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UW in the News


June 17, 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.

Stories about a research paper (co-written by UW Assistant Professor Hannah Jang-Condell) that purports the possible discovery of a planet 176 light years from Earth were published by United Press International and International Business Times. Numerous science publications and websites, including Science Daily, also posted stories on the subject.

UW’s release on two university professors who were part of a software team that was honored with the 2013 Schroers Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research was posted on the website Justhelicopters.com.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that UW’s student-athletes are performing well in the classroom. All 17 UW men’s and women’s sports exceed the latest NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) requirements. The paper also reported UW hosting an AstroCamp June 16-25.

UW sociology researcher Anna Zajacova’s paper on the life expectancy of less-educated white women compared to their better-educated peers was the focus of a Bloomberg column. The Winnipeg Free Press also ran an article about the research.

UW has received more than $22 million in donations and matching funds to improve its energy research programs, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne’s daily newspaper.

UW Department of Animal Science researcher Rob Cordery-Cotter is warning domestic livestock producers to be on the lookout for a new virus that has been decimating cattle, goats and sheep in Europe, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

An article on a contract agreement between UW’s Board of Trustees and incoming president Robert Sternberg was widely covered in The Billings Gazette and numerous other state and regional publications.

National Parks Traveler and The Bozeman Daily Chronicle were among several media outlets that used UW’s release about a study that found the mere presence of wolves is not potent enough to reduce the body condition and reproductive rates of female elk in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Recent UW Ph.D. student Arthur Middleton led the study.

Western Farmer-Stockman reported that Doug Smith, a UW entomology doctoral student, won the Lloyd/Kumar Graduate Fellowship in Entomology, which is worth $32,000. His research focuses on finding a less-damaging way to control grasshoppers that attack producer crops.

Ag Weekly posted a story about UW’s new publication called “Wyoming Weed Watchlist Field Guide.” The publication is designed to enhance prevention and early detection efforts of weeds not yet widely established in Wyoming.

The Casper Star-Tribune and several other media outlets reported former Secretary of State Thyra Thompson’s connections to UW. She died last week at age 96.

KGAB Radio reported that retiring UW President Tom Buchanan is donating several hundred books from his personal collection to the Meeteetse Library.

Few UW students ask for concealed weapons permits each year, according to a story in The Billings Gazette.

Wyoming Public Media noted that UW Extension’s forage field day is scheduled later this month in Lingle.

A story about Bill Smith Jr. receiving his late father’s diploma at UW’s recent graduation ceremony was featured in The Casper Star-Tribune. The CST also noted that UW’s Conservation Corps is helping to improve a Casper city trail and picnic area, and 35 other projects around the state this summer.

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