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UW in the News

December 12, 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 economist Rob Godby says cost has historically been an issue for carbon capture, and it is more relevant now with low oil prices. He was interviewed for a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) story about industry-rich states asking for federal and local policy changes to support capturing carbon dioxide and using it to boost production in older oil fields.

K2 Radio and the CS-T reported on UW President Laurie Nichols’ visit in Casper last week to solicit input on a strategic plan to guide the university for the next five years. Sheridan Media also reported on the well-attended president’s meeting in Sheridan. The Laramie Boomerang covered the local event.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, in a story about the restructuring of student services and academic units at UW and possible implications.

According to a UW study, hunting and fishing generate over $1 billion a year in Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media reported.

The CS-T covered the UW-Casper and Casper College panel that featured a question-and-answer session for audience members, as well as a brief interpretation from political science experts on the future of America’s political landscape.

Gov. Matt Mead is pushing for a national expansion of a tax credit that supports carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery, according to Wyoming Public Radio. The UW Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute’s report indicated that an additional 1.8 billion barrels of oil could be recovered in the state. Most of those projects would not be possible under current market conditions.

Power Magazine reported that UW researchers will concentrate on rare earth element (REE) recovery from Powder River Basin coal ash as REE technology extraction soars across the U.S.

Finalists have been selected in two UW competitions that provide startup funds for innovative businesses: the Fisher Innovation Challenge and the John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition, according to Wyoming Business Report.

A UW delegation was mentioned as leading writers from The Conversation on a tour of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site on the Sioux Standing Rock reservation. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community.

The UW ROTC Cowboy Battalion recently marched 1.5 miles, carrying more than 5,000 pounds of donations to the Laramie Soup Kitchen, The Boomerang reported.

The Boomerang featured the UW Department of Music’s popular Holiday Gala concert performed by various department groups. The Boomerang also reported on “destresser” events to help students unwind before finals week.

The UW Women’s Club hosted its annual Holiday Home Tour last weekend, according to The Boomerang.

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal noted that UW livestock judging team member Blake Ochsner, of Torrington, received an All-American Award during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

Mile High Sports profiled former UW Cowboy basketball standout Josh Adams, who overcame a near-fatal car crash and is pursuing his dream to play professional basketball.

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