ECU to celebrate World Anthropology Day

The ECU Department of Anthropology and Anthropology Student Organization will be celebrating World Anthropology Day with an event called “Anthropology After Dark: Parasites, Petra, and Peru” on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Flanagan Building (2nd floor) on ECU’s main campus.

The event is free and open to the public and features short lectures (7 p.m.), the reconstruction of an Egyptian tomb, lab tours, artifact displays and students/faculty available to answer questions.

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Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the Greenville Food Bank.

For more information, call 252-328-9455 or visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/anth/.

ECU College of Education hosts Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted the spring 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Jan. 30 for students and educators in the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership that supports the enhancement of 39 school systems in eastern North Carolina.

Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Leaders board members, who represent districts in the network, and undergraduate students in the ECU College of Education attended separate workshops and sessions throughout the day.

Board members examined literacy instruction in public schools and the issues and challenges that literacy leaders and teachers face. The workshop allowed board members to share strategies for addressing challenges.

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ECU College of Education students reviewed the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to pass the standard reading exam required for a teaching license in North Carolina.

The session for students included a review of the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the standard reading exam required for licensure in North Carolina.

“The institute truly helped our future teachers become more prepared to teach and reinforce literacy skills, particularly those early literacy skills and strategies focusing on word recognition and identification,” said Dr. Katherine Misulis, chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education at ECU.

The Margaret Blount Harvey Institutes are planned by reading education faculty members in the ECU College of Education and sponsored by Margaret and the late Felix Harvey, and daughters Leigh McNairy and Sunny Burrows.

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ECU literacy studies students gather following a working session at the 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute held at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville on Jan. 30.

Offered in the spring and fall, the institutes are named for Margaret Blount Harvey of Kinston, a former member of the State Board of Education, N.C. Education Research Council, N.C. School Improvement Panel and the Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina.

Dowdy Student Store to host Grad Expo

Dowdy Student Store will host a Grad Expo for May 2016 graduates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 10 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the student store in the Wright Building on campus.

Graduating seniors can pick up caps and gowns; register for graduation; and order class rings, custom invitations, announcements and thank-you notes. Jostens, the official provider of class rings for ECU, will have samples of class rings, and representatives can help with finger sizing and original designs.

The Alumni Association, Career Services, Registrar, The Buccaneer, College of Education Office of Alternative Licensure, Custom Stoles and University Frames will be on hand with offers and information. Jostens has donated three $100 Dowdy Student Store gift cards that will be given away in a drawing. A diploma frame donated by University Frames will also be given away in the drawing. All May 2016 graduates are invited to enter; no purchase is necessary.

Graduating seniors unable to attend the Expo can visit Dowdy Student Stores after Feb. 11 to pick up their caps and gowns.

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For more information about the Expo, call 252-328-6731 or visit www.studentstores.ecu.edu.

ECU cellist and pianist release CD

East Carolina University faculty members Emanuel Gruber, cello, and Keiko Sekino, piano, have released a CD of Robert Schumann’s music titled “Fantasy and Romance” on the Delos label.

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Schumann wrote little original music for the cello–only his cello concerto and the Five Pieces in Folk-style, Op. 102, which is on this CD. Cellists, eager to play his chamber compositions originally written for other instruments, have made successful transcriptions of those compositions, and six of those are offered on this CD.

This is Gruber’s second CD on the Delos label, and his first recording collaboration with Sekino. His first CD with Delos, “Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello and Piano,” with pianist Arnon Erez, was called “…in a word, beautiful…” by Allmusic.

The new CD is available on Amazon.com.

Allied Health professor inducted into National Academy of Inventors

By Kelly Dilda
For ECU News Services

Stuttering treatment pioneer Dr. Joseph S. Kalinowski of East Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is among 168 individuals to be named this year as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Election to the academy’s fellow status recognizes academic inventors who, according to their peers, have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that impact quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Kalinowski mug.jpgKalinowski holds seven U.S. and 18 international patents, three of which have been licensed to start-up companies. His most notable patents relate to treatments for stuttering and other fluency disorders. Janus Development Group, a North Carolina coproration that specializes in assistive living devices, has licensed these patents for developing products and services.

In addition, one patent is the subject of new computer applications to assist a subset of stutterers who struggle with silent block – caused when vocal muscle contractions are so severe a person is unable to make any sound when trying to speak. Another has been licensed to start-up company Reading Comprehension Solutions for development of products and services that improve reading comprehension of students and adults.

Kalinowski’s passion for helping people with communication disorders grew out of his own childhood experiences.

“I was a severe stutterer as a child but noticed that I was totally and immediately fluent when reciting the ‘Pledge of Allegiance,’ or during unison prayer in church,” said Kalinowski. “It seemed strange to me that something that was so debilitating and despairing could be eliminated when others said the same material at the same time. Choral or unison speech are rare events in our daily lives but those respites from severe stuttering were cherished.”

During the five years Kalinowski attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate student, he never spoke in class. He was also excused from group presentations, and job interviews were “immensely painful.”

He was drawn to graduate school to learn more about stuttering and earned a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology. After landing his first job with Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, he learned of a colleague’s interest in Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF).

Developed in the 1950s, DAF technology extended the time between the user’s speech and their auditory perception that speech. The user spoke into a device with a microphone and then heard his voice in headphones a fraction of a second later. The delay resulted in slower speech, which was thought to reduce stuttering.

Kalinowski worked on refining that technology to make speech sounds easier to manipulate. “I tried it on myself and our group had a ‘eureka’ moment,” he said. “I could speak as fast as I wanted and still be fluent.”

Then Kalinowski came to ECU in 1995 and began collaborating with colleagues Drs. Andrew Stuart and Michael Rastatter, which resulted in the development of SpeechEasy, a popular DAF device that fits inconspicuously inside the ear.

“We weren’t even thinking about building a device when we started collaborating,” said Stuart, noting that it was a natural progression from the powerful effects of altered feedback and participant demand to have something they could take away from the lab.

“With the work of Dr. Kalinowski, a new method of treating fluency disorders – such as stuttering – brings the best and brightest students to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders so they can be at the cutting edge of new technology and transform the care for future patients,” said Marti Van Scott, director of ECU’s Office of Technology Transfer.

Kalinowski said the team continues its work on applications to help stutterers and others with communication disorders. “There is much more to be done,” he said. “Some will be done by us but most will be done by our students until stuttering no longer exists.

“People in stuttering are passionate about their work,” he added. “We may differ in our scientific opinions but we are working so children and adults can live full lives.”

“Many things are coming together that have ECU on the verge of an innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem explosion that will not only benefit the institution and its students, but also the region,” said Van Scott.  “Dr. Kalinowski and his co-inventors are excellent examples of faculty who push the limits of innovation and discovery to benefit the people of eastern North Carolina and beyond.”

Founded in 2010, the National Academy of Inventors is a non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and fellows spanning more than 200 institutions.

Alumni Scholarship applications due Jan. 31

The East Carolina Alumni Association is now accepting applications for Alumni Scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year through Friday, Jan. 31.

Applications must be submitted online through the ECU Online Scholarship Management System. No paper applications will be accepted.

Approximately 25 scholarships of $1,000 or $2,500 are available. To be eligible, ECU students must be registered as a full-time undergraduate with at least 12 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA. Students should demonstrate service and leadership in the university and community. Applications must be accompanied by a signed letter of recommendation and a creative expression, both of which can be completed and/or uploaded through the online system.

Since 2005, the Alumni Scholarship program has awarded 224 scholarships totaling more than $300,000.

For more information, visit Piratealumni.com/scholarships.

If you would like to contribute to the Alumni Scholarship program, visit PirateAlumni.com/donate.

Pop-Up Mug Sale planned for Jan. 28

The ECU Ceramics Guild will host a Pop-Up Mug Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the entrance of Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

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The event is a fundraiser for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, a nonprofit organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts.

The guild’s annual mug sale will be held Feb. 24.

ECU Risk Management and Insurance program earns national ranking

300 260 11-7-2012 COBCoinJC-31bThe Risk Management and Insurance program at East Carolina University ranks among the top 20 nationally, according to an annual review by Business Insurance. The rankings were published in the news organization’s 2015 Directory of Risk Management and Insurance Schools on Dec. 21.

East Carolina University’s program ranks 16th out of 35 schools in the U.S.

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the ECU College of Business, said, “We are incredibly honored to see our newly founded Risk Management and Insurance program earn national recognition. We knew it would happen, just not this quickly. This top ranking is a testament to ECU’s academic excellence and reinforces our leadership in business education across the country.”

Dr. Brenda Wells, director of ECU’s Risk Management and Insurance program, said, “To be ranked nationally after just a few years is a huge accomplishment. Our program has been a collaborative effort involving faculty, students, and industry, and we’re deeply grateful for everyone’s contribution. It goes to show that great things happen when you roll up your sleeves and work together as a team.”

The ECU College of Business began offering a Risk Management and Insurance concentration in 2011 and now has 85 students enrolled. It has emerged as one of the fastest growing programs in the country and has thrived with support from various organizations, including the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) and North Carolina Surplus Lines Association. The IIANC’s most recent gift of $250,000 announced in November will fund ongoing research, endow a second professorship, and complete the funding of an endowed scholarship.

For more information about the ECU College of Business, visit online at www.ecu.edu/business.

Open house to showcase marriage and family therapy clinic, research academy

An open house for the ECU Family Therapy Clinic and Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 22. Visitors may meet faculty, graduate student interns and tour the facilities at 612 E. 10th St. in Greenville. The event is free and open to the public.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Excellence in Collaboration Award will be presented to Dr. Cal Paries. As the director of Vidant Health Employee Assistance Program, Paries pioneered the integration of medical family therapy services into the Vidant Employee Assistance Program. Despite Paries’ departure from Vidant Health, the collaboration between Vidant Health and Marriage and Family Therapy and Medical Family Therapy Programs continues as one of his legacies.

The Family Therapy Clinic offers a range of services, including individual therapy, couple therapy, family therapy and premarital services. The clinic specializes in medical family therapy services, which provides coping strategies for families with a critically or chronically ill member.

Throughout the treatment process, collaboration with other providers is encouraged, including physicians, social workers and school systems. The clinic is also available as an employee assistance program for small businesses wanting to safeguard the well-being of employees and to reduce employee turnover.

The Medical Family Therapy Research Academy, under the co-direction of Dr. Lisa Tyndall and Dr. Damon Rappleyea, promotes educational and research opportunities for students and professionals with a focus on collaborative health care including local initiatives with Greene County Health Care, Vidant Health, ECU Brody School of Medicine as well as with military and veteran couples and families.

The Family Therapy Clinic and the Medical Family Therapy Research Academy are housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

For additional information contact Dr. Lisa Tyndall at tyndalll@ecu.edu, 252-328-4206.

— Kathy Muse