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Checking the weather today is as easy as checking your cell phone.  But did you know you can also monitor soil conditions and even levels of solar radiation plants use to grow?  It’s all thanks to a state network of climate stations.  BPR’s Helen Chickering takes us to the newest station in Asheville  that also doubles as a college classroom.

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Tourists flock Western North Carolina for the mountain views, hiking trails and attractions like the Biltmore House.  Sea life is not on the list, but that could change.  BPR’s Helen Chickering has the story of an unexpected find in the Western North Carolina waters that prompted a marine biologist to move to the mountains. 

March 14 is National Pi Day, a time to celebrate the mathematical constant, 3.14 and a good excuse to eat pie.  BPR’s Helen Chickering talked with UNCA Math Professor Sam Kaplan about why the irrational number deserves its own day, why math intimidates many of us, and his work in the community - outreach that uses math as a platform to help local students sharpen their leadership skills. 

NPR.org, Davin Eldridge

The first day of classes are always hectic for any university. For Western Carolina, that may be taken to a new level this year.  That’s because classes start on the day of the solar eclipse.

BPR’s Davin Eldridge reports…

Dozens of electronic music players from around the world descended on the city of Asheville, North Carolina, to participate in the second annual Continuum Conference. The conference is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of the electronic Haken Audio Continuum Fingerboard.   

Asheville City Soccer Club

The world’s game is coming to Asheville.   The Asheville City Soccer Club kicks off its inaugural season tomorrow night, hosting the Georgia Revolution at Memorial Stadium. 

Tornado Detectives

Feb 23, 2017
UNC Asheville Chris Godfrey

Tornadoes aren’t common here western North Carolina, but they are in the southeast and when they strike, they tend to be deadlier and more destructive than in other parts of the country.    

A research team at  UNC Asheville is working to figure out why southeastern storms are so lethal by retracing the footprints of twisters the way detectives investigate a crime scene. 

WCQS's Helen Chickering reports. 

                     

It was just minutes into the NFC championship game.

Full Sun Farm

As an applied environmental economist, UNCA’s Leah Mathews is interested in the value of things you can’t buy on the store shelves like scenic quality, cultural heritage and social interaction.  Much of her research focuses the local food system in Western North Carolina, looking at the benefits that residents and visitors receive from farmland, the value of social interactions at farmers markets, and the veracity of the Appalachian Grown local food label.    

A steady buzz of conversation fills the concourse at UNCA’s Sherrill Center. 

The scene is the standard long line of students in front of poster presentations during the Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium.  The conversation, however, is anything but standard.

University of North Carolina-Asheville

Juan Sanchez is an assistant professor of modern languages and literatures at UNC-Asheville.  He recently won the National Prize in Literature in his native Colombia for his book of poetry Altamar.  The title of the book translates to 'high sea'.  It's also the last name of Sanchez's great-grandfather.  The poems in the book are written from the perspective of water.  Sanchez has also done a lot study on indigenous cultures, and incorporates that into his poetry.

UNC Asheville Archives

A rare collection of photographs taken by Asheville native, the late Isaiah Rice, are being digitized by the University of North Carolina Asheville.  Rice began taking photographs upon his return to Western North Carolina following his service in the U.S. military during World War II.  David Hurand has our story about a man who documented a period marked by segregation and the end of segregation in Asheville.

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North Carolina's March primary election is about seven weeks away.  While much of the press attention has been focused on the Democratic and Republican Party Presidential races,  North Carolina voters will also consider a $2 Billion Bond Proposal.  If passed, the money would be invested in education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure.  Projects in 79 of the states 100 counties would be funded. 

Special to the Citizen-Times

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the University of North Carolina Asheville have signed a formal agreement that may result in more members of the tribe attending the University.  Principal Chief Michell Hicks and UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant signed the agreement in both Kituwah Cherokee syllabary and English last Friday.  Chancellor Grant says the agreement will lead to a deeper partnership with the Tribe.