New health education and promotion chair selected

Dr. Don Chaney has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion following a national search.

Chaney

Chaney

Chaney comes to ECU from the University of Florida, where he served as the assistant dean for distance education and outreach and the associate director for the Center for Digital Health and Wellness in the College of Health and Human Performance. A former faculty member in ECU’s Department of Health Education and Promotion, he has also held appointments at Texas A&M University and the University of Alabama.

Chaney’s research interests include technology integration in health and online learning/professional development.  The majority of his publications are related to distance education course development and technological applications.

“I am honored to be back at East Carolina University and leading what I believe to be one of the best, if not the best, faculty in health education and promotion in the country,” said Chaney.  “Graduates from our programs in athletic training, school health education, community and worksite health promotion and environmental health are making a real difference in the health of Eastern North Carolinians,” he continued.

Chaney is the past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Health Studies.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1999 in fitness management from the University of North Alabama.  In 2000 he received a master’s degree in health education and promotion from Mississippi State University and in 2003 he earned a doctorate in health education and promotion from the University of Alabama.

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ECU dental faculty member honored for research

Dr. Roopwant Kaur, clinical assistant professor of operative dentistry at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, was honored for her contributions to research at the annual UNC Graduate School Recognition Celebration at UNC-Chapel Hill.Kaur, Roopwant

A 2012 graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Kaur was among 23 alumni to receive the external fellowship award in recognition of research funded by sources outside the university. She was the only awardee chosen from the Department of Operative Dentistry.

Kaur’s thesis project, “Influence of dentin desensitizers on the microtensile bond strengths of self-etch and etch-and-rinse adhesives to dentin,” was funded by Heraeus Kulzer, a leading supplier of dental products and materials.

She also received a 2012 Bloc Travel Grant from the American Association for Dental Research and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for research, travel and presentation at the International Association of Dental Research annual meeting in Foz De Iguazu, Brazil.

In addition, she received the Elsie and Baxter Sapp Fellowship established by Dr. Baxter Sapp, a general dentist in Durham, and his wife, Elsie. The fund supports outstanding post-doctoral students pursuing advanced degrees at the School of Dentistry.

A 2005 graduate of Buddha Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital in Patna, India, Kaur completed residency training at Government Dental College and Hospital in Jaipur, India. She earned a master of science and certificate in operative dentistry in 2012 from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Kaur is a faculty member in ECU’s Department of General Dentistry; she teaches both pre-clinical and clinical courses. Her current research topic is “Effect of instructions delivery format (Ibook vs oral presentation) on the outcome of a pre-clinical wax carving exercise.”

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ECU appreciation lunch, fair set for Aug. 6

SEANC District 65 at ECU will host an Appreciation Lunch and Vendor Fair on Aug. 6 at the Tipsy Teapot, 409 Evans Street in Greenville.

Admission is free with an ECU 1Card, SEANC ID or a valid state ID.

The first 100 people in the door will receive a free lunch from Tipsy Teapot, compliments of District 65, along with a SEANC shopping tote with coupons from local businesses, a copy of The Daily Reflector, a bag of Logan’s peanuts and a chance to win one of more than 15 door prizes.

Names of SEANC members who bring a non-member will be entered in a drawing for two ECU football tickets to a game of  choice (excluding West Virginia game).

Representatives from the Raleigh SEANC office will be on hand to provide updates on issues facing state employment and answer questions about membership benefits, insurance programs and other benefits of being a SEANC member.

More than 20 vendors will offer information, coupons, prizes and items for sale. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned items for the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina.

SEANC is the South’s leading state employees’ association with 55,000 members. District 65 represents members from East Carolina University.

For more information about SEANC or the vendor fair, or to provide coupons for the event, contact Lynn Tuthill at 917-4987, Alicia Simpson at 744-5101 or Gloria Evans at 744-9678.

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Allied Health faculty earn accolades

Faculty in the College of Allied Health Sciences have reported a number of publications and accolades this summer.

Bonita Sasnett and Robert J. Campbell (Department of Health Services and Information), published “The Utility of the Team Notebook as a Teaching Tool for Team Learning,” in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Health Administration Education.

Martha Chapin, professor in the Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies, and ECU doctoral graduate Andrew Byrne published, “Ethical Decision making Applied to Social Networking” in The Journal of Rehabilitation.

Leigh W. Cellucci, associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, was elected to a three-year term on the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Board of Directors during the organization’s annual meeting in June.

AUPHA is the accrediting association for ECU’s undergraduate degree in health services management. Its membership includes more than 180 graduate and undergraduate programs in North America along with hundreds of personal and corporate members. Its faculty and individual members represent more than 400 colleges and universities.

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ECU researchers uncover secrets related to fat, estrogen

Research by an East Carolina University professor and co-authors could generate ideas on how fat interacts with estrogen to cause problem areas for weight gain in women.

Hickner

Hickner

Dr. Bob Hickner, professor in the ECU Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance, worked with Kathleen Gavin, a post doc fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver; ECU alumnus Dustin Raymer and ECU graduate student Elizabeth Cooper.

The team determined that estrogen’s effect on fat depends on where the fat deposit is located. Those effects could explain why some premenopausal women have difficulty losing their pear shape even when they exercise. They could also help generate some new ideas on how estrogen in fat may influence why postmenopausal women tend to accumulate more fat in the abdomen.

The authors suggest that more research is necessary to better understand the mechanisms behind how and why estrogen acts in these differential ways.

The article is titled, “Estradiol Effects on Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Lipolysis in Premenopausal Women are Adipose Tissue Depot Specific and Treatment Dependent.” It appears in the June edition of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, published by the American Physiological Society, and available at http://bit.ly/1aKKegY.

Hickner is director of the Ph.D. program in bioenergetics and exercise science at ECU and co-director of research at the Center for Health Disparities Research.

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