Department of Chemistry and Physics

Planet Mercury viewing planned on WCU campus May 9

Enrique Gomez, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Western Carolina University, will host a safe way to view a somewhat rare astronomical event called a transit of Mercury beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.

NIJ grant will help fund research project in chemistry, forensic science

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.
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WCU receives grant for equipment from NCBiotech

A $47,750 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will allow WCU to purchase a Malvern ZetaSizer Nano ZS instrument that measures particle size, as well as the electric potential of particles suspended in a liquid, or of surfaces in contact with a liquid.