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UW in the News

September 18, 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 College of Law Professor Michael Duff was asked to comment by The Huffington Post on a story about the union representing The Washington Post. The union filed an unfair labor practices charge against The Post for disciplining a reporter and union leader who wrote an op-ed critical of Post owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

The Wall Street Journal interviewed UW economics Assistant Professor Linda Thunstrom about a research paper her team wrote about apps designed to deter overspending. Their research indicated that apps designed to curb spending make tightwads even tighter, but have no effect on others.

London’s Daily Mail reported that scientists from UW and the University of Pretoria researched why giraffes have long necks. They concluded that giraffes may have evolved their unusually long necks and legs for heat regulation to survive in the arid habitat they prefer. Science Alert published a similar story.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed local law enforcement officials, including UW Police Chief Mike Samp, who all said there were not many alcohol-related incidents for the football home opener. Beer and wine are being sold for the first time at War Memorial Stadium.

In a related article in The Laramie Boomerang, Samp and Bill Sparks, UW senior associate athletics director for business operations, also cited the positives on opening-game beer sales.

High Country News interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about alternative energy developments in the state. Godby said an increase in the state wind tax could discourage future development, including tech companies looking for clean-energy sources when considering new locations.

Wyoming Public Radio reported on UW President Laurie Nichols’ “State of the University” address during last week’s fall convocation, where she discussed the university’s new strategic plan.

UW Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications Chad Baldwin discussed with The Jackson Hole News and Guide how the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) situation is affecting students. He said UW does not require students to report their immigration status.

Wyoming Public Media, in a similar story, reported that UW officials state that it’s unknown how many students are protected under the DACA program, and how much power higher education institutions actually have to shield students against federal agencies.

In a related News and Guide story, Blanca Aburto said DACA allowed her to attend UW. She now works as an accountant in Jackson.

The CS-T noted that actor-comedian Cheech Marin will return this week to open his new collection of Chicano art at the UW Art Museum.

City of Laramie Grants Analyst Sarah Reese credited UW for providing a pool of innovative and well-educated employees, according to The Boomerang in an article about the community’s diverse economy in the wake of the energy downturn affecting the state.

Wyoming Public Media noted that UW is seeking a Native American program adviser in an effort to increase Native American enrollment.

At last week’s Oil and Gas Fair in Casper, Gov. Matt Mead praised research at UW, particularly at the High Bay Research Facility that is leading the way to learn how fluids flow through porous subsurface formations, noted Wyoming Business Report.

Sheridan Media reported that UW graduate Wendy Wood Neeson is the new Edward A. Whitney Endowed Nursing Chair for the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

“Invisible Boundaries,” an exhibition exploring the migrations of animals in and near Yellowstone National Park, is on display at Yale University, according to Yale News. UW’s Wyoming Migration Initiative is among developers of the “Invisible Boundaries” project.

The CS-T reported that UW is offering flu shots and free sexually transmitted disease testing to students in coming weeks.

Sheridan Media interviewed Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for marketing and communications, about UW being ranked No. 1 on Student Loan Hero’s list of “20 States Where College is Worth the Cost.”

City of Laramie officials, last week, discussed with the UW Board of Trustees the possibility of closing parts of 15th Street, reported The Boomerang. The project could take several years, they say.

The Boomerang also noted that UW’s Biodiversity Institute will honor three people later this month for their significant contributions to biodiversity research or education.

A plaque on a monument remembering the 1927 death of UW student Lowell O’Bryan, killed in a freak accident on campus, was dedicated last week, reported The Boomerang.

The Boomerang reported that Virginia Vincenti, UW human development and family studies professor, organized a workshop last week that focused on elder financial exploitation.

The 25th annual Range Beef Cow Symposium that will address beef production will be in Cheyenne in November, UW Extension Educator Steve Paisley told Sheridan Media.

The Boomerang reported that UW’s planned Science Initiative facility, which will be the largest, most visible sign of the university’s commitment to improving science education and research, will have some similar building design features as those of some Stanford University facilities.

A grapevine production research project at the UW Sheridan Research and Extension Center’s vineyard involves testing to breed a grape that’s suitable to Wyoming’s growing conditions, an effort to expand the grape industry in the state, reported The Sheridan Press.

KGWN TV reported that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will note National Hunting and Fishing Day with family-related events at the Sept. 23 UW game against Hawaii.

Pistol and Pete, UW Extension’s draft horse team, was featured in The Boomerang.

The Powell Tribune reported that the toxic larkspur plant was to blame for a dozen cattle deaths recently in the area, according to UW plant sciences Assistant Professor Dan Tekiela.

The Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability (ACRES) farm was featured in The Boomerang. ACRES is a student farm that works with, supports and is supported by various groups throughout the community.

A team of UW atmospheric researchers recently collected samples of smoke particles in the air from Montana’s wildfires to research how much the smoke affects global warming, noted Wyoming Public Radio.

The Star Herald, in Scottsbluff, Neb., reported that adventurer Mark Jenkins, UW writer-in-residence, will speak at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington later this month as part of UW’s Center for Global Studies “World to Wyoming Tour.” The Billings Gazette published a similar article about Jenkins’ talk at Casper College.

UW is considering a proposal to raise program fees for UW undergraduate students, reported Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio.

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