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UW in the News

September 19, 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 President Laurie Nichols’ first convocation, to discuss the state of the university, was covered by The Laramie Boomerang and The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T). K2 Radio and The Washington Times also carried reports.

College Choice selected UW’s program as the third most affordable petroleum engineering degree program, citing that the degree is “pursued through the engineering department, whose graduates enjoy excellent success and placement rates in multiple engineering specialties.” College Choice also named UW as the 18th best bachelor’s in petroleum engineering degree program for 2016. College Choice is an independent college search and rankings website.

The Boomerang noted that a kickoff event to announce plans for a five-year UW strategic plan and its 25-member committee will be held this week at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

UW’s Top-Tier Science Initiative, including construction of a new science facility on campus, was supported by the university’s Board of Trustees, reported The Northern Wyoming Daily News.

Inside Higher Ed reported that UW is among a number of schools considering beer sales at athletics events as a way to help boost attendance and revenue.

UW’s release on a team of UW researchers who have discovered that mice with Huntington's disease respond differently to common infection was reprinted in Medical Press, a web-based medical and health news service.

KOWB Radio reported that UW is among a multidisciplinary team that will work on innovative connected vehicle technology that will be tested on Interstate 80’s corridor. The Wyoming Department of Transportation applied for the grant.

UW researchers are among scientists interested in a dig site that has uncovered items that indicate the oldest evidence of man in North America, and perhaps in the Western Hemisphere, located in central Oregon, according to The Source Weekly in Bend, Ore.

The CS-T interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Wyoming’s post-coal bankruptcies, saying that most observers believe that the new market equilibrium -- the reality of lower prices -- is something that most coal companies are going to be able to deal with.

Retired UW-Casper faculty member Bruce Richardson received the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, according to The Casper Journal.

The Buffalo Bulletin noted that “Metzger’s Bugle,” used in the Fetterman Massacre, was named the most significant historical artifact in Wyoming. The second-year contest is sponsored in part by UW Libraries.

Edward Kempema, a UW civil engineering research scientist, helped draft a study as to why Flat Creek floods due to ice that forms on the creek bed and creates ice dams, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

The CS-T reported that UW’s School of Energy Resources was among sponsors of the recent Stroock Public Forum on Sovereign Wealth as Wyoming’s state treasurer’s office and the Legislature explore ways to streamline the state’s permanent fund, hoping for greater efficiency and earnings.

UW’s fall enrollment is down 267 students from a year ago, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Wyoming Public Radio noted that UW’s Institute for Advanced Study has initiated a new series called “Earth, Wind and Water.” Last week’s panel discussion dealt with water issues.

UW sociology Assistant Professor Shiri Noy and a colleague recently published a paper that identifies science-oriented religious groups that are involved in U.S. politics, according to

Northern Wyoming Daily News interviewed UW Washakie County Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist, who said ergot disease, found in barley, is now spreading to other crops.

The UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honored agriculture leaders during Ag Appreciation Weekend events, according to Northern Ag Network.

The Boomerang noted that the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources is offering a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental systems science that gives an interdisciplinary perspective on environmental science.

UW’s research into chronic wasting disease (CWD) in an east-central Wyoming white-tailed deer herd was cited by The Green Bay Press-Gazette. The newspaper was reporting on Wisconsin’s own CWD problem.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported that UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute has been contracted to facilitate Teton County’s participation in the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative.

UW partnered with others to host the Grasslands Artifact Roadshow and Oral History Project at the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall, S.D., according to Basin Radio Network.

Wyoming Public Radio featured UW hydrologist Elizabeth Traver, who has guided researchers on a 23-mile hike into the Wind River Mountains to the Dinwoody glacier, one of the state’s largest glaciers.

Assistant Professor Sarah Benson-Amram talked with Wyoming Public Radio about the UW Raccoon Project. Benson-Amram and her students are studying the raccoons’ nocturnal habits in the area., an international broadcast online industry service, noted that UW’s War Memorial Stadium received an upgrade to its video board this fall.

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