Pories honored for career of discovery

Dr. Walter J. Pories, a surgeon and researcher, has received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Creative Activity from East Carolina University.

Pories, 82, is a professor of surgery, biochemistry and sport and exercise science at ECU. In addition to being a scientist and physician, he’s also a painter.

Pories recently answered some questions about his career and what’s next for him.

Q: As a medical student, you conducted research showing that zinc was a vital nutrient in livestock and people. How important is it to not only be a physician but also a researcher?

A:  Everybody is a scientist. If you tried two spoonfuls of sugar in your cup of coffee instead of one, you’re a scientist. Children bouncing a ball, damming a creek, building, catching fish are all budding scientists. We need to reward that joy. And if they do mess up, instead of getting angry ask, “What did you learn?” All really good physicians are scientists as well.

Read the rest of Pories interview at http://www.ecu.edu/dhs/newsstory.cfm?ID=2332.

Pories will talk about his research career today at 5:30 p.m. in Room 244 of Mendenhall Student Center as part of Research and Creative Activity Week at ECU.