Edwards to direct master of science in sustainable tourism

East Carolina University sociology professor Dr. Bob Edwards will assume the position of graduate director for the master of science in sustainable tourism. He will also serve as director for academic programs. Edwards will transition into the role held by Dr. Joseph Fridgen, who plans to retire at the end of the academic year.

Dr. Bob Edwards

Edwards spent 10 years in government and non-profit work before arriving at ECU. He was a community organized for an African America community action agency in Arlington, Va., a conflict mediator for tenants and landlords, and a program administrator in Arlington’s Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development. He served the Montgomery County Public Schools as institutional researcher and policy analyst.

Edwards has published five edited volumes and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  His work has appeared in some of his discipline’s leading journals including the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Problems and Social Forces.

He has been an active mentor of student research and received ECU’s Graduate Scholar Award in 2009. He was awarded a faculty-in-residence fellowship from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2006 and a summer-scholar-in-residence fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2000. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in sociology from The Catholic University of America (1995).



ECU plans events tied to ‘Picking Cotton,’ Pirate Read

N.C. Center on Actual Innocence focus of Tuesday presentation

Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino (Contributed photo)

Christine Mumma, executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, and former Supreme Court Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. will visit the East Carolina University campus Tuesday night as part of Pirate Read’s special events.

Mumma and Lake will present “Working Towards Correcting and Preventing Wrongful Convictions” at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in Room C307 of the ECU Science and Technology Building.

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East Carolina University welcomes O.A.R. for 2011 Homecoming concert

East Carolina University will host the platinum-selling group O.A.R. Oct. 27 at Williams Arena, Minges Coliseum. The 4th annual Homecoming Concert will begin at 7 p.m.; doors to Williams Arena will open at 5:30 p.m.

The O.A.R. fall tour will feature fan favorites including the smash hits “Shattered,” “This Town,” “Love and Memories,” and “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker” as well as music from the new album including King’s first single, “Heaven.” The concert will also feature Company of Thieves and Matt Corey.

Tickets priced at $18 for ECU students and $33 for non-ECU students may be purchased through ECU Central Ticket Office at Mendenhall Student Center or at www.ecuarts.com.

Concert entrance rules include the following: no one under 16 admitted without adult, no backpacks, bags and purses must be smaller than 10” X 10”, bags are subject to search.

The concert is sponsored by the ECU Student Activities Board. For additional information, contact Emily McLamb at (252) 737-2003 or visit www.ecu.edu/sab.



Russian education leaders at ECU to learn about global understanding program

East Carolina University will host 11 education leaders from Ural State University in Russia Sept. 23.

The Russian guests and two interpreters will learn about ECU’s Global Understanding Program and discuss how East Carolina has become the state’s leader in distance education. The visitors will also learn about possible international linkages such as the Global Academic Initiatives at ECU.

East Carolina began its Global Academic Initiatives several years ago with a global understanding course that offers an opportunity to study abroad with students from other countries without ever leaving ECU’s campus.

The global initiatives, which also includes global lectures and research opportunities, has grown to more than 30 universities and 23 countries around the globe, including Lomonosov Moscow State, Maritime State University and Tomsk State Pedagogical University in Russia.

For more information, contact Dr. Austin Bunch, ECU Senior Associate Provost at (252) 328-0607.

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‘Skeeters’: They’re big. They’re biting.

Dr. Alice Anderson is an expert on mosquito diseases and control. (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)

In eastern North Carolina, they’re most likely called “Skeeters,” but regardless of the name, mosquito populations surge after rains like those brought by Hurricane Irene and the rain expected to hit the area this week. ECU environmental health sciences professor Alice Anderson in the College of Health and Human Performance is an expert on mosquito control and diseases. Below she addresses some common issues related to the pests.

  • What do you recommend as a repellent for people to use while outdoors? I recommend any product with DEET in it.  Children should use DEET products with less than 30% active ingredient.  There are a few others that are helpful, but for an outdoor job or event, DEET products are the standard.
  • Have cases of mosquito-borne diseases increased since Hurricane Irene?
    In North Carolina there have been no cases that we know of in humans this year; however, there is no one keeping surveillance records since the state reorganized some departments and dissolved the Public Health Pest Management Section.  The state health department records human cases, but none have been reported to my knowledge.  Veterinary cases, which sometimes preceed human cases, are reported to the NCDA, but I have not heard anything in that regard this year.  There was a human case of EEE in Virginia since the hurricane.
  • How long does “mosquito season” typically last? Mosquito season in N.C. lasts until late January.  Activity is reduced after continuous temperatures below 50 Degrees F, but many mosquitoes can resume biting if the daytime temperatures rise above that.
  • Is it too late in the season for larvicide spraying to have a large impact now? Larvaciding can continue all year.  There are products that can be placed in wetland areas during the winter that only become activated when there is a thaw of water (90+ day Briquettes) and others that are for shorter term placement.  The key to larvaciding is finding where the mosquitoes breed.  Surveillance and mapping are critical so that larvacides can be placed in locations that have a record of breeding.  Mosquito control professionals use dippers to continually test wet areas throughout the year so that they can map the breeding areas.  Ditches that breed can be treated with 30-day briquettes, or a ditch can be treated right after a flooding rain with granular larvacide. There are many options in a professional larvaciding operation.
  • What tips do you recommend to minimize the backyard from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Backyards must be CAREFULLY inspected to locate even the smallest water holding objects.  For example, tires are great breeders. Even clogged gutters on houses, tree holes high in trees, a plastic teaspoon, a plastic shutter resting on the ground, can breed mosquitoes in 5-6 days during warm rainy weather.  Some communities in other states have inspectors who can go on citizen’s property and inspect for these breeding sites, helping owners to eliminate them.  In NC this is not allowed, but owners can “tip and toss” EVERYTHING.  Saving rainwater in barrels is a good conservation move, but a SCREEN must be tight and placed on top to keep the barrel from being a mega-breeding site.There is a good site for backyard education on the North Carolina Mosquito and Vector Control Association Website. http://www.ncmvca.org/There is also a great educational game site called “Spot the bloodsuckers” at http://archive.peabody.yale.edu/explore/spot-the-bloodsuckers/index.html




East Carolina Alumni Association hosts alumni tailgate

The East Carolina Alumni Association will host an alumni tailgate before the UAB vs. ECU game  from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 24.

The alumni tailgate is held outside Gate 1 of Minges Coliseum and is open to all alumni and Pirates fans. Saturday’s event features buffets catered by CPWs and ARAMARK with Pirate beverages, live entertainment by Scott Mueller ’96, and games and crafts for children.

Tickets for the event will be sold at the registration table and are $10 for Alumni Association members (please bring membership card) and $25 for non-members. Children 12 and under are free.

Fans not attending the tailgate, but who check in on Foursquare and show their status at registration, will receive a complimentary spirit poster and commemorative tailgate cup.

For additional information contact Jennifer Watson, assistant director for Alumni Communications at 252-328-4902, e-mail Jennifer.Watson@PirateAlumni.com or call the East Carolina Alumni Association at 800-ECU-GRAD.



ECU grant to benefit schools in three counties

East Carolina University was awarded a three-year mathematics science partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education for partnership with local education agencies. The program is funded at nearly $175,000 for three years.

ECU will partner with Beaufort, Craven and Wayne county schools to provide content and professional development for teachers in the K-8 physical sciences. Participating organizations from ECU include the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education and the departments of physics, mathematics, science and instructional technology education.

The partnership welcomes 25 teachers from participating schools to content knowledge sessions held on Saturdays during the school year. Sessions will include hands-on activities, experiments, inquiry-based learning and integrated pedagogical discussions.

After the school year, teachers will form teams for three days of intense work developing a curriculum unit. Teams will teach their units to students attending a five-day session at the ECU Summer Science Camp. After the first year, teacher leaders will be chosen from previous year participants to serve as mentors.

Teacher participants and leaders will earn 84 hours of face-to-face professional development.

Pre- and post-tests of teachers and students will measure content learning outcomes and student achievement. Researchers will examine whether the professional development activities positively impact student achievement when participating teachers return to a regular classroom setting. Testing will track student achievement before and after the teachers’ participation and compare students with others in the same grade level.

Principle investigator of the grant was Dr. Mark Sprague, assistant chair of undergraduate studies and associate professor in ECU’s Department of Physics.   Co-principle investigator Tammy D. Lee, teaching instructor in the ECU College of Education, worked with local educational agencies to craft the proposal.


For additional information, contact Tammy Lee at (252) 328-6736 or leeta@ecu.edu.