ECU research awarded at conference

ECU graduate student Jessica Handloff, mentored by Dr. Christine Avenarious in the Department of Anthropology, received an award for the best research poster in a conference this month at Texas Tech University. (Contributed photos)

ECU graduate student Jessica Handloff, mentored by Dr. Christine Avenarius in the Department of Anthropology, received an award for the best research poster in a conference this month at Texas Tech University. (Contributed photos)

Research completed by faculty and students in ECU’s Department of Anthropology was named the best research poster presented at the Engagement Scholarship Symposium held Oct. 8-9 at Texas Tech University. ECU anthropology graduate student Jessica Handloff, a member of ECU’s Student Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, designed the poster .

The research displayed on the poster was collected under the guidance of ECU anthropology professor Dr. Christine Avenarius, who developed the project proprosal and assisted Handloff in collecting data. Handloff then designed the poster based on the community engagement aspect of the project. She represented ECU, the Department of Anthropology and SEOSA at the conference.

The poster was titled “Community Participation in Risk Management: Exploring Suitable Adaptations to Storm Water Flooding in Nags Head, N.C.” Research focused on community response and communication styles among stakeholders seeking solutions to the flooding problems.

The SEOSA program for ECU graduate students is part of the ECU Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, which pairs students with faculty to encourage the scholarship of engagement through workshops and research mentoring programs. For additional information about the academy, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/chancellor/Engagement-and-Outreach-Scholars-Academy.cfm.

Handloff accepts the best research poster award at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium at Texas Tech University.

Handloff accepts the best research poster award at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium at Texas Tech University.

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Baxley elected to national medical board

Dr. Elizabeth G. Baxley has been elected to the board of directors of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Baxley

Baxley

Baxley is a professor of family medicine and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She will serve the ABFM on the Credentials Committee and the MC-FP (Maintenance of Certification-Family Practice) Committee.

The ABFM is responsible for the board certification of family physicians in the United States.

During her career, Baxley has focused on health care delivery system redesign and teaching about patient safety and quality improvement.

She will serve a five-year term.

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Phase Retirement Program available for eligible faculty

Chancellor Ballard has announced the annual availability of the Phased Retirement Program for eligible tenured faculty members.

Individual letters of invitation to apply for participation in the Program beginning August 2014 were sent in campus mail to those faculty members who meet program eligibility criteria.

For questions about the program, contact Linda Ingalls at 328-5442 or ingallsl@ecu.edu or Lisa Sutton at 744-1910 or suttonli@ecu.edu.

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New health education and promotion chair selected

Dr. Don Chaney has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion following a national search.

Chaney

Chaney

Chaney comes to ECU from the University of Florida, where he served as the assistant dean for distance education and outreach and the associate director for the Center for Digital Health and Wellness in the College of Health and Human Performance. A former faculty member in ECU’s Department of Health Education and Promotion, he has also held appointments at Texas A&M University and the University of Alabama.

Chaney’s research interests include technology integration in health and online learning/professional development.  The majority of his publications are related to distance education course development and technological applications.

“I am honored to be back at East Carolina University and leading what I believe to be one of the best, if not the best, faculty in health education and promotion in the country,” said Chaney.  “Graduates from our programs in athletic training, school health education, community and worksite health promotion and environmental health are making a real difference in the health of Eastern North Carolinians,” he continued.

Chaney is the past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Health Studies.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1999 in fitness management from the University of North Alabama.  In 2000 he received a master’s degree in health education and promotion from Mississippi State University and in 2003 he earned a doctorate in health education and promotion from the University of Alabama.

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Allied Health faculty earn accolades

Faculty in the College of Allied Health Sciences have reported a number of publications and accolades this summer.

Bonita Sasnett and Robert J. Campbell (Department of Health Services and Information), published “The Utility of the Team Notebook as a Teaching Tool for Team Learning,” in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Health Administration Education.

Martha Chapin, professor in the Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies, and ECU doctoral graduate Andrew Byrne published, “Ethical Decision making Applied to Social Networking” in The Journal of Rehabilitation.

Leigh W. Cellucci, associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, was elected to a three-year term on the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Board of Directors during the organization’s annual meeting in June.

AUPHA is the accrediting association for ECU’s undergraduate degree in health services management. Its membership includes more than 180 graduate and undergraduate programs in North America along with hundreds of personal and corporate members. Its faculty and individual members represent more than 400 colleges and universities.

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