ECU researchers to study farming in southwestern Jamaica

East Carolina University researchers Jeff Popke and Scott Curtis (Geography) received three-year funding of $275,000 for their project, “Vulnerability and Resilience Among Small Farmers in Jamaica: An Assessment of Climate Change, Economic Stress, and the Role of Water Management.”

In collaborative research with Doug Gamble of UNC-Wilmington, Curtis and Popke will study southwestern Jamaica to identify the vulnerability and resilience of small scale Caribbean farming in the face of climate change and economic transformation. The research team is addressing water as a mediator between vulnerability and local outcomes. Case study farms will be selected based on irrigation practices: hand watering, drip irrigation, pipe and sprinkler, and greenhouse delivery.




ECU professor leads, blogs about Jordan excavation

Photographs from the Petra North Ridge project show students at work on the excavation. A number of additional photographs are available on the blog at


East Carolina University archaeologist Dr. Megan Perry, associate professor of Anthropology, is co-directing the first of three scheduled excavations in Jordan. A blog of daily activities and photographs from the excavation, which began May 19, is available at

Dr. S. Thomas Parker, professor of history at NCSU, co-directs the excavation, which includes 10 professional archaeologists, 20 students and 20 Jordanian workers.

Teams are investigating 1st century tombs, domestic structures built against the northern city wall of Petra, and a domestic complex near the tombs. In a blog about the project, Parker said, “We hope that the tombs will yield evidence about the still mysterious Nabataeans, the Arabs who built the magnificent city of Petra, recently voted one of the “’Seven Wonders of the Modern World.’

“Both domestic complexes apparently post-date the tombs and may produce evidence about the history of the city after the Roman takeover of A.D. 106. Finally, the excavation of the city wall may settle the question of the date of Petra’s city wall,” he said.

In a May 28 blog posting, Perry reported findings of clear evidence that will help the researchers date the city wall.

Parker and Perry have extensive experience in archaeological projects in Jordan. Parker has worked in Jordan since 1975 and Perry since 1993. ECU and NCSU support the projects, completed under permit by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities.

The project is sponsored by the directors’ universities and works under permit by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities.

Three field seasons are envisioned in 2012, 2014, and 2016, with final publication to follow. The project will also focus on the conservation and presentation of this area as a cultural resource.



College of Fine Arts and Communication names interim associate deans

Drs. Laura Prividera and  Jeffery Ward were named interim associate deans of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Prividera is the associate director of the School of Communication. She will continue in that role on a half-time basis and also serve half-time as the interim associate dean for Graduate Studies and Summer School.

Ward is an associate professor of music education. He will continue half-time in that position and also serve half-time as interim associate dean for Assessment.

Both appointments will begin June 1.





ECU alumnus to lead national Boy Scouts of America

East Carolina University alumnus Wayne Brock, a music education graduate, was selected to lead the national Boy Scouts of America organization.

A graduate of South Lenoir High School, Brock was a scout in Kinston, where he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award.

He has served in a variety of scouting leadership positions since 1972. Brock’s roles have included district executive in New Bern; a scout executive in Athens, Ga.; area director and scout executive in Orlando, Fla., Southern Region regional director; and assistant chief scout executive.

He will assume the office Sept. 1.


Business professor publishes two articles

East Carolina University business professor Mauro Falasca (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) has published two articles: “A two-stage procurement model for humanitarian relief supply chains,” in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management and “”Helping a Small Development Organization Manage Volunteers More Efficiently,” in the journal, Interfaces.