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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 coverage:
The Washington National Cathedral will dedicate a plaque this week to memorialize UW student Matthew Shepard, who was murdered 20 years ago, reported CNN and The Daily Beast. Shepard’s cremated remains were interred at the cathedral a year ago.
The Washington Post, in a front-page article, detailed the history of UW’s Black 14 football players who were kicked off the 1969 team and were honored 50 years later by the university. Inside Higher Ed published a similar article.
William Ruckelshaus, for whom UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute is named, died last week, according to The Seattle Times. Ruckelshaus was the Environmental Protection Agency’s first administrator and, earlier, was the second in command at the Justice Department. President Richard Nixon fired him after Ruckelshaus refused to fire Archibald Cox, who was leading the Watergate investigation.
The New York Times and Route Fifty, in separate articles, interviewed UW law Professor George Mocsary about a dispute over New York City handgun regulations that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering this week. This marks the first time in about a decade that the court has waded into Second Amendment issues.
“The Bearded Lady Project” exhibition recently opened at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., according to Wyoming Public Radio and The Laramie Boomerang. The exhibition is a science and art collaboration that celebrates the work that the women of paleontology have done. “The Bearded Lady Project” was created by UW botany Associate Professor Ellen Currano.
Science Magazine and Homeland Security Newswire published UW’s release on the research of economist Linda Thunstrom, who found that people who offer prayers for victims of natural disasters might be less likely to donate to those victims. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) also noted Thunstrom’s research.
The CS-T reported that the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities at UW received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to tackle opioid issues in newborn babies.
UW student Ally Lytle, from Jackson, was quoted in a Reuters story, published by CompuServe, about how she was unable to go home for the Thanksgiving break because of last week’s winter storm.
The Rocket-Miner published UW’s release announcing the annual Wyoming State Thespian Festival this week on the UW campus. More than 700 high school students are expected for the competition.
Scientists from the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database at UW contributed to the removal of the federal protection of the Colorado butterfly plant found in southeast Wyoming, northern Colorado and western Nebraska. Wyo4News published UW’s release about the plant.
The CS-T featured UW nutritionist Jill Fabricius Keith, who commented on the Restoring Shoshone Ancestral Foods project on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The project is part of a larger food sovereignty movement in Indian Country.
Chad Baldwin, UW associate vice president for communications and marketing, spoke with Sheridan Media about Gov. Mark Gordon’s proposed budget for the biennium that will assist the university with planned projects.
Cowboy State Daily noted that UW economist Rob Godby is among the “Power Wyoming” team, appointed by the governor, that is providing legislators several scenarios for mineral-based state revenue streams during the next five years.
Leigh Hall, UW professor and Excellence Endowed Chair in Literacy Education, told Vanguard that illiteracy affects an individual’s opportunities to fully participate in a democratic society. Hall was among reading experts who commented in the article, titled “Who Still Reads.”
SweetwaterNOW noted that area high school students participated in the annual High School Art Intensive, hosted by the UW Department of Visual Arts.