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UW in the News

June 13, 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’s program was selected 21st among the top 50 online bachelor's in psychology degrees by College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. UW’s program was noted for striving “to prepare psychology students with training in psychological theory and methods through intellectual rigor and technical competence.”

Wyoming Public Radio talked with UW economist Rob Godby about a survey he and marketing Professor Mark Peterson created to gauge public opinion on Wyoming’s state budget.

Transparancy and accountability should be the focus when budget cuts are made at UW, according to a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) editorial last week.

The CS-T noted that UW hosted the Association for Physical Education in Higher Education International Conference, which attracted many of the world's leading academics on the topic of physical education and sport instruction. The Washington Times and the Scottsbluff Star Herald also reported about the event.

Researchers, including UW’s Jeff Clune, a computer science associate professor, explain why so many biological networks, including the human brain (a network of neurons), exhibit a hierarchical structure, and will improve attempts to create artificial intelligence. The work first appeared in POLS Computational Biology and was reprinted in The Times of India, Science Magazine and AZO Robotics.

KOWB Radio reported on the grand opening of Laramie’s Cirrus Sky Technology Park’s first tenant, Underwriters Laboratories, a global independent safety science company. UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center, and others, helped UL establish itself in Wyoming.

UW’s Dorothy Tuthill, Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center associate director, and Joanne Steane, UW Student Health Service director, were interviewed by The Laramie Boomerang about the high volume of spruce pollen in the area this spring in Laramie.

The CS-T interviewed Bryan Shader, UW’s special assistant to the vice president for research and economic development, about the supercomputer in Cheyenne. UW’s faculty uses the computer for various research projects, which Shader says is a good tool to help diversify Wyoming’s economy.

The Associated Press (AP) quoted UW geology Professor Ken Sims about the death of an Oregon man who fell into one of Yellowstone National Park’s acidic hot springs. Sims is a member of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post and Microsoft News (MSN) picked up the AP story.

Several Big Horn Basin-area students are attending the annual Summer High School Institute on the UW campus, The Cody Enterprise reported.

The Barking POST picked up UW’s release on the university’s canine officers that were recently honored by the Laramie Kennel Club for community service. The site bills itself as “the best dog-gone website dedicated to dogs.”

Devils Tower National Monument recently held a bioblitz for the North American porcupine. Visitors worked alongside park biologists and UW scientists, using radio signals to find two porcupines in trees, according to eNews Park Forest, which highlighted “Be a Citizen Scientist for a Day.”

The Denver Post and Salt Lake City’s Deseret News reprinted an Associated Press story on UW athletics’ budget issues.

Last week’s Vertical Dance and Lights Along the Shore performance in UW’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center was previewed by The Boomerang.

UW psychology Professor Matt Gray’s work was cited on the American Psychological Association’s news website. Gray and his colleagues are using videoconferencing sessions to help victims of sexual assault or domestic violence, which they report was just as effective as providing in-person sessions.

Glass Magazine, an online flat glass and metals industry website, featured the architectural work on UW’s Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

UW will host its fifth annual Forage Field Day at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center this week, The Sheridan Press reported.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that a UW study published last year showed northeastern Wyoming as more vulnerable to wildfires over the long term, compared to the rest of the state, because of its abundant flammable grasslands.

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