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.
For the past 34 years, An Appalachian Summer Festival has brought renowned creative and performing artists to the High Country. This year’s lineup includes Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, the Punch Brothers and others.
Appalachian professor Dr. Shawn Bergman has received continued funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the study, which examines how data analytics could inform employers’ decisions regarding their employees’ health and safety.
App State receives funding for K–12 geosciences outreach project
May 30, 2019
Appalachian’s Marta Toran has received grant funding from the American Geophysical Union to update the university’s PYES mobile photo booth — an outreach project designed to raise awareness for geoscience careers and the importance of earth science literacy.
Gokee will spend the next two academic years leading archaeological research in the Bandafassi region of eastern Senegal to study how the Atlantic slave trade impacted social life in this West African “shatter zone.”
Sterling-Hellenbrand, professor of German and global studies in Appalachian’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, will serve as the Fulbright Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Graz in Austria in spring 2020.
Powell, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Anthropology, is one of only seven scholars in the U.S. and Canada selected by the Cornell University Society for the Humanities (SOH) as 2019–20 Fellows.
The clinical site at Ashe Memorial allows undergraduate nursing students at Appalachian to strengthen their skills of therapeutic communication, basic nursing care, and safety and health promotion for underserved, rural populations.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has awarded Upward Bound Director Aaron Gersonde with over $700,000 in funding for the program, which supports regional high schools students’ transition to and success in postsecondary education.
The additional Triangle Community Foundation funding will support Campbell, associate professor of history at Appalachian, as he continues his biography project on “one of North Carolina’s most important political and economic leaders” — Luther H. Hodges.
Spond — Appalachian’s liaison to the National Park Service — completed the assessment in fall 2018, evaluating the current conditions of the parcels to identify corrective actions and/or best management practices needed.
As part of the residency, Dance Theatre of Harlem members performed at Appalachian in the 2018–19 “The Schafer Center Presents …” series and conducted workshops and master classes with theater and dance students.
Appalachian psychology professors Drs. Shawn Bergman and Tim Ludwig will collaborate on a four-year pilot study funded by NIOSH to examine how using HSE data in analytics can help keep workers safe on the job.
The survey, conducted in fall 2018 by Dr. Mark Spond, Appalachian’s liaison to the National Park Service, investigated the distribution and extent of white-nose syndrome in the southern Appalachian Mountains.