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UW in the News

August 31, 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 San Francisco Gate, World Latest News, Brazil Business Today, KTWN TV and The Wyoming Tribune Eagle were among media outlets noting that Oregon-based company FEI donated $12 million to UW for cutting-edge research to improve extraction of oil and gas. The state of Wyoming will kick in $12 million in matching funds.

UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by International Business Times about last week’s sudden 1,000-point plunge of the Dow Jones Industrial Average as investors feared a “Black Monday.” Godby says investors shouldn’t worry about the up-and-down swing of the market and should wait it out.

Godby also discussed with International Business Times that the U.S. provided investors with a revised gross domestic product number that showed the world’s largest economy grew more than previously thought, and that the country's second-quarter economic activity has eased fears that a China-led global economic slowdown could spread to the U.S.

EDN Asia noted that Jeff Clune, a UW Department of Computer Science assistant professor, is among researchers who have developed a new type of robot that quickly adapts to injury or damage.

UW’s release on two UW College of Education programs receiving the highest possible ratings from their respective specialized professional associations was carried by Sheridan and County 10.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed Bill Gern, UW research and economic development vice president, about the importance of research for the university’s faculty.

UW Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Chad Baldwin explained the new UW freshman seminars that feature small classes during an interview on Sheridan Media’s morning show.

The Laramie Boomerang covered the first day students were allowed to move into the residence halls. The Boomerang also interviewed several UW professors and how they are preparing for the new year. The Boomerang featured UW facilities workers who prepared for the opening day of classes.

The CEO of the San Diego-based Tungsten Heavy Powder and Parts, which supplies components for military, industrial engineering and medical markets, said UW was among the reasons for moving the company’s operations from China to Laramie, according to The Boomerang.

El, CBS News, The Boston Globe, Fox News Latino and Yahoo India Finance picked up a story that included UW American Studies Assistant Professor Lilia Soto commenting on Donald Trump’s mass deportation plan for illegal immigrants. Soto specifically talked about folk songs often played on Spanish-language radio stations that allude to mass deportations and separation of loved ones.

Wyoming Public Media discussed how UW and Wind River Indian Reservation partners will evaluate the health impacts of food gardens with tribal families. The program is funded by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

UW economist Ed Barbier’s commentary about how other coastal regions around the world should heed the advice of those who helped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is still in the news. Water Online published UW’s release on Barbier’s column that first appeared in the science journal Nature.

UW’s release about next month’s WyoFiber Live! Festival at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site was reprinted on the Wyoming Arts Council website.

Nature writer John Gilbey wrote a firsthand account on his participation in the annual Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop at UW. Michael Brotherton, Department of Physics and Astronomy professor, heads the program.

UW’s release on Wyoming high school instructors participating in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) guitar-building project was picked up by, a science and technology website.

High Country News cited UW economist Rob Godby’s recent study that found that regulations proposed by President Obama’s clean power plan could reduce Wyoming coal production by 34 to 50 percent.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that UW officials are putting plans in place this semester to help retain students.

UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources publications have received national honors, according to The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal. The Journal also carried UW’s release about last week’s Research and Extension Center field day in Laramie.

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