Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics is hosting a telescope viewing party beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Jackson County Airport. The event was originally scheduled for Friday, May 27, but a prediction of cloudy weather for that day has resulted in a postponement to May 28.
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.
Western Carolina University junior Laney Browder is one of 16 students from the U.S. to be selected by the American Chemical Society to participate in its International Research Experiences for Students program.
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.
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.
WCU recently hosted a half-day event focusing on the emerging natural products industry of the Western North Carolina region. The event also served as an official launch for WCU’s newest graduate program, which leads to a master’s degree in chemistry with a professional science concentration in natural products.