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UW in the News

June 12, 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 trustees approved a $462 million trimmed-down budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Laramie Boomerang and Wyoming Public Media also published the story that also included trustees approving the centralization of reserve funds.

UW oil and gas economist Chuck Mason was interviewed by Bloomberg for a story on the uptick of energy production in Campbell and Converse counties, which is attracting more nationally known companies to Wyoming because of cheaper drilling rights. World Oil also reprinted the article on its website.

Public Radio International interviewed UW economist Rob Godby for a story focused on the growing number of solar energy-related jobs being created nationwide, more than doubling those in the coal mining industry.

Godby told The Omaha World-Herald that the explosion of oil and natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing is what opened the door for natural gas to take over coal as the most common fuel for electric generation.

Matt Kauffman, director of the Wyoming Migration Initiative and UW professor, was interviewed by WyoFile on the Wyoming Range mule deer herd. UW researchers and others discovered that deer moving from winter to summer range closely time their migration to when new plants begin to appear, in what is called “surfing the green wave.”

The U.S. Geological Survey and UW researchers, led by Department of Zoology and Physiology Professor Merav Ben-David, found that increased westward ice drift in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas requires polar bears to expend more energy walking eastward on a faster-moving “treadmill” of sea ice. The Boomerang, Yahoo! News, Mother Nature Network and Environmental News Network also published related articles.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that the Office of Academic Affairs estimates that UW will welcome up to 1,750 incoming freshmen in the fall, representing a 13 percent increase from 2016 and the largest freshman class in the university’s history.

Hannah Jang-Condell, UW Department of Physics and Astronomy assistant professor, and her students contributed data to a team of researchers who discovered a Jupiter-like world that is hotter than most stars. Read the UW release. The research first appeared in the journal Nature. Similar articles appeared in Space Fellowship, Health Medicine Network and senegalactu, an online news website that specializes in covering daily global events.

Wyoming Public Media interviewed Brian Barber, education/outreach coordinator of UW’s Biodiversity Institute, about a long-lost bird collection found at the old Laramie High School that was donated to the Biodiversity Institute.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported that Doug Wachob, UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources academic programs director, is leading a class called “Environmental Solutions in Jackson Hole” this summer.

Taylor Stuemky, UW Athletics academic services director, commented to The Boulder Daily Camera about the positives of a Boulder, Colo., startup company that helps student-athletes manage their money.

The Sheridan Press reprinted UW’s release on visiting doctoral candidate Cecilia Limera, from Italy, who is working six months in Sadanand Dhekney’s UW Research and Extension laboratory trying to learn grape precision breeding techniques Dhekney has crafted through years of research.

In a Travel Wire News article about foreign students studying in the U.S., Mahdi Shahabadi, a UW doctoral student, from Iran, who is researching how to improve water-treatment technology, is worried about President Trump’s travel ban. Shahabadi’s visa expires in 2019, and his doctoral program runs five years.

Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, was interviewed by Sheridan Media about Sarah Maze, from Ranchester, UW’s outstanding graduating woman, and Phil Klebba, of Sheridan, a finalist for the top graduating man award. Sheridan Media also noted two local nursing students who received year-end awards.

UW senior Scott Carter finished third in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, The CS-T reported.

The Cody Enterprise profiled UW alumnus Pete Simpson Jr., who recently received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance for his long career off Broadway.

The UW Department of Theatre and Dance’s Snowy Range Summer Theatre production of “The Fantasticks,” staging this week on campus, was featured in The Boomerang.

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