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UW in the News

June 6, 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.

A National Science Foundation-funded study, that has led UW researchers to gain insights into supervolcanoes by studying Wyoming granite formations, was published in American Mineralogist. The study, which focused on granite in the central part of the state, was led by UW Professor Carol Frost and graduate student Davin Bagdonas. The report also was picked up by National Science Foundation, United Press International and Science Newsline. To read UW’s release, click here, which was reprinted by Science Daily.

With no clear end to the current energy slump, UW economist Rob Godby told The Laramie Boomerang Wyoming not only needs a new revenue model, but a new tax model that would require considerable political and cultural changes.

Godby also was interviewed by High Country News on a story that the Wyoming Legislature possibly could increase tax on wind energy. The state levies the only tax on wind energy production in the nation.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) noted Godby and marketing Professor Mark Peterson’s sample survey among Wyoming residents who favored Medicaid expansion; other topics also were included in the report. Kaiser Health News reprinted the story on its website.

UW President Laurie Nichols was profiled in a recent CS-T article as she begins her new duties. The Wyoming Tribune also interviewed Nichols about budget issues.

Top RN to BSN ranked UW’s program 11th among its “50 Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs 2016.”

Sarah Benson-Amram, a UW assistant professor of zoology, tells National Geographic that hyenas are quite intelligent and have a highly developed communication system. The article focuses on the myths about the predatory animals of Africa and Asia.

UW’s release about the Department of Computer Science’s Industrial Affiliates program was reprinted by Wyoming Business Report. The program links technology companies with potential UW student employees.

Wyoming Business Report also reprinted the university’s release announcing that UW will be part of a nationwide energy coalition being backed by a $20-million award to investigate the future of fossil energy.

UW’s release on a gaming and robotics program to boost student math scores in the Campbell County School District was picked up by AZO Robotics, an online science, engineering and medical website based in Manchester, England.

The CS-T interviewed Athletics Director Tom Burman about funding issues within the department.

The UW College of Engineering and Applied Science has created a new scholarship fund for displaced coal workers and their families, The CS-T reported.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette cited a five-year UW study on chronic wasting disease that has proved fatal among Wyoming’s mule deer population. The incurable wasting disease has hit Arkansas deer and elk hard, according to the daily newspaper.

UW political science Professor Jim King was among panelists discussing why so few women are in the Wyoming Legislature during the recent Leap into Leadership conference. The program was prerecorded during a special Wyoming Public Radio Open Spaces program.

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal noted that UW scientists will receive $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support research into plant health, production and resilience.

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