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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.

Minerals from around the world donated to Appalachian’s geology department

BOONE—A collection representing one man’s lifetime fascination with minerals has been donated to the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University. It will be featured in a series of exhibits in the department’s McKinney Geology Teaching Museum located in Rankin Science Building.

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.

Three-minute thesis competition held Jan. 21 at Appalachian

BOONE—Seventeen graduate students at Appalachian State University will have three minutes to explain their research or scholarly/creative projects as part of the 3MT Three Minute Thesis competition to be held Jan. 21 at Appalachian State University.

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.

Geology faculty and students contribute to better understanding of early climate change during the Devonian and Carboniferous Periods

BOONE—A five-year UNESCO and International Union of Geological Sciences project on the interaction between climate change and the earth’s biodiversity, IGCP 596, has culminated in the book “Planet Earth – In Deep Time,” co-edited by Professor Johnny Waters at Appalachian State University.