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Published February 13, 2023
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:
Adweek looked at one particular advertisement broadcast during Sunday’s Super Bowl game on the marketability of the “He Gets Us” campaign and if the ads will draw more people, especially younger people, to church. UW Associate Professor Elizabeth Minton said she is not sure if the ads will succeed, but they have the potential to remind lapsed Christians as to why they left.
A new study by UW economists Anne Alexander and Chian Jones Ritten shows Wyoming’s gender wage gap persists, with women making 75 cents for every dollar men make, costing the state about $1.5 billion annually, according to The Casper Star-Tribune. The title of the study is “The Wage Gap in Wyoming in 2022: How Gender, Race and Ethnicity Affect Pay Equity,” according to a UW release published in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and on the Wyoming News Now website.
CNBC published an article noting that Wyoming ranked second for offering the lowest in-state tuition rate among all 50 states. According to the article, UW had among the lowest prices nationwide at $20,000 or less for out-of-state students.
Jacob Hochard, the UW Knobloch Assistant Professor of Conservation Economics, was the lead author of a paper concluding that private well water monitoring practices do not accurately reflect groundwater pollution risks because spikes in harmful bacteria vary depending on the season. The paper notes that more well water testing should be done in warmer months. Phys.org reported that the research was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. UW’s Nino Abashidze, a postdoctoral research associate, also was an author on the study, according to AZoCleantech.
WyoToday Media published UW’s release highlighting the bumblebee research of Lusha Tronstad, lead invertebrate zoologist with UW’s Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. The study noted that the western bumblebee -- once common in western North America -- has declined 57 percent because of increasing temperatures, drought and pesticide use.
Briana Doering, a UW assistant professor of archaeology, received the Tübingen Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology Prize from Germany’s University of Tübingen for her research on the migration of Dene/Athabascan people, according to India Education Diary. To read UW’s release, click here.
Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) interviewed atmospheric science Associate Professor Shane Murphy for an article that focused on preventing pollution by not idling your car in the winter. Murphy said it is better for your car not to idle, and it saves gas. He also provided comments for another WPR piece titled “Keeping your home warm in the winter can set fire to other issues.”
John Koprowski, dean of the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, was interviewed by Cowboy State Daily about the plausibility of training squirrels to be drug-sniffing animals. Koprowski, a world-renowned squirrel expert, said the trainability of squirrels is probably the biggest challenge.
Petersen’s Bowhunting cited the past research of UW Ph.D. graduate Melanie LaCava, from San Diego, Calif., for an article on the latest chronic wasting disease (CWD) research. LaCava and her colleagues conducted CWD tests and genetic sequencing on hunter-harvested mule deer. In herds where CWD had been present the longest, researchers found a common allele -- genetic mutation -- that slows the progression of the disease.
Jeff Means, UW Department of History chair and an Oglala Lakota tribal member, contributed commentary for WPR reporter Melodie Edwards’ “The Modern West” podcast. The new season will trace the history of the Plains Indian Wars from the perspective of the tribes.
The Sheridan Press reported that personnel from the UW College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources will lead a seminar on how to manage human resources on the ranch this week at Sheridan College.
UW Professor Danny Dale spoke with Bigfoot99 Radio about the Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp for middle schoolers that will take place in June at the university. Dale is director of the weeklong camp.
Farm Progress published UW’s release announcing that a gift from the Gretchen Swanson Family Foundation in honor of rancher, large-animal veterinarian and legislator Kurt Bucholz will support ethical water rights management and hydrology research in Wyoming and the West. UW’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is the recipient of the gift.
Applications are now being accepted for Wyoming Wildlife Fellowships for UW students pursuing careers in wildlife and fisheries sciences or related fields. WyoToday Media published UW’s release noting the program is designed to help students gain skills and knowledge necessary to become successful professionals.
Wyoming Livestock Roundup reported that producers and other agricultural stakeholders met recently in Riverton for the annual Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days, which hosted UW Extension educators and agriculture leaders from across the state to discuss a variety of topics.