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State, national and international media frequently feature the University of Wyoming and members of its community in stories. Here is a summary of some of the recent articles:
UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by The BBC/PRI The World about Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal producer, looking into wind energy as a source of revenue. Godby says the challenge facing Wyoming wind is climate change skepticism.
Nashville Public Radio also interviewed Godby for a broadcast about wind energy. Godby said in the interview that Wyoming has the only wind generation tax in the country.
Financing options, including state loans and appropriations, and public-private partnerships, were the topic of discussion by a task force for UW’s housing plan, reported The Laramie Boomerang.
The Boomerang also noted that UW is considering support of the Pilot Hill Project, a proposal to acquire a valuable piece of private land that sits over the Casper aquifer east of Laramie on the edge of the Medicine Bow National Forest.
UW law Professor Michael Duff commented in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article about two workers who recently filed lawsuits claiming the energy companies they worked for in Wyoming didn’t pay them overtime. Wyoming does not offer a remedy for wage disputes with current employers.
Sheridan Media interviewed Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, about the university’s just-approved budget for fiscal year 2018-19.
People involved in historic events of UW’s past -- the Black 14 football players and the “angels” who blocked Westboro Baptist Church members protesting after Matthew Shepard’s death -- are being commemorated in a new downtown Laramie mural honoring notable people affiliated with social justice and civil rights in the state, reported Wyoming Public Radio (WPR).
Irish Central reported that, this fall, the PE Teacher Training Program in UW’s Division of Kinesiology and Health will require its candidates to teach three-week units of Gaelic football in high schools and middle schools statewide.
UW Dining Services is helping the Badger Creek Fire effort by delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner to the team of 130 firefighters in the Fox Park area, reported KOWB Radio.
Sweetwater Now reported that UW Extension and Cent$ible Nutrition will incorporate high-tunnel gardening into school programs as part of a Farm to School Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant was awarded to the Wyoming Department of Education.
UW’s Ruckleshaus Institute is among entities encouraging public engagement in exploring management concerns, issues and opportunities for the Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep herd in western Wyoming, reported Teton County’s news website Buckrail.
Buckrail also noted that UW Department of Art and Art History faculty member Brandon Gellis’ 3-D printed and laser cut interactive pieces, landscape reconstructions of Wyoming and Rocky Mountain West landscapes, and original video of the artist’s time exploring nature are on exhibit in Jackson.
UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources students presented updates during the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance’s annual meeting last week, reported The Jackson Hole News and Guide.
The Sheridan Press reported that UW President Laurie Nichols and Athletics Director Tom Burman were among speakers at Camp U Leadership in Big Horn. The organization is a nonprofit that gives student-athletes specific tools in the area of leadership.
In a WPR story about creating a food policy council, UW Associate Professor Christine Porter said that when people buy and eat food grown by local producers, they are healthier, and it diversifies the economy.
Gary Beauvais, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database director at UW, spoke at last week’s Draper Natural History Museum lunchtime speaker series in Cody, reported The Billings Gazette.
Harvard Law Today featured alumna Caitlin Long, a UW graduate from Laramie, who strenuously campaigned last winter to make Wyoming more fintech friendly.
UW agricultural economists’ report citing the importance of agriculture in Wyoming was published by Western Farmer-Stockman.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed UW doctoral student Lauren Stanton, whose recently published paper examines whether smarter animals might adapt better to urban environments.
A photo of Cheech Marin displaying his Chicano art collection at the UW Art Museum was used in a profile article of the comedian in The Tampa Bay Times. The California Legislature recently approved $9.7 million to help fund a museum in Riverside to display Marin’s vast art collection.
The CS-T noted that UW Cowgirl Tijana Raca played for her home country of Cyprus in last week’s International Basketball Federation Women’s European Championships in Cork, Ireland.
Former UW basketball player Francisco Cruz scored a game-high 24 points to lead his home country of Mexico to an upset win over the United States in a qualifying international FIBA World Cup basketball tournament last week, reported NBC Sports.