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February 13, 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:

Wyoming PBS aired a segment on President Laurie Nichols’ first nine months on the job, guiding UW through significant budget cuts while also looking toward the future with a revitalized strategic planning process.

UW political science Professor Jim King was among those interviewed by The Washington Post for an article as to why President Trump’s cabinet picks have encountered strong opposition in the Senate.

CNBC interviewed UW economics Professor Rob Godby, who compared data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which estimates that coal production back east will fall the next two years. Godby said that bodes well for Wyoming producers, as the EIA projects coal output in the Rocky Mountain region will increase the next two years and could create 600 new jobs. Yahoo! Finance and MSN also reprinted the article.

Catherine Wagner, a UW assistant professor in the Department of Botany and the UW Biodiversity Institute, was among an international team that discovered how more than 700 species of fish have evolved in East Africa’s Lake Victoria region over the past 150,000 years. and Life Sciences World reprinted UW’s release.

UW doctoral student Abdullahi Ali and colleagues recently published a study that found increasing tree cover threatens the world’s most endangered antelope, hirola. Published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, Ali says increasing encroachment of the animal’s open grassland habitat by trees is likely to blame for the antelope’s demise.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported a 2 percent cut, found in Amendment 22 to the Senate’s supplemental budget bill, would only affect salaries for agencies that are funded by the general fund and would exclude UW, community colleges and school district employees.

Environmental News Network noted that Kevin Chamberlain, a UW research professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was among researchers who detailed how the planet’s oxygen rose through glaciers. Archaeology News Network and Space Daily also reprinted UW’s release.

Gang Tan, a UW Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering associate professor, was among researchers who developed a new kind of thin material that can cool a surface against the heat of the sun without using energy or typical air conditioning. The scientists’ glass-polymer hybrid material was featured in Yahoo! News, Arab News and Production Electronics News also had the story.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that a bill approved by the Legislature recommends including the UW president as a nonvoting ex-officio member of the Wyoming Board of Education.

UW’s Tom Burman and Bill Sparks discussed with The Laramie Boomerang the athletics department’s opposition to the concealed-carry bill. The Houston Chronicle and St. Louis Post-Dispatch also published the story.

Basin Radio reported that UW School of Energy Resources leaders, Gov. Matt Mead and others welcomed a delegation from the Japan Coal Energy Center in Gillette to discuss energy issues.

UW’s involvement with SNOWIE (Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds -- the Idaho Experiment), an ongoing cloud-seeding project in Idaho, was featured in UCAR/NCAR Atmos News.

UW’s release about writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins’ latest Wyoming tour discussing China and Tibet’s relationship was reprinted in The Gillette News Record. The Boomerang also featured Jenkins.

Arch Daily interviewed Jon Gardzelewski, a UW architectural engineering associate lecturer, on how solar panels on homes can be architecturally designed to be eye appealing.

Former Ambassador Gary Grappo discussed issues in the Middle East during a UW-sponsored event in Casper last week, The CS-T reported. Sheridan Media also reported on Grappo’s visit to Sheridan.

The Rocket Miner reprinted UW’s release announcing the Fossil Fish Festival in Laramie that honors Knightia, the extinct fossil fish that has served as Wyoming’s state fossil for 30 years.

Greater privacy for UW student emails is being considered by the Legislature, Wyoming Public Media reported.

Campus Rec Magazine featured UW’s Outdoor Program, noting that the program sets itself apart by providing a fun outlet for students, while developing leadership skills and outdoor knowledge.

The CS-T noted that CBS Sports screened the Black 14 documentary last weekend as part of Black History Month. In 1969, 14 UW black players were kicked off the football team for asking to wear black armbands in protest against BYU.

UW students affected by President Trump’s travel ban, which is now on hold again, spoke about their educational options with Wyoming Public Radio.

Wyoming Public Radio also interviewed members of the UW student Sustainability Club, who said energy conservation should have a more prominent role in cost saving measures at the university.

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