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UW in the News

April 6, 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 Princeton Review selected UW as one of its top colleges because of financial assistance, noting that “Hathaway Scholarships allow state residents to graduate virtually debt free, and financial aid for out-of-state students isn’t too shabby, either. This allows students to get an outstanding education for pennies on the dollar.”

The UW Geological Museum was ranked 12th among the “50 Most Amazing College Museums” by College The museum was noted as “a hotbed of paleontology.” Individual and family visitors “will be struck by the unique dinosaur fossils on display here,” the website says.

The Billings Gazette picked up an Associated Press article quoting UW Associate Professor Jeff Beck about whether the state should do more to protect sage grouse wintering grounds.

UW President Dick McGinity says economic development and partnerships with Cheyenne will help the university move forward, according to a story in The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. McGinity made the remarks during a Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

ABC Radio interviewed recently retired UW Professor Hank Harlow, who specializes in animal physiology, about how wild animals adapt to survive stressful environments such as extreme cold.

UW Professor Steve Holbrook and UW graduate students were among researchers who published a study on how continents were generated on Earth more than 2.5 billion years ago. The article appeared in EurekaAlert!, the global source for science news, and was first published in Nature Geoscience.

Recreational Flying, an online aviation news source, and Sweetwater Now posted UW’s release about the university looking into the possibility of replacing its research plane, King Air.

Jeff Clune, a UW assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, was among authors of a paper that suggests when brains are organized into modules they are better at learning without having to replace old knowledge. The article was carried by Science 2.0 and (e) Science News.

Energy and Environment Publishing noted that a study from Robert Field, a senior research scientist, found that emissions from wastewater recycling at oil and gas drilling sites likely contributed to high ozone levels in the Upper Green River Basin in 2011.

Jonathan Prather, a UW zoology and physiology assistant professor, had his songbird research picked up by The San Francisco Chronicle. The study attempts to unlock mysteries of songbird communication. The Laramie Boomerang wrote a front-page story on Prather’s research.

KSL TV in Salt Lake reported that Kevin Monteith, a UW assistant research professor, is among researchers working to find why pneumonia is killing bighorn sheep in Fremont County.

The UW debate team’s success on the national scene was reported by The Casper Star-Tribune.

The Billings Gazette picked up a story indicating that Wyoming lawmakers will discuss education issues in the state, including raising the stature of the UW College of Education.

UW economist Rob Godby’s study that shows just how much the state of Wyoming relies on coal was the focus of a High Country News piece.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW economist Anne Alexander about Wyoming’s middle-class decline, which is smaller than the national average.

UW student groups are among supporters asking the Laramie City Council to support a proposal that would ban discrimination against gays and transgendered people in the community, The CS-T also reported.

The CS-T also published UW’s release that the stage production of “Hell To Pay” will be performed twice this week at the UW Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

Rising construction costs have delayed Phase 2 of the remodeling of the Arena-Auditorium, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The University Store’s workshops on use of Apple products was profiled in Foreward Online, the industry news site for collegiate retailers. profiled Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Professor Colleen Denney. A British expert, Denney examines how women use art and culture to present who they are to the world.

UW basketball team members are visiting local schools to promote Healthy Pokes, an after-school program sponsored by the UW Division of Kinesiology and Health, and the College of Health Sciences, reported Oil City, an online news site in Casper.

County10, Fremont County’s online news source, noted that UW researchers and Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel conducted a study on the health of the Snowy Range moose population.

UW employee pay raises and benefits were explained in a Casper Star-Tribune article.

UW Institutional Communications Director Chad Baldwin discussed UW’s construction projects on the Public Pulse show, aired on Sheridan radio stations.

Jordan McCoy, a UW Extension nutrition and food safety educator in Teton County, will manage a new community garden in Jackson, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

K2 Radio aired UW’s release about an Upton student winning the State Geography Bee contest held recently on the UW campus.

Karen Panter, a UW Extension horticulture specialist, was interviewed by Nebraska’s PBS station Net about more Wyoming residents operating their own greenhouses to grow fresh produce.

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