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UW in the News

May 23, 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.

UW economist Rob Godby said promoting wind energy could help the coal sector because, under current regulations, wind power could help offset emissions restrictions if Wyoming adopts a rate-based plan to respond to the federal Clean Power Plan. He was among speakers at the Wyoming Business Report’s Wyoming Energy Summit in Cheyenne, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Asimov, India’s website for robotics news from around the world, posted UW’s release on its site -- the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program that uses gaming and robotics as a tool to boost math scores among students in some Wyoming school districts. UW’s release also was picked up by Robotic Magazine and AZO Robotics.

UW economist Ed Barbier said farmers living on degraded land are excluded from the benefits of economic growth in many developing countries, according to news websites All Africa and SciDev.Net. Barbier’s research paper was first published in PLOS One, an online service that provides researchers a faster path to publishing in a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal.

Northern Wyoming Daily News and the Big Horn Radio Network reported that new UW President Laurie Nichols visited the Worland community last week, meeting with local officials and the public.

Lydiah Nganga, UW elementary and early childhood education associate professor, was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) in an article on how Wyoming public schools are not teaching diversity, even though it is required by statewide standards.

The Laramie Boomerang profiled outgoing UW President Dick McGinity and his accomplishments during his two-year term.

Alec Muthig, from UW Information Technology, gave participants in the Wyoming Business Report-sponsored Cybersecurity Symposium tips on how to avoid being scammed by phishing on the Internet.

India West, billed as “Best Indian Newspaper in Print and Online,” carried UW’s release announcing Vikram Singh, originally from Bangalore, India, as the Tobin Memorial Award recipient as UW's outstanding graduating man.

Some students and faculty members are advocating the use of experienced industry people as educators at UW, according to The Laramie Boomerang. They made a presentation during the recent UW Board of Trustees meeting.

The Boomerang noted that UW Professor Emeritus David Reif’s sculpture, “The Architecture of Civility,” on the Albany County Courthouse grounds, has been nominated for a Wyoming State Historical Society fine arts award.

More than 500 female students attended the recent Women in STEM conference at UW to learn more about science and engineering career opportunities, The Boomerang reported.

KGWN TV was among media outlets using UW’s release announcing Saratoga attorney John MacPherson is the new president of the UW Board of Trustees. The Billings Gazette also carried the story.

STOP Violence Coordinator Megan Selheim told The Boomerang that a spike in reported sexual assaults on the UW campus does not mean an increase in incidents, but an increase of reporting. She said UW students are more aware of services that are offered in reporting such incidents.

KOWB Radio noted that three UW provost finalists have been named and will be on campus for interviews. Wyoming Public Radio also carried the story.

Fox 31 Television in Denver cited UW research that shows capsaicin, the ingredient that makes most peppers hot, may help to control extra weight gain when combined with healthy eating habits and exercise. The segment was titled “Helping Your Health in Your 40s.”

The rapid rise of drones, both commercially and individually, was explained during the Wyoming Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Symposium, held at UW last week, reported The Boomerang.

Basin Radio Network printed, on its website, UW’s release stating that UW representatives will return to Gillette this week to offer individualized support to current or prospective students affected by the energy industry layoffs. The CS-T also carried the story.

UW School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Travis Brown has been named Laramie High School boys’ basketball coach, according to KOWB Radio.

The Billings Gazette noted that UW wrestler Tanner Harms received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Created in 1964, the award rewards the NCAA's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports.

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