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2021 News Releases

2021 Releases


microseismic sensor in field by dfs Researchers at School of Energy Resources Deploy Microseismic Sensors as Part of Ongoing Baseline Monitoring Operations for the Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project

November 12, 2021 — Researchers at the UW School of Energy Resources’ (SER) Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) recently deployed a series of microseismic sensors as part of the ongoing baseline monitoring operations for the Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project.

four people posing together outside Two UW Teams Make National Semifinals of DOE Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize

November 12, 2021 — Two University of Wyoming research teams have been named Phase 1 semifinalists of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) American-Made Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize, a $4 million competition designed to advance technologies and techniques to support direct lithium extraction from geothermal brines.

UW SER’s Collaboration Proposal With Baker Hughes Selected for DOE Funding

November 11, 2021 — The University of Wyoming will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a subawardee in a collaborative grant proposal with Baker Hughes Energy Transition LLC to develop innovative solutions and uses for coal waste.

three people working together on something UW Student Team Wins XPRIZE and Musk Foundation Award in Carbon Removal Competition

November 10, 2021 — A team of students from the University of Wyoming is a winner of the Carbon Removal Student Competition funded by XPRIZE and the Musk Foundation.

Holly Krutka - XPRIZE Judge School of Energy Resources Executive Director Holly Krutka Serves on XPRIZE Carbon Removal Judging Panel

November 5, 2021 — The University of Wyoming (UW) School of Energy Resources executive director Holly Krutka is one of twelve judges serving on the selection panel for the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition incentivized and funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation.

Juliana Santarelli Student Profile: Juliana Santarelli

November 5, 2021 — Women in science technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have made significant strides in recent years to increase representation and participation. The School of Energy Resources (SER) is proud to facilitate the critical role of girls and women in the scientific and technological communities through the Energy Resources Management and Development (ERMD) degree.

Tara Righetti University of Wyoming Professor to Attend COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland

October 30, 2021 — School of Energy Resources Professor of Law, Tara Righetti, will represent the University of Wyoming at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

ref Request for Proposals: Co-Directors of the Nuclear Energy Research Center

October 29, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) is seeking proposals from current University of Wyoming faculty members to co-direct a Nuclear Energy Research Center (NERC).

Karolina Klatka SER Welcomes Karolina Klatka as New College Relations Representative

October 14, 2021 — SER Welcomes Karolina Klatka as New College Relations Representative

head photo of a man UW’s Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair Webinar to Focus on Ambient Seismic Imaging

October 14, 2021 — Jeffrey Eppink will speak about ambient seismic imaging (ASI) during a webinar Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m.

giving day Support the School of Energy Resources on Giving Day 2021

October 12, 2021 — The University of Wyoming will once again be hosting UW Giving Day! Spearheaded by the UW Foundation, UW Giving Day is an annual UW tradition that raises thousands of dollars in a single day for students and programs across campus.

garrett gay SER Welcomes Garrett Gay to the Center for Economic Geology Research

October 5, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) is pleased to welcome Garrett Gay to the Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) as the newest research scientist on the team.

head photo of a woman Danaei Named New UW School of Energy Resources Academic Director

October 4, 2021 — Kami Danaei is the new academic director for the School of Energy Resources (SER) academic program at the University of Wyoming.

wold family and foundation with uw students and ser staff Members of the Wold Family and Foundation Visit School of Energy Resources for Presentation and Unveiling

September 28, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) was pleased to host members of the Wold family and representatives of the Wold Foundation on September 24.

war memorial stadium Energy Day at UW a Success for School of Energy Resources

September 21, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) wrapped up a successful weekend of events in celebration of energy at the University of Wyoming. The weekend was represented by a series of events including a presentation from Dr. Glen Murrell of the Wyoming Energy Authority, campus and building tours, and a networking reception in anticipation of the UW Football game on Saturday, Sept. 18.

the anschutz corporation logo The Anschutz Corporation Donates to UW SER to Kick-Start Hydrogen Energy Research Center

September 20, 2021 — The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) has received a generous donation from The Anschutz Corporation to help launch the school’s new Hydrogen Energy Research Center (HERC).

register now UW’s Annual Energy Law and Policy in the Rockies Conference Slated for Oct. 8

September 16, 2021 — The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) and the UW College of Law’s Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies (CLERR) will virtually host the 2021 Landscape Discussion on Energy Law and Policy in the Rockies Conference Friday, Oct. 8.

four people standing in front of a building UW Team Receives NSF Award to Study New Membrane Materials for Water Purification, Desalinization

September 15, 2021 — The global disruption produced by climate change will place further stress on the world’s freshwater supplies due to higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and increases in human population, according to John Hoberg. This is expected to result in half of the world’s population facing freshwater shortages by 2030.

energy day UW School of Energy Resources to Celebrate Eighth Year of Energy Day with UW Football

September 10, 2021 — The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) is celebrating the 8th Annual Energy Day in partnership with UW Sports Properties on Saturday, Sept. 18 at War Memorial Stadium as the Cowboys take on the Ball State Cardinals.

group of people posing outside a building UW School of Energy Resources, Williams Cos. Join Forces on Hydrogen Project

September 9, 2021 — Representatives of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) and The Williams Cos. Inc. recently met on campus to discuss the UW school’s initiatives and development opportunities, as well as the energy infrastructure company’s clean energy strategy in Wyoming.

women in stem poster SER’s Dr. Holly Krutka Discusses the Gender Gap in STEM Education and Ways to Bridge It

September 8, 2021 — School of Energy Resources (SER) Executive Director Holly Krutka will be discussing issues related to gender norms and the problematic gender gap as relates to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in an event presented by Build Mothers, Build the World.

pathways logo University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources Hosts ‘Pathways to Net Zero’ Workshops

September 2, 2021 — The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) is hosting two ‘Pathways to Net Zero’ workshops for local Wyoming communities to discuss goals, needs, and concerns in achieving a net-zero energy mix for Wyoming.

group photo of SER and Oxy folks SER Hosts Occidental CEO Vicki Hollub

September 1, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) was honored to host Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) CEO, Vicki Hollub, for a brief visit to campus on Friday.

heng wang SER Senior Research Scientist Heng Wang Takes Position at Chengdu University of Technology

September 1, 2021 — After nearly a decade affiliated with the School of Energy Resources (SER), Dr. Heng Wang will be departing to assume a new faculty position at the Chengdu University of Technology in China.

stefan holberg SER Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion Welcomes New Research Scientist

August 23, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) is pleased to welcome Dr. Stefan Holberg into the Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCCC).

kieran mcmullen, eli vigil, kris koski UW School of Energy Resources to Host Booth at the NAPE Annual Summit in Houston, August 19-20

August 17, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) will be hosting an exhibitor booth at the NAPE (North American Prospect Expo) Annual Summit in Houston, Tex.

minor program UW School of Energy Resources Launches New Minor in Energy Resource Management

August 12, 2021 — The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) will offer a new minor in energy resource management (ERM) starting this fall.

ink dripping from pen UW Energy Resources Council to Meet Aug. 20

August 5, 2021 — The University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council (ERC) will meet at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie. The regular meeting will be offered in person and also by Zoom.

man standing in front of a research vehicle UW School of Energy Resources Student Conducts Fieldwork in Mobile Air Quality Lab

August 4, 2021 — Isaac Boettcher, an Idaho Falls, Idaho, senior in the School of Energy Resources (SER), recently conducted fieldwork to survey methane emissions as part of an internship with the Center for Air Quality (CAQ) at the University of Wyoming.

minh-nguyen SER Center for Economic Geology Research Welcomes New Research Scientist

July 30, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) is pleased to welcome Dr. Minh Nguyen into the Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR).

hydrogen panel speakers (names in article) UW School of Energy Resources to Host Panel Discussion on the Importance of Hydrogen Energy in Wyoming

July 19, 2021 — hursday, July 29, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. MDT. The panel gathers leading experts in an emerging energy technology and related policy to examine the use of hydrogen as part of the worldwide decarbonization strategy – and why Wyoming could be an early leader in its deployment.

save the date for the carbonSAFE outreach meeting UW School of Energy Resources to Host Public CarbonSAFE Project Program in Gillette Aug. 3

July 8, 2021 — The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources’ (SER) Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) -- along with Basin Electric Power Cooperative -- will host a public outreach meeting at the Integrated Test Center at Dry Fork Station in Gillette at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Tara Righetti SER Professor of Law Tara Righetti Publishes Article about the Carbon Storage Future of Public Lands

July 1, 2021 — School of Energy Resources Professor of Law Tara Righetti recently published an article about the carbon storage future of public lands in the Pace Environmental Law Review, a top ranking law journal for environment and natural resources.

emma-jane alexander and fred Mclaughlin UW School of Energy Resources Staff Members Part of UW’s Grand Challenges Initiative Planning Grants

June 29, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources' (SER) Emma-Jane Alexander and J. Fred McLaughlin are part of collaborative teams that were among the selected projects of the Grand Challenges Initiative spearheaded by UW’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

UW Selects First Recipients of Grand Challenges Initiative Planning Grants

June 28, 2021 — Five collaborative projects aimed at providing multidimensional benefits to the University of Wyoming and the state are moving forward with funding from a new program in UW’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

Mohamed Ahmed, Dario Grana, Scott Henkel and Kevin Monteith UW Professors Named Wyoming Excellence Chairs

June 21, 2021 — The University of Wyoming has recognized the exceptional scholarship and teaching of four UW professors by naming them Wyoming Excellence Chairs.

Dario Grana UW’s Grana Named Wyoming Excellence Chair in Geology and Geophysics

June 21, 2021 — The University of Wyoming has recognized the prodigious work and efforts of Associate Professor Dario Grana by naming him the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Geology and Geophysics.

solvent extraction technology Solvent Extraction Pilot Plant Moves Off-Campus as Project Continues to Advance

June 10, 2021 — The Carbon Capture and Conversion Center of Excellence (CCCC) at the School of Energy Resources (SER) recently migrated the coal solvent extraction pilot plant from the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) laboratory site where it was commissioned, to a new dedicated off-campus location.

Scott Quillinan and Fred McLaughlin UW’s Quillinan and McLaughlin take on New Leadership Roles in the School of Energy Resources

June 8, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) is pleased to announce the promotion of two senior research professionals within the organization, Mr. Scott Quillinan and Dr. Fred McLaughlin.

holly krutka SER’s Executive Director Holly Krutka Selected for Leadership Wyoming Class of 2022

June 3, 2021 — SER Executive Director Holly Krutka is one of 42 Wyoming citizens selected for the Leadership Wyoming Class of 2022.

Coffe Mug and Pen on table UW Energy Resources Council to Meet June 18

June 3, 2021 — The University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council (ERC) will meet at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie.

logo UW’s Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair Webinar to Feature Governor, Wyoming Energy Authority Leader

June 2, 2021 — Gov. Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Energy Authority Executive Director Glen Murrell will speak about the state of the state’s oil and gas industry and its future during a webinar Tuesday, June 22, at 10:45 a.m.

sponsors UW School of Energy Resources to Host Panel Discussion on Advanced Energy Technologies

May 25, 2021 — The UW School of Energy Resources (SER) Center for Energy Regulation & Policy Analysis (CERPA) will host a panel on nuclear energy, along with its partners – Boise State University’s Energy Policy Institute (EPI), the University of Michigan’s Fastest Path to Zero Initiative, Idaho National Laboratories (INL) Emerging Energy Market Analysis (EMA) Initiative and the UW Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources.

man in sunglasses looking into the distance UW Professor Named Recipient of Electrochemical Society Award

May 17, 2021 — A University of Wyoming chemistry professor recently was selected to receive the Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division David C. Grahame Award from The Electrochemical Society (ECS).

Alyson White Eagle-SoundingSides Student Highlight: Alyson White Eagle–SoundingSides

May 14, 2021 — A student profile of one of our 2021 graduates. A nontraditional student, White Eagle–SoundingSides was already a wife and mother to two beautiful daughters when she enrolled at the University of Wyoming (UW). After taking a smattering of courses over the years at the community college level, she was finally able to commit to school full-time and realize her dream of a degree.

head photo of a woman UW Professor Receives Fulbright Award for Energy Research in France

May 5, 2021 — Tara Righetti, a professor in the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) and College of Law, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research related to energy transitions. She will conduct research at the Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du Droit -- Center for Legal Research and Perspectives in Law -- at the University of Lille College of Law in France.

Pam Henderson SER Academic Advising Manager Pam Henderson Retires

April 30, 2021 — Long-time School of Energy Resources (SER) employee Pam Henderson is retiring after over 20 years of service at the University of Wyoming (UW).

UW Receives DOE Funding for Carbon Ore, Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Initiatives in Wyoming

April 30, 2021 — The University of Wyoming will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for research focused on expanding and transforming the use of coal and coal-based resources to produce coal-based products, using carbon ore, rare earth elements (REE) and critical minerals (CM).

Molly Murnanw Student Profile: Molly Murnane

April 29, 2021 — Sophomore Molly Murnane of Annapolis, Md., is a student in the Energy, Land, and water Management concentration.

students work on solar project outside UW Students Conduct Solar Energy Experiment

April 19, 2021 — Students in Professor Bruce Parkinson’s Solar Energy Conversion class took advantage of a sunny spring day this semester to conduct a solar energy challenge as part of their course work. The fun project is a highlight in the course where students are divided into teams, and venture out on a day with no clouds for a little friendly competition.  

coffee mug and papers on desk UW Energy Resources Council to Meet April 16

April 15, 2021 — Members of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) Energy Resource Council (ERC) will meet from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie.

students in class listening to a conference call WOGCC Hosts Learning Opportunities for UW Professional Land Management Students

April 14, 2021 — Each year, students from in the Professional Land Management (PLM) Concentration at the School of Energy Resources (SER) take a field trip to Casper to attend the monthly hearings before the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) and sit in examiner hearings. Due to Covid-19, this year students were able to participate remotely.

kamie danaei SER Welcomes New Academic Advising Manager

April 12, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources is pleased to announce Dr. Kami Danaei as the new Academic Advising Manager.

Pictured: Charles Nye (left) and Ben Flickinger (right) in front of Dry Forks Station SER Researcher Charles Nye Conducts Collaborative Soil Gas Sampling to Advance Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project

April 9, 2021 — Charles Nye, a Research Scientist at the School of Energy Resources’ (SER) Center of Economic Geology Research (CEGR) spent time in the field during March to install soil gas monitoring systems in an effort to advance the $33.1 million Wyoming CarbonSAFE project. The project, which is in its third phase of development, seeks to determine the feasibility of subsurface carbon storage in the Powder River Basin.

Scott Quillinan SER’s Quillinan Discusses Rare Earth Elements on WyomingPBS’ Wyoming Chronicle Segment

April 9, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) Director of Research and Communications, Scott Quillinan is featured on WyomingPBS’ Wyoming Chronicle Segment that will debut tonight. The show will air tonight at 7:30 p.m. MDT, again on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. MDT, and Sunday at noon MDT on the WyomingPBS network. It is also available to watch on the WyomingPBS YouTube page and the PBS Cove Player.

oil rig equipment Researchers from Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute and University of Wyoming Complete Study of Methane Emissions from 10 Abandoned Coalbed Methane Wells in the Powder River Basin

April 8, 2021 — A recent collaborative study from the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) and the University of Wyoming Department of Atmospheric Science has shown that methane leak rates from abandoned oil and gas wells may constitute a significant portion of a state’s emissions inventory.

head portrait of a man Aryana Named UW’s Occidental Chair in Energy and Environmental Technologies

March 30, 2021 — Saman Aryana is the first Occidental Chair in Energy and Environmental Technologies in the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER).

people standing near a trailer UW Research Scientist Makes Important Contribution to Use of POD Sampler; Webinar Scheduled Today

March 23, 2021 — A University of Wyoming senior research scientist has made important field contributions in the use of the POD sampler, an instrument used to accurately sample pollution levels.

wind farm School of Energy Resources Adds Center of Excellence for Wind Energy Research

March 22, 2021 — In order to efficiently utilize the talents and expertise across UW, SER brings together faculty and graduate students from multiple disciplines by funding COE’s throughout campus. This approach allows SER to support faculty that develop important energy research programs to benefit the state. Most recently, SER has directed support to the Wind Energy Research Center (WERC).

report cover WEA, SER and EORI Study Reveals Several Impacts of President Biden’s Proposed Federal Leasing Ban in Western United States

March 4, 2021 — The Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA), the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER), and the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) studied the environmental and economic impacts of proposed policy initiatives that suspend or restrict new leasing and drilling for fossil fuels on federal lands.

paige trent Student Profile: Meet Paige Trent

February 24, 2021 — Learn about one of our top students in the Professional Land Management concentration of our academic program, Paige Trent. Paige is one of the most visible and prominent advocates for the Energy Resources Development and Management (ERDM) degree at the School of Energy Resources (SER).

before and after photos of a room's lighting LED Lights Installed in UW’s Guthrie House to Increase Energy Efficiency

February 23, 2021 — A project funded by the University of Wyoming Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) and UW Operations has resulted in safer, more energy efficient lighting in the Guthrie House.

Ying Yu Headshot Center for Economic Geology Research Welcomes New Research Scientist

February 16, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources (SER) is pleased to welcome a new research scientist among its ranks in the Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR). Dr. Ying Yu of Xi’an, China joined the department in February 2021.

Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair to Continue Under Leadership of UW’s EORI

February 10, 2021 — A fixture of Wyoming’s oil and gas industry for nearly a quarter of a century will continue under the leadership of the University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI).

working paper cover sheet CERPA Working Paper Notification: Second Paper in Series Posted

February 9, 2021 — The Center for Energy Regulation & Policy Analysis (CERPA) at the School of Energy Resources (SER) has posted a new working paper to its working paper series.

Kris Koski, Eric Waeckerlin, and Tim Considine UW School of Energy Resources Hosts Webinar Roundtable Discussion about Recent Executive Orders

January 28, 2021 — The University of Wyoming School Energy Resources (SER) Center for Energy Regulation & Policy Analysis (CERPA) is hosting a webinar roundtable discussion with legal and economic experts in the state to examine the recent executive orders released from the White House suspending energy leases on federal lands.

infographic of information from report UW’s Considine Submits Report to WEA Outlining Potential Challenges in Energy Development

January 22, 2021 — Commissioned by the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) in December of 2020, University of Wyoming energy economist Tim Considine of the School of Energy Resources (SER) conducted a study exploring potential scenarios affecting energy development with the change in federal administration.

Erin Phillips and Davin Bagdonas Characterizing the Subsurface: The People Behind the Projects

January 21, 2021 — The School of Energy Resources highlights some of the incredible research scientists working on groundbreaking energy projects for the state of Wyoming. Read all about the incredible work of research scientists Erin Phillips and Davin Bagdonas in the Center for Economic Geology Research.

Photo: SoilSim 360-degree data capture on Medicine Bow Peak The Shell 3D Visualization Center Invites UW Faculty and Staff to Collaborate and Actively Seeks Departmental 3D Viz Champions

January 14, 2021 — The Shell 3D Visualization Center (Viz Center) in the Energy Innovation Center, has launched a new 2.0 format and is actively seeking project development partners, both old and new, to support dynamic and innovative teaching and research activity. The 3D Viz Center 2.0 welcomes UW faculty and staff interested in utilizing visualization, data capture, 3D asset creation, and software-development as part of research or teaching grant application to raise their interest and join in collaboration.

energy resource clip art School of Energy Resources Seed Research Fund Projects

January 13, 2021 — SER released a request for proposals (RFP) for seed research funding to be completed in the Spring 2021 semester. The ultimate goal of this seed funding is to support small projects and therefore enable the principal investigators to have sufficient information and tools to pursue external research grants, ultimately growing the foundation of work focused on Wyoming-energy driven economic development.

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