News & Updates

Environmental science major Tara Early creates prize-winning research poster, is honored by SETAC

Jan 12, 2017
Tara Early of Morehead City just graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science. She is now applying to graduate schools, and her experiences as a researcher at Appalachian have helped make her a strong candidate for some of the best doctoral-level toxicology labs and programs in the country.http://www.news.appstate.edu/2016/12/15/tara-early/

Apex student Mary Rachel Silliman earns highest Sea Scouts award

Oct 27, 2016
BOONE—Mary Rachel Silliman from Apex, a senior majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, recently completed requirements for Quartermaster, the highest award in Sea Scouts, BSA.The Quartermaster award recognizes mastery of skills in swimming, lifesaving, safety, marlinspike seamanship, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules, charts, piloting citizenship and leadership. Only .5 percent of Sea Scouts earn the Quartermaster rank. http://www....

Laura Ellis wins People's Choice Award in 3-minute-thesis competition

Feb 9, 2016
The People’s Choice Award in the annual 3-minute-thesis competition went to Laura Ellis, a graduate student in biology from Swannanoa. Ellis spoke of research she is conducting to better understand how marine fishes eliminate nitrogenous waste. “My work is important in understanding how fish can adapt to our ever-changing oceans,” she said. “Due to climate change, fish have to adapt to new changes in the oceans, including the increase of oceanic carbon dioxide. My work is the foundation upon...

Dr. Ece Karatan awarded NIH Grant for research on Vibro cholerae

Feb 5, 2016
Dr. Ece Karatan, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, was awarded her second NIH grant ($395,720) to investigate how Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera, forms biofilms. Biofilms are communities of bacteria usually attached to surfaces and encased in a self-produced extracellular matrix. Biofilms are advantageous for bacteria because bacteria in the biofilm are protected from harsh conditions in their environment including presence of antimicrobials and host...

Dr. Howard Neufeld and Dr. Zack Murrell awarded NSF Grant

Feb 4, 2016
The Department of Biology is proud to announce that the National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to two faculty members that will support their work to develop engaging botany laboratory experiences for undergraduate students and, at the same time, build a database related to ecological changes occurring in the Southern Appalachians. The $197,987 grant was awarded to Howard Neufeld and Zack Murrell, both professors in the Department of Biology.Read more about their award here.

STEM at ASU

Aug 31, 2015
Did you know that you can learn about special events, ongoing programs and research related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education that take place at Appalachian State University, all in one place? Check out http://stem.appstate.edu/ !The faculty at Appalachian State University is committed to facilitating the highest quality of STEM education within and beyond its campus. Through rigorous academic program offerings, internationally recognized research and...

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Apr 23, 2015

Biology Department Awards Reception

Apr 15, 2015
Biology Department Awards Reception Thursday, April 30, 201512:30 pmBiology Conference Room210B Rankin SouthJoin us in celebrating our  students’ accomplishments and successes! 

Featured Faculty

For the Fall 2016 installment of our Featured Faculty series, we sat down with Dr. Mary Kinkel, an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, who specializes in Developmental Biology. Her philosophy of teaching and a short description of her research make for fascinating read! 

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