Fulbright grant enables research, teaching in Costa Rica

ECU alumnus Stuart Kent, left, visits with children while in Costa Rica on a Fulbright grant. (Contributed photo)

ECU alumnus Stuart Kent, left, visits with children while in Costa Rica on a Fulbright grant. (Contributed photo)

Greenville furniture maker and ECU alumnus Stuart Kent ’08 returned last month from a year-long teaching and research project in Costa Rica underwritten by a Fulbright Core Grant.

He worked as a visiting assistant professor of sculpture at the National University of Costa Rica in Heredia. He taught workshops on wood joinery and finishing, and helped develop a curriculum for furniture design.

The project raised awareness of two species of sustainable, tropical hardwoods. Kent organized exhibitions to demonstrate possible uses for these two trees.

Since returning to the United States he has worked to connect timber growers in Costa Rica with American lumber dealers, opening a viable path to market for a cost effective and sustainable new raw material. Kent also organized the nation’s first major international public art event, after which the works by artists from seven nations were donated to the city of Heredia.

Kent was assisted in his work by his wife, Susan Kent ’04.

 

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ECU professor emeritus receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. William Still

Dr. William Still

ECU professor emeritus Dr. William N. Still, founder and former director of the ECU Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology program, was honored with a Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award for lifetime achievements in the field of naval history.

Still was one of three recipients recognized at the McMullen Naval History Symposium, held last month at the U.S. Naval Academy. THe presentation included a video highlighting each recipients’ career, and each recipient received a medal commemorating their achievement.

The award recognizes contributions to naval history through scholarship, mentorship and leadership.  For additional information, visit http://www.navyhistory.org/2013/09/three-recipients-knox-naval-history-lifetime-achievement-award/.

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Business faculty publish article

An article by ECU College of Business faculty, “An Empirical Investigation of the Perceptions and Achievements of Students in Online and Face-To-Face Courses,” appeared in the American Journal of Educational Studies.

The primary author was Paul Schwager with supporting authors Henry Newkirk and Laurie Eakins.

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Research shown at annual medical meeting

Twenty-one East Carolina University medical students, residents and fellows presented research at the 159th annual meeting of the North Carolina Medical Society.

The meeting, held Oct. 25-26 in Raleigh, was the first in which students and physicians-in-training were invited to present research posters. Approximately 50 from ECU, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Duke University and Carolinas Medical Center did so.

ECU student Olga Pylaeva received an honorable mention award for her poster.
The research posters were an extension of the ECU summer research program for medical students, led by Dr. Kori Brewer, a scientist and associate professor of emergency medicine.

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ECU professor honored by Texas A&M University

ECU professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin accepts an outstanding alumni award at Texas A&M University. (Contributed photo)

ECU professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin accepts an outstanding alumni award at Texas A&M University. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumni (Early Career) by Texas A&M University Oct. 25 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

This award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon alumni who earned his or her degree within the past five years and recognizes significant contributions to their fields in the areas of teaching, research, or service.

“Dr. Sartore-Baldwin joined ECU immediately after her work at Texas A&M,” said Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the ECU Department of Kinesiology, housed in the College of Health and Human Performance.  “Since then she has represented her alma mater and the fine program she was part of at that institution.”

A 2007 graduate of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M, Sartore-Baldwin was among five alumni recognized.  One award is presented to an early career graduate.

“From her day-to-day meaningful interactions with students in the classroom and office to her research that has resulted in her selection as a NASSM fellow, her achievements are many,” continued Altman.

“Perhaps most impressive is an unwavering commitment to integrity and authenticity while pursuing social justice through her professional and personal life.  She is indeed deserving of this award.”

Sartore-Baldwin began teaching at ECU in 2007.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/exercise science from Western Illinois University in 2000.  She received a dual master’s degree from Indiana University in 2003.

 

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