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UW in the News

January 13, 2014

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 reported that UW trustees may offer UW interim President Dick McGinity a more permanent contract this week.

The Laramie Boomerang gave details about issues regarding the UW presidency to be considered this week by UW trustees.

Sarah Konrad, a Winter Olympian and UW glaciologist, is among researchers featured in a 10-part video series "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” according to the National Science Foundation. Videos can be seen at ( and the NSF website ( Konrad and Cort Anastasio, University of California-Davis chemistry professor, discuss how humidity and temperature help form snow.

The Casper Star-Tribune used information from the UW Water Resource Data System in a story that indicates statewide snowpack levels are higher this year than at the same time in 2013.

The planned UW Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility was a front-page feature in The Laramie Boomerang.

Wyoming Public Media reported a health conference last week at UW trained health care professionals to communicate across disciplines, one of the major mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

 Jeffrey Beck, UW associate professor of wildlife habitat restoration ecology, and other scientists are researching why pronghorn herds are dwindling in southern Wyoming, according to WyoFile.

USA Today quoted UW Political Science Professor Jim King about GOP candidate Liz Cheney dropping her bid to challenge incumbent Mike Enzi for the U.S. Senate. Politico interviewed Pete Simpson, a UW professor emeritus, on the same subject.

UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Professor Frank Rahel was the Laramie Trout Unlimited Chapter guest speaker last week, according to The Casper Star-Tribune.

UW Civil Engineering Professor Thomas Edgar’s work to prevent a condition known as frost heave beneath roadways and structures was the subject of a Money News report.

Phys.Org posted UW’s release on robotics research conducted by UW doctoral student Roby Velez.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, which partnered with UW and the University of Notre Dame to genetically engineer silkworms to produce spider silk, signed an agreement with Vietnam, according to The Wyoming Business Report.

Psychology Today author Katherine Sharpe quotes research work by Brett Deacon, UW Department of Psychology associate professor, about mental disorders as biological diseases that could hinder recovery.

UW Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Brett Hess told Ag Web that the addition of supplementary fat improves reproduction in beef heifers by nearly 73 percent.

A Wyoming Tribune Eagle editorial praised some of Gov. Matt Mead’s budget proposals, including money intended for university academic and research programs.

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