UW in the News

September 9, 2019

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 coverage:

The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that the Joint Minerals Committee proposed marketing the Powder River Basin’s coal to new customers, hoping to boost the industry by connecting its product to international markets. UW economist Rob Godby offered comments during the legislative committee hearing discussing the reality of the coal industry’s decline in the state.

Godby also is quoted in a CS-T article about the grim outlook for Wyoming’s coal-fired power in several draft plans presented by PacifiCorp to stakeholders recently. And he was interviewed for an article in E&E News about Navajo Transitional Energy Co. taking over three mines in Montana and Wyoming, replacing bankrupt former owner Cloud Peak Energy Inc. as the nation’s third-largest coal company.

UW law Professor Michael Duff told The CS-T that breaching employer-based insurance plans during bankruptcy is not unusual. Duff commented on the uninsured Blackjewel coal miners who lost their insurance when the company declared bankruptcy.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, KGAB Radio, Wyo4News and Laramie Live published UW’s release announcing events scheduled on campus commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black 14 football players’ dismissal from the Cowboys team. The CS-T, Tacoma News Tribune, Afro.com and The San Francisco Chronicle posted a similar article.

Trial Site News reported on UW’s $520,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research on trunk exoskeletons that can prevent and relieve back pain. UW electrical and computer engineering Assistant Professor Domen Novak leads the study.

UW’s release announcing the grand opening this week of the new $105 million Engineering Education and Research Building was published on the Sheridan Media website.

The Salt Lake Tribune noted that UW law Professor George Mocsary was among panelists at the University of Utah last week debating whether the Second Amendment only protects gun rights within someone’s home.

Campbell County High School students and local residents will interact with UW alumni and staff at a “The World Needs More Cowboys” celebration Sept. 19, according to The Gillette News Record.

Science and Technology Research News noted that King Air, UW’s research plane, will be used in Santa Barbara, Calif., to study “sundowners” -- hot, dry winds that blow in from the mountains, fanning brush fires.

Andy Fitch, an associate professor in the UW Creative Writing Program, interviewed New York Times editorial page economics writer Binyamin Appelbaum for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Fitch and Appelbaum discussed the rise and the rhetoric of neoliberalism.

The Atlantic published an article, titled “In Prison, and Fighting to Vote,” by UW MFA Creative Writing Program student Dana Liebelson. Her article focused on a Massachusetts inmate who founded the Emancipation Initiative, an advocacy group that wants all prisoners in the U.S. to be able to vote.

UW adventurer Mark Jenkins, a UW outreach and engagement specialist, will discuss ancient rock paintings found in the mountains of Namibia as part of his fall tour to six Wyoming communities, including Rock Springs, SweetwaterNOW reported.

The CS-T noted that Denver-based artist Nikki Pike will display her exhibition, titled “Is This Land Your Land,” in the UW Art Museum’s entrance hall this semester.

Virginia Vincenti, UW human development and family sciences professor emeritus, was interviewed for a WalletHub question-and-answer session about credit cards for people with no credit.