Appalachian State University is one of 39 teams, and the only university from North Carolina, that will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Race to Zero Student Design Competition at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado, April 18-20.
While part of the research team is studying living echinoderms, such as starfish, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sea lilies, Waters, White and Nguyen are part of a larger research team studying fossil echinoderms including blastoids.
Appalachian Spring – Tenth Annual Conference in World History and Economics brings together scholars who present research and discuss topics related to world history and economics. This year’s theme is “History and Nature of Capitalism.”
Four students from Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business won the N.C. CFA Institute Research Challenge held in Greensboro, besting student teams from Elon University, N.C. State University and UNC Wilmington.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded $7,000 to the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University to develop lesson plans about North Carolina’s music traditions.
Some 230 million years ago, a distant relative of the crocodile called an aetosaur roamed prehistoric Earth. Aetosaurs were about three to 15 feet long and covered head to toe with bony plates that served as a type of body armor. A series of recently discovered armor plates from North Carolina are distinct from any others previously discovered.
After a national search, Robin Tyndall has been named director of research protections at Appalachian State University. Tyndall has served as the interim director since August 2014, and previously was assistant director.
The continued quest for the perfect lawn contributes to global warming. Dr. Chuanhui Gu, an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology, is the lead author of a paper published in the January issue of Journal of Environmental Management that indicates lawns and turf grass systems produce more greenhouse gases than they absorb.
Listening to music can be relaxing, invigorating or charged with emotions. Dr. Christine Leist, an assistant professor of music therapy at Appalachian State University, thinks music also can benefit women who have had or are at risk of heart attack.
Noted Latin American scholar Dr. Timothy J. Smith has received a visiting fellowship in Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies. He will be a visiting research scholar and visiting assistant professor for fall 2012.
The bacterium that causes cholera has been a bit of a mystery to scientists since it was first identified in the mid-1800s. Dr. Ece Karatan, an associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Biology, hopes to unravel some of those mysteries, and in the process find ways to help mitigate the effects of the potentially deadly disease most common in Third World countries and areas with poor sanitation.
Children who play on an athletics field at Appalachian State University’s Camp Broadstone in Valle Crucis may not realize the history that lies beneath their feet. This summer, university students in Appalachian’s archeology field school found a 4,000-year-old cooking hearth and a small vessel nearly as old about two feet underground.
Dr. Timothy J. Smith’s project grew out of a Fulbright grant Smith received in 2001 to conduct dissertation field work in Sololá, where he studied the customs, traditions and practices of the town’s indigenous government.