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UW in the News

July 24, 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 San Francisco Chronicle, Idaho Falls’ Post Register and were among media outlets that printed a Casper Star-Tribune story about wind energy development proposals in Wyoming and the need for workers to build, maintain and repair wind farms. UW economist Rob Godby said the market and wind companies will likely solve the worker shortage. A similar article was published by Malaysian Digest.

Godby was quoted in a Vice News article about the U.S. selling millions of barrels of oil to China. The country is reducing its reliance on the world’s oil-exporting leaders, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Business Insider also interviewed Godby about the different points of view of whether the wind energy sector in Wyoming should be taxed.

The Wyoming Government Spending and Efficiency Commission commended UW President Laurie Nichols for her efforts in cutting costs and improving efficiencies at UW, according to Wyoming Public Media.

MIT Technology Review interviewed UW Department of Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeff Clune in an article about a new competition in what is likely to become the future of cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, with offensive and defensive AI algorithms doing battle. The contest is run by Kaggle, a platform for data science competitions.

Clune also was interviewed by Slate Magazine on how technology can be used to distinguish between fake and real images.

K2 Radio and KGAB Radio both published, on their websites, UW’s release announcing that the UW Board of Trustees approved a five-year strategic plan that will advance academic quality, enrollment, statewide engagement and economic contributions. Wyoming Business Report, KGWN TV and The Billings Gazette also reported on the announcement.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) and Laramie Boomerang reported that, despite UW not having a major fundraising project this past year, private giving totaled $52.7 million in the 2017 fiscal year. College and University also published the article.

UW Provost Kate Miller was interviewed in a Laramie Boomerang story about UW’s strategic plan that outlines the university’s policies and priorities for the next five years. The UW Board of Trustees approved the plan at its meeting last week in Rock Springs.

KGWN TV posted, on its website, UW’s release announcing that the university ranks No. 1 on Student Loan Hero’s list of “20 States Where College Is Worth the Cost.” The CS-T also covered the topic.

UW Professors Stephanie Anderson, Peter Parolin and Donal Skinner are finalists for the new position of Honors College dean, reported The Boomerang.

The Mercury News interviewed Scott Shaw, UW entomologist, about insects and their unique features. The Manhattan, Kan., newspaper also reviewed Shaw’s latest book “Planet of the Bugs.”

UW Department of Anthropology professors Marcel Kornfeld and Mary Lou Larson were quoted in a Torrington Telegram story about Hell Gap’s designation as a national historic landmark. The Paleoindian site, located northeast of Guernsey, was officially recognized during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony July 22.

Wyo Sports noted that UW student-athlete Audra DeStefano, from Gillette, was named the 2016-17 Mountain West Conference women’s scholar athlete of the year.

The UW Art Museum’s Ann Simpson Artmobile toured the Park County Library System with a new exhibition last week, The Cody Enterprise reported.

The Powell Tribune interviewed Laura Vietti, UW Geological Museum and collections manager, about the closing of the Natural Trap Cave -- possibly for decades -- above Lovell in the Big Horn Mountains. Vietti said the specimens are federally owned, but UW will be the repository for most of the collected research.

A school-record 90 UW student-athletes recently received the 2016-17 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Awards, The CS-T noted.

Digital Journal interviewed UW Department of Anthropology Professor Robert Kelly for a story about the world's largest radiocarbon database that wants to produce information globally. Kelly will contribute information for radiocarbon dating, which is an indispensable tool for archaeologists.

UW accounting and finance Assistant Professor Kenneth Zheng was the tour leader and translator for a group of visiting Chinese tourists in the Cody area, reported The Cody Enterprise. The article focused on the rising number of Chinese tourists in the area.

The Boomerang featured Blake McGee, UW associate music professor, and his homemade bread-making business.

A UW trail-building program for military veterans helped with an improvement project at Curt Gowdy State Park, according to a report from WMOT, a Tennessee-affiliated National Public Radio station.

Sweetwater Now reported that UW’s Market Research Center provided data for Rock Springs leaders who want to bring more diverse retail businesses to the community.

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