A $750,000 grant from NASA will be used to upgrade and improve capabilities of UW's Wyoming Infrared Observatory situated among the pines on Jelm Mountain. Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty members Chip Kobulnicky and Adam Myers say the grant will fund equipment upgrades plus a large imaging survey in blue/ultraviolet light that will help researchers find distant luminous galaxies known as quasars. Among the telescope's improvements is the installation of a backup power generator that will enable the observatory to continue operating and protect sensitive instruments in the event of a power failure.
The University of Wyoming Art Museum is the recipient of a $74,875 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help continue the Collection Advancement Digitization Project. The UW Art Museum will use the grant to digitally photograph its identified core collection of 6,628 objects. It also allows for the museum's collection to be integrated into the UW online search engine, which will provide increased curatorial and research opportunities as well as high-resolution images for publication. This year, IMLS received 481 applications and will fund 160 projects.
Amy Rieser of Jackson, Wyo., a sociology and environment and natural resources major, has been chosen as the University of Wyoming's Student Employee of the Year. She received a plaque and cash award from the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators and a cash award from UW. Reiser, a research aide at the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, was chosen based on her reliability, initiative, uniqueness of contribution, quality of work, professionalism, and community and campus service.