Three religious studies faculty members at App State are engaged in a grant-funded project to envision a public-focused future for religious studies teaching and scholarship — one that explores the relationship of religion to topics at the center of public conversation and debate.
App State was awarded a nearly $98,000 grant to analyze COVID-19’s total economic impact on the Northwestern NC region. In April alone, the region lost an estimated $52.4 million in gross regional product due to COVID-related restaurant and bar closures, according to preliminary reports.
Dr. Mark Spond, App State’s liaison to the National Park Service (NPS), was awarded NPS funding to conduct studies of bats along North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway — data from which will help expand NPS knowledge of the area’s rare bat species and those affected by white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fatal fungal disease.
Over the next seven years, Appalachian GEAR UP, a federally funded college access program, will serve more than 14,000 high school students from 10 Western North Carolina school districts by helping them prepare to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Nearly 750 App State students were treated to a sweet reminder to vote, along with voter information, as part of “Doughnut Forget to Vote” — a nonpartisan voter education and mobilization event held Oct. 22 on App State’s campus.
App State and South Africa’s University of the Free State (UFS) will strengthen their existing partnership through a two-year mountain-to-mountain project that has received $500,000 in grant support. Read more about the project, which will engage faculty, staff and graduate students at both institutions.
For more than 30 years, App State’s Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country has supported High Country families with special needs children — work made possible by donations and external grant funding. Read on to learn about the organization’s $73,000-plus in grant support for 2019–20.
The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Furniture Foundation has awarded $12,000 in grant funding to App State’s furniture design program to support student scholarship opportunities. This is the 17th AHFA grant awarded to the university since 2002.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Appalachian $995,509 in grant funding to implement ADVANCE APPALACHIAN — a program designed to support and advance the careers of Appalachian faculty who are women in STEM disciplines. The program will be implemented over the next three academic years.
With grant support from the U.S. Geological Survey, Appalachian biology professor Dr. Jon Davenport is undertaking a four-year project that will provide a clear understanding of how potential climate changes — including increased temperatures and changing precipitation — could affect salamander populations of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains.
Thanks to continued federal funding, marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling interns at Appalachian are helping to increase the availability of culturally sensitive behavioral health services for residents of Northwestern North Carolina. The four-year project has received $1.75 million-plus in support.
Thanks to a second awarded grant, Appalachian’s New River Light and Power has received more than $1.1 million to complete an environmental restoration project at the site of the Payne Branch dam on New River. The work will begin the week of July 20.
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.