UW in the News

July 13, 2020

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 Post quoted UW law Professor Michael Duff for an article that focused on the nation’s essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job. Those workers have no guarantees in most states they will qualify for workers’ compensation to cover lost wages and medical care. The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Insurance Journal and Associated Press published similar articles.

Payday Report interviewed Duff for an article, titled “How Black & Brown Workers Are Redefining Strikes in the Digital COVID Age.” The publication focuses on the growing impact on the national conversation about workers.

A new film, titled “The Powell 150,” focuses on a UW-led, 1,000-mile rafting expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers last summer, according to Oars. The goal was to follow the 1869 river route of Western explorer John Wesley Powell, while raising awareness of issues affecting the Colorado River Basin during the 21st century. Oars is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service and a permitted outfitter under the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

Wyoming News Now reported that UW will receive $26 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for its reopening plan, according to Gov. Mark Gordon. Wind River Radio Network also published a similar article.

UW reported its first case of COVID-19 among on-campus staff last week. Reporting on the announcement were The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T), Cowboy State Daily and The Laramie Boomerang.

Oil City News interviewed UW Professor Emeritus Phil Roberts about Wyoming’s 130th anniversary July 10 as the nation’s 44th state.

In a CS-T article, reprinted in Coal Zoom, UW economist Rob Godby said the state could see the most substantial loss in coal production on a percentage basis since modern day coal mining began in the Powder River Basin.

Sheridan Media, Wyo4News and Wyoming News Now published UW’s release announcing that the UW Residence Life and Dining Services Move-In Days for new and returning students next month will follow a staggered schedule to reduce large crowds and to allow for physical distancing.

UW Associate Professor Christine Porter, in a Wyoming Public Radio interview, said that the federal government has been slow to approve new laboratories to expand COVID-19 testing.

KGAB Radio published UW’s release noting that the university’s Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic reopened to patients in late June. The clinic has safety guidelines in place to help prevent clinic staff and patients from possible COVID-19 exposure.

UW is offering an upper-level elective course this fall that focuses on the development and manufacturing of vaccines. Sheridan Media published UW’s announcement on its website.

KGAB Radio published UW’s release noting that the university’s Jeffrey Brown and the Great Plains Institute have a new analysis that explores the planning of carbon dioxide transportation networks.

UW Assistant Professor Thomas Boothby discussed with Wyoming Public Radio his research into “water bears,” or tardigrades, that live in water. His research will lead him into sending some samples as an experiment to the International Space Station this fall to see how they survive the stress in space. KGAB Radio also carried a similar article.

WyoSports printed UW’s release announcing that UW student-athlete Christie Wildcat, from Riverton, was among three students to receive the Tobin-Spitaleri Award noting the top graduating undergraduates this past year.