ECU professor publishes in Journal of Sport Management

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Dr. Stacy Warner

An article by East Carolina University professor Dr. Stacy Warner in the Department of Kinesiology was published in the September 2013 issue of Journal of Sport Management.

Titled “Examining sense of community in sport: Developing the multidimensional ‘SCS’ scale,” the article discussed the need for an instrument that measures social benefits of sports.  The research was completed with co-authors Dr. Shannon Kerwin of Brock University and Dr. Matthew Walker of Texas A &M University.

The results of this work yielded a valid and reliable 21-item instrument to measure the sense of community experienced in sport setting. According to the researchers, sport organizations often claim that being able to quantify this social benefit is fundamental to justifying the benefits of appropriately managed sport programs or pinpointing weaknesses in its management. Specifically, the instrument assesses Administrative Consideration, Common Interest, Equity in Administrative Decisions, Leadership Opportunity, Social Spaces, and Competition.

Warner’s research interests are in the roles that sport and sport culture play in the lives of individuals through families, communities, work environments and social networks.  This research specifically focuses on organizational structures that optimize community building and development in a way that improves the life quality for athletes.

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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.

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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.

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ECU biology professor publishes volume on Richard D. Alexander

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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.

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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&.

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Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the ECU College of Business have reported the following recent publications:

Articles by Haozhe Chen, Marketing and Supply Chain Management:

  • “Logistics Service Orientation: An Integrated Strategy to Build Logistics Service Competency” in the Journal of Transportation Management
  • “Organizational Structure and Logistics Service Innovation,” in the International Journal of Logistics Management
  • “Manufacturer-Supplier Guanxi Strategy: An Examination of Contingent Environmental Factors,” in Industrial Marketing Management

By Chen with John Kros,

  • “Technology Emergency between Mandate and Acceptance” An Exploratory Examination of RFID,” in the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
  • “The Adoption and Utilization of Online Auctions by Supply Chain Managers,” in Transportation Research Part E

By Chen with William Swart,

  • “Human Performance in Supply Chain Management,” in the Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal.

By Management faculty Joseph Tomkiewicz with Kenneth Bass and Joanna Robinson, “Students’ Propensity Toward Business Ownership” in the College Student Journal.

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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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