UW Highlights

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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Open Spaces
3:05 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Writer Sherman Alexie challenges Native American stereotypes

Sherman Alexie

Author, poet, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie spent the past several days on the University of Wyoming campus as a guest of the American Indian Studies Program. His visit started with a public lecture--more like an improv comedy sketch about Native American identity--and Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer sat down with Alexie to discuss some of the themes in his talk.

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Arts
2:45 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Scottish singer Julie Fowlis to perform at UW

Julie Fowlis
Credit Michelle Fowlis

Over the past decade, traditional singer Julie Fowlis has built a career singing songs in the native language of her Scottish island home. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer reached her by Skype in advance of her performance Friday, Oct. 18 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

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Student Veterans
5:32 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

UW will provide financial aid for student veterans

The University of Wyoming has solidified plans to provide financial aid to student veterans affected by the government shutdown.

Spokesman Chad Baldwin says UW has decided to assess each vet’s case individually, and will pay for tuition, university fees and on-campus housing expenses during the shutdown and hope for federal reimbursement later.

Baldwin says that the university is committed to providing this support because of a sense of responsibility towards student veterans.

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News
6:49 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Researchers seek to perfect cheaper solar panels

Scientists at the University of Wyoming are trying to improve solar energy by using nanotechnology.

Researcher Wenyong Wang says nanotechnology involves using very small particles to create solar panels. He says that’s different than how most solar panels are made.

“Commercialized panels are based on silicon,” Wang said. “And right now I think the efficiency is very good – it’s close to 30 percent. … But the disadvantage is that the cost is very high.”

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Sports
6:47 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Wyoming holds off New Mexico

Credit Courtesy UW Athletics

In college football, Wyoming bolted to a 21 point lead, but had to hold on Saturday to beat New Mexico 38 to 31.                      

The Cowboys jumped ahead 21-0, watched New Mexico tied it at 24 early in the fourth quarter, before Brett Smith scored on back to back touchdowns including a 48 yard run that put the game away.  Smith was concerned that the offense stalled in the middle of the game, but he said once the Lobos tied it, it seemed to energize the team.

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Homecoming
5:55 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Cowboys will host New Mexico homecoming weekend

In College football, the Wyoming Cowboys return to action Saturday to host New Mexico.   The Cowboys will be facing a team known for running the ball nearly 80 percent of the time. 

Wyoming Coach Dave Christensen says that the Lobos offense is difficult to stop.

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Arts
6:42 am
Wed October 9, 2013

National museums shape a country's identity

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Museums are popular vacation destinations. When the government isn’t closed, a family trip to Washington, D.C. isn’t complete without a visit to one of the Smithsonian museums. But Dr. Elizabeth Weiser from the Ohio State University is looking at deeper meaning in these public spaces: how they reflect and shape national identity. She was recently at the University of Wyoming to speak about her research, and she stopped by our studios to talk with Wyoming Public Media's Micah Schweizer.

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News
9:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

University will cover costs for student vets during government shutdown

University of Wyoming President Bob Sternberg says that veterans attending U.W. will not see their educations interrupted due to a lack of funding caused by the government shutdown.

U.W.’s director of institutional communications, Chad Baldwin, says that the university will delay billing veterans for now, but hopes to recoup costs from the federal government later.

Baldwin says university president Bob Sternberg is committed to aiding the over 400 currently enrolled veterans because of a sense of responsibility to student vets.

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Spoken Words
2:59 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Jeff Lockwood: Of Cape Cod & Wyoming

Credit Jeff Lockwood

Here's a series of essays exploring "the wonderfully odd and unexpected linkages" between the Massachusetts seashore and the Wyoming prairie. Jeff Lockwood is Professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities at the University of Wyoming. This past summer, he was the writer-in-residence at Cape Cod National Seashore, where he wrote these pieces in a beach shack overlooking the ocean.

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Arts
7:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

UW Symphony opens with classics

The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s new season promises classics, but some of these favorites might be new to American ears. Case in point, the Butterfly Lovers Concerto is famous in China, but likely new to audiences here. (They’ll have to wait until May for that performance.)

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News
8:45 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Mobile lab could help solve air quality questions

Credit Willow Belden

Atmospheric Scientists at the University of Wyoming will soon have access to a mobile laboratory that will help them conduct advanced research into ozone pollution and other air quality issues.

Rob Field is a researcher in the Atmospheric Science Department. He says only a handful of universities have equipment this sophisticated.

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Sports
2:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Cowboys travel to face Texas State

The Wyoming Cowboys football team returns to the road Saturday against Texas State.  The Cowboys are coming off of their best offensive effort in 15 years and Head Coach Dave Christensen has been preaching focus and preparation with his team this week. 

He noted earlier in the week that his team hasn’t always played with the same energy every week and Christensen wants to follow-up on the Air Force win with another great effort.

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Football
6:46 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Mountain West Conference recognizes UW QB Brett Smith

UW Quarterback Brett Smith
Credit Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette / Associated Press

Wyoming Quarterback Brett Smith has been named the Mountain West Conference Offensive player of the week. 

Smith set Wyoming’s single game yardage record and broke some other school records as the Cowboys crushed Air Force Saturday 56 to 23. 

Head Coach Dave Christensen says he was happy with Smith’s performance.

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Sports
4:47 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Wyoming prepares to face Air Force

Wyoming and Air Force renew their college football rivalry Saturday night in Colorado Springs when the two teams meet to open the Mountain West Conference season.  Wyoming is focused on getting its offense back on track while preparing for the difficult Air Force offense.  

Air Force uses a lot of option…where the Quarterback can either hand the ball off…pitch it to a running back…or run the ball himself.  This season Air Force is throwing the ball as well and Wyoming Coach Dave Christensen says it makes the Falcons difficult to play.           

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Open Spaces
4:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UW Pharmacy School prepares graduates to be gainfully employed in an unsteady economy

Sarah Pence (’12) graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. Walgreens hired her immediately.
Credit Rebecca Martinez

In this time of job insecurity and a changing medical landscape, the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy Education is graduating dozens of doctoral students who – for the most part – can count on a securing a good-paying job once they get their degree, if not before. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.

(phone rings, “Thank you for calling Walgreens…”)

REBECCA MARTINEZ: Sarah Pence is a pharmacist at Walgreens in Laramie. She says her store fills hundreds of medications on a daily basis, and there’s a lot she loves about her job.

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Open Spaces
4:30 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Education expert will speak about emotions and learning at the upcoming Ellbogen Symposium

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

On October 2nd, the University of Wyoming College of Education will be hosting University of Southern California Professor Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang who will be the keynote speaker at the annual Ellbogen Symposium for teaching and learning. 

She will discuss how emotions shape learning, motivation and self.  Dr. Immordino-Yang is an expert on neuroscience and education.   She tells Bob Beck that emotions and our social experiences are a big part of learning.  

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music
6:11 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

UW's "New Frontiers" promises accessible contemporary music

Theresa Bogard

The University of Wyoming Music Department’s annual festival of new music runs September 22nd-26th, with recitals and an interactive workshop for the public.

New Frontiers: The Laramie Contemporary Music Project celebrates music by living composers. For those who worry new classical music only means atonal splats of sound, Music Department Chairwoman Theresa Bogard offers some reassurance.

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Sports
7:12 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Wyoming's offense is not where it wants to be

Credit Courtesy UW Athletics

The Wyoming Cowboys football team beat Northern Colorado Saturday by the score of 35 to 7.  But the Cowboys offense is disappointed that it has not been more consistent.   After another slow first quarter, Wyoming scored 21 second quarter points to lead 21 to nothing.

But the offense only scored one more touchdown and failed to connect on several additional scoring opportunities. 

Despite the win, Head Coach Dave Christensen complained for the second week in a row that the offense is not executing like it should.  Quarterback Brett Smith says that he has similar concerns.

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Faculty Recital
6:11 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

UW Music Department announces Faculty Recital Series

Theresa Bogard

The University of Wyoming music department’s fall faculty recital series begins this weekend.

Classical music is a mainstay throughout the series, starting Sunday, August 15 with Nicole Riner and Chi-Chen Wu on flute and piano. But other styles will get an airing too, particularly during October’s Faculty Showcase, where everything from jazz piano to Moldovan pan pipes will be heard.

Piano professor Dr. Theresa Bogard says the series is a chance to put UW’s music department on display.

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Sports
5:02 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Cowboys prepare for Northern Colorado

The Wyoming Cowboys football team is hoping to make it two straight wins Saturday/today when the Pokes host Northern Colorado. 

U-N-C typically plays a level below Wyoming, and so the Cowboys are heavily favored to win.  But Head Coach Dave Christensen notes that Wyoming lost to a lower division team last year, and he’s reminded his players of that.  Christensen says that the Bears will present some challenges.

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Open Spaces
4:14 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

UW study researches link between health and gardening

Christine Porter
Credit University of Wyoming

With help from a five million dollar USDA grant, the University of Wyoming and two local groups are conducting a study of the health benefits of gardening.   They found fourteen volunteers with significant medical issues to start growing food in their own backyards.  The goal is to see if gardening improves their health.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports.

[Fade up Ambi of background garden sounds]

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Open Spaces
3:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Poems by David Romtvedt

David Romtvedt

David Romtvedt teaches in the MFA program for writers at the University of Wyoming and served as the state's poet laureate from 2003 to 2011.  Today, we’ll hear three of his poems about his daughter.

Sunday Morning Early

My daughter and I paddle red kayaks
across the lake. Pulling hard,
we slip through the water.
Far from either shore,
my daughter is a young woman
and suddenly everything is a metaphor
for how short a time we are granted: 

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Fraternities
4:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

UW's Greek community is growing in numbers

Fraternities and sororities at the University of Wyoming are seeing an upswing in membership numbers.

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Poetry
4:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

University of Wyoming will host Navajo poet

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui, an award winning writer and poet, will hold a reading at the University of Wyoming later this week. Bitsui grew up on the Navajo Reservation, and his poetry features themes of the natural world.

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News
6:50 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Christensen wants the offense to get off to a faster start

Credit Bob Beck / Wyoming Public Media

Despite a 42 to 10 win over Idaho, Wyoming football Coach Dave Christensen is focused on fixing some problems with his offense this week in practice.          

After reviewing the game film from Saturday, Christensen said during his weekly press conference that he’s disappointed with how the Wyoming offense started the game.

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Arts
2:16 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Cheech on Chicanitas: Cheech Marin reflects on his Chicano art collection

Margaret García, Finding Jesus at the Taco Stand, 2009, oil on canvas, 10 x 13 inches, courtesy of the Cheech Marin Collection

Selections from comedian Cheech Marin's extensive collection of Chicano art is on display at the University of Wyoming Art Museum through November 23. At an opening press conference, Marin discussed the exhibition, 'Chicanitas, small paintings from the Cheech Marin collection'.

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News
6:41 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Study examines ways to improve international education

A two year study seeks to help the University of Wyoming develop ways to improve International Education.

UW International Programs Director Anne Alexander says the first recommendation in the report involves training faculty to teach students about international issues.  Another recommendation involves teaching the entire state.

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News
7:23 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Wyoming pounds Idaho 42 to 10.

After a slow start on offense the Wyoming Cowboys football team rattled off 42 straight points on the way to a 42-10 victory over Idaho on Saturday.

Wyoming’s Quarterback Brett Smith started out 1 for 10 throwing the ball and the Cowboys failed to score in the first quarter.  But thanks to Wyoming’s defense, Idaho couldn’t take advantage.  Head Coach Dave Christensen says the defense dominated the game.

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News
5:28 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Wyoming opens its home season against Idaho.

Wyoming hosts Idaho Saturday and hopes to build on last weekend’s near upset of Nebraska.    Wyoming raised a lot of eyebrows across the country last weekend with its ability to move the ball against a normally stout Nebraska defense. 

The key last week was Wyoming’s offensive line.  The line was re-tooled at the end of last season and Head Coach Dave Christensen said this week that it has exceeded his expectations.                

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News
6:12 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

UW researchers gain state-of-the-art energy labs

Nikhil Shetty, who is in charge of software for the CAVE, views a 3-D image of a protein.
Credit Willow Belden / WPR

Students and researchers at the University of Wyoming now have access to high-tech equipment that will enable them to do more advanced energy research than in the past.

The university’s new $25 million Energy Innovation Center houses labs for researching better ways to extract oil and more efficient techniques to convert coal into liquids.

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