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UW in the News

September 10, 2018

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:

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW President Laurie Nichols who said that the university has a solid presence around the state, but needs to take it to the next level. She was responding to Gov. Matt Mead’s economic goals to diversify the economy, with UW helping lead the way.

UW research showing how big game learn how to migrate from others, not instinct, was featured in The CS-T, National Geographic, National Public Radio, The Smithsonian and The Atlantic. The Associated Press version of the article also appeared in The Jackson Hole News and Guide, The Philippine Canadian Inquirer, London’s iNews, ATT.net and Coyotes, Wolves and Cougars Forever. The research was published in the journal Science as the cover article.

National Geographic noted the research work of Lauren Stanton, a doctoral student in UW’s Animal Cognition Lab, for an article, titled “Can Animals Be Too Smart For Their Own Good?”

Lusha Tronstad, a UW invertebrate zoologist at the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, and colleagues are researching the stonefly species that is threatened by climate change. The species is only found in the Teton Mountain range, according to Wyoming Public Radio.

Sweetwater Now and Wyo4News published UW’s release announcing that Laura Schmid-Pizzato has been appointed as a new Board of Trustee member. She also was interviewed by The Laramie Boomerang.

Two UW research studies were cited for a CS-T article noting that state officials and conservationists are locked over oil and gas development in a mule deer migration corridor in southwest Wyoming.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed UW Assistant Professor Anna Chalfoun who is the principal investigator on a research project studying how songbirds are responding to restored landscape in the Jackson Hole valley.

UW political science Professor Jim King told The Laramie Boomerang that it is not unusual for members of the Wyoming Supreme Court not to have prior judicial experiences. He commented on Gov. Mead’s appointment of Kari Jo Gray to fill an upcoming Wyoming Supreme Court vacancy.

Yahoo! News noted that UW is among partners in Clean Coal Technologies Inc., a facility in Gillette that is working to make coal more efficient, cleaner and cheaper to burn.

UW Department of Anthropology Professor Todd Surovell’s ongoing search for a Columbian mammoth kill site in Converse County was the subject of an article in The Jackson Hole News and Guide.

Boise Weekly reported that UW Assistant Professor Shane Murphy is among researchers studying wildfire smoke and how it affects climate change. UW’s King Air research aircraft is being used by researchers.

Sheridan Media published several UW releases including UW Master of Business Administration students participating in a leadership conference in Jackson; the deadline is nearing for the Daniels Fund Ethical Leadership Award; Rongsong Liu, a UW associate professor, is part of a $6 million National Science Foundation grant to study toxin resistance; and UW Professor Marsha Knight’s original “Six Songs from Ellis” as part of the UW President’s Speaker Series.

KGWN TV published UW’s release announcing that the Wyoming Small Business Development Center received a U.S. Small Business Administration grant to assist technology startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses.

UW’s Haub School and the Ruckelshaus Institute recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a discussion on civility that featured a panel of four prominent Wyoming residents, reported Wyoming Public Radio.

Laramie Live previewed the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science’s first annual hackathon competition that drew more than 400 participants.


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