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Published September 05, 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:
Polar bears and their cubs will starve faster in the coming decades as greenhouse gas emissions hasten the decline of Arctic ice, scientists found in a new study -- led by Steven Amstrup, a UW adjunct professor -- which was published in Science. The study is the first to directly quantify the relationship, according to CNN and The Seattle Times. The article also appeared in Cosmos, The Wildlife Society, Science Magazine, Dubai Tech News and on France 24 television. Read UW’s release here.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal interviewed Evan Johnson, a UW associate professor of kinesiology and health, who discussed the science on what playing at 7,220-foot altitude does to an athlete’s body. The article focused on what the Texas Tech football team could expect when it competed against the Cowboys in UW’s home opener last weekend, which the Pokes won 35-33 in double overtime.
An Inside Climate News article reported that ambitious climate action could reap rewards for coal-producing Wyoming, but the state’s economy remains tied to fossil fuels. The article noted that Wyoming leaders are backing carbon capture projects and that UW received the largest of nine federal grants to develop carbon storage hubs across the country. Read UW’s release here.
WyoFile featured a new UW program that offers women a crash course in field skills. The program, led by Riley Bernard, a UW zoology and physiology assistant professor, and doctoral candidate Tana Verzuh, is designed to help women prepare for jobs doing scientific fieldwork.
A five-year research project to study mass extinction features a multidisciplinary team of 12 scientists at eight collaborating institutions, including UW, according to a College of Charleston media release. The project is to help understand how life on Earth recovered after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction 66 million years ago, when about 75 percent of species on the planet went extinct. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle published UW’s release on the project.
The New York Daily News reported that “The Matthew Shepard Story: An American Hate Crime” documentary will premiere Oct. 9. The documentary coincides with the 25th anniversary of the murder of UW student Matthew Shepard, of Casper. HuffPost published a similar article.
Darrell Jackson, the Winston Howard Distinguished Professor of Law at UW, is among lawyers who will speak at the 10th annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo later this month. PRLog published a news release noting that the event is designed to encourage and empower students and alumni of HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) interested in going to law school and becoming lawyers.
The Barron News-Shield reported that Michael Barker, a UW Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management professor, is among speakers at a Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance workshop in Barron, Wisc., this week.
Kemmerer, home of the original JCPenney store, recently held its Golden Rule Community Picnic, which featured several of the company’s representatives. The Kemmerer Gazette noted that David Kruger, agriculture and business librarian at UW Libraries, who wrote a book about Penney, led a tour of sites related to the store and spoke about Penney’s life.
County 17 reported that UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER) and its partner, Frontier Carbon Solutions, as well as BWX Technologies are the recipients of awards through the state’s Energy Matching Funds program. SER and Frontier Carbon Solutions will receive $9.1 million for their Sweetwater Carbon Storage Hub, while BWX Technologies will receive nearly $10 million to support a nuclear microreactor effort.
UW’s Wallop Civic Engagement Program has added new content for Wyoming teachers to its K-12 project catalogs for the new school year. The Sheridan Press published UW’s release noting that the 20 new multimedia packages align with state standards on social studies and English language arts.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle published UW’s release announcing that a gift to UW will establish three funds that will directly support students and faculty in the Center for Professional Selling, the dean of the College of Business and UW Athletics.
UW Professor Emerita Virginia Vincenti was featured in WalletHub's piece about the annual percentage rate (APR). Vincenti offered information on how consumers use APRs to compare financial products and some misconceptions of various rates.
Cowboy State Daily interviewed Max Gilbraith, UW planetarium coordinator, about a Cheyenne man’s recent video that captured an unusually large meteor streaking across the sky that was spotted in southeast Wyoming.
UW’s SER and Low Emission Technology Australia recently signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on research efforts in the advancement of energy technology. EnergyPortal.eu and County 17 published UW’s release.
UW researchers recently received a $750,000 NASA-EPSCoR grant to study water stress. Wyoming News Now published UW’s release noting that the amount of water availability and stress can have profound regional consequences to Wyoming’s outlook for agriculture, tourism and quality of life.
SweetwaterNOW and The Rocket Miner published articles announcing that two UW Honors Sponsored Internships are now available for two UW students to work on projects in Rock Springs. One intern will work with the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency, and the other intern will work with Rock Springs Pride.
Wyoming Dementia Together, a statewide, nonprofit caregiver network operating through UW’s Wyoming Center on Aging, will host its first fall program this week. The Sheridan Press published UW’s release.
The Sheridan Press published UW’s release noting that an interdisciplinary team of UW students and researchers has won funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a platform for crowdsourcing information about air quality at outdoor recreation sites during wildfires.