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UW in the News

February 8, 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.

UW economist Rob Godby told the news site WyoFile that reduced coal production does not factor as heavily on the state’s economy as the downturn in oil and natural gas prices. Godby also was interviewed by CBS News on a segment on coal mine safety issues.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle noted that UW coaches Craig Bohl, Joe Legerski and Larry Shyatt defended Gov. Matt Mead’s recommendation for $8 million in funding for UW Athletics. The Casper Star-Tribune interviewed UW Athletics Director Tom Burman on the issue.

UW Professor Carol Frost talked with The Jackson Hole News and Guide about her latest published research that discovered two continents that collided on the tectonic plates that now underlie the Teton Range. Global News Connect also carried the news.

Merav Ben-David, a UW professor of zoology and physiology, was interviewed about her polar bear research for a University of Alaska Fairbanks science column carried by the Juneau Empire. Alaska Business Monthly also published the story.

The American Spectator included a quote from UW College of Law Professor Debra Donahue in a story about Western states seeking the return of federal government-owned land.

UW basketball legend Kenny Sailors was honored at a memorial service at the Arena-Auditorium, The Casper Star-Tribune reported. Among media outlets publishing the story were ESPN, Fox, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, KTVQ Television, KGWN Television and The Laramie Boomerang.

The Gillette News Record reprinted UW’s release on Saturday U -- the university’s free one-day lecture program -- coming to Campbell County this week. The Gillette News Record also carried UW’s release noting that incoming UW President Laurie Nichols will be a guest on Wyoming Public Television’s information program “Wyoming Signatures.”

Transferring from one of Wyoming’s community colleges to UW is now being made easier through a transfer course/credit agreement among the state’s schools, according to The Laramie Boomerang.

The Boomerang also featured UW’s recent annual Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue celebration.

Denver’s 9News interviewed UW President Dick McGinity and UW Senior Associate Athletics Director Kevin McKinney for an online story about the 1969 dismissal of 14 black UW football players.

Albany County District Judge Jeffrey Donnell ruled that UW’s Bison Run Village, a student apartment complex, is tax-exempt under Wyoming statute, according to The Boomerang. His ruling reversed a 2015 Wyoming State Board of Equalization decision that denied tax-exempt status. KGWN Television and Sheridan Media also printed the story.

Wyoming Entrepreneur, with its programs based at UW, is among sponsors of the annual Gro-Biz conference, that targets the state’s small business owners. The conference is scheduled next week in Gillette, according to Basin Radio, a group of radio stations in northern Wyoming.

Sheridan Media interviewed Suzan Pritchett, an assistant professor in the UW College of Law, about her talk on immigration law for Saturday U in Sheridan.

Access iQ reprinted UW’s release on the university’s new policy that will increase the accessibility of all technology purchased to help increase access to technology for persons with disabilities.

UW’s release announcing that the Wyoming Union is ranked No. 27 in the nation for providing activities for students was posted on the website of Laramie radio Hits 106. The Gillette News Record also carried the story.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle featured the UW Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of “The Night of the Iguana.” reprinted UW’s release on a report from the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative that suggests strategic land-use planning can increase firefighting efficiency.

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