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UW in the News

January 9, 2012

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.

UW molecular biology Professor Don Jarvis and his colleagues' research could provide the foundation for an effective biotechnological approach for producing spider silk fibers on a large scale for biomedical applications, according to several news outlets, including London's Daily Mail newspaper. Other publications and online services picking up the story include the BBC, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, National Geographic, Christian Science Monitor, CBS-Detroit, Pakistan News, Times of India, Fox News, SciTechDaily, United Press International,, Physics News, AGreenLiving.Org and News Around the World and Medical Daily.

UW Department of Zoology & Physiology Associate Professor Jeff Woodbury published in the journal "Cell" a new technique for color-coding nerves involved in touch. The technique gives neuroscientists a much-needed tool for studying the different circuits of skin sensation, according to Wired Science.

A report from UW's Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources details the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust's benefits to the state's economy, in a story carried by The Wyoming Business Report. San Francisco television station KTVU and The Billings Gazette were among other sites that published the article.

The College of Health Sciences Honduras Health Care Project to improve conditions for rural Hondurans was the focus of a feature article in the Casper Star-Tribune.

Comic Book Resources cites UW's American Heritage Center as a major resource for a new book about Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee.

Gov. Matt Mead's budget includes $1 million for natural gas vehicles at UW, according to an Associated Press article in the Billings Gazette.

KOWB Radio reports that actor Hill Harper is the keynote speaker during the 11th Martin Luther King Jr. /Days of Dialogue Jan. 16-20, at UW.

UW biology Professor Zac Roehrs and UW/Casper College student Delina Barbosa have discovered a previously undocumented parasite found in rodents, according to The Casper Journal.

UW Department of Economics and Finance Associate Professor Rob Godby is quoted in a Casper Star Tribune story about the future of Wyoming's economy and the uncertainty of the U.S. and global economies.

UW Department of Renewable Resources Assistant Professor Jeff Beck has received a grant to study sage grouse populations and how they adapt to a variety of habitat treatments in nesting and early brood-rearing in Wyoming big sagebrush, according to The Casper Journal. He also is leading a team of scientists that is studying the effect of wind farms on wintering antelope and elk, according to a Casper Star Tribune article.

Western Nebraska sheep producers were informed by UW Extension Educator Whit Stewart about forage that can provide quality grazing during late summer through winter months in a story in agriculture-related publication, The Fence Post.

The UW Symphony Orchestra was featured in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

In a K2 Radio interview, UW President Tom Buchanan commented that the School of Energy Resources may affiliate with a coal-to-liquids project proposed near Medicine Bow. Buchanan also discussed the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center on K2 Radio. interviewed UW President Tom Buchanan on a variety of topics, including the university's adoption of higher admissions standards.

Workshops for beef producers are being held this week at UW's Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena and the Animal Science/Molecular Biology building, according to The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal.

Human remains unearthed in Lusk will be sent to UW for forensics help in determining the age and sex of the remains, according to The Lusk Herald.

Cathy Connolly, UW Gender and Women's Studies Professor, and also a state legislator, is among women featured in a The Billings Gazette article about women who volunteered in their respective communities before beginning political careers.

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