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UW in the News

January 11, 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.

Several media outlets noted that new UW President Laurie Nichols will begin official duties May 16. Carrying UW’s release, rewritten by the Associated Press, were The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, KOWB Radio, The Billings Gazette and Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T).

UW Institutional Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Chad Baldwin discussed Nichols during an interview with Sheridan Media.

NCAR/UCAR announced its new supercomputer “Cheyenne.” Funded by the National Science Foundation and the state of Wyoming through an appropriation to UW, “Cheyenne” will aid researchers studying geoscience topics. Bill Gern, UW vice president for research and economic development, was quoted in the release.

Astronomy Now interviewed UW Department of Physics and Astronomy graduate student Will Chick and Professor Chip Kobulnicky on how runaway stars leave infrared waves in space that can be detected by powerful telescopes. The story also was picked up by The BBC, Tech Times and Space Daily.

Chuck Mason, a UW professor of petroleum economics, said in a Billings Gazette article that falling production in the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah Field is largely attributable to older wells' declining production rates. The story first appeared in The CS-T.

Industry & Trade Development, an industry website that helps companies with site selection and facility planning, featured Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead’s push to diversify the state’s economy. The article prominently mentioned UW’s role in Mead’s initiatives.

Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) contributed to a National Public Radio feature on how energy-producing states are shifting away from fossil fuels and the greenhouse gases they emit, especially carbon dioxide. Mark Northam, UW School of Energy Resources director, was interviewed by WPR for the segment.

The New York Times published UW College of Law Professor Debra Donahue’s op-ed piece on whether the government, which owns so much land in the West, should maintain control over that land or be reduced.

In an article about ranchers and federal government disagreements over land policies, John Tanaka, a UW rangeland economist, said time-consuming regulations and policies are the biggest threat to ranchers’ operations. His comments were carried by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed UW economist Anne Alexander about the recent lifting of the ban on exporting oil by Congress. Alexander says the measure could help boost Wyoming’s economy.

Young Invincibles, a research and advocacy group, recently gave Wyoming an overall “A” grade for education, The Boomerang reported. Among praise for the state’s commitment to education is UW’s affordable tuition -- the lowest in the nation.

The Powell Tribune noted that UW Department of Anthropology Professor Robert Kelly was among researchers the past two summers documenting artifacts exposed in the high alpine terrain of the Washakie Wilderness.

Former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan, a UW graduate, was named Citizen of the West, according to The Denver Post. The honor goes to a person who exemplifies the spirt and determination of a western pioneer. Sullivan will be honored during Denver’s annual National Western Stock Show this month.

KOWB Radio posted UW’s release on the University Store donating 100 teddy bears to the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association. The bears will be placed in patrol vehicles to help comfort children who have experienced traumatic events. KGWN TV also carried the story.

UW Department of Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor TeYu Chien’s research work on how mechanical properties of nanomaterials can be altered due to the application of voltage was featured in Nano Werk and Nanotechnology Now.

UW Department of Psychology Professor Carolyn Pepper appeared on the Wyoming PBS program "Suicide Leader -- Wyoming's Unwanted Tag" as part of the station’s Wyoming Chronicle Series.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed UW Foundation President Ben Blalock, who said the foundation is on its way to a record-setting fundraising campaign.

Los Angeles Lakers Coach Byron Scott had high praise for former UW basketball star Larry Nance Jr. in an LA Daily News story. He is in his rookie year as a starter for the Lakers.

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