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UW in the News

March 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:

Science interviewed Ellen Currano, a UW assistant botany professor, about her documentary film “The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science,” which explores the work of female paleontologists and the challenges they face.

UW economist Rob Godby told the online news website Seeker that if the Trump administration opens up all federal lands for energy development, the U.S. would see a significant increase in oil production.

The Casper Star Tribune (CS-T) also interviewed Godby in an article about a new coal company, Ramaco, that proposes new uses for coal from a planned mine near Sheridan. Godby says there is a demand for some of the products that Ramaco proposes.

A degree in natural resources, recreation and tourism is planned at UW, according to The CS-T. The degree could be offered by 2018, making Wyoming the only state in the country that offers the same combination of business, human dimensions, natural resources and recreation in the same program.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that UW announced a plan to recruit, retain and graduate more undergraduates the next five years. The plan is in response to a flat line in student enrollment.

Suzan Pritchett, UW assistant College of Law professor, discussed President Trump’s immigration deportation policy and how it’s affecting those living in Wyoming, reported The CS-T.

U.S. News & World Report noted that among all public national universities, UW charged the least for in-state tuition and fees for the 2016-17 school year. The data was part of the publication’s “10 Cheapest Public Schools for In-State Students” article.

UW officials hope that the new High Bay Research Facility will help attract leading oil and gas academics and researchers from around the world, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The CS-T reported that more than 21,000 donors gave UW a combined $63 million last year, a record amount for the institution. K2 Radio also published the story on its website.

UW President Laurie Nichols visited Wind River Indian Reservation schools last week as part of an outreach effort to promote new programs available for American Indian students attending the university, noted The CS-T. Diverse Education also printed the article.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed UW College of Law Professor Noah Novogrodsky about how immigration economically affects Teton County. Novogrodsky was among three UW professors lecturing last week in the popular Saturday U program in Jackson. Novogrodsky also was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio on the same subject.

The News and Guide also profiled UW writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins before his latest adventure discussion on China and Tibet’s long relationship. His talks are part of UW’s Center for Global Studies “World to Wyoming” lecture series. The Sheridan Press also publicized Jenkins’ latest lecture.

A UW study showed that the outdoors industry contributes $23.4 million annually to Park County’s economy, according to The Cody Enterprise.

The Boomerang noted that UW athletics infused $16.7 million to southeast Wyoming’s economy. UW agricultural economists compiled the data for the study.

UW students in the WWAMI medical education program will be allowed to spend more time on campus in Laramie, which is in line with accreditation standards, according to The CS-T. U.S. News & World Report also published the story.

Jazz Corner interviewed Ben Markley, UW Department of Music assistant professor, about his new CD, “Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton.”

To celebrate Black History Month, sports publication YardBarker reported on UW’s Black 14 football players, detailing how the story matters for activism among black athletes today.

The Sheridan Press reprinted UW’s release noting that a College of Law team recently swept top honors in the annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Denver.

The online website Wyo 4News reported that UW’s Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will continue a mule deer and elk research project in southwest Wyoming.

The Athens Banner-Herald reprinted an Associated Press story that included several experts, including UW economics Professor Jay Shogren, who commented on the Endangered Species Act. With Republicans the majority in the House and Senate, changes in the act are expected, the interviewees said.

UW’s release announcing the Wyoming State Science Fair on campus was reprinted on KGWN TV’s website.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle noted that the Wyoming Senate defeated a bill that would have allowed a tuition discount to some nonresident students attending UW.

KGWN TV reprinted UW’s release on the Nordic ski team’s fundraiser to get its equipment back from Kazakhstan after competing in the World University Games. The equipment was delayed being shipped back, at a cost of $8,000.

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