Nanoscience roundtable to be held at ECU

A roundtable discussion of safety in nanoscience will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

The event, entitled “An Ounce of Prevention: Developing Safe Nanomaterials for Commercial Use,” draws leaders in nanoscience from government, academic and industry to network and share solutions that conserve energy and resources while eliminating the generation of hazardous substances.

Schedule of activities for the roundtable is as follows:

5 – 5:30 p.m. Registration and networking
5:30 – 5:35 p.m. Welcome, ECU Vice Chancellor for Research Deirdre Mageean
5:35 – 6:05 p.m. Nigel Walker, deputy program director for science, National Toxicology Program, National Institutes of Health,  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
6:05 – 6:35 p.m. Jared Brown, assistant professor of pharmacology, East Carolina University
6:35 – 7:05 p.m. Gary Casuccio, vice president, RJ Lee Group
7:05 – 7:10 p.m. Closing remarks
7:10 – 8 p.m. Networking

This event is a collaboration between the Center of Innovation for Nanbiotechnology ( and Science at Starlight, a regional intellectual exchange group, organized by the Eastern Region office of the NC Biotech Center.

For additional information about the event or to register, visit




ECU welcomes nationally known TV personality Kevin “Food Dude” Roberts to campus on Sept. 13th

East Carolina University welcomes Kevin Roberts to campus on Sept. 13 for a special event, which will include an onstage cooking demonstration, lecture and discussion time with students.

Roberts, known as the “Food Dude,” will be the featured speaker for a program called the “Freshman Fifteen” which will be held at 7 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre.  He has a knack for creativity and healthy eating in the kitchen and enjoys opportunities to share this with college students.

The Food Dude has appeared on more than 100 local and national television shows including The Today Show, CBS’ Early Show and The Food Network and is a regular contributor on Better TV.

In addition to touring college campuses nationwide to talk about healthy eating, he has penned two cookbooks and is owner and executive chef of four sports bar/tavern concepts in San Diego.   His acclaimed cookbook, “Munchies”, is targeted towards the struggle to find quick, simple and tasty alternatives to grab-and-go meals and fast food.

Many of his recipes like west coast wings, tater tot hash and cinnamon roasted grapefruit have the goal of showing there is more to cooking than complex recipes and expensive ingredients.

Roberts, who was also a top ten finalist on The Next Food Network Star will arrive on campus and begin prepping for his lecture and presentation around 5:30 p.m.  He also plans on making visits at some dining locations as well as hosting a meet and greet with students after the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board, Campus Wellness’ Arrrgh You Eating Well? program and the ECU Residence Hall Association.  For more information about this event, contact Emily McLamb, associate director for Student Involvement at (252) 737-2003 or visit the Student Activities website at

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ECU Phi Delta Kappa Chapter to hold dinner meeting

The East Carolina Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization for educators, will host a dinner meeting Sept. 14 at Brook Valley Country Club. A social event begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

PDK grant winners will report on grant progress at the meeting in the following presentations:  ECU Education professors Elizabeth Swaggerty and Tanya Cannon and ECU alumnus Kelley Bunn, “Changing Up Middle School Reading Instruction”; Student Success Academy Coordinator for Pitt County Schools Robin Dailey, “Student Success Academy for Rising 6th Graders and Middle School Students”; and Mary Beth Corbin, director of ECU’s Office of Student Transitions and First Year Programs, “African America Male Mentoring Program (AAMMP)”.

Reservations for the event should be made by Sept. 12 through Kurt Garner ( or Dawn Shelton (at Dawn Shelton Speight 210A, ECU, Greenville, NC  27858).  Dinner and gratuity costs $15, payable in advance or at the door, with all checks made to PDK-East Carolina Chapter.

PDK is a professional organization that welcomes public school educators and administrators and university and community college faculty and students. Membership is not necessary before attending a meeting. Contact Kurt Garner for membership information.



Articles published by Business faculty

An article by Marketing and Supply Chain Management faculty Christy Ashley and Jason Oliver, “Consumer and Retail Employee Perceptions of Branded Events in Retail Settings,” appeared in the Journal of Marketing at Retail.

An article by Tracy Tuten (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Social Media and Its Role in Direct and Interactive IMC: Implications for Practitioners and Educators,” was published in the International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications.

An article by Christy Ashley (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “The Differential Effect of Ad Novelty and Message Usefulness on Brand Judgments,” appeared in the Journal of Advertising.