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UW in the News

November 6, 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:

Converse County businesswoman Macey Moore has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the UW Board of Trustees, reported The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) and Laramie Boomerang. Moore will fill out the term of Larry Gubbels, who resigned from the board for health reasons. U.S. News and World Report, The Seattle Times and Casper’s KCWY Television also reported the announcement.

9News in Denver reported that UW’s SNOWIE project is the most comprehensive weather modification experiment that could answer the question: Does cloud seeding work and, if so, is it cost effective? UW atmospheric science Assistant Professor Jeff French was interviewed for the segment.

Professor Sherrill Shaffer, the Guthrie Distinguished Professor of Banking and Financial Services in the UW College of Business’s Department of Economics, was featured in a WalletHub piece about secured credit cards.

The Boomerang reported that UW is establishing a new biomedical research center focusing on sensory biology with a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Qian-Quan Sun, a Department of Zoology and Physiology professor, is the Sensory Biology Center director.

The UW Extension Cent$ible Nutrition Program in Natrona and Big Horn counties collaborated with local groups to create community gardens, which helped replenish local food pantries, reported Wyoming Public Radio (WPR).

WPR also reported that UW President Laurie Nichols charged Associate Vice President Sean Blackburn and Interim Title IX Coordinator Jim Osborn with forming a task force to expand sexual assault prevention and response efforts.

UW economist Rob Godby is featured prominently in a documentary by the Center for Investigative Reporting about energy and wind in Wyoming.

The CS-T quoted Godby in a story noting that building new winds farm is getting cheaper, according to an annual study that documents the cost of new power generation.

Jonathan Naughton, UW Wind Energy Research Center director, discussed with Wyoming Public Radio the proposed GOP tax reform bill that trims the wind power production tax credit.

The CS-T reported that Gov. Matt Mead remains one of the nation’s 10 most popular governors, but his approval rating has dropped nearly 10 points since the summer, according to a recent poll. In the article, UW political science Professor Jim King said the fluctuations may have to do with the legislative cycle, as the governor is more in the news during that time period than this time of year.

The ability of the federal government to enforce its own land policies in the West will be tested as a trial begins for a Nevada rancher accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents in a dispute over cattle grazing. Atlanta’s WSB-TV 2 published the article that quoted UW Professor Gregg Cawley.

The Huffington Post featured the story of UW student Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in Laramie 19 years ago, as part of its series noting LGBTQ History Month.

A company that is developing a process to produce cleaner-burning coal plans to begin work next month on establishing a test plant in northeast Wyoming, according to an Associated Press story published on the website and in The Albany Times Union. UW’s School of Energy Resources and Clean Coal Technologies Inc. are collaborating on the project.

The Powell Tribune reported on UW history Professor Phil Roberts’ talk on the politics of Spirit Mountain Cave in Park County. His talk was part of Saturday U -- UW’s popular one-day lecture series -- held recently in Cody.

The annual Veterans Roll Call, sponsored by the UW Veterans Services Center, is seeking volunteers Nov. 10 to read 7,000 names of fallen military members, Wyoming Public Radio reported.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune and U.S. News and World Report reprinted an Associated Press article noting that UW anthropology students assisted in removing Native remains found at an undisclosed water line project site. Wind River Indian Reservation officials reburied the centuries-old human remains.

UW’s release announcing that a UW student who contracted meningitis is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery was published on Laramie Live’s website.

ESPN featured former UW football player Eric Nzeocha, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who is among four athletes in the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. The program is a foreign-born developmental player program that allows athletes to practice with NFL teams throughout the year, but they are not eligible to compete in regular-season games.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production of “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged),” sponsored by UW Presents, was previewed in The Boomerang.

The Business Farmer reported that the High Plains Crop Convention will be hosted by UW Extension and the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Lingle later this month.

UW student Will Wise, of Jackson, was featured in The Boomerang for his work photographing Jackson’s homeless laborers. Wise used funding from the Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Scholarship, given by the UW Department of Communication and Journalism, for his project.

UW Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Chad Baldwin was interviewed by Sheridan Media about the Wyoming Research Scholars Program, which engages students in cutting-edge research with faculty mentors.

Sheridan Media also noted that a panel, which featured UW economist Rob Godby, said that if Wyoming is going to diversify economically, the state needs to diversify the sources of its revenues.

A statue of UW Cowboy basketball player Kenny Sailors was dedicated last week during the grand reopening of the Arena-Auditorium, reported Wyo Sports.

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