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UW in the News

May 9, 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.

U.S. News and World Report reprinted an Associated Press story about Campbell County’s advanced science program that is gaining national attention. The science program, tutored by UW Assistant Professor Ana Houseal, is in its fourth year of a federal grant through the Wyoming Department of Education. The program will be featured on “Education Week/PBS News Hour.”

A balanced approach to budget cuts is the main focus of a UW Academic Deans Council proposal sent to incoming President Laurie Nichols and Board of Trustees President David Palmerlee, The Laramie Boomerang reported.

The Boomerang reported that, with several tenured positions being vacated by either retirements or professors leaving, some UW departments are turning to non-tenured educators to fill the gaps.

Petroleum engineering Professor Maohong Fan says UW is working on a possible partnership with a California company in hopes of turning coal into gas, according to The Laramie Boomerang. Sierra Energy is creating a gasifier, a device used to extract synthesis gas from landfill rubbish and tires to low-grade inefficient coal.

The Laramie Boomerang profiled Myron Allen, a UW professor of mathematics, who received the 2016 John P. Ellbogen Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes the long, distinguished and exemplary career of one senior faculty member who has excelled as a teacher at UW.

UW officials told The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) that the university is not shutting down operations at Casper College despite looming budget cuts.

Inside Energy interviewed UW economists Chuck Mason and Rob Godby to discuss energy proposals being touted by presidential candidates.

UW’s release on Kimberly Sanchez, of Cheyenne, being named the recipient of the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as UW’s outstanding graduating woman, was posted on the Hits 106 radio station’s website.

Wyoming Public Media sponsored a debate on the UW campus last week for the nine candidates running for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

UW researcher Samantha Dwinnell is among biologists attempting to learn more about a Jackson Hole mountain goat herd’s health and migration habits, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

Science News for Students featured UW Assistant Professor Baskaran Thyagarajan and his research team that is working to create a drug to make the body burn through fat more quickly than usual. The primary ingredient is capsaicin, commonly found in chili peppers.

UW researchers are studying why Wyoming’s mule deer population is declining, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Kevin Monteith, UW associate professor, and graduate student Matt Hayes are taking the lead.

The Boomerang featured UW pharmacy student Harrison Johnson, who was named Wyoming Big Brother of the Year.

UW marketing students presented their capstone project to the Laramie Soup Kitchen Board, The Boomerang reported. Suggestions included a new logo and a renovated dining area as suggested to increase the soup kitchen’s visibility in the community.

The CS-T noted that UW is among sponsors of the triennial $100,000 Camp Monaco Prize. A team of scientists will use the grant to study how people lived in the Yellowstone Park area up to 10,000 years ago and how climate change has revealed information about migration patterns and vegetation growth.

Jonathan Naughton, director of UW’s Wind Energy Research Center, says lower wind speeds in Wyoming are leading to decreased wind power production in the state, according to Wyoming Business Report.

The CS-T reported that researchers from UW and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests have collaborated to create a website ( about the effects of the mountain pine beetle outbreak.

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