Written by Adam Hicks
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 05:07
Appalachian State University received more than $552,000 in stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
According to Linda Coutant of the ASU News Bureau, the stimulus money will support six different projects at App State.
The first project that received stimulus money is research into the relationship between the growth of the ponderosa pine and Douglas fir and the rise in carbon dioxide in the Northern Rockies.
The second project is research into topography and vegetation at Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Grandfather Ranger District.
The third is research to evaluate the downstream impact of the fly ash spill from Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston, Tennessee, coal-fired power plant last December.
The fourth is creation of 43 additional work-study positions for students.
The fifth is the hiring of additional personnel in the Appalachian-Foothills Regional Service Center of the N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center.
The sixth is the acquisition of a cathodoluminescence microscopy system for Appalachian’s Optical Petrography Lab to investigate mineral precipitation around plants in wetland environments.
Coutant said the university has also submitted proposals for another $6.5 million in stimulus funding for additional projects related to economic growth and stability.