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December 2020 Releases


office building UW Acquires Mountain View Medical Park Building, Land

December 23, 2020 — Using federal CARES Act funding allocated by Gov. Mark Gordon, the University of Wyoming has purchased a medical facility adjoining campus where COVID-19 confirmatory testing and eventual administration of coronavirus vaccine will take place.

man in scrubs, face mask and face shield getting a vaccine UW Employees Among First to Receive COVID Vaccine; More Coming Soon

December 23, 2020 — As shipments of the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines began arriving in Wyoming last week, health care workers at the University of Wyoming’s two clinic/residency programs in Cheyenne and Casper were among the first in line to receive their shots.

UW Extension Food Team, ACRES Student Farm Grow Partnership

December 23, 2020 — A unique partnership was formed between University of Wyoming Extension’s nutrition and food safety (NFS) team and ACRES Student Farm on the UW campus during a time of lockdowns.

logo UW Faculty Member Creates Podcast to Support Early Childhood Educators

December 23, 2020 — It takes a village to raise a child, and early childhood educators are an essential part of that village.

Dementia Together Program Offered Through UW’s Wyoming Center on Aging

December 22, 2020 — Wyoming Dementia Together is a new program for caregivers offered through the Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) at the University of Wyoming.

UW Extension Online Conference Features 50 Presentations Over 12 Days

December 22, 2020 — More than 50 presentations are scheduled during the University of Wyoming Extension agriculture and horticulture online conference Jan. 4-15, 2021.

UW’s Student Success Services TRIO Program Receives Five-Year Renewal Grant

December 22, 2020 — The Student Success Services (SSS) program at the University of Wyoming, housed in the Student Educational Opportunity office, has received a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Buffalo High School Start-Up Challenge Names First-Round Winners

December 21, 2020 — IMPACT 307, Sheridan’s business incubator, recently held its inaugural Buffalo High School Start-Up Challenge pitch event, the first of its kind at the high school level in Wyoming.

head shot of woman Financial Literacy Educator Receives UW Extension’s Top Honor

December 21, 2020 — An educator who provides financial literacy education to the state’s residents has received the University of Wyoming Extension’s top honor.

photo of woman talking Small Acreage Outreach Coordinator Receives UW Extension’s Creative Excellence Honor

December 21, 2020 — Developing Facebook Live shows and other innovative methods for University of Wyoming Extension to deliver resource information to small-acreage owners in the face of COVID-19 has led to the originator receiving extension’s Creative Excellence Award.

UW Agricultural Education Program Awarded CASE Implementation Grant

December 21, 2020 — The University of Wyoming is one of six pre-service programs nationwide to be awarded a CASE Implementation Grant, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, to benefit current and future agricultural education teachers in the state.

UW Dashboard Website Provides Latest COVID-19 Data

December 21, 2020 — Two University of Wyoming professors, with assistance from a UW graduate student, developed a public health tool to track COVID-19 data -- one that provides up-to-date information tailored for rural areas, such as Wyoming.

head shot of woman UW Extension’s Hubbard Receives Top Staff Honor

December 21, 2020 — The ability to manage multiple projects and willingness to help others are qualities that have earned the University of Wyoming Extension’s Lincoln County-Afton office associate the organization’s top staff honor.

UW Fleet Maintenance Services to Relocate

December 21, 2020 — University of Wyoming Fleet Maintenance Services, formerly known as the UW Auto Shop, will relocate Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

UW in the News

December 21, 2020 — 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:

UW Operations Outlines Recommended Cold Weather Procedures

December 21, 2020 — University of Wyoming Operations has issued recommendations to ensure safety and security in all buildings during lengthy closures or anticipated periods of extremely cold weather.

man sitting in front of computer screens UW Student from Basin Assists with COVID-19 Data Dashboard Website

December 21, 2020 — Two University of Wyoming professors, with assistance from a UW graduate student from Basin, developed a public health tool to track COVID-19 data -- one that provides up-to-date information tailored for rural areas, such as Wyoming.

man outdoors UW Researchers Help Update Plan to Protect Wyoming Bats from Disease

December 18, 2020 — A plan aimed at protecting Wyoming bats from a potentially deadly fungal disease has been updated, in part, through the efforts of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) at the University of Wyoming.

head portrait of a woman Coordinator Hired to Start Ranch Management, Leadership Program at UW

December 17, 2020 — A program coordinator has been hired to launch the Ranch Management and Agriculture Leadership Program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

UW Geological Museum Selected for National Digital Learning Project

December 17, 2020 — The University of Wyoming Geological Museum is one of a select number of museums in the nation chosen by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help develop a new digital learning platform called Museums for Digital Learning.

Five people standing together UW Meats Judging Team Places High in Spring, Fall Competitions

December 17, 2020 — The University of Wyoming meats judging team placed within the top five of all but two contests this season despite setbacks from COVID-19.

two people in a lab UW’s Michael Taylor Receives NSF CAREER Award to Study Biology Through Organic Chemistry

December 17, 2020 — A University of Wyoming researcher wants to design chemical reactions that can be used as a noninvasive method to study not only how proteins in a cell pack together in real time, but also how this packing can dynamically change when a cell is in a stressful environment.

collage of faces Special Website, Video Created to Honor UW Faculty Promotions

December 16, 2020 — Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s convocation has been delayed, but a special virtual recognition website has been created to honor University of Wyoming faculty members who have received tenure, promotion or rolling contracts (formerly extended term).

old photo of man standing outside UW, Ellbogen Foundation Create First Endowed Deanship

December 16, 2020 — The University of Wyoming and the John P. Ellbogen Foundation have made history through the establishment of the university’s first endowed deanship in the College of Education.

Kris Koski and Tara Righetti UW School of Energy Resources Faculty Members Produce Study with U.S. Energy Association

December 16, 2020 — Professor Tara Righetti, in the University of Wyoming College of Law and School of Energy Resources (SER), and Kris Koski, an SER associate lecturer, co-wrote an energy industry study with the United States Energy Association (USEA).

UW to Refund Some Student Fees for Fall Semester

December 16, 2020 — University of Wyoming students will receive a refund of some of their student fees for the just-completed fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UW Trustees Approve Spring Semester Plan

December 16, 2020 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved a plan for the spring 2021 semester that includes 10 weeks of in-person instruction, a three-day spring break and five weeks of fully online classes to conclude the term.

Study App Available to UW Students to Engage in Group Study

December 15, 2020 — A new study app that will help University of Wyoming students be more productive, more collaborative and accelerate their learning will be rolled out for the spring semester.

child and adult in front of a computer with child using computer mouse UW Division of Communication Disorders Researches Speech Sound Issues in Children

December 15, 2020 — A grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation will support research through the University of Wyoming Division of Communication Disorders aimed at helping children who struggle with speech sound disorders (SSD), a condition that limits a child’s ability to learn and communicate new words and speech sounds.

man sitting in a simulation control chair Statewide Survey Finds Strong Perceptions of UW, Education Quality

December 14, 2020 — A large majority of Wyoming residents believe the University of Wyoming provides strong undergraduate education, prepares students to participate in the state’s workforce, and is an appealing place for Wyoming students to attend college, new survey results show.

watercolor painting of a body of water UW Artists, Authors, Explorers Look at Colorado River Basin Anew

December 14, 2020 — Almost from the moment the oars of his wooden drift boat dipped into the flows of the Green River in Wyoming in 1869, John Wesley Powell began to shape Euro-American visions of this arid region. The Colorado River Basin, where Powell spent most of his time in the West, now supplies water to no fewer than 40 million people.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet Wednesday Via Teleconference

December 14, 2020 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider a plan for the spring 2021 semester during a special teleconference meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16.

UW Extension Publication Examines State Jobless Rate

December 14, 2020 — A new University of Wyoming Extension publication highlights the early effects of COVID-19 on Wyoming employment.

man and woman in scrubs and masks UW’s WWAMI Medical Education Program Benefits from Local Physician Volunteers’ Experiences

December 14, 2020 — The University of Wyoming’s WWAMI Medical Education Program recently provided opportunities for clinical faculty and local physician volunteers to work together to give medical students real-life work experience.

UW Follows Governor’s New Orders on Gatherings

December 11, 2020 — Members of the University of Wyoming community are reminded to follow Gov. Mark Gordon’s new orders aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

UW Survey Finds Mask Use in Wyoming on the Rise

December 11, 2020 — Wyoming residents are reporting an increased use of masks when visiting indoor public places, according to a new survey by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC).

Two men talking outside Wide-Ranging Wyoming Collaboration Targets Invasive Grasses

December 11, 2020 — Partners that span governmental boundaries and jump private-public borders hope to throw a tight noose around invasive grasses degrading Wyoming lands and halt establishment of other invasives.

head portrait of a woman Dr. Tabitha Thrasher First UW-Produced Geriatrician

December 10, 2020 — When Dr. Tabitha Thrasher was still in high school, she worked in a skilled nursing home in northwestern Missouri where she grew up, assigned to the janitorial and maintenance crew scrubbing baseboards, mopping floors and emptying trash cans. Thrasher also managed to stay longer in the elderly patients’ rooms, patiently listening to their life stories.

Three UW Students to Study Abroad Under U.S. State Department Program

December 10, 2020 — Three University of Wyoming students recently received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or work as interns abroad during the academic year.

head portrait of a man Wyoming Business Council CEO to Keynote UW Virtual Commencement Dec. 12

December 10, 2020 — Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell will deliver the keynote address to UW’s winter 2020 graduates during a virtual commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m.

UW Administration Proposes Plan for Spring Semester

December 9, 2020 — The University of Wyoming’s proposed spring 2021 semester would include 10 weeks of in-person instruction, a three-day spring break and five weeks of fully online classes to conclude the term, under a draft plan being presented today (Wednesday) to UW’s Board of Trustees.

UW Survey: Most Wyoming Residents Likely to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

December 9, 2020 — A majority of Wyoming residents are willing to be vaccinated for COVID-19, according to a University of Wyoming survey.

UW’s Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement K-12 Curriculum Project Virtual Library Launches

December 9, 2020 — As schools across Wyoming face a growing need for virtual education resources, the University of Wyoming Wallop Civic Engagement Program shifted its focus to address the need.

UW Survey Finds Majority Support for Marijuana Legalization in State

December 8, 2020 — Wyoming residents have steadily changing opinions regarding the use and possession of marijuana, according to a new survey by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) at the University of Wyoming.

Search for New Dean of UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science Continues

December 7, 2020 — Under the direction of Parker Executive Search and a search committee, the search process continues apace and on schedule for the next dean of the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science.

UW Alumni Association Seeks Nominations for Distinguished Alumni and Medallion Service Awards

December 7, 2020 — The University of Wyoming Alumni Association (UWAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2022 UW Distinguished Alumni and Medallion Service awards.

UW Board of Trustees to Meet Wednesday Via Teleconference

December 7, 2020 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is scheduled to discuss plans for the spring 2021 semester and receive updates on other topics during the board’s regular teleconference meeting Wednesday, Dec. 9.

head photo of a woman UW Faculty Member Named to EdTech Magazine’s List of Higher Education Influencers to Follow

December 7, 2020 — Leigh Hall, a University of Wyoming professor of adolescent literacy, was recently named to EdTech Magazine’s “2020 Dean’s List: 30 Higher Ed IT Influencers Worth a Follow.” The list compiles social media influencers in higher education who are using social and digital media to inform, engage and inspire their colleagues in the field.

man and student in a lab UW Professor Selected as John and Jane Wold Centennial Chair in Energy

December 7, 2020 — The University of Wyoming has named Professor John Kaszuba as the recipient of the John and Jane Wold Centennial Chair in Energy.

UW Webinar to Discuss Centennial of Death of Black Wall Street

December 7, 2020 — The Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research’s “Think and Drink” series in concert with the University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center will present a free webinar that examines the death of Black Wall Street Thursday, Dec. 10.

head photo of a man UW’s Carpenter to Speak on State’s Carbon Capture Perspective

December 7, 2020 — The director of the University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute will speak about regulation of wells for geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m.

head portrait of a man UW’s Sivanpillai Selected as Fellow of National Remote Sensing Organization

December 7, 2020 — Ramesh Sivanpillai, a remote-sensing scientist with the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

certificate for Cowboy Cash UW’s ‘Cowboy Cash’ Campaign Boosts Laramie Businesses

December 7, 2020 — A partnership between the University of Wyoming and Laramie Main Street Alliance has made some small-business owners a little happier as the holidays approach.

woman in camo fatigues New Scholarship Supports UW Veteran Students

December 4, 2020 — A remarkable new scholarship is now available for veterans attending the University of Wyoming.

head photo of a man UW Counseling Student Receives National Scholarship

December 4, 2020 — A University of Wyoming graduate student in the School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy and Design recently received the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation Military Scholarship for 2020.

head photo of a woman UW Residence Coordinator Wins Outstanding Entry-Level Professional Award

December 4, 2020 — Taryn Wright, residence coordinator for White Hall and Hill Hall at the University of Wyoming, recently received the Outstanding Entry-Level Professional Award.

Willena Stanford Diversity Award Nominations Accepted at UW

December 4, 2020 — Nominations for the Willena Stanford Commitment to Diversity Award will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The award honors Stanford, a former University of Wyoming African American and Diaspora Studies instructor.

UW, Governor, State Superintendent Launch Effort to Recruit Substitute Teachers, Preserve In-Person Learning

December 3, 2020 — To address the shortage of substitute teachers in Wyoming’s K-12 schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wyoming is encouraging its students to fill that role.

man UW Professor to Give Virtual Sandeen Lecture Dec. 7

December 3, 2020 — Caskey Russell, a University of Wyoming Department of English associate professor and an adjunct faculty member in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, will present the Sandeen Lecture in the Humanities Monday, Dec. 7.

head photo of a man UW’s Chase Thiel Named Daniels Fund Professor of Business Ethics

December 3, 2020 — Chase Thiel, an associate professor of management at the University of Wyoming, recently was named the Daniels Fund Professor of Business Ethics. Thiel is the first recipient of this position through the Daniels Fund.

Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment Scholarship Applications for 2021-22 Available at UW

December 2, 2020 — Scholarship applications are now available for the Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment for the 2021-22 academic year at the University of Wyoming. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarship Applications for 2021-22 Available at UW

December 2, 2020 — Scholarship applications are now available for the Northern Arapaho Endowment for the 2021-22 academic year at the University of Wyoming. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

UW Research Explores Wyoming Residents’ Acceptance for Energy Development

December 2, 2020 — A new study from the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) and the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources explores Wyoming residents’ perspectives of energy development, including “social license,” or the level to which Wyoming residents support or oppose different forms and amounts of energy development.

young woman using technical equipment with a screenshot of virtual students UW’s TEI Innovation Helps Virtual Teaching Contest During Pandemic

December 2, 2020 — An innovative teacher education program that creates virtual classrooms for University of Wyoming students played a key role in a statewide teaching competition for high school students.

Amanda Galambas and Bradley Lutz UW Medical Students Hold Virtual WWAMI Research Symposium

December 1, 2020 — Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic, second-year medical students from the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) Medical Education Program at the University of Wyoming presented their research projects as part of a virtual symposium.

UW Planetarium Shows for Dec. 11 and 18 Have Been Canceled

December 1, 2020 — Two shows scheduled during this month at the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium have been canceled.

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