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UW in the News

May 31, 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.

During two town-hall meetings on campus last week, UW President Laurie Nichols outlined UW’s plan to reduce the university’s budget by about $50 million during the next biennium, according to The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) and Wyoming Public Radio. The Washington Times, Laramie Boomerang and Public Technologies also carried the story.

The CS-T reported that UW President Laurie Nichols scheduled a pair of on-campus informational meetings with faculty, staff and students to discuss impending budget reductions. Wyoming Business Report noted Nichols’ visit to Casper last week that included discussion about UW budget cuts.

Nichols discussed budget cuts while visiting Powell to meet with community and education leaders, according to The Powell Tribune.

The Boomerang interviewed Bill Mai, UW vice president for administration, who said a new $30 million fiscal system is being implemented to help better track UW funds and should streamline all of the accounting efforts on campus.

UW’s release on the university being selected by the National Energy Technology Laboratory to join the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research was picked up by Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio and KOWB Radio. The coalition will benefit from $20 million in initial funding over the next six years to study the future of fossil fuels.

Wyoming Public Media reported that UW President Laurie Nichols, who grew up on a farm, is among the speakers at this week’s Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention at the UW Conference Center.

Sara Axelson, UW vice president for student affairs, told The Laramie Boomerang that newer programs meant to increase UW student retention and to expedite graduation are showing positive results.

High Country News interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in a story about how states are attempting to find revenue streams during a bust cycle. In Wyoming, Godby said the state’s recent legislative session was “all about cost-cutting” and drawing down limited savings, but did not offer any different revenue models.

Godby also is quoted in a CS-T story about proposals to reshape the Western power grid.

The Casper Start-up Challenge, sponsored by UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC), is down to three finalists, according to Wyoming Business Report. The three local businesses will compete for $50,000 in prizes and rent-free residency at the Casper WTBC for one year to help grow the business.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that UW’s Family Medicine Residency Programs -- with clinics in Cheyenne and Casper -- are facing state budget cuts.

Kate Miller, dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, discussed her position on a number of topics during her interview for the UW provost position, reported The Boomerang. The final candidate, Jeff Thompson, dean of the College of Science at the University of Nevada-Reno, also presented his position on various issues, The Boomerang reported.

KGWN TV and Wyoming Business Report posted UW’s release on their websites about five College of Business students who are among 12 university-led teams across the nation selected as finalists in the 2016 Community Bank Case Study Competition.

UW’s release announcing Kristanza Bronnenberg, of Cody, as the recipient of the UW James A. Boucher O.D. and Julie M. Uhlmann Ph.D. Optometry Scholarship was posted on the Big Horn Basin Radio Network’s website. The Cody Enterprise also carried the story.

Hits 106 republished UW’s release on its website about the UW Mortar Board chapter honoring staff members, who were inspiration to the organization’s students, with the “Tip of the Cap” award.

Diana Charlson, a UW doctoral nursing graduate from Sheridan, received a scholarship during the recent Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing convocation, according to The Sheridan Press.

The Boomerang noted that work on the Arena-Auditorium will be delayed slightly because the university rebid for the project manager.

UW Lab School music teacher Jennifer Mellizo was profiled as the Albany County School District’s Teacher of the Year, according to The Boomerang.

Wyoming Business Report noted that UW Associate Lecturer Julianne Couch’s new book, “The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century,” features Centennial. The book explores small-town life in middle America.

Sarah Benson-Amram, a UW Department of Zoology and Physiology assistant professor, was back in the news, this time in The Financial Express, for her study that showed carnivore species with larger brains, relative to their body size, are better at solving problems.

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