Innovation and Opportunity

Collaborative research, critical thinking and workplace readiness
Friday, March 22, 2019

This week we announced the 2018–19 Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars — six multidisciplinary teams were awarded close to $10,000 each to support their proposed research. The winning projects demonstrate diverse perspectives on issues important to our campus and community — and important to the world. It is rewarding to see faculty and staff work collaboratively and involve students in projects that promise positive, impactful social and economic outcomes.

Providing our students with the opportunity for meaningful, hands-on research is beneficial for those seeking higher academic degrees and also for those beginning a career. In a recently published article on Appalachian's website, representatives from IBM, Western Youth Network, SkyLine and more give testimony to the value of hiring Appalachian graduates.

Research projects and achievements are regularly highlighted on our news and events website Three of recent note:

  • Research by Dr. Howie Neufeld and three collaborators — one a former graduate student — reveals smog (ozone) has dropped over the past several years to its lowest levels in Great Smoky Mountains National Park since measurements began in the mid-1980s.
  • From the Appalachians to the Andes” follows two groups of students led by Appalachian professors Dr. Baker Perry and Dr. Jeremy Ferrell on a Peru study abroad expedition; an impressive video gallery lets you trek with the students at 18,000 feet.
  • Research fairs and symposia provide faculty and students with the opportunity to present research and network with colleagues from other institutions. We represented well at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, with students presenting research on topics including water quality, volcanic destruction and glacier recession.

The first copies of the 2019 Appalachian Magazine have arrived and will soon be available in racks on campus. You may read the digital version here. Our largest edition ever, this year’s compendium of articles, college updates and key initiatives reflects the excellence and achievements of our faculty, staff and students, and is a fitting tribute to each of you and your hard work.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor