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UW in the News

March 28, 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.

Incoming UW President Laurie Nichols was profiled in The Laramie Boomerang as she prepares to make the move to Old Main.

The Billings Gazette reprinted an Associated Press story indicating that UW President Dick McGinity has been granted emeritus status by the UW Board of Trustees.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) was among the many media outlets reporting on the retirement of UW men’s basketball Coach Larry Shyatt. ESPN, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and The Billings Gazette also carried the story.

The selection of Allen Edwards to replace Shyatt as head UW coach also was in The CS-T. Also carrying the announcement were 247 Sports and Billings’ KTVQ TV.

Econ Focus, the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, interviewed Rob Godby, head of the UW Department of Economics and Finance, in a story about the role of lower-ranked economics Ph.D. programs. Although UW’s program is among the nation’s smallest, it ranks No. 11 on Research Papers in Economics’ international ranking of research organizations in the area of environmental economics.

Godby’s analysis that found the EPA’s Clean Power Plan could reduce employment by 2.5 percent to 3.2 percent by 2030 in Wyoming was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal story.

UW Professor Jim King discussed with The Wyoming Tribune Eagle why Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would make campaign visits to Wyoming, considering that the Cowboy State is predominantly Republican.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Chris Boswell and Vice President for Administration Bill Mai in a story about UW’s plans to deal with budget cuts in the next few years.

Incoming UW President Laurie Nichols and Vice President for Administration Bill Mai spoke at the recent UW Board of Trustees meeting about preparing for major budget cuts, Wyoming Public Media reported.

The Powell Tribune reported that Wyoming Migration Initiative personnel recently captured 90 mule deer and fitted them with GPS collars in the Sunlight Basin/Heart Mountain area north of Cody as part of a mule deer migration study across the eastern region of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

National Geographic also featured the UW mule deer migration study as part of an overall migration story, titled “What a Trip! The Toughest Animal Migrations on Earth.”

Suzan Pritchett, co-director of UW’s Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy in the College of Law, was among panelists during Wyoming PBS’s program exploring immigration and refugee policy in the state, according to The Cody Enterprise. The live broadcast last week was recorded at The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Park County.

KOWB Radio reprinted UW’s release on an interview with UW Police Department Chief Mike Samp, who offered tips on how to safeguard personal property against theft.

Thirteen prominent UW graduates were recognized by The CS-T.

KOWB Radio reprinted UW’s release that noted a founding member of the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice will return to UW for the event’s 20th anniversary in April.

UW’s Board of Trustees approved the exterior design of the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center, reported The CS-T. Video boards, scoreboards and audio systems at War Memorial Stadium and the UniWyo Sports Complex were approved. Chat Sports also carried the story.

The Billings Gazette reported that UW trustees also approved a slight increase in student fees and housing charges. Salt Lake City’s also carried the story.

The Billings Gazette  and The CS-T carried an Associated Press story about UW researchers working to increase educational opportunities for female inmates in Lusk. reprinted a Wyoming Tribune Eagle story about the Wyoming Pathways from Prison Project, a collaborative effort between UW researchers and the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

A new faculty advocacy group on campus has been formed at UW, The Boomerang reported. The CS-T also carried the story.

A large number of UW student-athletes received Mountain West Conference academic honors, according to The Boomerang.

Tri-State Livestock News published UW’s release about the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory earning reaccreditation.

UW agricultural economics Professor Roger Coupal’s economic impact study in the county was cited in a Sheridan Press column.

The Gillette News Record reprinted UW’s release about the grand opening of the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility scheduled March 29.

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