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Freudenthal Joins UW Faculty as Distinguished Visiting Professor

December 17, 2010 — Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal will join the University of Wyoming College of Law as a distinguished visiting professor for three semesters starting in spring 2011. Freudenthal, who will complete his second term as governor on Jan. 3, 2011, will lead a seminar in energy, law and economics. While his appointment is to the College of Law, it's anticipated that he may also work on special projects with the UW College of Business and the UW School of Energy Resources. More >

UW Breaks Ground on Energy Resources Center

November 19, 2010 — Partnerships for energy-related research and teaching will soon have a new home on the University of Wyoming campus. More >

UW's Carbon Management Institute Stresses Importance of WY-CUSP Project

November 18, 2010 — The state of Wyoming's economic future could hinge on the success of carbon capture and storage capabilities.

That was the message delivered Wednesday night at the Carbon Management Institute's first town meeting on Phase I of the Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project (WY-CUSP), which will produce a detailed site characterization of two deep saline aquifers in the Rock Springs Uplift in Sweetwater County for potential pilot- and commercial-scale CO2 sequestration.  Read more>

UW Graduate Students Win International Science Competition

November 15, 2010 — There are two collegiate world champions walking the University of Wyoming campus.

When it comes to geology and geosciences, Jorden Hayes and Amit Padhi have no equals.

The pair of UW graduate students recently won first place at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Challenge Bowl, defeating 11 other teams from across the world in a competition that tests students' breadth and depth of knowledge about the field of geoscience.  Read More>

Mobile Laboratory Improves Air Quality Measurements in Sublette County

October 25, 2010 — University of Wyoming researchers have a powerful new instrument to monitor air quality levels in Sublette County.

Researchers in the UW College Engineering and Applied Science Department of Atmospheric Science last week unveiled an upgrade of a mobile air quality laboratory that for two years has been used to monitor and help predict high ozone levels in the area.   Read More>

Don Roth Takes on New Role at SER

October 18, 2010 — Don Roth has added another title to his already impressive resume at the University of Wyoming. The director of the university's Science Posse and Biomedical Science Program, Roth took over July 1 as associate director for academics in the UW School of Energy Resources (SER).  Read More>

UW Receives Funding for Solar Energy Conversion Research

October 14, 2010 — The University of Wyoming recently received $3.2 million to conduct research on novel materials for solar energy conversion in the newly formed Center for Photoconversion and Catalysis (CPAC) in the School of Energy Resources (SER).  Read More>

UW Professor's Research Could Result in More Efficient Solar Cells

September 30, 2010 — A University of Wyoming professor's findings, published today (Thursday) in the international journal, Science, may open the door to new designs for inexpensive and higher efficiency solar cells. Read More >

High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center Continues to Progress

September 20, 2010 — Representatives of the High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center (HPG-ATC) provided a project update to the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee of the Wyoming State Legislature today (Monday) in Jackson. Read More >

UW Professor Speaks Before Congressional Natural Gas Caucus

September 14, 2010 — Timothy Considine was battling traffic in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning and looking forward to arriving at the airport. Read More >

Laramie Students Work with Wyoming Conservation Corps

September 9, 2010 — University of Wyoming students, Matt Carlson, Emily Erickson, Amy Freye, Caitlin Grandjean, Mia Lauenroth, Maxim Lowry, Stephanie MarShall, Will Muessig, Kirk Sheffield, Matt Wohonick and Joshua Zeeb, all of Laramie, gained valuable leadership and outdoor skills working this summer with the Wyoming Conservation Corps. Read More >

UW Receives Additional $5 Million in Federal Funding to Boost WY-CUSP

September 7, 2010 — The University of Wyoming today (Tuesday) received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of a nearly $600 million funding boost to accelerate carbon capture and storage research and development in the United States. Read More >

Energy Resources Council to Meet Aug. 27

Aug. 19, 2010 -- Members of the University Of Wyoming School Of Energy Resources Energy Resource Council will meet from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and meet as the Clean Coal Task Force from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the UW Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. Read More >

UW Scientists Launch Major Carbon Storage Research Project

Aug. 18, 2010 -- University of Wyoming researchers will develop technologies to safely and economically store carbon dioxide (CO2) with funding announced last week by the U.S. Department of Energy. Read More>

UW to Host Uranium Forum Aug. 4

July 16, 2010 -- The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) on Aug. 4 will host a forum on uranium production and recovery. Read More>

UW Professor to Present Powder River Basin Coal Research Work in Washington, D.C.

July 12, 2010 -- University of Wyoming Professor Tim Considine will discuss his Powder River Basin coal study Friday, July 16, at a national meeting in Washington, D.C.  Read More>

UW Summer Math Institute Features Scientific Computing

June 23, 2010 -- Math educators from Cheyenne, Laramie, Riverton and Rock Springs focused on complex systems and scientific computing during the 30th Summer Math Institute at the University of Wyoming.  Read More>

International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference Draws International Experts to UW

June 18, 2010 -- On June 23 and 24, Laramie, Wyo., will be the center of attention for advanced coal technologies.

The second International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference will draw together policy makers, researchers, technology developers and a host of experts to share best practices and encourage cooperation among coal-producing nations.  Read More>

Energy Resource Council to Meet Firday

June 14, 2010 -- Members of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) Energy Resource Council (ERC) will hold their regularly-scheduled quarterly meeting Friday, June 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Aspen Room of the Denver Airport Marriott Courtyard.  Read More>

Wind, Solar Demonstration Project Learning Tool for Wyoming's Rural Families

June 10, 2010 -- A Casper demonstration project converting Wyoming wind and sunshine into electricity will help transfer those emerging technologies to rural families, according to organizers.

The wind and solar project that will help power the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service's Agricultural Resource and Learning Center (ARLC) will be unveiled 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. The public is invited. The ARLC is at 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.  Read More>

Local Students, Educators Selected for UW Energy Summer Institute

June 9, 2010 -- Local students and teachers are participating in the fourth annual Energy Summer Institute through June 19, sponsored by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER).

The 17 students and 3 teachers attend classes covering the chemistry perspective of energy and HVAC systems and building performance.  Read More>

UW Files Air Permit Application for High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center

June 2, 2010 -- The University of Wyoming filed a minor source air permit application on Wednesday (today) with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for the High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center.

UW is seeking a synthetic minor source air permit for the gasification facility. The anticipated emissions will remain below the major source thresholds set out in state air quality permitting regulations. The application describes potential emissions for the project.  Read More>

UW Graduate Research Symposium Set for April 22

April 16, 2010 -- The University of Wyoming Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the School of Energy Resources, will be Thursday, April 22, on the second floor of the Wyoming Union.

The annual symposium showcases graduate student achievements in energy research. Oral presentations will be delivered from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3:20 p.m. Poster sessions are from 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public.  Read More>

KJ Reddy Receives UW's George Duke Humphrey Award

April 12, 2010 -- One by one, the student evaluation forms were tabulated. "On a scale of 1 to 5, how do you rate Professor KJ Reddy's workshop presentations on coalbed methane?" The results were unanimous. Every student in the workshop marked 5 in all of the evaluated categories. Many described the training as "excellent" and praised the instructor's enthusiasm for the subject.

Such acclaim is common for Reddy, associate director of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and professor in the Department of Renewable Resources. He has earned a reputation as one of UW's finest instructors.  Read More>

Stickley Accepts World Bank Appointment

April 2, 2010 -- The World Bank has appointed Dennis Stickley, visiting professor in the University of Wyoming College of Law, to a panel of experts on mineral development.  Read More>

Mohrbacher Returns to Wyoming as Director of EORI

March 31, 2010 -- Dave Mohrbacher, who has more than 30 years of experience in providing petroleum, chemical and program management to industry-leading corporations, has been hired as director of the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) at the University of Wyoming.  Read More>

Global Competition for Energy: Wyoming and the World

March 15, 2010 -- Central Wyoming College will host a University of Wyoming-sponsored symposium discussing "The global competition for energy" Tuesday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the little theater.

Panelists for the symposium are Mark A. Northam, UW School of Energy Resources director, on "Understanding global energy markets in the 21st century"; Jean Garrison, director of the UW International Studies Program, on "China's rising energy demand and implications for U.S. foreign policy"; Phil Roberts, UW professor of history, on "Exploring for oil and drawing tribal boundaries in the Arab Middle East"; and Ronald C. Surdam, director of the Wyoming State Geological Survey, on "The future of Wyoming coal: Lessons to be learned from the China example."  Read More>

Surdam Hired as Director of Carbon Management Institute at UW

March 8, 2010 -- Ronald C. Surdam, who since 2004 has served as director of the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS), has been hired to head the University of Wyoming's new Carbon Management Institute (CMI).  Read More>

UW to Begin Negotiations to Hire Energy Resource Center Construction Manager

March 5, 2010 -- The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees today (Friday) authorized UW to proceed with negotiations to hire G. E. Johnson Construction Co. of Jackson as the construction manager at risk (CMAR) for the planned Energy Resource Center (ERC).  Read More>

UW President: Carbon Storage Offers Opportunity for Wyoming

By Tom Buchanan
President, University of Wyoming

During its current session, the Wyoming State Legislature will consider an allocation of $45 million in federal Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funds to the University of Wyoming. Unquestionably, it's a lot of money. It also represents an extraordinary opportunity for Wyoming, its economy, and its university.  Read More>

UW to Begin Negotiations for Energy Resource Center Architect/Engineer

Jan. 22, 2010 -- Negotiations to hire an architect for the future home of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources can proceed following approval today (Friday) by the UW Board of Trustees.  Read More>

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