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.

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.

ECU researchers uncover secrets related to fat, estrogen

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.

Hickner

Hickner

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.

Michael Schinasi selected Fulbright Scholar to Spain

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

ECU professor receives national educator award

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.

Deale

Deale

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/.

ECU Police to conduct active shooter training July 8-12

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.

 

 

ECU biology professor publishes volume on Richard D. Alexander

evolution

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

Summers

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&.

Psychology professor receives award for paper on emotions, health

An East Carolina University assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Lisa Baranik, has received the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Research in Personality.

Baranik

                                 Baranik

“Physical Health, Positive and Negative Affect, and Personality: A Longitudinal Analysis,” was co-authored by Dr. Stephen West and Yu Liu from Arizona State University, and Dr. John Finch, an ECU professor of psychology who died in 2012. The award ceremony, which included a tribute to Finch’s career, took place June 21 at the Biennial Convention of the Association for Research in Personality in Charlotte.

“John was a brilliant scholar, a gifted teacher and a thoughtful, kind person. My coauthors and I are greatly appreciative that John’s last research project could be honored in this way,” said Baranik.

Baranik is a member of the occupational health psychology concentration of the health psychology doctoral program in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Through her research, she examines employee emotions, health and well-being, and mentoring relationships. Research presented in the award-winning paper tested a statistical model of personality, mood and health, and found that negative moods may contribute more to health than positive moods.

“The connection between the mind and the body is well-known, but researchers are still discovering exactly how that connection works,” said Baranik. “Our paper shows that a person in poor physical health experiences both fewer positive emotions and more negative emotions. On the other hand, our study shows that only negative emotions predict subsequent physical health, not positive emotions.”

For additional information, contact Baranik at 252-737-3000 or via email at baranikl@ecu.edu.

ECU professor named NASSM research fellow

By Kathy Muse
Health and Human Performance

Dr. Stacy Warner, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University, was named a research fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management.

Stacy Warner

Stacy Warner

Warner received the honor May 30 at the 2013 NASSM conference in Austin, Texas.

“The NASSM Research Fellow designation signifies a very high level of achievement in research,” said Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology.

Research fellow status recognizes NASSM scholars by honoring their achievement in sport-related scholarship disseminated to the field.

The designation is one of distinction and recognizes high standards of research and other forms of scholarship among NASSM’s members.

“It is impressive that Dr. Warner received this honor so early in her career,” said Altman.

Warner’s research focuses on organizational structures that optimize community building and development in a way that improves the life quality for sport participants, sport employees, fans, and residents.

“I am humbled to receive this honor,” said Warner.  “I’ve had the privilege of working alongside and being trained and mentored by some of the best scholar’s in the field,” she continued.

“This award is a reflection of the investment they made in me and a credit to ECU’s Department of Kinesiology for providing an environment in which research can thrive and excellence is expected,” said Warner.

A native of Osceola Mills, Pa., Warner began teaching at ECU in 2010.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education/sport administration from Lock Haven University in 2000.  She received a master’s degree in exercise and sport science-sport administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and a doctorate in sport management from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.