Earth Day Expo set for April 21

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

An Earth Day Expo featuring interactive events for all ages will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Howell Science Complex, East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to check in on the Howell breezeway.

Events include live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and biodiversity activities and displays. Sid the Science Kid from UNC TV’s Just for Kids! Program will be on hand as well.

After school children’s programs are welcomed. More than 300 children attended the event last year.

For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/biology/ncbiodiversity or contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.

The Earth Day Expo is hosted by ECU’s Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology. The event is a North Carolina Science Festival event.

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Sex, seduction in Donne’s poetry topic of final Voyages lecture

Williams College professor of English Dr. Illona Bell will present “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry” at 7 p.m. March 24 in Bate 1032, East Carolina University.

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Bell

The event is free and no tickets are required.

Bell is the Samuel Fessenden Clark Professor of English at Williams College, with expertise in Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, early modern women writers, lyric poetry and Virginia Woolf. She is the author of “Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch,” “Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship” and numerous essays on Renaissance poetry and early modern women. She also edited “John Donne: Selected Poems.”

Bell received her Ph.D. in literature from Boston College in 1977 and her B.A. in literature from Radcliffe College in 1969. Her presentation concludes the 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

For additional information about the Voyages series and its speakers, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages. More information about Harriot College is available at www.ecu.edu/cas.

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Workshops to focus on veterans, military

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East Carolina University’s Contemporary Writer Series will host a three-day series of workshops for veterans, military service members and military families March 25 – 27.

All events are free and open to the public. The series will focus on expressing experiences through fiction, non-fiction or visual art. Participants may also wish to contribute to a new publication, The ECU Veterans Anthology.

Veteran poet and essayist Brian Turner will open the series at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the East Carolina Heart Institute auditorium. Turner will read from his work and discuss his experiences as infantry team leader for the 3 rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq from 2003-2004. He is the author of “Here Bullet” (2005), “Phantom Noise” (2010) and “My Life as a Foreign Country” (2014).

A book signing and question and answer session will immediately follow.

A poetry reading at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Greenville Museum of art will feature award-winning poet Ilyse Kusnetz and former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti. A book signing and question and answer session will follow readings from both poets’ work.

Kusnetz teaches at Valencia College and lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, poet and memoirist Brian Turner. She holds a Ph.D. in feminist and postcolonial British literature from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University and the 2012 state poet laureate. His writings focus on veterans and their families. His honors include the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, the Carolina Novel Award and the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the N.C. Humanities Council.

A full listing of events and registration is available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-writers-workshop-tickets-15846084064.

For additional information about the workshops, contact Jason Faulkner, teaching instructor in the Department of English, at 252-328-5177 or faulknerj@ecu.edu. For additional information about the events featuring Turner, Kusnetz or Bathanti, contact John Hoppenthaler, associate professor of English, at 252-328-5562; hoppenthalerj@ecu.edu, or Thomas Douglass, associate professor of English, at 252-328-6723; douglasst@ecu.edu.

The workshops are cosponsored by Operation Re-Entry North Carolina, Office of Student Transitions, Pirate Veterans and the Office of the Provost.

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ECU Spring Career Fair set for Thursday

East Carolina University’s Career Services will host the annual Spring Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at Minges Coliseum and the Murphy Center.

The Spring Career Fair brings employers to ECU to meet with students and alumni who are seeking internships, co-op experiences and full-time career opportunities. Attendees can establish connections with potential employers as well as hone their networking skills.

More than 350 employers from 163 businesses and organizations will participate in the event to meet with ECU students and alumni.

“Employers frequently tell us they are impressed with the caliber of our students and the overall recruiting experience at ECU,” said Curtis Street, assistant director of employer relations with ECU Career Services.

The companies attending the career fair range from local firms in Greenville and Pitt County and others from across North Carolina. Some national and international companies also will participate. The companies expect to meet with students from a variety of majors during the three-hour event.

“More than 2,500 students and alums have attended the last three career fairs and more than 80 percent stated they gained employer contacts, an interview, or an internship,” said Street.

Students should dress in business professional attire and bring their ECU OneCard to the career fair. A full list of attending employers and additional career fair information is available on the Career Services website at www.ecu.edu/career.

For more information about the Spring Career Fair, contact Karen Thompson, director of ECU Career Services at (252) 328-6050.

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Married ECU art students present senior exhibition

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East Carolina University art students and husband and wife, Jacob and Meredith Parker, will host a dual senior exhibition, “Passing for Normal,” in the Burroughs Wellcome Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center March 16-20.

An opening reception will be held 6-9 p.m. March 16.

Both are candidates for a bachelor of fine arts in May. Meredith Parker is pursuing a concentrating in painting and drawing, while Jacob Parker is working toward a concentration in printmaking.

The Parkers are known for their charismatic personalities and their artwork titles such as “I’m Not Going, You Can’t Make Me Go, I’m Never Going,” “They’ll Mow You Down Easy,” “Nobody Sees a Problem with This; Just Eat it” and “This Should Be of Some Practical Use Later.”

Jacob Parker recently won an award in the School of Art & Design’s undergraduate show.

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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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