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A 3D rendering of a tardigrade — a microscopic, eight-legged animal found in water and/or damp moss. Appalachian State University alumnus Harrison Esterly ’19 is a co-author of recently published research that shows a tardigrade-specific protein is safe for injection in mice and may therefore be suitable to stabilize vaccines at room temperature, which would eliminate the need for costly refrigeration during storage and transport. Shutterstock/3Dstock image

Out of cold storage — App State vaccine and drug research could speed delivery, cut costs
Nov 24, 2020

Co-authored research by three members of the Appalachian State University Community could yield a more cost-effective storage and delivery method for life-saving drugs and vaccines — including a future COVID-19 vaccine.

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Dr. Kim Hall, professor of philosophy in Appalachian’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. Photo submitted.

App State professor promotes inclusivity within the field of philosophy
Nov 17, 2020

Dr. Kim Q. Hall, Appalachian State University professor of Philosophy, will serve as Co-Chair of the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI), a national initiative to promote diversity in philosophy, for the next four years.

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The University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa Campus, located at the base of South Africa’s Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains. Appalachian State University and the UFS Qwaqwa Campus are partnering on a two-year mountain-to-mountain project funded through the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in South Africa. The project will engage faculty, staff and graduate students at both institutions in teaching, research, mentorship, scholarship and more. Photo by Evert Kleynhans

$500K grant funds mountain-to-mountain collaboration between App State and South Africa’s UFS
Nov 10, 2020

Appalachian State University and South Africa’s University of the Free State (UFS) will strengthen their existing partnership through a federally funded mountain-to-mountain grant project — one that will engage faculty, staff and graduate students at both institutions in teaching, re

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At 8,430 meters above sea level, the high-altitude expedition team celebrates after setting up the world's highest operating automated weather station during the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition. Learn more at www.natgeo.com/everest. Photo by Mark Fisher, National Geographic.

Tune in to the Mountain Studies Lecture Tuesday Nov. 10
Nov 9, 2020

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Nov. 10, Appalachian State University's College of Arts and Sciences kicks off the Inaugural Mountain Studies Lecture event virtually.

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CAS Dean’s office staff and award winners pictured are top to bottom, left to right: Diana Nelson, director of CASSH; Ellen G. Burnette, Director of Marketing, Communication and Engagement; Dr. Neva J. Specht, Dean; Dr. Michael Madritch, Associate Dean; Outstanding Alumni Carlton Paylor; Lauren Stansberry, Administrative Support Specialist; Jenny Morris, History; Jenna Valley, Biology; Dr. Suzanna Bräuer, Biology; Dr. Mark Bradbury, Associate Dean; Dr. Başak Çandar, English; Dr. Kara Dempsey, Geography and

App State CAS announces faculty and staff awards 2019-20
Oct 26, 2020

Each year, Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences recognizes several members of the faculty and staff for outstanding service, teaching or scholarly work. 

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The guest panelists who participated in Appalachian State University’s virtual Race and Police Forum, held Sept. 16 as part of the university’s Constitution Day 2020 programming. Pictured, from left to right, are Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Johnny Jennings ’90; Winston-Salem Police Department Assistant Chief Wilson Weaver ’07; and Dr. Lorie Fridell, a nationally recognized scholar on issues relating to race and policing. Photos submitted

Race, policing and opportunities for reform — an App State forum
Oct 16, 2020

Appalachian State University kicked off its 2020 Constitution Day programming with a virtual forum exploring topics related to the intersection of race and policing — a juncture that presents opportunities for policing reform

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SAFE Grant Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jeremiah Kitunda

SAFE Grant Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jeremiah Kitunda, History
Oct 14, 2020

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Dr. Christine Hendren, director of Appalachian State University’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics and professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Photo submitted

Hendren named director of App State Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics
Oct 6, 2020

After a national search, Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren has been named director of Appalachian State University’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE). Hendren, who began her new position Aug.

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Daniel Parker, operations manager for the fermentation facility and lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences, pitching the yeast into the fermentation tank. Photo by Ellen Gwin Burnette.

App State Fermentation Sciences program distills hand sanitizer for campus during COVID-19
Oct 2, 2020

Appalachian State University’s Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences has completed its first few batches, producing almost 45 gallons of freshly made hand sanitizer with more batches currently fermenting in tanks to help supply the

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Dr. Judkin Browning and Dr. Timothy Silver. Photo Submitted University Communications

Appalachian professors publish a new perspective: An Environmental History of the Civil War
Sep 30, 2020

Two Appalachian State University Department of History professors, Dr. Judkin Browning and Dr. Timothy Silver, recently published a book reevaluating the Civil War from a fresh perspective focused on the environment.

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