Summer medical education program deadline nears

College students and recent graduates aiming for a career as a physician have until March 4 to apply to ECU’s Summer Program for Future Doctors.

The eight-week summer program at the Brody School of Medicine, which begins May 16, is an intensive program that lets participants experience the demands of a medical school curriculum.

The only requirement is that students be North Carolina residents. Preference is given to minorities, disadvantaged and non-traditional students, but all students are encouraged to apply.

Students should have satisfactorily completed one year of biology, chemistry and physics. Organic chemistry is strongly encouraged. The program is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for living expenses. Eligible students will receive stipends.

Applications and more information are online at http://www.ecu.edu/ascc/SPFD.cfm.

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Author Recognition

Registration is open for the 20011 Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards.

The program, hosted annually by Laupus Library, provides Health Sciences faculty and staff recognition for published research and scholarly contributions to an area of study.

All Health Sciences faculty and staff who have been published in books and peer reviewed journals between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 are eligible to register.

An awards ceremony will be held Nov. 15 at the Greenville Hilton.

For details on eligibility, registration forms and deadlines, visit the Health Sciences Author Recognition web site at www.ecu.edu/laupuslibrary/HSAR.

Contact Roger Russell at russellr@ecu.edu or (252) 744-3215 for more information.

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UNC President Visits

Jeff Davies, left, chief of staff to UNC President Tom Ross, right, walk with ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard during Ross' visit to the campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Ross is touring UNC-system campuses during his first months as head of the 16-campus system. During his visit, Ross had question and answer sessions with students, faculty, and senior administrators and toured facilities on both health sciences and main campus. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

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Past lessons important

Past lessons important to the future of community health, expert says

Dr. Bill Jenkins speaks Feb. 4 during the seventh annual Jean Mills Health Symposium at ECU. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

A small group of people can make a difference in fostering better health in a community and often have the most success in creating change, said Dr. William “Bill” Jenkins, keynote speaker for the Jean Mills Health Symposium held Feb. 4.

Jenkins, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology at Morehouse School of Medicine and senior fellow with the Institute for African American Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke about the myths and realities of community participatory research.

It begins at the grassroots level, with the endorsement and support of those living in the community. That means practicing cultural humility and not assuming you know what’s best for a community, he said.

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Pass Clinic

PASS Clinic Provides Low Cost Services

East Carolina University has opened a psychological training and clinic facility providing low cost treatments in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, healthy weight management, smoking cessation and women’s health.

The new ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services Clinic, directed by Tony Cellucci, will treat patients while at the same time training doctoral students under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment approach that helps patients manage issues with drugs and alcohol as well as dealing with emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Healthy weight services for all ages provide a focus on small lifestyle changes, while addressing thoughts, behaviors and emotional factors related to weight gain. Smoking cessation helps patients reduce or stop the use of tobacco and nicotene. Both the healthy weight services and smoking cessation services are NCFLEX approved.

Women’s health services provide therapy related to stress or mental health issues, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders, or difficulty with relationships, fertility or chronic pain.

The clinic is in Room 311, Rawl Building on the ECU campus. For additional information about the clinic, contact the clinic office at (252) 737-4180.

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Emerging Technology

ECU hospitality management student Erin Carson, left, checks out an Apple iPad from Pam Evans, head of service – circulation for ECU’s Joyner Library, as part of the library’s pilot program that allows patrons to test drive new technology. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Patrons queue up for new technology at Joyner Library

Response was immediate.

East Carolina University faculty, staff and students quickly snatched up 10 Apple iPads offered for checkout in a Jan. 31 e-mail announcement from Joyner Library. All available devices left the building within two hours; 30 people joined a waiting list.

A similar reaction greeted the library’s pre-Christmas offering of the e-readers Kindle and Nook.

The offers were made as part of a Joyner Library pilot program designed to provide both access and opportunity for patrons to test drive emerging technologies. Kindles and Nooks may be checked out for two weeks, while the iPad loan period is three days.

“Providing these devices to our users to gauge their use and acceptance is an important part of our ongoing efforts to meet the changing information access needs of our users,” said Larry Boyer, dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.

Boyer said that publishing and information delivery industries have undergone drastic changes in the past decade, with even more rapid changes to come. “E-books and e-book readers will be an important part of that story,” he said.

During the 2010 holiday season, e-book downloads outstripped the sale of hardback bestsellers, Boyer said. A Kindle user himself, Boyer gave his wife and two daughters each a Kindle for Christmas. They were a “big, big hit,” he said, “although all of us continue to love and appreciate the printed book.”

While many readers have checked out a Kindle or Nook to investigate them prior to making a purchase, many faculty members are reserving the iPads with specific plans for academic use, said Pam Evans, head of service for Circulation at Joyner Library. “iPad technology has entered the classroom, with professors using the electronic devices for instruction,” she said.

The library has 10 iPads, six Kindles and six Nooks for checkout, and requests for the devices have been so overwhelming that circulation staff are reviewing alternative booking methods just to keep up, Evans said.

Users returning the devices have completed a survey about their experience, submitting comments such as “This gave me the opportunity to explore before buying”; “I used it at a conference. It was small and easy to pack”; and “I liked the iPad so much, I just bought one.”

College of Education professor Beth Fine checked out four iPads to use in a face-to-face course in educational technology as part of a discussion on incorporating emerging technologies to enhance the curriculum and improve teacher productivity.

Many of her students had never used iPads before and were excited to have the opportunity for some hands-on exploration. The library’s program is “an amazing idea,” she said.

“The power of this new technology with teacher education students is something that can be understood only when it is used,” Fine said. “Providing opportunities for new teachers and teachers in training to interact with emerging technologies is a key idea that we, as a university, can focus on in our attempt to provide them with a rich and diverse experience prior to their field experiences.”

Faculty, staff and students may also take a look at the electronic devices during an e-Book/e-Reader Education Exposition March 22, sponsored by Emerging Academic Initiatives, Joyner and Laupus libraries. The exposition will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Room and from 2 to 4 pm. in the College of Nursing and College of Allied Health lobbies.

For additional information, contact the Joyner Library circulation desk at (252) 328-6518.

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A list of books pre-installed on the e-readers is available at http://media.lib.ecu.edu/techsrv/E-Books-List.cfm. Pre-loaded applications on the iPad are listed at http://blog.lib.ecu.edu/announce/?p=1145.[HTML3]



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Second Life

lbert Réveillon, president of the jury, presents the International Intraverse Award for Education to ECU via the same Second Life technology used to develop and deliver ECU's virtual 3D online early college program. (Contributed photo)

ECU’s virtual early college top in state

GREENVILLE   (Feb. 21, 2011)   —   A virtual early college program at East Carolina University has been recognized as the top program in the state for course content and its unique delivery platform.

ECU’s Early College Second Life Program (ECSLP), which uses 3D virtual technology to let high school students take college classes in their high school environment, won the Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming award from the North Carolina Distance Learning Association.

That honor follows an international prize the program received earlier this month. ECSLP accepted its Feb. 4 International Intraverse Award in Education, presented in Monaco, using the Second Life distance learning technology that supports the program.

“It is successful because it captures the student’s attention, challenges them, and allows them to interact with each other for projects,” said Sharon Collins of ECU Emerging Academic Initiatives. “It truly is the way students desire to learn these days, by advancing with technology.”

The awards recognize the quality of the course material ECU developed for a virtual environment targeting high school students, said Collins. Some 40 students in Pitt and Lenoir County classrooms are enrolled in the program.

“There are other Early College High School programs that are very successful, but ours allows students to stay in their high school spaces and not travel to a community college or university campus to obtain their learning since we can offer it through Second Life,” said Collins.

Second Life is a virtual 3D world, designed for high school students. In that world, students have an “avatar” (a virtual presence) and attend a real-time class. ECU is the only campus using Second Life to offer classes that let students earn college credit and high school credit at the same time.

The ECSLP is a partnership between ECU, Pitt County schools, Pitt Community College and Kinston High school. Students can take classes in anthropology, personal finance, child psychology, introduction to computers, English, sociology and web site design and maintenance.

To read more about ECU’s Second Life program, go to
http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/poe/2010/210/earlycollege.cfm .

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Family Medicine

Marking the ECU Family Therapy Clinic recognizing the Brody School of Medicine’s Dept. of Family Medicine’s contribution to the clinic are, from left, Dr. Jennifer Hodgson and Dr. Kenneth Steinweg from the Dept. of Family Medicine; Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn; Dr. Dennis Russo from the Dept. of Family Medicine; Lisa Tyndall, director of the Family Therapy Clinic; and Dr. Cynthia Johnson, chair of the ECU Dept. of Child Development and Family Relations. (Contributed photo

ECU Family Therapy Clinic honors Brody Family Medicine

The East Carolina University Family Therapy Clinic presented its Excellence in Collaboration and Biopsychosocial Care Award to the Brody School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and Family Medicine Center at the clinic’s annual open house in late January.

“Our collaboration with the Family Medicine Center has provided very rewarding internships for students at the clinic.” said Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, associate professor of child development and family relations. Hodgson is a pioneer of ECU’s medical family therapy doctoral program.

Marriage and family therapy interns and medical family therapy interns from the Family Therapy Clinic work closely with physicians at the Family Medicine Center. Medical residents have opportunities to learn about relational and psychosocial aspects of treatment, and interns from the Family Therapy Clinic learn more about how the biological components of patients’ health often affects relationships.

Honorees from the Department of Family Medicine included Dr. Kenneth Steinweg, department chairman; Dr. Dennis Russo, head of behavioral medicine; and Dr. Robert Newman, clinical director.

In 2008, Hodgson received reappointment time to teach the Brody family medicine residency program’s behavioral medicine curriculum, launch the integrated care behavioral health service, and initiate a behavioral health intern program. Since that time, more than twenty MFT master’s and MedFT doctoral students have received training and provided clinical services at the Family Medicine Center.

“Through the cross training with the family medicine residents and integrated care provided to the patients of the Family Medicine Center, our MFT and MedFT students have learned how to be both fully integrated and work effectively alongside medical providers,” Hodgson said.

Steinweg said, “In our efforts to create a medical home for our patients and to train the next generation of physicians, our ability to address the health care needs of those we serve has been greatly enhanced by our collaboration with the Family Therapy Clinic. Working side-by-side with other health care professionals, their faculty and students bring unique skills and perspectives and a central focus on the critical importance of the family in the prevention of illness and the care of those who are ill.”

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic, 612 E. 10th St., provides teaching and learning opportunities for professionals and students and offers high-quality services to families, couples and individuals on a sliding-fee scale. Call 737-1415 to schedule an appointment or to receive more information about the clinic’s services.

The clinic is part of the ECU Department of Child Development and Family Relations in the College of Human Ecology.

The ECU Family Medicine Center will move to its new building this spring near the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU on the university’s health sciences campus.

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Sculpture Exhibition

Downeast Sculpture Exhibition and Artist coming to ECU

The 2011 Downeast Sculpture Exhibition, featuring artists from across the Southeast, will return to ECU and Greenville March 4.

The exhibition, which will run through April 1, will feature indoor artwork at Emerge Gallery, while outdoor artwork will be displayed in front of ECU’s Mendenhall Student Center and at the corner of Cotanche and Reade streets. Three new sculpture pads are being prepared between Joyner Library and Mendenhall Student Center for new artwork.

An opening reception to kickoff the exhibit will be held on March 4 from 6-9 p.m. at Emerge Gallery. On April 1, a closing reception from 6-9 p.m. at Emerge will include the awarding of cash to entry winners.

Digital entries were due on Feb. 5 to be showcased in the month-long exhibit.

The Mendenhall Gallery on the second floor of Mendenhall Student Center will feature this year’s juror, Shawn Morin. Morin, who is head of the sculpture program at Bowling Green State University, will also be demonstrating stone carving for the Sculpture Guild at ECU.

For more information about this exhibition, contact the ECU Student Activities Board at sabvisual@ecu.edu or Alex Davis with Student Activities and Organizations at 252-328-4713.

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