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Published May 01, 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:
Habitat was the focus of a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article noting that the farther pronghorn and mule deer herds can move, the more they can eat -- and the larger they can grow. The article noted that, as the animals’ space dwindles, though, their numbers fall. UW’s Kevin Monteith, a Wyoming Excellence Chair, was among those interviewed for the article.
WyoFile published an article focusing on how Wyoming wildlife officials are considering slashing populations of three native predators -- black bears, mountain lions and coyotes -- in the Wyoming Range, an area where a hard winter has cratered mule deer survival rates. Monteith, who is now a decade into studying the Wyoming Range deer herd, was interviewed for the piece.
UW’s Bryan Shuman, a Wyoming Excellence Chair in geology and geophysics, told The CS-T that Wyoming residents can expect more extreme weather conditions in the future because of climate change.
The Cody Enterprise interviewed UW President Ed Seidel and covered the recent “UW in Your Community” event in Park County. Seidel stressed the importance of keeping UW graduates in the state and the university’s role in creating jobs to help boost the state’s economy.
Arielle Zibrak, a UW Department of English associate professor, will be writing and filming a 24-episode streaming series of lectures with Wondrium, a media production company that produces educational, video and audio content. Zibrak’s series, titled “A Literary Tour of the United States,” will have a release date in 2025, but the company has released a pilot segment titled “Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age New York.”
Cowboy State Daily featured Smart Parks, one of a dozen capstone projects that UW students displayed at UW’s Emerging Issues Forum. “Outdoor Recreation: Building It the Way We Want It,” which attracted about 200 attendees, was held last week.
UW graduate student Christian Bitzas was featured in The Powell Tribune, his hometown newspaper, about his startup company, Uplink Robotics, which builds home inspection robots. Bitzas said he wanted to create an in-state company and hire UW graduates to work for him.
Free Range American featured Joe Kondelis, the American Bear Foundation (ABF) founder and president, from Cody, in its latest edition. The article noted how ABF has collaborated, since 2019, with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and UW researchers to monitor Wyoming’s black bear populations.
In an article about lab-grown meat, Warrie Means, a UW associate professor of meat science, told Cowboy State Daily that people should be skeptical of claims that these food products are just like natural meat. He added that lab-grown meat is not designed or formed by the genetic footprint that an animal has. Cody Gifford, a UW assistant professor of meat science, also provided comments for the article.
Wyoming Public Radio spoke with UW graduate Cassidee Thornhill on her research that is part of new findings that show Indigenous people in the American West were using horses much earlier than originally thought. Thornhill’s research is cited in an article in the journal Science.
The UW College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources recently finished its second annual Ranch Management and Agricultural Leadership Seminar Series in Laramie. The Wyoming Livestock Roundup noted that the five-part series consisted of four sessions held at community colleges across the state and concluded with a leadership symposium at UW.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle published UW’s release noting that, for the second consecutive year, a UW team of undergraduate students recently won the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition in Aurora, Colo. Sheridan Media published a similar story.
UW will receive the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Faculty Development Advancement Award as part of the NRC’s University Nuclear Leadership Program. UW’s release, published by Sheridan Media, notes that the $600,000 award will support new faculty in the nuclear-related fields of nuclear engineering, health physics and radiochemistry.
Sheridan Media published UW’s release noting that applications are now being accepted for UW Extension’s Ranch Camp.