Officials from the University of Wyoming dispute a recent report from the Institute For Competitive Workforce that pans college education in the state. The ICW is the nonprofit affiliation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
After a three year wait the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing center is being pieced together as scientists get ready for what will be one of the fastest and significant computers in the world.
Today workers in Cheyenne were busy putting the computers together. Meanwhile, those affiliated with the project can hardly contain their excitement. Marijke Unger will be among those running the facility. She says it will study a range of things.
“And that spans everything from solar physics to ocean circulation models to climate simulations. ”
The University of Wyoming says it will have to cut positions as part of its eight-percent budget cut sent to Gov. Matt Mead this week.
The governor requested the proposed cuts because of concerns about a reduction in revenue due to falling gas prices. They are for the budget that begins in July of 2013. University Spokesman Chad Baldwin says with 75 percent of U-W’s budget tied to salaries, he says they have no choice but to cut some positions.
During Wyoming Public Radio’s relationship with UW’s Master of Fine Arts program, we have also acquired some people who wanted to learn to be public radio reporters. Three people have joined us, including this next writer. Irina Zhorov is an accomplished photographer who wanted to develop her writing skills. She recently graduated from the M-F-A program. When Irina came to Wyoming from Philadelphia she had questions about her new state. Today she tells us about her conclusions in her “Letter to Wyoming.”
Earlier this year the Wyoming legislature set aside some 30 million dollars in matching money to help pay for a major upgrade in U-W’s College of Engineering. With an anticipated cost of nearly 100 million dollars, it would be U-W’s most expensive building project. The last major addition to the College occurred in 1980. Right now labs are too small, classrooms are crowded and the front portion of the building has a distinct 1920’s flavor. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…at a time when other building projects were occurring on campus…the chairman of the Senate Appropriations
The University of Wyoming is joining other state agencies in trying to determine how it will trim eight percent from its budget. U-W Provost Myron Allen says an eight percent cut most certainly means that some positions will have to be eliminated. However, Allen says it’s still too early to say if U-W will have to eliminate degree programs.
“I’d prefer not to implement across the board reductions, so there probably be some programs that are hit a lot harder than others. But whether we will have to eliminate some programs, I don’t know yet.”
A team of UW engineering students recently traveled to Alabama to compete in NASA’s annual moon buggy race. The race is for high school and college students who have designed and built non-motorized vehicles that resemble lunar rovers. Teams from all over the world participated, on a race course meant to resemble the surface of the moon. The winning moon buggies aren’t actually going to space, but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports, the project is a major learning experience for the students.
A doctoral student at the University of Wyoming has developed a new method for producing and selling vegetables. The student’s name is Nate Storey, and he’s designed a growing system in one of the university’s greenhouses that requires no fertilizer, produces virtually no waste and yields four times as much produce as traditional greenhouse setups. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.
The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees met today/Thursday to discuss a proposed tuition and fee increase that would begin this fall. If passed, that option would bump up in-state tuition by 2% for the next two years. Non-residents could pay 4.5% more this fall.
University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will discuss whether or not to increase tuition rates this week, with a final vote taking place on Friday. Under the proposal, in-state tuition would increase by 2%, while non-residents would pay 4% more this fall, and an additional increase of 2% the following year.
During the 2011-12 winter break 16 students and faculty from UW, Casper College and Laramie County Community College travelled to Ecuador to spend 8 days/7 nights touring by yacht the Galapagos Islands with author and Charles Darwin scholar Greg Estes. Days were spent hiking trails and snorkeling to observe the unique flora and fauna of these islands that are a natural laboratory for the study of Evolution. Following the Galapagos expedition the group spent 3 days hiking and birding in the Bellavista Cloud Forest Preserve in the Andes Mountains near Quito.
Noted Wyoming author Mark Jenkins is currently writing stories for National Geographic. He will be discussing a recent article called the Healing Fields, the legacy of war and the search for Miss Landmine Cambodia during a lecture in Laramie on February 27ths at five in the UW classroom building. Jenkins will also make some additional appearances in the state. He talks with Bob Beck.
It’s been said that dead men tell no tales, but in the forensic anthropology lab at the University of Wyoming, researchers are proving otherwise. Over the winter, Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone paid a visit to the lab, and he brings us this report on what happens when you find a body in the state, and the process on how scientists identify those remains.
University of Wyoming officials plan to ask trustees in March to approve tuition rates for a two-year period.Vice President of Administration Doug Vinzant told trustees adopting a two-year planned tuition program would provide certainty for students. Currently, annual full-time undergraduate tuition and fees are $4,125 for residents and $12,855 for non-residents. Vinzant says increases will likely be based on what the university receives in appropriations from the Legislature. Gov. Matt Mead has recommended providing the university with
University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan says employee salary increases might not be possible if the state legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee requires steep cuts in the university’s next biennial block grant. U-W requested an additional $9.7 million dollars be allocated to give U-W employees a pay increase in its next budget. However, the J-A-C has asked state departments to make plans for two, five and eight percent budget cuts to cope with diminished state revenue from natural gas prices.
A Denver woman who donated her family's vast ranch to promote hands-on agriculture education at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University says she's disappointed the schools haven't made better use of her gift as a teaching tool. Now the universities are preparing to sell the Y Cross Ranch. Amy Davis says if she could do it all over again, she wouldn't have donated the property between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming. Both schools acknowledge they haven't put the Y Cross Ranch to
The University of Wyoming says reductions in staffing and student support are among the scenarios they are considering if the legislature decides to cut its budget this year.
U-W and other state agencies have been asked to explain what reductions of two, five and eight percent would mean to their budgets. At the high end, U-W President Tom Buchanan says the cuts would be severe. In the two percent scenario, Buchanan says reductions not connected to academics would be made. But he admits that will change if the cuts are more than that.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Wyoming and Utah researchers six million dollars to study how Climate change and other factors will affect water storage and availability in the inter-mountain west. University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Professor Fred Ogden says the researchers will develop high-performance computer models to understand complex water issues facing western states. .
As the University of Wyoming considers tougher admission standards…the offshoot is that it might be tougher for minority students to automatically qualify to attend U-W.
A study found that if the standards had been in effect in 2009… 56 percent of Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanics who applied to U-W would have been automatically qualified, while 83 percent of white students would have been accepted.