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UW in the News

February 27, 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:

Brandon Overstreet, a UW hydrology doctoral candidate, and a team of six researchers are working on a project in Greenland to study the rapidly melting ice sheet. The study’s results could provide groundbreaking information on how fast the ice is disappearing, reported Business Today.

National Public Radio’s Ari Shapiro interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about countries moving away from coal, including the United States. Godby discussed what this trend means for President Trump, who has promised to bring back American coal jobs.

The Wyoming Senate defeated a bill that would have allowed those with concealed-carry permits to carry guns on the UW and community college campuses, Wyoming Public Media reported. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T), KGAB Radio and KGWN TV also published the story.

Laramie Live printed, on its website, UW’s release on the natural trap cave, located in the Big Horn Mountains. Ancient fossils, located in the cave, will soon be under the curation of UW, which will serve as a federal repository for the fossils. The Gillette News Record also reprinted the release.

UW Professor Steve Holbrook detailed his and a team of researchers’ participation in a study using airborne technology to explore subsurface water flow in Yellowstone National Park, reported The Laramie Boomerang. Military Technologies News also reported on the study.

The CS-T interviewed Chad Baldwin, UW Institutional Communications and Marketing associate vice president, for an article on the university’s effort to hire a chief diversity officer who would help increase and retain minority students and faculty. U.S. News and World Report, Diverse Issues in Higher Education and K2 Radio also published the article.

UW’s release on College of Law student Halinka Zolcik, of Gillette, being the first UW student selected for an Immigration Justice Corps Fellowship, was reprinted in The Gillette News Record. The award is one of the most prestigious legal fellowship positions in the country.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and The Boomerang reported that Gov. Matt Mead has recommended former Albany County legislator Kermit Brown to serve a six-year term on the UW Board of Trustees.

Ray Reutzel, UW College of Education dean, wants to see the majority of the state’s teaching positions filled by UW graduates, reported The Sheridan Press.

K2 Radio and The CS-T reported that the Associated Students of UW decided last week to delay voting whether to allow students to fly a gay pride flag at UW. Student leaders want to allow time to clear up some ambiguous wording on the measure.

UW Creative Writing Program Associate Professor Brad Watson received the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, according to The Crimson White, the University of Alabama’s campus newspaper. Watson graduated from the school. Tuscaloosa News also published the story.

Yahoo! Finance reported that UW student-athletes are volunteering in a clinical study to further development of the BrainPulse device. The device is being used to advance concussion detection technology.

A UW College of Law team recently took top honors in a regional round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, according to Sheridan Media. The team -- composed entirely of Wyoming students -- also received individual honors.

The Gillette News Record reported that UW’s School of Energy Resources may have interest in developing research at a carbon innovation research facility in the area. County commissioners gave Energy Capital Economic Development the green light to apply to the Wyoming Business Council for a grant to build the facility.

UW writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins will discuss China and Tibet’s ongoing fractured relationship during a presentation this week in Gillette as part of the university’s Center for Global Studies “World to Wyoming Tour” series, according to The Gillette News Record. And Sheridan Media reported that Jenkins will present his latest adventure this week at Sheridan College.

Sweetwater Now, a news website, reprinted UW’s release announcing the UW Athletics “NO MORE” campaign during Saturday’s UW-New Mexico men’s basketball game. The campaign raises awareness for the national campaign “NO MORE, Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”

UW’s Rocky Mountain Herbarium ranks in the top 2 percent of herbaria in the U.S. and in the world, according to Index Herbarium’s annual report, noted Laramie Live.

Sheridan Media interviewed Daniel Tinker, Department of Botany associate professor, about his bark beetle research. Tinker was among three UW professors lecturing as part of Saturday U in Sheridan last weekend.

UW botany Assistant Professor Ellen Currano’s “The Bearded Lady Project” documentary that celebrates women in paleontology will be screened this week, according to Wyoming Public Radio.

The Belleville News-Democrat featured former UW running back Brian Hill, who is participating in this week’s NFL Combine.

Former UW men’s golf team member John Easterbrook is now the chief membership officer of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America, according to Golf Inc.

Brazilian pianist Cristina Capparelli will perform a free concert this week at UW, and she will teach a piano master class during her visit, The Boomerang noted.

The Edmonton Journal cited UW family and consumer sciences Associate Professor Enette Larson-Meyer’s work regarding the overall physical activity benefits of yoga.

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