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UW in the News

April 17, 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:

UW is ranked fifth by College Factual for “Best Affordable U.S. Colleges for International Students,” according to USA Today College. College Factual is an online source that gives students “the best fit education for less.”

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed, among others, UW economist Chuck Mason about a leaked draft of a new priority list from the Bureau of Land Management that lists energy development prominently among the agency’s initiatives.

A cloud-seeding project, headed by UW’s Jeff French and his team, was featured in Military Technologies. The National Science Foundation-funded study was to determine if cloud seeding in southwest Idaho could produce more snowfall. To view UW’s release, click here.

UW scientists are among researchers who studied cocaine addiction and how a brief stressful episode can trigger relapse. UW researchers, along with scientists from Brown University, conducted the research on laboratory rats. The findings were first published in the journal eLife, according to Medical Xpress.

New Scientist reported that Jeff Clune, UW computer science assistant professor, and his team have developed a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species, such as elephants, giraffes and gazelle. The image-recognition algorithm can identify different species that could make it easier to track animals in the wild.

Clune also was interviewed by MIT Technology Review in an article based on “The Dark Secret at the Heart of Artificial Intelligence. No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do.”

University Herald in New York noted that UW and Brazil’s Universidad Autonomo de Yucatan will work on a collaborative project in engineering. The project will be funded by the “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovative Fund.”

The Laramie Boomerang reported that UW plans to buy the Pi Beta Phi house on Sorority Row to prevent the unoccupied building from falling into disrepair. Bill Mai, vice president for administration, made the presentation during last week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

John Hewlett, UW Extension farm/ranch management specialist, told The Fence Post that a bump in bean production in Wyoming could be attributed to the slow number of contracts offered to farmers to plant sugar beets or malt barley.

Even though the UW Outreach School has been eliminated, UW-Casper will carry on, offering more four-year degree programs, The CS-T reported.

K2 Radio noted that the Associated Students of UW passed legislation that calls for the rainbow pride flag to be flown in Prexy’s Pasture during Gay Pride Month in June.

The annual Spence Law Firm Historic Trial at UW was featured in The Boomerang. This year’s case involved fictional events surrounding a libel case at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a facility that interned 14,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II in Park County. reprinted UW’s release on UW Extension weed specialist Andrew Kniss and his genetically modified organisms study. He analyzed data to research if biotech adoption has had a negative or positive effect on herbicide use.

The Boomerang previewed National Book Award winner Timothy Egan’s talk on campus this week.

The 10-screen Studio City UW+ ARQ movie theater is scheduled to open April 28, two years after construction began, according to The Boomerang. The Big Screen Cinema Guide also noted the new movie theater, located at the UW Plaza Lifestyle Center on Grand Avenue.

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