University of Wyoming

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6:07 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

UW to benefit from demonstration project

The University of Wyoming will get to participate in Microsoft’s innovative fuel cell demonstration pilot project.  

The fuel cell being built in Cheyenne will essentially be powered by sewage.  After 18 months of use by Microsoft, the City of Cheyenne and the University will get access to the so called Data Plant. U-W Chemical and Petroleum Engineering professor David Bagley says a number of students will benefit.     

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6:41 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Energy Innovation Center To Open

The University of Wyoming’s long awaited Energy Innovation Center opens in January. 

The 25-point-four million dollar facility features some high tech capabilities that U-W Energy School Director Mark Northam says should allow Wyoming to be a leader in energy research.  

It will have links to high speed computers, such as the NCAR Supercomputer and will allow for outside research.

“The building will also have a distance collaboration laboratory that will be useful for researchers and other professionals who are working with people in other loca

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7:25 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Wyoming's population growth 2000-2010 is 11th in nation

A University of Wyoming study found that Wyoming’s population grew by 14.1% from 2000 to 2010. That makes the state 11th in the nation for population growth. Tex Taylor, who co-authored the study, says Wyoming’s energy boom brought people to the state.

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Best of Wyoming
7:33 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

UW Dance Program - Laramie

Vedauwoo Vertical Dance
UW Theatre & Dance

Since 1998, "Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo" has been an end-of-summer favorite with local audiences, with the natural rock formations at Vedauwoo offering a spectacular setting for the dance, which covers the entire performance area and connects the land to the sky. Created by UW faculty members Margaret Wilson and Neil Humphrey, the site-specific vertical dance choreography features UW students dancing on rocks both near to and far away from the audience.

Upcoming Events:

From the Ashes: A Cinderella Ballet (DANCE)  

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Best of Wyoming
4:43 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

UW New Visual Arts Building - Laramie

The University of Wyoming's new Visual Arts Building has faculty and student studios, wood and metal shops, a gallery, and rooms dedicated to perform tasks more safely, including a safe place to spray paint.
Rebecca Martinez

The University of Wyoming dedicated its new Visual Arts building January 20, 2012.

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Best of Wyoming
9:15 am
Tue November 20, 2012

UW American Heritage Center – Laramie

American Heritage Center

The American Heritage Center is the University of Wyoming’s manuscript repository, rare books library, and official archives.  The AHC is one of the nation’s biggest, busiest, and best non-governmental archival institutions in the nation:  1) AHC holdings total 75,000 cubic feet (or 18 miles) of manuscripts and archives and 60,000 rare book volumes; 2) AHC assists 5-6,000 researchers every year, from K-12 and undergraduates to senior scholars to documentary filmmakers, and users come from across the globe; 3) in 2010 the AHC received the highest honor possible in the archival profession, th

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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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6:41 am
Fri October 5, 2012

General Speaks At UW

University of Wyoming

The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East says attacks on international forces by Afghan soldiers and police are disheartening.
 
 But Gen. James Mattis says such treachery is a part of war and will not diminish the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.
 
 He says measures have been taken to help reduce the so-called insider attacks that have claimed more than 50 American lives this year.
 
 Mattis spoke and answered questions for little over an hour Thursday at the University of Wyoming.
 

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Open Spaces
4:05 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Documents Show Artwork Removed Early Due to Pressure

A sculpture, called Carbon Sink, installed on the University of Wyoming campus, has generated a lot of controversy in the past couple of years. It was a pin wheel of charred logs that sought to draw a connection between coal, global warming, and increased beetle kill. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that this supposedly anti-carbon message certainly got the attention of law makers, donors, and those in industry.
 

IRINA ZHOROV: The piece was installed in 2011 and was removed in May of 2012, a year earlier than expected.

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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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6:06 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

UW President Tom Buchanan announces retirement

University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan told a gathering of University Faculty and Staff that he will retire in the Summer of 2013.  Buchanan made the announcement during the annual state of the University speech.


“This will be my last year as President of UW.  I will retire from the position of President about this time next year, at the end of the summer.   And I want you to know that it has been my honor and privilege to serve the campus community and it really is a community.  It’s been an amazing run, thank you and good afternoon. “

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Open Spaces
3:47 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Cowgirls Volleyball team has high hopes

UW Cowgirls pause during a match
Bob Beck

The University of Wyoming Cowgirls Volleyball team believes that this could be their year.  18 years after their last NCAA tournament appearance and coming off two strong seasons, the Wyoming squad believes it will take a big step forward this year.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.

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4:25 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

UW wants money for a pay hike

Noting that it’s been more than three years since employees last saw a pay hike, the University of Wyoming board of trustees has approved a supplemental budget request to resolve that situation.  

Trustees unanimously approved a request of more than five million dollars to allow U-W to provide merit-based pay hikes that would average around three-percent.     

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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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4:15 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The University of Wyoming receives record grant

The National Science Foundation announced today (Friday) that the University of Wyoming will receive a 20-million-dollar grant to study water resources in the state.  It’s the largest grant ever received by the University.   U-W Researcher Steve Holbrook says they hope to answer a number of water related questions and help future water managers.

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5:47 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

College Education In Wyoming Is Panned

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.

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5:26 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Computers are being installed at the NCAR facility in Cheyenne

Workers piece together computers at NCAR

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. ”

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6:25 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Y Cross Ranch is up for sale

The presidents of the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University have reaffirmed plans to sell a 50,000-acre ranch in southeast Wyoming.

The University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State
University Research Foundation have jointly owned the Y Cross Ranch
since 1997.

UW President Tom Buchanan and CSU President Tony Frank met and
decided this week to move ahead with selling the ranch by sealed
bid, possibly later this year.

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6:40 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

UW submits proposed 8-percent budget cuts to Governor Mead

 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.

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Open Spaces
3:57 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

An MFA student reads her “Letter to Wyoming”

Irina Zhorov is a graduate of the University of Wyoming’s MFA program, and she reports for Wyoming Public Radio.
Tristan Ahtone

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.”

Open Spaces
4:23 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Wyoming hopes to overhaul UW’s outdated College of Engineering facilities

The Engineering College at the University of Wyoming
Rebecca Martinez

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

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4:54 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

University of Wyoming weighs options for budget cuts

     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.”

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Open Spaces
6:35 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

UW students design and build mock lunar rovers

Willow Belden

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.

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Open Spaces
1:39 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

UW student seeks to revolutionize crop growing

Nate Storey tends a tower of lettuce in his greenhouse in Laramie
Willow Belden

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.

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5:52 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

UW Trustees debate tuition and fee hikes

 

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. 

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4:23 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

University of Wyoming decides tuition increase this week

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.

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Best of Wyoming
2:15 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Galapagos Biology Course – UW Outreach Casper College Center

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.

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4:53 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Wyomingite and National Geographic writer will speak at UW

Listen to the Story

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.

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