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UW in the News

March 21, 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 was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about the struggles of Peabody Energy and other coal companies. The article also was printed in The New York Post.

Chuck Mason, UW's H.A. "Dave" True Jr. Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics, is quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune story about rising oil prices.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that Gov. Matt Mead presented an updated state energy strategy to “double down” on the state’s commitment to coal, while also growing the state’s burgeoning renewable energy sector. Wyoming Business Report also carried the story.

Michael Urynowicz, director of the Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research and a professor in UW's Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, is quoted in a Midwest Energy News story about the prospect of coal-bed methane production in the Illinois Basin.

The Laramie Boomerang published a story about UW’s Engineering, Science and Education initiatives.

UW trustees interviewed by The Boomerang said politics do not divide the board when decisions are made. The article focused on a new state law that allows more majority party members to serve on the UW Board of Trustees.

Capitol Words reported that U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi submitted a resolution honoring the UW Nordic men’s United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national team championship. The resolution was read on the Senate floor.

UW history Professor Phil Roberts is quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune story about Wyoming’s Republican presidential delegate selections.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that UW Professor Matthew Kauffman, director of the Wyoming Migration Initiative, and other scientists are conducting a massive mule deer migration study along the eastern edge of the Absaroka Range.

Longtime conservationist Tom Bell is among the honorary degree recipients at UW, according to Wyoming Public Radio.

The Laramie Boomerang featured the laboratory work of UW School of Pharmacy researcher Jared Bushman. The Boomerang also profiled UW’s eight vice presidents and the special areas they oversee.

UW entomologist Alex Latchininsky said, in a Tri-State Livestock News article, that a wetter, warmer climate may contribute to future grasshopper outbreaks in Wyoming and in the West.

In Asia, the Asia Foundation’s blog, noted that George Varughese, senior visiting scholar in the UW Global and Area Studies Program, spoke at a World Bank Group forum and during a separate panel discussion in Washington, D.C., about supporting peace processes in Asia. Varughese is the Asia Foundation’s country representative in Nepal.

Sarah Ramsey-Walters, assistant lecturer in UW’s School of Energy Resources, is quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune article about Wyoming’s proposed new K-12 science standards.

KOWB Radio reported that the city council considered a resolution to apply for state grants to support the expansion of Bright Agrotech and keeping the business in Laramie. The agriculture technology startup began at UW and grew at the Wyoming Technology Business Center. Wyoming Business Report also picked up the story.

Billings’ KULR TV reported that UW’s overall spring enrollment is down from the 2015 spring semester, but the number of first-time freshmen returning for the spring semester is up. There also is an increase in the number of outreach hours of instruction. UW Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson discussed spring enrollment figures in a Laramie Boomerang story. reported that Doug Petersen, an associate professor in the UW Division of Communication Disorders, helped develop Story Champs, an academic language intervention curriculum. Educators in Wyoming, Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Utah and Virginia are using the program.

Davona Douglass, Wyoming Research Products Center director at UW, discussed with The Boomerang how much UW researchers receive for their patented or copyrighted invented products. Wyoming Business Report also carried the article.

The CS-T and The Billings Gazette picked up an Associated Press story that quoted Chris Boswell, UW vice president for governmental and community affairs, about funding cuts that UW will have to face in the next biennium.

Although state lawmakers cut funding to UW’s block grant, they allocated funding for science and engineering building projects, noted Wyoming Public Media.

KOWB interviewed UW Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Chad Baldwin in a story about the cut to UW’s state block grant for the next biennium. KGAB Radio also carried the story.

Autism activist and best-selling author Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University animal science professor, will speak at the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium March 23, according to Laramie Live. interviewed Stephen Ford, UW’s Rochelle Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science, in a story about how fetal programming can impact cattle throughout their lives. Ford directs UW’s Center for the Study of Fetal Programming.

The UW-based Wyoming Migration Initiative, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the Nature Conservancy are collaborating on a study to map mule deer migration corridors across the eastern portion of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, The Powell Tribune reported.

The Gillette News Record reprinted UW’s release on UW biologist Kevin Monteith’s award for groundbreaking research on mule deer nutrition. Monteith is co-recipient of a 2015 Wildlife Publication Award from the Wildlife Society.

The annual UW College of Business John P. Ellbogen $30K Competition was featured by The Wyoming Business Council. In its 15th year, the competition offers students the chance to pursue an idea and learn what it takes to turn that idea into a business. Wyoming Business Report also carried the story.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide featured Saturday U, UW’s one-day college education program, which concluded for the spring term last weekend at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson.

The governor’s office and UW’s Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center have sponsored a website that provides information on Wyoming’s natural resources and other attributes that could help to speed up energy and infrastructure projects in the state, according to The CS-T.

The Cody Enterprise reported on adventurer and UW writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins’ presentation about his climbing adventures in Burma. Jenkins’ talk in Cody was part of a series of public programs scheduled in six Wyoming communities during February and March.

KOWB reprinted a UW release announcing “Making a Murderer” defense attorney Dean Strang will speak at UW in April.

The UW men’s second consecutive title in the recent United State Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., was reported by the CS-T. The UW Cowgirls were national runners-up for the second year in a row.

The Gillette News Record and Wyoming Business Report reprinted UW’s release on the Fisher Innovation Challenge, a new competition that the Wyoming Technology Business Center created to aid startup companies.

Newcastle’s News Letter Journal announced that UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute will host a workshop to discuss research taking place on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

KOWB Radio reprinted UW’s release on the winners at the recent Wyoming State Science Fair held on the UW campus.

UW AWARE Coordinator Monica Keele was interviewed by Sheridan Media about a grant from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association that will aid in a new bystander intervention program.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that Chen Xu, UW Department of Geography assistant professor, and student volunteers created online maps to help in relief efforts after tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji.

Eight Associated Students of UW representatives spent their spring break traveling to China to meet with their student counterparts and administrators at two Chinese universities, according to The Boomerang.

Big Horn Basin Radio listed area students who placed at the recent Wyoming State Science Fair on the UW campus. Listed were students who qualified for the international competition.

UW’s two Beechcraft King Air planes, used for research and travel purposes, were featured in The Boomerang.

Sheridan Media featured UW’s release on a new digital maker laboratory that will encourage multidisciplinary teams of scientists and artists to collaborate on creative research. The Gillette News Record also printed the release.

UW wrester Bryce Meredith’s run to the finals of the NCAA wrestling tournament last weekend united the entire state in a unique way, CS-T sports reporter Ryan Holmgren wrote.

The Boomerang reported that Taitum Ridgway, representative of the SR Education Group, published a report that indicated UW is among the top 20 percent in the nation in military veterans support.

The Wyoming Pathways from Prison Project, led by UW Department of Women and Gender Studies Associate Professor Susan Dewey, will bring greater educational opportunities to inmates at the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

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