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Logos for the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and Equality State Research Network.Wyoming Institute for Disabilities - Equality State Research Network Pilot Awards for Community-Based Research

The Wyoming Institute of Disabilities (WIND) is pleased to announce the Equality State Research Network Pilot Awards for Community-Based Research.

Since 2013, the Wyoming Institute (WIND) has been providing summer salary and other support for University of Wyoming faculty research that aligns with WIND’s 5-year strategic plan. For 2020 funding support, WIND will accept proposals that align more specifically with the Equality State Research Network (ESRN). WIND is pleased to be able to offer up to four (4) awards to support Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) that focuses improving the health and wellbeing of Wyoming residents.

We expect to award $36,000 to be distributed among 2 to 4 awardees to support Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of Wyoming residents. Awards will be divided among two categories; UW Faculty Pilot Awards, and Community Led Awards. Please reference the request for applications (RFA) attached for eligibility guidelines, proposal outline and requirements.

Applications are due April 8, 2020 with an anticipated awards announced in May 2020.  Submit application through the provided link:

Join us for a Q&A call related to this request for applications and eligible projects on: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 10:00AM (mst):

More information about the Equality State Research Network can be found at

If you have any questions please contact Tai Baker, Program Manager at, 307-766-2944 and / or Eric Moody, Director, Research and Evaluation,, 307-399-3168



Speech therapist working with a child. Research Seeks Participants to Study Speech Production Issues in Children 

Assistant Professor Breanna Krueger in the University of Wyoming’s Division of Communication Disorders is seeking participants (children 8-18) who struggle to produce the /r/ sound in their day-to-day speech. This study is a visual biofeedback treatment using ultrasound technology to help children see their tongue movements in real time to improve their production.

This inquiry is the next step in Krueger’s research line, which aims to improve treatment effectiveness and efficiency for children who struggle to learn difficult sounds such as /r, s, z/. The purpose of this investigation is to explore the “dose” of ultrasound biofeedback—in other words, what is the optimal amount of ultrasound therapy to induce effective change. To participate, or for more information, contact Dr. Krueger at



AACN Baccalaureate Outcomes That Are Met in Accredited Wyoming Associate Degree Nursing Programs

The University of Wyoming, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) Baccalaureate School of Nursing Completion option strives to provide students a generalist education without repeating content previously taught in their associate degree nursing programs.  Both the traditional BSN program and the BSN Completion option at the University of Wyoming (UW) are guided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008). Funded by the Humenick grant, $5000.

This study seeks to determine which of the 109 AACN Baccalaureate Outcomes are a) fully met; b) partially met; or c) not met in associate degree nursing (ADN) programs in Wyoming by surveying faculty from the 8 community college ADN programs that are part of the Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (ReNEW) partnership.

This information will then be used to evaluate the UW FWWSO BSNC curriculum to ensure content that is found to be redundant between the ADN and BSN curricula is eliminated or revised.  Further, such an assessment of ADN practices and curricula may be helpful in the larger view of relevant national nursing accreditation for ADN programs throughout the country. Paula Kihn, DNP, RN, Assistant Lecturer


Logo showing the character of a person against a heart background.Project Scope - National Training Initiative

The University of Wyoming, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) was awarded a $1.4 million-dollar Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living  grant to extend the reach of a pilot training initiative entitled Project SCOPE: Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic. Project SCOPE addresses neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS).

The initial phase of Project SCOPE was developed in 2018 by the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, in partnership with the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Training focused on the impact of childhood trauma, medication assisted treatment for addiction, developmental outcomes, family supports and service coordination.  Given the success of the pilot, over the next three years, sixteen University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) from states that are most impacted by the opioid crisis will be trained on Project SCOPE, which uses the Project ECHOTM virtual professional development model. For more information, please visit



 Man wearing a back brace support. UW Assistant Professor Paves the Way for Back Pain Relief with Intelligent Trunk Exoskeletons

Assistant Professor Domen Novak in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently received a grant of more than $520,000 from the National Science Foundation for research on trunk exoskeletons that can prevent and relieve back pain.

As principal investigator, Novak will introduce intelligent and adaptive components to an exoskeleton prototype originally created by Colorado startup company Livity Technologies. The original model limited the wearer’s ability to perform dynamic functions with the stabilization needed for effective support or flexibility. The research objective is to promote useful and comfortable interactions between the device and its wearer.

Novak is joined by Boyi Dai, an associate professor in UW’s Division of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, as co-principal investigator. Intelligent Trunk Exoskeletons.



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