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May 2023 UW News

UW Dance Faculty Member and Student to Present at ACDA National Festival

A faculty member and a student in the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will present at the American College Dance Association’s (ACDA) National College Dance Festival Friday-Sunday, May 26-28, in Long Beach, Calif.

UW American Heritage Center Announces 2023 Fellowship Recipients

The American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming has selected the 2023 recipients of its annual fellowships.

Gabel Taggart Receives UW’s Hollon Family Off-Campus Teaching Award

Gabel Taggart, a University of Wyoming assistant professor, has mastered how to seamlessly deliver quality courses to all of his students statewide.

Four Wyoming Students Compete in National Science Competitions

Four high school students recently advanced and competed in a pair of national science competitions after placing high in this spring’s Wyoming State Science Fair hosted by the University of Wyoming.

Survey of UW Students Shows Decline in Sexual Misconduct

A recent survey shows that the percentage of University of Wyoming students who reported experiencing at least one instance of sexual assault at UW has declined by 11 percent since the last survey in 2018.

Boldon Wins 2023 UW Stewart Family Service Award

Naomi Boldon, a biomedical sciences Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wyoming, is the 2023 recipient of the UW Stewart Family Serviceship Award.

Holland Selected to Succeed Retiring UWPD Chief Samp

A veteran member of the University of Wyoming Police Department, who has served as a sergeant for the past four years, has been named chief of the UWPD.

UW’s Biodiversity Institute to Host Bee Jubilee June 24

There are 700-plus species of bees in Wyoming that pollinate the state’s native plants and crops. The University of Wyoming Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center will be all abuzz celebrating these important insects during the Bee Jubilee Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m.-noon. The event is free and open to the public.

UW’s Wyoming Center on Aging to Launch ‘Dementia on the Road’

The University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) begins its new statewide program, “Dementia on the Road,” Wednesday, May 31, on the campus of Laramie County Community College, located at 1400 E. College Drive in Cheyenne.

UW Energy Resources Council to Meet June 2

The University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council (ERC) will meet at 8 a.m. Friday, June 2, at Laramie’s Hilton Garden Inn for the council’s regularly scheduled quarterly meeting.

UW Planetarium Will Host Truncated Program Schedule During June

During June, the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium will have a scaled-back program schedule, as many of its student workers will be away that month.

UW’s Manufacturing Works Receives $400,000 Grant to Help Solve Wyoming’s Supply Chain Management Problems

Manufacturing Works has received a two-year, $400,000 federal grant to identify problems and provide solutions for the critical manufacturing infrastructure supply chain within Wyoming.

UW College of Ag Celebrates Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Outstanding faculty and staff in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources were recognized recently at the college’s annual awards banquet.

UW Research Favors Testing and Voluntary Isolation Over Closures in Disease Outbreaks

Regular diagnostic testing and self-isolation can be more effective than school and business closures when it comes to combating infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, according to a new study by University of Wyoming researchers.

Aronstein Receives UW’s Top Faculty Award

An award-winning teacher, an internationally renowned scholar and a longtime leader who has served in many administrative roles at the University of Wyoming has been honored with the university’s top faculty award.

Krueger Receives UW’s Laramigo Award for Community Engagement

Kem Krueger, dean of the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, is recognized by his peers for his tireless efforts to move the pharmacy program forward. His community work has not gone unnoticed either.

UW Announces Memorial Day Closures

Most University of Wyoming administrative offices will be closed, and classes will be dismissed Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

UW School of Energy Resources Requests Proposals for Mowry Project Phase 2

The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) is seeking proposals from current UW faculty members to further investigate the Mowry Shale in the Powder River Basin as part of the research project’s Phase 2. The application deadline is June 15, and selected projects will be notified by July 1.

UW Researchers Examine Cooling Power Plants With Brackish Groundwater

A new analysis led by a University of Wyoming researcher shows that brackish or salty groundwater has the potential to replace fresh water to cool coal- and natural gas-fired power plants and strengthen resilience in the energy infrastructure, although there’s a cost associated with doing so.

Tydings Appointed as Director of UW College of Business Student Success Center

The University of Wyoming College of Business has appointed Justine Tydings as the new director of the Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Student Success Center.

UW’s Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Recognizes Staff and Researchers

The Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) honored faculty and staff for exemplary performance and research accomplishments at its annual awards banquet earlier this month.

UW Lands $40.5M From Department of Energy for New CarbonSAFE Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources (SER) to receive a $40.5 million award over three years to support the development of a new and expanded large-scale, commercial carbon storage project in the Greater Green River Basin.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host HUBZone Workshop in Douglas May 25

Small-business owners can learn how to obtain federal contract dollars through becoming HUBZone-certified companies Thursday, May 25.

Registration Now Open for Laramie’s Certified Destination Expert Program

The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality (WORTH) Initiative at the University of Wyoming and Visit Laramie (the Albany County Tourism Board) have announced that registration is open for the Laramie Certified Destination Expert (CDX) program.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Workshop in Gillette May 24

For anyone contemplating starting a small business, the thought alone can be daunting. However, advice and assistance are available.

UW’s Wyoming Motorsports Formula SAE Team Places First in Hybrid Division at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Competition

The University of Wyoming’s Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team took first place in the hybrid division at the Formula Hybrid + Electric competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway May 1-4.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host HUBZone Workshop in Pinedale May 23

Small-business owners can learn how to obtain federal contract dollars through becoming HUBZone-certified companies Tuesday, May 23.

UW Department of Music Names Director of Bands

A music educator, advocate and associate conductor has been named the University of Wyoming Department of Music’s director of bands, effective in August.

Shim Named Interim Dean of UW College of Education

Jenna Shim, the associate dean for academic affairs and graduate studies in the University of Wyoming’s College of Education, has been appointed as the college’s John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Interim Dean.

Silent Auction Raises $12,000 for UW Firearms Research Center for Suicide Awareness

More than $12,000 was raised and donated to the University of Wyoming Firearms Research Center (FRC) by a Firearms Industry Conference silent auction. These funds will be used to fund FRC’s suicide awareness initiative, which will include a webpage with resources for the public, students, scholars and the media.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host HUBZone Workshop in Rock Springs May 22

Small-business owners can learn how to obtain federal contract dollars through becoming HUBZone-certified companies Monday, May 22.

UW Selected for American Passport Project Grant

The University of Wyoming has been selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to receive an IIE American Passport Project grant that will enable up to 25 UW students to obtain U.S. passports and support their study-abroad journeys.

UW Students Elect President and Senators

University of Wyoming students have elected Saber Smith, a criminal justice and political science major from Gillette, as president of the Associated Students of UW (ASUW).

UW’s Saraji Publishes Book Examining Blockchain Technology in Oil and Gas Industry

Soheil Saraji, a University of Wyoming associate professor of energy and petroleum engineering, recently co-wrote a book examining blockchain technology and its applications in the energy industry.

UW and Wyoming Community Navigator Program to Discuss How to Obtain More Leads and Increase Sales May 19

Small-business owners can learn how to find more customer leads and increase their sales Friday, May 19.

First Round of Derecho Professorships Awarded by UW School of Computing

The University of Wyoming’s School of Computing has identified the initial recipients of UW Derecho Professorships. These prestigious professorships grant access to up to 5 million core hours on the new state-of-the-art Derecho supercomputer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC), empowering researchers across a range of academic fields.

Students Win Awards in History Day Competition at UW

More than 100 Wyoming junior and senior high school students recently competed in the Wyoming History Day competition at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC).

UW Women’s Rugby to Compete in Sevens National Championships

The University of Wyoming women’s rugby club team will compete in the College Rugby Association of America Sevens National Championships in Dallas, Texas, Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14.

Two UW Professors Earn Stewardship Awards

Two University of Wyoming faculty members have earned the prestigious UW Foundation Stewardship Award. They are Cindy Price Schultz, head of the Department of Communication and Journalism, and John Kaszuba, the John and Jane Wold Centennial Chair in Energy.

‘The Art of the Railroad’ Exhibition Opens at UW American Heritage Center

Just in time for graduation, the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) has opened a new exhibition, “The Art of the Railroad: Seeing Romance in Reality.”

UW Center on Aging Offers Free Educational Help to Caregivers This Month

The University of Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) will offer free educational opportunities later this month to caregivers of people living with dementia.

UW and Wyoming Community Navigator Program Host Microsoft Teams Webinar May 18

Small-business owners can learn about how to use Microsoft Teams software Thursday, May 18.

woman riding a horse and working cattle Ten Sleep Student Overcomes Adversity to Graduate From UW

So many times in Kinley Erickson’s young life, she doubted that she could ever finish school -- not due to poor grades, but because of what life has thrown the Ten Sleep student’s way the last few years.

Applicants Sought for UW Office of Engagement and Outreach Director

The University of Wyoming is seeking internal applicants to serve as the director of the Office of Engagement and Outreach.

Second Cohort Named for UW Teacher-Mentor Corps

The University of Wyoming has welcomed the second cohort of the Wyoming Teacher-Mentor Corps (WTMC), an initiative led by the UW College of Education.

UW Trustees Approve Pay Raise Distribution Plan

University of Wyoming staff members making less than $150,000 annually will receive base pay raises of $1,900, along with additional increases based upon merit, market and compression issues, following action by the UW Board of Trustees.

UW Model Arab League Club Members Excel

Members of the University of Wyoming’s new Model Arab League Club, a student organization that partners with the Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program, recently participated in activities and won awards at the regional and national levels.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Google Maps Workshop in Worland May 17

Small-business owners can learn how to increase their companies’ visibility on Google Maps Wednesday, May 17.

UW Student Teachers Gain Experience in Classrooms Across State

The University of Wyoming College of Education’s spring 2023 student teachers have been transitioning from learning to teaching during their 16-week student-teaching experience. This spring, nearly 150 teachers have been placed in schools across Wyoming and in surrounding states.

UW and Big Horn County Library System Offer Blood Pressure Cuffs for Checkout

Self-measured blood pressure monitoring kits are now available for checkout at libraries in Lovell, Deaver and Frannie, and they will come to the Basin and Greybull libraries in June.

UW and Wyoming Community Navigator Program to Discuss Small-Business Resources for Veterans May 16

Veterans can learn about the local, state and national resources available to them as they begin or continue their entrepreneurial journeys Tuesday, May 16.

NWC Educators and UW Researchers Come Together in Inclusive Excellence Student Showcase

More than 70 students at Northwest College (NWC) recently came together to present their research and creative works at the first-ever inclusive excellence student showcase.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Virtual SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshop

Small-business owners can learn about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal preparation and cost proposal accounting during a two-day virtual workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16-17.

UW School of Energy Resources Seeks Energy and Environmental Systems Director

The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) is seeking applicants from current UW faculty members to serve as the director for the energy and environmental systems concentration in the Energy Resource Management and Development (ERMD) undergraduate degree program.

UW Names Interim Director for Technology Transfer

An expert in business development, strategy, startups and new venture development has been selected as the interim director of the Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center at the University of Wyoming.

Wyoming Ranks No. 5 on ‘Best States for Higher Education’ List

The low cost of higher education in Wyoming, combined with low student debt and a relatively high community college graduation rate, once again has placed the state No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best States for Higher Education” list.

UW Homecoming Scheduled Sept. 25-30

The University of Wyoming’s annual Homecoming celebration will take place Monday-Saturday, Sept. 25-30.

Deadline Extended for UW Presidential Fellows Applications

University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel has extended the application deadline for the 2023-24 Presidential Fellows program to Friday, May 19.

UW Summer Hours Begin May 15

University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will observe summer hours (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) beginning Monday, May 15, through Friday, Aug. 25. Fall semester classes will begin Monday, Aug. 28.

Wyoming Family Continues UW Legacy Through Business Deanship

The towering legacy of a Wyoming family has been further honored with the creation of a deanship in the University of Wyoming College of Business -- the H.A. “Dave” True Jr. Family College of Business Deanship.

UW and Wyoming Community Navigator Program Connect Entrepreneur to Resources to Help Launch Cheyenne’s First Birthing Center

Earthside Birth and Wellness Center, Cheyenne’s first free-standing birthing center, has launched with the help of the Wyoming Community Navigator Program (CNP).

UW College of Health Sciences Hosts Annual College Research Day

The University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences hosted its annual research day April 27 in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

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

Applying basic algebra skills and a healthy dose of logic, some University of Wyoming students recently took a crack at solving some challenging math problems.

Wyoming Business Tips for May

A monthly look at issues facing Wyoming business owners and entrepreneurs from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, a collection of business assistance programs at the University of Wyoming.

UW Opens New Ivinson Parking Garage

The University of Wyoming’s new Ivinson Parking Garage has opened, creating hundreds of new parking spaces for the campus community -- and some for the public.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network Host Market Research Webinar May 11

Small-business owners can learn how to grow their companies through market research Thursday, May 11.

UW Trustees Budget Committee Hearings Monday and Tuesday

Units of the University of Wyoming will present their proposed 2023-24 budgets to the Budget Committee of the UW Board of Trustees Monday and Tuesday, May 8-9.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet May 10-12

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will receive updates on a variety of topics during the board’s regular meeting Wednesday-Friday, May 10-12.

UWPD Moves to New Headquarters in Ivinson Parking Garage

After more than a decade in a former credit union building north of the University of Wyoming campus, the UW Police Department (UWPD) has moved its headquarters to the university’s new Ivinson Parking Garage, located between 10th and 11th streets along Ivinson Avenue.

UW and Oklahoma State Researchers Call for Single Approach on Wild Horses

The federal government’s management of wild horses is doomed to fail without fundamental changes in policy and the law, according to a new paper led by researchers at the University of Wyoming and Oklahoma State University.

UW Honors College Celebrates Faculty Award Recipients

The University of Wyoming Honors College recently announced the recipients of its annual awards honoring distinguished faculty and staff members for their excellence in teaching and service.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host HUBZone Workshop in Lovell May 11

Small-business owners can learn how to obtain federal contract dollars through becoming HUBZone-certified companies Thursday, May 11.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network Name Jackson Hole Business Winner of 2023 Spirit of Wyoming Award

The Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network awarded Amanda Martin, owner of Jackson Hole Mobile Massage, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Spirit of Wyoming Award.

UW Ethics Club Supports Local Nonprofits Through SparkTank Initiative

The University of Wyoming student-led Ethics Club awarded $158,000 to four area nonprofit organizations at a recent SparkTank event.

Firearms Research Center at UW Receives Major Gift

The Firearms Research Center (FRC), housed in the University of Wyoming College of Law, has announced a major gift of $82,500 from Marty Daniel, the founder, owner and board chairman of Georgia-based firearms manufacturer Daniel Defense.

UW Native American Center Receives National Award

The staff of the Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center (NAERCC) has always strived to make the facility a “home away from home” for University of Wyoming Native students since the center opened in 2017.

Spring Issue of UWyo Magazine Helps Students Succeed in College

The spring issue of UWyo Magazine, the University of Wyoming’s flagship publication, aims to help current and incoming students make the most of college with advice from experts and upperclassmen.

UW Student Earns Prestigious Udall Scholarship After Life of Personal Challenges

Five years ago, Chelsea-Victoria Turner was battling drug and alcohol addiction while living on the streets of Cheyenne. It got worse. She ended up spending time in jail.

UW Spring Convocation Wednesday

University of Wyoming faculty and staff members are invited to UW’s Spring 2023 Convocation Wednesday, May 3, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

UW Spring Commencement May 13

The University of Wyoming’s spring commencement ceremonies, featuring four separate events, are planned Saturday, May 13.

‘UW in Your Community’ Event May 15 at Sheridan College

Members of the public will learn about the University of Wyoming’s collaborations with Sheridan College, and UW alumni will connect with their alma mater during a “UW in Your Community” gathering Monday, May 15, in Sheridan.

UW and Wyoming Community Navigator Program to Celebrate National Economic Development Week

In recognition of National Economic Development Week, the Wyoming Community Navigator Program (CNP) will showcase webinars and trainings offered by its economic development partners who are working together to create and maintain strong local economies.

New Kickstart Scholarship Program Targets Those 24 and Older

Kickstart Wyoming’s Tomorrow Scholarship is an exciting new statewide program offering up to $1,800 per semester toward tuition at Wyoming’s eight community colleges and the University of Wyoming.

Ury Foist Selected as UW Staff Employee of the First Quarter

Michele Ury Foist is required to communicate with members of many audiences in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering -- such as students, faculty, UW administrators, external industry professionals, and prospective students and families. In all of those interactions, she adjusts her communication characteristics based on her targeted audience.

Cowboys Wrap Up Fourth Straight Regional Crown as Cowgirls Fall Short of Title

After dominating the Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo over the weekend, the University of Wyoming men’s team proved in front of its home crowd that it has the talent and depth to compete for a College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) championship.

Top UW Engineering Honors Awarded at Tau Beta Pi Banquet

The University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Wyoming Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, have announced award recipients for 2023. The awards were presented at the annual Tau Beta Pi Awards Banquet April 29 in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

UW College of Business Honors Students and Employees With Annual Awards

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

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