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University researchers investigate use of crops to remove subdivision contaminants

Three Western Carolina University chemistry professors and their students are hoping to grow more than just a few ears of corn this summer in their small gardens in a Western North Carolina subdivision. They’re also seeking to harvest scientific evidence that could lead to a cost-effective method of removing contamination from the soil of a neighborhood that once housed a major commercial apple orchard.
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Western will conduct pilot study of use of hand-held, wireless computers

Information at the touch of their fingertips -- that's how today's students at Western Carolina University and elsewhere are exploring their world. But blending time-honored teaching traditions with the tools of technology has become a challenge at colleges and universities nationwide, with faculty and students struggling to keep pace with the ever-expanding field of computers and instant access to information.