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Hess Pledges $4.4 Million to UW for Energy Research

January 18, 2013 — Hess Corporation has committed to giving the University of Wyoming $4.4 million to support UW’s Center for Advanced Oil and Gas Technologies Nano Resolution Imaging Laboratory, Governor Matt Mead and UW President Tom Buchanan announced today (Friday).

January

UW Professors Explore Climate Impacts on Bighorn Basin Populations Over the Last 13,000 Years

UW Professors Explore Climate Impacts on Bighorn Basin Populations Over the Last 13,000 Years

January 3, 2013 — During the past 13,000 years, Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin has experienced significant increases in population growth -- due primarily to periods of high effective moisture and moderate temperatures -- according to three University of Wyoming professors. By contrast, when water levels were lower and temperatures higher, the state’s populations of hunter-gatherers decreased or may have even disappeared altogether, they concur.

Jack Benny Papers Accessible at UW’s American Heritage Center

Jack Benny Papers Accessible at UW’s American Heritage Center

January 10, 2013 — Papers of Jack Benny, one of the 20th century’s most influential entertainers, are now accessible online at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center.

UW Geological Museum Reopens Jan. 12

UW Geological Museum Reopens Jan. 12

January 7, 2013 — After its first makeover in nearly 60 years, the University of Wyoming’s Geological Museum is ready to reopen to the public.

UW Student Shines at Miss America Pageant

January 14, 2013 — Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden, a University of Wyoming student from Torrington, was named third runner-up at the Miss America Pageant on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Drilling Simulator Will Allow UW to Expand Courses, Provide Industry With Experience

Drilling Simulator Will Allow UW to Expand Courses, Provide Industry With Experience

January 14, 2013 — A Drilling Simulator Teaching Lab is expected to expand course offerings in engineering at the University of Wyoming, provide students and industry personnel drilling experience, and will eventually offer professional well control certifications for drillers.

Ultra Petroleum’s $2 Million Gift Supports UW Energy Research

January 15, 2013 — A $2 million gift commitment from Ultra Petroleum Corp. will support and enhance the University of Wyoming’s energy research and academic program, the university announced today (Tuesday).

Hess Pledges $4.4 Million to UW for Energy Research

January 18, 2013 — Hess Corporation has committed to giving the University of Wyoming $4.4 million to support UW’s Center for Advanced Oil and Gas Technologies Nano Resolution Imaging Laboratory, Governor Matt Mead and UW President Tom Buchanan announced today (Friday).

UW Wind Research Study Has Potential to Diversify State’s Economy, Provide Energy to California

UW Wind Research Study Has Potential to Diversify State’s Economy, Provide Energy to California

January 25, 2013 — New transmission and generation infrastructure, relative to power generated by Wyoming’s vaunted wind, would help diversify the state’s economy with more high-paying jobs -- both during the construction and operation phases -- while providing economically priced renewable power to California, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Wyoming’s Wind Energy Research Center.

Resource Helps UW Faculty and Staff to Obtain Funding from Private Sources

January 28, 2013 — Are you searching for more funding sources for your program or research?

UW Professor Helps Discover ‘Holy Grail’ Theory of Evolving Modular Networks

UW Professor Helps Discover ‘Holy Grail’ Theory of Evolving Modular Networks

January 30, 2013 — One of the University of Wyoming’s newest professors has tackled a decade-old question regarding the evolutionary origins of modularity and discovered a new theory for why biological entities are organized into modules.

February

UW-Led Research Shows Slight Decline in Big Game Antler, Horn Size

UW-Led Research Shows Slight Decline in Big Game Antler, Horn Size

February 1, 2013 — A team of scientists led by a University of Wyoming researcher recently reported that the size of trophy horns and antlers of most species of North American big game has declined slightly over the past century, most likely as a result of intensive harvest of males.

UW’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center is Awarded for Sustainable Building Features

UW’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center is Awarded for Sustainable Building Features

February 11, 2013 — The University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, home to Laramie’s only living roof, has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its environmentally and user-conscious building features.

ExxonMobil Donates $2.5 Million to UW

February 7, 2013 — A grant from ExxonMobil will support science and technology education programs at the University of Wyoming, including research into technologies that improve the production of oil and gas, UW announced today (Thursday).

UW Professor’s Computer Models Designed to Enhance, Optimize Carbon Sequestration

UW Professor’s Computer Models Designed to Enhance, Optimize Carbon Sequestration

February 12, 2013 — To Ye Zhang, sequestering and storing carbon dioxide in deep subsurface reservoirs offers potential environmental benefits. But she also knows the process is primarily a “cost center,” meaning there is no money to be made from such ventures.

UW Student Named 2013 New Face of Civil Engineering

UW Student Named 2013 New Face of Civil Engineering

February 15, 2013 — University of Wyoming senior Stacia Slowey of Thornton, Colo., has been selected as one of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College Edition.

UW Names New Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

UW Names New Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

February 19, 2013 — A scholar in cell biology and neuroscience who has served as a dean at two universities has been named dean of the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences.

Six Outstanding Student Soloists to Vie for Top Prize in Jacoby Competition

Six Outstanding Student Soloists to Vie for Top Prize in Jacoby Competition

February 22, 2013 — Six will perform. Only one will be chosen as the University of Wyoming’s finest student musician during the Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts concert hall.

March

UW Spring Enrollment Shows Increase

UW Spring Enrollment Shows Increase

March 7, 2013 — Steady enrollment growth is continuing at the University of Wyoming, with 12,873 students enrolled for the spring semester.

UW Sets Record for External Research Funding

March 13, 2013 — Faculty members at the University of Wyoming received a record $86 million in external funding in the 2012 fiscal year.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author David McCullough at UW April 16

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author David McCullough at UW April 16

March 13, 2013 — Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author David McCullough will speak Tuesday, April 16, at the University of Wyoming. His talk is free and open to the public.

First Lady Carol Mead Hosts Community Forum on Literacy Friday

First Lady Carol Mead Hosts Community Forum on Literacy Friday

March 6, 2013 — Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead will host a community literacy forum Friday, March 8, at 11:45 a.m. at the Albany County Library Meeting Room. The meeting is free and open to the public.

UW Theatre and Dance Wins at Regional Festival

UW Theatre and Dance Wins at Regional Festival

March 1, 2013 — University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance students and faculty were honored this spring at the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and Northwest Drama Conference (NWDC) at California State University in Sacramento.

UW Professor Helps Scientists Analyze Their Research in 3-D

UW Professor Helps Scientists Analyze Their Research in 3-D

March 6, 2013 — For as long as she can remember, Amy Banic has been fascinated with human-computer interaction and virtual reality. That fascination has become the basis of her scholarly research -- and all in 3-D.

Ara Harutyunyan Wins UW’s Jacoby Soloist Competition

Ara Harutyunyan Wins UW’s Jacoby Soloist Competition

March 6, 2013 — Violin virtuoso Ara Harutyunyan of Yerevan, Armenia, was named the winner of the University of Wyoming’s Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition March 1, at the Fine Arts concert hall.

UW Men’s Nordic Club Team Wins USCSA National Championship

March 9, 2013 — There’s a reason all those 7-mile trail runs in the mountains and 6 a.m. roller skiing treks to the outskirts of Laramie this summer were scheduled for the University of Wyoming men’s Nordic ski club team. Those grueling weekly workouts paid off for a rebuilt Cowboys team.

UW Graphic Artist is Region’s Best in Show

UW Graphic Artist is Region’s Best in Show

March 11, 2013 — When Kira Cheshier began to prepare for the annual Art Directors Club Denver Student Exhibition, she was aware that University of Wyoming students had traditionally held their own in the region’s premiere exhibition for graphic design and advertising.

April

Charles Dolan Receives Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award

Charles Dolan Receives Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award

April 29, 2013 — For nearly 22 years, Charles Dolan taught the importance of building a solid foundation with structural integrity. And he often did it with cultural flair, citing the Sword of Damocles as a metaphor for the consequences of structural failure or quoting Babylonian King Hammurabi to demonstrate the outcome -- in the king’s words, death -- of faulty construction.

Cultural Program Violinist Ray Chen to Perform at UW

Cultural Program Violinist Ray Chen to Perform at UW

April 3, 2013 — Acclaimed violinist Ray Chen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the University of Wyoming Fine Arts concert hall.

UW's Bruce Culver and Kristy Isaak Receive James C. Hurst Awards

UW's Bruce Culver and Kristy Isaak Receive James C. Hurst Awards

April 15, 2013 — Bruce Culver, director and professor in the School of Pharmacy, and Kristy Isaak, accounting associate, senior, in ASUW, were named the 2012-2013 recipients of the University of Wyoming’s James C. Hurst Each Student-A Person award.

UW Graphic Design Student Portfolios on Display

April 23, 2013 — University of Wyoming students will showcase upper-level junior and senior graphic design portfolios from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Visual Arts Building lobby.

Riverton Student Named Top Graduating Woman at UW

Riverton Student Named Top Graduating Woman at UW

April 26, 2013 — Amanda King, who will graduate in May with an international studies degree with specialization in the Middle East and Africa, is the recipient of the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as the University of Wyoming's outstanding graduating woman.

Evanston Student wins $30k Entrepreneurship Competition at UW

April 24, 2013 — With three semesters remaining before he graduates from the University of Wyoming, Shawheen Amirkhizi, an accounting junior from Evanston, already runs his own business. The next step: grow his small independent company into a top competitor in its specialty field.

Marlatt Receives UW Libraries Outstanding Staff Award

Marlatt Receives UW Libraries Outstanding Staff Award

April 22, 2013 — University of Wyoming Libraries has presented its Outstanding Staff Award to Nancy Cyrus Marlatt, marketing and public relations coordinator. The award recognized her contributions during 2012.

University of Wyoming Police Department Offers Anonymous Text Tip Program

April 29, 2013 — The University of Wyoming offers an anonymous text tip program that will help create a safer community. Tip411 is an Internet-based tool that enables the public to text message anonymous tips to the university police and lets police respond, creating a two-way anonymous chat.

Five UW Students Receive Northern Arapaho Scholarships

April 30, 2013 — Five University of Wyoming students are the recipients of Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships for the coming summer session and the 2013-2014 academic year.

UW Assistant Professor of Horticulture Receives Young Scientist Award

UW Assistant Professor of Horticulture Receives Young Scientist Award

April 1, 2013 — Research and commitment to teaching have earned an assistant professor of horticulture in the University of Wyoming Department of Plant Sciences the 2013 Young Scientist Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology.

UW Cowboys Take EWC Rodeo Team Title

April 8, 2013 — Led by its strong contingent of ropers, the University of Wyoming men’s rodeo team placed first at last weekend’s Lancer Rodeo at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) in Torrington.

UW Researchers’ Lithium Discovery Could Boost CO2 Storage Prospects

UW Researchers’ Lithium Discovery Could Boost CO2 Storage Prospects

April 24, 2013 — Researchers at the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) discovered a vast new lithium resource near Rock Springs during a geological carbon dioxide storage site characterization project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Employees Honored at Staff Recognition Day

Employees Honored at Staff Recognition Day

April 25, 2013 — Paula Weems, office assistant, senior with the UW Admissions Office, today (Thursday) was named the University of Wyoming's outstanding employee of the year during the annual Staff Recognition Day at UW.

Parkinson's Disease Subject of UW Lecture Thursday

April 2, 2013 — A leading Parkinson’s disease researcher will discuss his work Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Room 129 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.

May

Brett Deacon Receives UW Student Alumni Association Faculty Award

Brett Deacon Receives UW Student Alumni Association Faculty Award

May 6, 2013 — A committee of University of Wyoming Student Alumni Association members has selected Brett Deacon, Department of Psychology associate professor, as this year’s Outstanding Faculty Award recipient.

UW College of Engineering and Applied Science Honors Top Professionals

UW College of Engineering and Applied Science Honors Top Professionals

May 20, 2013 — The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science recently recognized faculty and staff for outstanding service and accomplishments.

Forest Service and UW Ruckelshaus Institute Offer Open Houses on Forest Recovery

Forest Service and UW Ruckelshaus Institute Offer Open Houses on Forest Recovery

May 14, 2013 — Open houses in Laramie, Saratoga and Steamboat Springs, Colo., will highlight ecological dynamics as local forests respond and move beyond the bark beetle epidemic.

Four UW Students Receive Storer Awards, Earn Opportunity to Teach Science Education

Four UW Students Receive Storer Awards, Earn Opportunity to Teach Science Education

May 9, 2013 — Four University of Wyoming students will gain experience teaching science -- to elementary school students in the outdoors -- in Saratoga this summer.

UW Breaks Ground on Buchanan Center for Performing Arts

UW Breaks Ground on Buchanan Center for Performing Arts

May 10, 2013 — Citing retiring President Tom Buchanan’s dedication to the arts in Wyoming, the University of Wyoming today (Friday) broke ground to begin construction on the new Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

Liu named Wyoming Excellence Chair in Climate Science at UW

Liu named Wyoming Excellence Chair in Climate Science at UW

May 1, 2013 — An internationally recognized scientist in climate modeling, aerosol-cloud reactions and aerosol modeling is the newest endowed chair at the University of Wyoming.

UW Hosts Astronomy Experience for Six Undergraduate Students from Across the Nation

UW Hosts Astronomy Experience for Six Undergraduate Students from Across the Nation

May 30, 2013 — Beginning this week, six undergraduate students from across America have gathered for 10 weeks to delve into studying astronomy at the University of Wyoming. And there’s no easing in. Students were scheduled to gaze at stars through a telescope on their first night.

UW’s Whitman named ASEE Fellow

UW’s Whitman named ASEE Fellow

May 6, 2013 — David Whitman, a University of Wyoming professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently named an American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow.

Former U.S. Ambassador Marc Wall is UW Visiting Senior Scholar in Global Studies

Former U.S. Ambassador Marc Wall is UW Visiting Senior Scholar in Global Studies

May 9, 2013 — Marc Wall, the U.S. Pacific Command’s foreign policy adviser and a former United States ambassador to Chad, is the new Senior Visiting Scholar in Global Studies at the University of Wyoming.

Company’s Spin-Out Agreement with UW Targets Algal Biomass Industry

Company’s Spin-Out Agreement with UW Targets Algal Biomass Industry

May 8, 2013 — PlanktOMICS Algae Bioservices recently finalized a spin-out agreement with the University of Wyoming in a deal that will allow the company to further its goal to be an innovative leader in providing biotechnological services and products for the emerging algal biomass industry.

Twenty-Four UW Students to Receive EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Fellowships

May 21, 2013 — Two dozen University of Wyoming undergraduate students will have great opportunities to become involved in scientific research this summer.

Global and Area Studies Director Garrison Wins UW President’s Stewardship Award

Global and Area Studies Director Garrison Wins UW President’s Stewardship Award

May 13, 2013 — The University of Wyoming awarded this year’s President’s Faculty Stewardship Award to Jean Garrison, director of the Global and Area Studies program and professor in the Department of Political Science.

Longtime Faculty Member Becomes UW Outreach School Dean

Longtime Faculty Member Becomes UW Outreach School Dean

May 16, 2013 — A longtime University of Wyoming faculty member, who has served in various leadership capacities and has a record of service around the state, has been named the next dean of UW’s Outreach School.

UW College of Arts and Sciences Names 2013 Outstanding Graduates

May 14, 2013 — The University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences has selected its outstanding graduating students for the 2012-13 academic year.

McCarthy Earns UW’s Milstead Distinguished Librarian Award

McCarthy Earns UW’s Milstead Distinguished Librarian Award

May 6, 2013 — Deborah McCarthy, head of Technical Services at University Libraries, is the recipient of the University of Wyoming’s 2013 Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award.

June

Diane Boyle Fills UW’s Excellence Chair in Nursing

Diane Boyle Fills UW’s Excellence Chair in Nursing

June 4, 2013 — Diane Boyle, a prolific researcher and award-winning teacher, is the first excellence chair at the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

Ecological Society of America Honors UW Professor Bill Reiners

Ecological Society of America Honors UW Professor Bill Reiners

June 24, 2013 — In recognition of his groundbreaking accomplishments in a career spanning five decades, the world’s largest professional organization of ecologists has presented its top award to William Reiners, professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Botany.

Firehole Technologies’ Success to be Topic of Discussion at e2e Casper Meeting

Firehole Technologies’ Success to be Topic of Discussion at e2e Casper Meeting

June 4, 2013 — A Laramie-based business that grew from an idea at the University of Wyoming into a thriving company that was eventually acquired by a Fortune 350 software giant will be the topic of discussion at e2e Casper’s networking program this month.

Jackson State University Group Learns About Wyoming’s Hydrology, Geology

Jackson State University Group Learns About Wyoming’s Hydrology, Geology

June 27, 2013 — For Carlos Martinez, the University of Wyoming is worlds away from his home in Bogota, Colombia. But for the Jackson State University (JSU) junior, the skills he developed and experience he gained using new hydrology equipment will be invaluable to his future plans.

Jo Chytka Directs UW’s Johnson Career Center

Jo Chytka Directs UW’s Johnson Career Center

June 3, 2013 — Jo Chytka is the new director of the Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Business Career Center at the University of Wyoming College of Business.

Laramie Mural Project Fundraiser to Add New Murals Downtown

June 21, 2013 — The Laramie Mural Project fundraising campaign is under way online at Kickstarter, with a goal of adding seven new murals to downtown Laramie by the end of next summer.

NPR's StoryCorps Coming to Wyoming

NPR's StoryCorps Coming to Wyoming

June 17, 2013 — Wyoming residents will have the opportunity to record, share and preserve their stories when the StoryCorps' MobileBooth stops in Wyoming this summer.

Retiring UW President Donates Books to Meeteetse Library

June 14, 2013 — During his 35-year career at the University of Wyoming, retiring President Tom Buchanan has accumulated a large and wide-ranging personal collection of books.

Seven New Exhibitions Open at UW Art Museum

Seven New Exhibitions Open at UW Art Museum

June 4, 2013 — A free public reception to open the University of Wyoming Art Museum summer exhibitions will take place Friday, June 7, from 6-8 p.m.

Students Explore Science Concepts at UW Energy Summer Institute

Students Explore Science Concepts at UW Energy Summer Institute

June 21, 2013 — How much weight can a cockroach pull, and how much strength does it take to pull a marshmallow apart?

Two UW Professors Share in Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research

Two UW Professors Share in Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research

June 13, 2013 — Two University of Wyoming faculty members are part of the HELIOS software development team that won the 2013 Schroers Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Helicopter Society (AHS).

UW Professor Co-Writes Paper on Discovery of Possible Planet Formed Around Distant Star

UW Professor Co-Writes Paper on Discovery of Possible Planet Formed Around Distant Star

June 13, 2013 — A University of Wyoming professor co-wrote a paper that purports a planet may be nestled in a gap in the disk around the star known as TW Hydrae, which is located 176 light years away.

UW's Kaycee Nelson Second in CNFR Breakaway Roping

UW's Kaycee Nelson Second in CNFR Breakaway Roping

June 17, 2013 — Kaycee Nelson couldn’t bear to watch. She had her back to the arena after briefly taking the national breakaway roping lead, and needed two other competitors to somehow falter down the stretch.

UW Professor Excavates Significant Fifth Century Mosaic in Galilee

UW Professor Excavates Significant Fifth Century Mosaic in Galilee

June 25, 2013 — University of Wyoming Religious Studies Professor Paul Flesher was part of the excavation team which unearthed a pair of stunning mosaics decorating the floor of a late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Lower Galilee.

UW Students Receive UniWyo Study Abroad Scholarships

June 6, 2013 — Three University of Wyoming students have been awarded UniWyo Federal Credit Union Study Abroad Scholarships to study overseas.

September

UW Celebrates the Rochelle Gateway Center in Topping-Off Ceremony

UW Celebrates the Rochelle Gateway Center in Topping-Off Ceremony

September 13, 2013 — The University of Wyoming celebrated the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center in a topping-off ceremony Thursday (Sept. 12). The ceremony marks a high point in a facility that will serve UW students for generations.

UW’s Nationally Recognized Nordic Ski Team Invited to World University Games

September 12, 2013 — For the second time in two years, the University of Wyoming’s nationally recognized men’s and women’s Nordic ski club teams have been invited to compete in in the World University Games -- this time Dec. 11-21 in Trentino, Italy.

UW Awarded $1.5 Million for Maternal Obesity Research

UW Awarded $1.5 Million for Maternal Obesity Research

September 13, 2013 — In an effort to help reduce a nationwide maternal obesity epidemic, the National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant to researcher Stephen P. Ford, director of the University of Wyoming’s Center for the Study of Fetal Programming.

UW Joins City in Laramie Community Service Day

September 16, 2013 — Helping hands are being sought for the annual Laramie Community Service Day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

UW Launches Professional Land Management Program

UW Launches Professional Land Management Program

September 17, 2013 — The University of Wyoming will launch its new nationally accredited Professional Land Management program with a celebration Monday, Sept. 23, from 1-5 p.m. at the UW Energy Innovation Center.

Football Game, Parade, Highlight UW Homecoming Schedule

Football Game, Parade, Highlight UW Homecoming Schedule

September 23, 2013 — “This is the West … Forever Brown and Gold" is the theme of the 2013 University of Wyoming Homecoming, Oct. 5-12.

Author and Poet Sherman Alexie to Visit UW

Author and Poet Sherman Alexie to Visit UW

September 25, 2013 — Award-winning author and poet Sherman Alexie will lecture and sign books Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Maggie Farrell is Candidate for ALA Presidency

Maggie Farrell is Candidate for ALA Presidency

September 30, 2013 — Maggie Farrell, University of Wyoming libraries dean, is one of two candidates for the 2015-16 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

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