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UW in the News

September 8, 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.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UW’s College of Law in its top 10 list of colleges that leave graduates with the least amount of debt. Yahoo! Finance also carried the rankings.

The Oregon-based company FEI’s donation of $12 million to UW for cutting-edge research to improve extraction of oil and gas, continues to be in the news. World Oil, Philanthropy News Digest and Shale Markets picked up the Associated Press story. Wyoming Public Media also carried the announcement. The state of Wyoming will contribute $12 million in matching funds.

WyoFile, the in-depth news website, reported that UW is one of the top recipients of state support in the nation. The article detailed how the state of Wyoming spends more than $9 billion every two years.

UW economist Chuck Mason was quoted by Bloomberg News in a story about how lifting the nation’s oil export ban would affect oil refiners. Mason’s comments also were picked up by The San Antonio News and Downstream Today, an industry news website.

UW Department of Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeff Clune talked with Motherboard, the website devoted to new technologies, cultures and discoveries, about his latest artificial intelligence research on how automating evolution could give machines imaginations. He also was interviewed by The Atlantic in a story titled “When Robots Hallucinate.”, AZO Nano and TG Techno reprinted UW’s release on research work conducted by TeYu Chien, an assistant professor in the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy, who says surface materials are not just two-dimensional.

Comments from UW economist Rob Godby were included in a National Public Radio story about the decline in the shipping of commodities on the nation’s railroads. He also was quoted in a High Country News story about the potential impact of federal regulations on Wyoming’s coal industry.

Sheridan Media carried UW’s release in which Teal Wyckoff, WyoBio technical manager, told how citizen scientists can help build a database about Wyoming’s biodiversity by contributing information through a UW website.

UW Political Science Associate Professor Stephanie Anderson commented on Sheridan Media about this week’s German unification events on campus. Sheridan Media also noted that the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will celebrate Ag Appreciation Weekend later this month.

The Laramie Boomerang profiled UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Professor Merav Ben-David and her research on humans’ effects on the environment.

UW Department of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty members Treva Sprout Ahrenholtz, Bruce Cameron and Erin Irick are among researchers working on ways to make protective clothing more comfortable and effective for firefighters, according to Firefighter Nation.

SweetwaterNOW and KQSW Radio posted UW’s release about UW Associate Professor Mark Guiberson’s study to improve recognition of language disabilities in Spanish-speaking children.

The UW-based Wyoming Conservation Corps is facing funding cuts on the national level, according to an article in The Casper-Star Tribune (CS-T). In another article, The CS-T noted that UW considers a student’s disciplinary history during the admission process.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that many entry level courses are filled early because of increasing enrollment at UW. The Boomerang also noted that Faculty Senate set its goals for the new year.

New UW Animal Science Department Head Mike Day was profiled by The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal.

Cheyenne newspaper, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, reported that UW Department of Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor Adam Myers is helping to develop a 3-D map of the universe.

Black Hills Corp.’s move to diversify as a natural gas supplier is a good move for the company, UW economist Anne Alexander told the Gillette News Record.

UW Board of Trustees member Mike Massie was interviewed by The Laramie Boomerang in an article about the Anti-Defamation League’s attempts to have the state of Wyoming pass a hate crime law.

The CS-T quoted UW Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Jonathan Naughton about the slow progress of wind energy development in the state.

UW’s Western Thunder Marching Band has its largest number of participants this fall, according to Wyoming Public Radio.

Jeff Lockwood, director of the UW MFA Creative Writing Program, was among guests of the SETI Institute radio program, as he discussed humans’ love-hate relationship with bugs.

The Lusk Herald published a story on UW graduate Chancey Williams and his Younger Brothers Band, who will perform during a fundraising event later this month for flood relief efforts in the Niobrara County community.

UW neuroscience doctoral student Dori Pitynski’s research showing that too much salt can severely affect reproductive health was cited in The Kashmir Monitor.

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