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UW in the News

October 5, 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.

Coal Age, an industry news site, noted that UW and state officials recently met with representatives of one of China’s biggest coal regions on ways to collaborate for clean-coal and coal-conversion technologies. The Jackson Hole News and Guide also followed up on the international meeting.

UW was ranked among the top 100 “smartest public schools in America” by Business Insider. Criteria used was to analyze the average standardized test scores that schools report to U.S. News. Yahoo! Finance also carried the story.

Laramie topped College Values Online’s list of the “50 Best Small College Towns in America,” KGAB Radio reported.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Andrew Kniss, an associate professor in the UW Department of Plant Sciences, in a story about the relationships between researchers and corporations involving genetically modified organisms.

The AP and WyoFile reported UW assistant professor Anna Chalfoun’s research on pikas’ ability to adapt to climate change in mountain conditions. Pikas are “critical indicator species,” according to the article.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) quoted Lizzy Mack, Wyoming toad manager for UW and the Fish and Wildlife Service, in an article about a new state recovery plan for the amphibian.

Both the CS-T and Wyoming Tribune Eagle published a story about a proposal state lawmakers are reconsidering that would provide up to $250,000 for technology-based startups in Wyoming.

An article in Laboratory News about digital evolution includes information about UW assistant professor Jeff Clune’s research about how robots, when damaged, learned to change their behavior to keep functioning despite being damaged.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported on the requirements for a new UW president that were outlined by faculty, staff and the public.

UW’s King Air research aircraft was mentioned in a National Science Foundation release about scientists using holography to see clouds.

UW’s Engineers Without Borders chapter members were profiled in The Laramie Boomerang for their recent charity work in Kenya.

The Wyoming Business Report reprinted UW’s release announcing a $6 million gift from the McMurry Foundation that will help fund the university’s new High Altitude Performance Center.

The UW School of Energy Resources’ International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference will be in Jackson this week, according to The Wyoming Business Report.

County10 published UW’s release announcing that the Wyoming Rendezvous Tour, an outreach program for new faculty to visit a region of Wyoming each fall, was in Fremont County last week. UW President Dick McGinity also participated in part of the tour.

The opening of the new Encore Café in the UW Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts was reported by Food Management, a website that provides ideas for food service directors, managers and chefs.

The Cody Enterprise printed UW’s release about Department of Art and Art History Professor Ricki Klages’ exhibition at Plaza Diane Community Center for the Arts in Powell.

Blake McGee, assistant professor of clarinet in the Department of Music, was profiled in the Kearney Hub for a performance with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported that Nina McConigley, an assistant professor in the UW Honors Program, planned to lead a writing workshop and read from her short story collection last week in Jackson.

The Gillette News Record noted that Todd Surovell, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, would present a public program at the Campbell County Public Library on the Dukha, nomadic reindeer herders of Tuvan descent, and their correlation to Native American tribes. The Gillette News Record also reported the Campbell County High School Marching Band won the UW/Troopers Marching Band Invitational Oct. 2.

UW Homecoming events were noted by Hits 106 Radio in Laramie.

Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, was interviewed by Sheridan Media about the grand opening of the newly expanded and renovated Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. Sheridan Media also interviewed Baldwin about possible research collaborations between UW and China’s Shanxi Province.

K2 Radio was among media outlets quoting Gov. Matt Mead, who favors dipping into the state’s rainy day account to fund certain initiatives at UW.

The “Dickie Landry: Composer. Saxophonist. Photographer. Artist.” exhibition is on display at the UW Art Museum through Saturday, Dec. 19, KOWB Radio reported.

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