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picture of Jupiter's moon Europa in a field of stars Public Shows Fill January Planetarium Schedule

December 23, 2015 — University of Wyoming students won’t be back on campus for more than a month, but the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium will be open in January with weekend educational programs about various planets, cold materials and gas in space, and even comets and asteroids.

religious studies logo UW Religion Today: Why There Is No Christ in Christmas

December 23, 2015 — 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.

Chief Washakie Scholarship Applications for 2016-17 Available at UW

December 22, 2015 — Scholarship applications are now available from the Chief Washakie Memorial awards committee for the 2016-17 academic year at the University of Wyoming. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1.

woman and two men examining large boulder up close UW Receives $4.5 Million Daniels Fund Grant for Education Initiative

December 22, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees’ initiative to elevate UW’s College of Education to national pre-eminence in preparing K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators has received a major boost with a five-year, $4.5 million grant from the Daniels Fund.

young man in front of jungle UW Student Recognized for Research Work

December 22, 2015 — Deo Lachman knows that someday his undergraduate work will pay off as he prepares for a career in conservation-focused research.

man sitting in front of computer screen With DOE Grant, UW to Study Retrieval of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Ash

December 22, 2015 — University of Wyoming researchers have received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a way to recover rare earth elements from the ash of Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal.

head portrait of woman College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recognizes Outstanding Staff, Faculty Members

December 21, 2015 — Outstanding staff and faculty members in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources were honored during the college’s annual Employee Recognition Program.

head portrait of man National Organization Honors UW’s Agran

December 21, 2015 — A national organization recently honored University of Wyoming College of Education Professor Martin Agran for his decades of service advocating for persons with disabilities.

man seated and leaning on harpsichord with open lid and words on the inside of the lid Reverand Receives Governor’s Arts Award

December 21, 2015 — Cedric Reverand, who brought hundreds of world-renowned artists to Wyoming as the founding director of University of Wyoming Cultural Programs, was among six recipients of Gov. Matt Mead’s 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards.

woman and man sitting at a table with a book propped between them UW College of Education Professors Edit Book on Globalization, Social Justice

December 21, 2015 — Articulating and sharing teaching practices for building student understanding of globalization and social justice is the focus of a new book edited by two University of Wyoming College of Education faculty members.



UW Podcast Examines Avalanche Dangers, Body Images

December 21, 2015 — Ways to avoid avalanche dangers in Wyoming’s backcountry will be among segments on this week’s UW podcast, “The University of Wyoming Today.”

overhead view of people kneeling in the dirt and excavating an archaelogical site UW Research: Same Growth Rate for Farming, Non-Farming Prehistoric People

December 21, 2015 — Prehistoric human populations of hunter-gatherers in the region that is now Wyoming and Colorado grew at the same rate as farming societies in Europe, according to a new radiocarbon analysis involving University of Wyoming researchers.

UW’s Student Success Services TRIO Program Receives Five-Year Renewal Grant

December 21, 2015 — A program offered through the University of Wyoming that helps students prepare for college life and careers after graduation has received federal funding for the next five years.

looking up at lights in atrium of Enzi building Campus Construction Update for Dec. 20-Jan. 8

December 18, 2015 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Dec. 20-Jan. 8 at the University of Wyoming:

Experts: Lifting Crude Oil Ban Means Lower Gasoline Prices

December 18, 2015 — Lifting the ban on crude oil exports will reduce gasoline prices in the United States, according to an analysis co-written by Charles Mason, the H.A. True Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics at the University of Wyoming.

head portrait of woman Trustees Select Laurie Nichols as UW’s 26th President

December 18, 2015 — An experienced educator who currently serves as the chief academic officer at South Dakota State University has been named the 26th president of the University of Wyoming.

Proposals for UW Shepard Symposium on Social Justice Accepted

December 17, 2015 — The 2016 annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, scheduled April 6-9, is accepting proposal submissions. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Jan. 31.

Second UW-Casper Director Finalist Presents Today

December 17, 2015 — The second finalist for the position of director of the University of Wyoming at Casper is scheduled for interviews and a public meeting today, as a result of the closure of the UW-Casper campus due to winter weather Tuesday.

united way logo United Way Campaign Nearly at End

December 17, 2015 — University of Wyoming faculty, staff and students still have time to contribute to the 2015 UW Albany County United Way campaign.

UW College of Business Class Partners for Union Wireless Consulting Project

December 17, 2015 — A University of Wyoming College of Business advanced marketing class recently presented the results of a semester-long consulting project to cellular provider Union Wireless.

small leafless tree covered in snow UW Holiday Closures Announced

December 17, 2015 — Most University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan. 1, for the Christmas and New Year's holidays and winter break. Normal business hours will resume Monday, Jan. 4.

Architectural Firm ‘Graduates’ from UW Business Incubator

December 16, 2015 — With its recent merger with MOA Architecture’s Wyoming office, Project Guide Services is the seventh business to graduate from the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) at the University of Wyoming.

head portrait of woman Laramie’s Jessica Marsh Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 16, 2015 — When Jessica Marsh learned she had received a Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship, she was ecstatic. The fellowship allows her to continue to conduct research while studying at the University of Wyoming.

head portrait of man Riverton’s Philip Gard Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 16, 2015 — Philip Gard hopes to gain a more in-depth understanding of how to conduct and apply research to advance science with help from a Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship at the University of Wyoming.

Riverton’s Sara Cisneros Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 16, 2015 — An opportunity at the University of Wyoming will allow Sara Cisneros to continue her passion to conduct research as she follows a path to a career in the field of biomedical sciences.

head portrait of woman Rock Springs’ Andrea Sanchez Walk Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 16, 2015 — Andrea Sanchez Walk has set her sights on becoming a doctor. A research opportunity at the University of Wyoming may help her to reach her goal.

UW Trustees Plan to Select President Friday

December 16, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is scheduled to select UW’s 26th president during a special meeting Friday, Dec. 18.

head portrait of woman Cheyenne’s Hannah Jernigan Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 15, 2015 — Although Hannah Jernigan still is considering future career options, one thing is certain: Research will play a role in her life. A Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship will allow her to continue her research while studying at the University of Wyoming.

two women working in lab Cheyenne’s Kelsea Zukauckas Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 15, 2015 — Kelsea Zukauckas has been learning what it takes to be a researcher in the field of biomedical sciences. A Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship will allow her to continue her research while studying at the University of Wyoming.

young woman seated at microscope Cheyenne’s Samantha Haller Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 15, 2015 — Samantha Haller is no stranger to research. She participated in several projects while a student at Laramie County Community College (LCCC). Thanks to a Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship, she will continue her research while studying at the University of Wyoming.

men paddling boat full of sardines in large lake UW Researcher Studies Fish Populations at World’s Second Largest Freshwater Lake

December 15, 2015 — A University of Wyoming researcher is studying fish populations -- and their relationship with local fishing communities -- in Africa’s largest lake.

young woman standing by warming unit Wyoming INBRE Awards UW Transition Fellowships to Community College Students

December 15, 2015 — Nine students from Wyoming’s community colleges have received Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowships to study and conduct research at the University of Wyoming. They join 19 other community college transfer students who have attended or are attending UW as fellows.

BodyWorks in Wyoming Team Wins UW Extension Creative Excellence Award

December 14, 2015 — Team members who launched a program that gets youths and parents working together to improve family eating and activity -- with one youth earning dinner at the White House -- received the University of Wyoming Extension Creative Excellence Recognition Award.

Presidential Candidate's Open Forum Recorded, Available for Viewing

December 14, 2015 — Technical issues with the University of Wyoming’s WyoCast system prevented live streaming of the open forum for UW presidential candidate Jeremy Haefner Monday afternoon.

solar array Solar Array Offsets Electricity Costs at UW Building

December 14, 2015 — A solar array atop the University of Wyoming’s Energy Innovation Center is offsetting some of the building’s electricity costs.

UW-Casper Director Finalists Selected

December 14, 2015 — Finalists for the position of director of the University of Wyoming at Casper have been identified, and they’re scheduled to take part in community meetings in Casper beginning Tuesday, Dec. 15.

UW Fiscal System Town Hall Meeting Tuesday

December 14, 2015 — A University of Wyoming town hall meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Wyoming Union’s West Ballroom to discuss efforts underway to improve UW’s fiscal and reporting system.

UW Podcast Examines Einstein Theory

December 14, 2015 — The 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s famous “Theory of General Relativity” will be among segments on this week’s UW podcast, “The University of Wyoming Today.”

UW Trustees Plan Special Meetings This Week

December 14, 2015 — A special meeting of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

Campus Construction Update for Dec. 13-19

December 11, 2015 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Dec. 13-19 at the University of Wyoming:

Cowgirl basketball player running with ball between opponents University of Wyoming Calendar for Dec. 14-20

December 11, 2015 — These are among the activities scheduled Dec. 14-20 at the University of Wyoming:

front view of supercomputer UW Faculty Have Until Dec. 30 to Apply for Supercomputer Use

December 11, 2015 — University of Wyoming faculty members interested in using the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne for their computational research have until Wednesday, Dec. 30, to submit applications to request large core-hour allocations on the powerful machine.

two women and a man standing in front of a bookshelf Students Receive UW Center for Global Studies Fellowship and Scholarship

December 10, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Center for Global Studies has awarded the 2016 David and Jade Walsh Graduate Fellowship, and Nielson Awards.

video display divided into four, with four small units behind UW Provides Raspberry Pis, Arduinos to Encourage STEM in Wyoming Schools

December 10, 2015 — In the computing world, a raspberry pi is not something you can eat for dessert, and an arduino is not a cousin to a popular robot in the Star Wars movies. But these little electronic gizmos are helping a few of Wyoming’s high school and middle school teachers advance their understanding of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a more hands-on fashion.

head portrait of man UW Scientist Receives Grant for Cancer Research

December 10, 2015 — The American Cancer Society has awarded a $792,000 grant for cancer research to Daniel Levy, assistant professor in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Molecular Biology.

man in lab with bottles of colorful liquid in front of him UW Scientist’s Cellular Studies Using Frog Eggs Have Cancer Connection

December 10, 2015 — A smiling and very green Kermit looking down from a wall portrait seems to happily give a thumbs -- or flipper -- up to one of the University of Wyoming’s self-described frog guys trying to unravel the mysteries of what in the world regulates cell nucleus size and its cancer implications.

UW Students Receive Love of Learning Award

December 10, 2015 — Two University of Wyoming graduate students are among 80 students nationwide who recently received a Love of Learning award from Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

group of soldiers in desert camo standing under a camo net UW College of Law Graduate Receives National Award, Helps Win Military Case

December 9, 2015 — Maj. Jessica Martz has had quite a year serving as a military attorney.

religious studies logo UW Religion Today: Who Was Against Christmas?

December 9, 2015 — Picture the following scenario. Crowds of Americans rioting in the streets. Two opposing groups shout loudly, vying to have their messages heard and heeded. The groups meet. Confrontation ensues. Fistfights break out. Church windows are smashed.

UW Trustees Plan Special Meeting Thursday

December 9, 2015 — A special meeting of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is scheduled Thursday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

head portrait of an older man The 100th Anniversary of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity: Wyoming’s Connection

December 8, 2015 — As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s celebrated Theory of General Relativity, the University of Wyoming Department of Physics and Astronomy calls attention to a former professor who is credited with proving one of Einstein’s most significant predictions of that theory.

UW Gala Holiday Concert ‘A Cowboy Christmas’ Dec. 12-13

December 8, 2015 — The popular University of Wyoming Gala Holiday Concert “A Cowboy Christmas,” narrated by Pete Simpson, is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

$500 Prize Offered in UW Logo Contest

December 7, 2015 — A $500 prize will be awarded to the winner of a logo design contest sponsored by the University of Wyoming Shepard Symposium on Social Justice.

woman, smiling, in classroom with student nearby Extension Educator Praised for Educational Efforts Toward Youths and Adults

December 7, 2015 — The Wyoming Association of County Agricultural Agents presented its Outstanding Educator Award to Kellie Chichester, a University of Wyoming educator in Niobrara County.

diploma being handed from one person to another Fall Commencement Set Dec. 10-12 at UW

December 7, 2015 — Fall commencement ceremonies at the University of Wyoming will be held Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 10-12.

UW Finals Destresser Event Dec. 11

December 7, 2015 — The annual end-of-semester finals destresser event will take place for University of Wyoming students Friday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. in the lower level of the Wyoming Union.

UW Online Psychology Program Receives High Ranking

December 7, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Department of Psychology’s online Bachelor of Arts degree ranks near the top of a list of the best online psychology degrees nationwide.

UW Podcast Examines Rising Sea Levels in Greenland

December 7, 2015 — With world leaders attending the recent world Climate Summit in Paris, a University of Wyoming researcher discusses work in Greenland related to rising sea levels on this week’s UW podcast, “The University of Wyoming Today.”

swimming pool without people in it Campus Construction Update for Dec. 6-12

December 4, 2015 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Dec. 6-12 at the University of Wyoming:

two pairs of people dancing on a stage International Students Contribute More than $22 Million in Wyoming

December 4, 2015 — International students enrolled at the University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges contributed $22.1 million to Wyoming’s economy during 2014-15, according to a recent report released by NAFSA, the Association for International Educators.

bison grazing New Videos Examine Open Space Values in Wyoming Agriculture

December 4, 2015 — Wyoming agricultural producers in eight new videos of the Farm Meets Function project offer thoughts on weeds, water, what they’re growing -- plus wildlife and non-crop habitats in agricultural landscapes.

women in leotards stretching University of Wyoming Calendar for Dec. 7-13

December 4, 2015 — These are among the activities scheduled Dec. 7-13 at the University of Wyoming:

UW College of Business $30K Entrepreneurship Competition Finalists Named

December 4, 2015 — Eight student business proposals have been selected for the John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by the University of Wyoming College of Business.

UW Outdoor Gear Swap Saturday

December 4, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Outdoor Gear Swap will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

UW Trustees to Consider Three Finalists for Presidency

December 4, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has identified three finalists for the university presidency and scheduled public appearances on campus for each beginning Monday, Dec. 7.

Wyoming Business Tips for Dec. 13-19

December 4, 2015 — 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.

Innovative International Case Study Features UW College of Business Students

December 3, 2015 — University of Wyoming students participated in a case study program with 625 students at universities around the world. The 17 UW students were involved in the project through a UW College of Business class, “Supply Chain Management.”

painting with stylized images of people UW Gallery 234 Exhibition ‘Illustrated Tales’ on Display

December 3, 2015 — The exhibition “Illustrated Tales” is on display through Thursday, Dec. 10, in the University of Wyoming Gallery 234, located in the lower level of the Wyoming Union. A reception is planned Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.

UW Law Center Helps with Human Rights Victory in Uganda

December 3, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy recently shared in a major legal victory for human rights in Uganda.

Governor’s Budget Recommendations Include UW Initiatives

December 2, 2015 — University of Wyoming initiatives to upgrade its financial accounting and reporting systems, improve science and engineering programs and facilities, and match private donations for academics and athletics would receive state funding under Gov. Matt Mead’s budget recommendations for the 2017-18 biennium.

woman sitting at desk Harsh New Coordinator for UW Northwest Regional Center

December 2, 2015 — Lisa Harsh brings 20 years of higher education experience to her new role as the University of Wyoming Outreach School’s academic coordinator for the Northwest Regional Center.

head portrait of woman UW Doctoral Candidate Public Reading at Night Heron Books

December 2, 2015 — Lori Howe, a University of Wyoming doctoral candidate in literacy studies, will read selections from and sign copies of her new book of poetry, titled “Cloudshade: Poems of the High Plains,” Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at Night Heron Books, located at 107 E. Ivinson Ave.

UW Trustees Plan to Name Presidential Finalists Friday

December 2, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will meet via teleconference Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. to consider finalists for the UW presidency forwarded by the second committee involved in the presidential search.

cluster of young men and women dressed as zombies First-Year Seminar Class ‘Just Another Zombie Movie’ Film Screening Dec. 6

December 1, 2015 — Students in a University of Wyoming first-year seminar course will show their film “Just Another Zombie Movie” Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Gryphon Theatre in the Laramie Plains Civic Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

a girl and a boy jumping rope Healthy Pokes Program Works to Improve Child Health and Wellness

December 1, 2015 — Participants in a University of Wyoming program to enhance child health already are showing improvements in a number of areas.

Holiday Film ‘Elf’ Screened at UW Dec. 4

December 1, 2015 — Friday Night Fever and the Residence Hall Association will present a free screening of the film “Elf” Friday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the University of Wyoming Washakie Dining Center’s lower level.

UW Collegiate Chorale to Perform Dec. 9 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral

December 1, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale will present its popular annual candlelight concert Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.

young man and woman on lhanging from harnesses for vertical dance UW Presents ‘Passage’ Dance Production Dec. 8-12

December 1, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance “Passage” dance performance can be seen Tuesday, Dec. 8-Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. on the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts main stage.


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