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UW in the News

December 21, 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.

The UW Board of Trustees unanimously selected Laurie Nichols to be UW’s 26th president. She will be the first woman president in the university’s 130-year history. Among outlets reporting on the hiring decision were Wyoming Public Media, The Laramie Boomerang, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the Wyoming Business Report, KGWN Television, KOWB Radio, the Billings Gazette, The Brookings Register and the SDSU Collegian.

The Casper Star-Tribune interviewed Chuck Mason, a UW professor of petroleum economics, who said there would not be a large bump in oil production in Wyoming after Congress lifted a 40-year ban on crude oil exports. Wyoming Public Radio also discussed the effects of lifting the oil export ban in Wyoming.

Mason also was interviewed by The New York Stock Exchange Post about the U.S. lifting the oil export embargo. A UW release on Mason’s assessment on the consequences of lifting the crude oil export ban appears in the web-based science and technology news service

Jeremy Haefner, provost at Rochester Institute of Technology, was the third and final presidential candidate to visit UW last week, reported The Laramie Boomerang, Wyoming Public Media, WyoFile and KOWB Radio.

The BBC cited UW’s polar bear research on how much food intake is needed for the bears to survive as they travel farther to hunt because of the melting ice cap.

Comments from UW economist Rob Godby were included in a Casper Star-Tribune story about the impact of the global climate deal on Wyoming. The Billings Gazette also published the story.

The Laramie Boomerang featured the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility, which will help advance teaching in the foundational science fields. The facility opens in the spring semester.

Catherine Wagner, a UW assistant professor, is studying interactions between the biodiversity of East Africa’s Lake Tanganyika and the human communities that live around the lake. Sheridan Media and Science Newsline carried UW’s release on Wagner’s research.

The Spokane-Review cited the research of UW doctoral student Melia DeVivo. DeVivo says that 19 percent of the mule deer population in Converse County is lost each year due to Chronic Wasting Disease. WyoFile interviewed DeVivo and Brant Schumaker, a UW assistant professor of veterinary sciences, about the disease in Wyoming deer and elk.

Another UW graduate student, Adele Reinking, is researching why Wyoming’s pronghorn antelope numbers are declining, according to The Saratoga Sun.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that the Joint Education Committee has approved a bill that would increase, by 10 percent, the Hathaway scholarships for students. Legislators will vote on the recommendation during the February budget session.

The newly re-chartered Sigma Nu fraternity was featured in a Laramie Boomerang story about the growth of fraternity and sorority involvement at UW.

K2 Radio announced the public presentation schedules of the two finalists for the position of director of the University of Wyoming at Casper. A third candidate withdrew her application, reported the Casper Star-Tribune.

A UW program, Healthy Pokes, designed to address childhood obesity and improve the health of at-risk youngsters, was featured in Briefings in Childhood Obesity. The journal focuses on strategies to fight the childhood obesity epidemic.

Project Guide Services, a company that provides owners’ representation services to projects with under-experienced project managers, is the latest to “graduate” from the Wyoming Technology Business Center, according to the Wyoming Business Report. The Casper Star-Tribune reported on the merger of Project Guide Services with MOA Architecture’s Wyoming office.

The Seventy Four, an online educational site, featured UW visiting English instructor Ryan Croft in an article on how educators are using “The Force,” from the popular Star Wars films, in classrooms. International Business Times also published the piece.

UW Extension Educator Caleb Carter was interviewed in Prairie Star about the new “HOBOlink” mobile weather stations that monitor weather at five different winter wheat variety trial locations across southeast Wyoming. The stations assist farmers with real-time weather data.

David Jones, vice president for academic affairs, and Anne Alexander, associate vice president for undergraduate education, were interviewed by The Laramie Boomerang about UW’s low student-to-faculty ratio.

KGWN Television reported that 23 freshman student-athletes at UW organized a coat drive as part of a leadership class.

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