Biology students at Western Carolina University will soon be getting up-close and personal views of the structure of cells, thanks to the recent acquisition of a confocal microscope made possible by $250,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.
A federally funded effort by Western Carolina University and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to develop a new type of energy-efficient water heater has attracted the attention of President George W. Bush.
More students than ever before have turned out for this year's Undergraduate Expo, which runs Monday, March 14, through Thursday, March 17, in various locations on Western's campus. Brian Railsback, dean of the Honors College, is delighted with the turnout. “This year the faculty have really worked with students and put themselves behind undergraduate research,” he says.
A $40,000 grant from the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research will enable Western Carolina University to create a 10-week interdisciplinary summer research program focusing on the preservation of Cherokee heritage and culture in the face of increasing economic and environmental pressures.
Western Carolina University is one of four University of North Carolina system institutions participating in a pilot project this fall aimed at studying new methods of downloading and distributing copyrighted music files from the Internet.
A geology professor from Western Carolina University will spend the next few months in Olympic National Park in Washington attempting to gauge the impact of the nation's largest dam removal project on water quality in what was once one of the Pacific Northwest's most productive salmon rivers.
A $420,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy through Oak Ridge National Laboratory will enable Western Carolina University and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to work with an Etowah manufacturing company to create a prototype of a new type of dual-serve application, energy-efficient water heater.
Students and professors in Western Carolina University's computer science program will be involved in two collaborative research projects designed to increase access to a rapidly developing form of high performance computing known as “grid computing.”
The results are in from a comprehensive scientific sampling of residents of the 23 westernmost counties of North Carolina, and researchers at Western Carolina University’s Center for Regional Development say they found some surprises in their examination of the region’s economic, social and political trends.