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UW in the News

January 23, 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.

CNBC interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about U.S. electric power plants emitting less carbon dioxide than the nation’s transportation sector for the first time since the late 1970s. Godby also was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (The CS-T) in an article about increased utility rates in Wyoming.

UW President Laurie Nichols told The Laramie Boomerang that UW would oppose House Bill 136, which would allow for the lawful carrying of concealed weapons on UW’s campus. Nichols cited concerns about campus safety, including the safety of those at the UW Lab School and the Early Care and Education Center. K2 Radio and Billings’ KULR TV also carried the story.

The CS-T quoted Chris Boswell, UW vice president for governmental and community affairs, in a story about a legislative bill that offers early retirement to state and UW employees as a way to meet the budget shortfall.

President Nichols was the invited speaker at last week’s Wyoming Association of Municipalities winter conference, reported The CS-T. Nichols discussed UW’s budget-cutting measures.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed UW Assistant Professor Kevin Monteith about the mortality rate of fawn deer in the Wyoming Range. According to Monteith and his colleagues’ research, predators were the No. 1 cause of death, responsible for killing roughly a third of the 41 fawns tracked.

A documentary, “The Black 14: Wyoming Football 1969,” which focuses on the story of UW football players who were dismissed from the team due to their desire to protest racial injustices, will be shown on CBS Sports Network next month as part of Black History Month, according to Broadway World.

Darrell Jackson, UW College of Law associate professor, was among researchers who wrote that claims of being “color blind” imply race does not matter and lead to unequal education. The study was published in the journal Race Ethnicity and Education.

WyoFile interviewed UW anthropology Professor Marcel Kornfeld in a story about the designation of Hell Gap as a national historic landmark. The archaeological site, located north of Guernsey, is the only known Paleoindian site in North America with artifacts from humans who lived 13,000 to 8,500 years ago.

A considerable part of UW’s strategic plan will likely involve increasing UW’s enrollment numbers, according to The Boomerang. The CS-T also published the story.

The Boomerang also picked up UW’s release about UW’s nationally recognized Nordic ski team. Club members will compete later this month at the World University games in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

New exhibits will be on display later this month to kick off the spring semester at the UW Art Museum, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The Boomerang noted that certain AmeriCorps service members in Wyoming who came from outside the state could qualify for in-state college tuition, including at UW.

UW’s release announcing that Bill Gern, vice president for research and economic development, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, was published in The Washington Times.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that new Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black and several players will take part in the team’s Winter Caravan across three states. The contingent will be at UW’s Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center Jan. 25 and will attend the Cowboys’ basketball game later that evening.

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