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UW in the News

October 26, 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.

New research by UW Department of Sociology Associate Professor Anna Zajacova indicates how cancer diagnosis affects employment, and income of individuals and families, according to the life sciences and medical websites News Medical,, Health Medical Network and Medical News Today. Click here for UW’s release.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) says UW Geological Museum personnel are using the new Disney Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur” to educate the public on the state’s geology and paleontology. State tourism leaders also are pitching the state’s beauty as an attraction.

Work by UW researchers Anh Nguyen and Jeff Clune that shows a large gap between the way people and computers understand visual objects was highlighted in an article in Scientific American.

UW has launched the High Plains American Indian Research Institute to help the Wind River Indian Reservation’s two tribes overcome a long history of distrusting governmental and academic researchers, reported Wyoming Public Radio. The institute is located in the Wyoming EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) office on the UW campus.

Yahoo! Health interviewed UW Professor Jeff Lockwood for a story on fear as the Halloween season draws near. Lockwood offered his assessment on why some humans are afraid of bugs.

Overall enrollment at UW has dropped slightly this fall, but more students are on the Laramie campus because of a large freshman class and greater retention of undergraduates, according to The Billings Gazette.

The Northern Wyoming Daily News reprinted UW’s release noting that the first UW presidential search committee has begun to review applicants and has scheduled another meeting next month to renew the process.

Wyoming’s license plates will be changed next year, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The UW plate also will change by swapping the brown and gold color scheme, making the letters brown and the plate background gold.

The Tribune Eagle also published a story indicating that F.E. Warren Air Force Base is developing a work-study agreement between the base and two higher education institutions -- UW and Laramie County Community College, a partnership that also involves the city of Cheyenne.

Since 2001, UW has received nearly $190 million in state matching funds, according to a news article published in The Laramie Boomerang.

SweetwaterNOW reprinted UW’s release announcing that UW freshman and full-time enrollment numbers are up this year.

Matt Kauffman, who directs the Wyoming Migration Initiative at UW, spoke with Sheridan Media about next month’s Big Game Migration Forum on campus.

The Saratoga Sun reported that UW hometown student Kelsey Jones was among volunteers traveling to the Dominican Republic this past summer to help residents build a community center, four latrines and to lay concrete floor for a house.

New UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Assistant Professor Corey Tarwater was profiled in The Laramie Boomerang for her research studying the year-round resident birds of Panama and how they interact with their environment.

The CS-T noted that Wayne Hubert, former fisheries leader of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at UW, and Richard Baldes, former project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Wind River Indian Reservation, recently received lifetime achievement awards from the UW Biodiversity Institute.

UW’s release announcing that Phi Beta Kappa Society named UW’s chapter as one of the top two university chapters in the country was used by KOWB Radio. Two UW students won awards in a graphic design competition, reported KOWB Radio.

AgWeb reprinted a UW release on UW Extension resources that can help property owners deal with wildfire.

Dr. Valerie Lengfelder was honored as the UW College of Health Sciences’ 2015 Outstanding Alumnus during Homecoming, according to Reboot, the new Big Horn Basin online news outlet.

The Wyoming Business Report featured this week’s Landscape Discussion on Energy Law and Policy in the Rockies conference at UW.

A UW class wants to restore a long-neglected monument to a student who was killed in 1922 while celebrating the arrival of Arthur G. Crane, one of the university’s longest-serving presidents, according to a UW release broadcast on Sheridan Media.

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