Medical faculty members edit new publication

A new book edited by ECU professors Drs. Ronald Perkin, William Novotny and Irma Fiordalisi was published by World Scientific Press.

Titled, “The PICU Book: A Primer for Medical Students, Residents and Acute Care Practitioners,” the book is available at (

Perkin is professor and chair of pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and co-medical director of Vidant Children’s Hospital. Fiordalisi is professor and chief of pediatric critical care. Novotny is professor and critical care specialist.


Brody to hold Rural Workforce Recruiting Fair

The Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University will host a Rural Workforce Recruiting Fair on May 3rd in the new Family Medicine building, 101 Heart Drive in Greenville.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Brody School of Medicine’s attempt to create a community care medicine recruitment and referral program for underserved communities. A number of hospitals and medical providers from across the region as well as representatives from the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and the North Carolina Community Health Center Association will be at the event.

Brody residents and medical students, as well as allied health students, are encouraged to attend.

The event is supported in part with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration.


101 Heart Drive- New Family Medicine Building

Greenville, NC

2nd Floor Auditorium  2610C

May 3, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Guest Speakers: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Recruiting: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Dr. Chris Duffrin, or Molly Cashion,



ECU Staff Senate receives $2,000 for Gail Jordan Memorial Scholarship

At the $2,000 check presentation for the Gail Jordan Scholarship Fund are, left to right, Justin Boulmay, ECU Staff Senate secretary; Mandee Foushee Lancaster, ECU Staff Senate chair-elect; Mary Susan Williams, ECU Staff Senate chair; Rebecca Mikell and Ian Brinkley of Liberty Mutual; and Becky Vaughn, ECU director of benefits. (Photo by Doug Boyd)


The East Carolina University Staff Senate will accept a $2,000 check for the Gail Jordan Memorial Scholarship fund April 19 at the senate’s regular meeting.

The fund was initiated last year to provide financial support to ECU employees who wish to grow personally and professionally within their careers. Awards help employees pay for tuition and fees not covered under the university’s tuition waiver program.

Gail Jordan

The scholarship was named for a longstanding ECU employee, Gail Jordan, who retired with 36 years as a state employee. After four years in the North Carolina Department of Revenue, Jordan began working with ECU in 1973. She retired in 2005, receiving the Founders Day Award for service to the university.

Soon after her retirement, Jordan died following a battle with cancer.


School of Communication alum to receive alumnus award

John Cooper, who earned his communication degree at East Carolina University in 1989, will be given the School of Communication’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at a reception April 21.


Cooper, deputy manager of the Live Desk at NBC News Channel in Charlotte, has worked at the NBC news service for more than 20 years. NBC News Channel distributes national and international video news stories to NBC stations around the country. At the Live Desk, Cooper acts as a producer for field reporters.

Last fall, Cooper visited ECU as the keynote speaker for the fourth annual High School Media Workshop, which the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association co-sponsored.

“John Cooper has been an outstanding supporter of the School of Communication for a number of years, and we are delighted to recognize his significant contributions by giving him the Distinguished Alumnus Award,” said Dr. Linda Kean, director of the School of Communication.

The 6th Annual Spring Reception is organized by CommCrew, the School of Communication’s alumni and supporters’ organization.



Earth Day events planned at ECU

Conservation biologist Joe Roman will visit ECU as part of activities for Earth Day. Roman is author of "Listed: Dispatches From America’s Endangered Species Act," pictured above.

Several events are planned this week on the campus of East Carolina University to mark Earth Day. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Author and conservation biologist Joe Roman will speak about threatened species, the people working to save them, and why the extinction of species matters to our health and safety, our prosperity, and our joy in nature. Roman is the author of “Listed:  Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act.”His lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the Science & Technology Building, Room C307. Contact: N.C. Center for Biodiversity, 328-6718, or visit
  • The documentary, “Tapped,” which explores the issues surrounding the bottled water industry and the privatization of water. The film will be shown 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 in Joyner Library Presentation Practice Room #1415.
  • Earth Day Expo will be held Saturday at several locations, including the Howell Science Center, the West Research Campus and A Time for Science center. The day’s activities are part of the N.C. Science Festival. Contact: N.C. Center for Biodiversity, 328-6718.From 10 a.m.- 1p.m., interactive exhibits from ECU faculty will be available for children and their families at the Howell Science Center on ECU’s main campus. There will be hands-on activities, tours of biology labs and exhibits of environmentally focused local organizations.On the West Research campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children will be able to learn more about bird boxes and plants and to tour the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab during its open house. The West Research Campus is located at 1157 VOA Site C Road, Greenville.And from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at a Time for Science Center, near Ayden, nature walks and pond exploration will be available.

To learn more about Earth Day, visit