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UW in the News

January 25, 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.

The UW Board of Trustees Education Initiative reached a major milestone recently with a $5 million grant from the Daniels Fund. The initiative will elevate the UW College of Education to one of the nation’s top schools in preparing educators, according to The Laramie Boomerang. KOWB Radio and Wyoming Public Media also covered the announcement.

Wyoming Business Report noted that Gov. Matt Mead has asked the Legislature for $1.2 million to help create cyber defense education programs in Wyoming. UW would become a center of excellence in cyber defense if funds are approved.

The UW Board of Trustees approved a new diversity assistant position last week, according to The Laramie Boomerang and KGWN Television.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the Joint Appropriations Committee accepted Gov. Mead’s proposal to add $8 million in state funds to boost UW athletic programs. If approved by the full Legislature, the funding would be matched by UW through private donations.

UW administrators will review every program offered at UW to determine if it needs restructuring or elimination, according to The Laramie Boomerang and The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T).

The Jackson Hole News and Guide published an Associated Press story on the UW Board of Trustees’ approval of creating budget reserve accounts that can be used for daily campus operations and unanticipated expenses for building projects.

The Casper-area Wyoming Technology Business Center will host a competition later this year for anyone in Casper interested in starting a business, noted The CS-T.

The Powell Tribune reported on President Dick McGinity’s recent visit to the Big Horn Basin that included meeting with legislators and discussions on plans to improve UW’s functions and processes despite fiscal challenges.

Nate Storey’s entrepreneurial business Bright AgroTech LLC was featured in Seedstock. Storey developed his company with the assistance of UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center.

Ed Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics at UW, wrote an opinion piece on the Paris climate change agreement that was picked up by Before its News website.

Bloomberg Business noted that EDsmart, a university ranking service and college planning resource, ranked the Wyoming Union No. 27 on its list of the nation’s “51 Most Phenomenal Student Unions.”

Adam Myers, a UW Department of Physics and Astronomy assistant professor, was interviewed by The BBC for a story on astronomers who have discovered strange luminous objects known as quasars in the universe.

Wyoming Public Radio used UW’s release announcing that Symphony Orchestra conductor Michael Griffith was awarded third place (The American Prize) in a nationwide competition for his excellence in orchestral programming.

UW’s Rocky Mountain Herbarium has launched a new volunteer program, RM Friends, to help sort and mount plant species, The Laramie Boomerang reported.

KOWB Radio posted on its website UW’s release announcing that Kipp Coddington, director of the Carbon Management Institute, has been appointed by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to the National Coal Council. Wyoming Business Report and K2 Radio also carried the story.

Phil Roberts, a UW history professor, will be part of a panel at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library that discusses “Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of ’49,” a documentary about the worst series of storms in Wyoming’s history, The Sheridan Press reported. Roberts assisted in research for the film.

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