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UW in the News

July 25, 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.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that former UW President Dick McGinity is re-entering the business field, leading financial operations at McGinley Orthopedic Innovations, a Casper startup that manufactures medical devices. Wyoming Business Report also picked up the story.

The CS-T also noted that UW President Laurie Nichols will hold a town-hall meeting Tuesday on campus to discuss budget reductions.

UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed in another CS-T article about how oil, gas and coal markets crashed at the same time, and how that has affected the state. Godby also discussed wind energy in the state with The CS-T and the challenges the industry is facing.

The Virginian-Pilot cited UW economist Timothy Considine’s study into the effects of wind energy industry in North Carolina. Considine’s study conclusions resulted from calculations based on higher costs to consumers for renewable energy and the negative effects on business of higher power bills, among other factors.

The Laramie Boomerang noted that UW’s Mark Northam and Indy Burke had their position titles renamed at the  School of Energy Resources and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, respectively.

UW Associate Professor Michael Pierce is leading NASA's effort in the state to help capture the movement of a total solar eclipse next summer, The San Francisco Chronicle reported from an Associated Press story. Sheridan Media and The CS-T also carried the story.

College Choice selected UW’s program as the sixth best online RN to BSN program in the nation. The website said, “UW is home to one of the few nursing schools that has dedicated itself to providing students with an exceptional online program that prepares them for leadership roles within the health care industry.”

The Chronicle of Philanthropy included a quote from Christina Kuzmych, general manager of Wyoming Public Media, in a story about the effects of the drop in oil prices on the economies of energy-producing states. The full story appeared on the NiemanLab website.

The number of students needing to take remedial courses has dropped. The implementation of the Hathaway success curriculum, which aligns Wyoming high school college prep courses more closely with UW and state community college requirements, is a factor, reported The Casper Journal.

Wyoming Public Radio noted that 30 teachers, most from Wyoming, participated in a RAMPED program to learn new ways to teach students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

UW Creative Writing Program Associate Professor Brad Watson was profiled by Salon about his new book, “Miss Jane.” Salon, an online news site, focuses on U.S. politics and current affairs.

Live Science cited UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Associate Professor Michael Dillon’s research work on an article about how high bugs can fly.

UW student Jordyn Hall, who will represent Wyoming in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant in September, was featured in her hometown newspaper, The Chronicle, in Centralia, Wash.

WyoFile reported that the Ruckelshaus Institute, a division of UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, will co-host a gathering of stakeholders to talk about the trails and nonmotorized use on Pole Mountain east of Laramie.

Yale News reported that UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources Director Indy Burke has been named the new School of Forestry and Environmental Studies dean at Yale University.

Ann Marie Hart, director of UW’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, noted her hometown newspaper, The Register-Herald, in Beckley, W.Va.

Sheridan Media reported that UW librarian David Kruger explained the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station’s 125-year history during UW Extension’s field day in Sheridan last week.

A UW team of engineering students won the “Best Humanitarian” category in the Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge Design Contest, according to Campus Technology.

The Powell Tribune interviewed John Tanaka, associate director of the UW Agricultural Experiment Station, and Jeremiah Vardiman, a UW Extension educator, in a story about UW Extension’s field day in Powell.

Construction on UW’s biosafety level 3 lab at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory is underway noted The Laramie Boomerang. Yahoo! News Finance India also carried the article.

The Sheridan Press noted local students who were awarded Plummer Interdisciplinary Achievement Scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year.

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