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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ECU professor selected for summer institute

Matthew Whited

Matthew Whited

Dr. Matthew Whited, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, has been selected to attend a summer institute to receive advanced training in designing and conducting randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.

The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The 10-day training course will take place at the Arlie Conference Center in Northern Virginia.

Whited will receive training from more than 10 faculty members with expertise in fields such as behavioral medicine, psychosomatic medicine, cardiovascular diseases and mental health. The training is pertinent to Whited’s current NHLBI-funded research involving the treatment of depression and risk for cardiovascular disease.

Whited said he was excited about representing ECu at the event. “I hope to bring back what I’ve learned to ECU to not only improve my own research but to spread this knowledge to our graduate students in the Health Psychology PhD program,” he said.

– Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

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Columbia University scholar to discuss Shakespeare in America

Columbia University scholar Dr. James S. Shapiro will present “Shakespeare in America” at 7 p.m. March 27 in Wright Auditorium at ECU. A question and answer session will follow.

Shapiro

Shapiro

Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City. He  joined the faculty at Columbia University in 1985, teaching and publishing widely on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture. Shapiro also has served as a Fulbright Lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and as the Wanamaker Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London.

He is the author of five books, co-edited the “Columbia Anthology of British Poetry and served as the associate editor of the “Columbia History of British Poetry.” In 2012, Shapiro co-authored and presented a 3-hour BBC documentary, “The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History.” He is working on a new book, “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606,” as well as a Library of America volume titled, “Shakespeare in America.”

Shapiro has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and the Huntington Library. He is a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, sits on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The free presentation is part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. It is the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

The event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets for Shapiro’s lecture are available by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

For additional information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/voyages.

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ECU symposium to address biodiversity, climate change

The East Carolina University Center for Biodiversity will host a two-day symposium on the effect of climate change on biodiversity in the southeastern U.S. March 14-15 in Room 307, Science and Technology Building.

Events on Friday, March 14  begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.

Twelve scientists in the field of biodiversity and climate change will present at the symposium, including Dr. Terry Root of Stanford University, a 2007 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on the International Panel on Climate Change. Root will lead a discussion on “Changing Climate: Changing Species,” on March 14.

Other lecture topics will include future climates for the southeastern U.S.; the responses of forests, waterways, insects, avian migration and food webs to climate change; and the short-term and long-term concerns associated with climate change.

“Our planet is currently in the midst of two very dramatic global changes – the loss of its biodiversity and a rapid change in its climate,” said Dr. David R. Chalcraft, director of the Center for Biodiversity and associate professor of biology.

“The goals of the symposium are to advance our collective understanding of how biodiversity is responding to climate change in the southeastern US, and more broadly, to provide a general framework that could guide researchers, managers and policy makers.”

“It is imperative that we understand the consequences of climate change on biodiversity if we wish to better conserve our remaining biological resources,” said Chalcraft.

More than 90 participants from various institutions across the Southeast, including universities, community colleges, state and federal agencies, private companies and politicians will attend the two-day event. All are welcome to attend the free, public lectures. A full schedule and registration information is located online at www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/biology/ncbiodiversity/index.cfm.

The symposium is sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Center for Biodiversity. Support is provided by the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Biology, Academic Affairs, private donors and the Southeast Climate Science Center.

For additional information, contact Chalcraft at 252-328-2797 or chalcraftd@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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