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ECU see-through frog research highlighted in NatGeo



Research from the ECU Department of Biology on Peruvian glassfrogs was highlighted in National Geographic.

Graduate student Evan Twomey, quoted in the piece, has teamed with former grad student Jesse Delia in the research.

According to the article, the research has identified four new species of the see-through frogs, some with green bones.  The species is known for gaudy coloring including yellow circles around the eyes.

Read the article in National Geographic…




Bauer, Rulifson selected as distinguished professors



Two professors in the ECU Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences were inducted as distinguished professors at the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 25. The honor is traditionally bestowed upon one individual at the beginning of each academic year.

Margaret Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English and editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, and Roger Rulifson, professor in the Department of Biology and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, were selected.

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

“After this year’s review of nominees, we were so impressed with the exceptional quality of our colleagues that we did something unconventional – unprecedented as far as I know,” said Dr. William Downs, dean of Harriot College. “We found two Harriot College faculty members ‘equally deserving’ of the Distinguished Professorship. And despite everybody telling me that making two awards ‘just isn’t done,’ that is precisely what we are doing this year.”

“At a time when the value of the humanities is often overlooked, I am pleased that ECU’s new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences starts his first year recognizing the importance of research in the humanities as well as the sciences, and I look forward to seeing Harriot College shine a light on the excellent research and creative activity of many of ECU’s humanities faculty in the future,” said Bauer.



“I am very honored to be chosen for the title of Distinguished Professor of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences by Dean Downs,” said Rulifson.

“I think of the past recipients, and I know that I will have a challenge ahead to live up to their legacy. I truly appreciate the latitude and encouragement from the Dean’s Office over 30 years to teach what I love to teach, and to conduct research on coastal issues with Biology graduate and undergraduate students, without whom I could not have accomplished so much in the name of East Carolina University.”

For additional information, contact Bauer at 252-328-1537 or bauerm@ecu.edu, or Rulifson at 252-328-9400 or rulifsonr@ecu.edu.


ECU event basis of new collection on Sir Walter Raleigh

Papers delivered at an international ECU conference formed the basis for a new collection of scholarly essays on Sir Walter Raleigh titled “Literary and Visual Ralegh,” released Spring 2014.

Many of the articles in the collection were delivered at the 2008 ECU conference, Raleigh in the Altantic World. The conference was organized by David Wilson-Okamura and Marianne Montgomery in the ECU Department of English, with support of the ECU Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, directed by Kevin Moll.

bookAccording to the book description at http://www.manchesterspenser.org/releases/30_literaryraleigh, articles in the book represent a range of disciplines, including literary, historical and art historical studies, and focus on the life, works and legacy of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Editor Christopher Armitage of UNC-Chapel Hill launched the book in April, presenting at the event along with ECU English professor Thomas Herron, one of the contributing authors.



Work by ECU art professor named to top 100

Work by ECU art professor Scott Eagle will appear in the Creative Quarterly. (Contributed photo)

Work by ECU art professor Scott Eagle will appear in the Creative Quarterly. (Contributed photo)

Scott Eagle, assistant director and director of graduate studies in the School of Art and Design, has been selected by Creative Quarterly (http://cqjournal.com/annual) as one of their top 100 creatives for 2013. A panel of international judges picked the top 25 pieces for special recognition in each of four categories – fine art, graphic design, illustration and photography. Eagle’s work will appear in the Creative Quarterly Magazine being distributed this fall.

Since early 2000, Eagle has collaborated with author Jeff VanderMeer, a winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award, 2 World Fantasy Awards, finalist for the Hugo Award and author of more than 20 books including “The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature ” and “The Southern Reach Trilogy.”

Last October, VanderMeer published “Wonderbook; The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction” (http://www.amazon.com/Wonderbook-Illustrated-Creating-Imaginative-Fiction/dp/1419704427) in which Eagle had four artworks used as illustration on seven pages, an interview and a full page photograph that he took of his studio shelves. This guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, “Wonderbook” (http://wonderbooknow.com/) energizes and motivates while also providing practical information needed to improve as a writer. In June, Wonderbook won the Locus Award for best nonfiction and has been nominated for the Hugo Awards.

Additional artwork by Eagle also can be seen locally in a new exhibit at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge in the Edwards & Wooten Gallery from Sept. 5 through Sept. 26. Eagle and artist Tim French, a 2011 ECU MFA alumnus, are featured in the “Psychodrama” exhibition. An opening reception will be held Sept. 5 during the First Friday Artwalk in uptown Greenville. French teaches art at Pitt Community College.



Foreman named associate dean for clinical affairs, dental medicine

After a national search, Robert R. Foreman has been appointed associate dean for clinical affairs at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. He assumed the position on Aug. 11.



Dr. Foreman joined the School of Dental Medicine as director of clinics in September 2012. He was also appointed interim associate dean for clinical affairs in May 2013. He will continue serving as associate dean for clinical affairs and as director of clinics until a search can be completed for the latter position.

As associate dean for clinical affairs, Foreman collaborates on the integration of the DMD curriculum within the Comprehensive Care Clinic, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Clinic, and Advanced Care Clinic in Ross Hall on the ECU Health Sciences Campus. He also supervises all clinical operations, including personnel, policies and procedures, and credentialing.

Foreman also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of General Dentistry.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Foreman serving in his new position. He brings a strong background with extensive experience in clinical affairs,” said Greg Chadwick, dean of the ECU School of Dental Medicine. “He understands the importance of melding clinical education experiences with patient care in achieving our mission. We are very excited to have Dr. Foreman leading our clinical affairs teams.”

Prior to joining the School of Dental Medicine, Foreman served on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry from 2005 to 2012, with appointments including clinical assistant professor and associate executive director of general practice clinics. He maintained a solo practice of general dentistry in Bellows Fall, Vermont, from 1986 to 2005. Early in his career, Foreman served as a clinical research pharmacist for the Baltimore Cancer Research Center, National Cancer Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

“I am honored to serve as the associate dean for clinical affairs and look forward to fostering the school’s dual mission of preparing leaders with outstanding clinical skills and providing oral health services for underserved North Carolinians. I look forward to continuing collaboration with our school’s dedicated faculty, students, and staff,” said Foreman.

Foreman earned a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1983 and a bachelor of science in pharmacy with honors from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1974. He holds professional memberships in the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the American Dental Education Association. He has also served as a member of the American Association of Dental Boards Professional Review and Evaluation Program and consultant for Northeast Delta Dental.