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Western launches institute to study watershed issues

Western Carolina University is home to a new institute that will bring together scientists, policymakers, economic development experts, natural resource managers and other interested parties in an effort to preserve regional water resources while trying to ensure economic prosperity.
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WCU to host Aug. 14 symposium on the future of photonics

Representatives of five universities and from private business and industry will convene – some live and in person, others via videoconferencing – at Western Carolina University for a daylong symposium Tuesday, Aug. 14, on the future of photonics in North and South Carolina.
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Campaign: New scholarship helps WCU students afford to research

The rich biodiversity surrounding Highlands Biological Station attracts researchers from around the world, and Scott Higgins, dean of the Graduate School and Research, takes pride knowing Western faculty are among them. Higgins just wishes more of the students conducting research at the nearby interinstitutional research station in Highlands were Catamounts.
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WCU class visits mountain wetland for training

The term “wetland” is not typically associated with the mountain environment that surrounds Western Carolina University, but a group of WCU students received some valuable training in how to mark a wetland boundary not too far from campus.
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WCU team joins state experts in examination of slope failure

Fast-moving mountain landslides called “debris flows” topped the news in September 2004 when one such slide killed five people in Macon County’s Peeks Creek community, but it is another type of less-understood slope failure that is the focus of a long-term research project involving Western Carolina University geology students and faculty, and the state’s Geological Survey and Department of Transportation.