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June 2021 UW News

UW to Launch New Masters Degree in Environment, Natural Resources and Society

A new master’s degree program that prepares students to become collaborative, interdisciplinary leaders in environmental and natural resource fields will launch this fall, following action by the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.

UWs Myers Receives $240,000 DOE Grant to Fund Research

A University of Wyoming faculty member has received a $240,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant that will be used to determine how to schedule observations of spectra of more than 30 million galaxies to be able to study dark energy.

Student of Year Honor Awarded to UW Engineering Doctoral Candidate

Anas Alrejjal, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, from Amman, Jordan, received an award for his work in transportation research.

UW Selects First Recipients of Grand Challenges Initiative Planning Grants

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.

UW Parking Permits Available Starting July 12

University of Wyoming employee parking permits for 2021-22 will be available for purchase beginning Monday, July 12.

UW Announces Independence Day Closures

Most University of Wyoming administrative offices will be closed, and classes will be dismissed Monday, July 5, for Independence Day -- which falls on a Sunday this year.

New WYO BIO Innovation Summit in Casper Aug. 12

Advance Casper, Natrona County’s economic development organization, will host the first WYO BIO Innovation Summit at Casper College Thursday, Aug. 12, and Friday, Aug. 13.

UW Researchers: Elephants Solve Problems with Personality

Just as humans have their own individual personalities, new research in the Journal of Comparative Psychology shows that elephants have personalities, too. Moreover, an elephant’s personality may play an important role in how well that elephant can solve novel problems.

UW President Seidel to Host Lunch July 1 in Prexys Pasture

Members of the University of Wyoming community are invited to have lunch with President Ed Seidel Thursday, July 1, in Prexy’s Pasture.

UW Plans Events to Welcome First-Time Students to Campus for Fall Semester

The University of Wyoming has planned a number of in-person activities to welcome first-time and transfer students as it prepares for a traditional fall 2021 semester.

UW College of Agriculture Grads Find Growth Opportunities in Job Market

Recent spring graduates in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming have discovered job market opportunities during COVID-era restrictions.

UWs IMPACT 307 to Host Business Webinar June 28

IMPACT 307, a University of Wyoming program, will host “START 307,” a two-day business tutorial webinar event, Monday, June 28, and Tuesday, June 29, from 4-6 p.m. David Bohling, director of IMPACT Laramie, will present the webinar.

UW Planetarium to Celebrate 1969 Historic Moon Landing with Programs in July

The moon will take center stage in July, with no less than three programs focused on the subject at the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium.

Two from UW Recently Receive CRA Credentials

Two employees in the University of Wyoming’s Office of Research and Economic Development recently received the designation of certified research administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC).

Pat Reedy and His Band to Perform at UW Summer Concert Series June 23

New Orleans musician Pat Reedy and his band, the Longtime Goners, will perform Wednesday, June 23, as part of the University of Wyoming’s Summer Concert Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Both UW Teams Eighth at College National Finals Rodeo

Both University of Wyoming teams placed eighth in the final standings Saturday at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper.

UW to Move to New COVID

The University of Wyoming will move to a new COVID-19 testing program starting the week of July 5 as part of the summer plan approved by the university’s Board of Trustees.

UW Professors Named Wyoming Excellence Chairs

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

Webb Named UW Acting AVP of Business Enterprises

In an effort to better serve students, staff and faculty, the University of Wyoming is merging Housing, Dining, Transit and Parking, Catering, the University Store, Jacoby Golf Course, Real Estate, and the Copy and Print Center under one umbrella -- UW Business Enterprises.

UW, University of Texas-Austin Study Barriers to Carbon Capture, Use, Storage

A University of Wyoming economist has joined colleagues from the University of Texas-Austin (UT) for a major study of economic and political barriers related to carbon capture, use and storage.

UW Professor Contributes to Study of How Animals Adapt Habitats to Climate Change

Birds build nests to keep eggs and baby nestlings warm during cool weather, but also make adjustments in nest insulation in such a way the little ones can keep cool in very hot conditions.

UWs Seth Peterson Ties for Top Calf Roping Time of Entire CNFR

It came out of nowhere, and Seth Peterson says it even shocked him.

UWs Snowy Range Summer Theatre Opens with One

The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2021 Snowy Range Summer Theatre season opens with its first public, in-person, socially distanced, live theater production since spring 2020.

UWs Tim Robinson Chosen for Fulbright Specialist Program

Tim Robinson has spent the past eight years at the University of Wyoming focusing his attention on medical education.

Three UW Students Receive Critical Language Scholarships

Three University of Wyoming students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study languages this summer.

Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment Discussion Opens UWs Harlow Summer Seminars in Jackson

Key findings from the Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment will be presented to kick off the University of Wyoming’s 2021 Harlow Summer Seminars in Jackson.

UWs Chadron Coffield Second in Steer Wrestling Halfway Through Third Round

The University of Wyoming’s Chadron Coffield didn’t have the words to describe what he was thinking when his steer quickly got away from him during Wednesday’s bulldogging competition at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.

Trustees Approve Reorganization of UW Administrative Units

A reorganization of several administrative units critical to the success of the University of Wyoming was approved by the Board of Trustees today (Wednesday).

UW Leads the Pack in Cryptocurrency

The University of Wyoming has reached an unprecedented milestone.

UWs Latham, Hoffman Hang onto Goat Tying Average

It will be an anxious three days for University of Wyoming rodeo teammates Taylour Latham and Faith Hoffman.

UW Spinout Company Receives $200,000 Grant to Fund Research and Development

A Laramie business that originated at the University of Wyoming has received a $200,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop and commercialize instrumentation platforms for the nondestructive manipulation and analysis of micro- and nano-sized materials.

UWs Schaack Wins Breakaway Roping Second Round; Several Teammates Remain in Contention

Brandy Schaack knew she had something to prove, and the University of Wyoming Cowgirl showed why she was second in the nation in total points accumulated in breakaway roping this season.

County Data Available on UW Website

Details about the University of Wyoming’s interaction with the state’s 23 counties are available online.

UW Rodeo Team Members Post Mixed Results on Second Day of CNFR

University of Wyoming Cowgirl Karson Bradley hasn’t had much to worry about this season: She just went about her business to rack up win after win in the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) to capture her first barrel racing title and, in doing so, she became the overall national points leader.

UW Saddle Bronc Rider Garrett Uptain Takes Early CNFR Lead

For a guy who did everything right on his first College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) saddle bronc ride, University of Wyoming senior Garrett Uptain still thinks he could have done better.

UW Faculty Member Contributes to Study of Unprecedented Rocky Mountain Subalpine Wildfires

Last fall, the Mullen fire west of Laramie raged for the better part of two months, burning more than 176,000 acres and 70 structures in Carbon and Albany counties, and in Jackson County, Colo.

UWs Black Studies Center to Launch Cultural Competent Summer Forum Series

The University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center will host two virtual events as part of its inaugural Cultural Competent Summer Forum Series.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet Wednesday Via Teleconference

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will consider issuing up to $260 million in bonds for new campus housing and a parking facility during its regular teleconference meeting Wednesday, June 16.

UW Professor Leads New Study of How Plant Roots Challenge the Nature of Ecological Trade

The specific traits of a plant’s roots determine the climatic conditions under which a particular plant prevails. A new study led by the University of Wyoming sheds light on this relationship -- and challenges the nature of ecological trade-offs.

Selmer Named Interim AVP of UW Operations

Longtime University of Wyoming employee Forrest “Frosty” Selmer has been appointed to serve as interim associate vice president of UW Operations while a search is conducted for a successor to retiring AVP John Davis.

UW Libraries Partners with Wyoming Community Colleges, State and County Libraries to Offer Access to New E-Content Provider

University of Wyoming Libraries has partnered with Wyoming’s seven community colleges, the Wyoming State Library and county libraries to provide statewide and university-wide access to e-content provider OverDrive, along with Libby, a one-tap reading app.

UW Vaccination Efforts Bear Fruit; Summers Final Walk

University of Wyoming faculty, staff and students have played a key role in helping UW and the broader Albany County community achieve one of the highest levels of vaccination for COVID-19 in the state.

Five Teams Win Awards in Wind River Startup Challenge

Six teams pitched their business ideas May 22 in the hope of receiving part of the Wind River Startup Challenge’s $30,000 seed fund. Five of the competitors each walked away with a piece of the pie.

UW Trustees Budget Committee to Meet Wednesday

The Biennium Budget Committee of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Wednesday, June 9, from 8-9 a.m. via teleconference.

UW Rodeo Teams Head to CNFR with Depth on Both Ends of the Arena

Entering next week’s College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, a grueling weeklong event, won’t change the mindset of the University of Wyoming teams, says UW Coach Beau Clark.

New Director of Wyoming-WWAMI Medical Education Program Named at UW

Following a national search, Dr. Brant Schumaker, an associate professor with the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory, has been selected as the new director of the Wyoming-WWAMI Medical Education Program at the University of Wyoming.

UWs Walker Receives Humanities Stipend for Book Project

Peter Walker, a University of Wyoming assistant professor of history, is the recipient of a summer stipend award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to work on his book project that focuses on religion and the American Revolution.


Twenty-one students from the Wyoming-WWAMI Medical Education Program on the University of Wyoming campus received their medical degrees in a part virtual, part in-person ceremony May 22 in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom.

Three UW Employees Selected for Latest Leadership Wyoming Class

Three University of Wyoming employees are among 42 residents selected for the 2022 Leadership Wyoming class. The statewide program is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

UWs George W. Hopper Law Library Honored for Statewide Outreach

The George W. Hopper Law Library in the University of Wyoming’s College of Law has been recognized with the American Association of Law Libraries’ (AALL) Excellence in Community Engagement Award for a program to provide legal research training to librarians around the state.

Two Winners Receive Funding from UWs MECSL Competition

Two finalists walked away as winners of the Microbial Ecology Collaborative Startup Launchpad (MECSL), a pitch challenge focused on innovation in Wyoming-based startups in the fields of microbial ecology, environmental sustainability, natural resource management or data science.

The World Needs More Cowboys Celebration June 22 in Jackson

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 Tuesday, June 22, in Jackson.

Seven UW Students to Experience Place

Seven University of Wyoming students will receive hands-on training in place-based science education with Teton Science Schools (TSS) this summer as part of the Storer Scholars Program.

UW Helps Some Eastern Wyoming Farmers Test New Intermediate Wheatgrass

Some eastern Wyoming farmers nosed their tractors into fields this spring pulling drills planting a new variety of intermediate wheatgrass that may negate Wyoming’s fussy weather and bolster bottom lines ravaged by falling organic wheat prices.

UW Cowgirl Overcomes Cancer, Serious Infection to Win Regional Rodeo Breakaway Roping Title

Brandy Schaack remembers waking up in the hospital from a second procedure to clean out an infection -- a highly contagious infection among horses and rare for humans to contract from animals -- in her right leg.

UW Art Museum to Celebrate Summer Solstice June 19

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host its annual summer solstice celebration Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

University of Wyoming Spring Semester Provosts Honor Roll: Resident

The University of Wyoming lists the following students from Wyoming on the 2021 spring semester Provost’s Honor Roll.

University of Wyoming Spring Semester Provosts Honor Roll: Nonresident

The University of Wyoming lists the following nonresident students on the 2021 spring semester Provost’s Honor Roll.

UW Professor Leads Study That Found Fires, Summer Snowstorms Created Unprecedented Migratory Bird Die

Research led by the University of Wyoming shows that extensive and severe wildfires, as well as wildfire-induced smoke, led to patterns of mass mortality events for various bird species in 12 Western states during the 2020 summer fire season.

UW Professor Chosen to Present at National Cattle Industry Workshop

A University of Wyoming agricultural economics professor is one of nine presenters at a workshop called by the Committee on Agriculture in the U.S. House of Representatives to analyze cattle market issues, particularly related to price discovery.

UW VP for Research, Economic Development Takes New Position

Vice President for Research and Economic Development Edmund “Ed” Synakowski is leaving the University of Wyoming to become vice president for research at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), effective Aug. 30.

UW Energy Resources Council to Meet June 18

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.

Shots, Brats and Brews Vaccination Clinic Saturday; Another Walk

University of Wyoming employees and students have more opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in the next week, with two walk-in clinics scheduled in Laramie.

Documentary Film Featuring UW Biologist Launches Today

An adventure documentary film about a University of Wyoming biologist following the migration path of mule deer he studied is set for worldwide release today (Wednesday).

University of Wyoming Spring Semester Deans and Deans Freshman Honor Rolls: Resident

The University of Wyoming lists the following students from Wyoming on the 2021 spring semester academic Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls.

University of Wyoming Spring Semester Deans and Deans Freshman Honor Rolls: Nonresident

The University of Wyoming lists the following nonresident students on the 2021 spring semester academic Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls.

UWs Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair Webinar to Feature Governor, Wyoming Energy Authority Leader

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.

UWs Zachary Lebo Receives American Meteorological Societys Early Career Award

No one could blame Zachary Lebo if he has his head in the clouds.

WYO-Gold Student Association Names Harris Teacher of the Year at UW

An assistant lecturer in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has received the Teacher of the Year Award from the WYO-Gold student organization of the UW Alumni Association.

Wyoming Students Enter CNFR as National Points Leaders for UW Rodeo

The next time Donny Proffit sets foot on the floor of the Ford Wyoming Center -- formerly the Casper Events Center -- it will be in a pair of cowboy boots and not a pair of wrestling shoes.

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