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UW in the News

October 12, 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.

Large fires will continue to increase as a result of a warming climate, according to a new study led by John Calder, a Ph.D. candidate in UW’s Program in Ecology and the Department of Geology and Geophysics. UW’s release was picked up by AZO Cleantech, Brazil Business Today, The National Science Foundation, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T), The Denver Post, Denver’s  9News and 7News, and Homeland Security News Wire. Calder’s research first appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a major scientific journal.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that the presidential search committee released a profile and job description for the president’s position. Sheridan Media also carried the story.

Gov. Matt Mead and other state leaders discussed a nearly $200 million budget shortfall for the next biennium, which the governor said he hopes will not affect education in the state, including UW, according to The CS-T. The Billings Gazette carried a similar story on how the shortfall will affect UW’s budget proposals.

Energy Biz interviewed UW School of Energy Resources Director Mark Northam in an article about how the energy industry is looking into carbon capture and storage techniques as the Obama administration pushes to cut greenhouse gas pollution from power plants by nearly one-third over the next 15 years.

UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio about declining natural gas prices, which has led to a decline for domestic demand for thermal coal, used in power production.

Wyoming Business Report noted that Laramie-based Bright Agrotech, which got its start at the Wyoming Technology Business Center at UW, has built the world’s largest food-producing wall for the USA Pavillion at the World’s Fair in Milan, Italy.

UW’s King Air research aircraft was used in a study by Michigan Technological University that analyzes a new way to see clouds and their unusual mixing behavior by using holography, according to Technobahn.

The Laramie Boomerang reported about the use of UW’s King Air in a large atmospheric study, a multimillion dollar project called the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN). Data from the study could be used to better predict storms that form tornadoes.

Hits106 Radio carried UW’s release on the university’s new weekly podcast news report.

UW Symphony Orchestra Director Michael Griffith, in an interview on Wyoming Public Radio (WPR), said that this year’s programming covers three key areas: the classics, contemporary works and hidden gems.

WPR also aired a report about last week’s International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference in Jackson Hole that focused on the future of the coal industry.

SB Nation, a national online sports source, named Tom Burman one of the top five athletic directors. The announcement was picked up by KOWB Radio and Sweetwater Now. KOWB also broadcasted UW’s “Big Event” community service day release.

KOWB also carried UW’s release on Assistant Professor Catherine Wagner, who received the 2015 Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize, which is given to an exceptional young evolutionary biologist who has completed no more than four years of research since receiving a Ph.D.

KGWN TV used UW’s release about articulation agreements that have been signed between Laramie County Community College and UW that will benefit students transferring to UW.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide featured UW’s popular one-day lecture series, Saturday U, which was held last weekend at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson.

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