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UW in the News

February 6, 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.

UW’s Anne Alexander, Rob Godby and Alan Gelb gave their perspectives for an in-depth Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article, titled “The challenges of change: Diversification may prove difficult for Wyoming, experts say.”

The CS-T also interviewed Godby and UW economist Chuck Mason for another article to comment on some of the most pressing energy-related topics.

In an in-depth article in Southern California’s The Desert Sun, Godby was quoted extensively about issues related to the planned Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Carbon County.

The artificial intelligence research of UW computer science Assistant Professor Jeff Clune was featured in an article on the website of the journal Nature.

The CS-T noted that bills allowing guns on campuses, including UW, and in schools and public meetings, passed through the Wyoming House. KGAB Radio also carried the story.

The CS-T reported that UW students, faculty and staff from the seven Muslim-majority nations listed in President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban should not leave the U.S., according to a memo distributed by UW President Laurie Nichols. Wyoming Public Radio also carried the story.

UW’s High Bay Research Facility is now completed, reported Wyoming Business Report. The state-of-the-art facility, with flexible laboratory space, will allow UW’s energy programs to achieve distinction in areas of strategic importance to Wyoming and the nation.

Wyoming Business Report also published UW’s release on Manufacturing-Works securing a $500,000 National Institute of Standards and Technology grant to help Wyoming manufacturers.

“Cheyenne,” the newest National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer, was featured in Electronic Products. UW researchers will soon begin work using the supercomputer. Wyoming Business Report, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and also reported on the new supercomputer.

Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue’s march was covered by The Laramie Boomerang. Committee members and UW students were interviewed on what the week meant to them.

The Boomerang reported that UW’s Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution opposing the conceal carry bill making its way through the Wyoming Legislature.

The Boomerang also noted that the UW College of Law hopes to attract more nonresident students with offers of in-state tuition.

Denver’s Westword interviewed UW’s Mehdi Vali, a Wyoming Technology Business Center counselor, who was born in Iran, about President Trump’s Muslim ban. Vali told the publication that he is worried about again seeing his wife, who is still in their home country.

KGWN TV reported that “Images of Black Wyoming,” an exhibit made available through the auspices of UW’s American Heritage Center, will be on display during February at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper.

The Boomerang interviewed Marty Martinez, senior project coordinator at UW’s Veterans Services Center, about how the center will use some funding from an adaptive sports grant. Albany County, in partnership with the Wyoming Consortium for Veterans Activities, recently received the $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Bureau of Land Management will work with UW to gather information about wild horse movements in the Adobe Town herd management area, reported Horse Nation.

UW Nordic ski club member Elise Sulser, from Casper, spoke at a reception last week organized for the United States Consulate to Kazakhstan and Team USA at the World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Sulser was chosen to carry the U.S. flag during opening ceremonies.

Activist and social media entertainer Franchesca Ramsey was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio last week before her keynote address during Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue at UW.

The CS-T reported that legislators are considering three separate bills that would expand Hathaway Scholarship eligibility for Wyoming high school students to attend either UW or a state community college.

UW doctoral candidate Embere Hall was interviewed by Wyoming Public Media to discuss her research on pikas and whether climate change is pushing the small rodents farther up mountain ranges.

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