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ECU Glaxo Women in Science scholars network with mentors

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Brody School of Medicine student Dylan Flood pauses to speak to a victim while assessing another during the interprofessional mass casualty simulation at the College of Nursing.


By ECU News Service

Sunday, December 2, 2018

East Carolina University sophomore Jamie Chamberlin and senior Ashley Lynn are recipients of the 2018 Glaxo Women in Science scholarship. As recipients of the scholarship, they receive more than just a monetary award.

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Women in Science Scholars Program, which awards two scholarships each at 30 colleges and universities in North Carolina, is providing Chamberlin and Lynn the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship from professional women in scientific fields and attendance at the fall meeting and spring conference.

“After a year of waiting, I was beyond thrilled to be given one of the 2018 scholarships from GlaxoSmithKline,” said Chamberlin, who is also an EC Scholar pursuing a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with a concentration in chemistry, as well as a bachelor of science degree in biology. “The program goes far beyond a financial opportunity; it is an investment in women who will enter careers still heavily dominated by unspoken patriarchal restrictions.”

Chamberlin credits another woman in science who influenced her decision to attend ECU — Dr. Cindy Putnam-Evans, interim chair of biology and Harriot College associate dean for research. The scholarship was established at ECU in 1993. Putnam-Evans has served on the selection committee for the scholarship since 1996 and has chaired the committee for many years.

“When I learned that I had won the scholarship, I was ecstatic,” said Lynn, who is pursuing her bachelor of science degree in geological sciences. “I was happy to learn that they typically don’t accept seniors, but they liked my application so much, that they awarded it to me. I love being able to represent an amazing foundation.”

This year, Dr. Allison Danell, associate professor of chemistry and adjunct associate professor in pharmacology and toxicology, accompanied Chamberlin and Lynn to the Glaxo Women in Science fall meeting.

Chamberlin and Lynn heard from several women in leadership roles and spoke with scientists at GlaxoSmithKline. One of those women was ECU alumna Dr. Renu Jain, who earned her doctoral degree in biochemistry from ECU’s Brody School of Medicine in 1997. Now, Jain serves as the scientific director for medical affairs at GlaxoSmithKline in Durham’s Research Triangle Park.

“It was beyond wonderful to hear from incredibly successful women who served as speakers for the event,” Chamberlin said. “Each talked about the obstacles they had to overcome to manage a thriving career under a glass ceiling that often feels more like concrete.

“I left the conference inspired and confident that I, like every woman, have the potential to persevere through a major in the hard sciences and pursue higher education beyond my undergraduate degree,” said Chamberlin.

Mass casualty simulation unites ECU nursing, medical students

Nursing and medical students at ECU recently participated in triage exercises featuring actors wearing makeup mimicking wounds and other injuries, a key part of the Interprofessional Triage Emergency and Management (I-TEAM) Day. The mass casualty simulation united Brody School of Medicine first- and second-year students and the College of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN students in learning how to create treatment teams, develop an action plan and deliver care as a team.

The exercise also allowed future doctors and nurses an opportunity to learn about each other’s practices and to teach each other new skills. In previous years, Brody held its own disaster simulation. This was the first time the College of Nursing participated in the event.

“I’ve been involved with interprofessional simulation for several years now, and we’ve found that it’s so important to get these students together, learning how to communicate with each other, learning what each other’s roles are and having a collaborative effort in patient care,” said Susan Kidd, director of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN option. “That ultimately means better outcomes for the patients.”

Throughout the morning, nursing and medical students were exposed to new skills as their groups worked through the triage exercise and seven other learning stations.

Kristen Cossaart, a nursing student who helped to organize the event, referenced Hurricane Florence as the most recent local event where health care providers experienced the types of situations this exercise was meant to mimic.

“I think it’s crucial to have this type of training,” Cossaart said. “Unfortunately, with the way our environment is in America, and whether from man-made or natural disaster, it’s going to happen, so it’s great if we can have a solid foundation as individuals to create that teamwork atmosphere. I hope this empowers people to be leaders if this ever happens.”

ECU joins national enterprise risk management task force

ECU recently was selected to join several prestigious higher education institutions as a charter member of the new Higher Education Advanced Practice Enterprise Risk Management Group.

The group was formed by Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is focused on best practice sharing among institutions with recognized, respected and mature enterprise risk management (ERM) programs.

Tim Wiseman, ECU’s assistant vice chancellor for enterprise risk management, made two presentations to the group at its annual meeting at Yale.

“The inclusion of ECU in a group of advanced higher education top tier practitioners is an honor, and recognizes the dedicated efforts of ECU leaders over the past decade to develop a solid approach and framework for holistic enterprise-wide risk and opportunity management,” Wiseman said.

Other members of the Higher Education Advanced Practice ERM Group include Boston University, CalTech, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Northwestern, Penn State University, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse University, Tufts, University of California, University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, University of Texas System, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale.

ECU also has been helping the UNC system in the development of an ERM framework and facilitated two workshops this year for other UNC institutions working to develop ERM programs.

Enterprise risk management is an approach to managing all of an organization’s key business risks and opportunities with the intent of maximizing the shareholder value or stakeholder satisfaction.