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National Science Foundation awards WCU and four other UNC System schools $3.4 million grant for STEM education for minority students

The funds from this grant will be used by WCU, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Wilmington to support students in pursuit of STEM degrees at these institutions.  

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Students present research at Southern Conference forum

Students were given the opportunity to network with students from other Southern Conference schools and expand their knowledge of other academic areas at the SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum.  

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Bingocize® expands to North Carolina with $1.1 million grant awarded to WCU

Faculty at WCU have been awarded $1,165,955 from the Civil Money Penalty Grant for Medicare and Medicaid Services that will allow them to oversee Bingocize® and use the program in North Carolina.  

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Professors use dissection to improve anatomy education, collaboration

It was not the usual academic partnership when physical therapy professor Doug Keskula and speech-language pathology associate professor Leigh Odom traveled from WCU to Canada this summer for a dissection workshop.  

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WCU, UNCA partnership leads to new digital Southern Appalachian archive

In a collaborative effort, Hunter Library has established an extensive, digital collection that will provide improved access to regionally focused materials of Southern Appalachia.  

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Associate professor, students look to chemistry for nuclear waste solutions

Associate professor Channa De Silva and recent graduate Brandon Sanders have been exploring how chemistry can help with recycling America’s spent nuclear fuels.  

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Engineering professor named as resident scholar for NSF funded research with FDA

Martin Tanaka, a professor in the College of Engineering and Technology, has been selected to be a scholar in residence with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.   

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Forensic Anthropology Program expands, gains prominence

In 2019, a research team from WCU’s Forensic Anthropology Program began a concentrated search for the airman, drawing on local interviews, anecdotal information and lots of onsite field work, including excavations. They found Sgt. Francis W. Wiemerslage.  

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Inaugural 1889 Impact Grants Program provides support for 11 projects at WCU

Eleven projects ranging from student research into post-partum depression to improvements of a Cherokee plant garden at Highlands Biological Station are underway at WCU.  

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