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UW in the News

March 23, 2020

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 coverage:

WyoFile interviewed UW economists Jason Shogren and Rob Godby on how COVID-19 will affect Wyoming’s economy. Godby discussed the hit Wyoming’s energy sector will take, while Shogren discussed the sudden shift in human behavior that drives economic activity.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) cited Godby’s analysis that employment reductions have not kept pace with the deteriorating desire for coal in Wyoming. Amid waning demand, productivity at most Powder River Basin mines has been falling as well.

UW is closing its facilities to the public in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19, noted Wyoming Business Report.

The Washington Post cited UW biologist Matt Kauffman’s “surfing the green wave” migration study in Wyoming, where migrating animals spend the spring eating plants that sprout first at low elevations. The deer then follow the foliage as plants appear along the slope to higher elevations. The interview was part of a larger piece on climate changes along the Interstate 80 corridor.

In a CS-T article, focusing on U.S. Sen. John Barrasso urging Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to stabilize oil markets, UW economist Charles Mason also was interviewed. He said Saudi Arabia and Russia are not nearly as important in crude markets as some believe, as there are other sources of supply.

Mason also was interviewed by The CS-T and said that, with oil prices tumbling, and investors shedding energy shares as COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, the demand for motor vehicle products such as gasoline will hurt the crude oil industry nationwide.

Local artist Bethann Garramon Merkle, a research scientist with UW’s Biodiversity Institute, was profiled by The Laramie Boomerang. Garramon Merkle is contributing a personal stripe that will be added to a national flag honoring the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Laramie Live published UW’s release noting that the Wyoming Technology Business Center’s startup challenge programs will continue, but with some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two UW students from China, who were in their country when the original COVID-19 outbreak occurred, were interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) and described how the coronavirus has affected their parents. WPR also interviewed other Chinese international UW students about their first encounter with COVID-19.

The CS-T profiled UW graduate Chancey Williams and his rising success in the country music world with his Younger Brothers Band. The former UW rodeo team member is from Moorcroft.

Former University of Northern Colorado coach Jeff Linder was named the UW men’s basketball head coach last week by Athletics Director Tom Burman. WyoSports and The CS-T were among several media outlets reporting the hire.

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