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UW in the News

January 30, 2023

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:

Katie Wagner, an associate professor in the UW Department of Botany, provided comments for an article in Nature that focused on a call to action to create funding equity for mothers in academic research.

A Wall Street Journal article featured UW’s newly launched Firearms Research Center, which is housed in the UW College of Law. George Mocsary, the center’s director and co-founder who is a professor in the UW College of Law, was quoted in the article. AmmoLand Shooting Sports News and Sheridan Media carried UW’s release on the center.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an article on how New York aims to test the Supreme Court on gun control. Mocsary, a Second Amendment expert, was quoted in the article, which originally appeared on The Hill’s website. The published a piece that referenced Mocsary’s comments from The Hill article.

The Illinois Answers Project interviewed Mocsary for an article on Illinois’ assault weapons ban and the legal challenges it faces. Mocsary said the problem with the law is “how it picked the guns to ban in an arbitrary way.”

Cowboy State Daily interviewed Mocsary for an article titled “Wyoming Doc Defends California Law Punishing Doctors Who Advise Against Covid Vax.” Mocsary said the law may be an infringement of doctors’ free speech rights.

Yahoo! carried a news release announcing that Strathmore Plus Uranium Corp. will collaborate with UW’s Near-Surface Geophysics Instrument Center to complete research at the company’s Agate and Night Owl projects in the Shirley Basin. Bradley Carr, director of the center and associate research scientist in the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics, was chosen to receive seed funding from the UW School of Energy Resources (SER) for his project titled “Pilot Study of Integrated Geophysical Method Characterization of Deposition/Roll Front Uranium Deposits in the Shirley Basin, Wyoming.”

TheStreet, a financial news website, interviewed Jim King, a UW professor of political science, for an article titled “Elon Musk Embraces the Right, But Republicans Still Hate Electric Vehicles.” Wyoming Republican lawmakers recently introduced a resolution that expressed support for phasing out the sale of electric vehicles in the state by 2035. “Wyoming state legislators are interested in protecting a component of the state’s economy,” King said.

The UW Board of Trustees approved a new contract for UW President Ed Seidel last week, The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported. Seidel’s new contract will go through June 2026. WyoToday Media and Sheridan Media published UW’s release.

The UW Board of Trustees discussed the university’s new strategic plan, “Forward for Wyoming: Honoring Our Heritage & Creating Our Future,” at last week’s board meeting, The Laramie Boomerang reported.

The CS-T reported that House Bill 167 would restart Wyoming’s teacher shortage loan repayment program. The program would be open to all UW College of Education students interested in teaching in the state.

Kevin Monteith, a UW professor and Wyoming Excellence Chair, and Tayler LaSharr, a UW graduate student, provided comments for a WyoFile article on their study of how a deer’s future is affected by the mother’s health at birth. LaSharr is the lead author of a paper on the study that was published recently in the journal Ecology.

Peabody, a leading coal producer, recently announced it will donate $500,000 to UW's SER to help fund research into future uses of coal, Wyoming Public Radio reported. SER Executive Director Holly Krutka was quoted in the article.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that UW has banned TikTok from all UW-owned or -issued technology equipment and university networks. Gov. Mark Gordon recently issued a memorandum directing the app be removed from all state-owned and -issued devices and networks.

The Powell Tribune covered Seidel’s speech at the recent Wyoming Press Association convention in Cheyenne. Seidel emphasized the importance of innovation and collaboration at the university.

UW students will present on other uses of coal and carbon at the Northwest Colorado Energy Summit in Craig, Colo., in June, The Craig Press reported.

A Boise State University news release noted that the university’s Stein Luminary will present the documentary “A River Out of Time” next month. The film follows a team of scientists, artists and educators who rafted the Colorado River in 2019 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s Colorado River exploration. Lead scientist Tom Minckley, a professor in the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics, and lead artist Pat Kikut, an adjunct professor of art in the UW Department of Visual and Literary Arts, will show several artists’ responses and techniques in an interactive exhibition on the Stein Luminary’s touchscreens.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Wyoming News Now published UW’s release announcing that nominations are open for the Own It! Awards for women in STEM at UW.

Wyoming Dementia Together, a program offered through UW’s Center on Aging, hosted an online discussion on the different types of dementia last week. SweetwaterNOW published UW’s release on the program.

Laramie Live published UW’s release announcing that John Koprowski, dean of the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and an international squirrel expert, will give a talk on the history and significance of Groundhog Day later this week.

Laramie Live published UW’s release noting 22 nonformal world language and culture sessions are available free via Zoom this semester.

Laramie Live published UW’s release announcing that UW Institutional Communications and Marketing specialists and UW Extension communications team members received nearly 20 awards during the recent Wyoming Press Association Associates’ group contest.

WyoToday Media published UW’s release on “Father + Nature,” a new short film that tells the story of John Turner, a cowboy from western Wyoming whose career included some of the most impactful conservation decisions of the last century.

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