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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.

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Appalachian studies students present research at international conference

Appalachian studies students present research at international conference

Three graduate students and a faculty member from the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University presented papers at Thinking Mountains 2015, an international mountain studies conference held at Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, in May 2015. Learn more>>

Researchers Out at Dan River Researching Coal Ash Effects

Researchers Out at Dan River Researching Coal Ash Effects

Geologist Ellen Cowan did research on the Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill in 2008. Now she's examining the Dan River. When the coal ash spill first happened, you used to be able see coal ash deposits along the river bank. Now that it is gone, researchers say, it didn't just disappear. Learn more>>

Appalachian’s Solar Vehicle Team gets ready to race

Appalachian’s Solar Vehicle Team gets ready to race

Appalachian’s Solar Vehicle Team, made up of students from eight academic disciplines, prepares a solar-powered race car for competition in 2016. The team is made up of students studying appropriate technology, physics, technology education, biology, architecture, interior design, music industries, and sustainable design. Learn more>>

Appalachian State validates non-invasive method to measure muscle glycogen

Appalachian State validates non-invasive method to measure muscle glycogen

Researchers in exercise and sports science can put away their biopsy needles. The Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis has validated the use of ultrasound technology to measure muscle glycogen. Learn more>>

Students and geology professor research ancient marine animal

Students and geology professor research ancient marine animal

Appalachian students are helping Dr. Johnny Waters and others better understand blastoids, an ancient marine group of echinoderms and distant cousins to starfish and brittle stars. “They have been extinct for 250 million years. We are reconstructing them as animals,” Waters said. Learn more>>