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May 2022 UW News

UW Literacy Research Center and Clinic Announces Interim Executive Director

Kimberly Gustafson has been named the interim executive director of the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC).

Kobulnicky Receives UW Foundation Stewardship Award

University of Wyoming Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky has received the UW Foundation Stewardship Award.

UWs American Heritage Center Announces Wyoming History Day Winners

Over 100 students from across Wyoming participated in the in-person return of Wyoming History Day, which took place April 25 at the University of Wyoming.

UW Summer Concert Series Returns With First Performance June 1

A Sheridan County band opens the free public Summer Concert Series Wednesday, June 1, at the University of Wyoming.

UW Postdoctoral Research Fellow Explores Water Content in Deep Earth Volcanic Magma

Magmatic volatile contents, such as water, are abundant in volcanic arc melts and influence magma evolution, dynamics of volcanic eruptions and the formation of ore deposits.

UW Planetariums Tuesday Programs Temporarily Moving to Saturdays

The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium normally hosts its educational programming Tuesday nights. However, those programs are temporarily moving to Saturday evening’s lineup for June, and possibly for the summer.

Sweetwater County Innovation Launchpad Extends Deadline to June 3

Due to entrepreneurial interest in southwestern Wyoming, IMPACT Sweetwater is extending the Sweetwater County Innovation Launchpad (SCIL) deadline to Friday, June 3.

UW Wool Judging Team Finishes 2021

The University of Wyoming wool judging team wrapped up a successful 2021-22 season with a fourth-place finish at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo wool judging competition.

UW Announces Memorial Day Closures

Most University of Wyoming administrative offices will be closed, and classes will be dismissed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Orrin Koenig Receives UW Libraries Outstanding Staff Award

Orrin Koenig, a senior library assistant, is the recipient of the University of Wyoming Libraries Outstanding Staff Award for his contributions in 2021.

Justin Piccorelli Receives UW’s Hollon Family Off-Campus Teaching Award

Justin Piccorelli’s teaching philosophy emphasizes equity, community and discussion, all of which are complicated by having some of his University of Wyoming students in an actual classroom and others spread out across the state.

UW School of Energy Resources Student Presents at Air Sensors International Conference

Austin Moon, a University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) student, presented a paper co-written with Robert Field, UW atmospheric science associate research professor, at the recent Air Sensors International Conference (ASIC) in Pasadena, Calif.

Seidel Launches UW Presidential Fellows Program

The University of Wyoming’s Office of the President is seeking applicants from among UW’s faculty for a new Presidential Fellows Program.

Manufacturing Works Approved for $3.5M in Federal Funding

A Wyoming program that helps manufacturers achieve success has been approved for five more years of federal funding.

Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, UW Extension Release New Thistle Field Guide

The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) at the University of Wyoming has released a new field guide on Wyoming thistles, designed to assist those who work or recreate outdoors in identifying native and nonnative thistles.

Research Confirms Eastern Wyoming Paleoindian Site as Americas Oldest Mine

Archaeological excavations led by Wyoming’s state archaeologist and involving University of Wyoming researchers have confirmed that an ancient mine in eastern Wyoming was used by humans to produce red ocher starting nearly 13,000 years ago.

UWs IMPACT 307 to Host Lunch and Learn Series Webinar May 25

IMPACT 307, a University of Wyoming program, will host “Data Room Best Practices,” a new “Lunch and Learn” series webinar, Wednesday, May 25, from noon-1 p.m.

UWPD to Begin Bicycle Roundup Sunday

The University of Wyoming Police Department (UWPD) will conduct its annual bicycle roundup on campus starting Sunday, May 22.

Salas, Salazar Earn Top UW College of Law Scholarships

Jessie Salas and Cristina Salazar are the recipients of Brimmer Scholars awards -- the University of Wyoming College of Law’s most prestigious scholarship -- for the 2022-23 academic year.

Wyoming Public Radio at UW Wins Three Regional Murrow Awards

Wyoming Public Radio (WPR), based at the University of Wyoming, has won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the categories of hard news, excellence in sound and news documentary.

UW, CWC Collaborate to Offer Entrepreneur Essentials Course

The University of Wyoming’s College of Business and Wyoming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (WyCEI), in collaboration with Central Wyoming College (CWC), will offer the Entrepreneur Essentials (e2) course starting June 17.

Awards Add Up at 2022 UW-Led Mathcounts Competition

Ashley Olson, of Carey Junior High School in Cheyenne, took home first-place individual honors at the Wyoming State Mathcounts competition hosted by the University of Wyoming.

UW Faculty Members Win First Presidential Scholarly Achievement Awards

Fourteen high-achieving University of Wyoming faculty members have been selected as recipients of the inaugural Presidential Scholarly Achievement Awards.

Stephen Boss Named Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarian at UW

Stephen Boss, an associate librarian at University of Wyoming Libraries, is the recipient of UW’s 2022 Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award.

Yeung Receives UWs Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award

A longtime University of Wyoming faculty member who has helped thousands of students navigate the difficult introductory calculus course has been honored for his excellent work with students.

UWYO Roundup Announces Summer Hours

Summer hours begin today (Monday) for UWYO Roundup, the University of Wyoming’s transit system.

UWs Marci Smith Receives Honor for Excellence in Teaching

An enthusiastic and engaging educator, who cares about her students and their success, both in and out of the classroom, is a recipient of a top teaching award at the University of Wyoming.

UWs Jianting Zhu Receives Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award

University of Wyoming students in Jianting “Julian” Zhu’s “Fluid Dynamics” class -- considered one of the toughest for engineering majors -- once gave him an unsolicited standing ovation on the last day of class. One student who flunked that same course still gave Zhu a high teaching evaluation rati

UW Wins $20M Grant to Study Climate-Driven Changes to State’s Water Suppl

A five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Wyoming will allow researchers to work with Wyoming’s communities to deal with expected significant and lasting changes in water availability.

A Message from the President: We Welcome Diversity

On Saturday, the university celebrated spring 2022 commencement with a series of events that showcased the best of what makes us special: our students, our staff, our faculty and our ability to openly embrace and debate complex issues. One of our speakers made remarks regarding biological sex that m

UW Leads Research That Finds Western Glacier Stoneflies in New Wyoming Locations

A group of researchers, led by the University of Wyoming, recently discovered the western glacier stonefly -- Wyoming’s only insect protected under the Endangered Species Act -- has a range wider than previously known.

UW Graduate Student Serves Overseas Communities Without Leaving US

Emily Donaldson, a University of Wyoming master’s degree student, participated in the first-ever Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot (VSP) program that connects volunteers with communities abroad.

UW Establishes Ripple Blockchain Collaboratory to Support Education and Research

A gift from Ripple, a leading provider of enterprise blockchain and crypto solutions, will establish a Ripple Blockchain Collaboratory at the University of Wyoming, which will foster innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and cybersecurity to help transform the finance and technology industries.

Rural Health Expert Named Dean of UW College of Health Sciences

An epidemiologist and professor whose career has focused on community and rural health issues has been named the dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Health Sciences.

UWs Director of Debate Receives National Service Award

Matt Liu, director of debate at the University of Wyoming, received the National Service Award from the National Debate Coaches Association at its recent meeting.

UW Taps North Dakota State Dean to Lead College of Business

Scott Beaulier, an economist who has led North Dakota State University’s College of Business since 2016, has been appointed as dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Business.

UW School of Pharmacy Student Accepted Into Exclusive Biomedical Sciences Summer Program

A University of Wyoming biomedical sciences Ph.D. candidate has been accepted into the Marine Biological Laboratory summer program in neuroscience, excellence and success (SPINES), located in Woods Hole, Mass.


A total of 41 University of Wyoming undergraduate and 31 graduate students were recently inducted as UW’s founding members of a national honor society for high-achieving, first-generation college students.

Wild and Working Lands Film Festival Winners Announced at UW

Winners of the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources inaugural Wild and Working Lands Film Festival recently were awarded.

UWs Maohong Fan Awarded Carell Family Energy and Petroleum Professorship

The University of Wyoming has awarded the Carrell Family Energy and Petroleum Professorship in the College of Engineering and Applied Science to Maohong Fan, whose research has helped chemical, environmental and energy companies overcome technical challenges.

UW Trustees Add One-Time Payment for Some Employees to Pay Raise Plan

University of Wyoming employees making less than $150,000 annually will receive base pay raises of $1,400 or $1,900, along with additional increases based upon merit, market and compression issues, in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

UW Researchers Receive Advanced Photon Source Use Award From Argonne National Laboratory

University of Wyoming researchers recently won an award to use the Advanced Photon Source (APS) -- a high-energy X-ray light source facility -- at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill.

UW Engineering Student Winners Selected in 9H Foundation Senior Design Challenge

Two teams of University of Wyoming students received awards recently through the 9H Research Foundation’s $5k Senior Design Challenge in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

UW Develops Alexa Skill to Improve Wyoming Educators Dyslexia Knowledge in a Portable Fashion

A University of Wyoming lecturer and a graduate student recently published a new Amazon Alexa skill designed specifically to support the professional development of educators to better understand dyslexia.

Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp Scheduled July 17

A few select middle school students from four states will have an opportunity this summer to explore traveling to and colonizing planets during the Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp July 17-23 on the University of Wyoming campus.

Watt Foundation Gift to UW Supports Healthy Wyoming Landscapes

A $500,000 gift from the Joe and Arlene Watt Foundation will support a University of Wyoming program that provides collaborative applied and fundamental research, along with hands-on educational opportunities, to combat invasive grass species and restore healthy Wyoming landscapes.

UW Extension Offers Grape Growing Symposium in Lander May 21

University of Wyoming Extension will offer a one-day educational program on growing grapes in the state Saturday, May 21, at Central Wyoming College’s (CWC) Lander campus.

9H Research Foundation Energy Competition Winners Announced at UW

Rami Alloush, of Damanhour, Egypt, took top honors in the recent $4,000 9H Research Foundation energy competition at the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.

UW’s Rocky Mountain Herbarium Launches K-12 Education Initiative

The Rocky Mountain Herbarium at the University of Wyoming has long welcomed students of all ages into its hallowed halls. Now, the herbarium’s leaders are working to make it accessible to teachers and students in classrooms across the state who cannot travel to UW’s main campus.

Matt Hatton Named UW Employee of First Quarter

In describing Matt Hatton’s role as a University of Wyoming executive information specialist, a colleague says Hatton has the most selfless vision for the future of the team’s organization and comes to work with a clear mission to better everyone around him.

Gerow Receives UWs Top Faculty Award

For nearly 30 years, Ken Gerow has been an anchor for the University of Wyoming, demonstrating a deep commitment to the institution while excelling as a scholar, teacher and researcher.

Eric Moorhouse Receives UWs Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award

Whether he is peppering high school students with questions during the Wyoming State Science Fair or designing and delivering mathematics courses for in-service mathematics teachers around the state, Eric Moorhouse’s commitment to and love of mathematics show.

UW Summer Hours Begin May 16

University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will observe summer hours (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) beginning Monday, May 16, through Friday, Aug. 19. Fall semester classes will begin Monday, Aug. 22.

UW Professor Publishes Article on New Method for Fraction Competence in Fifth Graders

A University of Wyoming faculty member served as co-author and researcher for a recently published article that examines the effort of a Tier 2 intervention to help fifth graders with fractions.

UW College of Business Hands Out Annual Awards

Faculty, staff and students in the University of Wyoming’s College of Business received a number of awards during the college’s recent recognition dinner.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet May 11

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will consider a proposed plan for UW employee pay raises and receive updates on other issues during the board’s regular meeting Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13.

UWs Ethics Club Invests in Local Nonprofits Through SparkTank Initiative

A University of Wyoming student group recently awarded $115,000 to four Laramie community nonprofit organizations.

UWs Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute Names New Director

A 10-year employee of the University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) has been appointed as director of the institute, effective May 1.

UW Trustees Budget Committee Hearings Monday, Tuesday

Units of the University of Wyoming will present their proposed 2022-23 budgets to the Budget Committee of the UW Board of Trustees Monday and Tuesday, May 9-10.

UW Student Winners Selected in Decarbonization Prize Contest

Winners of the Decarbonization Prize contest were selected from among diverse proposals submitted by University of Wyoming students.

UW Students Participate in Wyoming Pi Days to Solve Difficult Math Problems

Some University of Wyoming students gave new meaning to a pizza pi.

UW Proposes Plan for Employee Pay Raises

University of Wyoming employees making less than $150,000 annually would receive base pay raises of $1,400 or $1,900, along with additional increases based upon merit, market and compression issues, under a plan to be presented to UW’s Board of Trustees next week.

UW Hosts Women in STEM Conference May 17

Nearly 600 junior and senior high school female students from across the state have already signed up to learn more about science and its various disciplines on the University of Wyoming campus.

WPM Podcast Explores Changes in Ranching Lifestyle

A Stetson hat, cowboy boots, cattle driving, sprawling acres of land -- these are a few items and concepts that come to mind when most people envision the American West. While these Western images and motifs are widely held, the lore of the cowboy -- and its roots in the Mexican vaquero -- are surpr

UW IMPACT 307 Incubator Business Acquired by Markforged

Teton Simulation Software, an incubator business in IMPACT 307, a University of Wyoming program, was acquired by Markforged last month.

UW Choirs to Present Brahms A German Requiem May 7

The University of Wyoming choirs will present Johannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem” Saturday, May 7.

Mountaineer, Author to Receive UW Honorary Degree

The University of Wyoming will confer its highest award, the honorary doctoral degree, upon famed mountaineer Joe Kelsey during UW commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14.

Dabrowski Wins UWs 2022 Stewart Family Serviceship Award

Basia Dabrowski, a first-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2022 recipient of the University of Wyoming’s Stewart Family Serviceship Award.

Chamberlin Appointed as UW Faculty Athletics Representative

Scott Chamberlin, a professor in the University of Wyoming’s College of Education, will serve as UW’s next NCAA faculty athletics representative (FAR).

UWs CSIC Makerspace to Offer Several Summer Camps

Young people across Wyoming will receive the opportunity to construct their own creations in the Coe Student Innovation Center (CSIC) makerspace during seven separate camps being offered this summer in the University of Wyoming’s Coe Library.

UW, Tribes Commit to Further Collaborations

Revised memoranda of understanding (MOU) between the University of Wyoming and the tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation have set the stage for new levels of collaboration for the benefit of Native students and communities and the state’s university.

UW Transportation Services Announces New Parking Plan Effective This Fall

University of Wyoming Transportation Services will implement significant changes to campus parking starting this fall.

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