Board on Human Sciences Award presented to ECU professor

Dr. Elizabeth Carroll

An East Carolina University faculty member was honored in November for her contributions to research and human sciences in higher education.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities named Dr. Elizabeth “Bettie Ann” Carroll among four 2011 recipients of the Board on Human Sciences Awards. Carroll, associate professor of child development and family relations, accepted the award at the organization’s 124th annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

The award recognizes scholarship in the development and application of outreach and extension, extensively promoted and advanced human sciences in higher education; or significant contributions in developing the next generation of science scholars.

Carroll, who has been on the ECU faculty for 15 years, received the award for exceptional creativity and scholarship in the development, application and evaluation of outreach, extension and public service programs. She has worked to improve the lives of military families in North Carolina through the delivery of the program she developed in 2004, Essential Life Skills for Military Families. Using a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she created the program to help strengthen marriages and couple relationships by providing an engaging, evidence and skills-based curriculum for National Guard and Reserve families.

The other recipients of the awards were Penny A. Ralston of Florida State University; Mary McPhail Gray of McPhail Consulting Services it Taos, N.Mex.; and Matthew Hickey of Colorado State University.

“The Board on Human Sciences Awards recognizes outstanding members of our higher education community who have made substantial contributions to our field,” said Billie Collier, dean and professor of textiles and consumer sciences in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University and BoHS chair. “BoHS members are proud to recognize the important contributions of four scholars who have made a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. For more information, visit



ECU offers summer medical education program

College students and recent graduates who are aiming for a career as a physician can hone their science and research skills during an eight-week summer program at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

ECU’s Summer Program for Future Doctors is an intensive educational program that allows participants to experience the demands of a medical school curriculum. It will be May 14-July 12, 2012. The only requirement is that students be North Carolina residents. Minorities, disadvantaged and non-traditional students, along with all other students, are encouraged to apply

Students should have satisfactorily completed one year of biology, chemistry and physics. Organic chemistry is strongly encouraged. The program is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for living expenses. Eligible students will receive stipends.

The application deadline is March 2. Applications and more information are online at



ECU to host Great Decisions community forum

East Carolina University will host the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program Jan. 14 through March 3.

The program will run for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rivers West Building auditorium. The schedule of meetings, topics and speakers is as follows:

  • Jan. 14: Cybersecurity
    Retired USAF Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr., executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, and visiting professor of the practice, Duke University School of Law.
  • Jan. 21:  Indonesia
    Dr. Alethia Cook, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University
  • Jan. 28: State of the oceans
    Dr. David Kimmel, Department of Biology, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 4:  Energy geopolitics
    Dr. Richard Ericson, Department of Economics, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 11: Promoting democracy
    Dr. Dursun Peksen, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 18: Mexico
    Dr. Angela Thompson, Department of History, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 25: Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq
    Dr. Austin Long, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • March 3: Middle East realignment
    Nathan Lean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Now in its eighth year in Greenville, the Great Decisions Program is sponsored by ECU and the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. For the general public, the fee is $37 for all eight sessions with a $19 textbook expense. Individual sessions are $6.

For additional information, visit the Great Decisions web site or contact Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning at (252) 328-5520 or at Registration is available on the web site.


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.