Brian Byrd, associate professor of environmental health at Western Carolina University and an adviser to state health officials on the Zika virus, will join other WCU faculty members and students in a public program focusing on best practices for reducing the risk of mosquito-borne illness.
Western Carolina University’s new Summer Undergraduate Research Program brought faculty members together with current and future students for eight-week research projects, including one that could benefit medical science and help people with artificial limbs.
Some of Team USA’s most prominent athletes have chosen not to compete at the summer Olympics because of concern over the Zika virus, but WCU mosquito researcher Brian Byrd says that, although there are risks, he would go to Rio de Janeiro if he had the chance.
A tradition of hosting vibrant undergraduate research went a step further this year as a select group of current students joined faculty members and academically gifted incoming freshmen for the launch of WCU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
Brian Kloeppel, who has been serving as interim dean of Western Carolina University’s Graduate School and Research since July 2015, has been named to the position on a permanent basis, effective immediately.
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’s two springtime events that highlight student research, the Undergraduate Expo and Graduate Research Symposium, are being combined this year to create the 2016 Research and Scholarship Celebration that will be held Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31.
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.