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UW's School of Energy Resources Marks Progress, Looks Ahead to Next Accomplishments

December 22, 2011 — With backing from industry and elected officials and a focus on research, academics and work force development, the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources (SER) has established itself as a key institution just five years after its creation.

Now, even as its new $25.4 million home is under construction on the north side of the UW campus, SER leaders are moving forward with the next steps to ensure that Wyoming becomes a global leader in building a secure and sustainable energy future. Read more

UW School of Energy Resources Recognizes First Two Graduates from Riverton, Jackson

December 2, 2011 — Sabrina Forbis from Riverton and Kyle McDonald of Jackson have earned their place in University of Wyoming history: They are the first UW students to receive bachelor's degrees in energy resource science offered by the School of Energy Resources.

"Sabrina and Kyle have been terrific students and we are extremely proud of them," School of Energy Resources Director Mark Northam says. "We especially recognize the entrepreneurial spirit they demonstrated in being the first to embrace this new curriculum."

In addition to significant energy research and outreach, the School of Energy Resource's mission includes creating a nationally competitive academic program to give UW students the tools to solve significant energy challenges, Northam adds. Nearly four dozen students are now enrolled, and a master's degree program is now in development. Read more

UW Assesses Public Perceptions of Niobrara Shale Oil Formation Development

November 10, 2011 — Residents of three Wyoming counties are being interviewed for a University of Wyoming project to assess people's perspectives about a potential oil boom in southeast Wyoming.

UW American Heritage Center archivist Leslie Waggener leads an oral history project to assess the social, economic and environmental concerns resulting from development that could take place in the Niobrara Shale formation, identified for its strong potential for oil production. Waggener is conducting interviews with people in Platte, Goshen and eastern Laramie counties. Interviewees include landowners, business owners, county/town officials and industry personnel. Read more

UW Energy Resources Council to Meet November 18

November 9, 2011 — Members of the University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council will hold their regularly scheduled quarterly meeting Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 a.m. at the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie. They will also meet in a joint session with the UW Board of Trustees.

The council will hear a presentation on the Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project, a report on the Hydraulic Fracturing Forum, an update on the master's degree in energy economics and other topics. Read more

Hydraulic Fracturing Forum Expands Knowledge, Opens Doors to New Research

September 30, 2011 — For many who attended "Hydraulic Fracturing: A Wyoming Energy Forum" at the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn this week, the work is just beginning.

The forum, sponsored by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, presented a broad range of information to more than 400 attendees, including industry experts, researchers, academics, attorneys, regulators, reporters and students. Read more

UW Releases Second Edition of Wind Energy Guide

September 21, 2011 — The Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources and the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) at the University of Wyoming have released the second edition of a guidebook for Wyoming landowners to better understand the process of leasing private land for commercial wind energy development.

The 27-page color manual, "Commercial Wind Energy Development in Wyoming: A Guide for Landowners," has been released as a CES bulletin and represents the collaborative efforts of the Ruckelshaus Institute, CES, UW School of Energy Resources (SER) and the UW College of Law. The first edition of the reference guide was released in 2009. The second edition features a new, user-friendly format and updated legislative and tax information.  Read more

UW to Host Hydraulic Fracturing Forum Sept. 26-27

September 20, 2011 — Panels and presenters will explore the practice of hydraulic fracturing at a forum designed to examine the issues surrounding its use in Wyoming, Sept. 26-27 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie.

The increased use of hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming and across the United States to recover natural gas and oil from unconventional geologic formations has spurred an increase in domestic energy production and has garnered increased public concern about potential environmental impacts. Read more

A Forum for the Facts: Hydraulic Fracturing

September 16, 2011 — For decades, hydraulic fracturing has been used to recover natural gas and oil from unconventional geologic formations in Wyoming and elsewhere across the United States. In recent years, its use has greatly expanded, resulting in greater energy production as well as public concern about potential environmental impacts.

At the University of Wyoming, we’re focused on greater understanding. Our conference, “Hydraulic Fracturing: A Wyoming Energy Forum,” scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie, will expand understanding of the process.  Read more

Drilling Complete at WY-CUSP Site in Southwestern Wyoming

September 13, 2011 — The University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) and industry partner Baker Hughes have finished drilling and collecting data from a 12,810-foot-deep stratigraphic test well designed to help researchers evaluate southwestern Wyoming's Rock Springs Uplift as a potential geological carbon dioxide (CO₂) storage site. Read more

Scientists from UW Carbon Management Institute to Speak at Chinese Conference

September 6, 2011 — Scientists from the University of Wyoming's Carbon Management Institute (CMI) will present research on innovative techniques for identifying and exploring unconventional natural gas deposits at a conference in China beginning today (Tuesday).

CMI Director Ronald Surdam and CMI Chief Geologist Zunsheng Jiao will discuss the pioneering approach that facilitated the rediscovery and development of southwest Wyoming's Jonah Field and explain how they are modifying their techniques for shale gas exploration. Read more

Energy Resources Council and Clean Coal Task Force to Meet in Laramie

August 23, 2011 - The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) Energy Resource Council (ERC) will hold its quarterly meeting at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 26, at the UW Conference Center inside the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie. Read more

Clean Coal Task Force to Host Research Symposium

August 4, 2011 — The Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) is ready to showcase the first round of results in its efforts to help secure Wyoming's financial future by preserving the value of coal, one of the state's most critical exports. Read more

Clean Coal Task Force to Hold Special Meeting

August 3, 2011 — The Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) will hold a special meeting in executive session at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, in the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources conference room inside the Bureau of Mines Building, 365 N. 9th St.

Created in 2007 by the Wyoming State Legislature, the CCTF works to identify and fund research projects that could lead to the development of technologies to reduce the environmental impact of coal-based electric generation in Wyoming and across the United States.

For more information about the CCTF, call (307) 766-6811.

UW Energy Resources Council to Hold Special Meeting

July 26, 2011 — The University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 28, to discuss and potentially take action on two issues associated with the Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project (WY-CUSP). Read more

UW Institute Educates Teachers About Wyoming's Energy Economy

July 8, 2011 — Fifteen teachers from across Wyoming recently spent a week at the University of Wyoming learning about the state's robust energy industry.

The teachers' students are next.

"Wyoming isn't just a state with an ‘old west' history," says Mary Jo Birt, a middle school teacher from Platte County. "We're part of the global energy economy and this needs to be part of our students' education."

A collaborative effort between the Wyoming Geographic Alliance (WGA) and UW's School of Energy Resources, the Energy Institute for Teachers is an annual event geared to increase the geographic literacy of energy resources in Wyoming among the state's teachers. The institute is supported through funding from the James E. Nielson Excellence Fund. Read more

Uranium Research Program Funds First Projects

July 6, 2011 — The In-Situ Recovery (ISR) of Uranium Research Program has reached another milestone: The first round of funding.

The program, enacted in 2009 by the Wyoming State Legislature and administered by the School of Energy Resources (SER) at the University of Wyoming, received concurrence last month from the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee to fund four projects to further develop ISR of uranium in the state.

Of its $1.6 million appropriation from the state, the program will award $826,849 for 2011. Read more

Clean Coal Task Force Continues Growth, Funds Nine More Projects

July 5, 2011 — The Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF), upon its creation in 2007 by the Wyoming State Legislature, was charged with a tremendous responsibility:  To help secure Wyoming's financial future by preserving the value of coal, one of the state's most critical exports.

With a $2.5 million allocation at its inception, the CCTF went to work to first identify and then fund research projects that could lead to the development of technologies to reduce the environmental impact of coal-based electric generation in Wyoming and across the United States. Read more

UW Students Receive Bank of the West Scholarship

June 21, 2011 — The Wyoming Alumni Association has awarded Bank of the West Scholarships to four University of Wyoming students for the 2011-12 academic year.

The $2,500 Bank of the West Scholarship is given annually to outstanding UW freshmen and sophomores from the state of Wyoming.

This year's recipients are Taylor Garman, a sophomore accounting major from Sundance; Tim Hunzie, an incoming freshman from Kemmerer who plans to major in pharmacy; Taylor Kinchen, an incoming freshman from Lusk who plans to major in energy resource science; and Leo Perez, an incoming freshman from Glendo who plans to major in petroleum engineering.

The UW Alumni Association provides 34 scholarships each year to current and future students of UW.

UW Student Awarded Platte Valley Bank Scholarship

June 20, 2011 — The University of Wyoming Alumni Association has awarded the Platte Valley Bank Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year to Duell Petsch of Meriden. Read more

Carbon Storage Project Moves into Deep-Drilling Phase

June 10, 2011 — Drilling of the remaining 12,000 feet of the Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project's (WY-CUSP) stratigraphic test well on the Rock Springs Uplift in Sweetwater County will begin in the next few days. Read more

UW Students Selected for Nielson Fellowships

May 25, 2011 — Six University of Wyoming students are the recipients of Nielson Fellowships that are related to careers in the energy field. Fellowships are offered through the UW School of Energy Resources (SER).  Read more

Energy Resources Council and Clean Coal Task Force to Meet in Laramie

May 24, 2011 — Members of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources Energy Resources Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, May 27 and will meet as the Clean Coal Task Force from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie.  Read more

UW to Host Energy Institute for Statewide Teachers

May 17, 2011 — The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and the Wyoming Geographic Alliance (WGA) will host a five-day workshop on geographic literacy and energy education for statewide teachers.

The Energy Institute, June 26-July 1 in Laramie, will include discussions relating energy to Wyoming's social studies standards, field trips to energy projects and lesson development. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 25. There is no registration fee, but a $100 deposit, refundable upon completion of the institute, is required. Read more

Drilling to Begin Sunday at Carbon Storage Project Site

April 22, 2011 — The first phase of the Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project (WY-CUSP) will reach a milestone Sunday with the start of drilling on the Rock Springs Uplift in Sweetwater County.

The $16.9 million WY-CUSP Phase I project, managed by the Carbon Management Institute (CMI) at the University of Wyoming and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, could lay the groundwork for Wyoming's first successful carbon capture and storage project and position the state as a global leader in CO₂ (carbon dioxide) sequestration efforts. Read more

UW Carbon Management Institute to Host Open House

April 4, 2011 — The Carbon Management Institute (CMI), part of the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, will host an open house Tuesday, April 12, at the UW Conference Center inside the Hilton Garden Inn, 2229 E. Grand Ave.

UW researchers will be available to share scientific techniques and results and answer questions during the open house, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Salon Rooms F and G. Attendees also can take a shuttle from the conference center for a tour of John Kaszuba's hydrothermal laboratory on campus. Read more

UW School of Energy Resources Issues Request for Uranium Extraction Proposals

April 1, 2011 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) at the University of Wyoming has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for research in the field of in-situ uranium extraction.

The RFP, open to academic institutions and private industry, closes May 6. All proposals will be competitively judged based on probable benefits to the state of Wyoming and the development of in-situ recovery (ISR) of uranium. Read more

UW's Simpson Institute to Hold Energy Panel Discussions

March 24, 2011 — The University of Wyoming American Heritage Center's Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership will host panel discussions in Laramie and Pinedale on the social, environmental and economic impacts of Wyoming's latest energy boom.  Read more

Clean Coal Task Force Issued Requests for Proposals

February 9, 2011 — The Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) has issued a new request for proposals (RFP) for research investigating low-emissions and other advanced coal technologies.  Read more

Nielson Excellence Fellowship in Energy Studies Available at UW

February 9, 2011 — The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources is offering two fellowships that recognize superior performance and future potential in sophomore- and junior-level students enrolled in energy studies at UW.  Read more

Nielson Energy Fellowship for Women, Minorities Available at UW

February 2, 2011 — An undergraduate fellowship to promote recruitment of talented women and minority students planning a career in the energy sector is available through the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources. Read more

UW Now Accepting Energy Summer Institute Applications

January 26, 2011 — Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Energy Summer Institute June 12-18, sponsored by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER).  The Energy Summer Institute is a one-week summer residential program for students currently enrolled in ninth or 10th grade.  Applications are due by Wednesday, March 30.  Read more >

Energy Resources Council to Meet Jan. 28

January 24, 2011 - Members of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) Energy Resource Council will meet via teleconference to discuss strategic planning from 8 a.m.-noon Friday, Jan. 28, in the SER Conference Room, Bureau of Mines Building Room 207 at 9th and Lewis streets in Laramie. Read More >

Clean Coal Task Force Funds 12 Projects

January 20, 2011 — The Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) is again working overtime. The CCTF, whose job is to first identify and then fund research projects that could lead to the development of technologies to reduce the environmental impact of coal-based electric generation in Wyoming and across the United States, will call for a second request for proposals (RFP) for the second consecutive year. Read More >

Hulme Directs SER Research at UW

January 10, 2011 — Diana Hulme is the new associate director of research for the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.

She is responsible for managing SER research activities including coordination and oversight of the SER Research Centers of Excellence, the Matching Grants Fund, Clean Coal Technology Fund and Uranium Research Fund.  Read more

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