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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

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>>

Appalachian studies students present research at international conference

Appalachian studies students present research at international conference

Three graduate students and a faculty member from the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University presented papers at Thinking Mountains 2015, an international mountain studies conference held at Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, in May 2015. Learn more>>

Researchers Out at Dan River Researching Coal Ash Effects

Researchers Out at Dan River Researching Coal Ash Effects

Geologist Ellen Cowan did research on the Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill in 2008. Now she's examining the Dan River. When the coal ash spill first happened, you used to be able see coal ash deposits along the river bank. Now that it is gone, researchers say, it didn't just disappear. 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, and Research Protections, 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.