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Published June 19, 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:
Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and UW report that using brackish water -- water that is not suitable for drinking or irrigation -- to cool power plants can reduce freshwater consumption by 94-100 percent. NETL published the report.
The Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming Tribune Eagle both reported that UW’s annual budget will increase by nearly $100 million next year after the Board of Trustees approved the school’s 2024 financial plan. The increase includes pay raises for employees, increases for academic and research programs and funding for construction projects.
Stacker named UW No. 77 on its list of the 100 best public colleges in America using data from Niche, according to MSN.com. Niche ranks schools based on a variety of factors including academics, admissions, cost and student life. According to the rankings, “Students who attend UW mention affordability, research opportunities, and small class sizes as some of the things that make this school top-notch.”
Boise State News reported that schools in a three-state region, including UW, received a $1 million National Science Foundation Regional Innovation Engines Development Award. Officials will explore how their states can be leaders in technologies based on quantum physics, which are expected to play a critical role in 21st century communications, computing and other fields.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon penned an op-ed piece in The Hill titled “Carbon capture: The road less traveled, the path to economic and climate success.” Gordon touted UW’s School of Energy Resources, noting that the school has received nearly $100 million from the Department of Energy that “demonstrates the state’s commitment, innovative spirit and determination to address climate change while preserving our coal-reliant economy.”
Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Scott Schell, a UW senior research scientist, on a segment on why there are so many ticks this spring in western Wyoming. Schell says ticks are found in mule deer and antelope herds, but the harsh weather conditions this past winter wiped out many of those animals.
Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo personnel provided more than 200 Wyoming toads, releasing the amphibians to their only known North American home in the wild where they once flourished -- Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge outside Laramie. The species is Anaxyrus baxteri, named for former UW Professor George Baxter, who is credited with its discovery in 1946, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.
Michael Amundson, the first author published by UW Press (UWyoP), will tour Wyoming this month to present on UWyoP’s first book, “The Art and Life of Merritt Dana Houghton in the Northern Rockies, 1878-1919.” Wyoming State Library published UW’s announcement.
Wyoming Public Radio noted that UW has launched the Laramie Certified Destination Expert Program -- a four- to six-hour online course that teaches students about the Laramie area, its history and attractions.
Farm Progress published UW’s release noting that the Sheridan Research and Extension Center hosted a forage-themed field day last week. The event focused on dryland hay and forage crops as well as native plants and rangeland restoration.
UW Extension and Wyoming Wool Initiative are collaborating with the Wyoming Wool Growers Association to provide programming on Wyoming sheep and wool production in Kemmerer later this month at the inaugural Wyoming Sheep and Wool Festival. Sheridan Media and Tri-State Livestock published UW’s release.
Drovers cited a beef report, written by specialists, including UW senior Extension Educator John Hewlett, that breaks down the cattle market and price expectations for the remainder of the year.