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The Need to Read

The Need to ReadHow can you tell if a child will do well in school?

One of the most important indicators of student success is whether they can read at a proficient level by the end of third grade. Only 33 percent of Wyoming third graders are proficient in reading, according to 2010 PAWS testing data, while the national number is only 31 percent. Read more...

Supporting Inspiration and Creativity

Ann Simpson ArtmobileKids of all ages get excited about original art. Given the opportunity, they dive into the investigative processes that make up a strong art program—observing, questioning, exploring, creating, and reflecting on the artist’s ideas, the materials used, and their own responses to the work. They talk with animation as they engage with the artwork and then bend in concentration as they work on projects inspired by what they have seen, exploring their own ideas and ways to use materials. Their eyes light up when they explain the what, why, and how of their creations. Read more ...

US News Designates University of Wyoming College of Law a "Top School"

UW NewsIn rankings released today (Tuesday), the University of Wyoming College of Law has been included among the top law schools by US News Media Group's Best Graduate Schools list. 

"These rankings are based on criteria outside our control, and they may change from year to year, so we don't overemphasize them," College of Law Dean Steve Easton says.  "But we're always flattered when our accomplishments are noted by others.  With our outstanding faculty, accomplished alumni, and excellent students, we are one of the best places to learn to practice law.  It is good to see this recognized at the national level." Read more ...

UW Institute Successful in Recovering Stranded Oil from Wyoming Soil

EORIRecent work conducted by researchers at the Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) has identified millions of barrels of recoverable oil.

"The EORI continues its successful mission of working with Wyoming operators to provide technical assistance to develop enhanced recovery methods to recover stranded oil in some of the state's vintage oil fields," says Peter Wold, chairman of the state's Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission. Wold summarizes of the EORI's promising recent findings. Read more ...

Devon Energy Donates Support Vehicle to Wyoming Conservation Corps

WCCThe Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) received a major boost recently from Devon Energy, which donated a new GMC Sierra 1500 truck to be used to support the program's service projects on public lands across Wyoming.

Devon Energy has been a partner of the WCC since the program's inception in 2007. This is the third truck Devon Energy has donated to the program, in addition to providing funding support and collaborating with the WCC and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on student-led projects designed to enhance habitat for Wyoming's wildlife resources. Read more ...

The Code of the West Ethical Leadership Initiative Launched

Cowboy EthicsThe Code of the West and "doing the right thing" are more than abstract expressions - they are the basis of a pilot ethical leadership initiative offered to Wyoming businesses statewide.

The University of Wyoming College of Business and the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership have joined forces to offer a leadership curriculum using The Code of the West as the organizing concept. 

Designed to be inspirational as well as instructional, the program aims to support businesses of all sizes in creating a culture based on self-defined values, principles and implementation methods. Participants will not only develop and adopt a company-specific "code to live by," but will also lay out action plans relating to customers, employees and the community, says Brent Hathaway, dean of the UW College of Business.  Read more ...

New Book Updates Coal Gasification Production

Coal GasNew technologies such as carbon capture and storage are among the updates in a new book on coal gasification written by energy researchers at the University of Wyoming.

"Coal Gasification and Its Applications" (Elsevier, 2010) updates previous books about coal gasification, again viewed as a viable process because of skyrocketing energy costs and renewed interest in reducing carbon emissions.

Written by David A. Bell, Brian F. Towler, and Maohong Fan, professors in the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, the book approaches coal gasification and related technologies from a process engineering point of view. Topics will aid process engineers who are interested in a complete, coal-to-products system. Read more ...

UW Libraries Continue Reach for Excellence

Kelly MeeboerIt's nearly 11 p.m. on a weekday and Kelly Meeboer is wrapping up another four-hour study session at the University of Wyoming's Information Library and Learning Center.

Meeboer, an English graduate student, uses Coe, one of the libraries available to UW students and faculty, nearly every day for research work and writing. Her thesis research, about sensibility and the performance of illness and class in 19th century literature, requires both volumes and online journals -- all materials needed by UW students, regardless of their majors. Meeboer uses the library for books on critical or theoretical interpretations of literature.  Read more ...

UW Breaks Ground on Energy Resources Center

ERCPartnerships for energy-related research and teaching will soon have a new home at the University of Wyoming.

University, state and industry leaders broke ground today (Friday) on the $25.4 million Energy Resources Center (ERC), a state-of-the-art research and collaboration facility that will help the School of Energy Resources (SER) and its various centers of excellence -- including the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute -- to realize their full potential.  Read more ...

New UW Initiative Honors Wallop, Aims to Educate on Democracy

Malcolm WallopWhether through statesmanship, discourse or love of state and country, Malcolm Wallop has been a symbol for democracy throughout his remarkable political and public service career.

A newly-created University of Wyoming initiative, founded by a group of former Wallop staffers, ensures his devotion to democracy will live on in the Cowboy State. Read more ...

UW MFA Creative Writing Program Nationally Ranked Among Top 50

Beth Loffreda likes to say that students are drawn to the University of Wyoming's MFA Program in Creative Writing by the opportunity to immerse themselves deeply into writing and discover who they might become as writers.

Loffreda, the program's director, adds that the MFA Program in Creative Writing sets itself apart with its innovative design, flexible curriculum, opportunities for interdisciplinary study and the Eminent Writers in Residence program, which brings distinguished authors to campus to work closely with students. Read more ...

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