Two scholarships at East Carolina University will honor Kathy Taft, an ECU alumna and longtime education advocate who died March 9 after being assaulted in Raleigh. Read more…
More than 250 middle and high school students are expected to participate March 30 in the regional National History Day competition at East Carolina University. Judging at the event, themed “Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences” will begin at 10 a.m. in Mendenhall Student Center. The public is invited to attend, said Chad Ross, teaching assistant professor of history.
“You’ll see the excitement and energy in these kids’ faces,” said Ross, who is in his third year of organizing the event. Read more…
More than 250 middle and high school students are expected to participate March 30 in the regional National History Day competition at East Carolina University.
Judging at the event, themed “Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences” will begin at 10 a.m. in Mendenhall Student Center. The public is invited to attend, said Chad Ross, teaching assistant professor of history.
“You’ll see the excitement and energy in these kids’ faces,” said Ross, who is in his third year of organizing the event.
The regional NHD will draw students from counties east of Interstate 95. Winners will proceed to the state competition in Raleigh, which precedes the national contest in College Park, Md.
More than half a million students nationwide participate annually in NHD by writing papers or preparing exhibits, performances, websites or documentaries.
NHD helps students across the country develop critical thinking, research and presentation skills. It also fosters self-esteem and helps develop a sense of responsibility for an involvement in the democratic process.
A study released in January found that students who participated in National History Day perform better on high-stakes tests, are better writers, more confident and capable researchers, and have a more mature perspective on current events and civic engagement than their peers.
The ECU Department of History sponsors the regional contest as part of its efforts to interact with the community and bring history to people, Ross said.
To learn more about National History Day and the March 30 event, contact Chad Ross, Ph.D., teaching assistant professor of history, at 252-328-6089 or email@example.com. More information can also be found at http://www.nhd.org.
College students and recent graduates aiming for a career as a physician have until March 4 to apply to ECU’s Summer Program for Future Doctors.
The eight-week summer program at the Brody School of Medicine, which begins May 16, is an intensive program that lets participants experience the demands of a medical school curriculum.
The only requirement is that students be North Carolina residents. Preference is given to minorities, disadvantaged and non-traditional students, but all students are encouraged to apply.
Students should have satisfactorily completed one year of biology, chemistry and physics. Organic chemistry is strongly encouraged. The program is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for living expenses. Eligible students will receive stipends.
Applications and more information are online at http://www.ecu.edu/ascc/SPFD.cfm.
PASS Clinic Provides Low Cost Services
East Carolina University has opened a psychological training and clinic facility providing low cost treatments in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, healthy weight management, smoking cessation and women’s health.
The new ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services Clinic, directed by Tony Cellucci, will treat patients while at the same time training doctoral students under the supervision of licensed psychologists.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment approach that helps patients manage issues with drugs and alcohol as well as dealing with emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Healthy weight services for all ages provide a focus on small lifestyle changes, while addressing thoughts, behaviors and emotional factors related to weight gain. Smoking cessation helps patients reduce or stop the use of tobacco and nicotene. Both the healthy weight services and smoking cessation services are NCFLEX approved.
Women’s health services provide therapy related to stress or mental health issues, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders, or difficulty with relationships, fertility or chronic pain.
The clinic is in Room 311, Rawl Building on the ECU campus. For additional information about the clinic, contact the clinic office at (252) 737-4180.
NCLR is published by ECU and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. The award was announced during the 2011 Modern Language Association annual conference held in Los Angeles.
On Saturdays through through March 5, ECU is hosting the seventh annual Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and ECU, the program runs for eight consecutive Saturdays, with presentations from 10 a.m. to noon in the Rivers West Building auditorium. The Feb. 12 session will be held in Rivers, Room N102.
This year’s lecture series will feature academic and professional experts who will discuss topics on rebuilding Haiti, U.S. national security, responding to the financial crisis of 2007-08, the Horn of Africa, the Caucasus, Germany ascendant, sanctions and nonproliferation, and global governance.
All events are free to full-time students and teachers, and a program book may be purchased for $19. For the general public, all eight session are $42, or $6 per session. The program book is not included. WAC members may attend all eight sessions and receive a program book for $32. To register for the event, visit at www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/greatdecisions/home.cfm, and click on registration.
For more information about the Great Decisions Program and a complete list of speakers, visit the website or contact Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning, ECU director of international studies, at 252-328-5520 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
ECU’s Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and the Division of Continuing Studies will host the 2011 Blue Heron Bowl, which is the regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
This is the first year ECU will host North Carolina’s competition, which will now rotate every second year between ECU, UNC Wilmington and UNC Chapel Hill. The Blue Heron Bowl will be held Feb. 26, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., with opening remarks beginning at 8 a.m. in Bate 1032.
Coordinated by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, NOSB is a national academic competition that quizzes high school students on topics related to the study of the oceans and Great Lakes.
The competition consists of 18 teams competing in timed, round-robin and double-elimination sessions that include multiple choice and short answer questions. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans, including physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science and biology, as well as from topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history and culture.
Teams include four students, one alternate and a coach. The round-robin portion of the competition will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Bate. Semi-final, double-elimination rounds will continue in the afternoon with the final round at 5:30 p.m. in Bate 1031; the awards ceremony will follow at 6 p.m.
One winning team, two runner-up teams and a “most sportsmanlike” team from the Blue Heron Bowl will each receive a prize and will be provided transportation and room and board to the NOSB competition April 29 – May 1 in Galveston, Texas, where they will compete against 24 other regional winners.
Winning team members of the national competition also will receive a prize. Past prizes have included trips to Southampton Oceanography Centre in England; the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, Calif.; the Florida Keys; cruises on research vessels; visits to oceanographic institutions; scholarships; scientific equipment and books.
Goals of the NOSB competition are to increase knowledge of the oceans and to raise visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research. The competition also gives oceanographic research programs the opportunity to develop new connections with their local pre-college community and to open students’ eyes to ocean-related careers.
Ultimately, the success of the Blue Heron Bowl requires the concerted efforts of many volunteer staff and sponsors. Sponsors help offset the costs incurred, while volunteers serve as moderators, scientific judges, rules judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers.
Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are still available for the Blue Heron Bowl. Interested parties should contact Dr. Jeffery Alejandro, Division of Continuing Studies, at 252-328-9197 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or Kay Evans, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, at 252-328-6220 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about the Blue Heron Bowl, go to www.ecu.edu/icsp/bhb/2011.