again in October and perhaps on an ongoing basis once a semester if funding can be obtained.

Littlewood, Triple P provider and ECU social work professor, said that grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control paid for initial training, accreditation and implementation of the program.  “There is still a question of how the course will be funded once the grant money runs out,” she said.

Dr. Matt Dwyer, director of ECU’s Center for Counseling and Student Development, said he was thrilled to be a Triple P participant and hopes that the program will continue. “Triple P allowed me to set my own goals and work on them with the support of the instructors and my classmates. Overall, I walked away very pleased, happy that I took the time out to engage in the program, and believe that I am a better parent as a result of my involvement in Triple P,” said Dwyer.

ECU faculty members are also serving as a Triple P evaluation team for the Pitt County Health Department. The team will evaluate different types of implementations, barriers to implementation, and delivery methods; measure program outcomes; and map delivery areas to identify gaps in coverage across the county. Their evaluation will then be used to improve implementation of the Triple P program throughout the county. Additionally, the group’s local evaluation will contribute to a larger cross-site evaluation of Triple P across multiple states.

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