Former Human Ecology dean named University of Louisiana System provost

Karla Hughes

Karla Hughes

Former dean of the ECU College of Human Ecology Karla Hughes was named executive vice president and provost of the University of Louisiana System, effective Jan. 6.

She will serve as deputy to system president Sandra K. Woodley and monitor and support the direction of academic programs at all nine universities in the system.

Hughes was most recently provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

Hughes was the first dean of the ECU College of Human Ecology. While at ECU, she was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow serving 17 institutions through the UNC system, participated in the statewide BRIDGES leadership development program for women and organized the Intergenerational Community Center in Greenville, which last year won the national C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award.

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Bassman Honors Thesis Award presented

Jacob Subash, a first-year medical student at East Carolina University, is the recipient of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award.

Jacob Subash (Photo by Doug Boyd)

Jacob Subash
(Photo by Doug Boyd)

Subash conducted his research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.

Subash enrolled at ECU as an East Carolina Scholar, the university’s top undergraduate scholarship program, and was an early assurance entrant to medical school. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry in May, graduating magna cum laude. He was named the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior at ECU for 2012-2013.

He is a 2009 graduate of J.H. Rose High School and the son of Dorothy Subash and Subash Raghavan.

Subash’s award includes a $500 prize. He plans to use it to study abroad next year.

Two students received honorable mentions for their research. Mukund Patel was recognized for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, an associate professor of physiology at the Brody School of Medicine. Chelsea Hughes was recognized for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz, an associate professor of psychology at ECU.

The award is hosted by Joyner Library and was presented Dec. 4 at the library.

Joyner Library assistant director Mark Sanders stands with honorable mention Mukund Patel. (Contributed photo)

Joyner Library assistant director Mark Sanders stands with honorable mention Mukund Patel. (Contributed photo)

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Upcoming ECU grad inspires on Asheville television report

Felicia Buckner is pictured during her student teaching. (Image from WLOS)

Felicia Buckner is pictured during her student teaching. (Image from WLOS)

East Carolina University student Felicia Buckner, who will graduate from ECU with a bachelor’s in education this week, was featured in Asheville television news station WLOS-13’s ‘Person of the Week” feature.

Buckner completed her degree following a motorcycle accident that left her with brain trauma, a broken back and a collapsed lung. Her husband died in the accident.

Read more and watch the video of Buckner’s story as told by WLOS.

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ECU surgeon to lead national organization

Dr. Danielle Walsh, a pediatric surgeon at East Carolina University, has been elected president of the Association of Women Surgeons.

Danielle Wash

Danielle Wash

An associate professor at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, Walsh will serve one year as president. She previously served as president-elect and has been involved with the AWS leadership for several years.

Walsh joined ECU in 2011. She has a medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. She completed an internship and general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She also completed a fellowship in fetal surgery and research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

She is listed as one of the best doctors in the country by Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based group.

Walsh is board-certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery.

With more than 1,400 women surgeons as members, AWS is one of the largest organizations dedicated to increasing the interaction and exchange of information among women surgeons in the United States and other countries.

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