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Presentation on UW Science Initiative Jan. 9 in Cheyenne

January 3, 2018

Two University of Wyoming faculty members and two students are scheduled to speak about UW’s Science Initiative Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Cheyenne Rotary After Hours Club’s weekly meeting.

The meeting is 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Uncle Charlie’s, 6001 Yellowstone Road.

Rachel Watson, director of UW’s Learning Actively Mentoring Program and a lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology, and Wyoming Research Scholars Program Director Jamie Crait will be joined by students Emily Armitage and Olivia Croft to discuss the initiative that aims to revolutionize scientific education and discovery in Wyoming.

Armitage, of Cheyenne, and Croft, of Sundance, are participants in the Wyoming Research Scholars Program, a UW Science Initiative program that pairs undergraduate students with faculty mentors to participate in research for multiple years.

The Science Initiative, initiated by Gov. Matt Mead and the Legislature in 2014, is an effort to enable world-class research and education related to pillars of Wyoming’s present and future economy. Through life and data sciences research that impacts areas including mineral extraction, agriculture, tourism, resource management and high technology, the initiative will impact Wyoming’s economy and give UW students a leading-edge skill set.

Central to the Science Initiative is construction of a $100 million facility at the northwest end of the UW campus, featuring flexible laboratories for interdisciplinary science research; the Center for Advanced Scientific Instrumentation; state-of-the-art greenhouses for plant research; a 200-seat active-learning classroom; and student collaboration areas to foster science innovation.

Mead, who describes the facility as “a unique research and teaching environment that will transform interdisciplinary research and education,” has recommended that the 2018 Legislature release $100 million previously appropriated for the project.

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