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UW in the News

February 10, 2014 — 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.

National Geographic, ABC Science and The New Zealand Herald were among media outlets noting Department of Zoology and Physiology assistant professor Michael Dillion’s research published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters. Dillon says bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest, and use this capability to escape predators or carry loads of nectar when foraging in alpine areas.

UW history Professor Phil Roberts was quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune story about Wyoming being named the most conservative state in the union.

The Casper Star-Tribune profiled Wyoming first lady Carol Mead, including her involvement in help raising funds for a new literacy center at UW.

Associated Students of UW have held two meetings with students to discuss a possible tuition increase, according to a front page story in The Laramie Boomerang.

Sheridan reported that UW President Dick McGinity spoke at the rededication of the Watt Agricultural Center, located at Sheridan College.

Former UW rodeo team member and graduate, Chancey Williams and his group, the Younger Brothers Band, were featured in The Rapid City Journal.

An editorial in The Casper Star-Tribune praised UW’s gun policy as “smart” for keeping the campus safe.

The American Society of Naturalists presented the E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award to Craig Benkman, professor in the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology, according to The Riverton Ranger.

Sheridan carried UW’s release about UW Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Assistant Professor Lamia Goual receiving an Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.

UW’s first spring production, “Middletown,” is staged this week in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts, according to The Laramie Boomerang.

The Casper Star-Tribune profiled several lobbyists, including Chris Boswell, UW’s vice president for governmental and community affairs, in a preview to the opening of the Wyoming Legislature this week.

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” rare Islamic books in a program presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council, are on display at the UW American Heritage Center, according to KOWB Radio.

The Laramie Boomerang noted that core class requirements -- updated about every 10 years -- are being reviewed, according to Alyson Hagy, interim associate provost of academic affairs.

UW’s water system could be updated if Gov. Matt Mead’s $6 million recommendation is approved during the coming Legislative session, noted The Laramie Boomerang.

The Casper Star-Tribune featured piano instructor Chi-Chen Wu, who opens the UW Faculty Recital Series this week at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

Maestro Gerard Schwarz was on campus last week hosting master workshops, leading a conducting symposium and was in concert with the UW Collegiate Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra as part of his Eminent Artist in Residence on campus, according National Public Radio.

Sheridan noted that Saturday U – UW’s free one-day series of lectures – was held at Sheridan College last weekend.

A webinar offered by UW’s Wyoming Entrepreneur Small Business Development Center on how to use such websites as Amazon and eBay, is being offered Feb. 17, according to The Casper Star-Tribune.

The Casper Star-Tribune quoted UW economics and finance Professor Tim Considine about the cost effectiveness of the railway system to deliver coal to Wyoming power plants.

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