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UW in the News

February 20, 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:

The Associated Press featured “Cheyenne,” the $30 million supercomputer housed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. The article noted the many projects being conducted by UW researchers. The story was reprinted in The Taipei Times, the front page of The Denver Post, The New Delhi Times, The China Post and The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T).

Science Times included comments by UW’s Carlos Martinez del Rio and Michael Dillon on a study of how moths can produce antioxidants that help them remain muscular damage-free. The research, first published in the journal Science, noted that some pollinators like the moths need to develop a protective means for their muscles.

UW emeritus economics Professor Sherrill Shaffer offered useful tips on how to apply for credit cards, especially first-time applicants. He was interviewed by WalletHub, a website that bills itself as a resource to help consumers make good financial decisions.

In honor of Presidents Day, KGAB Radio, in Cheyenne, listed six Wyoming natives or residents who were appointed to serve as presidential cabinet members.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and KGAB Radio were among media outlets reporting that a concealed-carry bill cleared its first hurdle in the Wyoming Senate despite overwhelming opposition from UW and the community colleges.

A budget amendment advanced in the Wyoming Senate last week would restore funding to UW and the state’s seven community colleges, reported The CS-T.

The CS-T noted that the UW American Heritage Center provided photographs for an exhibition, titled “Images of Black Wyoming,” on display this month at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper as part of Black History Month.

Dave Palmerlee, of Buffalo, completed his second six-year term on the UW Board of Trustees last week, The Laramie Boomerang reported. First-term appointments ending in 2017 include John MacPherson, Jeff Marsh and Mike Massie.

K2 Radio reported that the Associated Students of UW is working on a resolution calling for flying the gay pride flag on Prexy’s Pasture during Gay Pride Month in June.

Citing concern with the prevalence of sexual assault in higher education, UW President Laurie Nichols launched a new sexual assault prevention program on campus, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

Wyoming Public Radio also reported that a Senate-approved bill protects ownership of private data for students at UW and the state’s community colleges on schools’ servers.

Tex Taylor and Thomas Foulke, of the UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, provided data that concluded sportsmen in Teton County provided $30 million to the county’s economy in 2015, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

The New Times, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., reported that UW biologists helped collect DNA samples from bears in that county. The study is a method that could be used on a statewide level in California and result in a more accurate estimate of bear populations.

The Rocket-Miner reprinted UW’s release on the recently published book from George Gill, a professor emeritus of anthropology at UW. Gill, a co-author on the project, sheds light on some of the mysteries on Easter Island by providing evidence from human biology that modifies earlier archaeological and cultural anthropological views.

UW doctoral student Abdullahi Ali and colleagues recently published a study that found increasing tree cover threatens the world’s most endangered antelope, hirola. UW’s release was published by e! Science News.

Tri-State Livestock News reprinted UW’s release on UW Ph.D. student Hannah Cunningham and her study of microbiome effects on feed efficiency in cattle.

UW’s Black 14 football players were used as an example during a panel discussion at Notre Dame to discuss the important role that sports have played in African-American activism, reported The Observer, the college’s student newspaper.

The Boomerang reported that spring enrollment is down about 1.6 percent compared to the same time a year ago. The CS-T also published the story.

Former UW football players Brian Hill and Chase Roullier will participate at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., later this month, noted WyoSports. The combine is for college players to test their skills in front of NFL personnel ahead of the draft.

The Torrington Telegram reported that UW Extension’s Cent$ible Nutrition Program will offer healthy eating programs in March for the community.

UW’s AWARE Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training Program was featured in The Boomerang. The program is geared toward empowering the UW community with skills necessary to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations.

Sheridan Media interviewed Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) Sheridan area Director John Dick about the “Sheridan Start-Up Challenge,” a program for those interested in starting businesses. The WTBC’s main office is located at UW.

Paul Kunkel, UW Transit and Parking Services manager, told The Boomerang that, because of budget concerns, the LaramieLink and Campus Commuter bus routes will end services after 6:30 p.m. later this month. The Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit service also will discontinue at the same time.

The Sheridan Press noted that UW’s popular one-day lecture series -- Saturday U -- is scheduled this week at Sheridan College.

With ongoing renovations to the Arena-Auditorium, UW officials are moving spring graduation ceremonies to other campus venues, reported The Boomerang.

MyInforms reprinted an Associated Press article on a sample of colleges that purchase private planes and spend millions of dollars a year flying coaches and executives on trips around the country, with some passing the cost on to students and taxpayers. The article noted that even smaller universities, such as UW, have their own planes.

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