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UW in the News

July 20, 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’s release on research that contradicts a belief that polar bears might be able to lower their metabolic rates to conserve energy during the summer was carried by some of the world’s leading news sources, including the New York Times, the BBC, the Washington Post, Reuters, U.S. News and World Report, CBS News, ABC News, China Daily and Voice of America. The full finding by UW researchers and other scientists can be found in Science.

Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) interviewed UW zoologist Hank Harlow on biomimicry, or ways humans can copy hibernation and other traits expressed by animals.

WPR also talked to UW economist Rob Godby after the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading of Alpha Natural Resources stocks. Godby also was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about coal mine reclamation.

In a Casper Star-Tribune interview, Godby said there should be no major changes for consumers after Black Hills Corp.'s $1.74 billion acquisition of SourceGas is completed. carried UW’s release on the university receiving an NSF Major Instrument Award worth $408,000. The borehole nuclear magnetic resonance instrument will more accurately measure aquifer levels.

UW’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing program was rated 23rd among the top 50 affordable online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs nationwide, according to Value Colleges rankings. The survey said UW’s in-state and out-of-state tuition fees “make an online BSN from the University of Wyoming a solid value.”

The Laramie Boomerang was among media outlets that carried UW’s release announcing that two committees have been tasked to help select the new university president.

The Casper Star-Tribune noted that the UW Board of Trustees interviewed three firms to help in the search for a new university president.

An Associated Press story, picked up by The Billings Gazette, noted that the UW Board of Trustees has established employee compensation, retention and an improved financial accounting system as the top priorities for the 2017-18 draft budget.

The engineering, science and education initiatives are working well to attract students into those fields at UW, but resources could be strained with an increase in enrollment, Alyson Hagy, associate vice president of undergraduate education, told The Boomerang.

UW Professor Jeff Lockwood is quoted in a Discover Magazine blog about the new “Ant-Man” movie. Lockwood is the author of the book “Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War.”

New “deep” gas exploration strategies in the Rocky Mountain region are being developed by UW’s Institute for Energy Research, according to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The association also reported that recently retired UW chemical and petroleum engineering Professor Brian Towler co-wrote a study published in the International Journal of Nanotechnology, theorizing that nanotech could revolutionize the natural gas industry, from production to processing to pollution reduction.

UW Department of Political Science Professor Jim King commented in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle about a 2016 ballot proposal that would let voters decide if medical marijuana should be legal in Wyoming.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed three UW Department of Physics and Astronomy professors about the New Horizons spacecraft’s journey to Pluto that provided stunning photos and new information about the dwarf planet.

Two juveniles were identified for causing thousands of dollars of damage to UW athletic facilities last week, The Boomerang also reported.

The Rawlins Daily Times featured UW Science Posse members who volunteered their time to present hands-on workshops for students in Carbon County.

UW Department of Geography Professor Gerald Webster wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation, an online academic news site, about how the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia, S.C.

MSN Health&Fitness published the work of Dori Pitynski, a doctoral student in the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Her work indicated that too much salt intake may stunt puberty in humans, leading to reduced fertility and higher stress levels. Pitynski’s work was first published in Science Daily.

UW Department of Ecosystem Science and Management Professor Pete Stahl will lead a workshop in Douglas this week to explain the soil, water and vegetation components, and the monitoring requirements of a reclamation plan, according to Dredging Today, an industry website.

K2 Radio reported that the UW Board of Trustees met in Cheyenne last week for its annual retreat.

UW Institutional Communications Specialist Milton Ontiveroz was interviewed by Wyoming Public Media on how, in 1998, UW became the first nonprofit partner with Cheyenne Frontier Days.

UW Extension held its annual field day at the university’s Sheridan Research and Extension Center last week, according to Sheridan, a group of radio stations serving northeastern Wyoming.

Sheridan also carried UW’s release about teachers completing a two-week program at UW called “Launching Astronomy: Standards and STEM Integration,” which gives educators new skills and ideas to stimulate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. noted that UW senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough was among the players named to the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, which honors the nation’s top defensive lineman.

UW students were among 11 ROTC Cadets from across the country participating in the National Forensic Science Technology Center for the seventh annual Biometrics and Forensic Internship, reported Tampa Bay News Wire.

USA Today was among the many media outlets reporting that UW extended the contract of Cowboys basketball Coach Larry Shyatt.

The design of the new entrance of the Arena-Auditorium is nearly complete, according to The Laramie Boomerang.

The UW Ruckelshaus Institute is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on the information-gathering portion of the Pole Mountain usage plan, The Boomerang also reported.

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