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New virtual reality lab renders concepts in 3-D

A new laboratory offering three-dimensional visualization of math concepts and computer science object models now offers students in WCU’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department a unique tool for their assignments and projects.
WCU’s David A. Shapiro (left) is congratulated by Board of Governors Chairman W. Louis Bissette Jr. and UNC system President Margaret Spellings after receiving his honor at the board’s meeting Friday, May 27.

WCU professor earns UNC Board of Governors’ highest faculty honor

David A. Shapiro, the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University, was honored Friday, May 27, by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors with the 2016 Oliver Max Gardner Award, the highest honor the board presents to faculty of the 17-campus system.

Authentic lab provides nursing students with realistic hospital experience

Simulation is often used in nursing programs to give students an idea of what actual patient interactions are like in a hospital. It can come in various forms such as human-patient simulations, the use of manikins, virtual simulations, or role playing. Western Carolina University School of Nursing assistant professor David Wells has taken simulation to another level.

‘Watershed Moments’ project gets underway for Cullowhee Valley School

Every Thursday this month, weather permitting, 22 students from Cullowhee Valley School will wade into the water, take samples of aquatic life, and record observations and data while conducting research as part of an afterschool activity led by the Western Carolina University biology department and the Highlands Biological Station.