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UW in the News

February 22, 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 Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that Matthew Kauffman, director of the Wyoming Migration Initiative and UW professor, is leading a wildlife research team that will begin one of the largest mule deer studies ever attempted in the state. The research area covers the eastern portion of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from Cody down to Lander.

UW College of Law Professor Stephen Feldman told K2 Radio that it would be unprecedented if a person is not selected soon to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, and would be a disservice to the country’s judicial system. Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio also picked up Feldman’s interview.

The Washington Times picked up an Associated Press story indicating that UW students received $60 million in scholarships and grants, and $48 million in loans in the 2014-15 school year while, overall, 78 percent of all undergraduate Wyoming residents received some sort of financial aid. The Laramie Boomerang originally reported the story.

In a story about falling energy prices and their possible effect on public school enrollment, UW history Professor Phil Roberts told The CS-T that statewide busts and localized busts both impact education.

The Indian Panorama and The Hans India noted that Muslims and Hindus approve of a meditation/prayer room that will be built in UW’s new engineering building. The story of a meditation room was first reported by The Laramie Boomerang.

Wyoming lawmakers approved $8 million in state money to support UW athletics programs, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle noted.

College Rank, a website dedicated to evaluating American colleges and universities, ranked the Wyoming Union 29th among its list of the “35 most luxurious student recreation centers.” Categories such as student outreach, health and wellness programming options, and indoor and outdoor facilities were considered to determine the final ranking.

UW’s release on UW economics Professor Jason Shogren and his colleagues’ opinion that the federal government has a duty to inform Americans about the reductions in domestic climate damages that may result from federal regulation, was carried by Sheridan Media and The Gillette News Record. The opinion piece first appeared in the journal Science and as a letter in Forbes.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that Bridget Burke has been selected as the new UW American Heritage Center director.

A Wyoming legislative committee last week killed a bill that would have increased payouts to the state’s Hathaway Scholarship program, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Increasing awards were needed to keep up with rising tuition costs at UW, sponsors of the bill said.

The Laramie Boomerang reported last week that UW trustees approved naming the expanded Rochelle Athletics Center the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center.

UW entomologist Alexandre Latchininsky was interviewed by Southwest Missouri State University’s KRCU Radio about the locust invasion in Argentina’s northern region. Latchininsky says grasshoppers are beneficial to certain bird species in Wyoming. He also was interviewed by Harvest Public Media (Iowa) on the same topic.

KGWN TV posted on its website UW’s release noting that the university is competing in RecycleMania, a collegiate recycling competition managed by Keep America Beautiful.

Wyoming Business Report reprinted UW’s release on Yuri Ganshin, chief geophysicist at UW’s Carbon Management Institute, who designed free earth science software that will run on any computer platform.

UW’s release, announcing that graduate student Marlin Holmes received the 2016 Willena Stanford Commitment to Diversity Award, was reprinted on KGAB Radio’s website.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported on hometown high school player Larry Nance Jr., UW’s standout basketball player who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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