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UW in the News

February 1, 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.

Sarah Benson-Amram, a UW Department of Zoology and Physiology assistant professor, led a team that showed carnivore species with larger brains, relative to their body size, are better at solving problems. Read UW’s release here. The story was picked up by The New York Times, Singapore News, The Shanghai Daily, Britain’s International Business Times, United Press International, India Today, New Scientist, Nature World News and The full research paper appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.

Laurie Nichols, who becomes UW president May 16, visited with UW students, faculty and staff last week, and also with Gov. Matt Mead, reported The Laramie Boomerang.

Climate Central interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in a story about activists and scientists urging the government to bring federal oil and gas leasing in line with U.S. climate policy before the president leaves office. In the article, Godby said the latest coal leasing review and moratorium is relevant only to coal. YahooFinance! and ABC News picked up an Associated Press story that quoted Godby, who was commenting on a story on how the current coal sales moratorium affects Wyoming.

The passing of UW basketball legend Kenny Sailors, who many credit as the inventor of the modern-day jump shot, was noted in The Laramie Boomerang. National media picking up the story were The Washington Post, ESPN,,, CBS Sports, ABC News, Fox Sports, The New York Daily News, Brazil Business Today, The Denver Post, Lindy’s Sports and The Bleacher Report.

The Billings Gazette carried a story about UW President Dick McGinity, who reflected on his two-year presidency.

UW Department of Theatre and Dance Professor William Missouri Downs was profiled in The Kansas City Star, where his new play, “How to Steal a Picasso,” had its premiere last week.

Cheyenne’s KGWN Television featured last week’s opening of the new Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility. The opening also was reported by Tradeline, an industry website that provides information resources to corporate, institutional and government professionals.

UW Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor Carol Frost’s research on how ancient rocks of the Tetons were formed by continental collisions was published in Science Newsline Nature and Earth and e Science News. UW’s release can be found here.

Materials Today published a story about UW Assistant Professor TeYu Chien’s research on electric fields altering the fracture toughness of nanomaterials. Chien’s research was published in Scientific Reports. and Nanotechnology Now posted UW’s press release on the subject.

UW archaeologists are co-authors on a new paper in the scientific journal PNAS that challenges the traditional understanding of human population growth, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

The Outside Source picked up UW’s podcast on the lifting of the crude oil ban and solar energy. “The University of Wyoming Today” podcast is produced by UW Institutional Communications.

UW Assistant Professor Kevin Monteith is working with different agencies to learn the cause of a mysterious disease that is killing mule deer fawns in western Wyoming, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

The Weather Channel interviewed UW entomologist Alexandre Latchininsky for an online story about the locust outbreak in northern Argentina and the effects of weather conditions on the locust population.

The UW College of Education’s education initiative will be a long process, education Dean Ray Reutzel told The Laramie Boomerang.

Wyoming Business Report noted that three Wyoming entrepreneurs shared advice last week in Casper, during an e2e meeting, hosted by the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC). The WTBC’s main office is at UW.

UW College of Law Professor Debra Donahue was interviewed by the online news source, The Guardian, about the militia standoff in Oregon.

Wyoming Business Report also reported that UW economist Rob Godby summarized the impact of the coal economy on Wyoming during last week’s Powder River Regional Coal Team’s meeting in Casper.

UW’s release, indicating that the UW Board of Trustees voted to revise smoking regulations to include e-cigarettes, was posted on KOWB Radio’s website.

The Douglas Budget noted that the UW Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources will host three educational and collaborative workshops this summer on the 550,000-acre Thunder Basin National Grasslands area north of the community.

Nicole Ballenger, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, has written a publication in which she explores Wyoming producers’ participation in the 2014 Farm Bill programs, according to Tri-State Livestock News.

The Gillette News Record published UW’s release on J-Term courses offered by the university. The Gillette News Record also carried UW’s release on a book about Wyoming’s wild mammals written by Steve Buskirk, UW professor emeritus of zoology.

This semester’s new UW Art Museum exhibitions were featured in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The Boomerang interviewed Robert Aylward, UW vice president for information technology, about the costs to operate the university’s technology system. The Boomerang also reported on construction plans at the UW Plaza.

This week’s Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue schedule at UW was posted on KOWB Radio’s website and broadcast by Wyoming Public Radio.

The Billings Gazette picked up UW’s release noting that zoology Professor Emeritus Steve Buskirk recently published a book about Wyoming's 117 native wild mammal species. The Washington Times also picked up the story.

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