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UW in the News

March 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:

The Washington Post interviewed UW Professor Jeff Lockwood about “insect warfare” and how it is being used on FX’s Russian spy television series “The Americans.” Lockwood, an entomologist, is the author of the book “Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War.” The Albuquerque Journal reprinted the article.

Even with President Trump in office, the West is moving away from coal, and UW economist Rob Godby said, in a Las Vegas Sun article, that the economics of power generation do not support replacing coal-fired generation. Godby also was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) on how Wyoming’s economy is still not rebounding because of low oil prices.

The CS-T reported that the UW Board of Trustees approved changes to a program that will reduce the number of faculty members in order to save money in the long run. The vote lifts a cap that had been on the voluntary separation program. U.S. News & World Report and Diverse Issues in Higher Education both published the article.

Rodents, particularly deer mice, are behind the demise of sagebrush songbirds in two of Wyoming’s most prolific gas fields, according to a seven-year study conducted by Anna Chalfoun, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit assistant professor, reported The CS-T.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that Chris Boswell, UW vice president for governmental and community affairs, presented a legislative update to Board of Trustees members last week. Boswell said that funding for education in Wyoming will be a serious issue for legislators during the next budget cycle.

The research of Roderick Gagne, a UW veterinary sciences postdoctoral research associate, and other scientists indicates that sea otters may have picked up stone tools before humans. The new study was published by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and partners. British newspaper The Courier and Yahoo! News UK also reprinted the article.

The Boomerang reported that Sara Axelson, UW vice president for student affairs, said a large regional outreach push to attract students from surrounding states is being made to help boost enrollment at the university.

Former UW Trustee James Trosper was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio to discuss UW President Laurie Nichols’ push to increase Native American student enrollment from the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported that researchers are expecting a 100 percent mortality rate among 70 fawns being tracked by the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project in western Wyoming. UW and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department had tracked the fawns since last summer.

Civil rights activist and writer Shaun King, the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, was the keynote speaker during last weekend’s Good Mule Project program at UW, The CS-T reported.

KGWN TV posted, on its website, UW’s release announcing Nursing Scholarship Day next month on campus. KGWN also republished UW’s release on the Mathcounts competition held recently on campus.

The political party makeup of the UW Board of Trustees was outlined in The Boomerang.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle noted that UW’s financial system, WyoCloud, will modernize its operations. The Tribune Eagle also reported that four chief diversity officer finalists will be interviewed through this week.

Through a partnership with the UW Department of Atmospheric Science, Laramie Junior High School students have a new hands-on way to study science with precipitation gauges and an electronic system to record and transmit real-time data, reported The Boomerang.

South Dakota Magazine reported that UW researchers and the Black Hills National Forest are researching how the prolific Ponderosa pine first took root in the Black Hills.

Chad Baldwin, UW’s associate vice president for communications and marketing, and Jeff Edgens, director of UW-Casper, both were interviewed by The CS-T for an article on the number of options available for higher education in Wyoming.

Baldwin also told The CS-T that UW faculty, staff and students at the university rely on reliable air service at the Laramie airport. The Casper paper reported that both the Laramie and Cody airports could lose federal subsidy funding under President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.

The CS-T printed a “myths of paying for college” article, interviewing Aaron Courtney, UW financial services assistant manager, and community college representatives. They offered financial opinions on how to avoid serious debt when applying for college.

Leslie Rush, UW education associate dean for undergraduate programs, said, in a Wyoming Public Media program, that the number of representatives from Wyoming school districts was down at this year’s teacher education fairs because of the uncertainty over K-12 funding, and many school districts may not be hiring new teachers this fall.

Accredited Online Schools reported that UW’s Online MBA Program is ranked among the top programs in the nation, the first time UW has made the list. The rankings were conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Ellen Currano, UW botany assistant professor, was profiled in Quartz Magazine, and her documentary film, “The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science,” also was featured. Heat Street also published the story.

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