SUNY professor to discuss secrets of fishes

State University of New York professor Dr. Karin E. Limburg will discuss the secrets of fishes at 4 p.m. March 26 in Room C-209 of East Carolina University’s Science and Technology Building.

Limburg

Limburg

The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow.

Her presentation, “The ‘Other’ Biogeochemistry: Otoliths and their use to Reconstruct the Lives of Fishes” will feature an introduction to the otolith, a bone in a fish’s auditory system.

“Fisheries science was revolutionized decades ago by the discovery of fine scale chronometric properties of otoliths (literally, ear-stones),” Limburg said. The small structures, which form part of hearing and balance systems in fishes, provide a permanent record of the age and growth history of each fish, she added.

“Today, a second revolution is occurring in otolith science, as the chemical properties of otoliths are becoming better understood and quantified,” Limburg said.

Limburg is professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of Florida and dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and ecology/conservation from Vassar College.

She has served as guest scholar at Stockholm University, developing simple ecological/economic models of fisheries. And she held a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies (now the Cary Institute), studying interactions of larval fishes and their zooplankton prey. She was a Laura Randall Schweppe visiting lecturer at the University of Texas Marine Lab in 2011.

Limburg has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for promising scientists early in their career and the 2010 SUNY-ESF Exemplary Researcher of the Year award. She has served as a president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and is president-elect of the Estuarine Section of the American Fisheries Society. She is co-chair of the Continental Margins Working Group, an international scientific collaboration.

The lecture is sponsored by Dr. Roger Rulifson, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor.

For additional information, contact Rulifson at 252-328-9400 or rulifsonr@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.

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Lecture scheduled for March 24

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Dr. Ilona Bell, Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of English at Williams College, will present “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry,” at 7 p.m. March 24 in 1032 Bate. The Thomas Harriot Lecture is free to all attendees. No tickets are required.

The lecture is cosponsored by Harriot College’s Department of English, as part of the 2014-15 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

For additional information on the Voyages lectures, visit http://www.ecu.edu/voyages. More information about THCAS is located at https://www.ecu.edu/cas.

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ECU professors serve on water quality council

ECU professors Michael O’Driscoll, Marcelo Ardón and David Kimmel, left to right, are members of a council supporting the state’s Nutrient Criteria Development Plan. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU professors Michael O’Driscoll, Marcelo Ardón and David Kimmel, left to right, are members of a council supporting the state’s Nutrient Criteria Development Plan. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Three East Carolina University faculty members are part of the 12-member Science Advisory Council of the state’s Nutrient Criteria Development Plan.

Marcelo Ardón, a biologist; Michael O’Driscoll, a geologist; and David Kimmel, a biologist, are among the seven university scientists on the council. Experts in environmental engineering, nutrient abatement and related fields make up the rest of the council.

Last year, the N.C. Division of Water Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed upon the plan that will develop nutrient criteria for reservoirs and lakes, rivers and streams, and estuaries based primarily on scientifically defensible links between nutrient concentrations and protection of designated uses. The plan establishes a Scientific Advisory Council that will assist the DWR and stakeholders with nutrient criteria development.

The Scientific Advisory Council is composed of experts in the fields of water quality, water quality engineering, nutrient biogeochemistry, nutrient response variables, nutrient management and point and non-point source nutrient abatement.

At ECU, Kimmel studies the impact of human activities on estuarine organisms with particular focus on the effects of chemical nutrient enrichment of ecosystems and climate change on plankton communities.

O’Driscoll’s research focuses on human impacts on water resources with an emphasis on the interactions of groundwater on the physical hydrology, chemistry and ecology of lake, river and wetland systems.

Ardón’s research focuses on how local land use and global climate change are altering the capacity of wetlands and streams to process nutrients. He is also interested in how management practices can restore the lost functions of aquatic ecosystems.

More information about the project and the council members is online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/nutrientcriteria.

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ECU professor publishes review of Nobel Prize winner, mentor

 Shouquan Huo

Shouquan Huo

An article written by chemistry professor Shouquan Huo with graduate students Rob Mroz and Jeff Carroll, “Negishi coupling in the synthesis of advanced electronic, optical, electrochemical, and magnetic materials,” is available at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/qo/c4qo00322e#!divAbstract.

The Royal Society of Chemistry invited Huo to submit the review article of work done by his mentor, Nobel Prize winner Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University. The work was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Organic Chemistry Frontiers.

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Hoppenthaler publishes third volume of poetry

Hoppenthaler

Hoppenthaler

John Hoppenthaler, an associate professor in the English Department, has just published his third volume of poems, “Domestic Garden,” with Carnegie Mellon University Press, a foremost publisher of poetry in the United States.

Hoppenthaler’s previous publications include “Lives of Water” and “Anticipate the Coming Reservoir.” He co-edited “Jean Valentine: This-World Company,” a collection of essays on the poetry of Jean Valentine. Hoppenthaler also edits “A Poetry Congeries” for the journal Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.

Visit http://www.upne.com/0887485954.html for more details

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Guest lecturer to speak on adaptive evolution

An expert on adaptive evolution will speak at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in Room C209 in the Science and Technology Center at East Carolina University.

MacManes

MacManes

Dr. Matthew MacManes, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, will deliver the free, public discussion.

He will discuss “Understanding Adaptive Evolution in the Cactus Mouse Peromyscus eremicus.

MacManes’ research focuses on the interplay between the genome and the traits it produces via interaction with the environment. His current projects include studies of the genomic basis of adaptation to arid environments in rodents, color pattern variation in poison frogs and parental care in birds.

Sponsors of MacManes’ visit include the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology and Dr. Kyle Summers, professor of biology and Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

For additional information on MacManes’ visit, contact Summers at 252-328-6304, or by email at summersk@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.

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NCLR receives Phoenix Award

The North Carolina Literary Review has been recognized with the 2014 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. The award was announced during the Modern Language Association conference in Vancouver on Jan. 8.

This is the journal’s fifth award from this allied organization of the Modern Language Association. CELJ’s membership includes more than 450 editors of scholarly journals.

NCLR is published by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

Margaret Bauer

Margaret Bauer

According to the CELJ award guidelines, the Phoenix Award is given to a journal that has “launched an overall effort of revitalization or transformation within the previous three years.”

ECU English professor Margaret Bauer, who serves as NCLR editor, said she submitted to this category to call attention to NCLR’s expansion in 2012 to add a second issue each year, an open-access electronic issue titled NCLR Online. Book reviews are now published in these issues “to reach as broad an audience as possible, our mission being to promote North Carolina writers,” said Bauer, who is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature at ECU.

One of the CELJ judges said of NCLR: “What’s most impressive about the recent changes is . . . using online publishing to increase dissemination and take advantage of various digital affordances, while also preserving the gorgeous printed volume.”

Another of the competition’s judges praised NCLR’s “immediate accessibility to a general audience with a high level of substantive writing.” This judge also remarked upon the appearance of the journal: “A particular appealing aspect of the journal is the enlargement of the verbal texts through photographic illustrations that are placed appropriately with the fictional works, the poems and the interviews.” Bauer said that she credits NCLR Art Editor Diane Rodman for the quality of the art featured inside and Art Director Dana Ezzell Gay and the other graphic designers for “the beautiful layout” of the issues.

The additional online issues also allow the editors to publish more of the finalists in the poetry and fiction competitions that the journal manages. Many of these finalists are new writers, according to Bauer, and they are therefore introduced to an even larger audience than the print issues reach.

“One of my missions as editor has always been to give new writers a chance, even in ‘the writingest state,’” Bauer said. Using this descriptor, coined by the late Doris Betts, Bauer points out that with the number of established, talented writers in North Carolina, it would be easy to fill every issue without taking a chance on new talent. “But I enjoy reading and meeting new writers as much as I have enjoyed the opportunity to develop relationships with many of North Carolina’s literary stars,” she said.

The newest issue of NCLR Online will be available in late January. The print issues are published in July. Find subscription information on NCLR’s website, www.nclr.ecu.edu.

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ECU Hosts 2015 Great Decisions Program

East Carolina University is hosting the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program through March 7.

Now in its 12th year in Greenville, the program runs for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of the Rivers West Building. The program started Jan. 17.

Using video lectures from academic and professional experts, the program addresses topics of global significance. The 2015 topics include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy and the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis. Each session will run approximately one and a half hours, beginning with an hour-long lecture followed by a discussion period.

ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $20. The public is invited to attend for a fee of $40 for all eight sessions, which includes membership in the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. The textbook is an additional $20. The cost for attending an individual session is $8.

A complete schedule of events is posted at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/greatdecisions/greenvilleschedule.cfm.

For additional information, or to register for any or all sessions, visit www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/greatdecisions/home.cfm. For questions, contact Andrew Cartee, in the Office of Continuing Studies, at 252-737-1352, or via email at carteea@ecu.edu.

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Mercer to co-edit series on human enhancement technologies

East Carolina University professor Calvin Mercer has been named co-editor of a new series, “Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors.”

Calvin Mercer

Calvin Mercer

The series addresses human enhancement therapies and technologies, applying multiple disciplines to examine an intellectual and cultural movement that advocates the use of emerging technologies including genetic engineering, regenerative medicine, robotics and nanotechnology.

These emerging technologies may enhance desirable human mental and physical abilities while ameliorating human conditions deemed undesirable. Advocates suggest the developments could permit humans to take control of their own evolution and alter the human condition in fundamental ways. Economic, ethical, political, religious, social and other implications of such enhancements are increasingly being discussed.

Sharp disagreements over the social value, morality and feasibility of human enhancement have emerged in early conversations. Mercer said the series will not take an advocacy position. Rather, it will provide a forum for thoughtful debate.

Mercer is an ECU professor of religious studies and director of ECU’s religious studies program. He was the founding chair of the American Academy of Religion Transhumanism and Religion Group, now in its seventh year of successful programs at the annual national meetings. Mercer has co-edited three books and authored several articles on this topic.

His co-editor is Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick.

“The questions and issues addressed in the series play critical roles in our welfare and our future,” Mercer said. “I anticipate that increasingly public policy experts, politicians and political think tanks will take up human enhancement technology. An established and reputable series will be well positioned to contribute to this expanded conversation.”

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