‘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.


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.



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.


For additional information, contact White at 252-737-2076 or by e-mail,


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.



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.



Exotic locales enhance summer studies for ECU students

As part of a study abroad program, ECU students enjoyed snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia.

By Kathy Muse

Snorkeling in the waters of the largest coral formation in the world, experiencing the viability of tourism within a village community in the South Pacific, studying global health initiatives and the cultural implications of sport in European countries, were among the summer activities of students in the College of Health and Human Performance.

ECU students hiked to the base of Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland as part of study abroad programs this summer.

Students in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies visited Australia and Fiji.  The ecology and reef management policy at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia was a highlight.  While examining how zone management works to protect the reef and the marine life that it nurtures, students had the opportunity to snorkel in the warm waters.

ECU student Kaliah Lewis of Burke, Va., was among the 13 participants.  “The most memorable part of the trip was visiting the Namosi Fijian village and meeting the chief,” she said.  “The chief gave us permission to kayak down the Luva River.  We saw the most amazing scenery and waterfalls.”

“The trip was unforgettable,” Lewis said.

Lewis is pursuing an undergraduate degree in recreation and park management.

Assistant professors Dr. Cliff Watts and Dr. Paige Schneider led the students on the trip. “I could see that students gained an appreciation for the type of tourism that has minimal impact on the culture and natural resources of Fiji,” Watts said.

The Department of Health Education and Promotion offered a study abroad program focused on global health, with 30 participants traveling to Switzerland and Italy.

Michelle Royal of Raleigh, who is pursuing an M.A. in health education, enjoyed experiencing different cultures. “The best part about the trip was visiting the World Health Organization and The International Red Cross,” she said.

Teaching instructor Karen Vail-Smith said the program included visits to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees and the University of Geneva Hospital Systems. “I think we’d all agree that hiking to the base of the Matterhorn was an unforgettable experience,” she said.

Plans are underway for a trip to Ireland next May (visit www.ecu.edu/hlth for more details).

The Department of Kinesiology’s study abroad program included visiting Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Nine ECU students looked at the organization of sport within the European society, sport operations in the global economy and the cultural implications of sports.

Assistant professor Dr. Stacey Warner lead the trip, which included visits to The International Olympic Museum, FIFA Headquarters, Red Bull Worldwide Headquarters, Ferrari Headquarters & Museum, Parma Panthers American Football Club, The Hague and German Sport Universities.



ECU’s Campus Dining launches sustainable ‘TOGO’ initiative

The "TOGO" logo represents a new sustainable dining initiative under way at ECU.

East Carolina University and Campus Dining have launched a new sustainable dining initiative that should reduce the amount of waste in landfills.

The TOGO program at Todd and West End Dining Halls replaces the disposable Styrofoam containers formally used for take-out meals with a new reusable container. The program will drastically reduce waste; more than 145,000 of the Styrofoam containers ended up in ECU’s trash last year. Organizers also hope the program will encourage responsible dining habits, build community in the dining halls and reduce overall costs.

Students who sign up for the program receive a reusable container they can use to take lunch or dinner out of the dining halls. When they return the used container at either dining hall, participants may receive either a clean, reusable container or a key tag they can present for a new container on their next visit.

Participants also receive a free 17 oz. aluminum TOGO beverage bottle for taking beverages from the dining halls. The bottles may also be refilled with a fountain beverage for $.99 at any Campus Dining location.

Styrofoam containers and paper cups will no longer be provided as take-out options.

For additional information about the TOGO program, contact Joyce Sealey at (252) 328-2822 or visit www.ecu.edu/dining (click on “Sustainable”) for instructions and a “How To” video.



ECU English professor co-edits collection, publishes article

A collection co-edited by Kirk St. Amant (English) and Barry Thatcher (New Mexico State University) was published by Baywood Publishing. Entitled “Teaching Intercultural Rhetoric and Technical Communication: Theories, Curriculum, Pedagogies, and Practices,” the collection includes works that examine pedagogical practices in technical communication (including program development and program assessment) in international contexts.

The collection includes St. Amant’s essay, “Thinking globally, teaching locally: Understanding the changing nature of technical communication in an age of globalization.”


Fall 2011 Medical History Interest Group Presentations

The Fall 2011 Medical History Interest Group will present a series of presentations this semester on the 4th floor Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery at the Laupus Library.

Scheduled are the following:  “Civil War Medicine,” by Dr. David E. Long, associate professor of history in the Harriot College of Arts of Sciences, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29; “Hookworm History and Soils in NC: Massive Infection and Intervention 1910 – 1915,” by Dr. Alice Anderson, associate professor in the Department of Health Education and Promotion, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26; “African-American Health Care Providers in the Civil War,” by Dr. David Dennard, associate professor of history and director of the African and African-American Studies Program, 4:30 p.m., Oct. 24; and “A History of Twin Studies,” by Dr. Charles Boklage, professor of pediatrics at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

Refreshments will be provided. Lectures are sponsored by the Laupus Library History Collections & the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies and may be videotaped.

For directions, visit: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/maps.cfm

Information about future presentations and videos of some past presentations are at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/HOM/index.cfm.