Clay County residents joined with Western Carolina University representatives in celebrating the county’s African-American heritage with the opening of a new exhibit in the Old Jail Museum and a tour of a previously abandoned slave cemetery, both in Hayesville, on Saturday, May 27.
With her research interests centering on Vikings, the medieval North Atlantic, marine mammal exploitation and environmental history, Western Carolina University Department of History associate professor Vicki Szabo is familiar with the early travels of Norwegians who ventured out to Scotland, Iceland, Greenland and eventually North America from around 800 to 1500.
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.
The forensic science, chemistry and physics programs at Western Carolina University will co-host a lecture titled “Do Scientists Need Philosophy?” in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on Friday, May 2.
The National Institute of Justice has awarded Mark R. Wilson, director of the Forensic Science Program at Western Carolina University, a two-year, nearly $718,000 grant to evaluate new DNA sequencing instrumentation for use in crime laboratories.