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December 2013 Releases


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UW Names Interim VP for Academic Affairs

December 23, 2013 — A veteran University of Wyoming faculty member who was instrumental in developing the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center and other UW Outreach School programs has been named the university’s interim vice president for academic affairs.

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Campus Construction Update for Dec. 22-Jan. 11

December 20, 2013 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Dec. 22-Jan. 11 at the University of Wyoming.

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New Home Will Boost UW’s Center for Advising and Career Services

December 20, 2013 — Thanks to the University of Wyoming’s new state-of-the-art welcoming center, the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, UW’s Center for Advising and Career Services will be better able to serve students and the companies that visit campus to recruit them.

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University of Wyoming Calendar for Dec. 22-Jan. 5

December 20, 2013 — These are among activities scheduled Dec. 22-Jan. 5 at the University of Wyoming:

UW in the News

December 20, 2013 — State, national and international media frequently feature the University of Wyoming and members of its community in stories. Here is a summary of some of the recent articles where UW is making the news.

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UW Researchers Unveil Tool to Aid Enhanced Oil Recovery

December 20, 2013 — Researchers at the University of Wyoming and the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) are offering Wyoming operators a unique tool to better understand the economic viability of carbon dioxide flooding in their legacy fields.

Wyoming Business Tips for Dec. 29-Jan. 4

December 20, 2013 — A weekly look at Wyoming business questions from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (WSBDC), part of WyomingEntrepreneur.Biz, a collection of business assistance programs at the University of Wyoming.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Events Scheduled at UW Jan. 20-25

December 19, 2013 — The University of Wyoming will celebrate the continuing influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and ideals through events scheduled Jan. 20-25.

Northern Rockies Skies for January: Auriga, the Charioteer

December 19, 2013 — A monthly look at the night skies of the northern Rocky Mountains, written by astronomers Ron Canterna, University of Wyoming; Jay Norris, Challis, Idaho Observatory; and Daryl Macomb, Boise State University.

UW Won’t Distribute 2013-14 Printed Phone Directory

December 19, 2013 — The University of Wyoming will not publish a printed telephone directory for the 2013-14 academic year.

American Indian Scholarships Available at UW

December 18, 2013 — Three scholarships are available at the University of Wyoming for American Indian students for the 2014-15 academic year.

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UW Religion Today Column for Week of Dec. 22-28: Why there is No Christ in Christmas

December 18, 2013 — When you think about it, it really is odd how rarely Jesus Christ is part of popular Christmas celebrations. Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, gift-giving, feasting, lights, decorations, snow, Christmas trees and even Scrooge feature heavily. But none of this portrays the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus, the child who Christians believe will later become humanity’s savior.

Wyoming Public Media Offers Uninterrupted Service between Casper and Buffalo

December 18, 2013 — A new transmitter allows travelers to enjoy Wyoming Public Media on Interstate 25 all the way between Casper and Buffalo.

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Doctoral Student from Netherlands Studies How to Evolve Artificial Brains to Mimic Those in Animals

December 17, 2013 — Joost Huizinga watches the six-legged “spider bot” he created scuttle across his computer screen.

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New Dining Facility in Ross Hall to Open Jan. 6

December 16, 2013 — A variety of breakfast and lunch options, along with a full-service coffee bar, will be among the choices when the completely renovated former Ross Hall Dining Room reopens as Rendezvous Monday, Jan. 6.

UW Anthropologist Kelly Gives Prestigious Lecture at National Meeting

December 16, 2013 — University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology Professor Robert Kelly was selected to present the Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecture at the recent American Anthropological Association (AAA) conference in Chicago.

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UW Extension Range Specialist Honored for Service

December 16, 2013 — The Wyoming Section Society for Range Management (SRM) presented its Distinguished Lifetime Achievement to University of Wyoming Extension range specialist Mike Smith.

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UW Holiday Closures Announced

December 16, 2013 — Most University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24-Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the Christmas and New Year's holidays and winter break. Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.

UW SafeRide Recognized for Public Service

December 16, 2013 — During its recent conference in Casper, the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving presented its Saving Lives Award to the University of Wyoming SafeRide program.

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Campus Construction Update for Dec. 15-21

December 13, 2013 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Dec. 15-21 at the University of Wyoming.

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center Will Welcome Alumni Home

December 13, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Alumni Association will be able to more effectively connect with alumni in UW’s new state-of-the-art welcoming center, the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

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University of Wyoming Calendar for Dec. 16-Dec. 22

December 13, 2013 — These are among activities scheduled Dec. 16-22 at the University of Wyoming:

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Visiting Doctoral Student from Norway Works to Evolve Robots to Learn Better

December 13, 2013 — In an effort to better understand the evolution of learning, Kai Olav Ellefsen is working to make robots learn more like humans. Specifically, he is studying how more modular brains allow robots to learn new tasks without forgetting what they learned from previous tasks.

Wyoming Business Tips for Dec. 22-Dec. 28

December 13, 2013 — A weekly look at Wyoming business questions from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (WSBDC), part of WyomingEntrepreneur.Biz, a collection of business assistance programs at the University of Wyoming.

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Holiday Home Tour Set for Sunday

December 12, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Women's Club Holiday Home Tour is scheduled Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon-4 p.m.

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UW Students Create Computer Model to Determine Surface Shade and Measure Snowmelt in Colorado River Basin

December 12, 2013 — In an attempt to measure snowmelt in a mountainous region northwest of Boulder, Colo., two University of Wyoming students are determining surface shade through a computer model they’ve created. They hope their high-performance computing research eventually can be scaled up for use on Mount Moran, UW’s high-performance computing cluster, and be a useful tool for modeling solar radiation for the entire Upper Colorado River Basin.

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On-the-Job Injury Motivates Duff’s Law Career

December 11, 2013 — Like he had done hundreds of times before, 22-year-old air freight worker Michael Duff bent down to lift a small package that appeared to weigh only a couple of pounds. Instead, it contained a rare, high density element that weighed more than 100 pounds. He heard a loud “pop” in his back, and Duff fell to the ground in pain with a spinal injury that still bothers him more than 30 years later.

UW Drivers and Officers Transport Many Students During Cold Snap

December 10, 2013 — Drivers for the University of Wyoming’s Transit and Parking Services, along with the UW Police Department, made about 230 trips to transport students to and from class during bitterly cold weather last Thursday and Friday.

Wyoming Conservation Corps on Hold

December 10, 2013 — The Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) is not accepting project proposals for the 2014 summer season while administrators work to establish a more sustainable funding system to support the program.

Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award Applications Due Jan. 16 at UW

December 9, 2013 — Nominations for the Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award for University of Wyoming faculty will be accepted through Thursday, Jan. 16.

Temporary Office Closure Set for UW/CC Center

December 9, 2013 — The University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center will be closed Dec. 16-20, while personnel move into their new Union/University (UU) Building on the Casper College campus.

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UW Extension Range Specialist Receives Newer Employee Honor

December 9, 2013 — University of Wyoming Extension has recognized a range specialist known for her high level of activity.

UW Health Sciences Update

December 9, 2013 — The School of Pharmacy wing of the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences remains closed to everyone except authorized personnel as a result of damage caused by broken water pipes over the weekend. That includes the Communication Disorders Clinic.

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Zhien Wang Named Templeton Faculty Fellow

December 9, 2013 — Zhien Wang, associate professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Atmospheric Science, has been appointed the Templeton Faculty Fellow.

Accident Causes Power Outage on East Side of UW Campus, Community

December 6, 2013 — An accident early this morning on Willett Drive knocked down a power line and caused a power outage on the east end of the University of Wyoming campus. It affected most UW buildings east of 15th Street, including residence halls and the Washakie Dining Center. Additionally, numerous Laramie residents are without power.

Campus Construction Update for Dec. 8-14

December 6, 2013 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Dec. 8-14 at the University of Wyoming.

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Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center Adds ‘Wow’ Factor for Student Recruitment

December 6, 2013 — The University of Wyoming’s student recruiting efforts are getting a boost with the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

Power Outage Update

December 6, 2013 — Even though power hasn’t yet been restored to the east end of the University of Wyoming campus, the Washakie Dining Center will serve lunch to UW students with meal plans.

Power Restored to East Campus

December 6, 2013 — Rocky Mountain Power reports that electric power has been restored to the east end of the University of Wyoming campus, including the residence halls, Washakie Dining Center, university apartments between 22nd and 30th streets, and fraternity and sorority houses.

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University of Wyoming Calendar for Dec. 9-Dec. 15

December 6, 2013 — These are among activities scheduled Dec. 9-Dec. 15 at the University of Wyoming:

UW Operations Continue as Crews Work to Restore Power to Part of Campus

December 6, 2013 — Crews are continuing their efforts to restore power to the east end of the University of Wyoming campus following an accident involving a dump truck and a power pole early this morning.

UW Researchers Study How to Improve Memory

December 6, 2013 — Forgetting things -- whether it’s where one has misplaced the car keys or coming home without that gallon of milk -- is something that routinely happens to young and old alike.

UW Trustees Name McGinity Interim President

December 6, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees today (Friday) appointed Dick McGinity as the university’s interim president, expressing confidence that the university will move forward under his leadership.

Wyoming Business Tips for Dec. 15-Dec. 21

December 6, 2013 — A weekly look at Wyoming business questions from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (WSBDC), part of WyomingEntrepreneur.Biz, a collection of business assistance programs at the University of Wyoming.

Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarship Applications Due March 1 at UW

December 5, 2013 — The Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from full-time students for scholarship awards at the University of Wyoming. The scholarships are for the 2014 summer session and the 2014-15 academic year.

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Saratoga Student’s Hearing Loss Turns into Speech Pathology Career at UW

December 5, 2013 — Until the age of 5, Dani Riker was under the impression that everyone could hear out of only one ear.

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Wyoming 4-H Foundation Increases Donations to Counties

December 5, 2013 — Wyoming State 4-H Foundation donations to counties increased by more than $53,000 in fiscal year 2013 for a total of $241,041.

Chief Washakie Scholarship Applications Available at UW

December 4, 2013 — Scholarship applications are now available from the Chief Washakie Memorial awards committee for the 2014-15 academic year at the University of Wyoming. Application deadline is Saturday, March 1.

UW Annual Juried Student Exhibition Artwork Being Accepted

December 4, 2013 — All University of Wyoming undergraduate, graduate or post-baccalaureate students can submit artwork for cash awards during the UW Art Museum’s “39th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition.”

UW Board of Trustees Schedules Special Meeting Friday

December 4, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

UW Offers Student Transportation Due to Cold Weather

December 4, 2013 — With extremely cold weather forecast for the rest of the week, the University of Wyoming is offering free transportation to help students attend classes on Thursday and Friday.

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UW Professor Publishes Book: ‘Why Humans Fear, Loathe and Love Insects’

December 4, 2013 — University of Wyoming Professor Jeff Lockwood published his ninth book, “The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe and Love Insects.”

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UW Leads Project to Use Gaming and Robotics to Boost Math Learning

December 3, 2013 — Can gaming and robotics be used to teach computational thinking skills to middle school students in culturally sensitive ways?

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UW Presents Holiday Gala Concert Saturday and Sunday

December 3, 2013 — Celebrate the wonder of the season at the University of Wyoming’s annual Gala Holiday Concerts Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

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UW Religion Today Column for Week of Dec. 8-14: Are Corporations Believers?

December 3, 2013 — When Mitt Romney uttered the now famous phrase, “Corporations are people, too” back in 2011, he merely stated a fact. The American legal system classifies corporations as “persons” for the purposes of many laws, such as owning property, bringing a legal suit or being sued. This status does not extend to all laws and rights, however -- a corporation cannot vote in an election or get married, for instance.

Donate Food and Have Parking Fines Reduced

December 2, 2013 — Anyone who has an unpaid parking citation of less than $30 at the University of Wyoming can have their fines reduced by donating nonperishable items for a holiday food drive.

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Four Large Recycling Collection Bins Donated to UW

December 2, 2013 — Wyoming Beverage Inc., a Pepsi manufacturer and distributor, recently donated four new outdoor collection bins to the University of Wyoming.

Governor’s Budget Recommendations Affect UW

December 2, 2013 — Key University of Wyoming initiatives to retain top employees, launch improvements to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and upgrade technology would receive state funding under Gov. Matt Mead’s budget recommendations for the 2015-16 biennium.

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UW Mortar Board Honors ‘Top Profs’

December 2, 2013 — Members of the University of Wyoming Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board have named their "Top Profs" for the academic year.

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UW Researchers Contribute to Nature Paper that Examines Deep Ocean Rock Recovery

December 2, 2013 — A University of Wyoming husband-and-wife research team was part of a larger group that has made the first significant recovery of layered igneous rocks from the Earth’s lowest ocean crust.

UW Staff Senate Collects for Holiday Food Baskets

December 2, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Staff Senate is accepting food donations for its annual Employee Holiday Food Baskets.

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