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As more people move to eastern North Carolina to retire or raise families, communities here are undergoing a transformation.  Take downtown areas of New Bern, Greenville and Kinston for example.  These cities have undergone major revitalization and now, boast a variety of independent shops, award winning restaurants, art galleries and craft breweries.  Now, the rural town of Farmville, home to about 5,000 people seeks to become the next creative center and cultural hub in eastern North Carolina.  Todd Edwards is a member of a volunteer association focused on economic development called The

Faculty, Students Weigh in on ECU Chancellor Search

Dec 8, 2015
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The process to find East Carolina University’s next chancellor has begun. Several forums focused on students, faculty, and alumni have been held to find out the qualities the new head of Eastern North Carolina’s largest university should be. A total of seven public forums have taken place already statewide.  Chris Thomas attended two Greenville based sessions and has this.

High blood pressure affects nearly a third of the U.S. population and in eastern North Carolina that number is higher.  This week on the Down East Journal, how new research carried out in part at ECU in Greenville sheds new light on the ideal blood pressure for heart and kidney health.  And, New Bern High was selected as one of four schools in the state to participate in a solar panel pilot program.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

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Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen.  More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.

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The University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences, East Carolina University and the Duke University Marine Lab are holding a workshop to bring K-12 teachers together with over 50 local marine and environmental scientists.  The third annual Scientific Research and Education Network event will provide educators with lesson plans on the most current research available.  SciREN is the brainchild of Ph.D candidates Justin Ridge and Ethan Theuerkauf.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with both of them about the upcoming event.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University about a recent allegation of rape at a fraternity on campus.  More on Greek life in the east and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

East Carolina University and partner institutions will work together to investigate saltwater intrusion in freshwater areas. George Olsen has more.

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East Carolina University broke ground on its sixth dental clinic this week, and two more are opening this winter.  This week on the Down East Journal, an overview of the clinics and how they’re improving access to oral healthcare in underserved areas of North Carolina.

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Twenty eight counties across the state do not have a psychiatrist, leaving many to seek treatment in local hospital emergency rooms.  But the Statewide Telepsychiatry program, which started in January, is designed to address a shortage of psychologists, especially in rural areas.  The program is helping patients get the help they need using video and audio streaming videoconferencing technology similar to Skype or Facetime.     East Carolina University’s E-Behavioral Health Telepsychiatry Center is providing the consultations and so far, the program is showing positive results.  A recent st

This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on two East Carolina University breakthroughs.  One seeks to confirm Gulf War Illness through a blood test, and the other increases the intelligibility of speech for those with Parkinson's disease.  This week, we speak to experts about advancements in treating Gulf War illness and the device doing double duty for stutters and Parkinson's sufferers.

Parkinson's disease is a challenge for medical specialists and it can be frightening for the Parkinson's patient.  But a device called the Speech Easy, developed at East Carolina University, is making it easier for them to communicate more clearly. The device uses an auditory delay and a change in pitch that has been shown to increase the intelligibility of speech for people who stutter. But the technology has also shown benefits for people with Parkinson's disease.  Mac McKee has more.

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is using futuristic simulation technology to train corpsman and give experienced physicians a place to refine their skills.  We speak with experts about the new simulation lab and explain how it works.

On Sunday, November 10th, the "poet of the violin" Joshua Bell will perform at Wright Auditorium on the campus of East Carolina University at 8pm.  This week, Public Radio East's Finley Woolston spoke with him about the upcoming recital.

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings about the new, statewide telepsychiatry program starting in January, and how East Carolina University will be involved with the program.  And thirty years after the bombing of a military barracks in Beirut, we speak with a veteran organizing a ceremony in Jacksonville next week to remember the 240 Americans killed during the attack.

After being vacant for two years, the iconic Turnage Theater will soon open its doors again for theater performances and live musical entertainment.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council about the non-profits plans for the century old venue for the arts.  And, we explore how new telecommunication technology is helping diabetes patients living in rural areas connect with specialist at East Carolina University. 

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This week, we speak with acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings about the new, statewide telepsychiatry program starting in January, and how East Carolina University will be involved with the program.

Last week, we heard an in-depth conversation about the future of telemedicine in eastern North Carolina and how new technology could be used to provide access to specialized healthcare for people living in rural  and underserved areas of the state, such as Bertie, Beaufort, Duplin, and Edgecombe.

Diabetes is a growing concern for North Carolinians, especially for people who live in the eastern part of the State where studies have shown diabetes cases are rampant.  East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is looking to curb the obesity rate by offering people who live in rural areas access to health care specialists using new telemedicine methods. Today, Public Radio East’s Mac McKee talks to the Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Dr. Doyle Cummings about how the video conferencing technology works, and how it will be implemented in eastern North Carolina.

This week, we speak with an East Carolina University psychiatrist about a new, non-invasive treatment being used for people living with depression. 

Depression… it’s difficult to treat.  An estimated one in 10 adults in the United States suffers from depression, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s a very common disorder and a very serious disorder that has significant disabling features associated with it.”

  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with an East Carolina University psychiatrist about a new, non-invasive treatment being used for people living with depression.  And, New Bern author Nicholas Sparks hopes this week’s release of “The Longest Ride” will become this tenth number one New York Times best seller.  Plus, we talk about the mission of the Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention and their public education event set for Monday, Sept. 23rd.

It's a fascinating look at 3D printers; how they work, and how they're being used at East Carolina University.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to a local nonprofit on their efforts to open a shelter to help young boys victimized through sex trafficking.  The Greenville home would be the first of its kind in the country.  And, a fascinating look at 3D printers; how they work, and how they're being used at East Carolina University. 

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act four years ago. It's still being implemented. Last month a change in the Medicare system is fining hospitals the reimbursement money they get back for their services, if certain patients are readmitted to a hospital within a thirty-day period of their initial admission. Stephen O'Connell has more.