LIFE@WesternCarolina begins fall semester sessions

LIFE@WesternCarolina, Western Carolina University’s lifelong learning membership organization for adults 50 and older, kicked off its fall semester sessions with a Tuesday, Sept. 12, presentation on cadaver dogs and law enforcement on the Cullowhee campus and a Thursday, Sept. 14, presentation addressing mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park.

Even though fall sessions have begun, new registrations still are being taken to participate in the program, which includes 24 events scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Lisa Thomas Briggs

Lisa Briggs and Edwin Grant led the presentation on cadaver dogs and law enforcement. Briggs, professor of criminology and criminal justice at WCU, has been successfully working her 3-year-old dog that already has cleared eight cases by finding human remains. Grant has 31 years of law enforcement and canine search experience. He also has worked search and recovery after the 9-11 attacks and after major hurricanes throughout the nation.

Briggs and Grant will speak on the same topic in Asheville on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The presentation on mosquitoes featured Brian Byrd, WCU associate professor of environmental health sciences who is an expert in mosquito and vector-borne diseases. His research includes regional health concerns such as the prevalence of mosquito-borne La Crosse encephalitis. He also studies the impact of invasive mosquitoes. Byrd will speak on the same topic at the Tuesday, Sept. 19, LIFE gathering on the Cullowhee campus.

LIFE sessions are held from 10 a.m. until noon on the Cullowhee campus on Tuesdays and at Biltmore Park on Thursdays. For a full semester schedule or additional program information, visit or call 828-227-7397.