Joyner Library recognizes writing award winners

Pictured left to right at the awards presentation are Interim Dean Jan Lewis, Kimberly Miller (third place), Sarah Stout (second place), Liz Sparrow, Ashley Campbell (first place) and Charles Ward, President of Friends of Joyner Library.

Pictured left to right at the awards presentation are Interim Dean Jan Lewis, Kimberly Miller (third place), Sarah Stout (second place), Liz Sparrow, Ashley Campbell (first place) and Charles Ward, President of Friends of Joyner Library.

The winners of the 2014 W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards were recognized in a ceremony at Joyner Library Aug.  27. The awards recognize excellence in research and writing by students in ECU’s English 1100 and 1200 composition classes.

Ashley Campbell, first place, won $200 for “The Effects of Text Messaging on Students’ Literacy.”  The second place entry, “Emergence of Antibiotic Resistance:  MRSA,” was written by Sarah Stout, who won $150.  Kimberly Miller placed third with a $100 prize for “Land of the Free – Why not ‘Sea of the Free?’”  Marc Peterson was the instructor for all three winners, a first in the award program’s history.

“Joyner Library and the Department of English have a well-established information literacy program that helps students develop research and critical thinking skills,” said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library.  “Since its inception in 2000, the W. Keats Sparrow Award program has recognized students who have excelled in these areas. It is always a delight to meet these students, listen to excerpts from their papers, and talk with them about their education, career plans, and the importance of the Library to their success.”

The Friends of Joyner Library sponsored the event named in honor of the late Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, Professor Emeritus of English and former dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.  Mrs. Elizabeth (Liz) Sparrow, who serves on the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors, was on hand for the event.

For more information about this writing award program, contact David Hisle, coordinator of instructional services at 328-4978.

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Cousteau to open 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery series

Internationally renowned underwater explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau will present the premiere lecture of the 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery lecture series Oct 1 at East Carolina University.

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Cousteau, an environmentalist, educator and film producer, will discuss “The Great Ocean Adventure,” including illustration with original film clips.

The series continues Nov. 18 with the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History presented by Julian Bond, a historian and leading figure in the civil rights movement. Bond’s lecture at ECU last January was rescheduled due to adverse weather. He will discuss “Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm ‘N Blues to Rock ‘N Roll.”

Two lectures will follow in spring 2015. The Jarvis Lecture on Religion and Culture on Feb. 24 will feature Dr. Raymond Moody, emeritus professor of consciousness studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Moody will discuss “Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experiences.” Rounding out the series on March 24, the Thomas Harriot Lecture will feature Dr. Ilona Bell, Samuel Fressenden Clarke Professor of English at Williams College. A leading authority on the metaphysical poetry of John Donne, Bell will discuss “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry.”

“ECU’s College of Arts and Sciences is proud to host this speaker series, and we invite our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community friends to attend,“ said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the college. “One mark of a great university is how well it promotes discussion of important issues. The Voyages of Discovery Series annually ensures that East Carolina University is ‘the’ venue for such discussions.”

“This, our eighth season, offers a superior slate of intellectual leaders whose multifaceted, even provocative presentations, will surely stimulate, with meaning and passion, our campus and community,” said Dr. John A. Tucker, director of the series.

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series is made possible through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s Advancement Council, various university organizations, and many friends and supporters. To contribute, contact Major Gifts Officer Jennifer Tripp at 252-737-4201 or trippj@ecu.edu.

For more information about the series and its speakers, contact the director, Dr. John A. Tucker at 252-328-1028, or email tuckerjo@ecu.edu. Additional information also is available on the series’ website at www.ecu.edu/voyages.

All lectures are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium on the campus of ECU, unless otherwise noted. Tickets for the Jean-Michel Cousteau lecture and Julian Bond lecture are $10. One complimentary ticket is available to ECU students with a valid ECU ID. All other lectures for the 2014-15 series are free to all attendees. For advance tickets, call 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.

– Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

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ECU English Chair Awarded $270,000 NEH Grant

Johnson

Johnson

East Carolina University English Department Chair Dr. Jeffery Johnson has received a $270,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The three-year grant supports “The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne,” housed at ECU. On Sept. 1, Johnson will become the general editor for the Donne Variorum, a collaborative research project involving more than 40 international scholars.

The project has been funded by the NEH since 1986, with a total of more than $1.8 million.

The Donne Variorum, including its online component DigitalDonne (http://donnevariorum.tamu.edu) has been described by other scholars as “one of the most important scholarly ventures in English literature,” (Brian Vickers, Times Literary Supplement, 25 Jan. 2008) and “one of the most successful collaborative ventures in Renaissance studies of our time” (Stanley Stewart, Renaissance Talk, p. 159).

For additional information, contact Johnson at 252-328-6378 or johnsonj@ecu.edu.

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ECU see-through frog research highlighted in NatGeo

Twomey

Twomey

Research from the ECU Department of Biology on Peruvian glassfrogs was highlighted in National Geographic.

Graduate student Evan Twomey, quoted in the piece, has teamed with former grad student Jesse Delia in the research.

According to the article, the research has identified four new species of the see-through frogs, some with green bones.  The species is known for gaudy coloring including yellow circles around the eyes.

Read the article in National Geographic…

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Bauer, Rulifson selected as distinguished professors

Bauer

Bauer

Two professors in the ECU Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences were inducted as distinguished professors at the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 25. The honor is traditionally bestowed upon one individual at the beginning of each academic year.

Margaret Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English and editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, and Roger Rulifson, professor in the Department of Biology and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, were selected.

The professorship is the highest honor within the college and is conferred upon a professor whose career exemplifies a commitment to and a love for knowledge and academic life, as demonstrated by outstanding teaching and advising, research and creative productivity, and professional service.

“After this year’s review of nominees, we were so impressed with the exceptional quality of our colleagues that we did something unconventional – unprecedented as far as I know,” said Dr. William Downs, dean of Harriot College. “We found two Harriot College faculty members ‘equally deserving’ of the Distinguished Professorship. And despite everybody telling me that making two awards ‘just isn’t done,’ that is precisely what we are doing this year.”

“At a time when the value of the humanities is often overlooked, I am pleased that ECU’s new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences starts his first year recognizing the importance of research in the humanities as well as the sciences, and I look forward to seeing Harriot College shine a light on the excellent research and creative activity of many of ECU’s humanities faculty in the future,” said Bauer.

Rulifson

Rulifson

“I am very honored to be chosen for the title of Distinguished Professor of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences by Dean Downs,” said Rulifson.

“I think of the past recipients, and I know that I will have a challenge ahead to live up to their legacy. I truly appreciate the latitude and encouragement from the Dean’s Office over 30 years to teach what I love to teach, and to conduct research on coastal issues with Biology graduate and undergraduate students, without whom I could not have accomplished so much in the name of East Carolina University.”

For additional information, contact Bauer at 252-328-1537 or bauerm@ecu.edu, or Rulifson at 252-328-9400 or rulifsonr@ecu.edu.

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ECU event basis of new collection on Sir Walter Raleigh

Papers delivered at an international ECU conference formed the basis for a new collection of scholarly essays on Sir Walter Raleigh titled “Literary and Visual Ralegh,” released Spring 2014.

Many of the articles in the collection were delivered at the 2008 ECU conference, Raleigh in the Altantic World. The conference was organized by David Wilson-Okamura and Marianne Montgomery in the ECU Department of English, with support of the ECU Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, directed by Kevin Moll.

bookAccording to the book description at http://www.manchesterspenser.org/releases/30_literaryraleigh, articles in the book represent a range of disciplines, including literary, historical and art historical studies, and focus on the life, works and legacy of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Editor Christopher Armitage of UNC-Chapel Hill launched the book in April, presenting at the event along with ECU English professor Thomas Herron, one of the contributing authors.

 

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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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