The origin of heath balds, peculiar treeless areas located high in the southern Appalachian Mountains, has long been a mystery to scientists, but research being conducted by Western Carolina University students and faculty is beginning to shed some light on that subject.
Western Carolina University student Christopher John Bochicchio, a junior from Weaverville, is one of 12 college students from across the nation chosen to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Twelve Western Carolina University undergraduate students hit the road on Monday (April 21) to participate in The Research in the Capital Symposium, a showcase of the best undergraduate research from The University of North Carolina system.
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper asked more than 250 scientists and students gathered at a genomics research conference organized by Western Carolina University to join him in his effort to expand the state’s DNA database and increase the number of genetic analysts in the State Bureau of Investigation.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will deliver the keynote address at a daylong conference examining ethical and social implications of genomic research and other biotechnology issues Thursday, April 3, in Asheville.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has awarded nearly $25,000 to Western Carolina University for equipment and supplies that will enable WCU students and high school students from the western half of the state to get some hands-on experience in molecular genetics research.
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $4.725 million grant to Western Carolina University for a research project that could lead to the mass production of intricate components necessary to bring high-speed fiber optics communications to the consumer desktop.
With a pledge from U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor to seek $13 million in federal support, leaders from Western Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Furman University have formed a partnership aimed at boosting the emerging biotechnology industry in the western Carolinas.
Students and professors from Western Carolina University’s chemistry and environmental health programs will investigate beginning in August whether ozone and other airborne pollutants in the high peaks of Great Smoky Mountains National Park pose a health risk to hikers.
Western Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Clemson University leaders signed an agreement Monday, June 10, to help attract high-tech industries that have traditionally located in the Research Triangle Park or Silicon Valley and to prepare students for careers with those companies.