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New department chairs named in Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—Three faculty at Appalachian State University have been named chairs of their respective departments.

Appalachian State University wins National Science Foundation award for state-of-the-art microscope

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University’s William C. and Ruth Ann Dewel Microscopy Facility has received a $430,900 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase a new state-of-the-art laser scanning confocal microscope (LSM).

Dr. Zach Throckmorton of Lincoln Memorial University to lecture on Homo naledi Nov. 9 in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University

By University Communications

BOONE—Dr. Zach Throckmorton will deliver a lecture titled “Meet Homo naledi” at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Faculty, student researchers at Appalachian State University and UNC Asheville research threatened plant species

By University Communications

BOONE and ASHEVILLE—Professors and student researchers from Appalachian State University’s and UNC Asheville’s Departments of Biology have partnered in a federally funded project to assess several aspects of an imperiled plant in western parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

Apex student Mary Rachel Silliman earns highest Sea Scouts award

By University Communications

BOONE—Mary Rachel Silliman from Apex, a senior majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, recently completed requirements for Quartermaster, the highest award in Sea Scouts, BSA.

Gardening class on pastel perennials offered Feb. 20

BOONE—A free class on the selection and care of hardy pastel perennials for our area will be offered Saturday, Feb. 20. The class, taught as part of the “High Country Gardening” program will be led by Jerry Meyer, a seasoned cold climate gardener and designer.

Annual 3-minute thesis competition packs a lot of science into a short time

BOONE—Could you explain your master’s level thesis or research in just three minutes? That’s what 16 students in Appalachian State University’s Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies each did recently.

NSF grant supports new approach to teaching botany

BOONE—A National Science Foundation grant awarded to two faculty members at Appalachian State University will support their work to develop engaging botany laboratory experiences for undergraduate students and, at the same time, build a database related to ecological changes occurring in the Southern Appalachians.

The $197,987 grant was awarded to Howard Neufeld and Zack Murrell, both professors in the Department of Biology. Murrell also is interim chairman of the department.

“Plant Parenthood” class offered Jan. 30

BOONE—The Department of Biology at Appalachian State University will offer a free class Jan. 30 on vegetative propagation of tropical plants. The class is part of the “High Country Gardening” series taught by greenhouse manager Jerry Meyer.