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Night in Day: The Great American Eclipse of 2017 and Its Predecessors

with Dr. Anthony F. Aveni, Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—On Monday, March 27, Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will host Dr. Anthony Aveni, a Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor, in its seventh annual Dean’s Advisory Council’s Interdisciplinary Lecture series. On the cusp of America’s first coast-to-coast total eclipse of the sun in 99 years, Aveni, author of “In the Shadow of the Moon: The Culture and Science behind the Magic, Mystery, and Fear of Eclipses,” and a witness to eight such events, explores the history and culture surrounding solar eclipses from Babylon to the ancient Maya, telling stories of the different kinds of impact nature’s most dazzling phenomenon had on humanity. The lecture will take place in the I.G. Greer Auditorium at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing.

‘College Completion – Focus on the Finish Line’ white paper published by the National Center for Developmental Education

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—“College Completion – Focus on the Finish Line,” a white paper designed to help educators improve community colleges, has been published by Appalachian State University’s Dr. Hunter R. Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Education, Barbara Calderwood, managing editor of the Journal of Developmental Education, and Dr. Barbara S. Bonham, professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

Thinking about your future may make you less trusting and more critical of others

By Linda Coutant

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University’s Dr. Andrew Monroe is a psychologist in the College of Arts and Sciences who studies people’s moral and social judgments.

Spring break study abroad opportunity makes global connections

By Ryan Louis Hansen

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences program in Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies collaborated with four organizations to create a study abroad research trip in Holocaust studies for Appalachian students during their 2017 spring break.

Broyhill Fellows team wins regional research challenge

BOONE, N.C.—For the sixth year running, a team of students from Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business has won the regional CFA Institute Research Challenge, sponsored by CFA Society North Carolina (Chartered Financial Analysts).

Cross-institutional research in physics and astronomy leads to best undergraduate student paper

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—Hunter Stark, an Appalachian State University sophomore communication major from Charlotte, and James Howe, a Southwestern Community College senior and triple major in electronics, computer, and network engineering technology from Miami, Florida, have been awarded the best undergraduate student paper from the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Astronomer Michael Brown to discuss ‘Planet Nine from Outer Space’ March 23

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—The Morgan Lecture Series of Science will host Dr. Michael Brown, a solar-system astronomer and professor of planetary astronomy from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He will give a free, public lecture titled “Planet Nine from Outer Space” on Thursday, March 23, at 6:45 p.m., in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union.

Student leader creates mentorship, leadership opportunities for women in computer science

By Kesha Williams

BOONE, N.C.—Sarah Mbiki is an advocate for the role academic and professional student clubs play in the Appalachian State University experience. The senior computer science major credits her experience in the Women in Computer Science club for providing her with support and mentorship opportunities as she completes a challenging major and prepares for work in a field that is traditionally male-dominated.

Anthony Love shares the closest tangible opportunity to connect with space

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—From geology and more specifically to meteorites, there is a tactile connection to space and the universe that’s tangible even with one’s feet planted on Earth – or to be more exact, in Rankin Science Building. In a dusty room, covered with colorful geological maps, signs of research abound with samples of rocks and slides strewn about the room’s surfaces.