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Energy efficiency article by WCU team to be published

Several faculty members in the WCU Department of Engineering and Technology have co-written an article to be published in the January edition of the Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology by Taylor and Francis Group.


Bora Karayaka, assistant professor; Martin Tanaka, assistant professor and graduate program director; and Aaron Ball, professor, teamed up with a recent Master of Science in Technology graduate from WCU, Lee T. Holland, to author “Power Systems: Thermal Load Characterization and Regulation.”

The article details experiments designed to compare the performance of a traditional on-off thermostat controller with a device providing smoother temperature control in order to improve both comfort in enclosed spaces and the use of electrical energy from the utility.

By Keith Brenton

Costa named GSU scholar, delivers lecture

James Costa, biology professor and director of the Highlands Biological Station, delivered a lecture Monday, Sept. 28, at Georgia Southern University as part of the honor of being named GSU’s 25th Joseph LeConte Scholar.

Jim Costa

Jim Costa

“Indefatigable Naturalists: Wallace and Darwin on the Evolutionary Trail” shared insights from Costa’s research specialty, the pursuit of evolution theory investigators Charles Darwin and the less known Alfred Russel Wallace.

The LeConte Scholars Program is the oldest endowed visiting scholars program at Georgia Southern and is named for Joseph LeConte, a naturalist and scholar who was born and raised near where the University is now located.

Kossick shares three lectures at Kentucky conference

Mark A. Kossick, WCU professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation education coordinator, presented three lectures on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the 2015 Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists Fall Meeting, held in Lexington.  His lectures were titled “Diagnostic Criteria for Atrial Fibrillation and Current Treatment Strategies,” “Diagnostic Criteria and Clinical Implications for Conduction Defects” and “Practice 12 Lead EKGs and EKG Rhythm Strips.”

Professor presents pine tree research

David Butcher, analytical chemistry professor in WCU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics, presented research at SciX 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island, on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

David Butcher

David Butcher

SciX, short for “the great scientific exchange,” is a national conference sponsored by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies.

The presented research, completed with May graduate in forensic science Alyssa Bailey, was titled “Determination of Calcium, Magnesium, and Aluminum in Pine from the Southern Appalachians.” It is part of a larger, continuing study of conifers in the region.

The presentation reported the determination of calcium, magnesium, and aluminum in pine foliage and surrounding soil from Jackson County.

“Conifers have been affected by acidic deposition at various locations throughout the world,” the abstract for the research explained. “Their proposed mechanism for conifer decline by acidic deposition involves decreased availability of the essential minerals calcium and magnesium, accompanied by increased exposure to aluminum, a toxic mineral.”

Butcher and Bailey also presented their research, “Incorporation of the Synthesis of Benzil into the General Chemisty Curriculum” at SciX in 2014.

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