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At Appalachian State University, research, scholarship, and creative activity are fundamental to the mission of the university. Research, scholarship, and the production or performance of creative work - like teaching and service - are crucial to both the institution and the region that it serves. Through their work, Appalachian's faculty, students, and staff expand the boundaries of their academic disciplines, discover answers to real world questions, enhance the quality of life in the region, enrich the K-16 classroom experience, and contribute to economic development.

Featured Stories

Rhodiola rosea protects marathoners against viral infection

Rhodiola rosea protects marathoners against viral infection

Human trials with marathon runners found that the herb Rhodiola rosea protects against viral infection. These findings build on previous human trials that demonstrate the anti-viral activity of blueberry and green tea polyphenols. Learn more>>

Professors at Appalachian receive NSF grant to study dome formation in Georgia and Western North Carolina

Professors at Appalachian receive NSF grant to study dome formation in Georgia and Western North Carolina

The Tallulah Gorge area in Georgia and Toxaway Falls in Gorges State Park in Western North Carolina are well known for their beauty and outdoor recreational offerings. For Appalachian State University geologists Gabe Casale and Jamie Levine, the areas are also rich in geological information. Learn more>>

Researchers use tree-ring science to study area log cabins

Researchers use tree-ring science to study area log cabins

Saskia van de Gevel looks closely at the ends of logs used to construct two cabins located in the Bear Paw State Natural Area in Watauga County. The logs’ coloration and wood anatomy indicates which ones are original to the structure and which ones were replaced because of damage. The closeness of the tree rings visible along the edge of the logs also is an indication of age. Learn more>>

Computer scientist at Appalachian helps researchers track honey bee health

Computer scientist at Appalachian helps researchers track honey bee health

Tracking the health of honeybees across the U.S. is the work of a multi-university team, including a computer scientist at Appalachian State University. Learn more>>

Software shows just how busy honeybees are

Software shows just how busy honeybees are

A web application for beekeepers called Hive Tracks, co-developed by a faculty member in Appalachian State University’s Department of Computer Science, is now being used by bee keepers in 142 countries to track beehive activity. Learn more>>

Professors’ paper on urban stream restoration receives 2015 Boggess Award

Professors’ paper on urban stream restoration receives 2015 Boggess Award

A research paper on urban stream restoration written by Assistant Professor Kristan Cockerill and Professor Bill Anderson from Appalachian State University has received the 2015 Boggess Award for the best paper published in 2014 in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Learn more>>

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Office of Research

Dr. Alan C. Utter

The Office of Research provides support for the research, creative, and scholarly endeavors of Appalachian faculty, staff, and students. Composed of Grants Resources & Services, Sponsored Programs, Research Protections and Research Consultation, the office also collaborates with Special Funds Accounting on the fiscal management of awarded projects.

Dr. Alan C. Utter

Dr. Alan C. Utter currently serves as the Interim Vice Provost for Research. A member of the Appalachian State University faculty since 1995, Utter also serves as a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, director of the Health Promotion academic degree program and director of the Office of Student Research. He holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology, an M.P.H. in epidemiology and an M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Utter has over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition as well as numerous presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.