Toriello named chair of Dept. of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies

Paul Toriello

Dr. Paul Toriello has been named the new chair of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University effective Aug. 1.

In the addictions and rehabilitation field since 1991, Toriello has worked as a paraprofessional, case manager and clinician. He also spent several years as the training director and then clinical director of a 108-bed residential facility serving adolescents with behavior disorders and substance abuse issues.

Toriello joined ECU in 2005 after four years at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He has directed the PhD program in rehabilitation counseling and administration since 2009, and has served as the College of Allied Health Sciences’ interim assistant dean for research grants since 2011. In the role of principal investigator, Toriello conceived and started an addictions treatment clinic in 2007, and developed it into a state-licensed substance abuse intensive outpatient program.

He has participated in more than $5 million in projects funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies. He is president-elect of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

Toriello earned his Doctor of Rehabilitation, specializing in substance related disorders, from the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He received a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University. He is a board-licensed clinical addictions specialist and a board-certified rehabilitation counselor and clinical supervisor.

Toriello replaces Dr. Lloyd Goodwin, who served as interim department chair for several years on two separate occasions.

Goodwin facilitated the new department name change to reflect its expanded emphasis; combined two graduate degree programs to improve their visibility and reflect current and future practice; and initiated the application for a new national accreditation to broaden student recruitment and employment markets for graduates, according to Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences.

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ECU grad named to ‘Hill’s Most Beautiful’ List

A screen capture from thehill.com publication shows ECU graduate Ryan Mills, selected by the publication as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s most beautiful people.

 

East Carolina University political science graduate Ryan Mills of New Bern was named one of Washington, D.C.’s most attractive in “The Hill’s Most Beautiful People” list posted on thehill.com.

A biography on the site compares Mills’ appearance as a “dead-ringer for Bobby Kennedy,” a family Mills has been fascinated with since childhood.

Read more at thehill.com. 

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In Memoriam: William Howard Waugh

ECU Professor Emeritus Dr. William Howard Waugh, former director of the Department of Clinical Sciences and former acting chair of the Department of Medicine, died July 18. Waugh was instrumental in founding the School of Medicine at ECU.

He served the university for 30 years and chaired the institutional review board for research with human subjects for 18 years. He retired in 2001, remaining active as professor emeritus in physiology. Following retirement, Waugh continued scientific research and publication, working from a laboratory at home. His last publication appeared in 2010 when he was 85.

Waugh was a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Medford, Mass., and attended Boston University and West Virginia University. He served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in WWII and with the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps in the Korean Conflict. In addition to ECU, he held faculty positions at the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Kentucky School of Medicine.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eileen Garrigan Waugh, of Greenville; children, Mark H. Waugh, of Knoxville, Tenn., Kathleen C. Waugh, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and William P. Waugh, of Goldsboro; and a grandson, Robert M. Waugh, of New York City.

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Innovators Academy expands to Edgecombe County

Teaching assistant Amy Schlosser works with student Mandi Bass to develop a product for the Innovators Academy. (Contributed photo)

 

East Carolina University took a popular on-campus summer program on the road this summer. The Middle School Innovators Academy, which teaches innovation and creative thinking through design, debuted at West Edgecombe Elementary in Edgecombe County June 25 through July 9.

Eight students attended the two-week academy, where they learned practical sketching techniques, 2-D and 3-D digital imaging, model building, presentation, marketing and patent research. Supported by faculty and students in ECU’s School of Art and Design and NCSU’s College of the Design, academy participants developed ideas for innovative patent-worthy products.

Dr. J. Ted Morris, associate vice chancellor of the Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development at ECU, said the expansion into a neighboring school district was aimed at introducing “a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship” to the county with an ultimate goal of boosting the economy.

“It was a positive experience for the faculty and teaching assistants working with the talented middle school students of Edgecombe County,” said Wayne Godwin, co-director of the academy.

The academy is a collaboration between art and design programs at ECU and NCSU, ECU’s Innovation Design Lab, and Pitt and Wake County public schools. The North Carolina Upper Coastal Plains Learning Council coordinated the Edgecombe County public schools connection with the academy.

The award-winning academy took first place last year at the University Economic Development Association’s 2011 Awards for Excellence national competition, acknowledging excellence in talent development. For additional information about the academy, or ECU’s Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development, contact Dee D. Harper at harperd@ecu.edu or visit http://www.ecu.edu/oeied.

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Chitwood speaks at Beijing conference

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr. was one of the speakers at a recent conference on robotic surgery in China.

Dr. Randolph Chitwood Jr.

Chitwood, the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Distinguished Chair and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute, spoke at the third Beijing International Symposium and Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery, held July 14-16.

The event is an opportunity for medical professionals and experts from around the world to share the latest information about robotic surgery. Chitwood, a senior associate vice chancellor and professor of cardiovascular sciences at East Carolina University, is a pioneer in robot-assisted heart surgery, particularly mitral valve repair and replacement.

A link to an interview with Chitwood at the conference is available at the workshop’s website, http://www.bisrocs.net/index.html.

 

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