News Briefs

Rape film tonight

The women’s studies department will present a documentary called “Rape Is … ” at 7 p.m. tonight in the Mass Media Technology Hall auditorium.

“Rape Is…” focuses on the global, cultural and domestic conditions that makes rape one of the most unreported crimes in America and the world, according to a press release.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the women’s studies department at 745-6477.

Corn buyers to visit campus

Mexican corn buyers are visiting Western Thursday and Friday.

Agriculture department head Jenks Britt is hosting the buyers, and hopes that the group can help establish a relationship between the corn growers and Kentucky corn farmers, according to a press release.

For more information, contact Britt at 745-3151.

Professors return from research

Two Western faculty members returned to campus this week after spending time in a remote area of the Hunan province in southeast China.

Chris and Deana Groves were in the province to help Chinese scientists do research on a karst water program.

The goal of the project is to raise water levels in caves to get water to poor communities.

The Groves will take some Western graduate students with them to China in March to work on the karst project.

For more information on the karst project, call the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at 745-4169 or David Keeling at [email protected]

Grant secured

Western’s Department of Agriculture received a $61,400 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to do research on Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis, or Johne’s disease, in cattle.

For more information, contact Britt 745-3151.

– Beth Wilberding

Professors pass national exam

Kenneth Kuehn and Michael May of the department of geography and geology recently passed the National Association of Boards of Geology exam entitling them to practice geology in 24 states.

A passing score on the ASBOG exam gives geologists the license to practice in the public interest and is a requirement in 29 states.

Both professors have an understanding of what students will face when they take the exam and are using the experience to adjust the geology curriculum accordingly.

-Lisa Ross