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UW in the News

July 18, 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 President Laurie Nichols told the Board of Trustees that the university will have to eliminate more faculty and staff positions in order to cover cuts in state aid, reported The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T), Wyoming Public Radio and KOWB Radio.

The Laramie Boomerang also reported that UW’s goal is to save $20 million and is working toward a $19 million permanent reduction by the end of fiscal year 2017.

Gov. Matt Mead, in a CS-T op-ed piece, discussed state budget cuts, including those made at UW.

Time interviewed UW Professor Jeff Lockwood in an article about cockroaches, and why people are so afraid of the insect.

UW mechanical engineering Professor Dimitri Mavriplis and doctoral candidate Enrico Fabiano received the prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper from AHS International, the Vertical Flight Technical Society, reported Le Lézard, a technologies and scientific news website. Their paper is titled “Adjoint-based Aeroacoustic Design-Optimization of Flexible Rotors in Forward Flight.”

International Travel News and The Billings Gazette picked up an Associated Press story that UW student Cassidy Newkirk has been commissioned to complete a painting and make prints for the 75th anniversary of the attack on the USS Arizona, the battleship that was destroyed during a Japanese surprise attack Dec. 7, 1941. The original UW release can be found here.

UW President Laurie Nichols recently met with the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone business councils and other tribal leaders to discuss how to increase Native American enrollment at UW, according to an Associated Press story picked up by and The Washington Times.

FiveThirtyEight interviewed UW psychology Professor Carolyn Pepper about Wyoming’s high suicide rate. The publication, owned by ESPN, is a website that focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics, economics and sports blogging.

UW economics Professor Ed Barbier has been named a Fellow by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, reported The Laramie Boomerang.

The Boomerang also featured UW Department of Music Associate Professor Nicole Lamartine for being a champion powerlifter.

Erica Belmont, UW mechanical engineering assistant professor, was featured in The Boomerang for a NASA grant she received to help understand experiments conducted on the International Space Station.

The Billings Gazette reported that Campbell County officials are looking at the possibility of four-year bachelor's degrees at Gillette College to boost the economy, including a possible partnership with UW.

UW President Laurie Nichols will be the featured speaker at the Women of Influence luncheon Aug. 11 at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The Boomerang featured UW College of Education students and instructors who traveled to Nepal for three weeks to see how other cultures approach teaching and how a UW education could fit in.

UW English Professor Caroline McCracken-Flesher will examine the influence of Scottish authors Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson at Cody’s Buffalo Bill Center of the West this week, noted The Billings Gazette.

The Boomerang noted that UW Police Chief Mike Samp cautioned safety for those playing the latest popular “Pokémon Go,” an augmented reality game.

A joint research project by UW and Wyoming Game and Fish scientists is studying the success of the Snowy Range moose herd, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

Wyoming Business Report reprinted a Boomerang story noting that Gov. Matt Mead toured the UW Engineering Building to look at the latest research being conducted by university professors and students.

The Monarchs and Milkweeds program, a statewide program in which citizen scientists can gather observations of where, when and how many monarchs and milkweed plants appear in Wyoming, is seeking volunteers, reported KGWN TV. The UW Biodiversity Institute is among sponsors of the program.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, interviewed UW family and consumer sciences Professor Virginia Vincenti about the most and least financially savvy states.

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