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UW in the News

May 3, 2021

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:

UW will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for research focused on expanding and transforming the use of coal to produce coal-based products using carbon ore, rare earth elements and critical minerals. Oil City News and County 10 published UW’s release. Green Car Congress, World Coal and Electric Energy Online published similar articles.

The New York Times noted that UW is offering incentives to members of the university’s community who receive their COVID-19 vaccines. The article focused on the number of U.S. colleges that are requiring vaccinations for their employees and students this fall.

Jonathan Naughton, a UW engineer specializing in wind energy, told The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) that the key to future growth of wind energy in Wyoming is whether the state can maintain a stable business environment for developers, especially in the competitive Mountain West region. National Wind Watch published the “Wyoming’s window to capitalize on wind energy is closing, experts warn” article.

WyoFile interviewed UW Professor Bryan Shuman for an article that focused on how a new climate study predicts life-altering changes for the greater Yellowstone area. Shuman is a co-author of a study, titled “Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment: Past, Present and Future Climate Change in Greater Yellowstone Watersheds.”

UW law Professor George Mocsary was quoted in a Reason article discussing the “boyfriend loophole” related to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA was among subjects voiced by President Joe Biden during his speech last week before Congress.

Sheridan Media, County 10 and Buckrail published UW’s release noting that the Chief Washakie Foundation established an endowment fund -- the Zedora Teton Enos Excellence Fund -- that will benefit the Wind River Indian Reservation community and UW.

A new study seeks to identify the potential impacts of nonmotorized recreation on wildlife at the newly acquired Pilot Hill property east of Laramie. Laramie Live published UW’s release and noted that the project was organized by UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members.

Natural Gas Intelligence cited a study from UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute that shows abandoned and unplugged oil and gas wells in Wyoming may be responsible for no more than 1 percent of reported methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas operations.

An appropriations bill signed by Gov. Mark Gordon will earmark $4 million for a cryptocurrency staking program to be run by UW. World Stock Market, Blockchain News, UK Times News, Decrypt and Coin Telegraph also noted that UW’s Cryptocurrency Staking Program provides a glimpse at possible alternative revenue streams for public universities.

The CS-T reported that UW is researching how to make storing millions of tons of carbon dioxide per year underground both commercially and environmentally feasible. The UW School of Energy Resources has developed a program that will use Class VI injection wells in an upcoming phase.

The CS-T noted that 9H Energy, a local company, plans to build a facility in Laramie to help develop a curriculum for UW students to train them as future solar energy engineers.

Phil Roberts, a UW professor emeritus of history, discussed with National Parks Traveler the importance of Fort Laramie near Lingle. Roberts calls Fort Laramie a major site along the California, Oregon and Mormon trails.

The Rocket Miner published an article that quoted UW’s Lusha Tronstad, an invertebrate zoologist with the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. The article focused on Wyoming’s native western pearlshell mussels.

UW law Professor Michael Duff discussed with Law360 Biden’s efforts to fully staff the National Labor Relations Board. The board has suffered declining staff personnel the last several years.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that the UW Board of Trustees, after an executive session, is considering the purchase of additional real estate in the future. Specific locations have not yet been identified.

Jared Henderson, a UW junior majoring in business economics, from Greybull, was among winners of UW’s John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition. The Powell Tribune reported that Henderson’s business plan was for WireDraw LLC, an information management system company.

County 10 published UW’s release noting that 10 collaborative projects aimed at providing multidimensional benefits to UW and the state are moving forward with funding from a new program in UW’s Office of Academic Affairs.

Jeff Beck, a UW ecosystem science and management professor, was quoted in a Gamers Grade article on how wild donkeys and horses dig wells that help other animals find water.

Player FM interviewed UW Assistant Professor Catherine Hartmann about teaching Buddhist studies online. Hartmann is director of Buddhist Studies Online, a new educational platform providing coursework on the history, philosophy and practices of Buddhism.

The UW Alumni Association is hosting the second annual Tracing Our Roots Virtual 5K for alumni and friends from June 18-20. Laramie Live and published UW’s announcement.

CollegeSnacks lists Laramie, home of UW, as No. 10 on its survey of “The 101 Best College Towns in America for 2021.” Data included crime rate, cost of living and tuition cost.

UW’s Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center is sponsoring a virtual event to observe this year’s National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. County 10, KGAB Radio and Wyoming News Now announced the event, which will take place Wednesday.

The Sublette Examiner noted that the new Pinedale Wyrkshop makerspace opened through a partnership with UW’s Innovation Wyrkshop and with financial support from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Wyoming News Now reported that the Natrona County Library has expanded its makerspace, which was made possible by a partnership with UW and the state. The Uinta County Herald featured the new UW-affiliated makerspace in Evanston.

Wyoming Public Radio featured the virtual Women in STEM conference for junior high and high school students across the state. The 20th annual program will be held later this month.

UW will continue its partnership with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah to implement a five-year, $10 million cooperative agreement from the National Library of Medicine. The Boomerang published UW’s announcement.

County 10 published UW’s release announcing that a Central Wyoming College culinary team received several recognitions for its business plan, including a $20,000 award, during the annual UW College of Business John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition.

A Pinedale student is among artists who will be part of the UW Art Museum’s gallery walk-through featuring the 46th annual Juried UW Student Exhibition later this week. The Pinedale Roundup and K2 Radio published UW’s release. noted that Brynn Hirschman, a member of the first graduating class of UW’s outdoor recreation and tourism management degree program, has been named outdoor recreation coordinator for Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails.

Eli Bebout and Mike Greear, both with legislative experience, were named to the Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission. County 10 and Laramie Live published UW’s announcement. published UW’s release announcing that a six-member UW student team placed third in the recent Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program Case Competition.

Ellen Yeatman, a UW master’s student, received the Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle published UW’s release that noted Yeatman’s research explored a proposed water demand management program on the Upper Green River Basin.

China Jude, a UW senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator, was named the Denver Broncos’ new vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. Denver’s CBS News, Wyoming News Now and Denver 7 reported the hire.

The American Rodeo website featured UW rodeo Coach Beau Clark, who discussed his regional-leading men’s and women’s teams, and also some of the student-athletes who are leading their respective events.

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Phone: (307) 766-2929

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