ECU letters

East Carolina University's letters stand in front of the entrance of the Main Campus Student Center.

In a press release made on July 21 by East Carolina University, two university research faculty members were announced as recipients of a limited number of awards valued up to $5,000 by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s (ESC) Research/Creative Activities Grants Program.

ESC is a non-profit composed of member institutions of higher education, according to the organization’s website, with a mission of building “strong university-community partnerships” through education and scholarship.

Emily Yeager from the College of Health and Human Performance and Cat Normoyle from the School of Art and Design were named awardees of the program, the press release wrote, and the awards will fund one-year and collaborative projects led by the two faculty members.

“ECU’s Dr. Emily Yeager, College of Health and Human Performance, and Cat Normoyle, School of Art and Design, were both named awardees of the highly competitive grant program,” the press release wrote. “Only 13 other faculty members in the nation were named for 2022.”

According to the press release, Yeager said the grant will fund the Blue Economy Corridor research project that focuses on mapping assets along the Tar-Pamlico Economy Corridor.

The North Carolina Sea Grant defines a Blue Economy as an ocean and coastal economy that is environmentally sustainable, the press release wrote, where economic activity is “in balance with the long-term capacity” of ecosystems along the coast.

“This funding will help us continue to engage communities in the corridor to map the assets that make the Tar-Pamlico River Basin a great place to live and visit,” Yeager said in the press release.

Normoyle received funds for the ARCHIVES PROJECT, the press release wrote, a community engagement project that will use archival research to present important historical narratives for the community of Greenville.

The press release wrote that Normoyle’s focus in research and creative work utilizes “a range of design interests,” including speculative design, social impact, creative technologies, digital experiences, design activism and community engagement.

The project will involve two students working as research assistants and designers, the press release wrote, and some of the award will fund supplies and community focus groups.

“This award is so appreciated because it will primarily support the work of two students – 1 graduate and 1 undergraduate -- who both have knowledge and expertise in areas of archival research and a unique interest in community engagement and design,” Normoyle said in the press release. “I’m excited to have their support on the project and that ESC saw the value in our work.”

According to the press release, both recipients of the Research/Creative Activities Grant Program will be recognized during the ESC Annual Conference on Sept. 21 and 22 in Athens, Georgia.

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