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UW in the News

August 28, 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 Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed Sherrill Shaffer, UW’s Guthrie Distinguished Professor of Banking and Financial Services, about last week’s Federal Reserve meeting in Jackson. Shaffer said talks would revolve around President Trump’s tax plan.

Mary Aguayo, interim associate vice provost for enrollment management, said UW is anticipating the largest freshman class in its 130-year history this fall, with more than 1,700 freshman students enrolling this semester, according to K2 Radio. U.S. News and World Report and The Billings Gazette also published the story.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide also interviewed Aguayo, who said new surroundings and adapting to college life are factors involved in the drop of students’ overall grade-point average from high school to the first year of college. published UW’s release noting that UW doctoral student Chris Vassallo, in molecular biologist Dan Wall’s laboratory, has discovered that soil bacteria require two-layer security, just like the digital world. To read UW’s release, click here. Breitbart and technology website Gears of Biz also published the release on their websites.

UW students will move into residence halls beginning Monday, Aug. 28 -- two days before fall classes begin, noted Cheyenne’s KGWN TV.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that UW has created two task forces, one to develop a policy on employee salary increases and the other to study the school’s engagement with the rest of the state.

The Laramie Boomerang featured UW master’s degree candidate Matt Lehmitz, who will take part in pre-spaceflight research by participating in NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog project.

UW education Professor Scott Chamberlin discussed with Wyoming Public Radio how classroom teachers are helping students stay focused in the classroom despite how budget cuts are affecting many Wyoming schools.

KGAB Radio published, on its website, UW’s release announcing Dan McCoy as coordinator for the new Bachelor of Science degree program in natural resources recreation and tourism. The program is scheduled to launch next fall. The Boomerang also published the story.

The Torrington Telegram quoted communications Associate Professor Kristen Landreville after readers were upset that the local newspaper printed a political cartoon depicting a person wearing KKK robes. Landreville said it is not bad to anger readers or challenge them with uncomfortable political cartoons.

UW ecosystem science and management researchers are studying how greater sage grouse conservation practices have affected ranch economics across six states, reported Drovers, a publication that reports on beef cattle markets.

The Huffington Post mentioned UW’s petroleum engineering program as among the best oil and gas programs nationwide that offer master’s degrees.

The CS-T reported that Fremont County School District 14 Superintendent Owen St. Clair, a UW graduate, is the first Native American named to the National Federation of High School Sports board of directors.

UW Theatre and Dance’s “Outside Inside Downside Up” vertical dance program last weekend was highlighted in The CS-T. The Boomerang also previewed the UW Department of Theatre and Dance’s annual vertical dance program.

“Changing Faces: Traditional and Contemporary Mexican Masks” is the latest exhibition at the UW Art Museum, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

The CS-T 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.”

UW agricultural economist John Tanaka is working on a model to estimate the economic impacts of sage grouse management practices on ranches of varying sizes and distributions of public and private grazing land, reported Capital Press, an agricultural website.

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