Climate Readiness is focus of next “Science on the Sound” Lecture Series

By on May 14, 2024

This month, Alex Hodges, Clinical Professor in the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice and Education at ECU will present “Ready for Change: Building Effective Climate Readiness” on May 23, 2024, at 6:00 PM.

May 23 at 6 p.m.
Coastal Studies Institute
ECU Outer Banks Campus
850 NC Highway 345, Wanchese

Join us for the May 2024 installment of the “Science on the Sound” Lecture Series at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus. This monthly, in-person lecture series brings perspectives from all over the state and highlights coastal topics in northeastern North Carolina. This month, Alex Hodges, Clinical Professor in the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice and Education at ECU will present “Ready for Change: Building Effective Climate Readiness” on May 23, 2024, at 6:00 PM.

The impact of climate change is significantly affecting the lives of people in the United States. From wildfires in Maui and Nevada to Hurricane Idalia, the consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly evident. Storms, flooding, heat, wind, wildfires impact Dare County. As a patient, it is essential to understand the potential risks and hazards that you may face in such situations. This session will focus on a primary care nurse practitioner’s perspective on climate change and its implications for primary care. The discussion will revolve around approaches to climate change and what changes you can make to be better prepared for the challenges posed by climate change. With the help of patient education tools such as those published by Americares, patients can be better equipped to handle emergencies and disasters caused by the rapidly changing climate.

The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The program will also be live-streamed on the CSI YouTube channel here:

Dr. Alex Hodges, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CNE, CDP, a resident of Hatteras Island, is a Clinical Professor at East Carolina University in the College of Nursing. She volunteers as a nurse practitioner at the Community Care Clinic of Dare, providing primary care, and serves on the Dare County Board of Health and Human Services. Dr. Hodges is a climate change expert and has collaborated with Americares and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her area of research is related to the climate impacts within Eastern North Carolina.

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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