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Published August 07, 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:
The American Council on Education featured how UW’s College of Education is addressing the teacher shortage in Wyoming. UW has initiated the Master Educator Competency Program, a flexible professional development curriculum that will be available to teachers throughout the state. The program will proactively address many of the factors causing teachers to leave their jobs.
The lakes in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains historically did not contain fish, but stocking of trout that began in the early 1900s has created an environment in which hundreds of those lakes now have strong fish populations. Environmental News Network, Prime News Print and Today News 24 published UW’s release noting that UW researchers have found that the fish have adapted to their environment. Among their findings is that trout from lakes stocked decades ago in the Wind Rivers have evolved to develop more gill rakers, which are bony or cartilage structures in the gullets of fish that act as sieves to retain zooplankton and nourish the trout.
The Atlantic interviewed UW Associate Professor Evan Johnson, a hydration expert, for a piece titled “You’re Probably Drinking Enough Water.”
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association cited information from an article written by George Mocsary, a UW College of Law professor, and Debora Person, former director of the UW College of Law library, for its three-part series that examines the nation’s history of gun control. Mocsary and Person’s article, “A Brief History of Public Carry in Wyoming,” was published in the Wyoming Law Review.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the UW Board of Trustees and the Wyoming Community College Commission had a special joint meeting at Casper College last week. The purpose of the meeting was to explore new opportunities for partnership and identify ways to improve communication and coordination across Wyoming’s higher education institutions.
The extreme temperatures that sent demand and prices soaring for natural gas last winter helped to boost Wyoming’s revenue outlook, according to the state’s latest Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) report. A WyoFile article on the report noted that CREG is composed of representatives from several state offices and UW.
Wyoming Public Radio reported that UW’s Civil Legal Services Clinic hosted a day of free workshops last week to help community members with the legalities of immigration. The clinic offers pro bono legal services.
UW’s Firearms Research Center recently received a $50,000 gift from Hornady Manufacturing, an ammunition producer in Grand Island, Neb., according to a UW release published by Laramie Live.
The Longmont Leader featured UW Associate Professor Shelby Shadwell’s “Emergency Blankets” exhibition that is on view at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont.
Max Gilbraith, UW planetarium coordinator, and Danny Dale, a professor in the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy, were interviewed for a Cowboy State Daily article titled “Wyoming Scientists Skeptical of Latest Hype Over UFOs, Alien Life.”
WyoFile interviewed Ellen Keaveny, a UW doctoral candidate, about her recent trip to the Tetons to survey bumblebee diversity and body condition at different altitudes. She experienced a Bombus occidentalis, or western bumblebee, sighting. The western bumblebee, found across the West from New Mexico to Alaska, has been on the decline. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether the species should be considered endangered, according to the article.
Daniel McCoy, a UW assistant professor of atmospheric science, recently received a nearly $1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant for his project that looks at Earth system models as the foundation of how to predict what Earth will look like in future decades. Wyoming News Now published UW’s release.
The Sonoma Index-Tribune featured Sonoma, Calif., native Casey Spencer, a former FFA and 4-H member and now a UW student who is on UW’s meat judging team. Spencer recently participated in a meat judging contest in Australia.
The Wyoming local section of the American Chemical Society will host the 2023 Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting this fall at UW’s Conference Center. The meeting’s theme is “Chemistry on the Frontier: Exploring New Horizons in the Cowboy State,” according to Chemical & Engineering News.
The Sheridan Press published UW’s release announcing that four graduates will be honored for their professional achievements and support of the university during Homecoming Sept. 25-30. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Live published UW’s release on the Homecoming schedule.
Alliance Grain Co., in Gibson City, Ill., published UW’s release announcing that Wyoming Wool Initiative seeks donations for its second annual Lamb-a-Year program at UW. The program connects donors with UW students, allowing students to gain hands-on industry experience while providing producers with valuable lamb quality data.
The Mountain West Conference named 129 UW student-athletes to its spring Academic All-Mountain West team, according to Oil City News.