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ECU professor stresses gimmick-free diets in new book

ECU nutrition science professor Roman Pawlak is shown with his new book, “Healthy Diets without Secrets.” The book was printed in Polish and released in Poland this summer. (Contributed photo)

Many weight loss diets are extremely unhealthy and leave dieters poorly nourished, East Carolina University nutrition science professor Dr. Roman Pawlak said in his new book, “Healthy Diets without Secrets.”

The book provides science-based reasoning for eating healthy, identifies diets that should be avoided and outlines the principles of healthy eating.

“I wanted to clarify diet myths and give people evidenced-based guidelines on what they should be eating,” said Pawlak.

Pawlak said that diets which emphasize eating only certain food are not healthy. “Most of these diets are based on little to no factual nutrition information,” he said.

Pawlak said he’s aware that some health professionals recommend eating smaller meals more frequently because it slightly increases metabolic rate. “But people who eat more frequently have much higher risk for colorectal cancer, and thus, such dietary advice violates the ‘do not harm’ principle,”he said.

The book also offers health and diet suggestions for health conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.

Department of Nutrition Science dietetic program director Sylvia Escott-Stump, former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, wrote the book’s introduction.

Unless fluent in Polish, American dieters eager to follow Pawlak’s advice might have to wait until the book is translated, sometime in the near future Pawlak said. It was printed in Polish and released to major books stores throughout Poland in July. He is now working on an English translation of this third book, “In Defense of Vegetarianism.”

Pawlak is associate professor of nutrition science in the College of Human Ecology. He holds a master’s in human nutrition from Andrews University in Michigan and a doctorate in nutrition and food systems from the University of Southern Mississippi. Pawlak is a registered dietitian.

For additional information, contact Pawlak at or call 252-328-2350.


Article details ECU Mini Med School

Brody School of Medicine faculty members Kathryn Kolasa and Annette Peery published “Mini-med school: Developing partnerships with the community and between health professions and students” in the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

The article provides an overview of the Mini Med School at the Brody School of Medicine, with details on the Mini Med School Health Fair, which included family medicine residences, medical and nursing students as well as participants of the mini med school.

The article is available online at

Business faculty report publications

Several faculty members in the College of Business have reported publications this summer.

Management professors Shanan Gibson and Michael Harris published “Comparison of Ethical Behavior: Individual Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Entrepreneurs,” in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. Gibson published “The Influence of Strategic Focus and Gender on Performance: An Examination of Small Businesses,” in the Journal of Small Business Strategy.

Marketing and Supply Chain Management professor Stacey Robinson published, “Shopping, Gambling or Shambling: An Introduction to Penny Auctions” in the Journal of Business Research; and “Worth Waiting for: Increasing Satisfaction by Making Consumers Wait” in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Business professor publishes two articles

East Carolina University business professor Mauro Falasca (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) has published two articles: “A two-stage procurement model for humanitarian relief supply chains,” in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management and “”Helping a Small Development Organization Manage Volunteers More Efficiently,” in the journal, Interfaces.

ECU history professor featured in London exhibition

Research by ECU professor Timothy Jenks about the River Thames in London, shown above in 1753, appeared in a National Maritime Museum exhibit in London. (Photo from public domain, an image of National Maritime Museum painting by Canaletto (1697–1768))

A chapter written by ECU history professor Timothy Jenks, “Lord Nelson’s Procession by Water: The River Thames and late-Georgian Naval Spectacle,” was included in the exhibition, “The Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames” at the National Maritime Museum in London, England.

Jenks attended the April 25 opening ceremony, where the exhibit was officially opened by the Queen of England. The exhibit was curated by Tudor historian Dr. David Starkey. (Read more about Starkey at

According to his faculty web site at, Jenks is a historian of eighteen-century Britain, specializing in the study of political culture and national identity. He has conducted research at the National Maritime Museum and previously contributed to their exhibitions and catalogues. His most recent book, “Naval Engagements: Patriotism, Cultural Politics and the Royal Navy, 1793-1815), published by Oxford University Press,  examined the role of naval images in British political culture.

Prior to coming to ECU in 2002, Jenks taught at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Additional information about the exhibition is available at  and The exhibition catalogue (where the Jenks article appears) is available at

Joyner Library faculty report publications

Joyner Library faculty have reported recent publications, as follows:

Matt Reynolds, digital collections librarian, and Dale Sauter, manuscript curator, collaborated with former staff member Gypse Legge on a chapter in a new book, “Past or Portal – Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives,” published by the Association of College and Research Library. For more details, visit

Reynolds also published “Lay of the Land: The State of Bibliographic Instruction Efforst in ARL Special Collections Libraries,” in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 13 (Spring, 2012): 13-26.

KUSHA: Iran’s use of police hinders modernization

East Carolina University criminal justice professor Hamid R. Kusha said that an ancient system continues to impede Iran’s efforts to modernize its national police force.

Dr. Hamid Kusha

In his case study “Impediments to Police Modernization in Iran, 1878-1979,” published recently in Policing and Society, Kusha discusses the history of policing in Iran and the many failed tries at modernizing the country’s National Police.

Historic misuse of its national police force stems from an ancient system that protects the interest of the country’s rulers rather than its citizens, Kusha said. That system presents a roadbloack to the country’s modernization.

In the study Kusha dissects the inability of Iran’s police to function as a neutral law enforcement institution, from the country’s ancient past to the Islamic revolution in 1979. He details the antiquated modes and methods of Iran’s police, failed modernization efforts by the Qajaar and Pahlavi regimes, the geopolitics of Western economies hungry for Iranian oil and raw products and the capitalism-based modernization schemes of the 19th and 20thcenturies.

Kusha said that through all of Iran’s regime changes and attempts at democratization and modernization, the police have been used to enforce the arbitrary will of the powerful. For example, in trying to modernize Iran in the 1930s, Reza Shah used the police in forced unveilings of Muslim women and girls, and he authorized police use of illegal intelligence gathering.

Policing in Iran lacks the basic principles of professional Western policing constructed upon informed consent and the presumption of innocence, Kusha said. He said Iran’s National Police force lacks an institutionalized sense of justice and citizens do not perceive the force as protectors.

“Looking at the present turmoil in the Middle East from Afghanistan to the west coast of north Africa, one could argue that police institutions have played significant roles in the suppression of dissent in these countries, be it political or social,” said Kusha. “New emerging regimes must avoid turning the police into an instrument of suppression. The police must be in sync with overall democratization of the state.”

Kusha said the U.S. departments of State, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security have lessons to learn as well.

He said, “The MO of these departments in the past is that whoever is capable of subduing malcontents regardless of methods is helping U.S. interest in the region. The new policy must be, whoever is trying to democratize the state and its policing apparatus in Middle Eastern countries is our friend in the long run.”

To read the full text of “Impediments to Police Modernization in Iran, 1878-1979,” visit


Medical faculty members edit new publication

A new book edited by ECU professors Drs. Ronald Perkin, William Novotny and Irma Fiordalisi was published by World Scientific Press.

Titled, “The PICU Book: A Primer for Medical Students, Residents and Acute Care Practitioners,” the book is available at (

Perkin is professor and chair of pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and co-medical director of Vidant Children’s Hospital. Fiordalisi is professor and chief of pediatric critical care. Novotny is professor and critical care specialist.

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