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Elizabeth City State University changes leadership after chancellor’s sudden resignation

Thomas Conway began his tenure as the interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University Jan. 1 following his predecessor's sudden resignation.

Stacey Franklin Jones served as chancellor for barely more than a year before resigning in December. 

“Over a career that spans four decades, Thomas Conway has distinguished himself as a top-notch academic administrator,” said then-UNC president Tom Ross in a press release. 

Conway will take the helm at a period of dire straits for ECSU, an historically black university located in the northeast of North Carolina. Over the past five years, enrollment has dipped by more than 50 percent. 

NC A&T professor patents cancer treatment drug

A recently-patented drug could improve treatment of colon cancer, a disease with an estimated 132,700 new cases in 2015. 

The compound, developed by Shengmin Sang at N.C. Agricultural & Technical State University, is derived from aspirin and other natural substances. 

“Aspirin has severe side effects, like GI toxicity,” Sang said. “So our approach is to use this product to decrease GI toxicity, and we hope to increase the efficacy by combining two active compounds.”

Sang’s study showed the new compound was more effective in killing colon cancer cells in mice than traditional aspirin treatments — and it did not exhibit the harmful side effects associated with the other drug. 

Appalachian State professors bring educational reform to northern Iraq

Despite the violence erupting in Iraq, professors at Salahaddin University in the country's northern autonomous region of Kurdistan are still working to provide the best possible education for their students. 

That’s why the university’s faculty has been implementing curriculum reforms inspired by its long-standing partnership with a group of Appalachian State University professors.

Dr. Sara Zimmerman, who specializes in curriculum development, helped forge the connection between ASU and Salahaddin University in 2009.

“They are very interested (in reform),” said Zimmerman “They are still working on their higher education system where less than an hour away they’ve got terrible murderous acts going on.”

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