Pictured left to right are graduate students Marianne Ayers, Benjamin Wigand, Miranda Guardiola, Anne Saville and Andrea Fulle. (Photo provided by Maria McDonald, teaching instructor of sociology)
East Carolina University will be well represented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans March 25-28.
Presenting at the event are four Department of Sociology faculty members, 10 graduate students, five undergraduates and two alumni.
Several ECU presenters will participate in paper, roundtable and poster sessions to discuss research focusing on gender inequality, including sexual assault. Others are presenting research on a broad range of topics including social impacts of the digital divide, mysogynoir, the impact of student volunteer work, North Carolina’s environmental movement and attitudes toward the Confederate flag.
This year’s meeting theme is “Stalled Revolutions? Gender Inequality in the 21st Century.”
For additional information, contact Marieke Van Willigen, interim chair of sociology, at 252-328-6092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr. was one of the speakers at a recent conference on robotic surgery in China.
Dr. Randolph Chitwood Jr.
Chitwood, the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Distinguished Chair and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute, spoke at the third Beijing International Symposium and Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery, held July 14-16.
The event is an opportunity for medical professionals and experts from around the world to share the latest information about robotic surgery. Chitwood, a senior associate vice chancellor and professor of cardiovascular sciences at East Carolina University, is a pioneer in robot-assisted heart surgery, particularly mitral valve repair and replacement.
A link to an interview with Chitwood at the conference is available at the workshop’s website, http://www.bisrocs.net/index.html.
East Carolina University student support staff presented at the National Academic Advising Association Region 3 conference in Charlotte this month.
Members of East Carolina University’s student support staff presented at National Academic Advising Association Region 3 conference on April 12-14 in Charlotte.
Presenters and their topics were as follows:
- “The Hokey Pokey of College Parenting…When to Step In and When to Step Out,” by Dr. Jayne Geissler, executive director of Retention Program and Undergraduate Studies; Steven Asby, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; and Dinecia Gates, academic advisor in the School of Communication;
- “ECU Excels: First Semester Students Receive Victory Lap” by Jennifer Cabacar, coordinator for Undergraduate Student Services in the School of Communication; and Elizabeth Coghill, director of the Pirate Tutoring Center;
- “Selecting, Implementing, and Assessing an Effective Academic Early Alert and Connect System Integrating Academic Advisors” by Geissler, Coghill and Asby with John Trifilo, associate director of Academic Advising and Support Center (Starfish project manager);
- “The Advising Collaborative: Roadmap for Winning the Race” by Beth Fuller, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; Jill Naar, academic advisor for the College of Human Ecology; Nancy Lilley, assistant director of Academic Advising for the College of Nursing; Heather Weigand, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; and Dr. Lisa Rogerson, professor in the College of Education.
- “Academic Advising: Putting the ‘Personal’ Back in Interpersonal Communication,” a poster presentation by Daniel Wiseman, academic advisor in the School of Communication and Anthrony Coutouzis, academic advisor in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
East Carolina University professor Kathryn M. Kolasa, Family Medicine, presented at two conferences in early November. She presented “Strategies that work: Treating patients for obesity in primary care,” at the Washington-Pamlico Medical Society, Nov. 3; and “Hot Topics in Nustrition and Dietary Supplements” at the Pennsylvania Family Physician Meeting in Franklin, Penn., Nov. 6.
Kolasa was also named to the editorial board of Clinical Nutrition Insight.
Kathy Kolasa (Family Medicine and Pediatrics) presented at the North Carolina Dietetic Association on “IN4Kids: Integrating Nutrition for Kids: Study Findings” with the IN4KIDS team from Duke University (Gwen Murphy, Lori Carter-Edwards, Meghan Mayhew, and Mina Silberberg). She also presented along with Sheree Vodicka of the N.C. Division of Public Health, “Disengaging Auto Pilot: Empower Weight Management Clients with Mindfulness.” Kolasa taught two webinars for the University of Texas, one on The Mediterranean Diet and the other on the Healthy Hospital Initiative.
Recent articles Kolasa has published include:
- By Kolasa with Tae Lee (Family Medicine), “Feeding the Person with Late Stage Alzheimers Disease,” in Nutrition Today.
- By Kolasa, “A resource for medical educators,” in Educator’s Reserouce. Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals Newsletter.
- By Kolasa with Kay Craven (Family Medicine), Justin Moore (Public Health, Allison Swart (Public Health) and Alice Keene (Community Schools, Pitt County), “School-based nutrition education intervention, effect on achieve a healthy weight among overweight 9th grade students,” in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
Irene Hamrick (Family Medicine) gave a presentation at the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs in San Diego, Calif. on how to run a geriatric division.
Holly Mathews (Anthropology) organized a session on “The Psychology of Patriarchy,” for the biennial meeting of the Society of Psychological Anthropology, April 2, 2011, in Los Angeles , CA. She also presented, “The Role of Patriarchal Gender Ideology in the Construction of Female Identity in Oaxaca, Mexico,” as part of that session.