Ingrid (Indy) Burke (UWyo, Summer 2009) has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest and most prestigious scientific organization. Burke, who is a Wyoming Excellence chair and director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the University of Wyoming, was elected for her contributions to the fields of terrestrial biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology, and particularly for studies of nitrogen dynamics in grassland and steppe ecosystems. She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous book chapters and an edited book.
The University of Wyoming earned two distinctions for its efforts in catering to the needs of veterans of the United States Armed Forces (UWyo, Summer 2010). Military Times EDGE, a publication that connects military veterans with job opportunities, ranks UW in the top 20 colleges and universities on its list of the best schools for veterans. UW is ranked 18th among the top 100 schools listed in the recent "Best for Vets Colleges" list. Th e publication invited more than 4,000 colleges and universities to submit comments about their programs, policies and resources for veterans. UW also is among five colleges nationwide selected for the Pat Tillman Military Scholars University Partnership, which supports active and veteran service members and their families.
Katie Schmid earned another national honor for her poetry (UWyo, Fall 2010). The second-year student in the University of Wyoming's MFA creative writing program recently received an Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) award for her latest work, Daughter Psalms. She is among a group of young writers recognized for the Intro Journals Award in the poetry category. AWP, the national creative writing professional association, sponsors writing prizes for English undergraduate and graduate students each year. The prize includes publication in a major journal. Schmid's Daughter Psalms will be included in the next edition of Quarterly West.