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UW in the News

September 25, 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:

Wyoming Public Radio reported that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded UW $20 million to learn more about microbes, sampling and cataloging microscopic life in the extreme ecosystems of Wyoming. Wyoming Business Report reprinted UW’s release on its website, and the NSF published a similar announcement naming all of the recipients of research grants.

Vox, a worldwide news website, interviewed UW Distinguished Professor of Law Sam Kalen for a story about a federal court ruling halting the Trump administration’s plans to expand coal mining.

Boosting higher education enrollment could be key to Wyoming achieving more college graduates and helping to diversify the state’s economy, UW President Laurie Nichols said in a Laramie Boomerang article.

The Boomerang also reported that UW officials are considering program-specific student fees and a better advising system.

UW President Laurie Nichols and the seven Wyoming community college presidents support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for Wyoming students and urged Wyoming’s congressional delegation to do the same, according to an op-ed piece published in The Sheridan Press and Billings Gazette.

Wyoming Public Radio reported that the Associated Students of UW has set up a fund for DACA program students. The fund is to help UW students with emergency filing fees.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that the UW Board of Trustees was presented a $68 million housing plan to renovate four dorms and the possibility that two others will be demolished and replaced. KGWN TV also printed a similar story on its website.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper may reach out to area engineering graduates, including those from UW, to help staff the possible Amazon campus in Colorado, reported The Denver Post. That state is making a bid for Amazon’s second national headquarters campus.

A drop in revenue for UW has put several temporary residencies in limbo as university administrators search for additional funds to resuscitate those programs, The Boomerang reported.

In a Baltimore Sun story about four black women competing in an all-black rodeo event, UW communications Professor Tracey Owens Patton’s book about the history of black rodeo in the U.S. was cited.

K2 Radio noted that UW President Laurie Nichols announced a new partnership between Wyoming Boys and Girls Clubs and the university. The partnership includes scholarship support for club members across the state, a mentorship program and club participation in the university’s annual Campus Pass program.

The CS-T noted that Donal Skinner will be the new dean of the UW Honors College, and James Ahern will become the associate vice provost for graduate education. The Boomerang published a similar article.

Dan Maxey has been appointed UW President Laurie Nichols’ chief of staff, a new position created to help with the day-to-day operations of the president’s office, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

Coal published UW’s release announcing the School of Energy Resources’ “Wyoming/JCOAL Workshop: The Future of Coal” in Gillette, which was held last week.

The Veterans Memorial Plaza was rededicated last week at UW’s War Memorial Stadium, reported The Boomerang.

UW Athletics Director Tom Burman was invited last week to participate in a College Football Playoff mock selection exercise in Texas, noted The CS-T. Burman was among 13 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) athletic directors invited to give FBS athletic directors a better understanding of the process.

The Sheridan Press and Sheridan Media published UW’s release announcing that Saturday U -- the university’s popular one-day lecture series -- was being held again at Sheridan College.

UW’s popular one-day lecture series -- Saturday U -- held its first program in Pinedale, noted The Pinedale Roundup.

The CS-T reported that UW graduate Joe Riis has published a book, titled “Yellowstone Migrations,” featuring the pronghorn migration from the Green River Basin to Grand Teton National Park.

UW’s release announcing the grand opening of the Native American Education Research and Cultural Center was published on KGWN TV’s website.

The Boomerang’s feature with entertainer Cheech Marin was published last week. Marin returned to Laramie to discuss his latest Chicano art collection currently on display at the UW Art Museum. KGAB Radio also had a report on Marin’s visit, and Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Marin during its “Wyoming Sounds” morning show.

Researchers discussed their “Following the Manito Trail” project last week at UW’s American Heritage Center, noted Wyoming Public Radio. The project follows Manitos (New Mexicans) who migrated into Wyoming.

UW astronomy and physics Professor Chip Kobulnicky and some of his students were featured in a Boomerang story about research work being conducted at the Wyoming Infrared Observatory, located on Jelm Mountain.

Former UW defensive end Eddie Yarbrough’s rise from being cut by his hometown Denver Broncos to being a starter for the Buffalo Bills was detailed by the Buffalo Bills website.

The CS-T reported that former UW wide receiver Malcom Floyd is among 18 finalists for the 2018 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Floyd had a 12-year career with the San Diego Chargers.

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