Nov 152013

Ninety-six East Carolina University faculty and staff were honored Nov. 5 for their published works at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library’s annual Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards ceremony. 

Faculty and staff submitted 220 entries – 193 peer-reviewed journal articles, 22 book chapters and five books – published between July 1, 2012 and June 30. A bibliography is available at

The awards pay tribute to those who expand the scholarly work of the university and the research reputation of the Division of Health Sciences through their published works, said Dr. Richard R. Eakin, interim director of Laupus Library. “You will see that our faculty and staff expertise extends over a wide range of subjects in health sciences and health sciences education,” Eakin said. “We express gratitude to our authors for their hard work and impressive scholarship.”

The library hosted the awards ceremony and dinner reception for honorees at the Greenville Hilton. The event was co-sponsored by the Friends of Laupus Library, which provide needed support for special programs and activities of the library.

Other sponsors were Matthews Medical Books, The Little Bank, John and Marcia Tinglestad, Dr. John Papalas and Springer.   

Authors recognized in the College of Allied Health Sciences were Debbie Amini, Leigh Cellucci, Martha Chapin, Anne Dickerson, Denise Donica, Elizabeth Forrestal, Susie Harris, Mary Hildebrand, Robert Kulesher, Shari Sias, and Leonard Trujillo.

The Brody School of Medicine authors were Abdel Abdel-Rahman, Shaw Akula, Hazaim Alwair, Yan-Hua Chen, Paul Cook, Kay Craven, Doyle Cummings, Ramesh Daggubati, Moahad Dar, Tejas Desai, Jamie Dewitt, Lynis Dohm, Lixue Dong, Bruce Ferguson, Jonathan Firnhaber, Christopher Geyer, Kelly Harrell, Greg Kearney, Greg, Juhee Kim, Cheryl Knudson, Warren Knudson, Kathryn Kolasa, Alan Kypson, Myon-Hee Lee, Qun Lu, Chris Mansfield, Sanjay Mehra, Assad Movahed, Rajasekhar Nekkanti, Dale Newton, Lloyd Novick, Ann Marie Nye, Thomas Penders, Stephanie Pitts, Walter Pories, Rachel Roper, Maria Ruiz-Echevarria, Sy Saeed, Sy, Samuel Sears, Robert Shaw, Brian Shewchuk, George Sigounas, Ann Sperry, Robert Tanenberg, David Terrian, Katherine Verbanac, Jitka Virag, Xiajia Wang, C.J. Wingard, Li Yang.

The School of Dental Medicine authors were Joseph Califano, Bobby Collins, and Linda May.

The Laupus Health Sciences Library authors were Anne Anderson, Kathy Cable, Gina Firnhaber, Carrie Forbes, Elizabeth Ketterman, Katherine Rickett, and Roger Russell.

Those recognized in the College of Nursing were Rebecca Benfield, Sylvia Brown, Rita Coggins, Robin Webb Corbett, Martha Engelke, Laura Gantt, Mark Hand, Sonya Hardin, Candace Harrington, Carolyn Horne, Elizabeth Jesse, Mary Kirkpatrick, Debra Kosko, Kim Larson, Michelle Mendes, Jane Miles, Janice Neil, Anette Peery, Marie Pokorny, Donna Roberson, Mary Ann Rose, Melissa Schwartz, Elaine Scott, Kathleen Sitzman, and Melvin Swanson.



Sep 242013

On Oct. 1, Laupus Library will host an opening reception for a new art collection by Brody School of Medicine faculty member Walter J. Pories. The works display a range of talent and interests for Pories, who serves as a Professor of Surgery, Biochemistry and Kinesiology and the Director of Brody’s Metabolic Surgery Research Group.

Dr. Pories calls the collection of cartoons, sculptures, water colors and digital art his “reflection on medicine, science and academia.”

With his myriad of responsibilities as a faculty leader at one of the region’s top medical schools, it’s a wonder that Dr. Pories has ample creative energy to channel into works of art he creates. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a peek into the mind of one of our campus’ most creative, innovative leaders.

The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery. If you can’t make the reception, be sure to drop by the gallery later this fall. The art will be on display through Dec. 6.

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–Kelly Rogers Dilda
Laupus Library

Sep 062013

This fall, Laupus Library has a new tool that expands remote access for students and faculty.

Division of Health Sciences’ faculty and students now have access to Browzine, a tablet-compatible application that serves as a digital library for academic publications. Beginning this semester, faculty and students can access the service for free, 24 hours a day.  (Perfect for our many on-the-go students and teachers, who are often training, learning and treating patients outside of campus.)

The best part: use your Pirate ID and password to access the publications.

Here at Laupus, we’ve been keeping a close eye on similar emerging tools that offer remote access to journals, research publications and archived documents. In fact, we’ve brought several of them to campus in just the past year. Browzine is an exciting new achievement in this arena because of the way it instantly updates its publications with the latest editions – and notifies users of new versions through “push” notifications automatically served to their device.

What’s more, the user-friendly platform makes it easier than ever to search, find, read and save publications. Once downloaded, article pages can be manipulated just like a regular PDF, allowing users to pinch, zoom, swipe and scroll selected areas of the article for a closer look. And, anything can be saved for later on a virtual bookshelf that’s sorted by subject, or alphabetically.

Take a quick tour of the app here: Happy browsing!

Jul 192013

When someone says ‘research,’ what pops into your head? For some, it’s a person crouched at a library carrel, nose in a book with notes strewn everywhere. For others, it’s someone in a white lab coat peering intently into a microscope.

At Laupus Library, we’re at the intersection of the academic and the clinical, and we’re always working to give our ECU health sciences students and faculty the tools they need to solve complex problems they encounter on a daily basis. Since their needs are constantly changing, we are always on the lookout for innovative resources that they can utilize. 

As highlighted by a recent article in The Guardian, the role of the academic library is shifting. The sources may be the same, but often those sources have moved online or to an e-books format. For example, the article cites a survey of medical academics that found four out of five wouldn’t mind if libraries dropped a medical journal’s print edition. The survey showed tremendous support for offering those medical journals strictly as an online resource.

At Laupus, we offer a multitude of journals in both print and e-editions to suit the needs and preferences of our students and faculty. We also are constantly adding new reference resources in addition to our huge wealth of textbooks and clinical guides.

So, come see us. Whether you prefer to thumb through a book or flip through a journal article on your iPad, we’re here to point you in the right direction and help you get started.


Jun 282013



Silvia Ciubrei

“Du-Te Pirat.”

That’s how Silvia Ciubrei will say “Go Pirates” when she returns to her home town of Chisinau, Moldova.

In addition to a new-found appreciation for purple and gold, she’ll also bring home a wealth of knowledge after touring Laupus Library as part of a visit sponsored by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The MLA’s Irene Cunningham Traveling Fellowship enabled Ciubrei to visit several health science libraries – including Laupus – after attending the MLA’s annual conference in Boston.

While at Laupus, Ciubrei met with librarians from multiple divisions including collections management and medical history, as well as librarians from our digital collection. She also visited the College of Nursing, where she was able to test the equipment in the cutting edge simulation lab.

During her visit, Ciubrei expressed her interest in evidence-based medicine and praised the way Laupus fits into the overall mission of the Division of Health Sciences.

“I’m very interested in Laupus Library because the people here understand the role of the library in the health system,” she said.

Through the years, Laupus has been honored to host visitors through the North Carolina-Moldova Partnership for Peace initiative. Formalized in 1999, it is a bi-lateral association that works together in the areas of civil emergency operations, expansion of markets, cultural, scientific and academic exchanges, and the coordination of humanitarian efforts.

Laupus and other health sciences libraries across the state also have provided thousands of medical books and electronic journals to the former Soviet state in eastern Europe.

Here at Laupus, we are always excited to share our knowledge and discuss best practices with our librarian colleagues, both near and far.