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UW in the News

September 21, 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.

NBC News interviewed Vladimir Alvarado, an associate professor in the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science, about his Hispanic Heritage Award during ceremonies last week in Washington, D.C. Alvarado was honored as an “innovator, leader in your field and role model to youth.”

In an article on wildfires, The New York Times noted the research of UW Department of Geography Emeritus Professor William Baker. Baker said that severe wildfires are not increasing in Western United States dry forests.

UW President Dick McGinity outlined his priorities heading into the new school year in a speech at last week’s fall convocation, reported The Laramie Boomerang. The UW Foundation received support from the Board of Trustees for its continued work, The Boomerang also noted.

Also during the fall convocation, Wyoming Public Media reported that McGinity was worried that falling energy prices could have a dramatic effect on UW’s budget request.

The Casper Star Tribune (CS-T) reported that UW is working on the transition to a new president.

The Huffington Post quoted Mark Guiberson, a UW associate professor in the Division of Communication Disorders, in a story about how visually impaired rural Hispanic students are hindered by a lack of care.

Interviewed by High Country News, UW economist Chuck Mason said the threat to Western producers from Iranian oil is real, and today’s prices already are starting to reflect that.

Northern Wyoming Daily News, KOWB Radio and SweetwaterNow were among media outlets reporting that public listening sessions this week will allow members of the public to give opinions on what characteristics and qualifications they would like to see in the new UW president.

A team led by the Carbon Management Institute in UW’s School of Energy Resources will use a $1.9 million grant from the Department of Energy to study the feasibility of using salty water from carbon dioxide storage sites to produce fresh water, according to The Wyoming Business Report picked up UW’s release.

The Wyoming Business Report also noted that Devon Energy will dedicate a CO2 injection facility this week in Riverton. The article stated that UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute estimates that advanced technology could help producers draw an extra billion barrels of oil out of the ground from depleted fields.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that UW and Wyoming community colleges are implementing transfer programs in 17 disciplines. The Boomerang also highlighted the annual Rocky Mountain Rendezvous for geoscience students from across the nation.

UW researchers were among state officials and power company executives in China last week to discuss clean coal initiatives, according to Wyoming Public Radio (WPR). They were in Shanxi, China's main coal-producing province. WPR also had a second report.

Environmental Science and Technology, a scientific journal, noted that UW researchers were among scientists supporting a ban on the common use of plastic “microbeads” from products that enter wastewater as the best way to protect water quality and wildlife. The Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at UW assisted on the project.

UW American Indian Studies Lecturer Nicky Michael commented on an Inside Higher Ed story on Dartmouth College’s recent hiring for director of the Native American Program. Critics have said the new director’s tribal affiliation is not recognized by other Native tribes.

The Buffalo Bulletin mentioned that UW elementary and early childhood Assistant Professor Ana Houseal is among educators helping Buffalo improve science standards in the local school district.

Gov. Matt Mead touted UW and others around the state for making Wyoming the No. 2 state in the nation in startup companies, according to The Wyoming Business Report.

The Northern Wyoming Daily News used UW’s release on UW molecular biology Professor Mark Gomelsky and his team who are developing bloodstream bacterial drones to kill tumors. Surgical Products also reprinted UW’s release.

UW Institutional Communications and Marketing Associate Vice President Chad Baldwin was interviewed on Sheridan Media discussing a cooperative research project with oil and gas producers in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

The Boomerang reported that Associated Students of UW President Brian Schueler is working with others to help pass a student email law that better describes what falls under the Public Records Act. The Boomerang also reported that UW Assistant Professor Christine Porter is among those working to secure a parcel of land to lease for a local nonprofit group to grow sustainable food on city-owned land.

The Washington Times reprinted a CS-T story on the research on bats. The article featured Gary Beauvais, director of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database at UW.

McKayla Peterson, a UW animal and veterinary sciences junior, was among 10 students nationwide who traveled to Thailand this summer to help treat injured elephants and dogs, according to a story in The Independent Florida Alligator, the University of Florida’s student newspaper.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle noted that the UW American Heritage Center now houses a new archive centering on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life in the Rocky Mountains -- the first of its kind in Wyoming.

UW’s Muslim cultural community was profiled in Sunday’s Laramie Boomerang.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Ag Appreciation Weekend activities are scheduled this weekend, reported The CS-T.

Cheyenne resident Affie Ellis, a Navajo woman who teaches in the UW American Indian Studies Program, says all sides should be considered in the debate about the possibility of changing the name of Devils Tower to Bear Lodge, according to another CS-T story.

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