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UW in the News

March 17, 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.

UW trustees discussed a tuition increase and salary raises during a special meeting last week, according to The Laramie Boomerang.

Phys.Org carried UW’s release about UW researcher Carl Legleiter developing a more accurate method to measure surface melt-water volumes of the Greenland ice sheet.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, along with UW School of Energy Resources officials, are attending this week’s Advanced Coal Technology Conference in Australia, reports KGAB Radio and The Wyoming Business Report.

The Dallas Morning News cited a study by UW psychology Associate Professor Sean McCrea as to why more people pick underdog teams -- and it backfires -- when filling out their NCAA tournament brackets.

Larry Weatherford, Dick and Maggie Scarlett Endowed Professor of Decision Science at UW, discussed with Mile Cards how airlines think about making passenger seats available for awards. ran a story about UW researchers tracking the movements of, and taking genetic samplings of Columbia spotted frogs in the Bighorn National Forest.

Aurora Chang, a UW assistant professor of educational studies, and her student Norma Lira-Perez were profiled in The Jackson Hole News and Guide. The feature focused on their work on ethnographic research and how Latinas in Jackson end up becoming successful college-bound students

Wyoming Business Report and carried UW’s release about UW astronomer Michael Pierce being part of a team that is planning for the science to be explored with the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Triple Crisis, which reports on finances, development and the environment, carried a column by UW economics and finance Professor Ed Barbier on whether the country is on an upward trend or whether “green growth” has actually stalled.

Sheridan carried UW’s release about the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing receiving a grant that will provide a scholarship for a student to gain experiences to help stem a national nursing shortage.

Tony Bergantino, a service climatologist with the Water Resources Data System at UW, was quoted in a Wyoming Tribune Eagle story about the potential for flooding in southeastern Wyoming this year.

In a story about moose populations rebounding in Jackson Hole, the Jackson Hole News and Guide interviewed UW master’s degree student Brett Jesmer about a state moose habitat study he is spearheading for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The Casper Star-Tribune also wrote about the research.

The Laramie Boomerang reported that UW Foundation members discussed funding opportunities for the university’s faculty.

Artist Felicia Follum’s exhibition “East Meets West” in UW’s Gallery 234 was mentioned in The Casper Star-Tribune.

The Laramie Boomerang noted that several UW students will be volunteering through many service projects around the world during spring break.

Alan Romero, a professor in the UW Rural Law Center, discussed water rights and how water scarcity will affect agriculture at the American Feed Industry Association symposium, according to Agri Marketing.

The Billings Gazette picked up a story quoting Rachel Sailor, UW assistant professor of art history, about a tourism program that is being reintroduced -- the “See America” poster program -- touting America’s national monuments.

In a Casper Star-Tribune column, Gov. Matt Mead cited the need for a plan, with the aid of UW College of Law students, on the possibility of establishing a refugee center in the state for those escaping war-torn countries.

An Associated Press story picked up by The Billings Gazette noted that the WY Geographic Information Science Center is working on a Wyoming Energy Atlas, which denotes who owns what rights to natural resources and addresses environmental issues in each part of the state.

Sheridan mentioned local students who placed at the recent Wyoming State Science Fair held on the UW campus.

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