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December 2021 Releases


stones arranged in a wheel shape on a hill New Programs Highlight UW Planetarium Schedule in the New Year

December 22, 2021 — To start the new year, visitors to the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium will be exposed to new programs that will allow them to take a solar system vacation; discover the star knowledge of Indigenous peoples of the West; receive an update on the Parker Solar Probe’s mission; and learn about the planned journey of Artemis I to the moon in the spring.

group of people outside with person talking to them UW Introduces New Student Onboarding Program

December 22, 2021 — First-time students attending the University of Wyoming next fall will “Saddle Up” for an exciting college experience.

UW Names Fisher Innovation Launchpad Winners

December 22, 2021 — Three student-led teams from the University of Wyoming that recently pitched their business concepts to a panel of independent judges have received funding from UW’s Fisher Innovation Launchpad.

UW’s SER Receives Funding From DOE for Clean Hydrogen Research

December 21, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management recently granted up to $644,000 for the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) to assess the economic impacts of fossil energy production in Wyoming and evaluate opportunities and research needs to deploy clean hydrogen technologies.

group of people with a pony Alum Endows Second Deanship in UW History

December 20, 2021 — The University of Wyoming has received a remarkable private gift of $5 million from UW alumnus Lawrence “Larry” Carrell to establish a named deanship in the College of Engineering and Applied Science -- the second named deanship in the university’s history after the John P. Ellbogen Foundation named the College of Education deanship earlier this year.

University of Wyoming entrance sign covered with snow UW Announces Holiday Closures

December 20, 2021 — Most University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 24-Monday, Jan. 3, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as well as winter closure.

head photo of a woman UW Professor’s Book Among PopMatters Top Publications for 2021

December 20, 2021 — A University of Wyoming English associate professor’s latest book is among an international online magazine’s list of the top publications for the past year.

Caleb Hill and Tara Righetti UW School of Energy Resources Names Nuclear Energy Research Center Co-Directors

December 20, 2021 — The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) has selected UW’s Tara Righetti and Caleb Hill as co-directors for the new Nuclear Energy Research Center (NERC) of Excellence.

Omicron Variant Detected at UW, Highlights Need for Vaccinations, Boosters

December 17, 2021 — The first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Wyoming has been found in a member of the University of Wyoming community.

head photo of a man Memorial Gift to UW Supports Century-Old Tradition

December 16, 2021 — A $1 million gift in memory of Tom Thorson, president of the Wyoming company Black Hills Bentonite LLC, supports the University of Wyoming’s Summer Field Camp, which has been training geologists for almost a century.

a line of elk walking through the snow Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Gift to UW Supports Mapping of Big-Game Migrations in Western US

December 16, 2021 — A state and federal effort to map big-game migration corridors in the American West received a major grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), one of the country’s largest big-game conservation organizations. The gift will help map iconic elk migrations across the region, stimulating public and private conservation to benefit wildlife populations.

Theobald Moving to New Role in UW College of Education

December 16, 2021 — University of Wyoming Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Neil Theobald is moving to a new role in UW’s College of Education aimed at raising the attainment of college degrees and workforce credentials across the state.

UW Plans Search for VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

December 16, 2021 — The University of Wyoming soon will begin a search for a vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, building upon the 2017 hiring of UW’s first chief diversity officer and establishment of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

UW Trustees Extend Mask Policy to Start of Spring Semester

December 15, 2021 — The University of Wyoming will begin the spring 2022 semester with the same policy regarding masks that has been in place this fall semester, UW’s Board of Trustees decided today (Wednesday).

UW Division of Kinesiology and Health Receives Grant to Increase Cultural Diversity

December 14, 2021 — Evan Johnson, an associate professor with the University of Wyoming’s Division of Kinesiology and Health, has a vision about diversity on campus and in the division’s classrooms: The more diversity among faculty and students, the better the outcome for students to receive a well-rounded education and be fully prepared to enter the workforce.

UW LAMP Educators, Mentors Present Projects at National Conference

December 14, 2021 — Five Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP) educators and two University of Wyoming mentors recently presented projects at the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

UW SER, 9H Research Foundation Launch $4,000 Student Energy Research Competition

December 13, 2021 — The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) and 9H Research Foundation are collaborating on a $4,000 student research energy competition.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet Wednesday via Teleconference

December 10, 2021 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will consider UW’s spring 2022 COVID-19 campus plan during the board’s regular teleconference meeting Wednesday, Dec. 15.

man and woman standing outside UW Alum’s Gift Supports War Memorial West-Side Renovations

December 9, 2021 — A remarkable gift from a former Cowboy football walk-on under Coach Al Kincaid in the 1980s is the first major gift to support planned renovations to the University of Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium

Chris Bastian and Chian Jones Ritten UW Economists Question Current Anti-Money Laundering Measures

December 9, 2021 — It’s not that professors in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming are involved in money laundering, but they are -- sort of.

group of people in identical snow gear standing outside in the snow UW Nordic Ski Team Members Qualified for World University Games in Switzerland

December 9, 2021 — Seven members of the University of Wyoming’s Nordic ski team qualified to compete in the World University Games that were originally scheduled in Andermatt, Switzerland, this month.

art gallery with works exhibited UW Art Museum Accepts Works for Annual Juried Student Exhibition

December 8, 2021 — The official call for entries is available online for the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s 47th annual Juried UW Student Exhibition.

man in a hat UW Part of $19M Project to Understand How Range Management Affects Soil Health, Producer Well-Being

December 8, 2021 — The University of Wyoming is among an international coalition that announced a $19 million research project aimed at understanding how a farmer’s or a rancher’s grazing management decisions affect soil health on pasture and rangeland.

cattle grazing near wind turbines UW-Facilitated Renewable Energy Siting Collaborative Releases Recommendations

December 7, 2021 — As energy markets respond to growing demand for low-carbon energy -- including from renewable resources -- Wyoming is becoming home to new utility-scale wind and solar power plants. How can Wyoming, with ample wind and solar resources, participate in these new markets while also protecting the state’s highly valued scenery, open spaces and wildlife habitat?

man speaking to a group of people in a field UW Part of $10 Million Project to Study Diverse Perennial Forage Systems

December 7, 2021 — University of Wyoming scientists are part of a multistate team that is launching research into perennial forage systems and helping promote their adoption.

string bass player and orchestra UW’s Gala Holiday Concerts Return Dec. 11-12

December 7, 2021 — After missing a year in 2020, the University of Wyoming Department of Music will resume the tradition of presenting its annual gala holiday concerts Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

head photo of a woman Professor Tracey Owens Patton to Give Sandeen Lecture at UW Dec. 13

December 6, 2021 — Professor Tracey Owens Patton will present the annual Sandeen Lecture in the Humanities Monday, Dec. 13, at the University of Wyoming.

UW Alumni Association Seeks Nominations for Fall 2022 Awards

December 6, 2021 — The University of Wyoming Alumni Association (UWAA) is now accepting nominations for fall 2022 awards.

two women holding placques and standing under a sign UW Livestock Judging Team Sixth, Two Earn All-American Honors

December 6, 2021 — The University of Wyoming livestock judging team’s sixth-place finish at the North American International Livestock Exposition is the highest in school history, and two of its members were among 12 across the nation selected as All-Americans.

UW Names Alumni Association Executive Director Finalists

December 6, 2021 — Finalists for the position of executive director of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association (UWAA) have been identified, and they are scheduled to participate in virtual public forums at UW starting today (Monday).

Applications Accepted for Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment Scholarship at UW

December 3, 2021 — Scholarship applications are now available for the Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment for the 2022-23 academic year at the University of Wyoming. The application deadline is March 1, 2022.

Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarship Applications Available at UW

December 3, 2021 — Scholarship applications are now available for the Northern Arapaho Endowment for the 2022-23 academic year at the University of Wyoming. The application deadline is March 1, 2022.

group of singers holding candles with candles in the background UW Collegiate Chorale to Present ‘Joyous Hope’ Dec. 5

December 3, 2021 — The University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale will present a “Joyous Hope” holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Laramie’s United Presbyterian Church, located at 215 S. 11th St.

ASUW to Host Spring Break Budgeting Event for Students

December 2, 2021 — University of Wyoming students can learn tips for budgeting for spring break during a workshop Wednesday, Dec. 8.

photo portrait of a man Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair Webinar to Focus on Pipeline Corridor Initiative

December 2, 2021 — The Great Plains Institute’s Matt Fry will speak about the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) during a webinar Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 1:30 p.m.

photo portrait of a woman Former First Lady to Receive UW Honorary Degree

December 1, 2021 — The University of Wyoming will confer its highest award, the honorary doctoral degree, upon former Wyoming first lady Carol Mead during UW’s winter commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 11.

UW Winter Commencement Dec. 11

December 1, 2021 — The University of Wyoming will accord degrees to about 850 students during a combined winter commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.

book cover UW’s Laughlin Co-Author of New Ecology Book

December 1, 2021 — How are ecological communities assembled from species pools? This pressing question underlies a broad array of practical problems in ecology and environmental science, including the restoration of damaged landscapes, management of protected areas and protection of threatened species.

‘Star of the Magi’ Program Highlights UW Planetarium Schedule in December

December 1, 2021 — A program that explores the star of Bethlehem will take center stage at the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium this month.

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