Joyner Faculty report presentations, publications

ECU librarians Carolyn Willis, Jeanne Hoover and Clark Nall received notification that their poster presentation proposal was selected for this year’s ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) 2013 Conference in Indianapolis for their work with Project STEPP.

Housed in Joyner Library, Project STEPP serves college students with documented learning disabilities. The program offers academic, social and life-skills support to motivated and committed students who show the potential to succeed in college.

The title of their presentation is “Teach, Assess, and Redesign: Creating a framework of universal design for learning for students with learning disabilities.”

A poster session by Joyner Library staff Mark Sanders and Angela Whitehurst, “Don’t be Lost in Space:  Assess, Renovate, and Repurpose your Library” was presented for the North Carolina Library Association meeting in Thomasville.

An article by Sanders, “Creating a safe haven for university students:  How are we doing?” appeared in the Journal of Access Services.

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Geography professor earns Fulbright

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Tom Crawford, associate professor in the East Carolina University Department of Geography, has been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research.

Crawford will spend the spring semester in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland conducting research on the impacts of urban spatial form on greenhouse gas emissions. His project began Feb. 1.

Crawford is one of the 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange programs in the U.S.

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Book co-edited by English professor named to best books list

A book co-edited by ECU English professor Dr. Kenneth Parille, “The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist,” was selected by the Washington Post as one of its Best Books of 2012.

Parille also contributed an essay to the publication. He was quoted in 2012 in the New York Times for a feature on Clowes and one of his essays on the graphic novelist appeared in the 2010 collection, “The Best American Comics Criticism.”

Read the Washington Post best books list .

Read the March 2012 New York Times article in which Parille is quoted.  Read more about Parille.

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Allied Health faculty report publications

An article co-authored by Mary Crozier, Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, “Codependence with hypersexual and gambling disorder,” appeared in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

An article by Twyla Perryman, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, “Brief Report: Parent Child-Directed Speech as a Predictor of Receptive Language in Children with Autism Symptomatology,” appeared in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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ECU biology professor elected to lead international organization

East Carolina University biology professor John W. Stiller was elected to the role of incoming vice president and president elect of the Phycological Society of America. The election results were announced at the PSA annual national meeting in Charleston, S.C. June 22.

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Stiller will serve a three-year term as vice president/president-elect in 2013, president in 2014 and past president in 2015. He will also serve on the PSA executive council for all three years.

The international organization promotes research and education in fields related to the biology of algae, and publishes the Journal of Phycology: an International Journal of Algal Research.

The journal was recently redesigned and its first updated issue featured research by Stiller and ECU biology student Justin Perry. The paper, “Major Developmental Regulators and their Expression in Two Closely Related Species of Porphyra (Rhodophyta),” reflected a large collaborative effort to sequence the genome of the red alga Porphyra, also known as Nori or as Stiller described it, “the black stuff wrapped around the outside of most sushi.”

The research is funded through grants from the Joint Genomic Institute/Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Stiller is a co-principle investigator on both grants.

Perry was an undergraduate at the time of the research but has since joined the biology department as a master’s student.

For additional information about PSA , visit http://www.psaalgae.org/index.html.  For more details about Stiller, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/biology/stiller_john.cfm

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ECU professor serves on vehicle technology panel

East Carolina University occupational therapy professor Dr. Anne Dickerson was one of ten experts on a panel that reviewed vehicle technologies for benefits in promoting capacity, confidence and convenience for drivers as they age.

Dickerson is the director of Research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative at ECU. She has been researching functional performance of older adults since the early 1990s. When the American Occupational Therapy Association identified older adult drivers as an emerging practice area in 2003, she began to focus on the functional performance of driving and has become one of the leading occupational therapy researchers in this growing area.

She has an occupational therapy degree from Temple University, a master’s degree in allied health education/health administration from Texas State University and a doctorate in
developmental psychology from Florida International University.

Other panel participants included practitioners and researchers with expertise in geriatric medicine, kinesiology, human factors and occupational therapy.

The study was conducted by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab.  For more information about the study, visit http://www.thehartford.com/advance50/vehicle-technology. For details on the panel, visit http://www.thehartford.com/sites/thehartford/files/TopCarTechnologiesExperts.pdf.

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