Platinum Street Ballers to perform at ECU Oct. 18

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The Platinum Street Ballers, formerly ESPN’s And 1 Street Ball, will present their unique style of basketball at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Minges Coliseum at East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public. Giveaways, music and concessions will be provided. The performance is a kickoff event for the ECU Lady Pirate basketball team as it embarks on the inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.

This season also launches a partnership between ECU’s Women’s Basketball and WZMB 91.3 FM, ECU’s student-run radio station. WZMB will broadcast all women’s games and will stream games online at www.ecu.edu/wzmb.

For additional information, contact YaLanda Davis at (252) 328-4751 or wzmb@ecu.edu.

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Miss America 2014 to address culture, diversity

Davuluri

Davuluri

Miss America 2014 will present “The Beauty of Service, Scholarship and Global Citizenship” at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American and second Asian-American to hold the Miss America title. The Syracuse, New York native and daughter of Indian immigrants devoted her year of service to a platform of “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” She traveled more than 186,000 miles worldwide to speak on diversity and culture. Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev was recently crowned.

“Diversity is a rich and endless source of experience, language, custom and tradition that enhances our nation and makes us unique,” Davuluri said.

Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, said she hoped that students would relate to Davuluri. “Her challenges being part of the pageant world as a woman of color and second-generation immigrant we hope will connect with our students as they plan for their future and prepare themselves for day-to-day challenges,” Haithcox-Dennis said.

Co-sponsors for the event are the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Indian Student Organization and Campus Living and Residence Life.

For additional information, contact Mariza James, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center at (252) 328-6495 or lwcc@ecu.edu.

 

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ECU hosts statewide research conference

Paul DeVita, a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, speaks with a fellow researcher(s) at the North Carolina Cartilage & Arthritis Research Alliance conference, held Oct. 3 at ECU. (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

Paul DeVita, a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, speaks with a fellow researcher(s) at the North Carolina Cartilage & Arthritis Research Alliance conference, held Oct. 3 at ECU. (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

 

The North Carolina Cartilage & Arthritis Research Alliance held a conference Oct. 3 at East Carolina University.

“It is a gathering to enhance our regional discussion of current research advances in basic and clinical sciences with a variety of experimental approaches/techniques, give young investigators the opportunity to present, and to hear established researchers from North Carolina speak,” said Dr. Cheryl B. Knudson, chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Brody School of Medicine.

Knudson chaired the event organizing team, which included Warren Knudson and Emily Askew – also faculty in Anatomy and Cell Biology – and Paul DeVita and Zac Domire, both of the Department of Kinesiology.

The approximately 100 attendees represented Duke University, Wake Forest University, N.C. State University, UNC Chapel Hill and ECU. In addition, more than 25 academic posters were presented. Topics covered included different scaffolds (including silk) for drug delivery and osteochondral implants, how the forces generated by walking are transmitted to the nucleus of cells, epigenetic changes in adipose stem cells from mice on high fat diets, chondrocyte signaling, pain, animal models and clinical trials for osteoarthritis management.

“These have been great meetings with excellent science and good networking opportunities,” Knudson said of past NC-CARA events.

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