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UW in the News

December 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.

According to a recent report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, UW conducts $65 million of research and development annually and has a graduate engineering program ranked 126th by US News & World Report, and Wyoming is first among states for high-tech share of all manufacturing exports. Wyoming Business Report carried the article.

The work of the UW-based Wyoming Migration Initiative was highlighted in an in-depth article in The Atlantic.

Wyoming Public Radio covered the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee meeting, where education budget cuts were discussed, including those made at UW. UW President Laurie Nichols told the committee that UW’s No. 1 priority is to grow enrollment in wake of recent budget cuts, The Casper Star-Tribune reported.

UW economist Anne Alexander was among panelists at a business forum in Casper last weekend to discuss the future of Wyoming’s economy, according to K2 Radio.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed Bill Mai, UW vice president for administration, and Gregg Cawley, political science professor, about the hiring of David Jewell as associate vice president for budgeting and fiscal planning. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reprinted the story.

UW Athletics Director Tom Burman discussed with trustees last week funding mechanisms to cover the cost of extending head football Coach Craig Bohl’s contract through 2023, noted The Boomerang. The Casper Star-Tribune also carried the Associated Press version.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that UW is reorganizing the Outreach School to better its partnerships with Wyoming’s community colleges and make it a more “student-centered institution” for easier transfer to UW.

UW Assistant Professor Anna Chalfoun’s research that studied an increased predation of sagebrush songbirds in natural gas fields was picked up by EurekAlert!, a website dedicated as a global source for science news. Science Newsline Biology, Science Daily and also reprinted UW’s release.

Geek Wire interviewed UW law Professor Michael Duff in an article about a Washington company refusing to pay some compensation for injured workers. Duff focuses on workers’ comp issues.

UW carbon industry specialists were among speakers, along with Gov. Matt Mead, at last week’s NEW Growth Alliance Advanced Carbon Products Conference in Buffalo, Sheridan Media reported.

KGWN TV published, on its website, UW’s release announcing that the College of Education recently earned national accreditation for the next seven years based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards.

The UW College of Business-sponsored John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition, featuring 10 student-led finalist teams, was featured in The CS-T.

More four-year degree courses are needed so that students don’t have to leave home and jobs to travel great distances, according to residents who attended the Cody listening session, The Powell Tribune reported. The session was one of many held recently by UW President Laurie Nichols to solicit input on a strategic plan to guide the university for the next five years.

The Boomerang reported that, at last week’s listening session in Laramie, Nichols said that UW students may have to carry some of the burden to make up budget shortfalls, and the university will have to rely more on the UW Foundation for support. In that same session, The Boomerang also noted that the Laramie City Council proposes a joint task force with UW to solve parking problems around the university.

UW researchers are using songbirds to better understand the mechanisms that allow for communication and decision making, according to The CS-T.

Troy Archuleta, UW Outreach School academic coordinator for southwest Wyoming, was sworn in last week to the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees, The Rocket-Miner reported.

The Boomerang profiled UW Professor Jeff Lockwood and his latest crime thriller, “Poisoned Justice.”

No injuries were reported on a charter bus carrying UW’s Western Thunder Marching Band Saturday morning, K2 Radio and The CS-T reported. Band members were on their way to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, Calif.

The Boomerang covered the nationally recognized UW Nordic Ski club’s first annual Maggi and Nick Murdock Nordic ski clinic last weekend at the Tie City trails.

UW Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky discussed with The Boomerang UW’s Science Initiative and the inclusion in a science consortium that allows UW access to the Apache Point Observatory, which houses a world-class telescope.

KGWN TV republished, on its website, UW’s release noting that UW’s Engineers Without Borders student group completed its biggest project to date, helping to construct a dormitory in an African country last summer.

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