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UW in the News

May 18, 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.

Time Magazine, MSN India News and Health, Medical and Science Updates were among publications reporting that a UW study noted that too much salt intake may stunt puberty in humans, leading to reduced fertility and higher stress levels. The work by Dori Pitynski, a doctoral student in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, was first published in Science Daily.

Wyoming Public Radio and KGWN TV were among media outlets reporting that a $1 million donation to UW from Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. will be used to support research on unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.

PBS Newshour covered the recent expedition of the Okeanos Explorer, of which Michael Cheadle, a UW associate professor of geophysics, served as senior scientist. Scientific American also carried a story on the exploration of the Puerto Rico Trench.

UW Board of Trustees action to publicly identify presidential finalists was reported in the Washington Times and other outlets, including Wyoming Public Radio.

UW Religious Studies Professor Paul Flesher was interviewed by The Wyoming Tribune Eagle about Wyoming following the national trend of people being unaffiliated with religious groups.

The Washington Times and County 10, a news and information website for Fremont County, picked up UW’s release noting that the UW Board of Trustees reviewed a consultant’s report that supports constructing new residence halls on campus. County 10 also carried UW’s release on the AstroCamp for middle school students in June.

With the support of some UW students and university members, the Laramie City Council approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance -- the first of its kind in Wyoming. Most of the articles mentioned Matthew Shepard, the UW student who was murdered in 1998. The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo News, U.S. News and World Report, ABC News and Rolling Stone Magazine were among media publishing the article.

Department of Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor Hannah Jang-Condell continues to be in the headlines as she heads a NASA study of the evolution of planet formation. Her story was published by Perfect Science and New York City Today.

Planet Jackson Hole interviewed UW mathematics Professor Bryan Shader for an article about students experiencing global studies as a way to enhance their post-secondary education careers.

UW College of Law Professor Steve Easton commented to The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) about the Natrona County district attorney’s criticism of an investigation into an alleged altercation. The CS-T also published UW’s release announcing new exhibitions opening at the UW Art Museum.

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says UW is a source to help promote a new website for “Wyoming Grown," a new state program that seeks to convince former residents to return to Wyoming and fill jobs here, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Sweetwater Now , a news and information website for Sweetwater County, carried UW’s release on a donated statue of former Gov. Stan Hathaway. The statue, at UW, honors his legacy of the Hathaway Scholarship Program. The publication also used UW’s news release on the Women in Science Conference on campus.

Incoming student Lindsay Arvin received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study in the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics to research how geology affects the growth of the world’s largest trees. The UW release was published by Sweetwater Now. The website also carried UW’s release about animal science student Lindsay Zacco and her jumping horse, Buck. The unveiling of a new statue at UW also was reported by SweetwaterNow.

Witnessing the aftermath of a train wreck in his hometown of Evanston led renowned surgeon Dr. Brent Eastman to a medical career. He was the UW College of Health Sciences commencement speaker last week, reported The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

The Sheridan Press published UW’s release announcing students who were honored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Sheridan paper carried UW’s release announcing the local students who will participate in the Summer High School Institute.

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