Grant funds multiple chemistry, physics scholarships

Ten incoming freshmen chemistry and physics majors at East Carolina University received scholarships of $5,000 each thanks to a $620,884 grant from the National Science Foundation.

All recipients are North Carolina residents.

Scholarship winners who intend to major in chemistry are Lauren Ackerman of Trent Woods, Mary Becker of Black Mountain, Rahel Haile of Charlotte, Jahmil James of Fayetteville, Mitul Patel of Hendersonville, Sophia Pena of Hope Mills, Fabricio Sanchez of Matthews and Nouci Vue of Connelly Springs. Recipients who plan to major in physics are Roderick Hall from Riegelwood and Timothy Sault from Cary.

The scholarship program was developed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences under the direction of Allison S. Danell, Anthony M. Kennedy and Anne Marie Spuches from chemistry, and Regina DeWitt and John M. Kenney from physics. The program aims to provide higher education access to students with solid academic preparation, financial need and the potential to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Scholarship recipients will live for two years in the chemistry and physics living learning community, a residence hall dedicated to students with interests in sciences. The same residence hall houses the ECU Honors College and bio-excellence living learning communities.

The living learning community will be “enriched by the presence of first generation college students and will continue to provide rewards to ECU beyond the funding period,” said Danell.

“The students we educate and mentor will share their experiences, encouraging many more young scientists to pursue an education in scientific disciplines, which will provide a strong foundation for innovation and economic development not just regionally but nationally.”

Scholars will be encouraged to demonstrate a commitment to local and regional science activities, thereby instilling a sense of civic responsibility and awareness.

Recipients may qualify for up to $10,000 in additional funding during their sophomore, junior and senior years, which could lead to a total of $35,000 in four years at ECU.

High school students intending to major in chemistry or physics may apply for one of the 2015-16 scholarships by contacting Anthony Kennedy at 252-328-9816 or kennedyan@ecu.edu.

 

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Fraser named chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures

Benjamin Fraser was named chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in ECU’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Science. Fraser assumed the role July 1, replacing John Stevens, who served the department as interim chair since January 2011.

Fraser

Fraser

Fraser said he felt fortunate to step into his new role for a department that “boasts a talented faculty who are excelling in all three areas of productivity: teaching, research and service. It is really incredible.”  He said one of his top priorities is to invest further in the existing strength of the department.

“One of the things I’m most enthusiastic about is the opportunity to be part of a large department with so many different language and culture areas,” he said.

“With Classics (including both Latin and Greek), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, we enjoy a very stimulating intellectual environment; a strong global sense of culture that you just don’t find in departments shaped around individual language and culture groups.”

Formerly with the Department of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston, Fraser earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Hispanic literature from the University of Arizona. He holds a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Fraser is the founding/executive editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, senior editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, associate editor of Hispania and co-editor of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series.

For additional information, contact Fraser at 252-328-0104 or fraserb14@ecu.edu.

– Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

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Frédéric Fladenmuller awarded Palmes Académiques

fladenmullerprofileEast Carolina University Foreign Languages and Literatures professor Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller was named a Knight (Chevalier) in the French Academic Palms.

The honor recognizes service to French education and contributions to French culture.
Individuals selected represent distinguished academics and prominent persons in culture and education, including French citizens living abroard who further French intellectual, scientific and artistic achievements in the world at large.

For additional information about the award, visit http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/foreign/blog/2014/05/30/frederic-fladenmuller-awarded-palmes-academiques/.

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Film director to screen coastal development film at ECU

Ben Kalina

Ben Kalina

Film director Ben Kalina will discuss his documentary on coastal development at a film screening of “Shored Up,” at 7 p.m. April 22 in Wright Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“Shored Up” explores the controversial ongoing development of coastal regions in North Carolina and New Jersey despite coastal storms with the power to devastate those communities.

Corbett

Corbett

“When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, it was a wake up call to a new reality,” said Dr. D. Reide Corbett, ECU professor of geological sciences and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. “‘Shored Up’ takes us to the heart of this coastal controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide.”

The documentary was filmed over the course of three years in Long Beach Island, N.J. and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Coverage culminated with Hurricane Sandy. The film explores political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Information is gathered from scientists, politicians, residents and others to expose major hurdles in coastal management and argue for an immediate change.Shored Up Film Poster

Film director Kalina wrote in his film’s synopsis, “‘Shored Up’ is a look at what happens when we ignore the realities of geology in our drive to inhabit and profit from our coastlines. As the oceans rise and storms flood our towns and cities, we have a choice to make: do we continue to develop as we have in the past, ignoring clear risks and danger? Or, do we allow science to guide our policies for the future…before it’s too late?”

In addition to “Shored Up,” Kalina has produced two award-winning documentaries, “Two Square Miles” and “A Sea Change,” both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. He has won several international awards for his short narrative film, “Diorama.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Biology, Geography, Planning and Environment and Geological Sciences; the ECU Chapter of The Coastal Society; ECU’s Center for Sustainability; the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies; and the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy.

For additional information, contact Corbett at 252-328-1367 or corbettd@ecu.edu.

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

 – Lacey Gray

 

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