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UW in the News

December 22, 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.

Steve Amstrup, an adjunct professor in the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology, was quoted in Digital Journal about an article that says polar bears don't suffer any long-term harm when they are shot with tranquilizer darts, briefly handled and fitted with radio collars.

Bovine Veterinarian noted that Holly Ernest was recently named the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Disease Ecology at UW.

UW Associate Professor David Finnoff and recent UW economics Ph.D. graduate Jamison Pike were two of the authors of an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that was featured by TIME magazine. The article estimates that the world will see about five new emerging infectious diseases each year and that new prevention strategies are needed to cut economic losses.

Charles Mason, UW's H.A. True Jr. professor of petroleum and natural gas economics, was quoted in an “Ask the Experts” column on about the impact of falling oil prices.

Wyoming Business Report and Lab Manager published UW’s release on Ellen Currano, an assistant professor who recently received a $450,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Bryan Shader, UW’s special assistant to the vice president of research and economic development, and a Department of Mathematics professor, is quoted extensively on the website World Wide Learn about encouraging more women to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that UW officials are assisting the Wyoming School Facilities Commission on two studies that look at long-term funding for the department and its projects.

The Tribune Eagle also quoted Steve Smutko, a UW environment and natural resources professor, in an article about a plan to reduce the strain on the region's aquifer.

The Rawlins Daily Times reported that mule deer near Baggs are among five herds being monitored by UW researchers and other agencies in five separate studies, focusing on wildlife management efforts to enhance mule deer numbers and improve their habitats.

Jeff Clune, a UW Department of Computer Science assistant professor, was featured in The Atlantic and Yahoo! Finance for his research on image-recognition algorithms and how optical illusions fool computers into seeing things.

Wyoming Public Media (WPM) aired a feature on UW Department of Mathematics Professor Stefan Heinz, who touted the benefits of playing chess, which he says trains the mind to consider multiple options. Heinz and his son recently met with world chess champion Garry Kasparov, who recently visited UW.

WPM also interviewed UW economics Professor Rob Godby about the School Facilities Department, tasked with building and maintaining Wyoming’s K-12 schools. The department is facing serious budget shortfalls in the future, according to the report.

On its website, KOWB Radio posted UW’s story on university researchers’ contributions to a nine-year state cloud-seeding study.

Sweetwater Now published UW’s press release on professors Daniel Dale and Chip Kobulnicky’s studio physics class, which focuses on active-learning environments and has promising results. The class was featured in a Laramie Boomerang story as well.

As a science, agroecology looks at what works best to ensure healthy relationships between organisms in a connected environment, noted The Genetic Literacy Project, in which UW Department of Plant Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Kniss was interviewed.

High Plains Journal posted UW’s release on a new bulletin, titled “Dietary Composition and Conflicts of Livestock and Wildlife on Rangeland,” from UW Extension. The bulletin covers livestock and wildlife grazing competition and the facts leading to dietary overlap.

UW’s Science Initiative that focuses on active learning in the sciences was endorsed in a Casper Star-Tribune editorial.

TRI Radio in Windsor, Colo., reported that Laramie ranked sixth in a list of best college towns compiled by WalletHub. The study looked at the quality of higher education, crime rates and the cost of living; the organization ranked 280 U.S. cities and towns.

Rep.-elect Charles Pelkey from Laramie met with UW Faculty Senate members to discuss legislative issues that affect the university, reported The Laramie Boomerang. The Boomerang also noted that Phase II of the Arena-Auditorium renovation will begin next March.

Macro Insider, an online news source, reported that UW researchers were among a team of scientists discovering that Alaska fish adjust to climate change by following food sources.

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