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Rivercane project wins $101,000 grant

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation awarded a $101,000 grant to a team of Western Carolina University scientists to support research for the restoration of the region’s once-plentiful river cane.
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WCU shoreline program lands $78,000 to study coastal parks

Less than a month after announcing that the internationally known Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines is moving to Western Carolina University, the new director of the program already has landed a federal grant to study coastal engineering projects in the national park system.
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WCU geosciences professor leads Elwha tribal education project

Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant-funded project led by a Western Carolina University professor, 25 young people from Washington’s Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe are seeing firsthand how the nation’s largest dam removal project will impact a river system with deep spiritual and cultural significance to the tribe.
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WCU national survey reveals concerns of homeland officials

A national survey conducted by Western Carolina University's Institute for the Economy and the Future reveals that America's state officials remain doubtful about federal security and preparedness in several critical areas in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and the response to Hurricane Katrina.