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UW in the News

January 30, 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.

Newsweek Magazine quoted UW economist Rob Godby on President Trump’s energy policies. Godby says the administration will have to recognize that it cannot help all fossil fuels, and for natural gas or coal, it is one or the other, but not both. Also publishing the article was Petroleum World.

Godby was widely quoted in a variety of media outlets when he was interviewed by The Associated Press about a Wyoming legislative proposal that would require utilities to use fossil fuels or face fines. Among publications reprinting the story were U.S. News and World Report, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Casper-Star Tribune and The Palm Beach Post.

The Huffington Post interviewed UW economist Chuck Mason for a story indicating that many states are forging ahead with policies that will continue to make the country less reliant on fossil fuels. Mason said, in Wyoming and other coal states, incentives for renewable energy are often seen as competing with coal.

Mason also was among experts interviewed on SiriusXM Business Radio about the future of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The program was sponsored by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

UW’s cloud-seeding efforts in Idaho as part of the SNOWIE (Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds -- the Idaho Experiment) Project were mentioned in Discover Magazine.

Satellite News profiled UW Professor Ken Sims and his latest research project. Sims and his colleagues are in Antarctica to study a trio of inactive volcanoes that radially surround the world’s southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus.

UW officials spoke against the measure last week, but Wyoming’s House Judiciary Committee moved a bill forward to remove gun-free zones on college campuses across the state, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

The New York Times reported on how to avoid injury when falling. Kevin Inouye, UW theater and dance associate professor who teaches stunt work, was quoted in the article. The Seattle Times also published the article.

UW provided data for a bill calling for study of the gender wage gap in Wyoming, according to K2 Radio.

Alaska Public Media interviewed UW graduate student Adi Barocas, who says river otters use their latrines as social hubs, or gathering places.

UW’s research into eating peppers as a healthy benefit was cited in The Huffington Post. Peppers have capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers spicy and has weight-loss benefits, according to the study.

New Hampshire Public Radio interviewed UW writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins, a Laramie adventurist, about Global Rescue, a company that helps U.S. citizens in need of rescuing during overseas adventures.

Andrew Kniss, a UW weed biology and ecology associate professor, said that the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) will have a hard time pursuing its mission if it can’t communicate about its research, according to The Omaha World-Herald. He was commenting on an earlier mandate by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the ARS. The department later walked back its mandate after public scrutiny.

The Laramie Boomerang interviewed Charmaine Delmatier about the UW Rocky Mountain Herbarium collection that houses more than 1.3 million specimens from around the world. Delmatier directs the herbarium’s volunteer program.

UW agricultural economist Roger Coupal was interviewed by The Buffalo Bulletin in a story how Wyoming beef cattle producers will be affected by President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Coupal says the measure could lead to a downturn in the cattle industry.

Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout told Wyoming Public Radio that UW would be one source to fill roles in the new ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Council. The 15-person council will be tasked with coming up with a 20-year strategy to diversify Wyoming’s economy.

Marijuana Resources cited UW’s survey results that indicate Wyoming residents approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The article noted that Wyoming legislators are introducing at least two bills to legalize marijuana in the state.

UW students offered varying opinions to The Laramie Boomerang on a bill that would allow the concealed carrying of weapons on Wyoming college campuses.

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