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UW in the News

May 22, 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 Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that UW’s enrollment could increase this fall by nearly 200 freshmen, creating the largest incoming class in the school’s 130-year history. The number of transfer students also could increase by about 100. Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio and KGWN TV also published the story on their websites.

Five divisions have been identified as where 37 staff positions will be eliminated as part of UW’s $10 million permanent reduction plan for fiscal year 2018, The Laramie Boomerang and Billings Gazette reported.

Wyoming Public Media discussed the economic impact of the UW layoffs.

UW was ranked as the 14th best school among 1,600 colleges and universities surveyed by, based on affordability, flexibility and other quantitative factors. The list named the 25 best schools in all 50 states. is an online source for education information.

In a lengthy ABC News feature about coal’s future in Gillette during the Trump administration, UW economist Rob Godby says some of the president’s changes or reversals of orders help coal, but others help natural gas. He said it’s unclear how that will balance out in the market, whether it will give the advantage to gas or coal.

The New York Times also interviewed Godby about a company that plans to hire out-of-work Wyoming coal miners and train them as wind turbine technicians. The company plans to supply 850 turbines to a wind farm in Carbon County, creating nearly 200 new jobs.

Wyoming oil and gas companies are patiently waiting to see how the Trump administration responds to easing regulations imposed by the Obama administration, according to The CS-T. UW economist Chuck Mason was interviewed for the story.

The CS-T also interviewed UW Athletics Director Tom Burman, who said Arena-Auditorium naming rights could be sold to a sponsor, but War Memorial Stadium’s name will always remain the same.

UW Assistant Professor Kevin Monteith told The Jackson Hole News and Guide that mule deer herds were “in rough shape” in the Jackson area this spring because of severe winter conditions. The mortality rate, especially among fawns, is at the highest since the early 1980s, the newspaper reported.

The CS-T noted that Emily Monago has been selected as UW’s first chief diversity officer, a position tasked with better attracting and keeping minority students. The Boomerang and U.S. News and World Report also published the article.

UW trustees approved a new regulation that requires board approval for transfers between divisions and also limits the amount the president may transfer between divisions, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The Boomerang also reported that UW trustees approved a student fee increase of $28 per semester that will expand tutoring and advising services for students, and help the UW Art Museum offer internships.

Bill Mai, UW vice president for administration, said in a Boomerang article that UW is scaling back on its plans to construct new residence halls in the wake of state-mandated budget cuts.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that UW economist Rob Godby said lower coal production in the state is “the new normal.” His comments were made during the Wyoming Business Report’s Energy Summit in Cheyenne last week.

The Wyoming Business Council recommended a $1.5 million grant to Campbell County for a research facility on alternative uses for coal, according to The CS-T. UW’s School of Energy Resources will collaborate with Gillette’s Innovation Center and Gillette College on research projects.

AllAfrica, an online news source that covers the continent, published an interview with Abdullahi Ali, a UW Ph.D. ecology student, and his research into saving hirola, the world’s most endangered antelope.

UW President Laurie Nichols discussed the state of the university during a public appearance in Kemmerer last week as part of her town-hall visits around the state, The Kemmerer Gazette reported.

Wyoming Public Media interviewed UW Professor Scott Chamberlin on his department’s elementary education program being ranked No. 6 in College Choice’s “35 Best Elementary Education Degrees for 2017.” The CS-T and U.S. News and World Report also published the story.

LogiLube LLC became the ninth company to graduate from UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center, according to a UW release. Company founder and CEO Bill Gillette was interviewed by The CS-T.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle noted that the College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences are consolidating several small departments into a few larger units in an effort to increase efficiency and cut costs at UW.

The CS-T interviewed UW Extension Educator Donna Hoffman, who offered spring garden tips.

UW College of Education Dean Ray Reutzel has been appointed as an ex-officio member on the State Board of Education, reported Wyoming Public Radio, another move to strengthen educational partnerships.

The CS-T interviewed Ken Chestek, UW associate law professor, about a group of Wyomingites pushing a ballot initiative for campaign finance reform in the state and nationally.

Tim Slater, the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Science Education at UW, spoke in Sheridan last week about this summer’s solar eclipse, The Sheridan Press reported.

The Missoulian covered a presentation at Cody’s Buffalo Bill Center of the West that featured archaeologists researching ancient peoples’ widespread use of mountains as their primary habitat. UW Professor Robert Kelly was among those detailing work in the Wind River Mountains.

Mike Borowczak, UW cybersecurity education and research director, will be the featured speaker at a cyber threat workshop next week in Sheridan, according to The Sheridan Press.

Sheridan Media reported that UW Assistant Professor Sadanand Dhekney received a Faculty Award of Merit from the Wyoming chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta for his precision breeding to improve grape varieties and vineyard management.

More than 1,000 fossils collected from the bottom of the 120-foot-deep Natural Trap Cave in northern Wyoming will be stored at UW, tripling the university’s Pleistocene collection, Wyoming Public Media reported.

Capital Press, an agricultural website, noted that UW is part of a multistate dry bean research consortium that will maximize the amount of money available for research by not duplicating efforts and working on projects that benefit each state.

UW’s chronic wasting disease research was cited in Drover’s, an agriculture-related website. The story centered on the disease spreading into several more states, with calls for more regulations on deer herd management.

The Fence Post, another agricultural publication, interviewed Derek Scasta, UW assistant professor and Extension rangeland specialist, in an article about the wet spring and how it has improved pasture conditions.

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