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UW in the News

August 29, 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 New York Times reported that Anna Zajacova, a UW sociology associate professor, was among researchers who report that the life expectancy of American women is stagnant, and where women live matters just as much as who they are. The research to explain inequalities in women's mortality among U.S. states first appeared in SSM Population Health.

UW sociology researchers and colleagues from Brown University reported that barriers facing people of color in the United States also make it harder for immigrants of color to get ahead, The Atlantic reported. Their findings were first published in the journal Sociological Perspectives.

Armed With Science, the U.S. Defense Department’s official science blog, noted that UW physics and astronomy student Caitlin Kennedy was among students in a NASA student-sponsored program that flew a prototype of an aircraft that could one day fly in the Martian atmosphere and send its findings back to earth. The program was held at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. SpaceRef also carried the story.

UW and Western Research Institute received a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop stand-alone oxygen-production technologies for use in coal gasification processes, reported POWER Magazine, a business and technology website for the global generation industry.

Kipp Coddington, director of UW’s Carbon Management Institute, served as chairman for a National Coal Council carbon capture study that will be presented to President Obama’s energy chief, reported SNL Financial.

During last week’s UW Board of Trustees meeting, President Laurie Nichols said the university has identified $19.3 million in budget reductions, a goal for the 2017 fiscal year, The Laramie Boomerang and Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported.

The Laramie Boomerang featured how some UW departments will cope with shortages this fall due to budget constraints. The Boomerang also detailed how many of UW’s faculty members are on nine-month contracts.

UW economist Anne Alexander was interviewed in a CS-T piece about Wyoming’s economy. Experts agreed that tourism alone won’t solve Wyoming’s economic challenges during a period of falling energy prices in the state.

UW College of Law student Halinka Zolcik, along with her supervising attorney and Professor Suzan Pritchett of the UW International Human Rights Clinic, argued before a judge to successfully win a case for a detained Eritrean man, who was granted asylum in the United States, KOWB Radio reported.

The Boomerang and KOWB Radio reported on move-in day last week for incoming UW students.

A UW study, along with another from the University of New Mexico, was used by Cronkite News, an Arizona PBS program, in a story about the history of Native American voting rights. The study indicates that voting among Native Americans has increased.

Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Ana Houseal, UW science outreach educator, who is helping several Wyoming school districts develop new ways to teach science. The initiative has shown that test scores are improving in local school districts.

Local instructor Rachael Esh, who took part in this summer’s RAMPED (robotics, applied mathematics, physics and engineering design) program for teachers, was featured in The Sheridan Press.

EurekaAlert! reported that Corey Tarwater, UW zoology and physiology assistant professor, has been named an elective member of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU). Members are selected by their peers for significant contributions to ornithology and/or service to the AOU.

Mary Burman, dean of the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, has been named an American Academy of Nursing Fellow, noted Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses.

The Boomerang noted that Tasha Bauman was named the Services Division Employee of the Year for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She works in the Game and Fish Department Forensics Laboratory, located at UW.

Big Horn County Extension Educator Gretchen Gasvoda received the Champion 4-H Educator Award, and Extension beef cattle specialist Steve Paisley the Top Hand Award by the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents, reported Tri-State Livestock News.

The Billings Gazette reported that UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Associate Professor Anna Chalfoun will discuss the effects of environmental change on Wyoming's wildlife at Cody’s Draper Natural History Museum this week.

Country singer Kip Moore is the featured act for the third UW Cowboy Kickoff weekend, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

UW locksmith Curt Wasinger, who installs and fixes all of the locks on campus, was featured in The Boomerang.

The Boomerang also reported that recent UW graduate Raj Patel, from Laramie, donated his graduation money to the city of Laramie so that trees can be purchased on the street leading into the new Laramie High School property.

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