Research by an East Carolina University professor and co-authors could generate ideas on how fat interacts with estrogen to cause problem areas for weight gain in women.
Dr. Bob Hickner, professor in the ECU Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance, worked with Kathleen Gavin, a post doc fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver; ECU alumnus Dustin Raymer and ECU graduate student Elizabeth Cooper.
The team determined that estrogen’s effect on fat depends on where the fat deposit is located. Those effects could explain why some premenopausal women have difficulty losing their pear shape even when they exercise. They could also help generate some new ideas on how estrogen in fat may influence why postmenopausal women tend to accumulate more fat in the abdomen.
The authors suggest that more research is necessary to better understand the mechanisms behind how and why estrogen acts in these differential ways.
The article is titled, “Estradiol Effects on Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Lipolysis in Premenopausal Women are Adipose Tissue Depot Specific and Treatment Dependent.” It appears in the June edition of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, published by the American Physiological Society, and available at http://bit.ly/1aKKegY.
Hickner is director of the Ph.D. program in bioenergetics and exercise science at ECU and co-director of research at the Center for Health Disparities Research.
East Carolina University foreign language professor Michael Schinasi was selected for a Fulbright award to Spain in spring 2014, for his book proposal Performance and the Theater Industry in Nineteenth Century Spain: the Teatro Español and the Creation of a National Theater.
The chapters of the book are tentatively titled: 1. Ideology, Realpolitik and the Creation of Spain’s First National Theater. 2. Six Images of the Teatro Español and its Famous Café from the End of the 18th Century to the End of the 19th. 3. The Theatre’s Operation. The Monarchy’s Takeoever of the Building. 4. The Second Period of the Teatro Español. Quarrels and Jealousies. Politicization of the Theatre and Attacks by the Madrid Press. Demise in 1851.
More than one publisher has expressed interest in the completed manuscript on this neglected pivotal moment in 1849-51 of the History of the Spanish theatre.
Schinasi was a Fulbright grantee to Spain once before, in 1987-88. He is author of an edition of the Poems of Ventura de la Vega (Grupo de Estudios del Siglo XVIII-University of Salamanca, 2005) and is at work on an edition of his prototypical bourgeois comedy, El hombre del mundo (1845).
His work on Vega complements his proposal for the Fulbright: a detailed history of the national theatre and a textual edition of one of the most popular contemporary plays. Vega was a principal architect of the theater reforms of 1849 that created the Teatro Español, and was the national theater’s first director. Schinasi hopes to have an extended period in Madrid for use of the resources there, particularly the National Historic Archive, the National Library, and the Archive of the Comunidad de Madrid.
– Courtesy of ECU Foreign Languages and Literatures blog
An East Carolina University professor in the College of Human Ecology received a national award at the American Hotel and Lodging Association Summer Summit in Houston June 19.
Cynthia Deale was presented the 2013 Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding Educator in the United States from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
Deale is an associate professor in ECU’s School of Hospitality Leadership and an affiliate faculty member of ECU’s Center for Sustainable Tourism. Her research interests include teaching and learning in hospitality and tourism, hospitality tourism management practices, service and sustainable hospitality.
Deale is a past president of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education and a long-time supporter of the educational institute’s certified hospitality educator program. She is one of the first professors to incorporate guest service gold and the certified guest service professional into her introduction to hospitality curriculum. She was also a significant contributor to the development of the STAR certification in hotel industry analytics, which was introduced to college and university hospitality programs this year.
For additional information about the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, visit https://www.ahlei.org/.
The East Carolina University Police Department will conduct active shooter training July 8-12 at Tyler Hall on College Hill.
This training, a normal part of ECU’s emergency planning procedures, is designed to prepare law enforcement personnel to respond to an active shooter on campus. Tyler Hall will be the only building involved in the training scenarios.
According to the ECU Police, the exercise may involve actors and simulated use of weapons.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to avoid the Tyler Hall area between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., July 8-12, if possible.
Contact Lt. Chris Sutton with ECU Police with questions about the training at 737-7433.
East Carolina University biology professor Kyle Summers is co-editor of “Human Social Evolution: The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander,” newly released by Oxford University Press.
Summers said the book revolves around the work of entomologist Richard D. Alexander, whose seminal contributions to the field of human social evolution have inspired biologists, anthropologists, psychologists and other social scientists to explore in greater detail the evolution of human social behavior.
The volume includes Alexander’s classic works accompanied by essays from former students and colleagues, who discuss current research or areas of contention related to the topic.
The work was completed as part of Summers’ research activity as the Thomas Harriot College Advancement Council Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Co-editor Bernard Crespi is professor of evolutionary biology at Simon Fraser University.
For additional information about the book, visit Oxford University Press a http://global.oup.com/academic/product/human-social-evolution-9780199791750?cc=us&lang=en&.