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UW in the News

January 17, 2017

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.

The Washington Post reprinted an Associated Press story that interviewed several experts, including UW economics Professor Jay Shogren, who commented on the Endangered Species Act. With Republicans the majority in the House and Senate, changes in the act are expected, the interviewees said. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also carried the article.

UW economist Rob Godby commented in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) story about future coal production in the Powder River Basin. A recent report indicates that coal production in the basin could return to a high of 400 million tons by 2030 if natural gas prices remain high and the Clean Power Plan is not implemented.

Godby also was interviewed by Science Line in an article about why President-elect Donald Trump’s energy policy is unlikely to fix coal’s economic woes or public opinion problem.

The CS-T also interviewed UW economist Chuck Mason about a proposed bill that would charge utilities a penalty if they use wind or solar energy to provide Wyoming consumers with electricity.

UW officials and others were interviewed in The Laramie Boomerang in an article on how to increase four-year degree holders in the state. and the National Science Foundation published a story about UW and its King Air research aircraft heading a cloud-seeding study called the SNOWIE (Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds -- the Idaho Experiment) Project in southwestern Idaho. LaramieLive posted UW’s release on the subject. Foreign Affairs also carried the story.

Business Insider Nederland, in the Netherlands, reprinted UW’s release on the research work from Randy Haas, a postdoctoral research associate in the UW Department of Anthropology. The study found that humans likely established permanent settlements on the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau between 13,000-7,400 years ago.

A UW researcher and other scientists’ research that concludes that a binary star system will merge and explode in five years was picked up by international media outlets such as India’s Daily News and Analysis, London’s iNews, The Canada Journal and the European-based website The Bonham Journal.

KGAB Radio reported that the Wyoming House of Representatives approved a bill to add the UW president to the state Board of Education as an ex-officio member. The bill now moves onto the Senate.

New UW research that shows prairie dogs improving the quality of available grass was discussed on Wyoming Public Radio. The research was conducted by UW graduate student Lauren Connell.

A UW committee will soon begin reviewing applications for a chief diversity officer at UW, according to The Boomerang.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that UW students are taking out fewer loans than their peer counterparts and are graduating college with lesser debt as well.

UW Vice President for Research and Economic Development Bill Gern was recently awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tibbetts Award, according to The CS-T. Gern was recognized for boosting business development in Wyoming. The Washington Times also reprinted the story.

Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Rebecca Watts, UW’s executive director of the Trustees Education Initiative. The initiative is to improve teacher education at UW.

Powell Tribune Publisher Dave Bonner, a UW graduate and former UW Board of Trustees president, received the first Wyoming Ethical Leadership Award, according to The Rocket Miner. The Wyoming Business Alliance and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in the UW College of Business developed the new award.

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