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May 2024 UW News

UW Board of Trustees to Meet June 12 via Teleconference

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will consider UW’s budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year during the board’s regular teleconference meeting Wednesday, June 12.

UW SER Hosts Technology Showcase at Wyoming Integrated Test Center

The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) hosted carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology and project developers -- with potential carbon capture customers -- at a Technology Showcase at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) Thursday, May 30.

UW’s Harlow Summer Seminar Series Set in Grand Teton National Park

Seven weekly evening presentations on topics of local and international interest are on the schedule for the Harlow Summer Seminar Series at the renovated University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Station. The facility is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

UW Energy Resources Council to Meet June 7

The University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council (ERC) will meet at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Laramie’s Hilton Garden Inn for the council’s regularly scheduled quarterly meeting.

man using equipment in a lab UW’s Dejam Named an Inaugural Highly Ranked Scholar by ScholarGPS

Morteza Dejam, an associate professor in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, has been named an inaugural Highly Ranked Scholar by ScholarGPS.

UW’s Biodiversity Institute to Host Summer Bat Walks Around Wyoming

For the fourth consecutive summer, some Wyoming cities and towns will be going a bit batty.

New Programs Dot UW Planetarium Schedule During June

The UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium will host “One Sky,” a full-dome series of short films. Pictured is a full-dome still from “The Forge of Artemis,” one of the short films that will screen at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. (National Science Foundation Noir Lab Photo) Three new shows that will explore Norse mythology, astronomy from around the globe and Wyoming geography will highlight the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium’s lineup during June.

Thomas and UW Alumni Association Team Up for Johnson County Fairgrounds Foundation Donation

D. Michael Thomas, this year's recipient of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association’s (UWAA) Building a Better Wyoming Award, has chosen the Johnson County Fairgrounds Foundation in Buffalo as the beneficiary of a $15,000 donation from the McMurry Foundation.

UW’s Righetti Appointed Chair of Federal CCUS Permitting Task Force

The University of Wyoming’s Tara Righetti will serve a two-year term as chair of the Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) Permitting Task Force for Federal Lands and Outer Continental Shelf.

UW Libraries Adds ArtistWorks to Statewide Libby and OverDrive Platforms

University of Wyoming Libraries has added the ArtistWorks platform to OverDrive, the statewide e-content provider, and Libby, a one-tap reading app.

WICHE and WYDENT Programs Help UW Grads Take Next Steps in Health Careers

For many students graduating with health care-focused degrees from the University of Wyoming, their pathways toward professional careers are only beginning. Being accepted into medical, dental and other professional schools is an anticipated next step, but it’s one that can come with many challenges.

UW Extension Publishes Guide for Managing Vegetation on Small Acreages

University of Wyoming Extension recently released a free digital publication designed to help small-acreage landowners and others make decisions about land management.

UW’s Sarah Lee Receives Hollon Family Award

Students and colleagues describe University of Wyoming instructor Sarah Lee as innovative, dedicated, supportive, caring and inspiring.

UW Dementia Caregiver Program Members Featured on Wyoming PBS

The role of caregivers for people living with dementia recently was featured in “A State of Mind: The Caregivers” on Wyoming PBS stations.

UW’s Lydiah Nganga Receives Fulbright US Scholar Award in Teaching and Research

Lydiah Nganga, of the University of Wyoming’s College of Education, is the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for teaching and research in Kenya for the 2024-25 academic year.

UW’s Khasilova Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Community and Global Programming

Dilnoza Khasilova, an assessment/scholarship of teaching and learning specialist at the University of Wyoming, is the recipient of this year’s Hugh M. Jenkins Award for Excellence in Community Programming from NAFSA: Association of International Educators for her dedication to the international education field for the past 10 years.

UW Hosts Second Immersive Reality Training Conference for Wyoming Innovation Partnership

The University of Wyoming hosted an immersive reality training conference last week as part of the Wyoming Innovation Partnership (WIP).

UW’s Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Honors Staff and Researchers

The Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) recently commended faculty, staff and students for exemplary research accomplishments at an annual awards banquet in Laramie.

UW Students to Join Wyoming Wildlife Fellowship Program This Fall

Five incoming or current University of Wyoming undergraduate students are the latest cohort selections for the Wyoming Wildlife Fellowship Program, which supports students pursuing careers in wildlife and fisheries sciences.

UW School of Nursing Recognizes Student Achievement

The University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing held its 66th annual convocation ceremony May 10 in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

UW Announces Memorial Day Closures

Most University of Wyoming administrative offices will be closed, and classes will be dismissed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

UW Art Museum to Host Special Events for Harold Garde Exhibition

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host some special events to celebrate the exhibition “Harold Garde at 100: The Unseen Works in Two Acts.”

UW American Heritage Center and Events to Honor Wyoming Sen. Lester Hunt

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the tragic death of U.S. Sen. Lester Hunt, who took his own life June 19, 1954, amid political blackmail and pressure during the McCarthy era.

UW’s Nga Nguyen Receives NSF CAREER Award to Develop Energy Storage Strategies

Propelled by low-energy carbon policies and phasing out of fossil fuels, the U.S. power system is experiencing a fast-paced integration of renewable energy resources and electric vehicles. However, the integration of these resources causes more challenges to system sustainability and reliability.

UW’s Hall Accepts VP Position at Salisbury University

The University of Wyoming’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion has accepted the position of vice president of inclusion, access and belonging at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md

Extension of 15th Street Closure Through UW Campus Begins Friday

In an effort to accelerate construction on 15th Street through the University of Wyoming campus, UW Operations has made some adjustments to the street closure schedule.

Colorado-Wyoming Climate Resilience Engine Celebrates Launch at UW

A regional effort to expand research and innovation that will shape the future of carbon management technologies has launched at the University of Wyoming and its partners.

UW ‘Dementia on the Road’ Educational Events to Take Place in June

The University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) will continue its “Dementia on the Road” program with free public events next month in Pinedale, Jackson and Dubois.

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’s SER and College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Fund Energy-Related Equipment Proposals

Recipients have been selected from among 41 proposals for funding following a request from the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) to UW employees in need of energy-related laboratory equipment -- including repairs -- or supplies to conduct energy-related research.

UW Associate Professor’s Hydration Research Featured in Prominent Fitness Magazine

For most of us, taking a drink of water when we’re thirsty may seem like an afterthought. However, recently published research by a University of Wyoming faculty member indicates that adequate water intake and one’s “hydration status” are not equally experienced by the public in general and lacking adequate hydration can have adverse effects on our health and especially that of certain populations.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Cost Proposal Workshop May 23

Small-business owners can learn how to prepare Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) cost proposals during a virtual workshop Thursday, May 23.

person leading a horse Major Gift of $2.5M to UW Supports Future of Wyoming Ranching

A Wyoming ranching couple’s $2.5 million gift to the University of Wyoming will empower the university’s Ranch Management and Agricultural Leadership Program, fueling impactful change and supporting future leaders in ranch management and agriculture statewide.

UW Extension Releases ‘What to Do about Those Pesky Grass Bugs?’ Publication

For producers concerned about discolored wheatgrass in pastures and fields, University of Wyoming Extension has released “What to Do about Those Pesky Grass Bugs?,” a free digital publication on how to identify and treat black grass bug infestations.

UW College of Arts and Sciences Recognizes Top Graduates at Awards Luncheon

The University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) recently recognized 10 graduates at its annual awards luncheon.

UW Meat Judging Team Achieves Successful 2024 Spring Season

The University of Wyoming’s collegiate meat judging team competed at four regional contests this spring. At every contest, the team had at least one top-five team finish and at least one individual top-10 finish.

UW Professor’s Research Selected as ‘Editor’s Choice Paper’ for Journal’s 50th Anniversary

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Geophysical Union’s journal Geophysical Research Letters, a paper co-written by University of Wyoming Assistant Professor Daniel McCoy was selected by the editor-in-chief as the “Editor’s Choice Paper.”

UW Makes Changes in Response to Legislative Actions on DEI

The University of Wyoming will eliminate its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion but is committed to maintaining services to students that, in some cases, have existed for decades.

Two UW Professors Receive 2024 UW Foundation Stewardship Awards

Two University of Wyoming faculty members have earned the prestigious UW Foundation Stewardship Award for 2024. They are Mark Guiberson, head of the Division of Communication Disorders, and Joe Carver, director of Western Thunder Marching Band.

Liu Receives UW Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award

Rongsong Liu, a professor in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has an infectious passion for the subjects she teaches and uses practical and relatable examples to impart difficult topics, colleagues say.

UW College of Ed’s Hickman Receives Ellbogen Meritorious Teaching Award

Barbara Hickman, an assistant professor in the University of Wyoming’s School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy and Design, worked for 15 years as a public school administrator in California and Arizona -- including six years as a school district superintendent.

Nine Complete UW Community Engaged Faculty Institute Program

Nine University of Wyoming faculty members recently completed the inaugural Community Engaged Faculty Institute program.

UW History Professor Receives Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award

Adam Blackler University of Wyoming Department of History Associate Professor Adam Blackler is one of the best classroom teachers and graduate advisers UW Vice Provost for Global Engagement Isadora Helfgott has ever seen.

UW’s Bicer Receives Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award

Physics may not necessarily be a favorite class, but University of Wyoming students who have taken Aysenur Bicer’s physics courses say she has made the subject more palatable.

middle portion of magazine cover Spring Issue of UWyo Magazine Focuses on Student Success

The spring issue of UWyo Magazine, the University of Wyoming’s flagship publication, tells the stories of nearly two dozen students and how they embraced UW’s abundant opportunities to excel in research, academics, education abroad, honors, leadership and more.

UW’s Wyoming SBDC Network Podcast Interviews Owner of Gillette Marketing Firm

The Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network podcast this month features an interview with Adelita Duryea, founder of Sprout & Scale Marketing, a firm based in Gillette.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Business Loan Workshop in Riverton May 16

Small-business owners will have the opportunity to learn how to get a first small-business loan request approved Thursday, May 16.

BBB and UW Partner on Accreditation of Laramie Nonprofits

For a second year, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming has collaborated with the University of Wyoming’s “Leadership in Practice” students, led by instructor Chris Haller, to support Laramie nonprofit organizations in navigating BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability evaluation program.

Middle and High School Students Earn State History Day Awards at UW

More than 125 students from across the state recently participated in the 44th Wyoming History Day competition at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) for the opportunity to compete on the national level.

UW College of Health Sciences Honors 2024 Outstanding Faculty and Staff

The University of Wyoming’s College of Health Sciences recently honored faculty and staff members for having gone above and beyond in contributions to teaching, research and administrative support.

UW Students Share American Heritage Center Undergraduate Research Award

University of Wyoming students Patrick Enderle, of Chesterfield, Mo., and Lander’s Artemis Langford are the co-awardees of the 2024 American Heritage Center (AHC) Undergraduate Research Award.

UW College of Arts and Sciences Celebrates Award Recipients

The University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences recently held its annual awards banquet, honoring current and former faculty members, as well as alumni.

Sheridan County Weed and Pest District Supervisor Earns Higher Degree From UW

Walker Billings admits he was never a very motivated student while growing up in Sheridan.

UW’s School of Energy Resources Launches ‘Energy Frontier’ Podcast

The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) has launched a new podcast series, titled “Energy Frontier: The Wyoming Landscape,” which brings together academic researchers, industry professionals, students, policymakers and more to explore energy topics, including SER’s research efforts and developing Wyoming projects.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Online Safety Webinar May 16

Small-business owners will have the opportunity to learn how to safeguard themselves against cyberattackers Thursday, May 16.

man working with cannisters on the back of a pickup truck Dubois Weed and Pest Assistant Supervisor Earns UW Master’s Degree at Age 63

Bob Finley sometimes jokes that if he had known how hard it was going back to school, he might not have attempted it.

UW Teams Place in Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition

Teams of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Wyoming’s College of Business took home trophies from the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition for the fourth year in a row.

UW College of Ag Celebrates Outstanding Faculty and Staff

The University of Wyoming College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources recently recognized outstanding educators and staff members at its annual awards banquet.

UWPD to Begin Bicycle Roundup May 12

The University of Wyoming Police Department (UWPD) will conduct its annual bicycle roundup on campus starting Sunday, May 12.

UW’s Western Confluence Magazine Receives Top Regional Awards

Western Confluence magazine, a publication of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources’ Ruckelshaus Institute at the University of Wyoming, won two first-place awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies competition. The contest received more than 1,900 entries from 80 news outlets and 30 freelancers.

UW Singing Statesmen Perform at Northwestern American Choral Directors Conference

The University of Wyoming Singing Statesmen performed at the Northwestern American Choral Directors Association Conference in Spokane, Wash., earlier this semester.

UW’s Kern Leads US and Wyoming Physical Education Database Project

While reading, writing and math skills among school-age children are closely monitored, students’ access to health-promoting physical activity and physical education is less documented, resulting in a lack of credible evidence that young people are learning the lifelong benefits of staying healthy through physical activity.

Jesse Receives UW’s Laramigo Award for Community Engagement

Having grown up in Laramie, Nicholas Jesse is passionate about giving back to his hometown.

Dale Receives UW’s George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award

Danny Dale recognizes that the best mentors are those who learn alongside their students; is noted by faculty as a good research collaborator; and builds personal connections, according to his students.

UW Summer Hours Begin May 13

University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will observe summer hours (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) beginning Monday, May 13, through Friday, Aug. 23. Fall semester classes will begin Monday, Aug. 26.

UW Students Place in International Interior Design Competition for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, University of Wyoming students in the design, merchandising and textiles bachelor’s degree program have been recognized for their quality interior design work in the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Student Design Competition.

UW Hands Out Excellence in Global Engagement Awards

Four members of the University of Wyoming community were honored for excellence in global engagement during a recent awards ceremony.

UW Researchers Develop Novel Technology for Distinguishing Elements at Subnanometer Scale

A University of Wyoming research group has demonstrated a novel method to distinguish elements at the subnanometer scale on the surfaces of high entropy alloys.

UW Reluctantly Cancels Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute

The University of Wyoming will not hold a Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute this year, as members of the Black 14 have chosen not to participate in a third annual institute.

UW’s Kirby Wins NSF Grant for Computing Research

Andrew Kirby, an associate research scientist in the University of Wyoming’s School of Computing, has received a $175,000, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to modernize his research for new computing architectures -- specifically for graphics processing units (GPUs).

Student Teams Win UW Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition Awards

Teams of student entrepreneurs won prizes to advance their business ideas during the recent 24th annual John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition (EEC) at the University of Wyoming.

Drummond Receives UW Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award

Kent Drummond is a true Renaissance man.

UW Hosts Women in STEM Conference May 14

More than 650 junior and senior high school female students from across the state have signed up to learn more about science and its various disciplines on the University of Wyoming campus.

UW and Wyoming SBDC Network to Host Business Loan Workshop in Jackson May 9

Small-business owners will have the opportunity to learn how to get a first small-business loan request approved Thursday, May 9.

UW Cello Festival to Present Two Public Concerts May 4

The University of Wyoming Department of Music’s eighth annual UW Cello Festival will present two free public concerts Saturday, May 4.

UW Researchers Unlock Potential of 2D Magnetic Devices for Future Computing

Imagine a future where computers can learn and make decisions in ways that mimic human thinking, but at a speed and efficiency that are orders of magnitude greater than the current capability of computers.

Jody Evans Is UW Staff Employee of First Quarter

When Jody Evans’ colleagues discuss what makes her a great supervisor, the consensus is that she makes the University of Wyoming a better place to work -- and always acts in the best interest of those she manages in her College of Education unit.

Local Nonprofits Receive SparkTank Initiative Funds From UW Student-Led Program

The University of Wyoming College of Business Ethics Club awarded $178,000 to four area nonprofit organizations during SparkTank 2024 that took place April 25.

Popular UW License Plates Get a New Look

The University of Wyoming Alumni Association (UWAA) has announced a new mountain design for UW license plates, which are Wyoming specialty plates. Wyoming law requires the license plate design change every eight years, with the new version readily distinguishable from the previous one.

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