‘Civil War Medicine’ set for Sept. 19

A presentation originally scheduled for Aug. 29 has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene. The History of Healthcare Presentation, “Civil War Medicine,” by ECU history professor Dr. David E. Long, was rescheduled for Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the 4th floor Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery at the Laupus Library.

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FoodMASTER program receives $1.27 million NIH grant

A $1.27 million grant to the East Carolina University FoodMASTER program will help middle school students learn mathematical and science concepts through activities based with food.

ECU nutrition science professors Melani Duffrin and Virginia Carraway-Stage will use the funds to create and test a FoodMASTER curriculum in seventh grade classrooms in eastern North Carolina. They will incorporate hands-on activities such as food preparation and handling to help students understand science, math and nutrition.

Duffrin said the new program will “help seventh grade teachers pull fresh math and science resources out of their bag.”

Dr. Melani Duffrin

“Food activities are a natural, fun way to help students apply math and science to their everyday lives,” she said.

The grant will also fund a FoodMASTER summer camp led by Jacqueline De Chabert-Rios (Hospitality Management), David Rivera (Hospitality Management) and Tammy Lee (Science Education).

Duffrin and Sharon Phillips, an Ohio elementary school teacher, created FoodMASTER in 1999, to bring difficult concepts to life through common household items such as measuring cups and spoons, cereal, fruits, vegetables and milk. A food-based curriculum for 3rd to 5th graders has already been developed.

The FoodMASTER program supports learning that stimulates interest in science and math, advances public understanding of health issues and encourages the next generation of health and science professionals. With an emphasis on reducing health disparities, the program’s K-12 projects target minorities and students in rural and underserved communities.

The grant funding comes from a 2011 Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes for Health.

The ECU Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, directed by Margaret Wirth, will support teacher training and outreach for the program. The North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, led by president Suzanne Wilkinson, will support the project’s teacher training component.

Learn more about FoodMASTER at www.FoodMASTER.org. For additional information about the project, contact Melani Duffrin at 252-328-5698 or duffrinm@ecu.edu.

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Researchers seek volunteers for generation gap investigation

East Carolina University child development and family relations professor Dr. Mark White is among a group of researchers who are investigating whether the generation gap truly exists.

Researchers in The Generations Project are seeking volunteers to complete a survey that should highlight generational differences related to the economy, society, workplace, family and relationships.

Dr. Mark White

White said that the concept of a generation gap is generally accepted.  “We talk about the silent generation, baby boomers, the millennials, and generation x and y,” he said.

“However, there are very little empirical data documenting clear and consistent generational differences,” White said.

White said that The Generations Project is among the first research studies nationwide that examines similarities and differences between the generations.

“The findings will provide insights into some of the larger societal trends that may play out in government, business, education, and families. The results we obtain will provide data to inform educational and business practices, workplace interactions, and public policy,” he said.

The researchers are seeking volunteers to take a survey related to the economy, society, workplace, family and relationships. Participants of all ages are asked to log in to take a 30- to 45-minute survey by Dec. 1 at http://www.generations-project.com/index.html.

Survey participants are anonymous and will not be contacted.

In addition to White, the Generation Project researchers include Drs. W. Jared DuPree, assistant professor in family therapy at the University of Houston – Clear Lake; Tim Rarick, Brigham Young University – Idaho; Katherine Hertlein, assistant professor in the marriage and family therapy program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Mary Short, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Houston – Clear Lake; Sharon Hall, professor of psychology at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. White is associate professor of child development and family relations in the ECU College of Human Ecology.

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For additional information, contact White at 252-737-2076 or by e-mail,
 whitem@ecu.edu

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Irish speaker at ECU for Hurricane Irene

An Irish newspaper carries the story of a safety consultant scheduled to speak at ECU after Hurricane Irene. Click on the image for a larger size.

 

East Carolina University was mentioned in The Irish News in a story entitled, “Safety consultant caught in hurricane a second time.” The story was about Philip McAleenan, who was scheduled to speak at ECU Aug.29, just after Hurricane Irene had passed through.

McAleenan managed to experience Hurricane Irene while in the United States, but he was also caught in New Orleans in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan struck. He also narrowly missed the Virginia earthquake that was felt in Greenville a few days earlier.

Although his talk was canceled by the weather, McAleenan spoke well of the ECU response to the hurricane, commenting on the efforts made to check on students and clean up after the storm.

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ECU honor society chapter to receive award

The East Carolina University Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International will receive its 10th Key Award during the organization’s 41st Biennial Convention, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Grapevine, Texas.

The award is presented by the nursing honor society to recognize chapters that display evidence of successful membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, leadership development and international collaboration. Few chapters have receive the award as frequently as the ECU chapter.

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