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UW in the News

December 15, 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.

Two UW graduates -- Griffin Corpening and Allen Bucher -- played key roles in last week’s successful NASA test flight of a spacecraft designed to eventually take humans to Mars. The two Wyoming natives were featured in a front-page article in The Laramie Boomerang. The Wyoming Business Report also carried UW’s release.

WyoFile, the in-depth news website, reported that UW will appear before the Joint Appropriations Committee this week to discuss several major funding proposals.

UW Department of Chemistry Chair Keith Carron, who developed local company, Snowy Range Instruments, was interviewed by The Wyoming Business Report about the surge in economic development in southeast Wyoming.

The Laramie Boomerang highlighted UW professors Daniel Dale and Chip Kobulnicky’s studio physics class, which focuses on active learning environments and has promising results.

UW President Dick McGinity’s column on the compensation challenges faced by the university was carried by The Boomerang.

KGWN TV and Wyoming Public Media were among the media outlets covering the peaceful gathering of nearly 100 people on the UW campus who were protesting police brutality.

UW Division of Kinesiology and Health students have started a food pantry in Laramie to help families and other UW students, according to The Laramie Boomerang. The Boomerang also featured UW Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of the timeless classic, “The Nutcracker.”

Yellowstone Gate quoted UW Sociology Professor Patricia Taylor about her survey for an article about visitor safety in Yellowstone National Park.

Jeff Clune, a UW Department of Computer Science assistant professor, was featured in New Scientist on his research on image-recognition algorithms and how optical illusions fool computers into seeing things.

The Horse, an equine health magazine, noted UW Extension rangeland specialist Derek Scasta’s study of how wild horses, cattle and other animals consume plants growing on rangelands in an article about how wild horse herds are managed.

Ron Kensey, CEO of Sheridan-based company Kennon Products, was the featured speaker at an e2e event, reported Sheridan Media.com. e2e is sponsored by the Wyoming Technology Business Center, located at UW.

Three finalists were named for the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science’s permanent dean’s position, reported The Laramie Boomerang.

County10 in Fremont County and SweetwaterNow posted UW’s release about research of the study of cells during frog development that may aid future cancer research.

UW Department of Theatre and Dance’s version of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” was performed last week, a story that was broadcast on Wyoming Public Media.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed Elizabeth Minton, a UW management and marketing assistant professor, about her recent book on how religion plays a role in consumers’ purchasing decisions.

Former UW football player Tashaun Gipson, now with the NFL’s Browns, was endorsed for Mr. Cleveland’s Sportsman of the Year by a writer from YardBarker, a network of sports websites.

Hits 106 in Laramie carried UW’s release about the university’s debate team’s success this semester.

The Gem City Grand bus system could shut down next year, according to a story in The Laramie Boomerang. UW is among the contributors to the program.


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