Points of Pride

  • Dr. Susan Lappan (Anthropology), Megan Holt-Smith ’16 (MA of Arts and Romance Languages), and Ryan Hellenbrand ’17 (Sustainable development and Global Studies) have each received awards from the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Dr. Lappan will travel to Malaysia to continue her research on siamang and their ecosystems. Hellenbrand will conduct research and support the teaching of English in Austria, while Megan Holt-Smith will support the teaching of English in Germany. 
  • Caroline Federal '12 (Anthropology) awarded the prize for “Best Dissertation” in the Masters of Science in Comparative Politics (MSc) program at the London School of Economics for her thesis, “Mind the Gap: Gender in National Elections in Varieties of Capitalism.” 
  •  Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies/History) was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Fellowship and worked as a visiting fellow at the Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, from May until August. He gave several invited lectures throughout the country. Pegelow Kaplan started a new partnership between the Center at ASU and the Center for Research on Antisemitism that will result in future joined workshops.
  • Alice Wright (Anthropology) received a Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society for archaeological research. The project is entitled "Archaeological Investigations of the Monumental Landscapes of West Tennessee, ca. 200 BC - AD 500."  
  • Al Schwab (PI) and Michael Hambourger (co-PI) (Chemistry) were awarded a $299,892 National Science Foundation (NSF-RUI) grant. The project is entitled “Metal-Coordination Crosslinked Polymer Networks as Elastomers”. 
  • The Department of Chemistry established a molecular techniques facility utilizing the equipment gained from a North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) IDG grant. This facility will be used to train students in techniques such as culturing cells, qRT-PCR and western blotting.
  • Senior, Devin Hoffman (Geological and Environmental Sciences) won the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, becoming only the second student in Appalachian history to win the award.
  • Carmen Scoggins (Languages, Literature and Cultures) received an excellence in teaching with technology award from American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • Tracie Salinas (Mathematical Sciences) received an NSF Noyce grant for $1.1 million dollars to aid STEM students returning for teaching credentials
  • Eric Marland (Mathematical Sciences) received a $100,000 grant from the US Forest Service to fund research carried out by teams of students on carbon emission, carbon accounting, and other similar projects.
  • Two graduate students excelled at the Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) competition sponsored by the graduate school. Stephanie Lichiello (Psychology) won second place, and was mentored by Kurt Michael. Laura Ellis (Biology) won the People’s Choice Award and was mentored by Sue Edwards. 
  • Ed Folts (Sociology) was awarded $375,396 in external funding to support the Foster Grandparent Program and $248,985 to support the Senior Companion Program.
  • The 2015-2016 Plemmons Leadership Medallion included: Amy Dellinger Page (Sociology) who received the faculty member award, and Carson Rich (Government and Justice Studies) who received one of the student leader awards.
  • University College, General Education Awards were presented to: 1. Beth Davison (Sociology) – Excellence in Community Engagement 2. Miles Britton (English) – A-Portfolio Award for Excellence in Teaching 3. Craig Caldwell (History) – Wayne D. Duncan Appalachian State University Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship 
  • Anton Seimon (Geography and Planning) was recently featured in a National Geographic documentary for his work on a new software called the Tornado Environment Display, or TED, a visualization tool that will allow scientists to piece together video footage of tornadoes, synchronizing it with maps and radar data to create a 3-D picture.
  • Jim Deni (Psychology) was elected President Elect of the North Carolina School Psychology Association (NCSPA). Dr. Deni assumed President Elect January 1, 2016 and will become President January 1, 2017 for the fourth time in his 40+ years as a school psychology trainer at Appalachian State University.
  • Howard Neufeld and Dr. Zack Murrell (Biology) were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to 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.
  • Kenneth Mullen (Government & Justice Studies) is serving as President-Elect and Dr. Tammatha Clodfelter (Government & Justice Studies) was elected to Vice-President of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association (NCCJA).
  • Joseph Bathanti (English) has been named the Charles George VA Medical Center (VAMC) Writer-in-Residence in an innovative program in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Asheville. The program is funded by a North Carolina Arts Council and North Carolina Humanities Council grant.
  • Ece Karatan (Biology), has been awarded her second National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for her research in cholera and microbial biofilms. Her cholera research is fully funded for the next three years. 
  •  Michael Briley (Physics and Astronomy), in cooperation with Southwest Community College, has been awarded a $1.4 million NASA CAN grant for STEM enhancement, and retention of community college students in the STEM disciplines.
  • Lindsey Titus, a Computer Science S-STEM scholar, was selected to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference on a scholarship sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This year, the NSF received over 1800 applications and only accepted 26% of the applications.
  • Zachary Vernon (English) received the first Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize for his essay entitled "Boone Summer: Adventures of a Bad Environmentalist." Vernon's essay will be published in the 25th issue of the North Carolina Literary Review in 2016.
  • Katherine Ledford and Tom Hansell (Appalachian Studies) alongside graduate student Anthony Sadler, traveled to Brasov, Romania to present research at the Appalachians/Carpathians: Researching, Documenting, and Preserving Highland Traditions conference, held at Transylvania University of Braşov.
  • Kristen Deathridge (History) was appointed to the North Carolina State National Registry Advisory Council (NRAC).
  • William Hutchins (Philosophy and Religion) won the National Translation Award (NTA) for his prose translation of The New Waw: Saharan Oasis, by Ibrahim al-Koni, given by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).