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UW in the News

August 15, 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.

Qin Zhu, a kinesiology and health associate professor, was among researchers who discovered that, before weapons, prehistoric hunters threw stones to hunt prey. The research first appeared in Scientific Reports. Picking up the article were The Irish Times and The Archaeology News Network.

The New York Daily News reported that UW researchers and others noted that, to prevent future outbreaks, such as Zika, the U.S. should begin enacting sensible strategies during this decade, which could save close to $400 billion in prevention costs in the decades to come.

UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by the Associated Press in a piece fact-checking remarks from presidential candidate Donald Trump. Godby says the coal industry’s problems are related to the effects of cheap natural gas. PBS News Hour and U.S. News and World Report picked up the story.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Godby in a story about Wyoming taxing power generated by wind turbines.

A draft outlining the process for a long-term strategic plan at UW was presented to the Board of Trustees at a recent meeting, The Laramie Boomerang reported.

UW continues to work with the Wyoming Business Council to develop an economic diversification plan, The Boomerang reported.

The Cody Enterprise reported that 15-year-old Ariane Joskow, who will attend UW this fall, received a full scholarship, one of 72 who received the honor.

UW Department of Accounting Professor Penne Ainsworth received the 2016 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. She was honored at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association, reported Accounting Today.

Jon Benson, Wyoming Technology Business Center CEO, discussed with Wyoming Public Radio a report that said keeping UW international students in-state after graduation could create 136 STEM jobs. The report was from the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition of mayors and business leaders.

The Boomerang interviewed UW Professor Mark Peterson, Associate Professor Rob Godby and graduate student Eric Krszjzaniek about a political survey they recently conducted and the modeling technique they used that is considered cutting edge. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle also carried the story.

UW President Laurie Nichols was the keynote speaker at the Wyoming Women of Influence Awards ceremony in Laramie, according to Wyoming Business Report.

The Cody Enterprise noted that UW dance student Trevor Cook earlier this summer performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Dance Festival.

Rajiv Khadka, a UW Ph.D. student and summer intern at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), won “Best Enabling INL Business and Support Operations” for his work at INL, reported Local News 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Wyoming Public Media carried a story on the new Wyoming Veterans Trail Crew, part of the Wyoming Conservation Corps, which is housed at UW.

Wyoming Public Media interviewed Jason Shogren, the Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management at UW, and Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon about the upcoming Stroock Public Forum on Sovereign Wealth.

UW President Laurie Nichols and College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Michael Pishko were in Rock Springs last week for a public meet-and-greet, reported Wyo4News, an online news outlet in Sweetwater County. Wyoming Business Report also reported on the visit.

UW’s Powell Research and Extension Center was mentioned in a Powell Tribune editorial on experimenting with agriculture to prepare for future needs.

Former UW Cowboy Mason Finley finished 11th in the discus finals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, The Gillette News Record reported.

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