South Central High School Teachers Visit ECU Pharmaceutical Skills Lab

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU's Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU’s Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)

 

A tour of the pharmaceutical skills lab at East Carolina University on June 9 helped 10 South Central High School teachers and their principal, Julie Cary, understand how ECU prepares students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The lab is housed in ECU’s Department of Chemistry in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

The educators plan to share this information in their own classrooms to explain how subjects taught in high school can be relevant to the students’ communities and future careers.

“Teachers need to be aware of what is happening in industry, post-secondary education, business and the arts in their communities in order to relate course content to relevant examples for their students. This is one of our major goals in bringing teachers to the lab,” said Elizabeth Martin, instructional coach at South Central High School.

“We hope our teachers will connect with the community in a deeper way. We also hope South Central can forge relationships with post-secondary education and industry that lead to substantive relationships between these key stakeholders,” she said.

The South Central teachers spent the 2014-15 academic year exploring the topic of innovation in education. Through the assistance of ECU Vice Chancellor Ted Morris and Wayne Godwin, director of ECU’s Innovation Lab, the educators have explored the human design process, visited the ECU Innovation Lab, learned about the Annual Middle School Innovators Academy and planned and created their own in-house Innovation Lab.

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Johnson appointed director, Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series

East Carolina University professor and former English department chair Jeffrey S. Johnson was appointed director of the ECU Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

He will assume the duties held by Dr. John Tucker, who guided the series since its inception in 2007.
“I am honored to have been selected by Dean William Downs as the new director for Voyages, not least of which because of my knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Thomas Harriot,” said Johnson.

“The College of Arts and Sciences and the lecture series are, of course, named after Harriot, whose spirit of inquiry, exploration and discovery are the hallmarks of advanced learning in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and humanities.”
As incoming director, Johnson sees the series as an established success, but he has goals for strengthening and sustaining its future.

“Building on the successes during the first eight years of Voyages, I want to concentrate on broadening the base of interest and support for the series, both on campus and in the surrounding community. To that end, I will reach out to individuals, offices and departments across campus to locate areas of common intellectual interest and to identify ways in which we can work together,” said Johnson.

Johnson began working at ECU as chair of the college’s Department of English in 2010, a position he held through 2014. As a scholar of British Renaissance literature, Johnson’s research focuses primarily on the writings of John Donne (1572-1631).

Beginning in October 2014, he became the general editor of “The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne,” a collaborative project involving approximately 40 international scholars.

For additional information, contact Johnson at 252-328-6378 or johnsonj@ecu.edu. More information on the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series and Harriot College may be found online at http://www.ecu.edu/voyages or http://www.ecu.edu/cas.

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ECU professor selected for Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

East Carolina University professor Yizhen Zhao was one of 35 recipients selected from 134 application for a Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Yizhen Zhao

Yizhen Zhao

The award includes provides seed money for junior faculty research in the amount of $5,000 with matching funding from ECU. The awards support young faculty member’s research in engineering and applied science, life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, physical sciences or policy, management and education.

Zhao’s research interests include time series econometrics, financial economics, financial risk management and financial market microstructure. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s in economics from The Central University for Nationalities.

She is assistant professor of economics in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

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ECU professors honored with Early Career Award

Two East Carolina University professors are the first to receive the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Early Career Award recognizing exceptional performance by tenure track professors.

Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao

Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao, left, and Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Matthew Whited, assistant professor of psychology, were recognized May 15 as this year’s award recipients.

“I am truly honored by this award. I am lucky to work with great colleagues and students both within and outside ECU,” said Ardon-Sayao. “I thank my colleagues and the THCAS Advancement Council for this recognition of my work.”

Ardon-Sayao is an ecosystem ecologist interested in understanding how aquatic ecosystems process water and nutrients; how that capacity is being altered by local land use and global climate change; and whether, and to what extent, current and emerging management can reverse or restore lost functions.

He received a $635,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant this spring for his research involving coastal wetlands. Ardon-Sayao was honored in April with the Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America, recognizing a 2013 paper published in the journal, Global Change Biology.

Ardon-Sayao received a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia in 2006 and a bachelor of science in biology and environmental studies from Gettysburg College in 2000.

Whited leads the Depression Specialty Service in the ECU Department of Psychology’s PASS Clinic. He specializes in behavioral activation and has trained other clinicians in this treatment approach. He earned a Ph.D. and master of science in clinical psychology from West Virginia University in 2009 and 2007, and completed a bachelor of science in psychology and biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

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Dr. Matthew Whited, left, and Dr. William M. Downs

“I feel honored to be one of the recipients of the inaugural Early Career Award,” Whited said. “I appreciate being recognized as someone who is off to a good start in my career, and I look forward to taking advantage of all the advantages and opportunities that ECU has to offer.”

“ECU is a wonderful place to grow and mature as a researcher and educator, as faculty and administrators here understand the synergy that takes place between research productivity and student (especially graduate) training,” he added.

Ardon-Sayao and Whited will be recognized at Harriot College’s fall convocation in August.

In succeeding years, Harriot College will designate up to three recipients for the award, which focuses on faculty productivity in research and creative discovery, said Harriot College Dean Dr. William M. Downs. That productivity “must be judged to be of such high quality and impact that it exceeds expectations. Outstanding performance in professional development must be complemented by demonstrated excellence in instructional effectiveness and service,” he said.

“I am extremely pleased to say this year’s recipients exceeded these qualifications,” Downs said.

For additional information, contact Ardon-Sayao at 328-6307 or ardonsayaom@ecu.edu, and Whited at 328-6308 or whitedm@ecu.edu.

— Lacey Gray

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Harriot College Students Recognized at Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony

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The East Carolina University Division of Academic Affairs and the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa honored 27 students within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences on April 22.

All of the students honored have a grade point average of 3.93 or higher.

Those honored, and their major areas of study, include Ajay Ajmera, biology and chemistry; Layne Barefield, biology and engineering; Ryan Beeson, political science; Megan Biller, biology; Tyler Black, mathematics; Sarah Burke, public history; Kayla Carr, history and education; Ryan Carter-Stanley, psychology; Ava Cook, English; Erin Cottrell, psychology and Hispanic studies; Martha Ervin, psychology; Elizabeth Fish, psychology; Carey Henry, mathematics, psychology and education; Michael Joy, political science and economics; Sara Kurtz, fine arts and Hispanic Studies; Kristen Martin, communication and English; Kate McPherson, chemistry; Shayna Mooney, multidisciplinary studies-neuroscience; Mackenzie Alyn Mull, Hispanic studies and elementary education; Stephen Parker, biology; Jessica Rassau, classical civilizations; Jonathan Blake Richards, history and political science; Christian Rogers, biology; Natasha Scovill, biology; Sarah Sipe, chemistry and German; Lea Taylor, biology; and Kelsey Weiss, sociology.

“This is an amazing group of young people from most of the departments in the college, who have an interesting and imaginative variety of post-graduation plans, which highlights the strengths of a good liberal arts education,” said Dr. Angela Thompson, president of the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa and ECU assistant professor of history.

For additional information about the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa, contact Thompson at 328-1045, or via email at thompsona@ecu.edu.

 

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St. Amant honored for research excellence

St. Amant

St. Amant

The Society for Technical Communication, the largest professional organization in the field of technical communication, has selected ECU English professor Kirk St. Amant to receive the society’s Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research for 2015.

The award recognizes research that has made positive, significant contributions to the field of technical communication. The awards committee identified St. Amant’s “focused, original, and significant research program that has yielded a superb publication record and a well-deserved national and international reputation in the field” as key criteria for selecting him for this distinction.

The award will be presented in June at the STC’s 62nd Summit (annual conference) to take place in Columbus, Ohio.

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ECU physics professor receives prestigious award

East Carolina University professor of physics Dr. Gregory Lapicki was honored as the 2015 Helms Faculty Award recipient from the ECU chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

Dr. Gregory Lapicki

Dr. Gregory Lapicki

Presented April 17, the award recognized a paper Lapicki co-authored, “Experimental Cross Sections for L-shell X-ray Production and Ionization by Protons.” The paper explains reactions that occur in individuals undergoing proton therapy, a treatment for some cancers.

“The award validates the worth of our research,” said Lapicki. “In this case, through my fruitful collaboration with Javier Miranda from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.”

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world. The ECU chapter was chartered in 1974.

The Helms Faculty Research Award was established in 1987 by R. Marshall Helms, a longtime ECU physics professor, to honor three members of his family who were involved in research and teaching at ECU. The award focuses on the impact a single publication has on the research discipline, and cycles between faculty in biological sciences, medical/social sciences and mathematics and physical sciences.

Lapicki joined the ECU physics faculty in 1981.

For additional information, contact Lapicki at 252-328-6894 or lapickig@ecu.edu.

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Eble Named President of Technical Writing Organization

Michelle Eble

Michelle Eble

Dr. Michelle F. Eble, associate professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University, was named president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing at the organization’s annual meeting March 18 in Tampa, Florida.

Eble, who also serves as the English department’s director of graduate studies, has been a member of ATTW since 2003. In that time, she has served as both conference coordinator and vice president. Her term as president will last three years, and she also will serve as chair of the executive committee during that time.

Running on a platform of fostering more graduate student participation in ATTW, Eble wishes to diversify the membership, support partnerships with other technical communication organizations and expand the organization’s global presence—all while sustaining ATTW’s current commitments.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing is an active professional organization of about 500 teachers, researchers and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.

For additional information, contact Eble at 252-328-6412 or eblem@ecu.edu.

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He popped the question at a special place – the Rivers Building

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

The Rivers Building holds special memories for Jamar Sampson and Faith Fleming, both graduated from East Carolina University with psychology degrees in 2013.

It’s where both worked part-time jobs. It’s where he asked her to be his girlfriend. And it’s where he proposed to her on Feb. 27, after sending her on a scavenger hunt for clues to his intentions.

couple“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to propose to her right where it all started,” Sampson said.

“She had no idea that the scavenger hunt I planned for her would lead her to a hallway full of friends and family to witness the best day of our lives.”

Friends of the couple created a video about the scavenger hunt and his proposal, which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBpSfo07vA.

Fleming is studying for a master’s degree in school counseling at UNC-Greensboro. Sampson is director of education for the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains.

Sampson said they plan to marry after she finishes graduate school.

— Steve Tuttle

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