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App State partners with ASU for grant-funded study of photovoltaic soiling loss
June 8, 2020
Appalachian’s Dr. Jaewon Oh has collaborated with members of Arizona State University’s Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory to analyze the soiling loss — or power loss due to dirt, dust and other particles — of six PV power plants across the U.S., including one in North Carolina.
The “Supporting the STEM Pathway” project is designed to boost student success in calculus courses at Appalachian. Such courses span majors other than math, including biology, chemistry, geology, computer science, geography and physics.
Appalachian assistant professor Dr. Sonja Ardoin has received grant funding from American College Personnel Association (ACPA)-College Student Educators International for her proposed study to explore how social class and classism in higher education influence the experiences of administrators and faculty.
Dr. Johnathan Sugg, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning, along with geography students Tatiana Magee and Will Hutchinson ’16 ’19, has completed a GIS analysis that supports the climate advocacy efforts of nonprofit Protect Our Winters.
Through the grant, the Child Development Center is partnering with Appalachian’s Department of Family and Child Studies to offer expanded services that include a new home visitation program and increased availability of infant and toddler care.
Dr. Kurt Michael, Appalachian’s Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology, is the university’s principal investigator for the federal grant that, over the next five years, will support the provision of mental health services and training in Western North Carolina’s rural K–12 schools.
Powell, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Anthropology, is using her ACLS funding to collaborate with Diné community experts in the Navajo Nation to explore human–water relationships and the impact of climate change on the region.
Appalachian GEAR UP, a federally funded college access program, serves approximately 15,000 high school students from 11 Western North Carolina school districts by helping them prepare to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Smith, an associate professor of psychology at Appalachian, received more than $40,000 in NSF grant funding for the first year of a three-year study on optimism biases. Such biases can cause people to engage in risky behaviors, he said.
Appalachian professor and 2019–20 Fulbright awardee Dr. Paul Wallace is spending the 2019–20 academic year teaching at NovSU in Russia and refining the curriculum for a new App State Online graduate certificate in international leadership.
Powell, professor of creative writing at Appalachian, will teach a course on contemporary U.S. literature at Ovidius University of Constanta, in Romania, during spring 2020, as well as conduct research for his seventh novel.
Appalachian’s Sornito-Carter, an assistant professor of anthropology, will travel to the University of the Philippines Visayas in August 2020 to complete Fulbright research on heritage conservation and disaster management in relation to climate change in the Philippines.
Through the Fulbright Scholar Program, Williams, a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management, will teach and perform research at Management Center Innsbruck in Austria in spring 2020.
This grant funding supports graduate student Chelsey Johnson’s work during the 2019–20 academic year to document living folk traditions in Appalachia. The project is part of the “In These Mountains” initiative, which aims to preserve Central Appalachia’s arts and culture.
The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) grant awarded to Appalachian will help increase the number of graduates from the university’s B.S. in physics-secondary education program and other graduates with teacher licensure in physics secondary education.
Dr. Cara Fiore, visiting assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Biology, will travel to the Caribbean island of Curaçao in summer 2020 to begin her research of sea sponge filtration and its impact on the coral reef food web.
NRLP Engineering Supervisor Matthew Makdad, recipient of the $1 million grant, said he and his project collaborators are eager to restore the Payne Branch section of the Middle Fork New River to its natural habitat.