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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:
WyoFile detailed the UW Board of Trustees’ approval of a major reorganization of UW’s academic programs. The article noted that UW administrators will take until July 2023 to refine and implement “significant” changes to various college structures. Oil City News published a related article.
A total of $27 million from the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 stimulus package, will be used to build up Wyoming’s higher education opportunities. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) noted that some of the funds will be used to sponsor the first year of the Wyoming Innovation Partnership, an initiative between UW and the state’s community colleges. Oil City News published a similar article.
Inside Higher Ed published an article last week detailing how some colleges are handling safety precautions in the possible outbreak of COVID-19 when students return from the Thanksgiving break. The article noted that UW does not have a vaccine mandate for students, but the school extended its indoor mask requirement into December because of holiday travel.
UW’s Black 14 football players recently collaborated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to donate 40,000 pounds of nonperishable food to UW’s Food Share Pantry and Laramie’s Cathedral Home for Children. The Jackson Hole News & Guide republished The CS-T’s article, and The Deseret News carried a related story. UW’s official release on planned Black 14 initiatives can be found here.
The CS-T reported that a UW study is being conducted to determine how well ongoing cloud seeding is working in the state by using existing data from the ground-based program to project future streamflow. Now in its eighth year, the state’s cloud seeding operation is looking to expand for the first time with the addition of two new generators. The state has 10 in use.
A UW student team won $100,000 for a carbon soil monitoring project in the Carbon Removal Student Competition. The competition is part of a $100 million initiative by XPRIZE and the Musk Foundation intended to advance carbon removal technology, according to The CS-T.
Stateline interviewed UW law Professor Michael Duff for an article titled “State Lawmakers’ Anti-Vaccine Efforts May Prove Mostly Symbolic.” Duff, an employment law expert, says some Republican lawmakers may be filing bills without fully understanding how state and federal law interact, and they don’t understand the boundaries of what can be done. Stateline is part of the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Lon Whitman, acting director of UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, about a recent carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (EOR) report that touts the emerging industry’s resiliency and opportunities for growth, and what that means for Wyoming. The Advanced Resources International report provides updates on EOR and CO2 supplies for CO2 EOR projects for the end of the year 2020. Wyoming currently has six CO2 EOR projects.
The Sheridan Press published UW’s release noting that Wyoming-WWAMI Medical Education Program students recently presented research projects through poster displays and viewings by academic judges and the public during the third annual research symposium.
Colleen Denney, a UW professor of art history, and gender and women’s studies, will discuss her latest book, “The Suffrage Photography of Lena Connell: Creating a Cult of Great Women Leaders in Britain, 1908-1914.” Hits 106 published UW’s release on the event, which will take place later this week at Coe Library.
High Plains Journal noted that many first-year students at UW were 4-H’ers. 4-H is the youth educational program of UW Extension.
UW student Mackenzie Kern, from Casper, is representing Wyoming in the Miss USA competition. Yahoo! News republished the Insider article that noted the competition is today (Monday) in Tulsa, Okla.