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Older adults invited to CHAMP screenings to improve balance beginning Feb. 11

BOONE—To help older adults learn how to prevent falls, Appalachian State University’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services will begin offering free monthly CHAMP screenings at two locations in Watauga County beginning in February.

Bananas and pears improve athletic performance and recovery

By Kara Marker, N.C. Research Campus marketing intern

KANNAPOLIS—Athletes who want to improve their performance should stop by the grocery store on their way to the gym and pick up some bananas and pears.

2016 Momentum Dance Showcase — rescheduled for Jan. 30

BOONE—The 2016 Momentum Dance Showcase, originally scheduled for Jan. 22 and 23, has been postponed due to weather until Saturday, Jan. 30. There will be two performances in Appalachian State University’s Varsity Gymnasium dance studio, room 208: one at 5 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Momentum is a campus-wide student dance organization. The annual dance showcase will feature nine original works choreographed and performed by students.

Bennett named interim director of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics

BOONE—Following an internal search, Dr. Nicole Bennett has been named interim director of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) at Appalachian State University. Her appointment is effect March 1.

RIEEE was established in 2008 to enhance opportunities for faculty and students whose research interests involve the environment, energy and economics and especially their intersections.

Appalachian expands opportunities in China through a new relationship with Wenzhou University

BOONE—Appalachian State University has entered a partnership with Wenzhou University in Wenzhou, China, that will facilitate collaborative activities, including student and faculty exchanges, joint academic programming and research collaboration. The partnership paves the way for a joint entrepreneurship course to be offered to Appalachian and Wenzhou students.

Appalachian professors help transform higher education in Kurdistan

BOONE—Transforming higher education can be a slow, laborious process – even more so if the institution is located in a country surrounded by armed conflict and regional unrest.

But despite the ongoing crisis in Northern Iraq, violence in Kurdistan has remained low, enabling professors and administrators at Salahaddin University to focus on a future that provides the best possible education for their students.

Appalachian will test its emergency notification system Jan. 13

BOONE—Appalachian State University will conduct a full test of its emergency notification system – including siren, email, voice and text messaging and the Alertus desktop notification system – Wed., Jan. 13, at 11:55 a.m.

The siren test will consist of a 75-second discontinuous air horn tone followed by a pre-recorded voice message that says, “This is a test. This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test.”

Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian to offer Master of Health Administration

BOONE—The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a new Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree at Appalachian State University during its December meeting in Chapel Hill Dec. 11.

The MHA is the second new degree approved for the Beaver College of Health Sciences during the past year, following approval of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in January.

Grains of sand hold clues to the history of Alaska’s glaciers

BOONE—Show most people a core sample from the ocean floor and they only see mud. Ellen Cowan sees a ribbon of time dating back 1 million years or more.

Since 2013, Cowan, a geology professor at Appalachian State University, has been part of an international team of scientists studying climate change and earth systems in the Gulf of Alaska. Their work with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.