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UW in the News

October 31, 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 political science Professor Jim King spoke on the analysis of UW’s survey indicating that Donald Trump was favored over Hillary Clinton for president among a sampling of Wyoming voters, reported The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T). K2 Radio, The Laramie Boomerang and The Wyoming Tribune Eagle also carried the story.

The Courier-Journal interviewed UW law Professor Jerry Parkinson about the possibility of Louisville being stripped of its 2012-13 national title after the NCAA handed down four major infractions to the school’s basketball program. Parkinson is a former member of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. Cats also carried the story.

UW economist Rob Godby was a source for a PolitiFact fact-checking article on Hillary Clinton’s claim that the U.S. is energy independent.

Scientific American interviewed doctoral student Adi Barocas and her UW colleagues’ work in a project that involves research on many aspects of river otter life, including how they form social groups.

In an interview with The Oregonian, UW political science Professor Gregg Cawley said Ammon Bundy and others who led a standoff with the federal government in Oregon earlier this year started the protests out of frustration that their concerns were being discounted and ignored by the government.

KOLO TV in Reno, Nev., also interviewed Cawley about the Oregon standoff verdict and the current Dakota pipeline protests. The Business Standard of India and Idaho Falls’ Post Register also picked up the Associated Press story.

UW College of Law Distinguished Visiting Professor Tori Kricken last week was named District Court judge for Wyoming’s 2nd Judicial District, according to The Boomerang.

Community for Accredited Online Schools named UW among the top 25 dental hygiene programs in the nation based, in part, on cost, teacher-to-student ratio and scholarship.

K2 Radio posted a video on its website on UW computer science Assistant Professor Jeff Clune explaining the importance of artificial intelligence for a series titled “What is Wyoming’s Greatest Resource?”

Social scientists at UW and Syracuse University recently analyzed mortality rates for women in all 50 states to determine if differences in rates occurred because of individual characteristics or because of their environments, according to noted that Terri Rittenburg, UW associate professor of marketing, is a co-author of a study that shows when senior financial officers adopt a code of ethics, the number of earnings restatements are reduced. The study was recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, told Sheridan Media that UW has begun the process to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to guide the university for the next five years.

High Plains Journal noted that the Laramie County office of UW Extension is hosting a two-day session this week in Cheyenne that will focus on specialty crops.

With new UW sponsors and a new venue, the popular communitywide Safe Treat was promoted in last week’s Boomerang.

The Boomerang also noted that the Wyoming Conservation Corps, located at UW, has started a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a reliable trailer for its recycling program.

In an article picked up by The Billings Gazette, UW political science Professor Jim King says Wyoming citizens’ attitudes toward legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes corresponds with the national perspective. UW’s Survey and Analysis Center and political science department sponsored the survey.

The Boomerang noted that retired UW animal science Professor Connie Kercher and his wife, Lydia, recently received the 2016 Laramie Chamber Business Alliance Ag Leadership Award.

UW’s popular one-day program, Saturday U, was featured on the Basin Radio Network that covers the Campbell County area. The final fall Saturday U program was presented in Gillette last week.

The CS-T and The Boomerang covered the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center, which will be located at the north end of Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

UW Wellness Center assistant Hanna Danielson offered tips in a CS-T interview for staying active and healthy during winter months.

KGWN TV noted that UW’s Literacy Research Center and Clinic named the Teton Literacy Center as the recipient of the inaugural First Lady’s (Carol Mead) Leaders in Literacy Award.

In a Sheridan Press story on the diversity of Native languages, Caskey Russell, UW American Indian Studies director, said storytelling goes hand in hand with art, music and dancing rituals to reinforce a connection with ancestors and the spiritual world.

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