At Appalachian State University, research, scholarship, and creative activity are fundamental to the mission of the university. Research, scholarship, and the production or performance of creative work - like teaching and service - are crucial to both the institution and the region that it serves. Through their work, Appalachian's faculty, students, and staff expand the boundaries of their academic disciplines, discover answers to real world questions, enhance the quality of life in the region, enrich the K-16 classroom experience, and contribute to economic development.
Anne Fanatico, an assistant professor in the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department has received a USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant as a collaborator with the University of Arkansas. Fanatico will use the funding to create online modules related to integrating pastured poultry farming into grazing animal operations for small farmers. Learn more>>
Worker bumble bees only live a couple of weeks, but it’s that short life span that has enabled researchers to identify changes that are occurring to the species because of climate change in Colorado’s Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area’s flower diversity. Learn more>>
The inner workings of a tiny fossil have been studied using X-ray microscopy, revealing evidence of its digestive system for the first time. Researchers from the University of Bristol in England, Appalachian State University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Paul Scherrer Institute analysed the unique fossil specimen using high-energy X-rays at the Swiss Light Source in Switzerland. Learn more>>
Human trials with marathon runners found that the herb Rhodiola rosea protects against viral infection. These findings build on previous human trials that demonstrate the anti-viral activity of blueberry and green tea polyphenols. Learn more>>
Professors at Appalachian receive NSF grant to study dome formation in Georgia and Western North Carolina
The Tallulah Gorge area in Georgia and Toxaway Falls in Gorges State Park in Western North Carolina are well known for their beauty and outdoor recreational offerings. For Appalachian State University geologists Gabe Casale and Jamie Levine, the areas are also rich in geological information. Learn more>>
Saskia van de Gevel looks closely at the ends of logs used to construct two cabins located in the Bear Paw State Natural Area in Watauga County. The logs’ coloration and wood anatomy indicates which ones are original to the structure and which ones were replaced because of damage. The closeness of the tree rings visible along the edge of the logs also is an indication of age. Learn more>>
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Office of Research
The Office of Research provides support for the research, creative, and scholarly endeavors of Appalachian faculty, staff, and students. Composed of Grants Resources & Services, Sponsored Programs, Research Protections and Research Consultation, the office also collaborates with Special Funds Accounting on the fiscal management of awarded projects.
Dr. Alan C. Utter
Dr. Alan C. Utter currently serves as the Interim Vice Provost for Research. A member of the Appalachian State University faculty since 1995, Utter also serves as a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, director of the Health Promotion academic degree program and director of the Office of Student Research. He holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology, an M.P.H. in epidemiology and an M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Utter has over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition as well as numerous presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.