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UW in the News

August 17, 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.

Chuck Mason, a UW professor of petroleum and natural gas economics, told Sputnik News, an international news site, that the nation’s economy will improve if Congress removes the oil export ban, which will help domestic U.S. oil producers.

EurekAlert! carried UW’s release that scientists have provided a more complete picture of the role of rivers and streams in the global carbon cycle. Robert Hall Jr., professor in UW’s Department of Zoology and Physiology, and former UW Program in Ecology Ph.D. student Erin Hotchkiss were among the researchers. The findings first appeared in Nature Geoscience., Lab Manager Magazine and AZO Clean Tech also had the report.

Scientists from UW’s Department of Geology and Geophysics and from the School of Energy Resources are among researchers collaborating to find the best ways to tap unconventional oil reservoirs in the Powder River Basin, reported Natural Gas Intelligence.

The Washington Times reprinted an Associated Press story on the International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference in Jackson in October. Among the sponsors is the UW School of Energy Resources.

The search for a new UW president officially begins this week, reported KGWN TV, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) and The Laramie Boomerang.

The Laramie Boomerang also profiled UW engineering Professor Fred Ogden, who discovered a new equation for water infiltration flow, which affects water modeling systems worldwide. His work could help predict floods.

Research work by Jeff Clune, an assistant professor in the UW Department of Computer Science and director of the Evolving Artificial Intelligence Lab, has been published by online national publications such as Nautilus, Communications of the ACM and Fusion.

The Boomerang profiled UW Department of Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor Adam Myers, who is among scientists mapping millions of galaxies for a three-dimensional layout of the universe.

Jerod Merkle, of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at UW, was quoted in the Pioneer News, an online science site, about drones putting stress on the environment -- both plants and animals. PBS NewsHour also picked up the report.

KGAB Radio of Cheyenne featured the UW Cowboy Kickoff concert and pep rally Friday, Sept. 4, before the opening Cowboys football game.

Ken Sims, professor in the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics, says he believes a super volcano in Yellowstone National Park is actually dying and may not erupt. He was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune. The story was picked up by The International Business Times.

Wyoming Business Report published UW’s release on the next e2e Wyoming guest speaker, serial entrepreneur Doug Henston. He will speak in Laramie Sept. 9. The CS-T also picked up the release.

The Daily Caller, in Washington, D.C., ranked UW among the top colleges nationwide with high acceptance rates, saying the “flagship state school of over 13,000 students offers 170 academic programs. The surrounding town of Laramie is charming. Outdoor enthusiasts -- and anyone who enjoys a cold winter -- will find plenty of thrills and chills.”

Four former UW players hope to join six other Cowboys on NFL rosters this season, reported 101.9 King FM in Cheyenne.

A guitar-themed workshop held recently at UW for teachers will teach students about STEM programs, says a story picked up by U.S. News and World Report.

The Boomerang noted that UW’s Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program is now independent from the Department of English.

Various events are planned this month for a field day at UW’s James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Lingle, The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal reported.

KGWN TV broadcast a report on Gov. Matt Mead signing a proclamation for Cheyenne’s community health care week. In attendance were representatives from the UW Family Practice Residency Program and health workers in Cheyenne.

UW’s Vertical Dance Troupe and Lights Along the Shore were guest performers at last weekend’s Cheyenne Arts Festival, noted The CS-T. The CS-T and K2 Radio reported that the UW Board of Trustees approved a $9.9 million budget request for the university’s medical programs.

Northeast region UW Extension Educator Jeremiah Vardiman told Prairie Star that the recent cool, wet weather has slowed crop harvesting in Wyoming.

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