Created on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 23:35
|Members of The Mountaineer Organization of Student Scientists (MOSS) discuss architecture at a club meeting Monday afternoon in Central Dining Hall. MOSS began meeting early last semester and was officially recognized by Club Council two weeks ago. Photo by Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian|
A group of Appalachian State University students have started a discussion- and project-based science club open to all majors.
The Mountaineer Organization of Student Scientists (MOSS) began meeting early last semester and was officially recognized by the Club Council two weeks ago. The club seeks to promote scientific enthusiasm.
Senior biology major Brian Bonville is the president of MOSS and said he hopes to make the club the most active and influential science club on campus.
"We promote diversity of interests in the club, because science isn't just a focus - it's a way of thought," Bonville said. "You don't have to be a scientist to think like one."
Bonville gives nature walks and facilitates discussions during club meetings.
The club works on science-related projects like their latest prototype, a dual-regulated, variable-voltage power supply. MOSS also discusses science news, concerns and interests among members.
Junior computer science major Allison Nelson is a founding member and is constructing a clock that tells binary time through the club.
"We just want to raise awareness of science," Nelson said. "It is not just a nerdy subject - it's everywhere. MOSS is a learning resource because you are surrounded by bright and helpful people."
Senior biology major Julie Ragsdale said she likes the group atmosphere of the club.
"Meeting with other people who are excited about science is a great opportunity for me," Ragsdale said. "I have gotten better with keeping up with scientific news because I know that we will talk about it at our meetings."
MOSS meets every Thursday night in Central Dining Hall. Students interested in joining can contact Bonville at
Story: JOSIE WOODS, Intern News Reporter
Photo: OLIVIA WILKES, Photography Editor