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ECU Notes: ECU nursing faculty member receives lung cancer research grant

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Dr. LeeAnn Jarrett-Johnson, an assistant professor at the ECU College of Nursing, was awarded a $25,000 grant toward her project analyzing lung cancer treatment disparities.


By ECU News Services

Sunday, August 25, 2019

East Carolina University College of Nursing faculty member Dr. LeeAnn Jarrett-Johnson was selected to receive one of five Lung Cancer Research Fellowship Grants awarded by the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.

Jarrett-Johnson will receive $25,000 toward her project analyzing lung cancer treatments from local and national samples.

“The population of eastern North Carolina is racially diverse, has many socioeconomic challenges and is primarily rural — groups traditionally underrepresented in research,” Jarrett-Johnson said. “This grant will allow us to compare cancer treatments and outcomes, such as mortality, in eastern North Carolina to a nationally representative sample.

“The goal is to examine potential health disparities in lung cancer treatments and mortality so we can design interventions to address disparities in the region,” she said.

The Lung Cancer Initiative awarded grants based on the measurable effect of the applicant’s proposal and commitment to the lung cancer field.

“It is our goal to support researchers early in their careers in the hopes that they will continue to focus in the field of lung cancer and receive even greater funding to support their research,” said Amy Cipau, president of Lung Cancer Initiative.

Sale of T-shirts raises fund for ALS Association

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on Aug. 7 for $3,504 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. Representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions as well as ECU administrators and Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin attended the presentation in the new student store.

The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” T-shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores on campus and its souvenir booth at Clark-LeClair Stadium during baseball season, including the regional championship. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions and More of Apex. More than $19,000 has been raised for the ALS Association through the sale of these T-shirts in the past four years.

Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten said he was very pleased the Pirate Nation fan base was so supportive of the shirts.

“I’m always thrilled at the support that Pirate fans show for these cause-related T-shirts,” said Tuten. “I know the proceeds from this ALS support shirt will go a long way to help local patients and their families, and knowing it stays locally makes it even more special.”

The university-operated bookstores also sell fundraising T-shirts for military services, veteran student services and pediatric cancer awareness, in addition to the store’s student scholarship contributions made annually.

Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden, a 2010 ECU alumnus, said he enjoys partnering with the store on projects like this that give back to the local community.

The next “cause shirt” will debut in late August and will benefit pediatric cancer awareness. According to Dowdy merchandise manager John Palmer, similar to past years, it will feature the #GoGold tag and will be perfect for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September and the Paint it Gold football game on Sept. 21.

ECU’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. It receives no state funding and maintains its services through sales. Dowdy Student Stores is the top retailer of licensed ECU Pirate clothing and logo merchandise, and profits are directed back to the university community through scholarship contributions and other donations to campus projects.

ECU’s newest recycling truck runs on CNG

ECU’s newest recycling truck is quieter and more efficient thanks to compressed natural gas (CNG).

Terry Little, recycling coordinator with ECU Facilities Services, said the decision to purchase a CNG truck made sense for several reasons.

“There are a lot of benefits to compressed natural gas,” Little said. “This is our first CNG truck in facilities services, and this truck is quieter than the diesel trucks. It burns cleaner, which means that it reduces our greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20%. We can expect a longer life span, lower maintenance costs, and the CNG fuel costs less than diesel.”

Since the truck will operate around dorms and classrooms, the quieter operation is a big plus, Little said.

“It’s like night and day — you can barely hear it running,” he said.

Little said his department consulted with ECU Transit, which added CNG buses to its fleet several years ago. The university contracts with Greenville Utilities Commission to use its CNG fueling stations.

The CNG truck will be dedicated to recycling service and will collect about 250,000 pounds of cardboard per year, running five days a week.

Little said the truck carried a higher initial cost than a comparable diesel vehicle but is a smart investment in the long term.

“The fuel cost is lower than diesel and we can expect it to stay that way,” he said. “It’s a better vehicle all around, and for long-term use, it’s just obviously the right thing to do.”

The graphics for the truck, which tout the benefits of CNG power, were designed by ECU Creative Services.