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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 Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed several Wyoming industry leaders on what a Joe Biden administration would mean for the state’s oil, gas and coal producers. UW economist Chuck Mason said any overhauls to the nation’s energy policies will take time to trickle down to the industries’ producers.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the pandemic response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, commended Wyoming’s testing program and said UW’s testing protocols are on par with the best in the nation, The CS-T reported. Birx was on the Wind River Indian Reservation last week to meet with state, local and tribal officials regarding Wyoming’s COVID-19 response.
The CS-T noted that, even after cuts, Wyoming is still facing a budget shortfall of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. UW’s share of budget cuts includes cutting 78 positions and nearly 20 degree programs. Cowboy State Daily and Wyoming Public Radio also published similar UW budget articles.
UW Professor Jim King discussed a recent survey of Wyoming voters that shows President Donald Trump leading Democratic nominee Joe Biden by a substantial margin heading into Election Day. Sheridan Media published UW’s release on the survey.
WyoFile interviewed UW economist Rob Godby on Arch Coal’s decision to close its two largest companies in the Powder River Basin even as it looks for a buyer for the properties.
WyoFile noted that UW’s Black 14 football players’ “Mind, Body and Soul” initiative plans to deliver 180 tons of food to nine communities, including the Wind River Indian Reservation, and UW’s food pantry and the Cathedral Home for Children in Laramie. UW’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also contributed to the program.
UW Associate Professor Christine Porter was quoted in The Washington Post on how wide-open spaces, such as Wyoming, are among the regions in the country where COVID-19 has reached its peak. Stars and Stripes and Get To Info both republished The Post’s article.
Chemical and Engineering News interviewed UW law Professor Michael Duff for an article focusing on who pays when a graduate student gets hurt. Duff also was quoted in Best’s Review on presumption rules for essential workers and front-line employees with COVID-19, and where the burden of proof in providing compensation comes into play.
UW researchers are developing and testing a computer model that predicts wildfire growth. Cory Ott told Wyoming Public Radio that the WyoFire model takes in data about a fire when it starts, as well as moisture and weather in the area.
The Cody Enterprise, WyoToday and The Rocket Miner published UW’s release noting that the university’s Construction Management Program received a four-year, $80,000 grant to develop and implement residential construction training.
Technology Times and Oil City News published UW’s release noting that Associate Professor Bledar Bisha and Assistant Professor Sarah Collins are collaborating to test water samples in Wyoming communities for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
UW’s Jazz Ensemble is producing five videos instead of the usual live concert performances as in past years because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The Cody Enterprise published UW’s release.
Oil City News published UW’s release noting that UW student Conor Mullen, the recipient of the 2020 Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship, documented the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s tourism industry this past summer. The Laramie Boomerang published a similar article.
UW and Laramie Main Street Alliance have teamed up to create the “Cowboy Cash” program that will provide $50 in gift certificates to each student who lives on UW’s campus and has purchased a university meal plan. The program will help support downtown businesses. Laramie Live and KGAB Radio published the university’s release.
Oil City News and EurekAlert! published UW’s release detailing the research of UW School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Ana Clara Bobadilla. Her study focuses on key differences in cocaine’s and sugar’s effects on the brain.
Fredrick Douglass Dixon, an assistant professor in the UW School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice, was named director of the Black Studies Center at the university, according to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
Wyoming Public Radio interviewed UW botany Associate Professor Daniel Laughlin about his Global Vegetation Project. Laughlin and his graduate students created the world’s largest online database of high-quality photos of vegetation.
Josh’s Jaqs, the cereal from former UW football standout Josh Allen, now of the Buffalo Bills, is available at the University Store on campus and is not sold in any Wyoming grocery store, KGAB Radio noted.