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UW in the News

August 8, 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.

Wyoming Business Report and K2 Radio carried UW’s release noting that the UW Foundation has collected a record-setting $63.1 million in private support during the just-expired fiscal year. Wyoming Public Radio also reported the news.

UW structural engineering master’s degree graduate Jane Donovan and three other female engineers were profiled in The Denver Post. They are lead engineers on the 18.5-mile North Line, a commuter rail line that, in 2018, will link Denver Union Station with Thornton, Colo.

The Boomerang interviewed UW Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson about growing UW’s population to 15,000-16,000 students as a way to generate additional revenue. KGWN TV also reported the story.

UW Department of Management and Marketing Professor Robert Sprague said that Disney World’s testing of versatile foot-tracking technology to understand what places are most visited by tourists is intrusive. Sprague’s comments were printed in The New York Post business section. Sprague has written about the interrelation of technology and privacy concerns.

The Cody Enterprise noted that a UW study was commissioned by the Wyoming Wildlife Federation to show the results of hunters and anglers participating in outdoor activities on public and private lands in Park County.

UW’s release on the new Wyoming Veterans Trail Crew (WyVTC) was picked up by Wyoming Business Report. The WyVTC, scheduled to begin in 2017, is part of the Wyoming Conservation Corps, which is housed at UW.

The Boomerang featured the UW Board of Trustees summer retreat last week in Saratoga.

The mosquito species that carries West Nile is peaking, UW Extension educator Scott Schell told The Boomerang. One positive avian test was reported in Laramie last week.

Deutsche Welle reported that George Varughese, Nepal’s representative for The Asia Foundation, and UW senior visiting scholar and professor, believes the country’s prospects for stability will improve with a new prime minister in power. Deutsche Welle is Germany’s leading organization for international media development.

UW history Professor Phil Roberts was interviewed in a High Country News piece about the energy industry in Western states and how Wyoming has handled the boom and bust cycles.

Big Horn Basin UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman says harvesting is well underway in northern Wyoming, according to the agriculture publication Prairie Star.

The CS-T carried a story on the effects of fires on Wyoming wildlife. Emilene Ostlind, communications coordinator for UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, said that bark beetles will survive, because they thrive in Wyoming’s warmer winters and dry summers.

UW College of Law Professor Dee Pridgen was quoted in Consumer Reports and Yahoo! Finance that young people take higher risks than older people, which makes them easier targets for scammers. The report was first published by the Better Business Bureau.

Wyo Sports noted that UW women’s basketball Assistant Coach Boyan Jankovic is part of the Summer Olympic Games as an assistant coach with the Serbian women’s national team.

Some new high-tech companies are hiring some UW graduates to meet their needs, The CS-T reported. The newspaper featured a new technology school starting this fall in Cheyenne to train students for better-paying jobs.

The Boomerang profiled UW students Lizzie Cardenas and Curtis Leon who are conducting research at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site as summer interns.

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