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WKU in the News: March 19, 2014

Here’s a look at recent news items highlighting WKU faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs:

Members of the Indian Student Association celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors in India, on the WKU South Lawn on March 15. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

Members of the Indian Student Association celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors in India, on the WKU South Lawn on March 15. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

WKU fest celebrates coming of spring: If you wanted to find anyone ecstatic over the coming of spring on March 15, your best bet might have been WKU’s South Lawn, where the WKU Indian Student Association celebrated the Holi Festival.

North Carolina firm and WKU grads made stunning WTC photos possible: Time magazine recently featured stunning, panoramic photos from atop the new 1,776-foot high World Trade Center in New York City. And none of the photos would have been possible without the help of a little welding shop in Mills River, N.C. Phil Weber’s company designed and fabricated a 14-foot aluminum jib, to which Time and the photography company GigaPan attached a panoramic camera that snapped 567 photos over a five-hour period on Sept. 28. Time electronically “stitched” those photos together to create the dizzying panoramas that grace a multi-page spread out in its edition on newsstands and its website this week. Jonathan Woods, senior interactive photo editor at Time, became close friends with Weber’s son, Nathan, when both attended WKU. As the World Trade Center continued rising in Manhattan, where Time is also located, Woods spent eight months conceptualizing and planning the photo shoot.

The sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum has provided teachable moments for WKU students. (WKU photo by Tommy Newton)

The sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum has provided teachable moments for WKU students. (WKU photo by Tommy Newton)

A ‘teachable moment’: A hole in the ground gave WKU building construction students a unique learning opportunity. Not just any hole in the ground – specifically the 50-foot sinkhole that swallowed eight Chevrolet Corvettes last month inside the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum. The sinkhole has received worldwide attention. Matt Dettman, associate professor of civil engineering in WKU’s Department of Engineering, said the event sparked classroom discussions about construction techniques in areas with karst geology, which is the predominant underpinning in the Bowling Green area.

Hometown Heroes: Four WKU Professors: Sometimes it takes a little extra time to work with students on the more difficult subjects, and that’s exactly what four WKU professors have been doing with their extra time.

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