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UW in the News


December 16, 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.

National Public Radio interviewed UW Art Museum Director Susan Moldenhauer about the late Cody artist Harry Jackson’s estate planning to sell his vast collection to “help pay the bills.”

UW Department of Botany Associate Professor Brent Ewers was quoted in Live Science about bark beetles and whether tree deaths sent more water into streams because of less vegetation to suck up precipitation. The story also was picked up by NBC News Science and Yahoo! News.

Phys.Org picked up UW’s release on memory improvement research conducted by Department of Psychology associate professors Sean McCrea and Suzanna Penningroth.

The Casper Star-Tribune featured UW’s 50-year-old Department of Atmospheric Science weather balloon research program that helps scientists track and predict changes in the climate and ozone.

The Casper Star-Tribune was among media outlets carrying UW’s releases about the Wyoming Conservation Corps program being put on hold until the university can find a way to financially sustain the program.

Tommy Sowers, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, told The Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the Wyoming VA has had many successes because of partnerships, including those at UW.

The Laramie Boomerang reported the number of water line breaks on the UW campus last week caused by bitter cold temperatures.

UW researchers’ start-up company, Alpenglow Instruments, which began in the Wyoming Technology Business Center, was featured in The Casper Star-Tribune.

Wyoming Public Media reported that Bill Gern, UW vice president for research and development, told the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee that lack of pay raises is the main reason the university is losing top research faculty to other universities.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout said UW may have to raise tuition to boost revenue, according to a Wyoming Public Media report.

The Wyoming Business Report interviewed UW Economist Anne Alexander about the passage of last week’s budget deal, saying a government shutdown is among the biggest threats to the global economy.

The new Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative seeks to inform decisions about energy development while, at the same time, lessening the effect it has on wildlife, Nicole Korfanta, UW Ruckelshaus Institute director, told The Laramie Boomerang.

An $875,000 private donation to modernize UW’s planetarium was featured in The Casper Star-Tribune.

Richard Crandall, Wyoming Department of Education director, said in a Casper Star-Tribune interview that more challenging classes are needed for students to qualify for Hathaway Scholarships at UW and Wyoming community colleges.

UW Department of Philosophy Professor Jeff Lockwood’s new book, “The Infested Mind,” was featured in New Scientist.

Basin Radio Network carried UW’s release about the Wyoming State 4-H office, located at UW, increased donations to counties this year.

When baking holiday treats, Vicki Hayman, UW nutrition and food safety educator, told Iowa Farmer Today that fresh and high-quality ingredients should be used for the best results.

Liz Parks, who provides analysis data for the UW Market Research Center, was quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune feature about Wyoming’s male-to-female ratio, second-highest in the nation.

The Laramie Boomerang featured Laramie High School’s robotics club that meets regularly in the UW Engineering Building. Assistant Professor Jeff Clune and his students provide support to club members.

Azorobotics picked up UW’s release about UW students using Mount Moran, the university’s high-performance computing cluster, to better understand the evolution of learning.

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