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WCU trio makes chemistry fun for Estes Elementary students

Ben Rickert, assistant director of communications for Buncombe County Schools, reported that students at Estes Elementary School in Arden “were raving about how much they learned and all the fun they had” following a visit to the school by two faculty members from Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics, Carmen Huffman and Alesia Jennings, and a WCU senior majoring in chemistry, Ryan Archer.

Planet Mercury viewing planned on WCU campus May 9

Enrique Gomez, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Western Carolina University, will host a safe way to view a somewhat rare astronomical event called a transit of Mercury beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.

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.