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UW in the News


December 9, 2013 — 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 articles where UW is making the news.

Market Watch reported UW as the most affordable college in the nation, noting that the university is well funded by state government.

A UW feature written by Institutional Communications intern Stephanie Feldick about UW student Dani Riker, who is deaf in one year and is pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology, was picked up by Advance Healthcare Network.

Phys.Org  and KGAB Radio picked up UW’s release about two university researchers who were among a team that made the first significant recovery of layered igneous rocks from the Earth’s lowest ocean crust.

The Casper-Star Tribune was among several media outlets announcing Craig Bohl, from two-time national champion North Dakota State University, a Football Championship Subdivision school, as UW’s new football coach.

Dick McGinity, UW’s interim vice president for academic affairs, was named interim president Friday by the UW Board of Trustees, noted County 10 and The Casper Star-Tribune.

Sheridan Media.com picked up UW’s release about university researchers using a $1.2 million grant to study if gaming and robotics can be used to teach culturally sensitive computational thinking skills to middle school students.

Christina Kuzmych, Wyoming Public Media general manager, was featured on National Public Radio for her program, recording the history of Wyoming through memories of those who live in the state.

Gov. Matt Mead’s office  announced a partnership with the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at UW to create new digital maps and a clearinghouse of geographic information system (GIS) data about Wyoming.

UW School of Energy Resources Director Mark Northam was quoted in a WyoFile story about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new emissions rule for new coal leases.

Environmental Monitor, an environmental magazine based in Fairborn, Ohio, wrote a story about the use of UW’s King Air research aircraft in a study of lake-effect snow in the region of New York state adjacent to Lake Ontario.

UW Department of Political Science Professor Jim King was interviewed in The Wyoming Tribune Eagle about the continuing U.S. Senate race between Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney.

FindLaw, a website for legal professionals, noted that UW researchers are among a group studying the influence of oil and gas fields on the survival and reproduction of pronghorn in southeast Wyoming.

A UW online petition for the university and Laramie partners to sponsort a glass recycling program was reported in The Laramie Boomerang.

Press-News.org noted that Enette Larson-Meyer, UW Department of Family and Consumer Sciences associate professor, was among researchers that concluded inflammation linked to obesity in adults may be protective in young children.

A gift to modernize and upgrade UW’s planetarium was reported by the Associated Press and picked up by The San Francisco Chronicle.

Ag Professional noted that UW Department of Plant Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Kniss received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to analyze methods of weed control other than herbicide.

Several media outlets, including Casper’s K2 Radio, announced that the UW Board of Trustees would meet for the first time since President Bob Sternberg resigned to discuss UW’s leadership,

The British a cappella vocal ensemble, the King’s Singers, performed live in the Wyoming Public Media (WPM) studio on the UW campus. WPM also noted the UW Gala Holiday Concert last weekend on campus.

The Capital Journal reports that UW researchers are looking at sites across the northern Plains, including South Dakota’s Fort Pierre National Grassland, to understand what happens to wetlands under a range of climate scenarios.

UW Extension has published an 11-bulletin series to help people understand the decisions and legal requirements of estate planning, according to FindLaw, the legal professional news website.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that the UW Police Department is sponsoring a drop-off box for expired prescription drugs.

Through a $10 million grant, UW researchers and others will attempt to convert beetle-kill trees into gasoline, according to Wyoming Public Media.

The Riverton Ranger reported that Chief Washakie scholarship applications are due at UW by March 1.

UW and Laramie made national news last week when it was reported that record lows were recorded, according to an Associated Press story picked up the international news site, The Guardian.

The Laramie Boomerang featured UW graduate Susan Soderberg for her western women’s line of clothing.

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