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UW in the News

September 26, 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.

Doctoral student Adi Barocas is among UW scientists in a project that involves research on many aspects of river otter life, including how they form social groups, according to The New York Times. Barocas and UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Professor Merav Ben-David were among researchers who first had their work published in Animal Behaviour. To view a video of the river otter’s habits, go here.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) and KOWB Radio reported that the university is considering eliminating up to 16 degree programs in the next year. The programs have low student enrollments. The Houston Chronicle carried the Associated Press version of the story, as did KGAB Radio, which posted UW’s release on its website. The program review timeline has been pushed back, reported the Associated Press and picked up by The Scottsbluff Star Herald. KGWN reprinted UW’s release.

UW President Laurie Nichols was interviewed by WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio, for a program titled, “Universities in States That Depend on the Energy Economy Are Facing Massive Cuts.” She also spoke with Wyoming Public Radio on UW’s proposed cuts.

UW’s Strategic Planning Leadership Council members were named last week. The Laramie Boomerang also covered the talk from keynote speaker F. King Alexander, Louisiana State University president.

Scientific American interviewed Matt Kauffman, of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, located at UW, on a study about why deer do not crash into each other when startled.

UW’s research into chronic wasting disease, which causes a 10 percent yearly die-off among a white-tailed deer herd in east-central Wyoming, was cited by Field and Stream.

Bloomberg News quoted UW economist Rob Godby about coal company bankruptcies and the effects on Wyoming’s economy. Mining Weekly reprinted the article.

Godby also weighed in on the topic of Wyoming leaders considering raising the nation’s only wind tax in an interview with Inside Energy.

Smithsonian interviewed Godby for an article about a new federal program designed to train the next generation of Wyoming oil workers, but jobs may not be available with a down oil and gas market.

UW economist Chuck Mason and Godby offered their opinions to The Street on how the U.S. economy would be different if Green Party candidate Jill Stein were elected president.

The Billings Gazette reported that Wyoming leaders are recommending changes to the investment strategy of the Hathaway College Trust Fund. Hathaway scholarships are for Wyoming students attending UW and the state’s community colleges.

UW Professor Jeff Lockwood discussed with Pest Control Technology why he selected a pest management professional as the subject of his new murder-mystery novel, “Poisoned Justice.”

Women’s Health cited UW researchers’ work certififying that capsicum, the active component of chili peppers, boosts metabolism in the human body.

Another set of UW researchers had its work cited in Growing Louisiana. The UW study was on crop yields from organic farmlands.

Huntington’s Disease News reprinted portions of UW’s release about a team of UW researchers who has discovered that mice with Huntington's disease respond differently to common infection.

Most UW students interviewed by KGWN TV were positive in their responses to UW’s ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

KGWN TV reprinted on its website UW’s release announcing that Backpacker Magazine ranked the university No. 3 in a list of the nation’s best colleges for hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts.

UW’s Cent$ible Nutrition is a sponsor of an event that will teach about the realities of poverty next month at Laramie County Community College, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Hits 106 reported that the UW Art Museum’s annual gala is next month at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

Peter Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the United States, gave a lecture at UW last week on the importance of maintaining a strong trans-Atlantic alliance, reported Wyoming Public Media.

Dairy Herd Management noted that Anowar Islam, UW Extension forage specialist, is among researchers who received a $250,000 grant for a three-year, three-state alfalfa study.

Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, told The Northern Wyoming Daily News that the university did not cancel classes during last week’s bomb threat to Wyoming state government buildings. The incident was deemed a hoax last week. K2 Radio and The Boomerang also reported on the statewide incident.

ATT:, an online information website, interviewed Enette Larson-Meyer, UW associate professor of human nutrition, on the use of fitness trackers and if the devices help individuals lose weight.

UW is among colleges nationwide offering coloring books to help students relieve stress, reported

The Sheridan Press noted that the Spear-O Mountain Campus of Sheridan College in the Big Horn Mountains hosted researchers and educators this summer, including those from UW.

Mark Jenkins, a UW writer-in-residence and National Geographic correspondent, will discuss his adventure in Burma during a Casper College presentation this week, reported The CS-T.

The Boomerang weighed in with an editorial on whether UW should sell alcohol at sporting events.

UW Department of Music eminent musician-in-residence Libby Larsen discussed her distinguished career with Wyoming Public Radio.

The Herald Glove, Sydney, Australia, printed a feature on former UW baseball standout Art Howe, who enjoyed a successful career as a Major League Baseball coach.

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