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UW in the News

November 23, 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.

Wyoming Public Media (WPM) reported on last week’s diversity discussion that featured UW President Dick McGinity and student groups and leaders. The Laramie Boomerang covered the student group’s walk-out during the same meeting. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) also carried the story.

The Boomerang noted that, in his last few months in office, UW President McGinity’s goal is to ensure diversity inclusion among faculty, staff and students. McGinity also discussed with The Boomerang the transition to a new president.

Bill Mai, UW vice president for administration, told The Laramie Boomerang that the university’s budget request could be cut even further by the governor’s office because of diminishing state revenues.

The CS-T was among media outlets reporting that finalists for the UW president’s position will soon be announced and that a hire is possible by late next month.

The CS-T also reported on the installation of new solar panels at UW.

UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by High Country News about the economic impacts caused by declining oil and gas prices.

Diverse, a higher education website, noted UW’s plans to create a diversity coordinator position and form a committee tasked with increasing inclusivity on campus.

UW’s Kevin Monteith and Matt Kauffman talked with Wyoming Public Radio about their deer migration research work in southwest Wyoming. The study is to find why the mule deer population is dwindling.

The Laramie Boomerang noted that UW trustees approved a UW salary policy that could affect some faculty, but save money in the long run. The Boomerang, The Billings Gazette and Sheridan Media were among media outlets reporting that UW trustees approved a 4 percent tuition increase. Half of the revenues generated by the increase will go toward faculty and staff compensation.

Stephen Feldman, UW distinguished professor of law, told KGWN TV that governors would not have the power to refuse Syrian refugees.

Yellowstone Insider and The Cody Enterprise noted that UW alumni Arthur Middleton and Joe Riis were selected as finalists in the 2016 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year Award by National Geographic. They are being hailed as “Wildlife Heroes” for their intensive elk study.

UW and Laramie County Community College are partnering on a “Healthy Pokes” program for child wellness, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

WPM interviewed Anne Alexander, associate vice president for undergraduate education, who says despite fears of more attacks, she does not think recent events in Paris will affect enrollment in European study-abroad programs for UW students next semester.

UW researchers have discovered that climate and sediment size matter in high-elevation erosion rates. Cliff Riebe, a UW Department of Geology and Geophysics associate professor, and Claire Lukens, a UW geology doctoral student, had their findings published in EurekaAlert!, the global website for science news, and also The research first appeared in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

KTVQ Television, in Billings, Mont., reprinted on its website UW’s release on alumni Joe Riis and Arthur Middleton being named 2016 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year for their greater Yellowstone ecosystem work studying, photographing and exploring wildlife migrations.

UW Department of Criminal Justice Associate Professor Eric Wodahl was profiled in a Laramie Boomerang article and his research on how to keep parolees out of prison.

The Wyoming Business Report covered last week’s Business Forum, with one topic covering cybersecurity for local businesses. The speaker touted UW’s Department of Computer Science, saying the faculty is among the best in the world at behavioral analytics and behavior modeling necessary to watch hackers move around in a network.

Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, was interviewed by Sheridan Media about UW’s plans to use the new Disney-Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur” to educate the public on the state’s geological features that inspired the movie’s landscape.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle also interviewed Baldwin about Wyoming being the most affordable state for a college education.

UW and the community colleges are working together on a “Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming” curriculum that will help reduce the nursing shortage in the state, according to The Tribune Eagle.

Tri-State Livestock News reprinted UW’s release on the university meat judging team receiving national reserve champion honors. The team broke individual and team records this fall.

The Wyoming IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program will receive a five-year, $17.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to strengthen biomedical research and education, reported The Laramie Boomerang.

The Cody Enterprise picked up UW’s release on local students being named to the inaugural class of researchers in the Wyoming Research Scholars Program.

A program and loyal following on her website on a large pumpkin-growing contest has earned Washakie County UW Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist some notoriety. Her exploits were published in The Northern Wyoming Daily News, The Daily Yonder, an agricultural publication, and The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal.

KGWN TV reported that the Wyoming State Library is partnering with UW Libraries to increase the amount of digital content available to Wyoming citizens and UW library users.

UW Department of Music faculty members were interviewed on Wyoming Public Radio to discuss renovations and improvements to the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

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