Student's research addresses nutritional questions
September 27, 2008
In the United States, food typically travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from the farm before it reaches our dinner plates. Local farmers and environmental advocates would like to shorten that distance. Among their possible marketing approaches is nutritional value. Are locally grown tomatoes, for instance, healthier for you than commercially grown and shipped tomatoes?
Chemistry major Allison Newell holds a passion for women's health and plans to become an ob-gyn, which explains her fascination to better understand how cervical changes lead to preterm birth. Her research partner is biology major Morgan Thompson, who wants to become a veterinarian.
Biologist Gary Walker and his students make unexpected finds in hard-to-reach places
September 27, 2008
Biology professor Gary Walker has spent more than 20 years investigating unique plants growing on and around cliff faces in the Appalachian region. He has found that these rare and restricted plant species hold interesting data on their natural history, as revealed by their genetics, as well as how they have adapted to the earth's changing climatic history.
In October 2007, a delegation from Appalachian State University and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) traveled to China in preparation for Dancing with the Dragon, TCVA's Summer 2008 exhibition and education outreach program familiarizing people in the community with contemporary art from China, and to explore the possibility of a partnership with the Shanghai Institute for the Visual Arts (SIVA).
Robertson, who is from Dobson, graduated with honors in summer 2008 from a Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, KY. In the five-week training, she earned the highest score of any cadet—including her male peers—in physical conditioning, and a team award in land navigation-orienteering. She also had the privilege of being asked to help teach other cadets.
Few people get the opportunity to spend time in a foreign military. ROTC Cadet Michael Hoffman did. The political science major earned a spot in last summer's competitive Cadet Culture Immersion Program sponsored by Army ROTC. He traveled to Slovakia and spent five days training alongside members of the Slovak army at the European nation's equivalent of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.
One hundred and eighty years ago, Charles Darwin enrolled in Christ's College, University of Cambridge after a disastrous year studying medicine at Edinburgh University. He was 20 years old. Darwin graduated in 1831 with a degree in theology. By the end of the year, he was on board the HMS Beagle as it left Britain on a voyage that lasted almost five years, and changed his life forever.
Students learn about themselves while exploring New Zealand
September 19, 2008
The New Zealand expedition gave students from seven different academic majors—recreation management, biology, health education, public relations, art, business and communication—the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real-life situations.
New Zealand trip kicks off new approach to studying abroad
September 19, 2008
To show kindness to the planet and increase environmental awareness, Appalachian State University has formed a partnership among its academic areas, Outdoor Programs and Office of International Education and Development to design carbon-neutral international travel.
It's all about tradition. The step dancing of the historically African-American Greek organizations on campus pounds out a rhythm that echoes through generations of Appalachian's minority student population. The steps and chants symbolize unison, a unique sisterhood and brotherhood.