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UW in the News

March 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:

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about President Trump’s coal policy and what it means for industry workers and retirees. He says natural gas has the edge on coal when it comes to more cost-effectively generating power.

Godby also told Inside Energy that he is certain that regulations are not making a huge difference in coal markets right now. Funded by a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant, Inside Energy explores both the national and local significance of energy issues.

In a Bloomberg News story, Godby said the U.S. could see an increase in coal production and still see a decrease in coal jobs.

Chris Boswell, UW vice president for governmental and community affairs, told The Laramie Boomerang that the just-completed legislative session will have serious effects on the entire state.

The Boomerang also reported that the Wyoming Legislature has directed UW officials to begin discussions with the city of Laramie about the possibility of closing the street between Willett Drive and Ivinson to thru traffic.

The Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW) initiative, which involves UW, was approved by Gov. Matt Mead, reported The Laramie Boomerang. ENDOW’s executive council will focus on developing an economic diversification strategy to build a sustainable and diversified economy.

The Boomerang also reported that UW Staff Senate is asking administrators to consider increasing some benefits as workloads continue to increase across campus.

The Boomerang profiled Laramie resident and former Speaker of the House Kermit Brown, who will begin serving a six-year term on the UW Board of Trustees at the board’s March meeting.

A study conducted by Student Loan Hero noted that UW has the second-lowest in-state tuition for four-year public colleges in the nation, The Casper Star-Tribune reported.

Laramie Live reprinted, on its website, UW’s release noting that seven UW College of Education academic programs received the highest possible rating during comprehensive national program reviews during a reaccreditation process.

UW doctoral candidate Mahdi Shahabadi, from Iran, was interviewed by Huffington Post about what the Trump administration’s travel ban means for his long-term research project.

Northern Wyoming Daily News reported that UW is assisting NASA’s Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment to better understand the sun’s inner corona during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.

A new book that explores the mysteries of Easter Island, titled “Skeletal Biology of the Ancient Rapanui (Easter Islanders),” was recently edited by George Gill, a UW professor emeritus of anthropology. He was profiled in The Boomerang.

KGWN TV reprinted, on its website, UW’s release announcing that chief diversity officer finalists will begin visiting campus next week. KGWN TV also reprinted UW’s release noting that UW is accepting public comment on a proposal to institute cost-based fees for academic programs.

UW’s Department of Theatre and Dance’s “Spring to Dance” performance was previewed by The Boomerang.

The Boomerang also reported that UW students and Laramie residents marched last weekend to support the transgender community and push for policies and legal protections on the group’s behalf.

UW is using a new data reporting system called WyoCloud, a cloud-based system that will enhance campus leaders’ decision-making capabilities, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

Tri-State Livestock News reprinted UW’s release on the research awards that Stephen Ford, UW animal science professor, and Grant Bowman, UW molecular biology assistant professor, received from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

A newly released documentary, “Elk River,” by former UW students Joe Riis and Arthur Middleton, was featured in The CS-T.

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal noted that UW’s Powell Research and Extension Center is hosting this week a gluten-free dry bean production session for area producers.

UW is accepting public comment until March 20 on a proposal to institute cost-based student fees for academic programs, reported K2 Radio.

Sheridan Media interviewed Brian Mealor, director of UW’s Sheridan Research and Extension Center, about the two newest invasive grasses found in Sheridan County: medusahead and ventenata.

UW Board of Trustees member Michelle Sullivan discussed UW’s efforts to extend its programs around the state to serve more people who cannot move to Laramie to attend the university, reported The Sheridan Press.

The Boomerang also reported that the UW Student Veterans Center (SVC) is seeking donations for renovations for a new SVC in the Wyoming Union. An endowment also is being established to maintain the center.

KGWN TV posted, on its website, UW’s release on winners of last week’s Wyoming State Science Fair.

Ken Sims, UW geology and geophysics professor, was profiled in The Antarctic Sun for his continuing research in Antarctica. The article was republished by Military Technologies.

The CS-T profiled Professor Merav Ben-David and her students’ research on the masked chipmunk and its habitat.

The Washington Times reprinted a Boomerang profile on UW Institutional Communications Specialist Milton Ontiveroz’s unique pencil sharpener collection.

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