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UW in the News

May 12, 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 carried UW’s release announcing that the university will offer in-state tuition to qualified military veteran students.

The UW Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will lead the “Wyoming in Haiti” trip to conduct youth sport camps and provide other assistance to the people of Haiti this week, according to Boxscore.

The Miami Herald picked up a Laramie Boomerang story about UW Professor Jeff Clune and his students working to create smarter robots.

UW entomologist Alex Latchininsky is the focus of a feature article in Tengrinews, the English Language news website in Kazakhstan.

The Casper Star-Tribune picked up UW’s release announcing Sean Blackburn as UW’s new associate vice president and dean of students.

UW Department of Ecosystem Science and Management Professor Scott Shaw and colleagues have discovered 24 new species of Aleiodes wasps in Ecuador that mummify caterpillars, according to Science Codex.

Both Wyoming Public Media and The Casper Star-Tribune carried UW’s release announcing that the university is changing its general studies program, the coursework required for all students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

TMCnet and other media outlets reported that NCAR’s supercomputer -- with funding from the National Science Foundation and UW -- is being used by a scientific team for a major field experiment along Colorado's Front Range to learn more about the sources, chemistry and movement of air pollutants.

UW Sociology Associate Professor Anna Zajacova’s study of childhood obesity was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, noted several media outlets including Science 2.0.

The Laramie Boomerang noted that Brendon Orr, UW Department of Geology and Geophysics editor and web coordinator, and Misty O’Lexey, a UW pharmacy student, were named Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bigs of the Year.”

Mary E. Burman, UW dean and professor in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, and others wrote a column for WyoFile about a statewide initiative that will create a shared nursing curriculum.

Somalia Online recently carried a Wyoming Tribune Eagle story that quoted Paul Flesher, UW Religious Studies director. The article focused on Somalis now living in Cheyenne.

Outdoorhub picked up a Casper Star-Tribune story about UW researchers conducting a three-year study to determine why the state’s pronghorn population is dwindling.

Free shuttle service was offered during commencement ceremonies on the UW campus last week, reported Laramie Live.

UW student Melissa Anderson of Liberty, Mo., volunteered in the alternative spring break program to Trinidad, reported The Liberty Tribune.

Western Stockman-Farmer noted that UW Extension educators are offering agriculture disaster courses in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-certified class in Casper May 21.

UW Police Chief Mike Samp says the number of sexual assaults on the UW campus is up due to more people reporting attacks, according to an Associated Press story picked up by Find Law.

Minnesota Farm Guide reported that Jay Norton, UW assistant professor of soil fertility, and researchers implement a variety of farming methods to improve the soil in Uganda and Kenya.

Former UW football player Mitch Unrein talked with Denver’s KUSA Television and recounted how he was an undrafted rookie who managed to make the Denver Broncos’ 53-man squad. noted that “Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles,” a 10-part series created by the U.S. Forest Service and the UW Ruckelshaus Institute, will soon be available online.

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