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UW in the News

July 31, 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:

In an article about the long history of police brutality in the United States, UW sociology Professor Malcolm Holmes told Smithsonian there has been plenty of one-on-one conflict between police and citizens. Holmes has extensively researched and written about the subject.

The Laramie Boomerang reported on the new fiscal system that has helped to identify each department’s and division’s reserves and cash carryover accounts from fiscal year 2017.

The UW Board of Trustees hired KSQ Design to develop a 10-year housing plan that will revamp the residence halls, reported The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. New residence halls are needed to help attract students, UW administrators say. U.S. News and World Report, College and University, and American School and University also published the story.

The Weather Channel website published a story about Wyoming’s fledgling wind industry. UW economics Professor Rob Godby says developers may be leery of developing wind energy in the state because legislators want to push for higher taxes on the industry.

Some Wyoming Press Association members have donated money to help fund two journalism courses this fall in the UW Department of Communication and Journalism, according to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

IOT Agenda, an online tech website, interviewed UW Associate Professor Jeff Clune for an article focusing on criminals using artificial intelligence for forgery purposes. The article said that Clune, along with his UW team, is working on image recognition capabilities in reverse, by adopting neural networks trained in object recognition.

Ed Synakowski has been hired as UW vice president for research and economic development, according to The Boomerang.

The Casper Star-Tribune interviewed Chris Boswell, UW vice president for governmental and community affairs, for a story about a new proposed coal mine in northern Wyoming. Ramaco and some community members are at odds over the mine, and Boswell said UW is not partnering with Ramaco as was stated in the company’s release.

UW’s King Air research aircraft was recently used for a cloud physics study to better understand climate change, according to Quartz Media. Yale University researchers conducted the study.

The American Veterinary Medical Association interviewed UW Associate Professor Todd Cornish for a story about the spread of chronic wasting disease. Cornish said two of his recent field studies show the disease has driven population declines among the mule deer and white-tailed deer studied.

Washington, D.C.-area news website WTOP posted a feature on UW junior quarterback Josh Allen, who could be a high pick in next spring’s NFL draft.

The Boomerang reported that the UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium will highlight the Great American Eclipse with related programs during its August programs.

UW history Professor Phil Roberts was interviewed by The Boomerang about the 1878 eclipse that passed over the Cowboy State, attracting some scientists from across the nation -- most notably, Thomas Edison.

The Fence Post, an agricultural-related publication, noted that UW’s information booth was among the businesses in Cheyenne Frontier Days’ main exhibition hall last week.

WyoSports noted that Allen and UW teammate Andrew Wingard have been tabbed preseason Mountain West Conference offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively, by the media.

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