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UW in the News

September 11, 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:

UW graduate student Jose Rivas, from Gillette, was interviewed by The Chicago Tribune about President Trump ending the Obama era’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Rivas and others could soon be deported unless Congress takes action. The article also appeared in The South China Morning Post, and Rivas was interviewed for a similar story in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Laramie Boomerang profiled Rivas as he faces an uncertain future. UW student Jessica Gutierrez-Gaytan, from Loveland, Colo., also was featured in a similar story in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

UW petroleum engineering doctoral student H.J. Zhu is among thousands who have joined the U.S. military as a path to citizenship, but now are in limbo because of President Trump’s DACA mandate, reported The Denver Post. Wyoming Public Radio reported that the university’s administration is keeping a close eye on the situation and how it is affecting UW students.

Wyoming Public Media discussed DACA changes with UW College of Law Associate Professor Suzie Pritchett. She is director of the college’s Family and Immigrant Justice Clinic.

UW economist Rob Godby said the advantage of being a smaller utility company and selling to regulated utilities is that they have 20 years of a fixed price. He was commenting in a Casper Star-Tribune story published in The Billings Gazette about Rocky Mountain Power hoping to build a wind farm in Wyoming.

Bloomberg Businessweek featured Plenty Inc., an indoor growing farm outside of San Francisco. UW graduate Nate Storey, who started his own company, Bright Agrotech in Laramie, and sold the business to Plenty, is the new company’s chief science officer.

UW history Professor Phil Roberts was interviewed by Ozy, an international online magazine that focuses on news, arts, culture, politics, business and sports, for an article on how Wyoming gave women the right to vote.

Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram noted that Halliburton and UW researchers are partnering to study the impact of rock type and the impact of chemicals that currently are being used and will be used in the future in oil and gas production fields. The article focused on Texas’ productive Permian Basin. The San Antonio Express-News reprinted the article.

The UW Department of Theatre and Dance’s vertical dance program at Vedauwoo Recreation Area was profiled in Only in Your State, an online guide to discovering new places in each state.

Wyoming Public Media reported that UW atmospheric scientists are studying the soot from regional forest fires to find out what role it plays in climate change.

UW botany Professor Brent Ewers is among researchers that have identified a set of genes that help control early drought response in some global crops, according to Seed Daily.

The Laramie Boomerang featured Assistant Professor Mohamed Ahmed’s research in UW’s Driving Simulator Laboratory. The research focuses on reducing crashes and decreasing the severity of crashes by providing real-time and timely information along the I-80 corridor. Wyoming Public Media also published Ahmed’s work.

UW marketing and management Assistant Professor Elizabeth Minton was interviewed by WalletHub on a piece about the “coolest credit cards.” Minton provided tips on credit cards that provide rewards or low interest rates.

The Indianapolis Star profiled former UW football player Chuck Pagano, the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.


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