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UW in the News

August 1, 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 UW President Laurie Nichols updated a large group of faculty and staff members on the budget process for the new biennium. The Laramie Boomerang also covered the town-hall meeting.

An Associated Press story noted that Gov. Matt Mead said a conference will take place in Wyoming, within a year, that will allow Japanese researchers to work on coal issues with researchers from the UW School of Energy Resources. Picking up the story about the state and a consortium of Japanese companies that will research clean-coal technology were The China Post, The Sacramento Bee, The Seattle Times and The Olympian.

Online Schools Center named UW among the top 20 “Most Affordable Online Colleges” nationwide. Consideration included tuition rates, accreditation, academic prowess and financial aid availability.

In another ranking, conducted by College Choice, UW ranked 33rd among the top 50 programs in the country for preparation in the nursing profession. The website noted UW’s array of classes for its undergraduate degree and notes that the university is “also known for being a pioneer in online nursing education.”

U.S. News and World Report reprinted a news article on UW Department of Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Erica Belmont’s research of low-temperature flames that can help NASA and the International Space Station. The article first appeared in the Boomerang.

UW’s Evolving Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which has produced various world-renowned research and ideas, was featured in The Boomerang.

UW economist Anne Alexander told The CS-T that limiting the number of licensed liquor establishments in Wyoming primarily hurts the entertainment industry, including restaurants, bars and music venues.

WyoFile noted that UW’s Biodiversity Institute, the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and the Nature Conservancy started a citizen scientist project last year to find out how and when monarch butterflies rely on habitat in Wyoming. The Boomerang also reported on the project.

Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, was interviewed about how low gas prices are affecting UW. The article was picked up by and Morningstar News.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that UW President Laurie Nichols recently met with Wind River Indian Reservation tribal leaders to talk about recruiting more Native American students to the university.

The Teton County Board of Commissioners will hire the UW Ruckelshaus Institute to facilitate the planning process to study an initiative that some day could create new Equality State wilderness areas, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

The CS-T reported that Indy Burke has been selected as dean of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She had been director of UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources since 2008.

Bart Geerts, UW atmospheric science professor, was quoted in an interviewed about cloud seeding that appeared in the U.K.’s Daily Express and Business Insider UK.

The Powell Tribune interviewed Stephen Bieber, director of Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at UW, about an unknown party that commissioned a recent phone survey in Park County of local feelings on a proposed 1 cent sales tax hike.

UW’s custodial staff is being stretched to the limit, according to The Boomerang.

The Mountain Mail reported that UW graduate and U.S. discus champion Mason Finley traveled back to his hometown of Salida, Colo., before he heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Summer Olympic Games.

Wyoming Public Radio interviewed UW’s Christine Porter about a garden project to raise fresh vegetables for a healthier lifestyle on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Porter is an assistant professor and the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health in the Division of Kinesiology and Health at UW.

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