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UW in the News

February 23, 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.

On its homepage, the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis features a 2008 article published in the journal Science by Ed Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics and Finance in the UW College of Business.

A blog by Barbier also is featured on the homepage of the World Bank website. The blog has to do with his recently published article on poverty in rural areas.

CNBC reported that UW was among 20 universities nationwide hosting ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps. The camps are for middle school students to encourage them to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

Lynne and Dick Cheney’s appearance at UW was covered by several media outlets, including KGWN television station and The Laramie Boomerang. The event centered on Lynne Cheney’s latest book, “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered.” She also was interviewed by Wyoming Public Media.

Find MBA Program, a worldwide MBA online search program, and The Casper Star-Tribune carried UW’s release announcing two new MBA programs -- one in international business and another in an energy concentration -- in the College of Business.

Vladimir Alvarado, head of the UW Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, discussed with KUNC public radio the increased class sizes at UW as compared to falling enrollment in regional schools.

Wyoming Public Media (WPM) interviewed UW education Assistant Professor Ana Houseal about how science standards have increased climate change discussion in Wyoming classrooms.

WPM also broadcast that five projects -- which have applications to Wyoming issues -- were recently chosen to receive computational time and storage space on the supercomputer in Cheyenne. HPC Wire and County10 were other media outlets that carried the story.

A team that is guiding UW in preserving, restoring and protecting historic buildings is recommending that parts of campus be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, reported The Laramie Boomerang.

County10 in Fremont County also published UW’s release on STEM opportunities at UW and around the state for Wyoming middle- and high school students this summer.

UW economics Professor Chuck Mason’s research paper on how hydraulic fracturing has benefited the economy was cited in a Wyoming Business Report article.

KUSA 9NEWS in Denver featured UW football player Xavier Lewis, who is attempting a comeback after suffering a stroke last spring.

The UW College of Education’s new program, WyoMakers, which provides hands-on learning activities for students of all ages, was mentioned by KGWN Channel 5 News and The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T).

The CS-T also reported that two UW professors and a student spoke at the Casper Rotary, visited a junior high and met with the public to discuss UW’s Science Initiative. The Sheridan Press also carried the local story.

A UW program that has 10 college access advisers in Wyoming high schools, which helps students with their college plans, continues to be in the news. KGAB Radio and The Billings Gazette carried the story.

The Laramie Boomerang profiled UW economics Professor Chuck Mason, who is an internationally recognized oil and gas expert.

UW’s Morgan Churchill and his co-researcher’s discovery of the oldest known fur seal that helps resolve a more than 5 million-year gap in fur seal and sea lion evolutionary history is still receiving national and international attention. United Press International picked up the article.

Online news source Oil City in Casper noted that Lydiah Nganga, a UW-Casper College associate professor, was the main speaker at last week’s Casper College cultural dinner. Oil City also reported that Danny Villalobos of Casper was named the state’s Boys and Girls Club State Youth of the Year. He received $5,000 toward college expenses and a full-ride scholarship to UW.

The Tampa Bay Times cited UW Department of Plant Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Kniss’ blog on a case study in a story about genetically modified crops causing the decline of monarch butterflies.

The hiring of Ahmed Rhazaoui as UW’s new senior visiting scholar in the Global and Area Studies Program was announced by Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported that UW’s online Water Resources Data System was used to help determine snowpack depth in the area’s mountain ranges.

Scientists from UW and the National Center for Atmospheric Research had their cloud seeding work mentioned by Arizona’s KNAU public radio station.

County 10, the online news service in Fremont County, reported that the Lander Parks and Recreation Department wants to name a skate park after UW student Joe McGowan. He died after an assault at an off-campus location last semester.

A UW Extension educator is arranging a challenge for participants to help reduce the invasive cheatgrass species, according to a university release picked up by Tri-State Livestock News. Tri-State also picked up UW’s release on the university’s record-setting meat judging team.

The Casper Star-Tribune noted that satirist Peter Schickele opened UW’s Cultural Programs' spring series with "50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach” last week. In another CS-T article, Steve Cotton, UW Extension educator, said a strong snowpack is required to give ranchers flexibility in grazing.

The Wyoming College Advising Corps, a UW-sponsored program, is running out of funds, according to a story that aired on Wyoming Public Radio.

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