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UW in the News

March 30, 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.

Wyoming Public Media and Wyoming Business Report were among media outlets announcing that energy firm Hess Corp. donated $15 million to UW to bolster research into extracting hard-to-get oil and gas deposits. The Albuquerque Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle also carried the Associated Press story.

HLNtv (formally CNN2 Headline News) listed UW as the top school for physical science that "won't break the bank." HLN highlighted five college majors that have the highest success rate among students and some of the best schools for them.

A UW study for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority states that pending federal regulations to limit carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants threaten to hit Wyoming's coal industry hard in coming years, according to Coal Guru, an online coal mining industries news site.

The Casper Star-Tribune quoted UW College of Law Assistant Professor Tara Righetti in an article on how energy development would be affected if state regulators increase the minimum distance between drilling rigs and homes to a quarter-mile.

UW’s Board of Trustees approved $6.2 million in raises and employer-paid benefits for faculty and staff, according to an Associated Press article picked up by The Billings Gazette.

The Casper Star-Tribune was among media outlets announcing that Klint Alexander, a political science and international law lecturer from Vanderbilt University, has been hired as UW College of Law Dean.

Hayleigh Lanier, a UW assistant zoology professor, was quoted in The Alaska Dispatch News in an article about how climate change has affected certain species in northwest Alaska.

Web Wire and, both online news sources, posted UW’s release about the men’s basketball team’s success in the classroom.

The international news release distribution site, Media-News Wire, carried UW’s release on the academic success of the men’s basketball team.

UW Science Posse members helped Casper elementary students launch a weather balloon, according to a segment aired on Casper’s Channel 13.

K2 Radio broadcast a report noting the UW Alumni Association’s 120th anniversary last week.

UW’s release on the State Geography Bee competition at UW was picked up by County 10, Fremont County’s online news site. The Sweetwater County news and information site, Sweetwater Now, also posted UW’s release.

UW Professor of History Phil Roberts was quoted in a story by KPLU Public Radio in Seattle about the history of the Washington state income tax. He also was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) about the life of Chief Washakie.

The CS-T quoted Roberts in another article about the history of oil in the Cowboy State. Chuck Mason, a UW professor of petroleum economics, talked about crude oil prices with The CS-T.

KGWN Television aired a report that the second phase of the Arena-Auditorium renovation will be delayed a year because construction costs for the current design exceed the funding available for the project.

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