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UW in the News

May 26, 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.

UW Professor Bart Geerts is among researchers studying how thunderstorms are formed at night, according to a National Science Foundation release. UW’s research plane, King Air, will be used during nighttime expeditions across the Great Plains region. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Center for Atmospheric Research also posted a release on the PECAN project, which also involves UW professors Zhien Wang and Thomas Parish.

EurekaAlert! posted UW’s release on research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in which UW Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Daniel Wall and UW doctoral student Chris Vassallo discovered a certain type of soil bacteria that uses the social behavior of outer membrane exchange to repair damaged cells and improve the fitness of the bacteria population as a whole. Phys.Org, Science Newsline and the National Institutes of Health were among other sites that published UW’s release.

A $200 million project to construct new residence halls on the UW campus was the focus of a WyoFile feature.

Wired Magazine interviewed UW Department of History Associate Professor Renee Laegreid about a piece on Italian’s fascination of the American West, cowboys and rodeos.

Research work by Dori Pitynski, a doctoral student in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, continues to be in the news. Her study on how too much salt intake could stunt puberty in humans, leading to reduced fertility and higher stress levels, was noted by international publications,, Hindustan Times, and Health Care Asia.

SweetwaterNOW carried UW’s release about UW Mortar Board Chapter students honoring staff members who have made exceptional contributions to UW and have inspired students. The website also carried UW’s release announcing the next set of Wyoming Conservation Corps projects.

Nearly 500 high school and middle school students took part in the 16th annual Women in Science Conference last week on the UW campus, Oil City reported. and the Scottsbluff Star Herald were among media outlets that posted a story about planned, scaled-back renovations for the UW Arena-Auditorium. The Scottsbluff Star Herald also published an Associated Press story about UW’s plans to conduct a transparent search for its next president.

UW Extension was among a multistate team that received national recognition for the Dining with Diabetes educational program at the recent National Health Outreach Conference, according to The Wayne Independent in Honesdale, Pa.

A Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) editorial praised UW trustees for voting to conduct a transparent search for the next university president. The CS-T also noted that two UW faculty members collaborated with Cambodia to develop a museum to remember genocide victims.

UW’s Jill Kline, Wyoming Small Business Development Center director, was interviewed by The Wyoming Tribune Eagle for a story on the growing number of women-owned businesses in the state.

County 10 published UW’s release on the latest Northern Arapaho scholarship recipients.

UW’s release on College of Business marketing students working on a sustainability project abroad was published by Oil City.

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