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UW in the News

April 11, 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.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally at UW last week, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported. Among media outlets carrying the story were The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Globe, The Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming Public Media, The Laramie Boomerang, KGWN TV, and The Washington Times.

UW economist Rob Godby told WyoFile that the state is potentially seeing a structural change in the coal market. He was interviewed in a lengthy story on the layoff effects of nearly 500 miners from two of the largest coal mines in northeast Wyoming. Sheridan also carried the story. Godby commented about the layoffs in a High Country News story.

UW economist Anne Alexander told The Douglas Budget that the layoffs will have a ripple effect throughout the state, and it’s important for the state to invest in education and retraining. Alexander discussed the layoffs’ potential impacts to Wyoming in a Tri-State Livestock News story.

The Gillette News Record published a UW release on Assistant Professor Shane Murphy’s recent $350,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to study black and brown carbon emitted from wildfires.

Panelists at a UW discussion about the Clean Power Plan said that Wyoming needs to start planning for a lower-carbon future, according to Wyoming Public Media. The Boomerang also reported on the panel discussion.

Holly Ernest, professor and Wyoming Excellence Chair in Disease Ecology, and Brady Godwin, an ecology Ph.D. student, were profiled in a Laramie Boomerang article about their research on hummingbird health.

KOWB Radio reprinted UW’s message from President Dick McGinity that outlined the university’s approach to funding cuts. Wyoming Business Report also carried the news.

Wyoming Senate President Phil Nicholas will retire from Wyoming state politics, The Laramie Boomerang reported. The long-term Albany County legislator has been a leading advocate in the Legislature for investing in UW. The Casper Star-Tribune and K2 Radio also carried the story.

The Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at UW was among conservation and wildlife groups helping to modify or remove around 600-700 feet of fencing on the Buford Foundation property, according to The Laramie Boomerang. The work is to make fences more wildlife friendly. Wyoming Business Report reprinted the Boomerang story.

SDPB Radio interviewed Doug Keinath, lead vertebrate zoologist with the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database at UW, about his team’s porcupine research at Devils Tower. Citizen scientists can help with the research during the Porcupine BioBlitz at the end of April.

Literacy Daily, the International Literacy Association’s blog, interviewed Ray Reutzel, dean of the UW College of Education, about “Frameworks for Literacy Education Reform,” a white paper project that he co-chaired.

UW Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Associate Professor Enette Larson-Meyer’s review of research on the aerobic aspects of yoga was noted in a Runner’s World story.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education noted that documents and photos of Harriet Elizabeth “Liz” Byrd, the first African-American to serve in the Wyoming State Legislature, are accessible online through UW’s American Heritage Center.

The Boomerang featured the 20th annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, held at UW last week. Wyoming Public Media also reported on the event.

Some UW faculty and staff members will discuss their passions and careers during an Ignite Laramie program, The Boomerang reported.

The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal reprinted a UW release about a UW Extension publication that shows Wyoming wildfire patterns and offers guidelines for prescribed burns.

Eleven UW swimmers and divers were named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic team, The Casper Star-Tribune reported.

The Prairie Star reprinted a UW release about three graduate students who took top honors for posters and papers at the Western Society of Weed Science meeting.

As part of “Common Cents Week” at UW last week, Gooding, a rock band, performed and presented about financial literacy to UW students, according to The Boomerang.

Wyoming Public Media interviewed narrative nonfiction writer Erik Larson about his most recent book, “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.” Larson will speak at UW April 20.

Wyoming Public Media noted that the College of Law’s second annual Spence Law Firm Historical Trial Production is April 11. This year’s mock trial will put John Wilkes Booth on trial for the murder of President Abraham Lincoln. The Boomerang also carried the story.

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