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UW in the News

December 18, 2017

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:

UW officials told legislators that the Science Initiative building, a facility that will advance science education and research on campus, is $11 million over budget, reported The Laramie Boomerang. Plans to reduce the deficit are underway, UW officials say. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) was among media outlets reporting the news.

The CS-T interviewed Jonathan Naughton, director of UW’s Wind Energy Research Center, on the expected boom in the wind energy sector in the state, especially for smaller companies.

UW economist Rob Godby said, in a CS-T interview, that he is not yet convinced that the Blackjewel mine buyout in northeast Wyoming represents a fundamental shift in Wyoming coal. Coal Zoom published the article on its website.

The Boomerang noted that discussion to close 15th Street is essentially over because of an overwhelmingly disapproval from Laramie residents, UW and city officials told members of the state Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee last week. Officials said more study and planning are needed. KGWN TV also reported on the issue.

UW has a role in the Clean Coal Technologies Inc. research plant and commercial production facility in the Powder River Basin that will soon begin operation at the former Two Elk property southeast of Wright. The Gillette News Record reported the announcement, and the article was republished in The CS-T.

The CS-T also noted that 19 medical students from across Wyoming, attending the University of Washington School of Medicine at UW, are moving on to the clinical phase of their education.

UW officials discussed plans to encourage entrepreneurship, lead research with implications for the state economy and boost the number of Wyoming residents with college degrees during the ENDOW Executive Council meeting on campus last week, The Boomerang reported. Wyoming Business Council also published a similar article.

Sheridan Media discussed with Chad Baldwin, UW’s associate vice president for communications and marketing, university researchers’ recent discovery of a rare aquatic insect -- the western glacier stonefly -- in Grand Teton National Park, which may keep the insect off of the endangered species list.

Steve Smutko, the Ruckelshaus Institute Spicer Wyoming Excellence Chair, facilitated a discussion among the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative’s local advisory group that is exploring future management of three Sublette County wilderness study areas, reported The Sublette County Examiner.

The Boomerang reported that UW will implement new programs the university deems helpful in diversifying the state economy or based on student interest, President Laurie Nichols told legislators last week. She added that UW will continue to eliminate programs with low enrollment.

A new fellowship program, UW Enterprise for Elevating Educational Excellence, is part of the UW Board of Trustees Education Initiative. Sweetwater Now published UW’s release announcing the program that will develop innovative and modern methods to ensure UW prepares effective educators for Wyoming.

Phys.org published research from Chian Jones Ritten in the UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics that suggests budget reminders cause unexpected consumer behavior, and that most people could not accurately say how much they actually spent while shopping.

UW political science Professor Jim King is quoted in a CS-T story about Democrat Gary Trauner’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

WyoFile published an op-ed piece from UW history Professor Renee Laegreid, titled “Tenure, academic freedom and why they matter,” last week.

UW President Nichols and astronomy and physics Professor Danny Dale visited with Rock Springs High School students last week, Wyo4 News reported.

UW College of Business students recently discussed whether marijuana should be legalized in Wyoming. Kent Noble, Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics at UW, was interviewed by KGAB Radio. He said the panel discussion was to look at the business perspective of marijuana.

The Gillette News Record published UW’s release noting that UW Professor Danny Dale is visiting some of the state’s high schools and junior high schools, in part, explaining how UW undergraduates are involved in cutting-edge research internships through the university’s Science Initiative.

NBC Sports was among media outlets announcing that UW quarterback Josh Allen’s availability for this week’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game is still up in the air. Allen is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered last month.


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