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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
9:29 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Study Says Small Gardens Can Be As Productive As Factory Farms

In collaboration with the University of Wyoming, a local food advocacy group conducted a study to find out just how many vegetables a backyard garden in Wyoming can produce.  The project is called Team G.R.O.W., or Gardening Research of Wyoming. 

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Open Spaces
4:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Conversation Expert Says It’s Important To Have A Plan

Credit Debra Fine

On Thursday acclaimed author and speaker Debra Fine will appear at the University of Wyoming Ballroom at 4:30  discussing the art of a conversation.  Fine is a former engineer and the founder of the company called The Fine Art of Small Talk.

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Arts
10:43 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Internationally Acclaimed Conductor Directs UW Student Ensembles

Maestro Gerard Schwarz
Credit VanHouten Photography

Maestro Gerard Schwarz raises his baton at the University of Wyoming. The former Seattle Symphony Orchestra director has 13 Grammy nominations and two Emmy wins to his credit, among numerous other awards. Tonight (Feb. 6), he’ll conduct three university ensembles in a public performance at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 PM. UW music department chair Theresa Bogard says Schwarz is honing the student groups’ sound.

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News
5:47 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

UW Collaborates on Carbon Capture Test Center

A research lab dedicated to finding new ways to collect and use carbon dioxide is a step closer to becoming a reality. 

The Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee has recommended that $15 million be set aside for the project, which would be located at one of Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants.  The project would be a collaboration between the state, the University of Wyoming, and a power company.

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News
7:38 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Former UW Rodeo Coach Dies At 85

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

Former University of Wyoming rodeo coach Pete Burns died at his home in Laramie on January 25.  He was 85 years old.  Pete Burns served as the university’s rodeo coach from 1982 until 1996. 

His oldest son, Hal Burns, says his father leaves behind a well-regarded legacy for the UW rodeo team. “Fourteen years, he coached the University of Wyoming rodeo team,” Hal says.  “During his tenure, the Wyoming women won eight regional championships and three national championships, which is pretty amazing.  He was very, very top coach in the college rodeo.  Had lots of success.”

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News
7:06 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Wyoming's Fundraising For Arena Improvements A Success

The University of Wyoming Athletics Department says that ten million dollars in private donations has been raised as it moves forward with the 30 million dollar Arena Auditorium renovation project. 

The redesign and remodel of the facility will include a new a statute to honor Wyoming basketball legend Kenny Sailors and the court will be named after Cheyenne businessman Maury Brown.  U-W Athletics Director Tom Burman says Brown’s contribution allowed the project to go forward.                     

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Open Spaces
4:46 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Potential for Gas Price Increase If Oil Ban Lifted

For forty years the U-S has banned the export of most all crude oil. Matt Laslo reports a new debate is raging in Washington over whether to end the ban.

MATT LASLO: The U-S banned crude oil exports after the Arab oil embargo of 1973. It’s been in place since, which has negatively impacted global oil prices. Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso says he’s ready to lift the ban.

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Open Spaces
4:42 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Sage Grouse Concerns Prompt Changes In Reclamation Regs

Pete Stahl and Calvin Strom examine a reclamation demo site to see if any native plants have grown back.
Credit Willow Belden

When energy development happens on public lands, companies have to reclaim the land. That means restoring the landscape after it’s been disturbed. But exactly what’s required varies from one part of the state to another. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports that agencies are making those rules more consistent, in hopes of helping keep sage grouse off the endangered species list.

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Open Spaces
4:37 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

A and S Dean Discusses Her Goals

Credit UW News Service

Last summer Paula Lutz from Montana State University was hired to replace longtime University of Wyoming Arts and Sciences Dean Oliver Walter.  She joins us today on Open Spaces to share her vision for the College.  She speaks with Bob Beck.

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News
6:47 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

UW Conservation Corps Still Alive

Almost a month after saying they didn’t have the funds to operate this summer, the Wyoming Conservation Corps is back in business. 

Last month program leaders said the Corps was short on money, but a loan from the U-W Research Office and money from Residence Life and Dining Service will allow the program to move forward.

The program pays students to perform conservation work around the state during the summer.  This year it will be a scaled down program, according to Director Patrick Call. 

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Open Spaces
4:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Economist Discusses Whether Regulations Scare Off Industry

Credit University of Wyoming

For many years, Wyoming lawmakers have been reluctant to impose new regulations on industry.  At the national level, the congressional delegation has been highly critical anytime the Environmental Protection Agency proposes new regulations on energy production, saying that it costs jobs. 

State leaders have echoed those statements, and over the years many legislators have even expressed concern about adding staff to the Department of Environmental Quality, fearing that it could lead to over regulation. 

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News
5:22 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

McGinity named UW's full time President

After hearing mixed public testimony, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees have voted 9 to 3 to make Dick McGinity the full time President of the University until June 30th of 2016.

Trustee President Dave Bostrom says McGinity “has demonstrated his ability to lead the institution.” During the meeting Faculty and Staff representatives urged trustees to wait before removing McGinity’s interim tag.  But many, like Dean of Libraries Maggie Farrell said it was time for U-W to move forward.

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News
4:10 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

UW Trustees hear mixed reaction about the UW Presidency

The University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees is considering making Interim  U-W President Dick McGinity the full time President. The Trustees held a public discussion on the issue Thursday and got plenty of advice.

Addressing a room full of people, Staff Senate President Jim Logue told the board that U-W staff would prefer to see the board conduct a formal search for a new president.

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Arts
12:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Student Run Concert Series Creates Local Music Hub

Hectic Hobo

An all ages weekly concert series in Laramie started as a training ground for students. Now, Studio WYO brings a steady flow of local and regional bands to the University of Wyoming on Thursday nights… and has become a hub for music lovers. Wyoming Public Radio’s Anna Rader reports.

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News
7:47 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

UW Trustees to discuss position of university President

Thursday the University of Wyoming trustees are scheduled to discuss the position of UW President.  Many on the UW faculty list serve have expressed concern that Interim President, Dick McGinity, will be appointed to the position permanently without a search. Faculty Senate Chair Colin Keeney warns against leaping to conclusions.

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Behind the Scenes
2:43 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Jeff Lockwood interviewed on Science Friday

Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood being interviewed by phone in WPR's studio C
Erin O'Doherty

Jeffrey Lockwood, University of Wyoming professor, entomologist and author of The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Love, and Loathe Insects, was interviewed on Science Friday via one of Wyoming Public Radio's studios.

Open Spaces
4:20 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

UW Interim President prepares for the Legislative Session

Following the resignation of Bob Sternberg, Dick McGinity has taken over reins at the University of Wyoming as Interim President. 

McGinity was simply a faculty member at UW until Sternberg promoted him to be part of the administration and now he’s running the show.  Among his first duties is getting UW priorities through the legislature.  He tells Bob Beck that includes pay raises.

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Open Spaces
3:33 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New fossil prep lab at the geology museum offers opportunity for students and community

University of Wyoming student Mitchell Lukens works in the new preparation lab in the Geology museum.

The geology museum at the University of Wyoming recently re-opened after a long remodel. One of the features unveiled is a new fossil preparation lab. This lab offers U-W students, museum visitors, and the community a variety of opportunities to learn more about fossil prep. Wyoming Public Radio’s Chelsea Biondolillo has more.

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News
5:50 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

UW worried about losing research faculty

Credit University of Wyoming

In making a request for pay hikes for University of Wyoming faculty and staff before the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee, University Vice President for Research, Bill Gern, spent a considerable amount of time discussing some of the major research faculty who are leaving U-W. 

Gern says they have lost or are losing up to 20 key faculty members who are taking their research dollars with them.  He says recent budget cuts have made it difficult for the University to keep some of these faculty...and their departure has a major impact on U-W.

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Legislative
5:45 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Senator suggests tuition hike for UW

After hearing the budget request from the University of Wyoming, a State Senator says it is time that U-W look at raising tuition to a much higher level. 

Senate Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout says the cost of maintaining a high quality institution is substantial.  Bebout says U-W had to go through some difficult budget cuts and so it may be time that the University take steps to raise some of its own revenue.                  

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Spoken Words
2:38 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Manasseh Franklin: Recipe for the Essence of Rootlessness

Manasseh Franklin

Manasseh Franklin is a Creative Nonfiction and Environment and Natural Resources MFA candidate. While she's proud of her east coast roots, she's happy to call the open spaces of the western states home.

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Spoken Words
2:32 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Ginger Ko: Ask Rational Thought—Love Advice Column

Credit U.S. National Library of Medicine

Ginger Ko studies at the University of Wyoming’s MFA in Creative Writing program.  Her poetry and reviews have appeared in smoking glue gun, Anti-, TYPO, inter|rupture, and HTMLGIANT. She is originally from Los Angeles.

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Spoken Words
2:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Eric Krszjzaniek: Memo: On Wyomingness

Eric Krszjzaniek is earning his Masters degrees in English and Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Having spent most of his life amongst the free-range cheese and fragrant cows of Wisconsin, Eric was drawn to the open expanses and sparse populations of Wyoming after stints as a renewable energy educator, a county commissioner, and an editor on an antiques magazine. Eric's work has appeared in many bathroom stall walls and has lined many cages of birds and dogs alike.

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Sports
11:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Bohl is excited about leading the University of Wyoming football team

Wyoming’s new football Coach says it is bittersweet leaving North Dakota State after eleven years, but Craig Bohl is excited about bringing winning football back to the Cowboy state.  Bohl’s teams have won consecutive championships in the division below Wyoming, but he is convinced he will be successful at the Division one level.  Bohl says his teams are good on offense, but are known for their defense. 

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Sports
5:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Wyoming volleyball ends season on high note

Credit Bob Beck

After a slow start, the University of Wyoming volley ball team went on a strong run and finished with a seven match win streak.  The Cowgirls struggled adjusting to first year Head Coach Chad Callihan, but once things clicked the team opened some eyes. 

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Open Spaces
4:11 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Beetle-kill logging project raises questions about value of dead trees

The project's industry partner, Cool Planet Energy Systems, has developed technology for producing biofuels that it says is carbon negative.
Credit Cool Planet Energy Systems

More than 40 million acres of trees have been killed by bark beetles in the Rocky Mountain West over the last two decades. Those trees are an eyesore, and as we heard in the last story, a source of carbon dioxide. But a new project is trying to find an upside to the epidemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given researchers at five western universities, including the University of Wyoming, $10 million to see if those dead trees can be converted into gasoline.

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Spoken Words
10:54 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Adrian Shirk: The Disoriented Express

The Potato Bug
Credit Adrian Shirk

Adrian Shirk was born in a now-defunct Manhattan maternity ward. Her nonfiction has appeared in Wilder Quarterly, The Airship, Owl Eye Review, 7Stops Magazine, and Packet. Currently, she's at work on a book of epistolary essays with poet Amber Stewart and is finishing an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Wyoming.

A version of "The Disoriented Express" recently appeared in Packet.

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Behind the Scenes
1:54 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

A cappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers performs at WPM

Anna Rader

On a snowy and cold Thursday morning, the British a cappella vocal ensemble the King's Singer's warmed up the Morning Music studio. The King's Singers are on tour of festive performances across the United States. One of their stops includes a performance in Laramie at the University of Wyoming's Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

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Arts
1:33 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

UW Holiday Concert offers something old, something new

Credit UW Photo

The Gala Holiday Concert at the University of Wyoming on Saturday and Sunday feature performances by the Bel Canto Women’ Choir, Civic Chorus, Singing Statesmen, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Orchestra director Michael Griffith previewed a portion of the concert with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

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Behind the Scenes
12:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

UW creative writing class records their work

Eric Krszjzaniek, Ginger Ko, Erin Jones, Manasseh Franklin, Jeff Lockwood
Credit Micah Schweizer

To end the fall semester, University of Wyoming Professor Jeff Lockwood’s Creative Nonfiction: The Short Form class recorded their final pieces for our literary series Spoken Words.

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