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UW in the News

May 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.

The Casper Star-Tribune and other media outlets, including many foreign publications in South Africa, Australia, Asia, Lebanon, New Zealand and Malaysia, picked up UW’s release about declining elk numbers in the greater Yellowstone area due, in part, to a shift in the diet of grizzly bears as a result of the decline of native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park. The research, led by recent UW Ph.D. graduate Arthur Middleton, was first published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Wyofile, the in-depth Wyoming news site, interviewed UW associate economist Professor Rob Godby as to why Wyoming is significantly dependent on federal money. The state relied on federal money for 41 percent of the state’s spending during the 2011-2012 biennium.

The UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing is working to better prepare students to meet the changing needs of the health care industry, according to Wyoming Public Media. WPM also interviewed UW admissions counselor Tanaya Moon Morris about recruiting/retaining more Wind River Indian Reservation students.

The annual Women in Science Conference – designed for middle- and high-school students to learn about various applications of science, technology, math and engineering -- was featured on the front page of the Laramie Boomerang as well as on  Wyoming Public Media.

World Interior Design Network picked up UW’s release about groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

UW College of Business Associate Professor Robert Sprague was interviewed by The Today Show’s LifeInc. about companies using fast-developing technology to check on employees if they are misusing email, the Internet or generally tracking them during the work day. featured UW civil and architectural Associate Professor Jonathan Brant’s research that focuses on problems associated with physicochemical processes in engineered and natural environmental systems.

The website ran a story about PlanktOMICS’ spin-out agreement with UW. The company has developed a service business that expedites the highly technical process of domesticating algae for agricultural and industrial production. Biodiesel Magazine  and Wyoming Business Report posted UW’s release on the spin-out agreement.

The Casper Star-Tribune noted retiring UW College of Arts and Science Dean Oliver Walter’s commencement remarks that the university will continue to lose quality faculty because of low pay.

Radio stations KOWB and KGAB posted UW’s release about a group of Jackson State University students who will visit UW this summer to study hydrology.

Cody senior Rylee Marron is among five Wyoming high school female students named a winner of the National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing, according to a UW media release picked up by The Cody Enterprise.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications, located at the University of Illinois, ran a story on its website about how UW professors Liqiang Wang and Po Chen solved computer code problems, leading to faster performance and the ability to assess seismological research more quickly.

The Rawlins Times ran UW’s release about UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests conducting public meetings this month to discuss ecological dynamics of the bark beetle outbreak and changes in the forest.

UW Wind Energy Research Center Director Jonathan Naughton’s report was cited as state officials hope scientific and economic data will convince states, such as Colorado, to purchase wind energy originating from Wyoming, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

UW researchers’ discovery of a vast quantity of lithium in the Rock Springs Uplift continues to receive notice. The Northern Colorado Business Report carried the story as well as Green Car Reports.

The Billings Gazette noted a UW study that indicated that snowmobiling brings about $146 million to Wyoming per year and an additional $29 million related to the state’s economy.

The agricultural related publication Farm Progress reports that the UW meat judging team had a successful year.

The Laramie Boomerang featured UW graduate Katie Carlson, who is participating in the Bike and Build project. Carlson is cycling the U.S., while raising money for affordable housing projects and working on construction sites along the way. The Boomerang also featured a story of the family of Bill Smith, who passed away before graduating at UW. His son stood in for him at graduation.

UW’s release about the spring tour by the Happy Jacks a capella group was carried by the Cody Enterprise.

The Laramie Boomerang noted that UW lecturer Mark Jenkins recently won the 2013 Madeline Dane Ross Award this month from the Overseas Press Club of America for his reporting of the destruction landmines in Cambodia caused.

The woman who transformed health care will speak at UW later this week, according to KGAB Radio. KGAB reported that farmers markets in the state contribute more than $2.2 million to the state’s economy, citing UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources data. KGAB also carried UW’s release about the Summer High School Institute program.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that items recently found by Casper archaeologists will be sent to the UW Archaeological Repository and Curation Facility to be analyzed. The CST also reported that UW/Casper College students were honored last week.

UW graduate Joe Riis, a National Geographic photographer, was profiled in a story about teaching younger students the finer points of photography, reports The Bangkok Post.

Jim King, UW Department of Political Science head, says it’s not too early to see so many candidates entering the 2014 governor’s race, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

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