2023 UW News Stories

UW College of Arts and Sciences Seeks Nominations for Alumni and Former Faculty Awards

The University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting nominations for its annual Outstanding Alumni Award and Outstanding Former Faculty Award.

LEGO Artist Ekow Nimako’s Artwork to Go on Display at UW Jan. 30

Ghanaian-Canadian artist Ekow Nimako will visit the University of Wyoming Jan. 30-Feb. 2 for the installation of his artwork in the Visual Arts Building.

UW Students Visit Hydraulic Fracturing Operation in Northeast Wyoming

Six students in the energy resource management and development bachelor’s degree program in the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) recently visited a hydraulic fracturing operation in northeast Wyoming.

UW’s WIND Honors Sheen With Keith A. Miller Award

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), located in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences, recently recognized Donna Sheen as the 2023 Keith A. Miller Award winner.

Sweetwater County Start-Up Challenge Names Two Winners

Two Sweetwater County startup companies won seed funding at IMPACT 307’s Sweetwater County Start-Up Challenge Pitch Night Dec. 6 at Western Wyoming Community College (Western) in Rock Springs.

UW Announces Holiday Closures

Most University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25-Tuesday, Jan. 2, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as well as winter closure.

UW’s Hardesty Wins Distinguished Educator Award

Canyon Hardesty, an associate director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences, has been awarded the 2023 Bright Star Distinguished Educator Award, presented by the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

children in a classroom performing experiments at their desks UW Science Initiative Roadshow Reaches Record Number of Wyoming Students

This fall, the University of Wyoming’s Science Initiative Roadshow reached 4,209 K-12 students in six counties through 14 individual events -- the program’s largest one-semester reach since it began in 2017.

UW Receives $6M NSF Grant for Research Commercialization Effort

The University of Wyoming is one of 18 institutions nationwide selected to receive a total of $100 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its inaugural Accelerating Research Translation (ART) program to accelerate the pace and scale of translational research that will grow the nation’s economy.

Southeast Wyoming Manufacturers Collaborate to Find Solutions to Enhance Economy

A transformative collaboration, including the University of Wyoming, is elevating the manufacturing sector in southeast Wyoming.

Energy Capital Start-Up Challenge Announces Three Winners

IMPACT 307, Wyoming’s business incubator network, and Energy Capital Economic Development have chosen three winners for the first-ever Energy Capital Start-Up Challenge entrepreneur competition.

UW College of Agriculture Leadership Changes

A longtime member of the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources has been appointed as acting dean of the college, effective immediately.

UW’s Wyoming SBDC Network Podcast Interviews Irrigation Business Owners and UW Student Entrepreneur

The Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network podcast recently featured the owners of Legacy Irrigation in Sheridan and a University of Wyoming student entrepreneur. The podcast features small-business success stories, educational topics from experts and interviews with staff and leadership. Episodes are typically released twice per month.

children sitting in a circle on the floor playing with a ball-shaped device UW Leads Activities in Wyoming Schools During Computer Science Education Week

To commemorate this year’s Computer Science Education Week -- an annual call to action across the country to inspire K-12 students to learn more about the field of computer science -- the University of Wyoming led several coding activities in Wyoming schools the week of Dec. 4.

UW Makes List of ‘10 Best Higher Education Websites’

The University of Wyoming is one of 10 colleges and universities nationwide recognized for excellence in website design and management by the website design company Modern Campus.

UW’s Wallop Program Partners With Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation on K-12 Catalog Expansion

The University of Wyoming’s Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Program recently collaborated with the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) to make the foundation’s multimedia resources available to Wyoming social studies and English language arts teacher

Wyoming Union Employees at UW Win Regional Awards

Two employees of the Wyoming Union at the University of Wyoming received awards at the recent ACUI (previously known as the Association of College Unions International) Region IV Conference in Missoula, Mont.

UW’s Wyoming SBDC Network Launches Program to Protect Wyoming Businesses From Online Threats

After access to capital, the No. 2 concern of small-business owners is the threat of cyberattacks that will disrupt their operations. No-cost training and resources are now available for Wyoming small-business owners to better protect themselves from online scams and hackers.

Retired General and UW Alum Featured at National ROTC Project GO Meeting

Project GO (global officer), a nationwide program open to all qualified ROTC students, recently held its annual meeting at the University of Wyoming.

UW’s Littlesun Selected for National Leaders of Color Fellowship Program

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s assistant director has been selected as the Wyoming Fellow for the 2023-24 National Leaders of Color Fellowship program.

UW’s Krutka Discusses Carbon Capture and Storage on ‘60 Minutes’

University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) Executive Director Holly Krutka was interviewed by national news correspondent Bill Whitaker on “60 Minutes” as part of an episode exploring Wyoming’s energy strategy and innovation in the state.

‘Peace, Love and Joy in the Holiday Season’ Topic of UW’s Wyoming Dementia Together Program

The challenges of caring for someone living with dementia can be magnified during the holidays. The next Wyoming Dementia Together (WDT) program will discuss ways caregivers can celebrate the holidays with those living with dementia Wednesday, Dec. 13.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet Wednesday via Teleconference

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a regular teleconference meeting Wednesday, Dec. 13.

geothermal pool with many colors of deposits around it UW Researchers Examine Yellowstone Hydrothermal System in Unprecedented Detail

University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor Ken Sims made his mark as a National Geographic Explorer conducting research in some of the world’s most extreme locations, from volcanic lava lakes to the depths of the ocean floor.

Utility Work to Close 15th Street Next Week

Utility work to support the University of Wyoming’s campus housing project will necessitate the closure of part of 15th Street the week of Dec. 11.

UW to Co-Sponsor Range Beef Cow Symposium Dec. 13-14

Wyoming producers interested in hearing from national and international industry experts are encouraged to attend the 28th annual Range Beef Cow Symposium in Loveland, Colo., Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13-14.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Makes Major Gift to Migration Mapping

A collaborative effort to map large-mammal migrations just received an additional boost from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) to further the science and conservation of big-game species across the American West.

UW Adopts New Principles Regarding Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue

The University of Wyoming has adopted a presidential working group’s statement of principles regarding free expression and will move forward with efforts to implement the group’s recommendations.

Wyoming Business Tips for December

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.

Registration Open for Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Summit

Registration is now open for the 2024 Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Summit. The University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Outdoor Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality (WORTH) Initiative and the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation are co-convening the three-day event.

Proceedings From Statewide Outdoor Recreation Forum Released

Proceedings from a Wyoming forum on outdoor recreation earlier this year are now available.

UW Releases New Findings on Economic Impact of Agriculture in State

A new publication by the University of Wyoming Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics reports that economic activity related to agricultural production contributed $2.526 billion to Wyoming’s economy in 2021.

UW College of Business Seeks Nominations for Distinguished Alumni Award

The University of Wyoming College of Business is now accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Alumni Award.

UW Winter Commencement Dec. 16

The University of Wyoming will accord degrees to over 800 students during a combined winter commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.

UW Art Museum to Host Second Annual ’Tis the Season Event

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will celebrate the winter season by hosting its second annual ’Tis the Season event.

UW Student-Led SparkTank Project Selects Laramie Nonprofit Finalists for Competition

University of Wyoming Ethics Club members selected four Albany County nonprofit organizations to participate in the spring semester SparkTank competition for the chance to receive funds from the student-led project.

UW’s Burd to Give Sandeen Lecture Dec. 11

Kayla Burd, a University of Wyoming assistant professor in psychology, law, cognition and cognitive development, will deliver this year’s Sandeen Lecture in the Humanities Monday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in Room 506 of Coe Library.

Donate Food and Have Parking Fines Reduced at UW Starting Today

People who have unpaid parking citations of less than $39 at the University of Wyoming can have their fines reduced by donating nonperishable items for a food drive beginning today (Monday).

UW Center for Principle-Based Leadership and Ethics Participates in National Meeting

The University of Wyoming Center for Principle-Based Leadership and Ethics recently participated in the 2023 International Association of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics.

WYLD Showdown Beer Coaster Game Aims to Raise Money for Wildlife Conservation

Consumers in breweries across Wyoming can participate in a bracket-style competition via a QR code found on beer coasters to raise awareness and funds that support wildlife conservation.

Reception at UW American Heritage Center Dec. 7 Celebrates Three New Exhibitions

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) will celebrate the opening of three recently installed exhibitions Thursday, Dec. 7.

UW American Heritage Center Opens Exhibition About Mystery Books

From Gothic tales to cops-and-robbers, from “whodunit?” stories to true-crime dramas, mystery stories have long fascinated us. The quest to solve a crime or mystery draws us in until it is solved.

UW’s Faculty Senate and Libraries Call for Responsible Stewardship and Equitable Access to Information

University of Wyoming faculty members are backing UW Libraries in ongoing discussions with significant academic publishers regarding licensing agreements. These agreements will dictate access to academic journals, specifying terms, conditions and costs for the institution.

UW Professor Is Regional Lead Author on National Climate Assessment Report

A University of Wyoming associate professor contributed impactful information as the lead author of the Northern Great Plains chapter in the Fifth National Climate Assessment that was released last week.

Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment Scholarship Applications for 2024-25 Available at UW

Scholarship applications are now available for the Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment for the 2024-25 academic year at the University of Wyoming.

Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarship Applications for 2024-25 Available at UW

Scholarship applications are now available for the Northern Arapaho Endowment for the 2024-25 academic year at the University of Wyoming.

UW’s Kotlarek Receives Grant From American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

Katelyn Kotlarek, an assistant professor in the University of Wyoming’s Division of Communication Disorders, has received a New Investigators Research Grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHF) for her proposed study, titled “Perceptual and Acoustic Characteristics of Nasal Coupling in Children.”

UW Art Museum Receives Highest National Recognition

The University of Wyoming Art Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded by the nation’s museums.

Links Provided for UW College of Law Dean Finalist Presentations

Three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Law at the University of Wyoming will give public presentations starting Thursday, Nov. 30.

Laramie and UW Rank Highly on Best College Cities List

The home of the University of Wyoming continues to receive recognition as one of the best college towns in the country.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host ‘Side Hustle’ Workshop in Gillette Dec. 5

Side hustles, also known as side jobs or side gigs, are booming to help supplement one’s income. Advice and assistance are available to get started in turning these passion areas into something successful Tuesday, Dec. 5.

people examining something in a field UW Offers New Degree in Ranch Management and Ag Leadership

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved a new Bachelor of Science degree program in ranch management and agricultural leadership.

UW Department of Music Presents Gala Holiday Concerts Dec. 9-10

The holiday season is filled with special memories recounted through song. These thoughts can be rekindled during the University of Wyoming Department of Music’s gala holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Workshop on SBIR/STTR Opportunities With DOE Dec. 5

Small-business owners can learn about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) opportunities with the Department of Energy (DOE) during a half-day virtual workshop Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Tool Released to Identify Key Habitats for Golden Eagles in Wyoming

While bald eagles are one of the best conservation success stories in the United States, golden eagle populations continue to struggle in the West. Scientists at the University of Wyoming and elsewhere working to help eagles have identified key eagle habitats and created a free, online tool to help direct conservation efforts.

UW’s Cent$ible Nutrition Program Earns National Recognition

As part of a multistate team, University of Wyoming Extension’s Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) recently earned national recognition for its efforts to connect people facing food insecurity with local produce.

Finalists Named for UW College of Law Dean

Three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Law at the University of Wyoming have been identified.

UW WWAMI Students Complete Research Projects

The Wyoming-WWAMI Medical Education Program, located in the University of Wyoming’s College of Health Sciences, recently hosted its fifth annual research symposium at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.

UW’s Seidel and Allen Present at International High-Performance Computing Conference

A presentation by University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel, UW School of Computing Director Gabrielle Allen and the University of Utah’s Manish Parashar at an international conference on high-performance computing is now available for viewing on YouTube.

UW Researchers Invited to Take Part in NSF Innovation Corps

University of Wyoming faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in converting their laboratory-scale research into commercial businesses are invited to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Great Plains Hub.

man standing outside UW Professor’s Research on 9,000-Year-Old Burial Site Suggests Women Hunted Big Game

University of Wyoming Assistant Professor Randy Haas’ research on the 9,000-year-old Wilamaya Patjxa burial site in Peru suggests that women might have hunted big game.

UW to Host Wellness and Destress Events for Students

As the semester comes to a close, a number of free wellness and destress events are planned for University of Wyoming students.

Holiday Seasonal Offerings Highlight UW Planetarium Schedule During December

This photo is of the painting “Adoration of the Magi” by Florentine painter Giotto di Bondone. Chip Kobulnicky, a professor in the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy, will present “Star of the Magi” Friday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 8, both at 6 p.m. in the UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium. (UW Planetarium Photo) The holiday-themed program “Star of the Magi” and “Holiday Hits,” a music-based light show, will be the focus of festivities at the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium

UW and Wyoming Community Navigator Program to Discuss Year-End Tax Planning Nov. 30

Small-business owners can learn how to handle year-end tax planning without stress Thursday, Nov. 30.

UW Nuclear Energy Research Center Selects Faculty Scholars

The Nuclear Energy Research Center (NERC) at the University of Wyoming has selected faculty members Xiang Zhang and Wes Eaton to receive funding under the Faculty Scholars Program.

UW Staff Senate Hosts Holiday Market Dec. 8

More than 50 vendors will sell a wide assortment of products at the University of Wyoming Holiday Market Friday, Dec. 8.

Goshen County Start-Up Challenge Announces Pitch Night Winners

Two businesses were named winners at the second annual IMPACT Goshen County Pitch Night, which took place Nov. 9 in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) in Torrington.

Dementia Caregiver Questions Fielded in UW’s Wyoming Dementia Together Program

Caregivers for people living with dementia have at least one thing in common: Their lives are filled with questions. The next Wyoming Dementia Together (WDT) program will feature experts who will offer advice Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Nominations Accepted for UW Biodiversity Institute Awards

The University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute is now accepting nominations for individuals or groups that have demonstrated exemplary dedication to advancing biodiversity science and conservation in the state. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 20.

UW Achieves Milestone in External Financial Audits

The University of Wyoming’s annual external financial audit and single audit for the 2023 fiscal year have been approved by UW’s Board of Trustees.

Part Two of Dementia Caregiver Skills Topic of UW Center on Aging YouTube Program

Part two of a University of Wyoming Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) program will focus on challenges in communicating with a person living with dementia and how caregivers can learn to make the journey easier.

UW Graduate Student Honored for Research on Insects and Wind Turbines

A recent University of Wyoming graduate student has received the 2023 Graduate Student Award for the Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU).

UW Selected to Lead Fourth CarbonSAFE Project in South-Central Wyoming

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) to lead a fourth major carbon capture and storage project under the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) Initiative.

‘My Wild Land’ Film Series Wins National Conservation Media Award

A Wyoming-produced film series on ranchers who have taken on conservation projects for wildlife recently received a national film and media award.

UW’s Wyo BEE Curriculum to Enhance Blockchain and Digital Literacy in High Schools

A University of Wyoming program to enhance blockchain, finance and digital literacy learning for Wyoming high school students will be available through Wyo BEE in fall 2024.

Five Finalists Chosen for Energy Capital Start-Up Challenge Pitch Night

IMPACT 307, Wyoming’s business incubator network, has chosen five finalists for the Energy Capital Start-Up Challenge entrepreneur competition.

UW Announces Thanksgiving Closures

Most University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, for Thanksgiving. UW classes will be dismissed Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 22-24.

UW Symphony Orchestra to Present ‘Sibelius’ 3rd’ Nov. 16

A set of Eastern European folk dances, a Brazilian piano concerto and a Finnish symphony -- can variety be a unifying theme for a concert? Audience members will discover the answer at the University of Wyoming’s Symphony Orchestra (UWSO) concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Inaugural Cowboy Sandbox to Feature Immersive Technology Nov. 18 at UW

An inaugural Cowboy Sandbox event -- featuring local artists working in immersive technology -- is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 18, at the University of Wyoming. The program is free and open to the public.

UW’s EORI Releases Data Requirements for 3D Reservoir Modeling

The University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) has released a new publication regarding three-dimensional modeling of petroleum reservoirs.

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