When they begin work this month in their new laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus, scientists from Appalachian State University will take the stairs.

"How would it look if people saw us in the elevator?" said Dr. David Nieman, the director of the ASU Human Performance Lab and a veteran of 58 marathons and ultramarathons.

His lieutenant in Kannapolis, Dr. Andy Shanely, insists his boss is joking. But Shanely, an avid runner and cyclist himself, takes the stairs anyway.

At the Research Campus, a $1.5 billion biotechnology complex founded by Dole Food Co. owner David Murdock, Appalachian State will study exercise and nutrition.

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