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UW in the News

November 30, 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.

William Ruckelshaus, for whom UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources is named, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, reported NBC News. KGWN TV printed UW’s release on its website.

The Riverton Ranger produced an article from data provided by the UW Institutional Communications office. The comprehensive data, for each Wyoming county, details the university’s significant presence around the state. Information includes enrollment, financial and student participation in various programs.

Lane Buchanan, recently named UW registrar, was profiled in a Laramie Boomerang article about his new role. KOWB Radio also carried UW’s release announcing Buchanan’s new position.

The Financial Express, in Bangladesh, India, mentioned UW’s research on the melting of the Greenland Antarctic ice sheet. The story comes ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties in Paris that will focus on climate change.

Suzan Pritchett, director of the International Human Rights Clinic at UW, told Wyoming Public Radio that Gov. Matt Mead’s position on Syrian refugees has no legal effect on Wyoming.

Sheridan Media reported that UW recently awarded the RN/BSN Completion Program Community Partner Award for 2015 to Sheridan College and Whitney Benefits.

UW School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Baskaran Thyagarajan was featured in The Laramie Boomerang. Thyagarajan and his family became United States citizens during a recent ceremony.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed several UW students about the 4 percent tuition increase for the next academic year that the UW Board of Trustees recently approved. The Boomerang also noted that coaches and players with the UW men’s basketball team would make an appearance at the annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the Eppson Center for Seniors in Laramie.

More students are enrolled at UW this semester than a year ago, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The Saratoga Sun reported that Brad Carr, a UW Department of Geology and Geophysics research scientist, took some baseline measurements to determine whether Saratoga could use ground-penetrating radar as a tool for river reformation.

A $5 million request for state matching funds that is targeted for UW athletics is in question because of declining state revenues, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) detailed in a lengthy article. The CS-T also reported that UW is tightening its residency requirements for students to qualify for in-state tuition.

UW celebrated its 75th anniversary as a member of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, last week, KOWB reported.

Good e-Reader, a news website about digital publishing, e-books and e-readers, reported that Wyoming is in the process of combining the e-book collections of the Wyoming State Library system and UW Libraries in order to offer more digital content to users.

UW Assistant Professor Baskaran Thyagarajan’s research on capsaicin was featured in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Capsaicin is the component that gives chili peppers their heat, and could potentially help fight obesity.

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