Western Carolina University junior Laney Browder is one of 16 students from the U.S. to be selected by the American Chemical Society to participate in its International Research Experiences for Students program.
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.
A $47,750 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will allow WCU to purchase a Malvern ZetaSizer Nano ZS instrument that measures particle size, as well as the electric potential of particles suspended in a liquid, or of surfaces in contact with a liquid.
WCU recently hosted a half-day event focusing on the emerging natural products industry of the Western North Carolina region. The event also served as an official launch for WCU’s newest graduate program, which leads to a master’s degree in chemistry with a professional science concentration in natural products.
The forensic science, chemistry and physics programs at Western Carolina University will co-host a lecture titled “Do Scientists Need Philosophy?” in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on Friday, May 2.