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Save the Dates: CAS Zoomers Continue
Jan 28, 2021

In the midst of a global pandemic, the College of Arts and Sciences started a virtual zoom series to engage with Appalachian alumni and friends. We are continuing the series this spring with three sessions. These are free virtual events, open to the public.

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Department of Philosophy and Religion

Grant-supported App State project explores relationship between religious studies and public issues
Jan 26, 2021

With a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, religious studies faculty at Appalachian State University are envisioning teaching and scholarship methods in their field that explore the relationship of religion to topics at the center of public con

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Appalachian State University scientists Dr. Gregg Marland, left and Dr. Dennis Gilfillan ’08 are among 86 scientists worldwide who contributed their expertise to the Global Carbon Project’s 2020 Global Carbon Budget — an annual, in-depth report on the amount of CO2 produced by the world’s nations and how much enters the ocean, is taken up by growing plants or accumulates in the atmosphere. Marland holds a dual appointment as an adjunct research professor in App State’s Department of Geological and Environme

Climate change and the rise of CO2: App State scientists contribute to 2020 Global Carbon Budget
Jan 19, 2021

The Global Carbon Project (GCP) has released its annual 2020 Global Carbon Budget, which estimates CO2 emissions for the year have decreased by 2.4 billion tons — the largest drop ever recorded, according to GCP.

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A bat displaying signs of white-nose syndrome — a fungal disease that, according to the National Park Service (NPS), has killed millions of U.S. bats since its discovery in 2006. Dr. Mark Spond, Appalachian State University’s liaison to NPS, recently conducted studies of bats along North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway as part of an NPS grant-funded project — data from which will help expand NPS knowledge of the parkway’s rare and WNS-affected bat populations. NPS image

App State funded to study rare bats along Blue Ridge Parkway area, investigate disease
Jan 8, 2021

With grant-funded assistance from Appalachian State University, the National Park Service (NPS) is expanding its knowledge of rare bat species found along North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as parkway species that may be infec

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During fall 2020, Appalachian State University students developed and supported peer accountability programs to encourage members of the Appalachian Community to comply with safety precautions related to COVID-19. Pictured are Wellness Ambassadors Melina Tirrell, left, a sophomore social work major from Pineville, and Jessica Phillips, a sophomore finance and banking major from Charlotte, handing out face coverings. Photo by Chase Reynolds

Reflections on a year defined by COVID-19
Jan 6, 2021

Three hundred and thirty-five days ago, Appalachian State University began its COVID-19 campus planning discussions, and on March 1 it formally activated its emergency operations center to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

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4 Appalachian Community members awarded for global leadership and engagement
Dec 16, 2020

Appalachian State University conferred its 2020 Global Leadership Awards as part of the annual Appalachian Global Symposium, held virtually this fall due to COVID-19 and hosted by the Office of International Education and Development (OIED).

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Appalachian State University’s Dr. Tracie Salinas, left, and Dr. Susan Colby are the lead faculty on App State’s participation in a three-year effort to develop diverse and inclusive STEM faculty at the university. This effort is known as Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty. Salinas is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the director of the Reich College of Education’s Math and Science Education Center. Colby is a professor in the Department of Curriculu

App State joins national alliance to develop more diverse, inclusive STEM faculty
Dec 10, 2020

Appalachian State University is one of 19 universities joining a three-year effort — known as Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty — to increase the div

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Dr. Rahman Tashakkori, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science explains the zoombox capabilites over a zoom call.

A New Way to Zoom: App State Computer Science Professor’s Design
Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Rahman Tashakkori, department chair and professor in the Department of Computer Science, has helped design and build an inexpensive way to read documents over Zoom calls.

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