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UW in the News

October 23, 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:

National Geographic highlighted a UW-led study to determine whether mammalian carnivores understand the principles of water displacement. 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. Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) published a similar story on its website.

UW and the U.S. Geological Survey have developed a new mapping tool for reducing the risk of brucellosis outbreaks in cattle, which will benefit wildlife managers and ranchers in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, according to a UW release. The article also was published by EurekAlert! and, online sources for science news, as well as Feedstuffs and The Beef Site.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that UW physics and astronomy Assistant Professor Bill Rice is working with Howard University counterparts in an exchange program between the two schools. Howard University, a predominantly black college, and UW are sharing resources in hopes of bringing a more diverse graduation population to UW.

UW Chief Diversity Officer Emily Monago spoke to the local NAACP chapter last weekend in Cheyenne about the virtues of diversity education, reported The Cheyenne Tribune Eagle.

Wyoming Public Media published a story about UW’s Geological Museum and Coe Library’s efforts to digitize roughly 5,000 specimens from the museum’s rare fossil mammal collection. The project is aided by a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Laramie Live ran UW’s press release on the subject. The Houston Chronicle, College and University, and KGAB Radio also reprinted the article.

Anne Alexander, UW associate vice provost, told The Boomerang that a satellite campus in Casper had a decrease in enrollment the last year, but said it is difficult to tell how large or small that decrease is because of various factors. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) also reprinted the story.

The Boomerang reported that UW’s 15th Street closure report does not propose any action on the Legislature’s part; instead, it cautions that more assessment is needed of the impact on pedestrian safety, campus unification and neighboring streets.

Wyoming Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program students are not eligible for the Hathaway Scholarship, and that requirement undermines the objective of the scholarship, which is to give Wyoming high school graduates better access to higher education, Suzan Pritchett, UW associate law professor, told WPR.

WPR also noted that the UW College of Law’s annual Law Week will focus on several timely subjects such as immigration policy, environmental regulations and sexual harassment.

Hundreds of UW students, last weekend, participated in the annual Big Event, a morning of community service projects throughout Laramie organized by the Service Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE) office, reported The Boomerang. The event kicked off UW Homecoming activities.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Great Lakes Aviation cutting back on its flights to other communities. Godby said passengers want to fly more comfortable, faster and larger planes than what Great Lakes operates.

UW law Professor Sam Kalen told WPR that federal court rulings should include a climate change assessment impact in a National Environmental Policy Act document, even though the Trump administration is against the statement.

A UW program featuring the only photographer to have shot album covers of some of the top names in rock ’n’ roll history was featured on KGWN TV’s website.

WPR previewed UW Symphony’s “Season of Joy” theme and future programs this semester.

UW Department of Music Assistant Professor Ben Markley was among seven Fort Hays State University alumni honored at the Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet during Homecoming activities, according to The Abilene (Kan.) Recorder Chronicle.

UW’s release offering tips on how consumers can respond to the massive hack of the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax was printed on KGWN TV’s website. Tips were offered by UW Extension personal financial management specialist Cole Ehmke.

Science News for Students interviewed Jeff French, UW atmospheric science assistant professor, in a story focusing on whether cloud seeding works.

The UW Art Museum’s annual fundraising gala was featured in The Boomerang.

The Boomerang also reported on last weekend’s Solar Fest, an annual celebration of renewable energy, sponsored by UW’s Sustainability Coalition.

UW student Morgan Wallace is raising awareness about domestic violence as her Miss Rodeo Wyoming platform, according to The Boomerang.

WPR reported on the recent Wyoming Latina Youth Conference held at UW. The UW Latina/o Studies Program sponsors the annual event, which drew nearly 200 participants this fall.

UW’s Department of Physics and Astronomy every summer hosts eight undergraduate students from across the U.S. to take part in a collaborative research project on the UW campus, which is attracting more students to its program, noted The Boomerang.

The CS-T interviewed UW Extension financial specialist Cole Ehmke who offered tips on how residents can save for retirement.

Last year’s John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition third-place team, led by UW student Dallin Cooper, has launched a new company, Atmosphere Marketing, to help small businesses and brick-and-mortar stores use the digital world to their advantage, Wyoming Business Report noted.

The Boomerang reported that there is a large disparity between domestic and foreign students within UW’s physics graduate program, reflecting the national average.

UW’s Tim Slater, the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Science Education, appeared on K2 Television to explain a neutron star collision 130 million light years away from Earth.

The CS-T published an article on the increase of women hunters in the state, while male participation numbers have declined. UW student Lexi Daugherty was interviewed as part of the story.

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

UW College of Law Dean Klint Alexander will meet with Jackson Hole educators to discuss academic freedom, and freedom of speech and expression, according to The Jackson Hole News and Guide. The meeting comes on the heels of a controversial statement -- “shooting Trump” as an answer on a high school test.

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