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UW in the News

January 4, 2016

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.

Building a strategic plan and exploring the need for staff and faculty raises are among the priorities that Laurie Nichols, UW’s new president, has for the university, reported The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T). Nichols also was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio about her UW goals.

The Powell Tribune reported that Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa has reached out to Nichols as a way to begin communication between the new president and the state’s community colleges.

Longtime UW English Professor Lewis Dabney died Dec. 22 in Easton, Md. An obituary, noting his status as the pre-eminent expert on the life and work of Edmund Wilson, appeared in the New York Times.

National Geographic quoted UW economics Professor Jay Shogren in an article about how some endangered species benefit from economic crises.

UW economist Rob Godby was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about how the downturn in the coal industry is affecting state governments in Wyoming and West Virginia.

The UW Board of Trustees discussed whether the university offers too many degrees as talks center on potential budget cuts, reported The CS-T and Laramie Boomerang.

EurekAlert! carried UW’s release on findings from a radiocarbon analysis that show hunter-gatherers in the region that is now Wyoming and Colorado grew at the same rate as farming societies in Europe. Robert Kelly, UW professor of anthropology, and Erick Robinson, a postdoctoral researcher in the UW Department of Anthropology, were among the researchers. The research was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Popular Archaeology,, Smithsonian Science News and the Canada Standard also reported the research findings.

UW Department of Physiology and Zoology Associate Professor Qian-Quan Sun recently received a $1.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his epilepsy research, according to The Laramie Boomerang.

UW doctoral student Melia DeVivo’s research work on chronic wasting disease in Wyoming’s mule deer herd was featured in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

KOWB Radio carried UW’s release on the five-year federal grant that the university’s Student Success Services program received. The Washington Times and Billings Gazette also reprinted the story.

A $4.5 million grant from the Daniels Fund will help improve College of Education programs, according to The Billings Gazette. Philanthropy News Digest also carried the news.

A CS-T editorial is optimistic about UW’s new president, Laurie Nichols, as the university faces future budget cuts.

Professional Studies Professor Marty Agran was profiled in a CS-T article for his work with special education instructors.

KOWB Radio reported that UW has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a recovery method for rare earth elements present in the ash of Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal.

The AMK Ranch research center run by UW in Grand Teton National Park will see improvements this year, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

The Laramie Boomerang noted that 115 members of the UW marching band have been in Ireland since last week performing and sightseeing. The Boomerang also reported that UW’s World Language Center is offering free language classes this spring as a way to expose participants to new cultures.

UW personnel will share new research on migration corridors and transitional ranges in a series of public meetings in the Jackson area, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

ESPN reported that the San Diego Chargers paid tribute to former UW receiver Malcom Floyd last week during the team’s final practice. Floyd retired Sunday after 11 years in the NFL.

Two UW Indian American-led entrepreneur teams are finalists in the 15th annual College of Business John P. Ellbogen entrepreneurship competition, according to India West.

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