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UW in the News

December 11, 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 Science Foundation featured UW researchers’ discovery that mountains rely on nutrients from windborne dust more than on nutrients from the underlying bedrock. Lindsay Arvin, a UW master’s degree student, and Cliff Riebe, an associate professor in UW’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, were the authors of the research paper, according to UW’s release. Science Magazine and Sierra Sun Times, in Mariposa, Calif., also published the article.

UW officials in the Carbon Engineering Initiative -- an economic diversification effort supported by a $2 million appropriation from the Legislature and dozens of UW researchers -- are looking to identify nonenergy and nonfuel products that can be derived from coal. The initiative is researching new coal uses to boost the state’s economy, The Laramie Boomerang reported.

The Boomerang profiled research by UW Associate Professor Patrick Johnson, who is studying how to derive, from Wyoming-mined coal, graphene, a material with implications for electronics, aerospace technologies and other industries.

UW is in the running for a highly competitive $60 million grant that could place one of the world’s largest supercomputers in Cheyenne, President Laurie Nichols and Ed Synakowski, vice president for research and economic development, told legislators last week, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang reported.

The Billings Gazette republished a Casper Star-Tribune interview with Nichols about recent issues. She said the university must protect free speech while at the same time protect students and campus diversity.

Nichols and Sean Blackburn, UW vice president for student affairs, discussed with legislators how UW is improving campus safety after several sexual assaults were reported, noted The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T).

UW Staff Senate President Rachel Stevens told The Boomerang that many units across campus are feeling the effects of budget cuts. The CS-T and U.S. News and World Report added that UW is down about 300 employees from last year because of budget cuts.

The CS-T interviewed Chris Boswell, UW vice president for community and governmental affairs, about the House and Senate tax bills’ potential impact on graduate students.

UW officials, last week, detailed to lawmakers a biennial budget reduced by roughly $42 million from the previous biennium, noted The Boomerang.

The CS-T quoted UW economist Rob Godby in a story about how hopes for an energy industry comeback are chilling efforts to reform Wyoming’s tax structure.

ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) will release its preliminary findings on ways to diversify the state’s economy, according to Wyoming Public Media. The committee will hold public meetings this week at UW, with several university personnel participating.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed Sherrill Shaffer, UW’s Guthrie Distinguished Professor of Banking and Financial Services, about Gov. Matt Mead’s budget and how the governor proposes to offset the loss of federal cuts for state programs.

UW’s county-by-county data were turned into an article by The CS-T that focused specifically on Natrona County.

Sheridan Media discussed with Danny Dale, head of the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy, his classroom visits to Sheridan High School. Dale discussed dark matter and the search for exoplanets with students. The Sheridan Press also reported on the story.

Last week, UW launched a YouVisit virtual tour that allows anyone interested in UW to tour the university on his or her computer or smartphone, the Casper news website Oil City and Cheyenne’s KGWN TV reported. The experience includes commentary from student tour guides, 360-degree photos and video, and a variety of supplementary photos and video.

Sheridan Media noted that, for the fourth consecutive year, UW Professor Xiaohong Liu has made Clarivade Analytics’ list as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in the field of geosciences.

Former UW football player Eddie Yarbrough, now with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, is among 32 pro players participating in the league’s talent competition. Yarbrough is playing the ukulele, an instrument he learned to play while playing for the Cowboys, Buffalo’s WIVB Channel 4 News reported.

The Boomerang reported that the UW Police Department’s two-day, female self-defense class this fall has reached capacity. A similar class is planned for the spring.

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