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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.


Congressman discusses health care legislation at ECHI event

Members of the ECU health care community gathered for a health care forum entitled "Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community" hosted by Congressman Walter Jones (NC). Congressman Tom Price, MD (GA), pictured here, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photos by Jay Clark)

Members of the ECU health care community gathered for a health care forum entitled “Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community” hosted by Congressman Walter Jones (NC). Congressman Tom Price, MD (GA), pictured here, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photos by Jay Clark)

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A Georgia congressman was the featured speaker during a discussion of “Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community,” organized by U.S. Rep Walter Jones’ office and held Aug. 12 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Chancellor Steve Ballard welcomed Jones, who then turned the floor over to Rep. Tom Price – a Republican who worked as an orthopedic surgeon and taught medicine at Emory University before taking office.

“To physicians, nurses and others in the health care arena – thank you for what you do,” Price began. “I know sometimes we (politicians) make what you do more difficult with what we do.”

He expressed what he described as principles of a good health care system held by all Americans – accessibility, affordability and high quality. He added that any system should also be responsive to patient needs, innovative and offer choices in care.

Price expressed his opinion on the federal Affordable Care Act and endorsed an alternate bill (HR 2300) to address health care and insurance challenges nationwide. He also issued challenges to those in attendance: Keep patients at the center, don’t give up and engage in the political process.

“Our system only works if you’re involved,” he said. “Don’t assume that we know (what you’re thinking).”

Vidant Medical Center CEO Steve Lawler closed the event. He applauded local physicians for always being engaged and putting patients first.