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UW in the News

December 4, 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:

Sarah Benson-Amram, a scientist in UW’s Animal Behavior and Cognition Lab, had her research cited in a National Geographic article, titled “Are Dogs Smarter Than Cats? Science Has an Answer.” Benson-Amram has found some support that large brain size in carnivorous animals leads to better problem-solving.

Anna Chalfoun, an associate professor in the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology, and assistant unit leader of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, had her lab’s work on energy development and songbirds featured in the national Audubon Magazine. Chalfoun and her colleagues are learning about the industry’s impacts and that it’s not only the act of drilling that affects songbirds, but also what happens to the land after the work is completed.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that the price of crude oil in Wyoming hit the $60 a barrel mark last week. Chuck Mason, an oil and gas economist at UW’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, said in an interview that he did not expect continued escalation of prices for the state.

Mason also was a co-author of a study that found two large New England energy companies reserved large volumes of natural gas pipeline capacity every day during important times of the year, then canceled the sales at the last minute, in a price-fixing scheme, reported Vermont’s Brattleboro Reformer.

Power Technology noted that a major wind company supplying wind turbines for a project in Carbon County is offering to train unemployed coal miners as wind farm technicians. In an interview, UW economist Rob Godby said the company’s offer could be a catalyst for a shift in thinking about the potential economic benefits of wind projects.

Longtime UW rodeo Coach George Howard died in a Casper hospital, according to information supplied by the Converse County Sheriff’s Office, reported The CS-T. Also reporting on the news were Laramie Live, KGWN TV and FloRodeo.

KOWB Radio, on its website, posted a tribute to Howard, interviewing former UW team members Nikki Steffes and Billie Sutton, and also UW Institutional Communications Specialist Milton Ontiveroz, who has covered Howard’s teams the past 20 years. The CS-T also published a tribute to Howard.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that the UW Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution that aims to diversify the state economy, improve quality of life and reach out, specifically, to traditionally underserved student populations.

UW’s release announcing that American Heritage Center Director Bridget Burke submitted her resignation to take a position as an associate dean for special collections with the University of Oklahoma Libraries was reprinted on KGAB Radio’s website. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle also published the story.

The Boomerang noted that UW officials are lobbying against a provision in the Republican tax plan now moving through Congress, which could make earning advanced degrees pricier for the students who seek them.

A commencement task force, chaired by UW College of Education Dean Ray Reutzel, recommended to the Board of Trustees limiting graduation ceremonies to a single day and location, along with other, smaller changes, Wyoming Business Report noted. The changes will save close to $200,000 annually, The Boomerang reported.

The Sheridan Press republished an Associated Press article noting that the average ACT score of incoming UW freshmen increased between fall 2016 and 2017, even with a near-record-breaking number of first-year students. U.S. News and World Report also published the article.

Sydney Ward, a UW senior cheerleader, was featured in a recent live Facebook segment during the Cowboys’ home football game against Texas State University. Stadium Network’s Facebook broadcast received a posting from Ward’s father, who is stationed in Germany and asked followers to hashtag the network to show his daughter. Posted on the Sport Techie website, the interview can be viewed here.

Transportation Today reported that a joint trial by UW, Wyoming Department of Transportation and other partners has successfully demonstrated a new connected vehicle alert system that allows vehicles to communicate road information to others. Roads and Bridges Magazine also published a similar article.

A study by Derek Scasta, UW Extension range specialist, and a colleague found that weather conditions played a significant role in the weaning weights of cattle during a four-year study on dryland range in southeast Wyoming, Beef Magazine reported.

The Sheridan Press noted that county science teachers are working with UW’s Wyoming Migration Initiative to develop a pilot curriculum on animal connectivity and migration patterns for middle schools and high schools.

Wyoming Indian High School junior Rae’l Trosper recently received the Honorary Cowboy Award from the Associated Students of UW, K2 Radio reported. The award was established in 2012 and is presented to a Wyoming student who represents the “cowboy-up” spirit to face personal challenges.

Successful Farming Magazine detailed the historical research that UW agricultural research Librarian David Kruger undertook for his book, “J.C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture.”

The UW Cowboys received an invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, against the Central Michigan Chippewas Dec. 22, KOWB Radio reported.


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