ECU Environmental Health Society Honors New Members

Pictured from left to right, the inductees that attended the ceremony were: Charles Humphrey (faculty), Eric Green (graduate student), Christina Booth (undergraduate student), Juanluis Carrasco (undergraduate student), Caitlyn Daron (undergraduate student), Stephanie Richards (Epsilon Nu Eta faculty advisor), Jaron Herring (undergraduate student), Jonathan Harris (graduate student - Epsilon Nu Eta President), Eliot Anderson-Evans (graduate student), Jo Anne Balanay (faculty), Timothy Kelley (faculty).

The fall 2011 induction ceremony for the East Carolina University chapter of Epsilon Nu Eta recognized undergraduate and graduate students who have shown exemplary scholastic achievement as environmental health majors .

For induction into the society, undergraduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and rank in the top 25% of all Environmental Health undergraduate students.  Graduate students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and rank in the top 33% of all Environmental Health graduate students.

Members can also be inducted based on exemplary character and professional service to the field of environmental health.

The guest speaker at the ceremony was Kelly Shook, health sciences coordinator for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at ECU.

Thirty-one students and faculty members were honored with a certificate for their achievement at the event.



New online site created for history students, educators

A new online site for history educators and students at ECU is called The History Educator.

East Carolina University professors Dr. Larry Tise and Dr. Allen Guidry have created an online site for history educators and students. Entitled “The History Educator,” the site is available at

The site serves as an interactive tool and repository for research projects and writings from ECU faculty and students. The site includes a blog, network, discussion forum and links to additional sites of historical importance.

Tise said the site is a collaboration between historians and history educators at the university “to give recognition, continuing support and professional encouragement to history educators who have been awarded history education degrees from the university.”

“A further goal of the collaboration is to make a more effective use of those works that are already being accomplished by those rising and veteran history educators,” he said.

Tise said the site was designed for history educators, as a place that encourages active collaboration, promotes discussion of ideas and concerns, offers tools and assistance and provides a venue for them to display their research.

Tise is a professor of history in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Guidry is a professor in the ECU College of Education.




Terrorism conference set for April 2012 at ECU

East Carolina University will host an international Conference on Terrorism April 19-20, 2012. A call for papers has been issued, with a deadline of Dec. 30. Read the Call for Conference Proposals.

This will be the fourth in a series of conferences on morality and terrorism. The organizing committee invites scholars of psychology, political science, security studies, philosophy, theology and all other relevant disciplines to participate.



Digital exhibit documents Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack

An image from the digital collection at ECU depicts an attempt to rescue survivors near the USS West Virginia during the Dec. 7, 1941 raid on Pearl Harbor.

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, members of the Joyner Library at East Carolina University have encouraged individuals to visit the digital exhibit, “Day of Infamy, 1941-2001.”

Professor Jonathan Dembo curated the exhibit 10 years ago, drawing from resources in the East Carolina Manuscript Collection. The collection includes many manuscript collections and oral histories pertaining to World War II, with particular emphasis on naval history.



ECU eye-tracking research examines gaze changes while viewing art

An image from the eye-tracking study under way at ECU shows eye motion while viewing a work of art. (Contributed photo)

Collaborative work by Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green (Art Education) and Dr. Nicholas Murray (Kinesiology) examines the relation between vision, cognition and language by collecting eye-tracking data from individuals viewing art work.

The study demonstrates significant gaze changes depending upon the cognitive goal of the view.

Download full description of the study here:  ECU eyetracking study