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Harriot College Students Recognized at Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony

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The East Carolina University Division of Academic Affairs and the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa honored 27 students within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences on April 22.

All of the students honored have a grade point average of 3.93 or higher.

Those honored, and their major areas of study, include Ajay Ajmera, biology and chemistry; Layne Barefield, biology and engineering; Ryan Beeson, political science; Megan Biller, biology; Tyler Black, mathematics; Sarah Burke, public history; Kayla Carr, history and education; Ryan Carter-Stanley, psychology; Ava Cook, English; Erin Cottrell, psychology and Hispanic studies; Martha Ervin, psychology; Elizabeth Fish, psychology; Carey Henry, mathematics, psychology and education; Michael Joy, political science and economics; Sara Kurtz, fine arts and Hispanic Studies; Kristen Martin, communication and English; Kate McPherson, chemistry; Shayna Mooney, multidisciplinary studies-neuroscience; Mackenzie Alyn Mull, Hispanic studies and elementary education; Stephen Parker, biology; Jessica Rassau, classical civilizations; Jonathan Blake Richards, history and political science; Christian Rogers, biology; Natasha Scovill, biology; Sarah Sipe, chemistry and German; Lea Taylor, biology; and Kelsey Weiss, sociology.

“This is an amazing group of young people from most of the departments in the college, who have an interesting and imaginative variety of post-graduation plans, which highlights the strengths of a good liberal arts education,” said Dr. Angela Thompson, president of the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa and ECU assistant professor of history.

For additional information about the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa, contact Thompson at 328-1045, or via email at thompsona@ecu.edu.

 

St. Amant honored for research excellence

St. Amant

St. Amant

The Society for Technical Communication, the largest professional organization in the field of technical communication, has selected ECU English professor Kirk St. Amant to receive the society’s Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research for 2015.

The award recognizes research that has made positive, significant contributions to the field of technical communication. The awards committee identified St. Amant’s “focused, original, and significant research program that has yielded a superb publication record and a well-deserved national and international reputation in the field” as key criteria for selecting him for this distinction.

The award will be presented in June at the STC’s 62nd Summit (annual conference) to take place in Columbus, Ohio.

ECU physics professor receives prestigious award

East Carolina University professor of physics Dr. Gregory Lapicki was honored as the 2015 Helms Faculty Award recipient from the ECU chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

Dr. Gregory Lapicki

Dr. Gregory Lapicki

Presented April 17, the award recognized a paper Lapicki co-authored, “Experimental Cross Sections for L-shell X-ray Production and Ionization by Protons.” The paper explains reactions that occur in individuals undergoing proton therapy, a treatment for some cancers.

“The award validates the worth of our research,” said Lapicki. “In this case, through my fruitful collaboration with Javier Miranda from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.”

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world. The ECU chapter was chartered in 1974.

The Helms Faculty Research Award was established in 1987 by R. Marshall Helms, a longtime ECU physics professor, to honor three members of his family who were involved in research and teaching at ECU. The award focuses on the impact a single publication has on the research discipline, and cycles between faculty in biological sciences, medical/social sciences and mathematics and physical sciences.

Lapicki joined the ECU physics faculty in 1981.

For additional information, contact Lapicki at 252-328-6894 or lapickig@ecu.edu.

Eble Named President of Technical Writing Organization

Michelle Eble

Michelle Eble

Dr. Michelle F. Eble, associate professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University, was named president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing at the organization’s annual meeting March 18 in Tampa, Florida.

Eble, who also serves as the English department’s director of graduate studies, has been a member of ATTW since 2003. In that time, she has served as both conference coordinator and vice president. Her term as president will last three years, and she also will serve as chair of the executive committee during that time.

Running on a platform of fostering more graduate student participation in ATTW, Eble wishes to diversify the membership, support partnerships with other technical communication organizations and expand the organization’s global presence—all while sustaining ATTW’s current commitments.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing is an active professional organization of about 500 teachers, researchers and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.

For additional information, contact Eble at 252-328-6412 or eblem@ecu.edu.

He popped the question at a special place – the Rivers Building

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

The Rivers Building holds special memories for Jamar Sampson and Faith Fleming, both graduated from East Carolina University with psychology degrees in 2013.

It’s where both worked part-time jobs. It’s where he asked her to be his girlfriend. And it’s where he proposed to her on Feb. 27, after sending her on a scavenger hunt for clues to his intentions.

couple“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to propose to her right where it all started,” Sampson said.

“She had no idea that the scavenger hunt I planned for her would lead her to a hallway full of friends and family to witness the best day of our lives.”

Friends of the couple created a video about the scavenger hunt and his proposal, which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBpSfo07vA.

Fleming is studying for a master’s degree in school counseling at UNC-Greensboro. Sampson is director of education for the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains.

Sampson said they plan to marry after she finishes graduate school.

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Best-selling author to deliver Earth Day presentation

Best-selling author Amy Stewart will speak as part of Earth Day 2015 events at 8 p.m. April 21 in Room C307 Science and Technology Building, East Carolina University.

Amy Stewart (photo courtesy of Delightful Eye Photography)

Amy Stewart
(photo courtesy of Delightful Eye Photography)

A reception and book signing will follow. The event is open to the public.

Stewart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers – “The Drunken Botanist,” “Wicked Plants,” “Wicked Bugs” and “Flower Confidential.” Her books focus on the positive and negative impacts of the natural world on people.

She has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post and appeared on NPR’s Morning Editing, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America and the PBS documentary, The Botany of Desire.

The event is hosted by the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University and funded by the North Carolina Science Festival, UNC System, and East Carolina University through the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Chemistry Department, English Department, and Center for Sustainability: Tourism, Natural Resources, and the Built Environment. It is a signature North Carolina Science Festival event.

For additional information, contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.

Earth Day Expo set for April 21

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

An Earth Day Expo featuring interactive events for all ages will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Howell Science Complex, East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to check in on the Howell breezeway.

Events include live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and biodiversity activities and displays. Sid the Science Kid from UNC TV’s Just for Kids! Program will be on hand as well.

After school children’s programs are welcomed. More than 300 children attended the event last year.

For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/biology/ncbiodiversity or contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.

The Earth Day Expo is hosted by ECU’s Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology. The event is a North Carolina Science Festival event.

ECU faculty, students to present at conference

Pictured left to right are graduate students Marianne Ayers, Benjamin Wigand, Miranda Guardiola, Anne Saville and Andrea Fulle. (Photo provided by Maria McDonald, teaching instructor of sociology)

Pictured left to right are graduate students Marianne Ayers, Benjamin Wigand, Miranda Guardiola, Anne Saville and Andrea Fulle. (Photo provided by Maria McDonald, teaching instructor of sociology)

East Carolina University will be well represented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans March 25-28.

Presenting at the event are four Department of Sociology faculty members, 10 graduate students, five undergraduates and two alumni.

Several ECU presenters will participate in paper, roundtable and poster sessions to discuss research focusing on gender inequality, including sexual assault. Others are presenting research on a broad range of topics including social impacts of the digital divide, mysogynoir, the impact of student volunteer work, North Carolina’s environmental movement and attitudes toward the Confederate flag.

This year’s meeting theme is “Stalled Revolutions? Gender Inequality in the 21st Century.”

For additional information, contact Marieke Van Willigen, interim chair of sociology, at 252-328-6092 or vanwilligenm@ecu.edu.

Sex, seduction in Donne’s poetry topic of final Voyages lecture

Williams College professor of English Dr. Illona Bell will present “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry” at 7 p.m. March 24 in Bate 1032, East Carolina University.

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Bell

The event is free and no tickets are required.

Bell is the Samuel Fessenden Clark Professor of English at Williams College, with expertise in Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, early modern women writers, lyric poetry and Virginia Woolf. She is the author of “Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch,” “Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship” and numerous essays on Renaissance poetry and early modern women. She also edited “John Donne: Selected Poems.”

Bell received her Ph.D. in literature from Boston College in 1977 and her B.A. in literature from Radcliffe College in 1969. Her presentation concludes the 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

For additional information about the Voyages series and its speakers, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages. More information about Harriot College is available at www.ecu.edu/cas.

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