ECU professor’s book on state politics draws interest

Dr. Tom Eamon

Dr. Tom Eamon

A new book on North Carolina politics by East Carolina University political science professor Dr. Thomas Eamon has triggered significant media interest.

Eamon will speak this week on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” He will also join George Olson for segments to run during Public Radio East’s “Morning Edition,” focused on his book about the state’s politics from 1940 to present.

“The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory,” which outlines state political activities from 1940 to the present, was highlighted in articles that appeared in the News and Observer article, the Charlotte Observer and the Durham Herald Sun.  Read the N&O article here. Read a second N&O article here. Read the Durham Herald Sun article here.

eamonbookEamon was a guest on WPTF in Raleigh, Jan. 6, on the Tom Kearney Show. He will appear on Charlotte’s NPR station WFAE on Jan. 17.

Eamon will be at the Quail Ridge Bookstore in Raleigh Jan. 16 for the official kickoff and book-signing, and at Park Road Books in Charlotte on Jan. 18.

For additional information about the book, visit UNC press.


ECU researcher’s wedding held in SeaWorld’s penguin habitat

ECU's Susanne Grieve and new husband Jeff Rawson celebrated their wedding in SeaWorld's penguin habitat this month. The couple met while completing research in Antartica. Photo by Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando

ECU’s Susanne Grieve and new husband Jeff Rawson celebrated their wedding in SeaWorld’s penguin habitat this month. The couple met while completing research in Antarctica. Photo by Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando

A SeaWorld wedding between East Carolina University’s director of conservation Susanne Grieve and Jeff Rawson, who met during a 2012 trip to Antarctica, is featured on the Orlando Sentinel and the local station, WFTV9.

The two were wed in the 32-degree penguin habitat at SeaWorld in Orlando, attended by 250 penguins inside SeaWorld’s Antarctica exhibit.

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Read coverage in the Orlando Sentinel.




ECU alumni participate in discovery of lost Japanese submarine in Hawaii

The CNN video of the dive is available online at

The CNN video of the dive is available online at

By Lacey Gray
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Researchers in Hawaii, including two East Carolina University alumni, have found a large WWII-era Japanese submarine in 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of Oahu.

Terry Kerby, operations director and chief submarine pilot for the Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is the primary investigator involved in the discovery. Kerby’s research efforts and dives were funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s maritime heritage research effort.

On his recent dive, two ECU alumni and co-investigators from the NOAA Office of National Maritime Sanctuaries joined Kerby.  Dr. James Delgado, who received his MA in history from ECU in 1985, is director of the NOAA Maritime Heritage Program, and Dr. Hans Van Tilburg, who received his MA in maritime history from ECU in 1995, is a NOAA historian and maritime archaeologist.

“The I-400 has been on our ‘to-find’ list for some time,” said Kerby in an article from the University of Hawaiʻi. “Finding it where we did was totally unexpected. Jim and Hans and I knew we were approaching what looked like a large wreck on our sonar. It was a thrill when the view of a giant submarine appeared out of the darkness.”

The discovery of the I-400, the largest submarine built prior to the introduction of nuclear-powered submarines in the 1960s, was lost in 1946 after it was scuttled by the U.S. Navy in an effort to keep its advanced technology secret.

“These submarines are indeed technical marvels, and they speak even more to past events which shaped the Pacific and the world,” said Van Tilburg. “Looking back on this advanced and deadly technology today, what also comes to mind is how two former enemies can remember the past, having achieved a reconciliation perhaps unimaginable at that time.”

A video of the dive that reveals the I-400 may be viewed in an article appearing on the CNN website at

For additional information, contact Delgado at or Van Tilburg at


ECU professor emeritus receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. William Still

Dr. William Still

ECU professor emeritus Dr. William N. Still, founder and former director of the ECU Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology program, was honored with a Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award for lifetime achievements in the field of naval history.

Still was one of three recipients recognized at the McMullen Naval History Symposium, held last month at the U.S. Naval Academy. THe presentation included a video highlighting each recipients’ career, and each recipient received a medal commemorating their achievement.

The award recognizes contributions to naval history through scholarship, mentorship and leadership.  For additional information, visit


Whited receives Young Alumni Award



East Carolina University professor Matthew C. Whited received the 2013 Young Alumni Award from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Whited is assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at ECU. He leads the depression specialty service in the ECU psychology department’s PASS clinic.

His research interests are in the association between major depressive disorder and cardiovascular disease, particularly the reasons for the association and behavioral interventions that might prevent or postpone the disease.

Whited received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.S. in psychology from West Virginia University. He earned a B.A. in psychology and biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed an American Psychology Association-accredited internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Whited received a post-doctoral fellowship for training at the Behavioral Medicine Research Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Amherst, Mass.