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UW in the News

October 16, 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:

ABC News mentioned UW economist Rob Godby in a story about the rollback of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which officials say is a boon to the coal industry and a win for supporters of President Trump, while environmental advocacy groups say the move is a step backward.

Federal changes to Title IX guidelines -- directives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights detailing how universities should investigate reports of sexual assault -- have not altered the way UW handles such reports, reported The Laramie Boomerang.

Sheridan Media interviewed Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, about a $20 million National Science Foundation grant the university received for a massive microbial research study. The grant also will provide a boost to Wyoming’s economy, Baldwin said.

UW economist Rob Godby is quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) story about the impact of the unraveling of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan on Wyoming’s coal industry. Godby also was quoted in a High Country News story about the future of the state’s coal industry.

CS-T also interviewed Godby about a proposed Trump administration proposal that would help subsidize the ailing coal and energy industry.

In a story about late-night talk shows taking jabs at President Trump, Kristen Landreville, UW associate professor of communication and journalism, said younger viewers look to late-night talk shows to help affirm their budding political identities and challenge the status quo, according to The Columbia Chronicle.

A Wyoming Tribune Eagle story, reprinted in Wyoming Business Report, quoted UW political science Professor Jim King, who weighed in on potential candidates for Sen. John Barrasso’s congressional seat. Barrasso is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate.

The San Francisco Chronicle picked up an Associated Press story about a national animal welfare organization that recognized UW researchers for finding noninvasive ways to study sage grouse. College and University also reprinted the article.

The Boomerang reported that UW fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha held a “Vegas Night” last weekend to raise funds for victims’ families from the recent Las Vegas shooting.

UW Professor Cathy Connolly, who also is a Wyoming state representative, said in a committee hearing that state educators need to encourage students to consider postsecondary education, especially girls, reported The CS-T.

UW scientists are teaming up with a California-based institute and other entities to help researchers discover new ways to use coal so that it does not contribute to climate change, according to The Associated Press.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed UW anthropology Professor Robert Kelly about his latest published book. Kelly was among three speakers at UW’s one-day lecture series, Saturday U, in Jackson last week.

Shawna McBride, from UW’s Women in Math, Science and Engineering initiative, discussed with The Boomerang why a lower number of women are in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The Boomerang reported that the UW Art Museum is working with local schools to provide opportunities for children to learn more about themselves through its Imagine Learning from the Masters after-school enrichment program.

UW graduate Affie Ellis, who also is a state senator from Cheyenne, was featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, featuring working women who run for public office.

Sheridan Media noted that a UW Center for Global Studies program in Sheridan this week will focus on changing global energy markets, U.S. foreign policy and Wyoming’s position as an energy leader.


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