The term “wetland” is not typically associated with the mountain environment that surrounds Western Carolina University, but a group of WCU students received some valuable training in how to mark a wetland boundary not too far from campus.
Fast-moving mountain landslides called “debris flows” topped the news in September 2004 when one such slide killed five people in Macon County’s Peeks Creek community, but it is another type of less-understood slope failure that is the focus of a long-term research project involving Western Carolina University geology students and faculty, and the state’s Geological Survey and Department of Transportation.
Less than a month after announcing that the internationally known Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines is moving to Western Carolina University, the new director of the program already has landed a federal grant to study coastal engineering projects in the national park system.
Mention the phrase “insect society,” and most folks automatically think of such natural phenomena as the bee hive, the ant colony, the wasp nest or the termite mound – structured civilizations characterized by a precise division of labor among their six-legged citizens.
A new survey conducted by the Institute for the Economy and the Future at Western Carolina University indicates that residents of rural Western North Carolina want access to high-speed Internet access and may be willing to pay more to be able to tap into the increased capacity offered by broadband.
A new forensic research facility being developed at Western Carolina University will help prepare students for careers in forensics, enhance the skills of law enforcement officials statewide, and assist local police and sheriff's departments with crime scene investigations.
Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant-funded project led by a Western Carolina University professor, 25 young people from Washington’s Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe are seeing firsthand how the nation’s largest dam removal project will impact a river system with deep spiritual and cultural significance to the tribe.
Three Western Carolina University students will pair up with faculty members to take part in a new undergraduate research initiative sponsored by the University of North Carolina General Administration.