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UW in the News

April 4, 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 Laramie Boomerang profiled incoming UW President Laurie Nichols’ priorities as she prepares for her new position May 16.

A UW release was picked up by EurekAlert! noting that UW Associate Professor Jonathan Fox was awarded a patent for a method that potentially could be used to help treat patients with Huntington's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. The online website is a source for scientific news.

In a Casper Star-Tribune story, UW economist Rob Godby said there is little a single member of Congress can do to immediately influence the coal industry. He was commenting on Wyoming congressional candidates making the recent state coal mining layoffs a priority in their campaigns.

The official grand opening of the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility was reported by The Laramie Boomerang. The event drew Sen. Enzi, Gov. Matt Mead, former Gov. Dave Freudenthal, legislators and several UW administrators and trustees. KOWB Radio, KGAB Radio and The Casper Star-Tribune also had stories on the event.

The Gillette News Record reported that UW economist Anne Alexander said that “red flags” have been noted the last several months warning of the downturn in Wyoming’s economy.

UW’s Alyson Hagy, special assistant to the president for transfer articulation, told The Boomerang that better connections with the state’s seven community colleges will make it easier to attend UW to attain a degree through recent articulation agreements.

ABC Radio interviewed retired UW Professor Hank Harlow, focusing on his research on bears. NASA is exploring whether Harlow's knowledge of bear biology may be a key to human endurance in space.

UW’s Faculty Senate voted against a measure to create a new professor track that would be based on real-world experience rather than academic or teaching credentials, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The Billings Gazette reported that Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is scheduled to hold a campaign rally at the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium Tuesday, April 5. Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio also carried the news.

UW professors Todd Surovell, anthropology, and Robert Kelly, archaeology, were interviewed for a WyoFile article on an ice-age mammoth kill site along LaPrele Creek in Converse County.

AZO Robotics and The Gillette News Record reprinted UW’s release on UW nontraditional student Debbie Kretzchmar exploring the potential use of a robot to assist patients undergoing physical therapy.

Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, discussed with Sheridan Media the dedication of the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility and recent visits to campus by incoming UW President Laurie Nichols.

The Casper Star-Tribune interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in a story indicating that wind power tax revenues in the state fell by 15 percent in 2015.

Law Professor Suzan Pritchett, co-director of UW’s Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy, was among panelists talking about refugees in Wyoming, according to The Powell Tribune. The discussion was held at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.

The Drones Link reprinted UW’s release on the Wyoming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, symposium next month, hosted by UW’s Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center.

UW’s release announcing Ivan Gaetz as the new dean of UW Libraries was reprinted on KOWB Radio’s website. Wyoming Public Media also carried the story.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the UW American Heritage Center holds an expansive collection of interviews, scripts and memorabilia related to comic book legend Stan Lee, the creator of Spider Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four.

Wyoming Business Report picked up a UW release on the naming of five finalists for the Wyoming Technology Business Center’s Start-Up Challenge. A $50,000 seed fund will be used for the winner to begin a startup company. The CS-T also carried the story.

UW’s release announcing the UW Symphony Orchestra’s concert in the Worland Middle School auditorium was picked up by The Northern Wyoming Daily News.

Wyoming Business Report noted that McGinley Orthopedics, the first client in the Wyoming Technology Business Center’s Casper office, recently was named the 2016 Hard Science Incubator Client of the Year by the International Business Innovation Association.

Noted author Erik Larson is scheduled to speak at UW April 20, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The Tribune Eagle also noted that UW researchers and others are working with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to improve Interstate 80 safety.

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