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UW in the News

November 20, 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:

Smithsonian interviewed Jeff Clune, UW computer science associate professor, for an article, titled “How Fruit Fly Brains Can Improve Our Search Engines.” The article noted that fruit flies have a unique way of matching data, which could teach scientists to create better, faster search algorithms.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hosted Kipp Coddington, director of the Carbon Management Institute at the School of Energy Resources. He outlined for the committee the numerous ways UW is working on reducing carbon emissions through innovative technologies. Wyoming Business Report also published the article.

CNBC reported that a study from UW and Florida International University researchers found that owning a home may help people save money, but it won’t help them make money. The study also said that homeowners are better off taking control of their finances than relying on fluctuating home values.

UW trustees approved raising and reorganizing student program fees, in part, to support about 20 new advisers and, in part, to eliminate unexpected hidden fees, according to The Laramie Boomerang and The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T).

Recent budget cuts have trickled down to the maintenance of numerous buildings, leaving the UW campus less clean, according to a report presented to UW trustees last week, noted The Laramie Boomerang. The article also was published in The San Francisco Chronicle.

The CS-T interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about Wyoming legislators considering how to regulate Wyoming’s wind, which is in demand. As the industry changes, so should the regulations that govern it, lawmakers say.

UW researchers and their colleagues discovered in upstate New York that the region’s massive snow totals are due to lake-effect snowstorms caused by the shape of Lake Ontario. The article first appeared on the National Science Foundation website. Science Magazine also printed the article.

The Huffington Post quoted Michael Duff, a UW labor law professor, about inadequacies in the workers’ compensation system. He said the system was originally envisioned as a “grand bargain” between workers and employers that would give injured workers financial recourse while protecting companies from multimillion-dollar lawsuits, but the system has become too complex.

Jonathan Naughton, UW Wind Energy Research Center director, discussed with Wyoming Public Radio the U.S. House and Senate’s disagreement over whether to slash subsidies for the wind industry.

KGWN TV published, on its website, UW’s release noting that university researchers recently discovered a rare aquatic insect -- the western glacier stonefly -- in Grand Teton National Park, which may keep the insect off of the endangered species list. The Gillette News Record also published the release.

Dan Tinker, associate botany professor, discussed the health of Western forests that have been plagued in recent years by wildfire and bark beetle infestation during the first Saturday U program in Cody, noted The Cody Enterprise. Saturday U features lectures by UW professors on a variety of timely topics.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported that Dana Robertson, executive director of the UW Literacy Research Center and Clinic, discussed the benefits reading aloud can have for children during a visit to the community.

Every summer, eight undergraduate students from across the U.S. are invited to take part in a collaborative research project on the UW campus in an effort to attract a more diverse population, noted The Kansas City Star.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide published an Associated Press story detailing how UW athletics and Mountain West Conference officials balance TV money versus controlling game times. Later starting times have affected attendance, UW officials say.

Siblings Shelby and Jacob Means, Laramie natives and UW graduates, were featured in The CS-T. The siblings, along with their current performing partners, were the final artists to perform in the fall semester’s UW Presents lineup.

The Boomerang interviewed Sean Blackburn, UW vice president for student affairs, about the three finalists for director of scholarships and financial aid.

UW’s 7220 Entertainment program once again sponsors the annual Thanksgiving feast for the campus community and the public, The Boomerang noted.

KGWN TV reported that, through the Trustees Education Initiative, UW is developing ways to recruit more preservice teachers to special education fields.

To raise sexual assault awareness, UW held a “NO MORE” event during last Saturday’s final home football game, Brazil Business reported. The newspaper reprinted the story from Laramie Live’s website.

The Boomerang featured the new Coe Student Innovation Center, commonly known as the Makerspace, a new lab dedicated to creative, academic and research pursuits.

Defense Against the Dark Arts -- a UW student cybersecurity organization mostly composed of computer science majors -- hopes to teach people how to take control of their own digital security, noted The Boomerang.

Sports Illustrated featured UW quarterback Josh Allen in an article, titled “Why Josh Allen Is the NFL Draft’s Most Polarizing Prospect.” UW Coach Craig Bohl expects Allen to leave for the NFL draft this spring, reported The CS-T.

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