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Undergraduate Research Discussed on “Appalachian Perspective”

BOONE—Physics students who worked alongside Nobel Prize-winning scientists last summer are featured on the latest episode of “Appalachian Perspective,” the cable television show of Appalachian State University.

“Appalachian Perspective” is a 30-minute cable television program hosted by Chancellor Francis T. Borkowski.

In the episode titled “Research at Appalachian,” David Yoshikawa and Michelle McCrain and their professor, Dr. Marian Peters from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, discuss their experiences with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s summer undergraduate research fellowships. Students across the country apply for the fellowships.

“Last summer Appalachian placed three of the 20 physics fellowships and two out of 10 material sciences and engineering fellowships at NIST. Students participate in cutting-edge research, and it’s a wonderful opportunity,” Peters says.

Yoshikawa and McCrain say Appalachian’s emphasis on allowing undergraduate students to participate in research prepares them for graduate school and helps them choose a career path.

“Research at Appalachian” also spotlights Dr. Kenneth Steele from the Department of Psychology, who disproved the popular Mozart Effect through research conducted by him, his students and colleagues at other institutions. The Mozart Effect, based on studies from the University of California-Irvine, suggested that listening to Mozart could increase intellectual skills.

“Appalachian Perspective” airs weekdays at 6 p.m. on AppalNet’s cable Channel 76, Mondays at 8 p.m. on MTN’s cable channel 18, and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on Charter Communications’ cable Channel 2. The program also airs on outlets in Charlotte, Raleigh, Kannapolis, Newport and Winston-Salem.

“Appalachian Perspective” is produced monthly by the Department of Communication and Office of Public Affairs. For more information, contact producer Linda Coutant at (828) 262-2342 or