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As Wyoming’s only university, UW is committed to explore, create, and share knowledge.  Wyoming Public Media captures the work of scholars, learners, and leaders who are committed to serving the state of Wyoming and contributing to national and international intellectual growth.  You can hear some of our stories and features on these pages.  They reflect the work of hundreds of individuals dedicated to the University of Wyoming vision to imagine the future and to create it.

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News
4:32 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

UW hopes to sell itself to more Colorado students

Now that Colorado State University is planning to increase in-state tuition by nine percent, a University of Wyoming official says that more students might consider U-W as an affordable option for college. 

U-W Vice President for Academic Affairs Sara Axelson says even though Wyoming’s out-of-state tuition will soon increase slightly… the cost is going to be very competitive when compared with C-S-U.  She says they will work hard to point that out to high school seniors.             

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News
8:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Medical fund started to help Wyoming wrestler

A fund has been established to help former University of Wyoming wrestler Michael Martinez cover medical costs.

Martinez was helping on his family’s ranch in Colorado when a gas leak caught fire in his field camper. He drove himself several miles to reach help and was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital, where he was treated for burns to over 80 percent of his body.

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News
5:58 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Vast new lithium discovery near Rock Springs could meet entire domestic need

A drilling rig operates near Rock Springs as part of a recent carbon dioxide storage site characterization project led by the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute. Project researchers discovered a vast new lithium resource in the underground brines of the Rock Springs Uplift.

Researchers with the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute have discovered a vast underground deposit of lithium in Southwest Wyoming. Researchers were taking deep samples in the Rock Springs Uplift to study how the state might store its oil and gas emissions when they discovered the reserve. They say it could hold up to 150 times more lithium than the nation’s current largest producer in Silver Peak, Nevada.

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Open Spaces
3:59 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Laramie educators want to foster support for LGBT students in the classroom

Schools across the country have embraced sweeping anti-bullying measures in recent years. Universities and schools districts are encouraging teachers to celebrate diversity and discourage exclusionary language, but at the upcoming Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, the University of Wyoming will host a group that say teachers need to beexplicit about their acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning students.

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News
6:31 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

North American tribal leaders to gather at UW for “Building Tribal Nations Symposium”

Activists, educators and politicians from a number of North American Indian tribes will speak at the University of Wyoming in April.

UW’s American Indian Studies Program is hosting the Building Tribal Nations Symposium, where speakers will present about energy, the environment, legal and social issues.

Program Director Judith Antell says presenters come from different backgrounds, but many tribes have common needs and goals.

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News
8:37 am
Tue March 19, 2013

UW Extension teaches farmers to expand operations with CSAs

University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension is working to educate ag producers about how to set up their own Community Supported Agriculture operations, or CSAs.

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Open Spaces
4:56 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

UW Economist Anne Alexander discusses the potential effects of the federal sequester on Wyoming

One thing everyone is trying to get a grip on is how the federal sequester will impact Wyoming.  Anne Alexander is an economist at the University of Wyoming.  She joined Bob Beck in the studio to discuss this.

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Open Spaces
4:13 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

A conversation with incoming UW President, Dr. Robert Sternberg

Doctor Robert Sternberg is the incoming President of the University of Wyoming.  Sternberg is a noted Psychologist who is currently the Provost at Oklahoma State University.  In other interviews Sternberg has made it clear that a key focus of his will be on improving academics at UW and he is also a big supporter of athletics.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck asked him to talk about a few other issues.

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UW President
6:41 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

UW Trustees are winding down search for University President

This weekend, the University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees interviewed four candidates to replace President Tom Buchanan, who will retire this summer.

The search for a new UW president was originally confidential, to allow candidates to maintain security in their current jobs, but a judge in Laramie ruled that the University must release the names of its candidates to the public. In order to stay on schedule, the Board of Trustees obliged, but not before telling candidates the search would no longer be confidential.

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Open Spaces
4:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

New research seeks to answer key scientific questions about Sublette County ozone

Drill rigs like this one are one source of emissions that could be contributing to ozone formation in Sublette County.
Credit Willow Belden

Sublette County has an ozone problem. Ozone is produced by emissions from the oil and gas fields and contributes to smog, which can cause health problems.  Several times in the past few years, ozone levels have exceeded federal limits, and the Environmental Protection Agency has given Wyoming three years to fix the problem. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has been working with local residents and industry to come up with a solution. But that’s hard to do, because nobody understands the exact chemistry of ozone formation.

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News
4:45 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Researchers hope to improve wind farm efficiency

Credit mywindpowersystem.com

A group of University of Wyoming researchers received $508,000 from NASA to study aerodynamics and wind resistance at Wyoming’s Supercomputing Center.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that Wyoming has one of the highest capacities for wind power production in the country. But University of Wyoming Mathematics Professor Stefan Heinz says most wind farms aren’t arranged as efficiently as they could be. He says the wake of one turbine often disrupts the turbines around it, reducing efficiency.

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Open Spaces
4:06 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

UW program will prepare a new generation of landmen for the booming energy industry

University of Wyoming just initiated a new program out of its burgeoning School of Energy Resources. The professional land management concentration will train landmen. Those are people who look for untapped oil and gas and other resources and negotiate contracts between their owners and companies that want to develop them.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that the program is just in time.

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Open Spaces
3:08 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

University of Wyoming Athletes earn highest GPAs in a decade

Credit UW Athletics

In the 2011-2012 academic year, UW athletes involved in NCAA sanctioned sports brought in an average GPA of 3.04. That’s the highest GPA in a decade, and it’s even higher than the general student body average. Wyoming Public Radio’s Sara Hossaini reports.

SARA HOSSAINI: Women’s basketball forward Chaundra Sewell is a fan favorite with nearly a thousand points scored at UW. She’s also a pharmacy student with a 4.0. She says that academics are more important to her than athletics.

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News
4:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

UW's School of Energy Resources receives large gift from Hess Corp.

The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources is getting $4.4 million from the Hess Corporation to help fund a program that will investigate the flow of oil and gas through tight shale and sandstone.  It’s part of a UW effort to research unconventional oil and gas reservoirs through the Center for Advanced Oil and Gas technologies.   The Hess donation will specifically go towards the Nano Resolution Imaging Laboratory.  State matching funds make it a gift of nearly $9 million.  Governor Matt Mead says the gifts will lead to creative ways to improve energy development in Wyoming.

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Sports
6:22 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Cowboys are ranked for the first time in 25 years

The ESPN/USA Today Basketball Coaches poll has ranked the unbeaten Wyoming Cowboys 25th in the nation.  The Cowboys just missed being ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll by gathering just enough votes to place 27th.  

Head Coach Larry Shyatt is downplaying the ranking, comparing his team to riding in a car.

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Sports
5:09 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Shyatt is impressed with Wyoming's focus

Wyoming Cowboys basketball Coach Larry Shyatt says he is thrilled with the way his team has remained focused throughout its 13 game winning streak.  Despite the fact that Wyoming is unbeaten, it has failed to crack the national rankings.  Shyatt said the players have not let that distract them.

“And I think they have been really, really good at being at what I called it earlier laser focused on what’s important now.  They seem to repeat the saying that we’ve had around here that happy is for March.”

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Open Spaces
4:25 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Wyoming archaeologist looks to Mongolia for clues about ancient local nomads

Todd Surovell working in Mongolia
Credit Sara Hossaini

A Wyoming Archaeologist’s work in Mongolia is shedding new light on the prehistoric people of the Rocky

Mountains. Wyoming Public Radio’s Sara Hossaini reports.

SARA HOSSAINI: University of Wyoming archaeologist Todd Surovell spends a lot of time thinking about how humans organize the space around us. In particular, our junk.

TODD SUROVELL: I don’t think archaeologists commonly portray themselves as studiers of trash, but that’s what we do. Ninety-nine percent of what we find in the archaeological record is refuse.

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Business
4:12 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

What could a second Obama term mean for energy, the environment?

During the campaign season, many fossil fuel developers dreaded the idea of a second term for President Obama.

Bruce Hinchey of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming says during the last four years, it’s been harder to secure oil and gas leases on federal land, get drilling permits, and have environmental impact statements approved.

But Bob Spencer of the Equality State Policy Center says it’s prudent for the administration to strike a balance between mineral production and preserving land for wildlife and public enjoyment.

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News
5:56 am
Tue November 6, 2012

UW Students Help Re-Design Downtown Buffalo

Architectural Design Students at the University of Wyoming are helping to re-design Buffalo, Wyoming’s historic downtown. The focal point will be an antique carousel with a unique local flair. 

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Open Spaces
3:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

UW Professor Phil Roberts on the WY Democratic Party’s Rise and Fall

University of Wyoming History Professor, Phil Roberts, says Wyoming’s Democratic Party lost many of its constituents when the state lost its large railroad and mining labor unions. But the Party also failed to make up for that loss by not painting itself as the party for the modern cowboy.   

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Supercomputer
5:12 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

NCAR supercomputer ready for research projects

The NCAR supercomputer, which is housed in a series of cabinets, is so large that it required 18 semis to transport it to Cheyenne.
Willow Belden Wyoming Public Radio

The computing center that houses one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers opened today in Cheyenne. The new supercomputer, called Yellowstone, will replace an older computing facility that the National Center for Atmospheric Research has been using in Colorado.  Tom Bogdan is president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which manages the new computing center.

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News
5:26 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

UW trustees lay out plan for selecting new president

University of Wyoming trustees have decided on the process they’ll use to select a new university president, who will take over after Tom Buchannan retires next year.

UW’s Vice President for Government and Community Affairs Chris Boswell says the trustees’ resolution made a few things clear: “It sets out a prospective timeline, and also, very importantly, it sets out the very clear intention to involve faculty, students, staff at the university of wyoming, as well as external constituencies.”

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News
5:45 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

UW job fair reflects a boost in hiring prospects for students

The University of Wyoming’s fall job fair was Tuesday, and the students’ outlook was optimistic. A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers projects hiring will increase 13-percent for college graduates this spring compared with the same time in 2012.  The number of businesses represented at the fall job fair rose slightly this year, from the mid-80s to low-90s.

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Open Spaces
3:56 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

A new teacher assessment could help UW Education students improve

University of Wyoming College of Education students will now be part of a Comprehensive Teacher Performance Assessment that will determine the student teachers performance in a variety of skills.   UW was among the institutions that helped develop the assessment that is called edTPA.  Some states already require teachers to pass an assessment like this to get licensed, that is not the case in Wyoming.  But the College of Education will require the Assessment to help develop better teachers.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

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Open Spaces
3:31 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

After slow start, ‘green’ building begins to take root in Wyoming

Davey Jackson Elementary in Jackson achieved LEED certification.

Over the past few years, a growing number of people in Wyoming have been constructing buildings with an eye to making them more energy efficient. But Wyoming still lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to “green” building. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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News
5:02 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

UW’s lone peer-reviewed journal turns 50

Rocky Mountain Geology, which is UW’s only peer-reviewed scientific journal, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Editor Art Snoke says the journal’s mission – which is to cover a range of topics related to the area’s geology – will stay the same in the future,  but they’re considering some changes for the publication.

“We’re probably at a stage now where we may go totally digital,” Snoke said. “There’s many superb journals that are totally digital. And things have changed so much as far as publishing science, that that would be the next logical step.”

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Open Spaces
4:17 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Symphony: Michael Griffith previews the season

The University of Wyoming Symphony opens its season next week.  Director Michael Griffith joins Bob Beck.

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Open Spaces
4:02 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Cowboy Joe IV will pass along the reigns this football season

Cowboy Joe IV makes his way off the field with his handlers during University of Wyoming's first home football game of the 2012 season. He’s retiring this season, and will be replaced by Cowboy Joe V.
Irina Zhorov

With the start of football season, comes the start of Cowboy Joe’s work season. Cowboy Joe, if you don’t know, is one of two University of Wyoming mascots. He’s a pony with a lot of attitude who arguably has more admirers than the football players themselves. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that the current mascot is actually Cowboy Joe four, and he’s passing the reigns to Cowboy Joe five.

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Open Spaces
5:02 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Researchers study contraception as a potential coyote management tool

Marjie MacGregor weighs one of the test coyotes
Willow Belden

Talk to almost anyone who raises sheep in Wyoming, and they’ll tell you they’ve had problems with coyotes.  Traditionally, the response has been to kill the coyotes, often by aerial gunning. But researchers at the University of Wyoming are trying to come up with an alternative management tool, which they hope will work better in the long-term and be more  humane. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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News
6:16 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Another Big Fundraising Year For UW

The University of Wyoming just finished its second straight year raising over 40 million dollars in private donations.  U-W Foundation President Ben Blalock says the support the University gets from the state leads to donations from the public.

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