Site work is beginning for the installation of Western Carolina University’s Electron Garden on the Green, which is believed to be the first combination solar power generating facility and hammock “hanging lounge” on any college campus in the nation.
Two Western Carolina University faculty members and a graduate student recently conducted research into cheating in online courses, using a bit of deception themselves to see how effective those impostors hiding in the digital shadows actually are.
Western Carolina University Chemistry and Physics Department head David Evanoff and forensic research scientist Brittania Bintz are hoping a $346,740 grant from the National Institute of Justice will help produce a faster and less expensive method of confirming the presence of human bodily fluids on samples, which would be useful to the forensic science community when testing rape kits and other sexual assault evidence.
Before the first week in February -- when the the mosquito-borne Zika virus was declared a public health emergency -- WCU's Brian Byrd was providing expert advice for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
“The idea behind the Urban Death Project is to bring nature into the cities, because I think all cities need a deeper connection to nature and all of us who live in cities can benefit from that.” -- Katrina Spade, founder, Urban Death Project
Several Western Carolina University students and a faculty member spent a recent bitterly cold weekend in the gray winter woods on campus, working on a project that may provide society with an alternative to traditional burial and cremation.