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April 2021 UW News

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

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).

UW Student Team Third in Business Ethics Competition

A University of Wyoming undergraduate team placed third in the recent Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program Case Competition. The program challenges students’ ethical reasoning, provides tools for ethical decision-making and raises awareness of the importance of principle-based ethics.

UW Students Research into Upper Green River Basin Water Demand Issues Earns Outstanding Thesis Honor

A study by a University of Wyoming agricultural and applied economics student exploring a proposed water demand management program on the Upper Green River Basin has received the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA) Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award.

UWs Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Program Launches Virtual Health Library

Lessons to help youths ages 14-18 build and maintain healthy romantic relationships are among a virtual curriculum for Wyoming teachers developed through the University of Wyoming’s Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Program.

High School Students Win Awards in UW Teaching Competition

Emma Daly, a student at West Grand High School in Kremmling, Colo., was named the first-place winner of the inaugural WYTeach contest -- a University of Wyoming program. Daly received a $500 scholarship for her winning presentation.

Bebout, Greear Join Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission

A former longtime state legislator and the current speaker pro tempore of the Wyoming House have been appointed to the state’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission, which oversees the University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute.

UW Trustees to Hold Special Meeting Friday

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting via teleconference at 7 a.m. Friday, April 30.

Chief Washakie Foundation Establishes Fund to Benefit UW and Wind River Reservation

The Chief Washakie Foundation has established an endowment fund -- the Zedora Teton Enos Excellence Fund -- at the University of Wyoming that benefits the Wind River Indian Reservation community.

UW Trustees to Hold Special Meeting Thursday

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting via teleconference at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 29.

UW College of Health Sciences Students, Faculty Present Research

For the first time, the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Research Day was held virtually April 15, but this in no way lessened the excitement of both student and faculty presenters in highlighting their research projects.

UW Art Museum Hosts In-Person and Virtual Gallery Walk-Through with Student Award Winners

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host a free gallery walk-through featuring student award winners from the 46th annual Juried UW Student Exhibition Thursday, May 6, from 5:30-7 p.m.

UW Virtual Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls May 5

A virtual event to observe this year’s National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be Wednesday, May 5. The University of Wyoming’s Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center (NAERCC) sponsors the event.

UW Planetarium Explores Star Formation, 2017 Eclipse During May Programs

Activities at the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium may start slowly during May, but they will soon pick up speed like a hurtling comet.

UW Alumni Association to Host Free Virtual 5K June 18

The University of Wyoming Alumni Association (UWAA) will host the second annual Tracing Our Roots Virtual 5K for alumni and friends Friday through Sunday, June 18-20, to commemorate the association’s first meeting 126 years ago.

Two Stewart Family Serviceship Awards Presented at UW

Two projects were selected for the first Stewart Family Serviceship Awards through the University of Wyoming’s School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies (SPPAIS), and office of Service, Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE).

UW Libraries to Partner in $10 Million National Library of Medicine Cooperative Agreement

University of Wyoming Libraries will partner with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah to implement a five-year, $10 million cooperative agreement from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

UW Faculty Member Explores How Discrimination Affects Wellness in BIPOC Students

Assistant Professor Amanda DeDiego, who teaches at the University of Wyoming-Casper, was a co-author of a recently published article examining how discrimination experienced by counseling students who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) can negatively affect their wellness.

UW College of Business Taps Senior Associate Dean, Department Chairs

Three members of the faculty in the University of Wyoming’s College of Business will step into new leadership roles in coming weeks.

YouFund Campaign Supports UW Student Research on Impacts of Recreation on Pilot Hill Wildlife

A new study organized by faculty members in the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to identify the potential impacts of nonmotorized recreation on wildlife at the newly acquired Pilot Hill property east of Laramie.

Record-Setting Performance Boosts UW Cowboys, Cowgirls First in Home Rodeo

It is only fitting that the University of Wyoming men’s rodeo team close out its home rodeo with a record-setting performance.

First UW Provosts Strategic Investment Fund Collaborator Awards Selected

Ten 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 Academic Affairs.

UW Graduate Publishes Work on Native American Caregivers

Kyliah Ferris, of Rawlins, a recent graduate of University of Wyoming’s Division of Communication Disorders, recently had part of her master’s thesis accepted for peer-reviewed publication in the journal Topics in Language Disorders.

UW to Host Virtual Women in STEM Conference May 18

Nearly 270 junior and senior high school female students from across the state will connect virtually with the University of Wyoming campus Tuesday, May 18, to learn more about science and its various disciplines.

UW Webinar to Examine Allyship, White Privilege and Social Justice Racism

The University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center will host “Allyship, White Privilege and Social Justice Racism,” a free webinar, Wednesday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Selects New Members at UW

America's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), has selected 31 new members-in-course for the University of Wyoming chapter, based upon their demonstrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

Advocacy a Way of Life for UW Medical Student

Training future physicians includes more than medical education. Leadership, especially in patient advocacy and community health education, is one of the additional skills prioritized for students.

UW Foundation Chief Investment Officer to Speak with MBA Students

Philip Treick, chief investment officer of the University of Wyoming Foundation, will speak with Master of Business Administration (MBA) students Friday, April 23.

UWs Rob Godby Interviewed for Discovery Channel Program Tonight on Climate Change

A program that focuses on climate change will air on the Discovery Channel tonight (April 22), and a University of Wyoming economic and environmental expert was interviewed for commentary.

Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp July 11

A few select middle school students will have an opportunity this summer to explore exoplanets during the Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp July 11-17 on the University of Wyoming campus.

Jazz Quartet to Give Virtual Performance at UW April 28

University of Wyoming Department of Music faculty members Ben Markley and Andy Wheelock will team up with bassist Bob Bowman and trumpeter Dan Jonas for a virtual performance Wednesday, April 28.

UW School of Pharmacy Degree Program Adds Expanded Specialty Tracks to Focus on Specific Areas

The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MSHSA) degree program now includes a list of 18 expanded specialty tracks for the fall semester, enabling students to focus more directly on specific health care areas of interest.

UW Native American Ceremony Canceled, Summer Student Institute to be Virtual

The University of Wyoming’s Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) spring graduation ceremony has been canceled, while the Native American Summer Institute (NASI) will be offered virtually to high school students.

UW MBA Students Receive Awards

Four University of Wyoming Master of Business Administration (MBA) students and two College of Business faculty members recently received year-end program awards.

UW Receives NSF Grant to Train Rural Wyoming High School Teachers in Computer Science Research Applications

The University of Wyoming has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to provide computer science curricular models that have been tailored specifically for schools in rural communities.

UW-Led Research Outlines Innovative Legal Strategies for Conserving Big-Game Migration Corridors

A new interdisciplinary study led by University of Wyoming researchers brings together approaches from ecology, economics and law to explore emerging big-game migration corridor conservation strategies.

The World Needs More Cowboys Celebration May 5 in Evanston

Students will learn more about the University of Wyoming, UW alumni will connect with their alma mater, and members of the public will find out more about UW’s presence in their community during a “The World Needs More Cowboys” celebration Wednesday, May 5, in Uinta County.

COVID Vaccinations Increase in UW Community

As COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out among members of the University of Wyoming community, employees and students are reminded to report their vaccinations to allow the university to track overall numbers.

A Message from the President: Finding Strength in Diversity, Unity and Community

Dear Campus Community: I cannot let today come to a close without acknowledging the anguish that some of you have and are experiencing due to the George Floyd murder trial and all the events that led to today’s historic verdict.

UW Shipping and Receiving Updates Forms

University of Wyoming Shipping and Receiving has updated its domestic and international shipping forms.

UW Researcher Examines Long-Living Cacti in Bolivia

David Williams, a University of Wyoming professor of botany, and his colleagues at other institutions recently published a paper in the journal Conservation Physiology regarding what may be the world’s longest-living cactus species.

UW Students Elect New President, Senators

University of Wyoming students have elected Hunter Swilling, a current junior studying molecular biology and physiology, from Cheyenne, as president of the Associated Students of UW (ASUW).

UW Livestock Judging Team Sets Bar High for Fall Season

A top-10 finish at six livestock judging contests this spring boasts for a hopeful fall season for the University of Wyoming livestock judging team.

UW Trustees to Hold Special Meeting Wednesday

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting via teleconference at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 21.

UW Casper Start-Up Challenge Finalists to Make Pitches Tuesday

IMPACT Casper, the business incubator and development program in the University of Wyoming’s Business Resource Network, will hold its Pitch Night for the 2021 Casper Start-Up Challenge Tuesday, April 20, at 5 p.m.

Nine Teams to Compete in UW Virtual Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition April 23

Nine student-led teams are vying for seed prize money to get their business plans off the ground in the John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by the University of Wyoming’s College of Business.

Jess Willford Named UW Employee of First Quarter

A program manager who oversees initiatives that benefit members of the campus community is the recipient of the University of Wyoming’s Staff Employee of the First Quarter Award.

UW Cowboys, Cowgirls All but Wrap Up Third Straight Regional Rodeo Team Titles

It’s probably safe to say that both of the University of Wyoming rodeo teams can be called the three-time regional champions with just two events left in the season.

UW Professors Provide Narration for American Oz Program About L. Frank Baum

Two University of Wyoming faculty members will help lead viewers down the Yellow Brick Road and pull back the curtain on author L. Frank Baum’s life during “American Oz,” the latest entry in the “American Experience” series that will air on PBS from 8-10 p.m. MDT Monday, April 19.

UW WySLICE Program Readies K

Some Wyoming K-8 teachers and librarians already have a leg up in preparation for offering computer science education in their schools come fall 2022, when it will be required. And they have the Wyoming Hub for Computer Science Outreach at the University of Wyoming to thank.

Thomas Selected as John P. Jack Ellbogen Dean of UW College of Education

An experienced educator and administrator who has held multiple academic dean positions at other institutions has been selected to lead the University of Wyoming’s College of Education.

UW Summer Plan Eases Some Restrictions, Keeps Others in Transition to Fully Reopen Fall

The University of Wyoming is preparing to ease some COVID-19 requirements but maintain others this summer as it transitions to a traditional fall 2021 semester.

UWs Educational Leadership Masters Program Named Best in the West

The University of Wyoming’s online master’s degree program in educational leadership was named “Best in the West” for 2021 by in its ranking of the “Top 50 Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs.”

Wyoming Hunger Initiative Launches Grow a Little Extra

First lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative is partnering with University of Wyoming Extension to launch a program under the “Food from the Farm + Ranch” banner called “Grow a Little Extra.”

Utility Work Prompts Closure of 15th Street Between Grand, Lewis

Utility work related to the demolition of Wyoming Hall in preparation for eventual construction of new student housing has prompted the closure of 15th Street from Grand Avenue to Lewis Street starting Monday, April 19.

Leading Arab Biotech Innovator Visits Wyoming, to Speak Wednesday

The CEO and founder of a leading biotechnology company in the Arab region is visiting Wyoming this week at the invitation of University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel.

Allen to Give Buchanan Lecture at UW April 23

Longtime University of Wyoming mathematics professor and administrator Myron Allen will give the 2021 Buchanan Lecture Friday, April 23.

UW Scientists Probe Mysterious Melting of Earths Crust in Western North America

A group of University of Wyoming professors and students has identified an unusual belt of igneous rocks that stretches for over 2,000 miles from British Columbia, Canada, to Sonora, Mexico.

UW Names Top First

Thirty-eight University of Wyoming instructors who inspire excitement, inquiry and autonomy in first-year courses are Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award recipients.

UW Faculty Member Invited to Participate in Literacy Research Survey

Leigh Hall, a University of Wyoming professor of adolescent literacy, has been invited to participate in the International Literacy Association’s annual “What’s Hot in Literacy” survey for 2021.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet Wednesday Via Teleconference

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a regular teleconference meeting Wednesday, April 14.

Wyoming Middle School Student Names New Supercomputer Derecho

A Wyoming middle school student has won a statewide competition to name one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

Fostering Attachment for Leaders Can Prove Transformational, UW Researcher Finds

Positive daily experiences with their families generally help leaders in their efforts to be transformational in the workplace, according to research by a University of Wyoming faculty member and colleagues.

UW-Led Study Shows Multiple Factors Shape Timing of Birth in Mule Deer

A five-year study of mule deer does and newborn fawns in western Wyoming shows that migrating deer have a lot to balance when it comes to birth timing.

UW, EORI Complete Study of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Wells

Abandoned and unplugged oil and gas wells are likely responsible for less than 1 percent of reported methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas operations, according to new research published by the University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI).

Study Finds Barber Pole Worm Developing Resistance to Common Treatments

A roundworm that plagues sheep grazing irrigated pastures has been found to be resistant to common classes of dewormers, according to a recently published report online in the Sheep & Goat Research Journal.

UW School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony Symbolizes Passage into Professional Practice

The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy’s annual White Coat Ceremony took place March 29 in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

UW College of Business Earns AACSB Reaccreditation

Students graduating from the University of Wyoming’s College of Business can be assured that their degrees will continue to carry a reputation of high quality, as the college has been reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

UWs Shepard Symposium on Social Justice Outlines Schedule

“Healing Communities” is the theme for the annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at the University of Wyoming.

Judges Announced for UWs John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition

The University of Wyoming College of Business has selected the panel of judges for the 2021 John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition.

UW Student Housing Design Topic of Thursday Meeting

The proposed interior and exterior designs of planned new student housing at the University of Wyoming are the topic of a meeting of the UW Board of Trustees’ Facilities Contracting Committee Thursday, April 8, at 7 a.m.

Without Annual Gala, UW Rodeo Team Turns to Online Auction to Support Program

With the ongoing pandemic, the University of Wyoming rodeo team’s largest fundraiser -- the annual JCA Bucking Horse Gala -- had to be canceled earlier this semester.

Gift to UW Supports 4

The University of Wyoming has received a $1.8 million gift from Ann Ramsay in honor of her late mother, Elizabeth McCabe, that will support 4-H and UW Extension employees located in Teton County.

UW Theatre and Dance Presents '29: A Song Cycle' April 9

A coming-of-age musical production that asks “What does it mean to be an adult?” will be presented virtually by the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance.

UW Fisher Innovation Launchpad Pitch Day Aims to Launch New Business Ventures

Six student-led teams from the University of Wyoming will pitch their business concepts to a panel of judges in hope of receiving startup funding for their ventures as part of the Fisher Innovation Launchpad Pitch Day Wednesday, April 7.

UW-Casper Commencement Ceremony May 13 for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 Graduates

Graduation ceremonies for fall and spring University of Wyoming-Casper graduates will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the David Street Station outdoor location.

Awards Announced for Virtual UW John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition

Six finalists will share a total of $77,000 in prize money after being selected as winners of the University of Wyoming College of Business John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition, which was held virtually April 23-24.

UW Faculty Member Receives Award to Create Online Lab for School Counselors

An associate professor in the University of Wyoming College of Education’s School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy and Design will develop resources for the state’s school counselors after being named the college’s Patricia McClurg Education Faculty Fellow for 2021-23.

UW Extensions Five

Teaching about the challenges ranchers face and using hands-on learning are part of the Wyoming Ranch Camp May 24-28 near Evanston, presented by University of Wyoming Extension educators.

UWs John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition Webinar April 23

The University of Wyoming College of Business invites the public to attend the 21st annual entrepreneurship competition, now the John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition, with webinar presentations scheduled Friday and Saturday, April 23-24.

UW Percussion Ensemble Spring Performance April 5

The University of Wyoming Percussion Ensemble will present a free virtual performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 5.

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