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UW in the News

November 16, 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.

El Mercurio, in Santiago, Chile, interviewed UW economist Jay Shogren about the energy industry. Shogren told the newspaper that people worldwide should be prepared to pay higher prices for fossil fuels such as oil and coal. He discussed climate change issues in the article. Shogren also was interviewed in Puerto De Ideas in Valparaiso, Chile, on similar subjects.

UW will create a diversity coordinator’s position, reported The Casper Star-Tribune. The CS-T also noted that UW President Dick McGinity will form a committee to lay out goals and objectives to increase inclusivity on the campus. KGWN TV also reprinted UW’s release on its website.

The Laramie Boomerang profiled UW School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Baskaran Thyagarajan and his research work that focuses on capsaicin -- the spicy component of chili peppers that will be used to help prevent and treat obesity.

UW Professor and state legislator Cathy Connolly told WyoFile about Wyoming’s budget deficit and her proposal how the state should spend/save revenue.

The Laramie Boomerang and the Wyoming Business Report were among media outlets reporting that the second presidential search committee will begin interviewing potential candidates for UW’s new president.

The Pew Charitable Trust Fund interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about the Clean Power Plan’s effects. He said that he anticipated that Wyoming’s combined natural gas and coal revenue could fall as much as 46 percent by 2030.

UW’s Black 14 football incident was back in the national news last week when the University of Missouri football team refused to take part in any on-field activities unless the school’s president resigned over racial issues. Among outlets reporting on the 1969 dismissal of 14 black football players were The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Wyoming Public Radio and the online news sites Timeline, Vice Sports and Fusion.

The Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) featured researchers, including those from UW, who this summer investigated the route and campsites of the Nez Perce Indians as they fled the U.S. Army in 1877 across Yellowstone National Park.

Researchers, including those from UW, are developing a 20-year plan as organizers seek local input on a Wind River Indian Reservation agriculture plan, reported The Casper Star-Tribune.

Hawaii Public Radio carried a story about researchers, including those from UW, who have created a model that measures horizontal pressure on rock layers that can predict where formations will fracture. The results can be applied to real-life situations such as construction development.

Recent UW graduate Jose Rivas is among instructors teaching immigrants English and how to communicate better with co-workers and classmates. The story first appeared in The Gillette News Record and was reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle and The CS-T.

The Casper Journal noted that the Wyoming State Historical Society and UW Libraries announced the winners of Wyoming’s Top Ten Artifacts, including three that are housed on campus.

The UW College of Law is among sponsors of the “You be the Judge” program, designed to teach Wyoming residents about the judicial system, reported The Laramie Boomerang.

Wyoming Public Radio reported on the “Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West” conference that featured experts who discussed how to protect migration routes without hurting the state’s economy.

An announcement about Associate Professor Cecilia Aragon’s talk, as part of the UW Multicultural Affairs Speaker Series, was reprinted on The Wyoming Arts Council’s Web page.

Q96 Radio, in southwest Wyoming, posted UW President Dick McGinity’s Veterans Day message.

UW student volunteers collected donated food items during the recent “Spooky Sprint” fundraiser, reported KOWB Radio.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that a grant application has been submitted for the UW Trustees Education Initiative -- a strategic plan to help improve the university's College of Education programs. K2 Radio and The Casper Star-Tribune also reported on the news.

UW economist Anne Alexander told the Southeast Wyoming Economic Forecast luncheon audience that the United States economy has recovered nicely the last few years with the addition of 13 million lost jobs, noted the Wyoming Business Report.

High Beam Research reprinted UW’s release on Dr. Valerie Lengfelder, of Powell, who recently was honored as UW’s College of Health Sciences' 2015 Outstanding Alumna.

Former UW basketball player Larry Nance Jr. was featured in The Daily Breeze as he navigates his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The League of American Bicyclists has named the UW campus as “biker friendly,” according to The Laramie Boomerang.

KOWB Radio reported on comedian Jim Gaffigan’s performance at UW last weekend.

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