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UW in the News

October 2, 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:

CGTN America featured UW Professor Merav Ben-David’s polar bear research in the Arctic. CGTN America is the American division of CGTN, the English-language news channel run by Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television.

A UW-led study was conducted to find if mammalian carnivores understand the principles of water displacement, EurekAlert! reported. Doctoral student Lauren Stanton and Assistant Professor Sarah Benson-Amram led the study to demonstrate that captive raccoons are able to learn to solve novel problems. Springer’s journal Animal Cognition first published the study. The BBC interviewed Stanton about the research. Read UW’s release here.

The Denver Post noted that UW Professor Jeff Lockwood, the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Mystery Writers of America president, has started a mystery writing contest. The catch? Each submission must be six words or less.

UW’s program was ranked 12th among all universities in Top Master’s in Education’s “20 Best Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Degrees for 2017” survey. The online publication is a guide to every education-related master’s degree program in the U.S.

KGAB Radio noted that several temporary residencies at UW -- funded through the Wyoming Legislature -- are in limbo because of a drop in state revenue. U.S. News and World Report also published the article.

Despite budget cuts the past two years, UW has recorded a slight increase in enrollment for the first time in several years, with significant gains in freshmen and transfer students, according to The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T), The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. The Washington Times and Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio also published the article.

The Boomerang reported that former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, gave a public talk on campus last week. The Cheneys were on hand to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of UW’s international center and scholarship.

UW Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kate Miller told The Boomerang that budget cuts were a factor for a majority of the faculty who have left the university the past year. The CS-T also published the story.

Laramie Live reported that the Associated Students of UW and Laramie city officials will hold public meetings beginning this week to discuss the possible closure of 15th Street near the residence halls. KGAB Radio also had the story.

UW economist Rob Godby told The Baltimore Sun that coal production has declined each year since 2012, but has increased slightly to begin the new year.

The Wall Street Journal favorably reviewed UW agricultural research Librarian David Kruger’s book, “J.C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture.” The review said, “Mr. Kruger’s book offers us a memorable portrait of an extraordinary capitalist.”

Jim Osborn, UW’s Title IX coordinator, told Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) no immediate changes are required in response to the Department of Education’s recently announced plans to overhaul federal guidelines regarding how schools should respond to sexual violence.

The Boomerang reported on the grand opening of the Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center on the UW campus. The facility is one of the university’s initiatives to recruit and retain Native American students. WPR and The Seattle Times also had a similar story.

UW’s Geological Museum, in the east wing of the S.H. Knight Geology Building, was featured by WPR. WPR highlighted the museum’s exhibitions that tell the story of ancient Wyoming.

UW’s Western Thunder Marching Band was featured in The Boomerang. Some band members play a handful of tunes in local restaurant/bar establishments before each football home game as a way to fire up the brown and gold faithful.

The Boomerang also featured Dance Theatre of Harlem, as the famed dancing troupe finished its UW residency with a gala concert last Friday.

Several Worland High School students participated last week in the High School Art Intensive, a UW program for Wyoming students with a strong interest in the visual arts, reported The Northern Wyoming Daily News.

The CS-T noted that nearly 1,000 youth were on the UW campus Saturday for the annual Campus Pass event, a day full of activity designed to give prospective students a taste of campus life.

UW’s Black 14 football players were named in a Buzz Feed News article titled, “23 Times Athletes Stood Up For What They Believed In.”

The Boomerang reported that Stephen Walt, a Harvard University professor, discussed President Trump’s policies as part of the Visiting Scholars program organized by UW’s Phi Beta Kappa Society.

UW’s release announcing that university researchers were awarded a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research different fungi, bacteria and microbes was reported by The CS-T.

WPR interviewed UW student Emily Alexander about the university’s initiative requiring all incoming students to take an online course about sexual assault and relationship violence.

Former UW football Coach Joe Tiller died at his home in Buffalo last Saturday, WyoSports and KGWN TV reported.


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