ECU professor serves on vehicle technology panel

East Carolina University occupational therapy professor Dr. Anne Dickerson was one of ten experts on a panel that reviewed vehicle technologies for benefits in promoting capacity, confidence and convenience for drivers as they age.

Dickerson is the director of Research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative at ECU. She has been researching functional performance of older adults since the early 1990s. When the American Occupational Therapy Association identified older adult drivers as an emerging practice area in 2003, she began to focus on the functional performance of driving and has become one of the leading occupational therapy researchers in this growing area.

She has an occupational therapy degree from Temple University, a master’s degree in allied health education/health administration from Texas State University and a doctorate in
developmental psychology from Florida International University.

Other panel participants included practitioners and researchers with expertise in geriatric medicine, kinesiology, human factors and occupational therapy.

The study was conducted by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab.  For more information about the study, visit For details on the panel, visit


Kruse named distinguished professor

East Carolina University professor Dr. Jamie Kruse was inducted as the 2012 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor during the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 20.

The professorship is conferred upon a professor whose career exemplifies commitment to and love for knowledge and academic life, as demonstrated by outstanding teaching and advising, research and creative productivity and professional service.


Kruse is professor of economics and founding director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research. She served as the founding director of the RENCI Center for Coastal Systems Informatics and Modeling from 2006 to 2008. Kruse joined ECU in 2004. She is a member of the American Economic Association, Economic Science Association, Southern Economic Association; Society for Risk Analysis, Society of Behavioral Economics and the American Association for Wind Engineering. She serves on the board of editors for two journals: the International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, and the Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis.

Kruse has published more than 50 refereed journal articles, has authored more than two dozen reports, and has been a presenter at more than 80 symposiums, conferences and meetings within her field of research, which includes experimental economics, applied microeconomics, industrial organization, risk and mitigation, health economics and wind hazard economics. She has been a primary investigator or Co-PI on research grants totaling almost $20 million: $2.5 million while at ECU.

Kruse was most recently awarded ECU’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and in 2011 was selected as an ECU Women of Distinction Honoree.

She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona, a master’s in agricultural economics from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s in ag honors from the University of Nebraska.

For additional information, contact Kruse at 252-328-5784 or


ECU Gospel Choir performs for Congressional Black Caucus

The ECU Gospel Choir performed in Washington, D.C. Sept. 20 for the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Weekend. (Photos courtesy of Ray Rogers, Office of Congressman Butterfield)

Thirty-five musicians from the East Carolina University Gospel Choir represented the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina at the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Weekend Sept. 20. The choir was invited to perform by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who serves as second vice chair on the caucus.

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Ray Rogers, district director of the Office of Congressman Butterfield, said the ECU Gospel Choir were “great ambassadors for the Pirate Nation.”


Ballard appears on NC Spin

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard appeared Sept. 23 on an NC Spin program discussing higher education in the state.

Appearing along with Ballard and moderator Tom Campbell were Peter Hans, chair of the UNC Board of Governors; Scott Ralls, president of the NC Community Colleges; and Mary Rittling, president of Davidson County Community College.

To view the program, visit For more details about NC Spin, visit