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WCU researcher: sexist humor no laughing matter

A research project led by a Western Carolina University psychology professor indicates that jokes about blondes and women drivers are not just harmless fun and games; instead, exposure to sexist humor can lead to toleration of hostile feelings and discrimination against women.
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Western launches institute to study watershed issues

Western Carolina University is home to a new institute that will bring together scientists, policymakers, economic development experts, natural resource managers and other interested parties in an effort to preserve regional water resources while trying to ensure economic prosperity.
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WCU to host Aug. 14 symposium on the future of photonics

Representatives of five universities and from private business and industry will convene – some live and in person, others via videoconferencing – at Western Carolina University for a daylong symposium Tuesday, Aug. 14, on the future of photonics in North and South Carolina.
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Campaign: New scholarship helps WCU students afford to research

The rich biodiversity surrounding Highlands Biological Station attracts researchers from around the world, and Scott Higgins, dean of the Graduate School and Research, takes pride knowing Western faculty are among them. Higgins just wishes more of the students conducting research at the nearby interinstitutional research station in Highlands were Catamounts.