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UW in the News

March 7, 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 Wyoming Legislature approved UW’s Science Initiative that will include $100 million to construct a science complex, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported. The Washington Times also carried the story.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Wyoming Business Report reported that UW will receive an additional $70 million for various projects. The Laramie Boomerang noted that UW’s overall budget was reduced 1.5 percent -- $6 million less for the next biennium.

UW economics Professor Rob Godby discussed what steps Wyoming is taking in the Clean Power Plan, now that state funding is no longer available. His comments were published by The Billings Gazette.

Michael Duff, UW College of Law professor, was interviewed by National Public Radio about implications of an Oklahoma law that lets employers opt out of state-regulated workers' compensation, which was rejected and declared unconstitutional by state regulators.

Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator Erin Stoesz about this week’s student competition on the UW campus.

UW Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Chad Baldwin discussed UW researchers’ involvement with one of the largest mule deer migration studies during an interview with Sheridan Media. He also told Sheridan Media that fossil record disappears at different rates, facts supported by the recent research of anthropology Professor Todd Surovell and a UW graduate student. Baldwin also discussed with Sheridan Media UW’s partnership with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to study the state’s roadways in an attempt to pave the way for safer travel.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute has developed an interactive map program that provides data to oil companies to find the best places to drill.

UW’s Center on Aging is among sponsors of a caregiver’s conference later this spring in Casper, according to AARP.

The Gillette News Record reprinted UW’s release that the university is taking part in a pilot project that could reduce weather-related accidents on Interstate 80 and other highways around the state. UW and its partners are part of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment program.

Q96 Country Radio, in Rock Springs, reprinted UW’s release on last week’s World Languages Day for middle and high school students.

Laramie radio station KOWB reported the UW Trustees Education Initiative Board met for the first time last week. The initiative is to “elevate the UW College of Education to national pre-eminent status in professional educator preparation, ultimately to improve and enhance K-12 education in Wyoming.”

KOWB printed on its website UW’s release on a new UW School of Pharmacy laboratory that was dedicated last week. The remodeled lab facilitates a leading researcher in the field of regenerative medicine.

UW basketball legend Kenny Sailors was profiled in The Irish Examiner (Cork, Ireland) in a lengthy article titled, “Meet the Irish man who invented basketball’s jump shot.”

The Billings Gazette picked up an Associated Press story indicating that UW senior Josh Adams has been named the Mountain West Conference’s Player of the Year. Adams is from Parker, Colo.

The UW American Heritage Center is making available online hundreds of photos and documents relating to the life of Liz Byrd, the first African-American woman to serve in the state Legislature, The CS-T reported.

The Boomerang profiled Laramie residents Virginia Bryant and Lillian Miller, both 100 years of age, who reflected on numerous historical topics, including their UW undergraduate careers.

UW Extension horticulturist Catherine Wissner will again lead the Wyoming Bee College later this month in Cheyenne. Among topics to be discussed is the declining number of bees in the state, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted UW religious studies Professor Paul Flesher about the graphic violence on ABC Television’s new program “Of Kings and Prophets.” The Catholic Register also picked up the article.

UW representatives will take part in the Wyoming Energy Summit next month in Cheyenne, noted the Wyoming Business Report.

Wyoming Public Media interviewed UW political science Professor Jim King in a segment on why there are so few women in the Wyoming Legislature, ranking the state 50th in the nation.

Dating from the 13th to first centuries B.C., 35 bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation recently were given to the UW Art Museum, Philanthropy News Digest reported.

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