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UW in the News

August 22, 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 has cut $16 million from the current fiscal year budget, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported. The FY 2017 target is $19.3 million. The Washington Times also carried the story.

UW’s suggested supplemental budget request of $475,000 is the smallest request in recent years, according to The Laramie Boomerang. If approved, the funding would be used to create a strategic enrollment management program.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed Stephen Bieber, director of the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, and chair of the UW Financial Crisis Advisory Committee (FCAC); and Bob Sprague, associate professor of management and marketing, and FCAC member, about the FCAC’s search for budget reductions at UW.

UW’s Master of Engineering program was selected among the top 50 programs in the nation by Best College Values. UW was noted for ranking “No. 91 in ‘Top Public Schools,’ and No. 126 in ‘Best Engineering Schools’ by U.S. News and World Report,” by the online best value website.

The Atlantic published an article about UW Department of Sociology Associate Professor Matthew Painter’s research into whether the barriers facing people of color in the U.S. also make it harder for immigrants of color to build wealth.

Jeff Lockwood, professor and director of the UW Creative Writing Program, contributed an article about “designer” nature to OUPblog, Oxford University Press’s blog. Lockwood also was interviewed by BuzzFeed for an article titled, “Are Crickets the New Lobster? The Case for Eating Insects.”

IU Bloomington News posted a story about research in which Qin Zhu, a kinesiology and health associate professor, participated. Zhu was among researchers who discovered that, before weapons, prehistoric hunters threw stones to hunt prey.

SNL Financial interviewed UW mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Erica Belmont about her recent research. Belmont said trees killed by the mountain pine beetle infestation could provide a solution to lowering carbon emissions.

UW’s release on the RAMPED (robotics, applied mathematics, physics and engineering design) program for teachers was picked up by Campus Technology and The Journal, both technology-related websites for educators.

The Denver Post reported that UW’s Department of Athletics is considering allowing the sale of beer at sporting events to raise revenue. KGWN TV also picked up the story.

UW Extension educator Brian Sebade told The Prairie Star that cattle and hay production in Albany County are doing well this year.

Wyoming Business Report carried UW’s release announcing that the Wyoming Small Business Development Center received a grant to offer training and advising assistance to small-business owners.

Brenna Doherty, a UW mechanical engineering student, was among 12 interns from seven engineering professional societies who completed a summer internship in Washington, D.C., according to an article posted on The American Society of Mechanical Engineers website.

Wyoming Business Report carried UW’s release on John Tucker, CEO of Vacutech, who is the speaker of the e2e Wyoming meeting in Laramie Sept. 21.

UW doctoral students will launch large latex balloons with cameras attached to them that will capture and broadcast a solar eclipse that is set to cross Wyoming one year from now, reported The CS-T.

WyoFile noted that UW and the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office will host a forum in Jackson to discuss sovereign wealth fund issues. International experts and sovereign wealth fund managers from around the world will share experiences and ideas.

UW’s Master of Business Administration program has seen a 20 percent increase in enrollment from a year ago, according to Wyoming Business Report.

Marketplace interviewed Tracey Owens Patton, UW African American and Diaspora Studies Program director, in a story about black rodeo.

The Sheridan Press picked up UW’s release about high school students who participated in a health care careers summer camp at UW.

UW-Casper Director Jeff Edgens told The CS-T he expects enrollment to increase this fall when classes begin.

Wyoming Public Media featured UW art student Cassidy Newkirk, who was commissioned by the Arizona Final Salute Foundation to create a painting of the USS Arizona for the 75th anniversary of its sinking at Pearl Harbor.

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