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UW in the News

May 16, 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, Wyoming Public Radio and Washington Times were among media outlets noting that UW must cut $35 million from its budget in the 2017-18 biennium. Gov. Matt Mead gave the directive to the UW Board of Trustees last week.

Toronto’s Globe and Mail asked researchers, including Terry Deshler, UW atmospheric science professor, if cloud seeding could have saved Fort McMurray, the Canadian city ravaged by an ongoing forest fire.

The U.S. demand for electricity in general is soft because of improved energy efficiencies, UW economist Rob Godby told Marketplace. The article focused on coal markets in West Virginia and lost mining jobs that may never come back.

Gas and Electricity also quoted Godby, who says Wyoming legislators will probably discuss next session how to make up revenues in light of declining energy prices. And Godby told PolitiFact that the impact natural gas has had since the hydraulic fracturing boom has been a major reason for declining coal production in the U.S. The article was reprinted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

New UW President Laurie Nichols will visit Worland and Powell this week, according to a UW release that was posted on the Big Horn Radio Network website.

The Boomerang reported that the UW Board of Trustees agreed to reduce its budget for the coming fiscal year from $302,000 to $229,000. Most of the reduction will come in the areas of travel, catering and lodging. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) also carried the story.

Many students who graduate from UW are seeking jobs outside the state, according to those interviewed in a Boomerang story picked up by The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Hart Energy noted that UW researchers are teaming up with other universities and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in an effort to improve production efficiency while lessening the environmental impacts and emissions in the fossil fuel sector.

UW’s release announcing this week’s Women in STEM Conference was posted on the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation website.

The Cody Enterprise picked up UW’s release announcing that hometown student Sierra Jech was among seven finalists for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as UW’s outstanding graduating woman.

Quinton Migneault, a member of the Happy Jacks singing group, has been invited to audition for NBC’s “The Voice” competition this week, reported 101.9 KING FM Radio in Cheyenne.

The Prairie Star reported that UW’s livestock judging team closed out the spring season with top-10 finishes at each competition.

Kristen Trumbull, a senior in the communication program through UW-Casper, received the Outstanding Graduate in Communication Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, according to The CS-T.

The Boomerang profiled UW student Siena Richard from tiny Moose, located in Teton County. The recent UW computer engineering graduate has secured a job with a San Diego firm.

Work on three major projects -- at the UW Department of Veterinary Sciences building, the Arena-Auditorium and the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center -- will begin this summer, according to The Boomerang and Public Technologies.

The Riverton Ranger reported that UW’s Outreach School is sponsoring the Laramie-based Dances in Unlikely Places dance troupe this week in Riverton.

UW Department of Music Associate Professor Nicole Lamartine was profiled by Wyoming Public Radio, not for her vocal performance, but her side gig as a record-setting powerlifter.

Sheridan Media reported that new UW President Laurie Nichols was Sheridan College’s commencement speaker last weekend.

The UW Raccoon club, a team of undergraduate and graduate students, will soon begin its second year studying where raccoons in Laramie live and congregate, according to Wyoming Public Radio.

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