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UW in the News

January 20, 2015

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 Laramie Boomerang featured UW President McGinity, who reflected on his first year leading the university. In a separate article, The Boomerang also noted that UW employees are underpaid as compared to other state employees.

UW’s newly started operation of a business incubator in Sheridan was featured by The Sheridan Press.

High Country News interviewed UW College of Law Professor Debra Donahue about the Wind River Indian Reservation tribes’ legal battle with the state, involving land and energy management issues.

Funding UW projects was among items mentioned during Gov. Matt Mead’s state of the state address to state legislators last week, according to an Associated Press story in The Billings Gazette.

Oil City, an online news source in Casper, noted that Anne Alexander, UW International Programs director, discussed the economic effects of listing sage grouse on Wyoming’s economy, during a recent Casper Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

UW scientists are among researchers that noted Dolly Varden, a species of char common in southeast Alaska, are adjusting to climate change when seeking food sources, according to The Fishing Wire.

McClatchy DC reported that more UW researchers and others studied and measured massive melt of a Greenland ice sheet.

International Business Times published a story about research Ken Sims, a UW professor of geography and geology, and others conducted that was recently published in Nature. Researchers gained a better understanding of how the Earth’s crust was recycled from the surface of the planet to deep within the mantle.

The UW men’s basketball team’s climb to No. 25 in the Associated Press poll was featured in several media outlets, including The Albuquerque Journal.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed UW interim deans about their experiences leading their respective colleges this past year. The Boomerang also noted that the UW Board of Trustees plans to make a formal decision regarding a compensation policy for employees at the board’s March meeting.

Legislators began the process of discussing UW’s science initiative proposal, according to The Casper Star-Tribune.

Horse Talk reported on rangeland grazing research work conducted by Derek Scasta, a UW Department of Ecosystem Science and Management associate professor.

The UW American Heritage Center archives are being digitized and made available to anyone with an Internet connection, according to The Laramie Boomerang.

A Casper Star-Tribune editorial favored raising Hathaway Scholarship fees for high school graduates to attend either UW or a Wyoming community college.

Spring enrollment appears to be strong, according to Sara Axelson, UW vice president for student affairs. Her comments were picked up by media outlets, including KGWN TV.

The Arizona Daily Star covered the American Meteorological Society convention in which Terry Deshler, a UW atmospheric science professor, was quoted about cloud seeding.

Michael Dillon, a UW zoology professor, is using a grant to study how alpine bumblebees exist over broad geographic areas, according to KPVI TV in Pocatello/Idaho Falls.

The Laramie Boomerang covered last week’s UW Board of Trustees meeting, which included discussion about two new building projects and damage caused by broken pipes during a recent cold snap.

Nina McConigley, a UW Department of English lecturer, was featured in The Hindu and how she teaches a class on fiction writing.

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