Schulman awarded Ph.D.

Kathleen Schulman, interim chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, completed her Ph.D. requirements at Capella University in August. Her degree is in education with a specialization in instructional design for online learning.

Her dissertation is entitled, “A Qualitative Case Study of Instructional Support for Web-Based Simulated Laboratory Exercises in Online college Chemistry Laboratory Courses.”

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Summers honored with distinguished professorship

An East Carolina University biology professor was named the first recipient of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The recipient, Dr. Kyle Summers, has worked at ECU for 15 years. He has taught courses including evolutionary ecology, infectious disease, genetics and tropical ecology. Summers has also mentored students by serving as committee chair for 13 graduate students and as a faculty member on 24 graduate student thesis and dissertation committees.

Dr. Kyle Summers

His research on poison frogs has garnered international recognition, including  highlights in National Geographic magazine, BBC Wildlife and Scientific American. He has also attracted attention for his research on the evolution of monogamy and for his research in evolutionary medicine. Summers has received nearly 20 grants that total more than $740,000 and co-authored more than 70 journal articles and 50 scientific papers.

“I am extremely pleased and grateful to be the first recipient of this award,” said Summers.

“My research interests are broad, and I hope to use the professorship as a platform to connect my main field of interest (evolution) to many threads of research that are pursued on this campus, including animal behavior, ecology, speciation, systematics, tropical biology, molecular genetics and genomics, infectious disease and medical science.”

Summers is a member of the Animal Behavior Society, American Society of Naturalists, International Society of Behavioral Ecology, Society for the Study of Evolution, Research and Analysis Network for Neotropical Amphibians, National Center for Science Education and the Sigma Xi Society. In 2008, he was appointed to the editorial board of the journal, Ideas in Ecology and Evolution.

Summers holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Following postdoctoral research appointments at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Queen’s University, Cambridge University and the University of California at Davis, Summers joined the faculty of ECU in 1996 as an assistant professor of biology.

Established by the Harriot College’s Advancement Council, the professorship requires active engagement in research and publication, teaching at least one course per term, communication of research results to the university through lectures and/or presentations and leadership in helping the university community understand more fully the importance of science and mathematics in higher education and day-to-day life.

“The establishment of this award will go a long way toward highlighting and promoting the importance of scientific research on this campus,” Summers said.

For additional information, contact Summers at 252-328-6304 or summersk@ecu.edu.

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ECU students rack up top design awards at conference

Three East Carolina University students were recognized for their creative design skills in a regional “Steal This Idea” design competition.  The competition was part of the Association of College Unions International Region 5 conference held Oct. 21-23 in Charlotte.

The ECU student winners were senior Richard Griffis, senior Patrick Schrader and Zachary Boslau, who graduated in May 2011. The Pirate trio collected six awards in the nine categories, which included student logo/brands, student posters and student advertisements.

Griffis, from Burlington, N.C., racked up three awards: 1st place for a poster design for a sushi rolling class, 3rd place for the Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization logo, and 1st place for the student advertisement category for his design of a Pre-Veterinary Medical Association advertisement.

Schrader, from Fairfax, Va., claimed two honorable mention awards, one in the student logo/brand category for his Student Government Association design and one in the student poster category for the Murder Mystery Dinner poster design.

Boslau, from Elizabeth City, won an honorable mention award for a Construction Management Association design in the student logo/brand category.

All three students are graphic design student workers with ECU Student Activities and Organizations, which supports the more than 320 ECU student organizations with a variety of marketing materials and graphic art designs.

To view the designs, visit the conference website at www.acui5.uncc.edu, then click on “Steal This Idea.”

For more information, contact Emily McLamb, associate director of ECU Student Activities and Organizations at (252) 737-2003 or via email at mclambe@ecu.edu.

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Workshop to focus on open government, public information

A fall workshop on Public Records and Open Meetings will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 221 Mendenhall Student Center, East Carolina University. Registration opens at 1:30 p.m.

The workshop is sponsored by ECU’s Department of Political Science and the Sunshine Center at Elon University.

Presentations will focus on the importance of making public information available to the public. Topics include research on the impact of open government, how the media and government work together to share public information with citizens and the role of the Sunshine Center in fostering open government in North Carolina.

Speakers include Dr. Carmine Scavo, ECU Department of Political Science; Dr. Brooke Barnett, executive director of the Sunshine Center; Dr. Ed Johnson, Department of Communications, Campbell University; and Charles Twardy, ECU School of Communication.

A panel discussion on open government and public records will include Brian Colligan, editorial page editor at the Greenville Daily Reflector; Steve Hawley, public information officer with the city of Greenville; and Dr. Peter Romary, director of Student Legal Services at ECU.

Additional information about the speakers is as follows:

  • Carmine Scavo is an associate professor of political science. He has taught at ECU for 26 years and directed the master of public administration program for 10 years. He co-directs the ECU Outreach Network and the N.C. Talent Enhancement Program, which work with small local governments and non-profits in eastern North Carolina. He and Charles Prysby of UNC-Greensboro won the 2006 Rowman-Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching of the American Political Science Association.
  • Brooke Barnett is executive director of the Sunshine Center at Elon University where she is also an associate professor of communications, an administrative fellow and special assistant to the university president. Before her career in academics, Barnett worked for the Public Broadcasting System for five years where she produced several award-winning documentary films.
  • Brian Colligan has been the editorial page editor of the Greenville Daily Reflector since 2004. He holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a master of public administration from ECU.  Colligan’s work has been recognized with the N.C. Press Association’s 2001 and 2006 Best Editorial Writing award and the 2010 Editorial Page award.
  • Steve Hawley is communications manager and public information officer for the city of Greenville where his work has won Excellence in Communications Awards from North Carolina City and County Communicators. He hosts the city of Greenville’s public access television show “City Scene” and was a WITN-TV on-air personality.
  • Ed Johnson is associate professor of communication studies at Campbell University in Buies Creek. In 2005 he was named Professor of the Year by the Ad Club of the Triangle. He taught advertising and public relations in Missouri and Nebraska before his time at Campbell University.
  • Peter Romary is director of student legal services at ECU. He holds a law degree of UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a British law degree. Originally a British subject, he now holds U.S. citizenship. In 2004, he was the recipient of a knighthood in recognition of his work combating violence against women and in the same year received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
  • Charles Twardy is an instructor in the School of Communication at ECU. He holds a master of science in journalism and a master of arts in English from Northwestern University. His published work has appeared in newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The State (Columbia, SC), Orlando Sentinel, Raleigh News and Observer as well as journals such as World Architecture, Architectural Record, and German Life.

Register ahead by sending an e-mail titled “Workshop Registration” to ncopengov@elon.edu. Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number and affiliation (name of business, organization, government agency, university, etc.). On-site registration will be accommodated as space allows. By registering ahead, you ensure your reservation and that you will receive updates about the event, including parking and other important details.

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For additional information about the workshop, contact Carmine Scavo at 252-737-2335 or scavoc@ecu.edu.

 

 

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