Annual Edible Book Festival held at ECU’s Joyner Library

At ECU's annual Edible Book Festival, the "Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson" submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

At ECU’s annual Edible Book Festival, the “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the third annual Edible Book Festival March 29.

Eleanor Cook, assistant dirctor for Discovery and Technology Services at the library, said the festival is held each year around the world. The event “celebrates books and culinary craftsmanship that draws upon the creativity of community members,” she said.

Participants decorate edible items that represent some aspect of a book and submitted items are included in a competition. Juried categories include most edible, least edible, wittiest and best in show for youth and adult.

This year’s judges at ECU were Greenville Banks, Jr and Cecilia Moore-Cobb from the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors.

In addition, a silent auction featured professional cakes donated by Aramark/ECU and Lowe’s foods. Proceeds form the auction and additional donations go toward the Joyner Library Preservation and Conservation fund, said Lisa Barricella, department head of Monographic Acquisitions & Preservation/Conservation.

“This fund helps to support the purchase of equipment and materials used in Joyner’s conservation labs where technicians conserve books, documents, manuscripts and photographs for long-term access,” Barricella said.

The 2014 Edible Book Festival winners were as follows:

Makayla Gilland poses with her "Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Makayla Gilland poses with her “Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Most Edible:  “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss, submitted by Makayla Gilland (Youth entry)

Least Edible:  “Fish! Tales” by Stephen Lundin et al., submited by Gloria Bradshaw

Wittiest:  “Cold Mountain” (Dew) by Charles Frazier, submitted by Stephanie Hedgepeth

Best in Show/Youth:  “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, submitted by  Walker Bixby

Best in Show/Adult:  “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss, submitted by Wesley Dills.

Winners each received a handcrafted notebook, winner’s ribbon and gift certificate.  Photos of entries may be viewed at

For additional information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or

– Dawn Wainwright


Earth Day Expo at ECU set for April 8

The East Carolina University Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology will host the annual Earth Day Expo from 4 – 6 p.m. April 8 in Howell Science Complex on

ECU researchers and non-profit organizations will provide interactive activities and displays on topics related to biodiversity. Children may enjoy live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and additional activities. More than 300 children participated in 2013.

This N.C. Science Festival event is free and open to the public.

In addition, the public is invited to attend a free, evening lecture at 8 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room C307. Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director of Natural Capital Project, will discuss “Nature of, by, and for the People.” A reception in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building will follow.

For additional information, visit or contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at or 252-328-9841.

Departing Brody students offer annual ‘Day of Service’

Medical students participate in Brody Day of Service. (Contributed photos)

Medical students participate in Brody Day of Service. (Contributed photos)

Before learning where they’d be placed for medical residency, 80 students from ECU’s Brody School of Medicine spent a Day of Service giving back to the place they’ve called home for the last four years.

“Brody is built on a commitment of service to eastern North Carolina in gratitude for the opportunity to learn the art of medicine from its citizens,” said medical student Lindsey Fix, class president for 2014. “So much of our training emphasizes how our role as physicians will be to care for and improve the health of the community in which we live and work.

“Going to school in a rural part of the country gives us countless opportunities to help people in need. The act of service is simply integral to the Brody experience and the culture of our medical school.” 3

The fourth-year medical students participated in varied projects Friday, March 14. Some related directly to their involvement in medicine, such as service to the student-run Grimesland Clinic or performing maintenance at the Ronald McDonald House, which offers a place to stay for families of children receiving care at Vidant Medical Center.

Students prepared for the upcoming St. Baldrick’s Day event – the third one sponsored by the class of 2014 – which raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer research by shaving volunteers’ heads. The Greenville Community Shelter clinic was also renovated, cleaned and stocked during the service day.

Others projects were simply about meeting a need. Students hosted a pancake breakfast for the families and patients at the Hope Lodge who are receiving cancer therapy at Vidant and live too far away to commute. Others worked with students at the Little Willie Center and helped clean and update the facilities.

Habitat for Humanity and the Center for Domestic Violence also both received help from Brody students during the Day of Service.

The class of 2014 gift to the Brody School of Medicine was to update and renovate the student lending library for pre-clinical and clinical students. This involved collecting book donations, organizing resources and relocating the library to within the med school.

Each project was chosen by the students based on experiences and long-term commitments to service made previously with these organizations, Fix said. Many students have been working with these groups for their entire four years of medical school – some even as undergraduates at ECU.

“For most of us, it was a way to thank these groups for being a part of our lives over the past few years,” Fix said. “The class of 2014 is proud of Brody and proud of our community. Before we officially become doctors and scatter to residencies across the nation, we wanted this opportunity to try and repay some of the generosity that has allowed us to reach this amazing point in our lives.”


ECU professor selected for summer institute

Matthew Whited

Matthew Whited

Dr. Matthew Whited, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, has been selected to attend a summer institute to receive advanced training in designing and conducting randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.

The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The 10-day training course will take place at the Arlie Conference Center in Northern Virginia.

Whited will receive training from more than 10 faculty members with expertise in fields such as behavioral medicine, psychosomatic medicine, cardiovascular diseases and mental health. The training is pertinent to Whited’s current NHLBI-funded research involving the treatment of depression and risk for cardiovascular disease.

Whited said he was excited about representing ECu at the event. “I hope to bring back what I’ve learned to ECU to not only improve my own research but to spread this knowledge to our graduate students in the Health Psychology PhD program,” he said.

– Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences