Specht named dean of Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Neva J. Specht has been named dean of Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences after a national search. She begins her duties May 1. Specht, a professor of history, has served as interim dean since May 2016. Read more
The Visiting Writers Series
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Anthony Love Shares the Closest Tangible Opportunity to Connect with Space
By Ellen Gwin Burnette
BOONE, N.C.— From geology and more specifically to meteorites, there is a tactile connection to space and the universe that’s tangible even with one’s feet planted on Earth – or to be more exact, in Rankin Science Building. In a dusty room, covered with colorful geological maps, signs of research abound with samples of rocks and slides strewn about the room’s surfaces. Anthony Love ’99, research operations manager for the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University, shared two artifacts – a piece of the moon and a piece of Mars – while talking so excitedly about science that gravity might have been the only thing keeping him in his seat. Continue reading
Art and geology students at Appalachian collaborate to sculpt Triassic aetosaur based on a handful of pre-historic bones unearthed in North Carolina
In the Beginning
The construction of the aetosaur began in fall 2016 with students and faculty working from a drawing from New Mexico paleo-illustrator Matt Celeskey. From that, the sculpture class created a digitized 3-D model from which the sculptors built a steel armature. The armature was then fitted with foam slices cut to bulk out the shape of the animal. The foam reduces the amount of clay needed to drape the frame, keeping costs and weight down. The artists sculpt the details by hand, using carving tools for fine tunings.
Creating a natural habitat for Archie
The rock garden habitat is in the planning stages. According to Waterworth, it will include plant species that are living relatives of the plants that the aetosaur would have encountered – horsetail ferns and a ginkgo tree – and some large boulders of Triassic rock from the same basin where the fossils were found. And, there might be aetosaur footprints cast by students, she said. “The installation will be a permanent exhibit in the rock garden and a big part of our science outreach program. At every stage, we hope to leverage student involvement as much as possible. This is really about the educational experience.”
To see more and read about this collaborative project, visit the Appalachian Magazine. You can get involved in the Gorgetosuchus pekinensis "Archie" project and contribute towards the preparation of the habitat for Archie. Support this project!
Then we will have Dr. Curt Fields, a living historian and re-enactor visiting our campus for a week to interact with school children on and off our campus. There will be a free public lecture on Monday April 24, 2017 at 7 p.m., "An Evening with the Man Behind the Uniform."
Adrienne Cole, Master of Public Administration 1995, Government and Justice Studies has been named President and CEO of the greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For this story, visit the Triangle Business Journal.
Preston Clarke, Spring 2006, History Education, has been named Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year at Valle Crucis School. For this story, visit The Watauga Democrat.