UW Highlights http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en UW College Of Education Responds To Criticism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-college-education-responds-criticism <p>The University of Wyoming’s College of Education is taking issue with complaints made about the quality of its graduates.</p><p>Last week, at a UW Trustees’ meeting, Governor Mead’s education policy adviser Mary Kay Hill said that the most qualified K-12 teachers in the state “are not coming from UW.”</p><p>She pointed to a 2011 report that shows nearly 70 percent of new school district hires in Wyoming came from institutions outside of the state. That’s up from 50 percent in 2000.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:30:36 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61687 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW College Of Education Responds To Criticism H.L. Hix: The Seasons, In Verse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hl-hix-seasons-verse <p><a href="http://hlhix.com/index.htm" target="_blank">H. L. Hix</a> teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wyoming.&nbsp; His most recent poetry collection is <em>As Much As, If Not More Than</em> (Etruscan Press, 2014); the poems recorded here are from his book <em>First Fire, Then Birds</em> (Etruscan Press, 2010). Hix has been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award. His poems have been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:46:06 +0000 H.L. Hix 61682 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org H.L. Hix: The Seasons, In Verse Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-music-teachers-find-community-uw-summer-program <p>It’s before 8 o’ clock in the morning, and there’s a surprising amount of noise coming from a basement classroom in UW’s library.</p><p>Inside is a group of about 25 sitting in a circle, playing instruments or humming along. For most of the year, these people are music educators teaching in schools all over Wyoming. But in the summer, they’re students themselves—in a UW summer master’s program. Today, they’re learning a melody by ear.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:49:49 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61548 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program State Lawmakers Want More Dialogue With UW http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-lawmakers-want-more-dialogue-uw <p>Wyoming state legislators want more communication and coordination with the University of Wyoming.</p><p>The UW Board of Trustees met with several House and Senate members in Casper this week to discuss the relationship between the Legislature and the school. Senate President Tony Ross says the meeting was a good first step, but lawmakers need to play a bigger role in the future.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:10:10 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61432 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Lawmakers Want More Dialogue With UW UW Professor Publishes Research On Creative Thinking In Robots http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-professor-publishes-research-creative-thinking-robots <p>University of Wyoming Computer Science Professor Jeff Clune saw his research published this week showing that robots’ problem-solving skills can be improved by encouraging ‘creative thinking’ in artificial intelligence.</p><p>The research was accepted in ‘Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference,’ a peer-reviewed publication.</p><p>The robots Clune and his team experimented with were rewarded when they ‘had ideas’ they never had before—basically when their simulated neurons displayed new patterns.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:25:50 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61412 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Professor Publishes Research On Creative Thinking In Robots Two Poems By Kate Northrop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/two-poems-kate-northrop <p>Kate Northrop teaches in the Department of English at the University of Wyoming. She earned a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Kate recently received the 2014 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers Award. Her most recent collections of poems, <em>Clean</em>, was published in 2011 by Persea Books.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:18:51 +0000 Kate Northrop 60720 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Two Poems By Kate Northrop UW Molecular Biology Professor Wins Pew Award http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-molecular-biology-professor-wins-pew-award <p>Assistant Professor Jay Gatlin has won the first Pew Scholar award for the campus.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gatlin was awarded the highly competitive research grant—which comes with 200 and 40 thousand dollars of research funding—based on his promising work in biomedical sciences.</span></p><p>“I study the cellular machinery,” Gatlin explained, “that’s responsible for separating the copies of DNA during cell division.”</p><p>This machinery is important, says Gatlin, because it might hold keys to new treatments for cancer—a disease marked by very rapid cell division.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:09:48 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60719 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Molecular Biology Professor Wins Pew Award Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rare-mammoth-site-excavated-douglas <p>In 1986, a large mammoth rib bone was found jutting out of the bank of a creek a few miles from Douglas.&nbsp; The state archaeologist, Dr. George Frison, did a hasty 4-day excavation at the time.&nbsp; But a thorough excavation has never been done because the land owners weren’t interested in hosting an archaeology dig on their property.&nbsp; That left archaeologists with a big question--was LaPrele Creek a mammoth kill site?&nbsp; But recently the land sold and archaeologists have finally been allowed to dig.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60519 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas Report Shows UW's Economic Footprint On State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-shows-uws-economic-footprint-state <p>A University of Wyoming <a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/research/_files/docs/uw-economic-footprint-2014.pdf">report</a> says that UW brings $130 million dollars in external funding into the state each year, spurs $129 million in other economic activity, and is responsible for creating more than 2,200 jobs.</p><p>The report sought to quantify economic impacts that would not occur in Wyoming if the University wasn’t in the state, including spending by non-resident students and visitors, and startup businesses stemming from UW research.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:57:51 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60341 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Shows UW's Economic Footprint On State Summer Theatre Takes World War II Show On The Road http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/summer-theatre-takes-world-war-ii-show-road <p>For the first time, Laramie’s Snowy Range Summer Theatre is doing a touring show. <a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2014/06/uw-snowy-range-summer-theatre-presents-swingtime-canteen.html" target="_blank">‘Swingtime Canteen’</a> is in Laramie June 19-21 and 26-28 (opening night is free to the public). In between, the show will travel to Riverton on June 22, Rock Springs on June 23, Lander on June 24, and Dubois on June 25. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with the director, Leigh Selting.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Micah Schweizer 59960 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Summer Theatre Takes World War II Show On The Road Study Gives UW And Most Teaching Colleges Bad Marks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-gives-uw-and-most-teaching-colleges-bad-marks <p>The University of Wyoming’s undergraduate elementary education program has work to do to meet standards for effective teacher training.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s according to a </span><a href="http://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/Teacher_Prep_Review_2014_Report" style="line-height: 1.5;">report </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality—a think tank that pushes for tougher evaluations of classroom teachers.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59991 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study Gives UW And Most Teaching Colleges Bad Marks Wyoming Colleges Look To Increase Support For Student Veterans http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-colleges-look-increase-support-student-veterans <p>Robert Sheetz spent five years in the U.S. Navy, working on a flight deck, fixing fighter jets. When he got out, the Colorado native came to Wyoming—to put his GI Bill benefit toward an anthropology degree.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>“I was a 23-year-old freshman coming into the University of Wyoming, coming from an area where I had a huge structure system around me from being in the military,” Sheetz said.&nbsp; “So I had to kind of learn to build that system for myself and figure out how to be a college student after not being in school for five years.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:24:01 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59807 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Colleges Look To Increase Support For Student Veterans Laramie Mural Project Celebrates Tenth Public Artwork http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-mural-project-celebrates-tenth-public-artwork <p>The <a href="http://www.laramiemuralproject.org/">Laramie Mural Project</a> will celebrate its tenth public artwork with an outdoor party on Friday, June 13. The Mural Project is collaboration between artists, the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Laramie Main Street Alliance. Since 2011, it has decorated the sides of downtown buildings with images ranging from migrant farm workers to prairie dogs.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:32:58 +0000 Rebecca Golden 59741 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie Mural Project Celebrates Tenth Public Artwork UW Hosts Veterans In Higher Education Conference http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-hosts-veterans-higher-education-conference <p>Higher education institutions from around Wyoming are working together to develop strategies to better serve military veterans on their campuses.</p><p>The first-of-its-kind, three-day conference features representatives from colleges and vocational schools statewide.&nbsp; They say veterans returning to civilian life face challenges and have special needs—and entering into a higher education setting adds to that.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:13:42 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59621 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Hosts Veterans In Higher Education Conference UW Gets A Big Gift From Hess Corporation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-gets-big-gift-hess-corporation <p>Hess Corporation President Greg Hill joined Gov. Matt Mead at The University of Wyoming Thursday to announce the company’s plan to donate $4.3 million more to help build UW’s new energy and engineering research complex.</p><p>Hess has now committed a total of $10 million to the university, $8.7 million of which will be matched by state funds.</p><p>The gifts support the High Bay Research Facility, which will be used for large-scale experiments and research aimed at tapping ‘unconventional reservoirs.’</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:17:04 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59419 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Gets A Big Gift From Hess Corporation Amid Boom, Regulators Struggle With Staffing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/amid-boom-regulators-struggle-staffing <p>The newly discovered abundance of domestic oil and gas is creating a shortage of something else: the petroleum engineers who regulate drilling activities. Government petroleum engineers approve companies’ drilling plans and inspect wells after they’re completed to make sure they’re not at risk of contaminating water or blowing out, but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, there just aren’t enough petroleum engineers to go around. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:08:01 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58424 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Amid Boom, Regulators Struggle With Staffing U-W Track Athlete Has High Hopes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/u-w-track-athlete-has-high-hopes <p>The Mountain West Conference Track and Field Championships are taking place in Laramie this weekend. Shot Putter and Discus thrower Mason Finley is certainly a headliner. While Finley wants to do well this weekend…he also has his eyes on some upcoming meets. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:29:29 +0000 Bob Beck 58417 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org U-W Track Athlete Has High Hopes Wyoming Hosts Track And Field Championships http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-hosts-track-and-field-championships <p>The University of Wyoming is hosting the Mountain West Conference Track and Field Championships this week. &nbsp;Head Coach Bryan Berryhill says the home meet is special for the Cowboys and Cowgirls and that both squads have high expectations. Sprinter and school record holder Kereston Thomas says she and her teammates are excited.<br /> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:26:05 +0000 Bob Beck 58298 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Hosts Track And Field Championships UW Police Say Increase In Sexual Assault Complaints Is Due To Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-police-say-increase-sexual-assault-complaints-due-education <p>The University of Wyoming police saw an uptick in the number of reported sexual assaults in 2013. &nbsp;15 sex offenses were reported in contrast with the eight or nine typical in a year.</p><p>In 2012 five were reported. UW Police Chief Mike Samp says he’s sure the increase is due to greater education about the importance of reporting such crimes.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:15:28 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58206 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Police Say Increase In Sexual Assault Complaints Is Due To Education U-W President Makes Changes At The Top http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/u-w-president-makes-changes-top <p>University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity says he will soon be looking to find permanent replacements for a number of interim administrators at U-W.&nbsp;</p><p>McGinity says he is currently searching for a new Dean of Engineering and will soon try and fill the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs.&nbsp; He says the Interim Vice President Maggi Murdock has decided to resign and return to her faculty post after the two had differences on some issues. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:03:12 +0000 Bob Beck 58202 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org U-W President Makes Changes At The Top UW Songwriters Record For WPM's Single Shot Live http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-songwriters-record-wpms-single-shot-live <p>Four students from Julian Saporiti's 'American Popular Music: Songwriting' class at the University of Wyoming stopped by the WPM studios on May 8 to record two songs they wrote during the class.</p><p>Billing themselves as 'The Millenials,' the group performed a song written in the style of a '60s girl group but with lyrics written from the perspective of a 21st century woman.</p><p>Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on <strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/programs/single-shot-live" target="_blank">Single Shot Live</a></strong>!&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:46:04 +0000 Micah Schweizer 58061 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Songwriters Record For WPM's Single Shot Live Wyoming Stories: How A Wyomingite Protected Japanese-Americans From WWII Internment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-how-wyomingite-protected-japanese-americans-wwii-internment <p>UW Professor of history Phil Roberts tells the story of how Thomas Boylan—the late owner and operator of The Fossil Cabin outside of Medicine Bow—protected the identity of local Japanese Americans from relocation officers during World War II.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:44:34 +0000 Adrian Shirk 57943 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: How A Wyomingite Protected Japanese-Americans From WWII Internment UW Overhauls General Studies Program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-overhauls-general-studies-program <p>For the first time in many years the University of Wyoming is changing its general studies program, the coursework required for all students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at UW.&nbsp; Faculty Senate Chair Ed Janak says it should simplify the course selection process for everyone and simply transfers to the university.&nbsp;<br /><br />“There’s no longer this giant alphabet soup, this is going to be really straightforward, it’s this and this and this and we are really happy about that,” Janak says.<br /> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:32:18 +0000 Bob Beck 57922 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Overhauls General Studies Program Wyoming Recruits Freshman Shooting Guard http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-recruits-freshman-shooting-guard <p></p><p>A Swedish shooting guard will join the Wyoming Cowboys basketball team next season.&nbsp; Alex Aka Gorski was given a scholarship by Wyoming. He's expected to provide an offensive boost to the team right away.&nbsp; Head Coach Larry Shyatt calls him the kind of deep shooter that UW needs in order to compete in the Mountain West Conference.</p><p>“He’s mature, he left home as a 9th grader and went to Stockholm to play at the highest level in his country," Shyatt says. "He’s been extremely well coached, he knows how to play off the dribble as well as within the game.”</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 00:42:05 +0000 Bob Beck 57759 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Recruits Freshman Shooting Guard UW Football Coach Has High Hopes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-football-coach-has-high-hopes <p>University of Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl has been a winner at a number of places.&nbsp; While an assistant Coach at Nebraska the Cornhuskers won two national championships and his last three teams at North Dakota State won the last three Football Championship Subdivision titles.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:54:54 +0000 Bob Beck 57746 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Football Coach Has High Hopes StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/storycorps-how-hathaway-scholarship-came-be <p>Bill Schilling is the president of the Wyoming Business Alliance. He was instrumental in getting the Hathaway scholarship passed through the legislature, and he says it’s one of his greatest accomplishments.</p><p>The Hathaway allows students to get money for college if they meet certain academic criteria. Here, Schilling talks with former dean of the UW Business School Brent Hathaway. (In case you were wondering – no, the scholarship is not named after him.) Schilling recalls how the Hathaway scholarship came to be.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:33:04 +0000 Willow Belden 57656 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be Renowned Chinese Violinist To Perform With UW Symphony Orchestra http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/renowned-chinese-violinist-perform-uw-symphony-orchestra <p>A famous Chinese orchestral work and a famous Chinese violinist are the centerpieces of the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s <strong><a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2014/04/uw-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-butterfly-lovers-concerto-may-1.html" target="_blank">season finale on Thursday, May 1</a></strong>.</p><p>The Butterfly Lovers Concerto is one the most beloved classical works in China. It was written in 1956 and is now making inroads into the western repertoire.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:31:35 +0000 Micah Schweizer 57632 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Renowned Chinese Violinist To Perform With UW Symphony Orchestra Halloween With David Sedaris At The University Of Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/halloween-david-sedaris-university-wyoming <p>Wyoming Public Media presents NPR humorist and best-selling author <strong>David Sedaris at the University of Wyoming’s A&amp;S Auditorium Oct 31<sup>st</sup></strong>. This event features new and unpublished readings of Sedaris's work and a book signing and optional Halloween costume contest.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:15:08 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 57573 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Halloween With David Sedaris At The University Of Wyoming Challenging Invisibility: UW Class Discovers Black History In The West http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/challenging-invisibility-uw-class-discovers-black-history-west <p>Racial diversity is not one of the things for which Wyoming is best known. According to census data, only one-point-five percent of the state’s population is African American. Now, a class at the University of Wyoming is documenting the largely untold history of black people in the West. The class is confronting black invisibility—real and perceived.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:00:02 +0000 Micah Schweizer 57400 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Challenging Invisibility: UW Class Discovers Black History In The West Novelist Ann Patchett To Visit UW http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/novelist-ann-patchett-visit-uw <p>Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett <strong><a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2014/04/award-winning-author-ann-patchett-to-speak-at-uw-april-22.html" target="_blank">will speak at the University of Wyoming Tuesday, April 22</a></strong>. The free talk includes a Q &amp; A, followed by a book signing.&nbsp; In addition to the talk, she will meet privately with UW students, including MFA candidates in the creative writing program.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:22:11 +0000 Rebecca Golden 57129 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Novelist Ann Patchett To Visit UW