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UW in the News

December 5, 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.

Wyoming Public Media, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) and The Laramie Boomerang all reported that Gov. Matt Mead is supporting funding UW’s Science Initiative and enrollment strategic plan. The governor unveiled last week a mostly flat supplemental budget that features no new budget cuts.

UW will receive nearly $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for research for two commercial carbon capture and storage projects in Wyoming. UW’s project is among 16 carbon storage projects selected to receive more than $44 million for cost-shared research and development, according to EIN News, The CS-T, Wyoming Public Radio and The Washington Times. Wyoming Business Report printed UW’s release on its website.

Wired reported that UW computer science Assistant Professor Jeff Clune has been hired by Geometric Intelligence, a two-year-old artificial intelligence startup that vows to surpass the deep-learning systems under development at internet giants like Google and Facebook. The company was purchased by Uber.

UW art student Cassidy Newkirk’s painting of the USS Arizona that was bombed 75 years ago at Pearl Harbor was mentioned in a Denver Post story picked up by The Fort Morgan Times. Newkirk’s new piece, an 8 x 6-foot interpretation of the massive explosion, has yielded 41 prints -- recognizing the year of the attack -- to be numbered and signed by the five living crew members. The Boomerang also featured Newkirk’s work.

KGWN TV posted on its website UW’s release detailing President Laurie Nichols and other UW leaders’ visit to Cheyenne this week to solicit input on a strategic plan to guide the university for the next five years.

Steve Holbrook, UW geophysics professor, talked with WyoFile about the university’s work with other agencies to map Yellowstone National Park’s water.

Wyoming Business Report noted that the economic impacts of hunting and fishing are significant to Fremont County’s economy, according to a study produced by Tex Taylor, a UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics economist.

The Wyoming Joint Education Interim Committee voted to sponsor a bill adding an ex-officio, non-voting member from UW to the Wyoming State Board of Education, according to KGWN TV and The Boomerang.

KGWN TV also reprinted UW’s release announcing that more than 90 percent of the university’s students are pleased with their UW education, according to the latest UW Student Satisfaction Survey.

UW head football Coach Craig Bohl received a seven-year contract extension, with a base salary of $1.4 million per season, according to Cheyenne’s KFBC Radio, The Billings Gazette and KGWN TV. The contract runs through 2023. INFORUM, Fargo, N.D., and NBC Sports also carried the story.

The CS-T noted that UW will play old rival BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 21 in San Diego, Calif.

Local business owners were interviewed by The Boomerang to discuss the community’s economic impact of UW’s Mountain West Conference championship game played last weekend.

The Boomerang featured the work of Associate Professor Jonathan Prather, who is studying the mechanisms that allow for communication and decision making. Prather is using finches for research because the birds acquire their distinctive songs in a manner similar to human speech development.

UW Department of Theatre and Dance’s “Women Playing Hamlet” was previewed in The Boomerang.

The CS-T reprinted UW’s release noting that UW President Laurie Nichols and her husband, Tim, will host a holiday open house for the campus and Laramie communities this week.

UW-Casper and Casper College will host an election panel Tuesday to discuss the recent elections and their effects on society, reported The CS-T.

The Lusk Herald reported that UW President Laurie Nichols toured Niobrara County High School last week and met with students and school staff.

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