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UW in the News

April 10, 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:

Exploration and Production, the world’s leading exploration and production publication, reprinted, on its website, UW’s release announcing a $2.5 million donation from Alchemy Sciences Inc. that will support research on enhanced oil recovery and production. Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio and Wyoming Tribune Eagle also announced the partnership.

UW economist Rob Godby says President Trump faces an uphill battle in his promise to bring back coal jobs in America. Godby’s comments were picked up by Vice News in an article about an Alaskan coal mine that could not find investors to begin production. Canadian Manufacturing had a related story.

The Desert Sun also interviewed Godby about PacifiCorp’s plan to invest in building hundreds of wind turbines in Wyoming the next three years. Exploration and Production also published the story.

In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, Godby said Peabody Energy is refocusing the way it does business after emerging from bankruptcy with less debt. Godby also was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio on the latest coal updates nationwide.

College Choice, which offers numerous free online resources in selecting a college, ranked UW’s education program No. 6 in its annual list of Best Elementary Education Degrees for 2017.

UW graduate student Jose Rivas, from Gillette, discussed with The Chronicle of Higher Education why it is so difficult for him, and many others, to change their status as undocumented immigrants.

The Laramie Boomerang quoted UW Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kate Miller about UW’s proposed strategic plan that will help guide the university the next five years.

Cathy Connolly, a UW professor and state legislator, said in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interview that men with high school diplomas can earn more than college-educated women in Wyoming. The article focused on the Legislature ordering a study of the gender wage gap in the state. U.S. News & World Report also reported on the issue.

The CS-T interviewed UW American Indian Studies Director Caskey Russell about the approval of a new Native American center on campus.

UW is using Oracle Cloud to transform the way it does business at every level, by providing a modern and synchronized technology platform to further academic excellence, according to Forbes.

The CS-T reprinted UW’s release noting that Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen completed her composer-in-residence stay in the UW Department of Music, with workshops, a lecture and a public performance.

Catherine Ashton, the former leader of the United Kingdom House of Lords, visited the UW campus last week for a public lecture to discuss world issues, The Boomerang reported. Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Ashton.

KGWN TV, last week, previewed the 21st Shepard Symposium on Social Justice on the UW campus. KGWN also featured UW’s plans to convert the Honors Program facility into a new American Indian center, and the Curiosity Cube, a shipping container with hands-on science projects, which will be on campus this week.

UW ecology program doctoral student Cody Porter was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio about the state’s Western tiger salamander. Salamanders are beginning their migration as temperatures warm up.

The Cody Enterprise reported that Northwest College was teaming up with UW to present “Heart Mountain Week,” with events scheduled in Laramie, Powell and Cody to discuss the internment of 14,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. They were interned at the Heart Mountain camp during World War II. Wyoming Public Radio also featured Heart Mountain Week events this week on the UW campus.

UW’s new Albany Community Health Clinic, which opened last week, was featured in The Boomerang.

The CS-T profiled UW electrical engineering graduate Cmdr. Jon Schaffner, of Casper, who recently took command of the USS Tennessee, a ballistic missile submarine.

Funding from new tribal license plates issued next January will help with Native American scholarships at UW, according to The CS-T.

UW’s release announcing the first Entrepreneurship Summit next week was posted on KGWN TV’s website. The summit also will feature 10 student-led teams competing in the John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition.

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