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Wyoming Goes Global Conference Presentations April 3 at UW

March 24, 2017
woman sitting under a tree with a group of people in an African village
Bethann Merkle, University of Wyoming creative writing student, from Choteau, Mont., listens to residents’ stories in an African village during her studies through the UW Center for Global Studies. (Bethann Merkle Photo)

The University of Wyoming’s connections with the world will be on display during a Monday, April 3, presentation in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

The Wyoming Goes Global Conference will highlight international work conducted by UW faculty members and students under the theme “Globalization, Sustainability and Resource Use Over Time.” The event, sponsored by UW’s Center for Global Studies (CGS), is free and open to the public.

“Through its support for interdisciplinary faculty and student international projects, the Center for Global Studies seeks to advance UW to the next level of excellence in internationally focused research to find solutions to complex global problems,” Director Jean Garrison says. “The projects highlighted in this conference show the center’s support for work that looks at the implications -- from local to global -- of a wide spectrum of evolving international challenges.”

Panel and poster presentations will be followed by a reception, which includes an announcement of the latest CGS faculty and student grant award winners.

Panel presentations from 5:30-7 p.m. are:

-- Jason Toohey, UW anthropology assistant professor, “Utilizing Archaeological Data as a Proxy for Environmental Change and ENSO Activity on the Peruvian North Coast.”

-- Derek Scasta, UW ecosystem science and management assistant professor, “Travel Exchange to Link Ecology and Production of Analogous Rangelands of the North and South Hemispheres.”

-- Urszula Norton, UW plant sciences associate professor, “Sustainability of Small-Scale Farming and Local Food Systems in Poland as Viable Alternatives for Wyoming.”

-- Christopher Rumple, mechanical engineering major, from York, Pa., “Renewable Energy Development in Indonesia and Technological Innovations Inspired by Nature.”

-- Yara Thomas, architectural engineering major, from Jackson, “Sugar Beets, Waste Heat and Greenhouses.”

Poster presentations at 7 p.m. are:

-- Bethann Merkle, creative writing student, from Choteau, Mont., “Where Art Meets Science: Investigating Social, Conservation and Ecological Relationships.”

-- Krista Lewellyn, UW management and marketing assistant professor, “The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Distress.”

-- Emily Sikorski, international agricultural business major, from Pinedale, “Summer Internship with Agricultural Co-ops near Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.”

-- Cheyenne Pettit, history major, from Belle Fourche, S.D., “Shell Shock in Canada During the First World War.”

-- Lisa Kant, geology and geophysics major, from Boulder, Colo., “From Source to Surface: Understanding the Origins of Magmatism in Ecuador.”

-- Matthew Lunde, management and marketing major, from Pelican Rapids, Minn., “Comparative European Sustainability.”

-- Thao Nguyen, political science/Environment and Natural Resources Program student, from Casper, “Indonesian Perception of Marine Protected Areas in Karimunjawa Islands.”

-- Simrik Neupane, College of Law student, from Thornton, Colo., “Summer Internship in Immigration and Refugee Law in Nepal.”

-- Katie Guffey, education major, from Spindale, N.C., “Science Education and Teaching Water Resources: Learning from the India Example.”

A crowdfunding campaign for CGS is underway through Monday, April 10. Fundraising will help support student international research opportunities. For more information about the campaign, visit

For more information about the Wyoming Goes Global Conference, call Garrison at (307) 766-6119 or email

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