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UW in the News

August 21, 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 noted that students from around the state are collecting data during the eclipse. Leading the project is UW physics and astronomy Associate Professor Michael Pierce, the Wyoming organizer for Citizen CATE, which is coordinated by the National Solar Observatory and funded in part by NASA. Wyoming Public Media also had a similar story.

UW economist Rob Godby weighed in on West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal that calls for the federal government to subsidize coal-fired power plants that buy from Appalachian mines, which would leave Wyoming’s producers facing more competition in a tight market. The story appeared in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bloomberg also interviewed Godby on the number of coal jobs lost to other energy positions saying, “if there was a War on Coal, it was really declared by natural gas.” Oil and Gas News picked up the story.

UW was ranked No. 26 in a poll of the “50 Most Fun Colleges in America” by Rave Reviews, a ranking website that creates entertaining write-ups using advanced data-driven analysis. UW was selected for its academics and outdoor offerings for UW students.

The Laramie Boomerang reported on the opening of the $68 million High Bay Research Facility. The facility has state-of-the-art technology and laboratories designed for cutting-edge energy and engineering research, including an adaptable high bay laboratory. U.S. News and World Report, Brazil Business News, Washington Times, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Billings Gazette, KGAB Radio and KGWN TV also published similar articles.

UW will have its largest freshman class ever when the new academic year opens next week, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle noted. Early estimates show that 1,750 freshmen for the fall 2017 semester are enrolled -- a 13 percent increase from 2016.

UW’s release was published on K2 Radio’s website announcing that the university has launched a new task force to help better collaborate with its constituents and to increase its community involvement.

The Boomerang and KGAB Radio both reported that UW has formed an advisory committee to help in becoming a more welcoming place for Native American students and establishing a better relationship with the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Jonathan Naughton, a UW professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Wind Energy Research Center, was interviewed by The Des Moines Register about wind power in Iowa. Naughton told the newspaper that wind energy is now in high demand.

The Atlantic interviewed UW religious studies Professor Paul Flesher on the religious aspects of solar/lunar eclipses in ancient times. The article also appeared in Africa-News.

UW professors Danny Dale and Michael Pierce offered solar eclipse viewing tips in a Wyoming Tribune Eagle article.

Wyoming Public Radio noted that UW’s High Plains American Indian Research Institute received a $150,000 national humanities grant for a project, titled “Understanding and Communicating the Role of Elk on the Wind River Indian Reservation.”

Gang Tan, a UW Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering associate professor, was among researchers who developed a new kind of thin material that can cool a surface against the heat of the sun without using energy or typical air conditioning, according to Clean Technica.

KGWN TV reported that the UW Police Department led an active shooter response training on the UW campus last week. Several agencies worked together to work as a team during the staged emergency situation.

UW doctoral students are mentoring Casper College students who will conduct experiments during the solar eclipse, The CS-T noted. The article was posted on Idaho’s KPVI TV station’s website.

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal published UW Extension’s release noting that the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ bulletin promotes the research being conducted on the Rogers Research Site, which includes post-fire studies.

UW and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will use government funds to assess the influence of cheatgrass, an invasive plant, on small mammals and other species of greatest conservation need, noted Wyoming Business Report.

4-traders published UW’s release noting the new book from David Kruger, UW agricultural librarian, titled “J.C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture,” which chronicles how the department store icon and his company shaped rural America throughout the 20th century.

UW’s release announcing that researchers in the Department of Veterinary Sciences will use a $149,000 grant to help develop a quicker, cheaper and more accurate test to detect brucellosis was published on KGWN TV’s website.

Women of China, a news website that focuses on Chinese women’s issues, profiled Shanghai Normal University psychologist Wu Wei. She and two of her colleagues will be at UW this fall to learn about group counseling, teamwork and family-university collaborations, hoping to introduce good practices at her own university.

UW anthropology Professor Robert Kelly is among speakers this fall at Santa Fe’s School for Advanced Research, according to Los Alamos’ Daily Post. Kelly will discuss his latest book, “The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us About Our Future.”

The Boomerang reported that UW officials are asking local law enforcement for additional help during Cowboy football games this fall in anticipation of larger crowds and, for the first time, beer and wine will be sold in War Memorial Stadium.

Lon Whitman has been selected as the new technical outreach representative for UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, reported KGAB Radio.

Yahoo Sports profiled UW quarterback Josh Allen, who went from a player with just two scholarship offers to a potential top pick in next spring’s NFL draft.

A petition has been created by Wyoming fans in hopes of bringing ESPN’s College Game Day program to Laramie for the Cowboys’ Sept. 16 home game against Oregon, reported The CS-T.

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