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UW in the News

May 4, 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:

UW zoology and physiology Professor Craig Benkman, and other scientists, were interviewed by Smithsonian regarding a recent study on how hurricanes made lizards evolve bigger toe pads. The researchers say more studies are needed because a future full of powerful hurricanes may have evolutionary implications for other species as well.

Inside Higher Ed featured how COVID-19 has affected colleges’ plans for student study-abroad opportunities. Anthony Ogden, UW’s associate vice provost for global engagement, said universities will have to think about future opportunities by offering more disciplines than destinations for students.

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T), Cowboy State Daily and K2 Radio published results from the third survey by UW’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center focusing on COVID-19. The major takeaways were that three-quarters of respondents approve of Gov. Mark Gordon’s leadership during the pandemic, and that residents are hopeful that they will have jobs once safety measures are lifted.

Ali Nejadmalayeri, a UW associate professor of finance, discussed with WyoFile how bonds work in the wake of two prominent Wyoming gas drillers issuing “top bonds of concern” whose securities could face “imminent” default.

Nejadmalayeri also was interviewed by WalletHub to discuss why today’s high-risk environment is contributing to higher credit card interest rates, saying companies are trying to recoup losses.

The Billings Gazette featured UW graduate student Rebecca Levine and other researchers who captured and placed radio collars on moose south of Meeteetse as part of a research project.

The Laramie Boomerang published UW’s release noting that Kimberly Chestnut will continue as the university’s vice president for student affairs on a permanent basis.

UW is ranked the 25th safest campus in America, according to YourLocalSecurity. Among criteria used were UW’s low crime rate, availability of counselors and hotline availability after hours and weekends.

The CS-T interviewed UW economist Rob Godby, who discussed the continuing decline of Wyoming’s coal industry. He said as long as the COVID-19-induced recession and surplus of electricity generation continue, demand for coal is going to be weak.

County 17 quoted Godby on how a combination of COVID-19 and falling coal prices led to the layoff of 300 Powder River Basin miners in one day.

UW’s School of Energy Resources and partners received a $15.2 million grant to help bring a geologic carbon dioxide storage facility -- the Dry Fork site near Gillette -- to commercial viability in the next five to 10 years, reported Wyoming Public Media.

UW economist Chuck Mason was quoted in a University of Pennsylvania media release on plunging oil prices and what they mean for U.S. producers.

Oil City News published UW’s release announcing a panel of six individuals who will judge the UW College of Business’ annual John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition later this week.

UW has produced yard signs with positive messages that offer optimism for Wyoming residents during the pandemic, according to a university release published by Wind River Radio Network and SweetwaterNOW.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle interviewed UW debate Coach Matt Liu, who discussed how he and his team members hosted this year’s Wyoming high school debate championships -- all online. He says Wyoming may be the only state that hosted debate championships using a virtual format.

UW psychology Professor Sean McCrea told Wyoming Public Radio that it’s good for Wyoming residents to “howl at the moon” as a way of showing appreciation to front-line workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients.

Wyoming Business Report noted that UW researchers will use Microsoft’s AI for Earth program to study human disease and migration patterns related to chronic wasting disease.

Sheridan Media recently published two UW releases on UW School of Pharmacy Professor Sreejayan Nair converting a pharmacy lab into a temporary hand sanitizer production facility, and Jeff Marsh, of Torrington, being named UW Board of Trustees chairman.

KGAB Radio published UW’s release noting that several Wyoming business leaders joined UW College of Business administrators to discuss the navigation of available resources and the best practices for sustaining the small business community -- the second online webinar the college has hosted.

Disruptive MedTech, which began with the assistance of the Wyoming Technology Business Center at UW, launched its business that is targeting inventive ways to manufacture and deliver devices to help doctors treat patients suffering from physical trauma, according to Wyoming Business Report.

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