ECU engineering program receives $600,000 NSF grant

A $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund scholarships for East Carolina University engineering students and underwrite critical student research and collaboration with national scholars.

The 5-year NSF grant is a milestone for a 7-year-old engineering program, said Dr. Hayden Griffin, department chair for engineering. It will be an asset for the program, helping address financial need and open additional academic doors for students, he said.

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Advice from patient helps doctor, family stay close

WINTERVILLE, N.C.   (Mar. 17, 2011)   —   Dr. Tommy Ellis sees a lot of patients in his family medicine practice at East Carolina University. Almost always, he is able to help them.

One day, however, the tables turned.

Marilyn Love, 70, a longtime patient of Ellis’, was at his office for a routine appointment. As the visit concluded, Love asked the doctor if there were anything she could do for him.

The question caught Ellis by surprise. He’s supposed to be the one making suggestions and coming up with answers, he thought. But since Love had grown children of her own, Ellis, 44, decided to ask for advice on raising teenagers.

Love’s response was swift: Buy a pingpong table.

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Public Forum on Nuclear Crisis Set for Thursday

Faculty in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics will discuss the science surrounding a nuclear crisis in a free, open forum “The Physics of a Reactor Emergency: What’s Happening in Japan?” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Science and Technology Building, Room C-309. The forum will include a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of faculty from the Department of Physics. For additional information, contact physics chairperson Dr. John Sutherland at 252-328-6739 or by email at sutherlandj@ecu.edu.

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Occupational therapy department holds CarFit safety program

East Carolina University’s occupational therapy department will host CarFit, a free, interactive program that gives a quick comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.

The event will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 26, at Eastern Pines Church of Christ, 3380 Portertown Road, Greenville. No appointment is needed. The assessment takes about 15 minutes. Read more…

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