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Students are enjoying their new space to hang a hammock and relax.

WCU’s Electron Garden on the Green becoming popular hangout for students

When Western Carolina University alumnus Chase Weddle began working two years ago with two classmates, Ross Henley and Robert Bianculli, on their Department of Engineering and Technology senior capstone project, a solar power generating facility and hammock “hanging lounge,” he figured it would just be a research project that would eventually be put in a file and maybe used in the future.
WCU senior geology major Michael Cato during his summer internship at the Johnson Space Center.

Two WCU geology students benefit from prestigious internships

After Leslie Montoya applied for an internship with UNAVCO’s Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences program, her father kept telling her she was going to be one of the rare students chosen. When the Western Carolina University senior geology major got the call that she was accepted, he quickly reminded her that, “You didn’t believe me when I said you’d get it,” Montoya recalled.
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Constitutional Shark Tank coming to WCU’s University Center Sept. 13

As an early start to celebrating Constitution Day, which is Saturday, Sept. 17, the Public Policy Institute and the Center for Service Learning are sponsoring a Constitutional Shark Tank, based on the popular television show, Shark Tank. The event will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the University Center theater.
“There’s a sine in the road up ahead.” It’s not the Twilight Zone; it’s the lab’s virtual reality device, which can display sines, cosines, tangents and much more complex concepts in 3-D, as well as the position of the user’s controls in space.

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 nursing students fill the role of both patient and nurse in the simulation lab.

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.
Katarina Ruehl (left) and Matt Burleson monitor experiments that could lead to better test results in sexual assault cases.

NIJ grant will help fund research project in chemistry, forensic science

Western Carolina University Chemistry and Physics Department head David Evanoff and forensic research scientist Brittania Bintz are hoping a $346,740 grant from the National Institute of Justice will help produce a faster and less expensive method of confirming the presence of human bodily fluids on samples, which would be useful to the forensic science community when testing rape kits and other sexual assault evidence.