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UW in the News

May 30, 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: reprinted UW’s release announcing that a group of university researchers has improved the efficiency of solar cells, increasing energy conversion by an average 300 percent and, in some cases, up to 700 percent. The Science Times also published the report, and The Casper Star-Tribune published its own story on the UW professors’ work.

UW’s release announcing an anonymous $2.27 million donation to the UW Art Museum to create the Susan B. Moldenhauer FUNd for Contemporary Art was published by The Casper Star-Tribune  (CS-T). The newly created fund will support the museum’s national and international contemporary art program. KGWN TV and Philanthropy News Digest also reprinted the release on their websites.

Wyoming Public Media interviewed Michael Pierce, a UW physics and astronomy associate professor, about the solar eclipse coming up in less than three months and where best to view the event.

Pierce also is among astronomers involved in planning and designing the most advanced and powerful telescope on Earth, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Linn’s Stamps reported that a special solar eclipse stamp will be unveiled at a public ceremony at the UW Art Museum June 20. A similar article was published in The Detroit Free Press.

Robert Aylward, UW vice president for information technology, discussed with The Laramie Boomerang the impacts of his division’s $1.1 million budget cuts and the reduction of 15 employees.

The Cody Enterprise interviewed UW President Laurie Nichols about budget cuts and how they will affect students and programs. Nichols also met with Park County alumni and visited Cody High School.

UW economist Rob Godby, in a CS-T interview, said large, coal-fired power plants across the nation are slowly being shut down because they are too expensive to run. Godby also commented in another CS-T article about a new test center that will capture carbon dioxide from a coal-fired power plant and find new ways to use the gas.

The Boomerang noted that, as state budget woes continue, support for military veteran programs wanes. Marty Martinez, UW Veterans Services Center senior project coordinator, discussed how budget cuts are affecting his programs.

UW researchers are among collaborators on a National Science Foundation grant to study the deep layer of compacted snow covering most of Greenland’s ice sheet, according to EurekAlert!, a website for global science news.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that all the fawns radio collared last year for a mule deer study in the Wyoming Range in western Wyoming died -- and that 40 percent of the does also perished because of harsh winter conditions. UW biologist Kevin Monteith was interviewed for the report.

UW Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill Sparks told the Laramie City Council that his department will be able to reduce binge drinking in the parking lots and the number of people who take alcohol into War Memorial Stadium when beer sales will be offered for the first time this fall, The Boomerang reported.

The Sheridan Press listed the names of local students who will participate in the 32nd annual Summer High School Institute beginning next week at UW. The Press also noted that a local nursing student was among scholarship recipients during the recent Nursing Convocation ceremony on campus.

The cold, wet spring is delaying crop planting for farmers around Wyoming, with just 56 percent of sugar beets in the ground, UW Extension Educator Jeremiah Vardiman told Wyoming Public Media. Normally, 80 percent of the crop would be planted by late May.

The Boomerang noted that even though UW and community colleges are not represented on the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) initiative board, they will be involved in some capacity throughout the planning.

A combination of enrollment, alternative certification choices and budget cuts were the reasons for the elimination of a technical education program at UW-Casper, according to The CS-T.

K2 Radio and KGAB Radio published, on their websites, UW’s release announcing that UW alumnus Pete Simpson Jr. was awarded an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance. The award honors excellence in off-Broadway theater.

With Russian being eliminated through recent budget cuts, a minor will still be offered in the UW Department of Modern and Classical Languages, university officials say, according to The Boomerang.

The Boomerang also reported that presidents of the Associated Students of UW, and faculty and staff senates said a chief diversity officer is needed on the UW campus to help with diversity issues and the recruitment of students.

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