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Published July 31, 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:
Jennifer Knerr, assistant director of UW’s Wellness Center, was among personnel interviewed for an Inside Higher Ed article that focused on a recent Student Voice survey on college students’ wellness preferences and food priorities. Knerr said the Wellness Center’s most popular offerings are its massage chairs, puppy playdates and kitty cuddle times. She said the Wellness Center tries to offer a variety of programs to students.
UW Assistant Professor Thomas Boothby’s comments were republished in a Smithsonian Magazine article focusing on prehistoric roundworms that scientists revived from 46,000-year-old Siberian permafrost. His comments first appeared in a Wall Street Journal piece.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the state aims to boost incentives for carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery projects. Lon Whitman, director of UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, recently told the Joint Minerals Committee that Wyoming would “receive far greater revenue” through enhanced oil recovery projects than from permanent carbon dioxide storage projects.
UW is among 14 institutions to share in $33 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grants for clean-energy research projects as part of a program to ensure DOE’s research funding reaches those who receive low amounts of federal scientific funding. UW’s project will address and reduce uncertainty across scales in global climate change models. CleanTechnica published DOE’s news release.
Law.com reported that Klint Alexander, who has been dean at UW’s College of Law for eight years, will step down next year. He will return to the classroom as a UW law professor.
An archive of photographs from Jean Howard -- featuring images of Marilyn Monroe and many other iconic figures in Hollywood history -- is stored at UW’s American Heritage Center (AHC), according to The Marilyn Report. A public exhibition of Howard’s work is on display through Sept. 30 at the AHC. The Marilyn Report -- based in Brighton, England -- is a blog that publishes the latest news about Monroe’s life and legacy.
Professor Michael Griffith, UW’s director of orchestral activities, will give two preconcert lectures at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole. The program will feature works of Higdon, Ravel and Prokofiev. Griffith will speak to the audience an hour before each concert, marking his fourth summer presenting lectures at the summer music festival.
The Western Farmer-Stockman published a UW Extension article that focused on what science says about hunting sage grouse. UW’s Jeff Beck, an ecosystem science and management professor, discussed his research.
UW data noting that Wyoming has the largest population of greater sage grouse across the range, supporting approximately 37 percent of the range-wide population, was used in a Powell Tribune article. The story focused on Canadian sage grouse experts who toured a Powell facility, which is the only sage grouse farm in the U.S.
Wyoming Business Report published a Laramie Boomerang article on a shipping container, known as the Curiosity Cube, that was set up for the public at the UW Centennial Complex. The Curiosity Cube is designed to take science on the go to communities across the United States.
UW will host a public event in Jackson Aug. 15 as part of its “UW in Your Community” series. The Jackson Hole News & Guide published a Jackson Hole Daily article that noted UW President Ed Seidel will join faculty members and current UW students from Teton County as well as Teton County School District 1 Superintendent Gillian Chapman for the event.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle published UW’s release announcing that four graduates will be honored by the UW Alumni Association and the Office of the President for their professional achievements and support of the university during Homecoming Sept. 25-30.
Ken Sims, a UW professor of geology and geophysics, and UW doctoral candidate Cole Messa wrote a piece describing the explorations that led to the discovery of Yellowstone National Park -- the world’s first national park. The article, published in The Montana Standard, was part of the Caldera Chronicles, a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.
Tri-State Livestock News published UW Extension’s release noting that UW is among sponsors of the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposium that will take place at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne in September.
Oil City News reported that the Wyoming Charter School Authorizing Board will undergo training at its first meeting this week in Cheyenne. Representing UW on the board is UW College of Education Professor Alan Buss.
Manufacturing Works, a collaborative program with UW that provides a variety of services to manufacturing programs across the state, was featured in a Laramie Boomerang article that the Wyoming Tribune Eagle published.
Western Wyoming Community College is collaborating with UW for a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) camp next week in Rock Springs, according to The Rawlins Times.
Laramie Live reported that the UW Art Museum partnered with the Albany County Public Library to produce YAK Around Town, a summer program for tweens and teens. The program’s focus has been on art and community.