Feature Stories

  • Appalachian continues United Nations program designed to challenge global prejudice

    Appalachian State University is building on a United Nations program to challenge global prejudice and create more peace and justice in the world.

  • If it’s been years since you set foot inside a college classroom, you might be surprised to find that, sometimes in this new era of learning, they’re empty. The students aren’t cutting class. Instead, they’ve turned the community into their classroom. Teaching and learning are no longer cloistered behind ivy-covered campus walls.

  • As a field hockey goalkeeper in college, Dr. Erin Reifsteck was no stranger to long hours in the gym. But, after graduation, she found it difficult to keep up the regimen.

    “My college athletic experience was a big part of my identity, and that transition out was challenging,” says the assistant professor of kinesiology. “You lose part of who you are. I wondered if others faced similar problems.”

    Being a physically fit college athlete doesn’t mean someone automatically knows how to become a healthy adult. Many struggle to find the right path.

  • Reading. Writing. Arithmetic?

    Finding Math Pathways for Every Student

    In elementary school, students learn that reading, writing, and arithmetic are the pillars of any robust education. But by the time these elementary school students have grown into university-bound students, their sights set on careers in the not-too-distant future, many find themselves questioning the wisdom of a singular well-rounded, liberal arts approach to learning. “If I’m headed for a career in journalism, why do I need to study numbers?” some wonder.

  • Protecting Firefighters

    Every day, firefighters risk their lives as they run into burning buildings and face the deadly power of wildfires — and also as they deal with the long-term effects of smoke, soot and toxic chemical exposure. Cancer now ranks as their leading cause of death, according to the International Association of Firefighters.

  • Dr. Lauren Woods and a team of undergraduates from Appalachian State University want to bring lasers out of the realm of Star Wars weaponry and into the home for practical use. In fact, the laser Woods’ team is developing contains turmeric, which can be eaten when lasing is finished.

    “I thought it was a neat idea to combine everyday things with technology that’s growing in popularity,” Woods said. “A lot of people associate lasers with weapons, and they’re not just used for that. They’re household items. We want to make them less of a mystery.”

  • New therapeutic gel shows promise against cancerous tumors

    The lab of Zhen Gu in the joint Carolina-NC State biomedical engineering department developed a biodegradable hydrogel scaffold system to release chemotherapeutic and immunotherapeutic drugs at the tumor site.

  • Dr. Robert Canida Received the Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award

    UNC Pembroke Administrative Leader Honored

    “This is what you do as a humanitarian. You serve others.”
  • Mammal expert Roland Kays tracks the movement of animals around the world, from weasel-like fishers in Albany, New York, to maneless lions in Tsavo, Kenya. Now GPS data from those studies – along with research on 55 other species – are giving researchers a global look at how human activity affects mammal movement.


    On March 19, University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings will deliver a much-anticipated State of the University speech at University of North Carolina at Charlotte Center City. Her address will highlight the UNC System’s most significant recent achievements while also mapping out a vision for invigorating the ways its 17 institutions serve the state.

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