The ECU Ceramics Guild Chili Bowl sale is underway at the Jenkins Fine Arts building (Oct. 31 through 4 p.m.). Free chili is offered with any bowl purchase.
East Carolina University became Food Lion’s MVP this weekend when the grocery store chain donated $100,000 to support fellowships and a scholarship.
The donation will establish the first university-wide doctoral fellowships for Operation Re-Entry North Carolina and an endowed scholarship in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences. The Operation Re-Entry initiative is centered on research and projects that help veterans return to civilian life after service.
The presentation was made during halftime at ECU’s home football game against Navy on Oct. 27, which was Military Appreciation Day.
The partnership goes back to September 2010, when 15 employers were selected to receive the U.S. Secretary of Defense Freedom Award in recognition of their support of the guard and reserve.
Two of the employers were from North Carolina: ECU and Food Lion. At that time, the two organizations vowed to partner and continue to provide a superior level of support to the military, said Pat Frede, ECU development officer in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
“We thank Food Lion for their generosity, support and dedication to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces,” said Frede, a Navy veteran and reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer who served a 14-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2010-2011.
Eleven occupational therapy graduate students at East Carolina University were inducted Oct. 29 in the Delta Beta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni.
The chapter is the only one in North Carolina and one of 80 active chapters in the United States, said Dr. Leonard Trujillo, chairman of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Inductees are Alana Justice, Keli Alana McColl, Chelsey McKeel, Kelly Michelle Pippin, Stacia Pomeroy, Monica Powell, Brittany Robertson, Erin Schofield, Sarah E. Timmons, Farrell Wiggins and Caitlin Zawistowicz. Dr. Denise Donica is the faculty advisor.
The society recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in professional entry-level programs at accredited education programs across the United States. Pi Theta Epsilon supports the development of occupational science and the practice of occupational therapy by promoting research and scholarly activities of its members.
Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, was guest speaker and Trujillo made closing remarks.
For more information on Pi Theta Epsilon, visit http://www.aotf.org.
For information on the occupational therapy program at ECU, go to http://www.ecu.edu/ah.
Research on spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis are among the topics to be discussed at the 14th annual East Carolina University Neuroscience Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The daylong event will be at the Brody Medical Sciences Building at East Carolina University. It’s open to the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Opening remarks are at 11:45 a.m., and the event lasts until 5 p.m.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Oscar Lopez, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. His talk is titled “Prevention and Risk Factors for Dementia in the Elderly.”
Other topics to be discussed are “bath salts” drugs, the psychology of pain and regenerative axon growth in neurons, research aimed at repairing nerve damage.
The program is jointly sponsored by the national and Eastern Carolina chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the Harriet and John Wooten Laboratory of Alzheimer’s Disease and Neurodegenerative Disease Research.
The event is $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens
For information about the event or to register, visit http://www.ecu.edu/neurochapter.
An article by ECU biology professor Jinling Huang, with co-authors, appeared in the latest issue of the online publication Nature Communications.
According to a press release from the online journal, Huang’s research indicates that transfer of genes from one species to another helped moss species adapt to life on land. Horizontal gene transfer – from one species to another – may not be uncommon in land plants, the release said.
The article, “Widespread impact of horizontal gene transfer on plant colonization of land,” is available at http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n10/full/ncomms2148.html.