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As Wyoming’s only university, the University of Wyoming 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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Two researchers at the University of Wyoming have contributed to a study that paints a picture of human population over the last 10,000 years.

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In its remaining months, the Biodiversity Institute is gearing up for a regional conference on citizen science. In late July, the University of Wyoming announced plans to shut down the institute, which promotes the study of living organisms by learners of all ages, from pre-schoolers to Ph.D. students.

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In her new book Girlhood in the Borderlands, associate UW professor Lilia Soto takes a deep look at the lives of teenage girls who grow up living between Mexico and the United States. In her research, she conducted interviews with teen girls who have "transnational" families, where loved ones live on both sides of the border.

Soto will be giving a talk about the book Wednesday, October 3 at 5 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Union East Ballroom as part of Hispanic Heritage month. She joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard for a conversation and said her own upbringing sparked her interest in the subject.

As stories continue to surface from survivors of sexual violence so do questions about how to reduce the rate at which assault happens. The Equality State Policy Center is hoping to help empower Wyomingites to seek solutions by offering a one day workshop called SHAPE #metoo.

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Back in 2005 the Wyoming legislature set up the Hathaway Scholarship to help make higher education more accessible to Wyoming high school graduates, but data requested by Wyoming Public Radio indicates low-income students aren't reaping the same benefits from the program as their higher income peers. Bailey Nowak's story offers a glimpse of why.

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For the second year in a row, the University of Wyoming has seen an overall increase in enrollment. Kyle Moore, UW's Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, said the most notable increase is the freshman class. At 1,850 students, that's a 9.5 percent increase from last year.

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The 2018-2019 Symphony Orchestra season at the University of Wyoming is shaping up to be a magical one. Literally. This season will have pieces inspired by famous magical stories such as “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and “The Nutcracker”.

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Two professors from the University of Wyoming have created an original opera about the story of an unusual subject; the Rocky Mountain locust.

A panel on civil discourse in politics will take place at the University of Wyoming September 11. The keynote speech will be hosted by Alexander Heffner, host of the PBS show, “The Open Mind.” On the show, Heffner explores politics, media and technology through interviews. It airs nationally including on Wyoming’s PBS station.

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Are we alone in the universe? Can humans travel to far-flung planets? Are there other habitable planets? These are big questions, but there are scientists out there working to solve them, and in the process take a deeper look at our own Earth. One of those people is Dava Newman, the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at MIT and a former NASA Deputy Administrator. She will give a public lecture at UW as a visiting scholar. She sat down with Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard to discuss her work and the possibility humans will go to Mars.

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Governor Matt Mead has appointed Laura Schmid-Pizzato to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees following John MacPherson’s resignation. MacPherson, who was appointed to the board in 2011, said he hoped his replacement would bring fresh perspective to the board.

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Orientation is a common activity for freshmen at any university. While there are students who don’t want to go, some relish the chance to meet new people and well… orient themselves. University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols set a goal of increasing the number of Native Americans attending UW, especially since enrollment of tribal members recently reached an all-time low. Wyoming Public Radio’s Taylar Stagner participated in the Native American Research Center’s first-ever orientation. The goal is to make students comfortable from day one. 

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On Tuesday the current host of the long-running PBS Program an Open Mind will give a keynote talk on the topic of civil discourse. Alexander Heffner is bringing his traveling discussion called “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship” to the University of Wyoming. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 5:30 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium on campus. He tells Bob Beck what his discussion will be about.

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Scientists know very little about a species of stonefly that can only be found in the alpine streams of the Grand Teton Mountain Range: the Lednia tetonica.


The University of Wyoming’s Haub School and the Ruckelshaus Institute recently celebrated 25 years of collaboration in solving problems concerning the environment, natural resources and energy issues. As part of the festivities, the school hosted a panel on civility with some of Wyoming’s most respected political figures: U.S. Senator Al Simpson, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director and State Senator John Turner and former Democratic Governor Mike Sullivan.

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University of Wyoming anthropologists are putting out a call out for help looking for a lost mammoth. How do you lose a six-ton extinct animal that lived 13,000 years ago? Well, you find a few of its bones but lose track over the decades of exactly where they were found. But now some clues have come to the surface. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with the University of Wyoming anthropology professor Todd Surovell, the detective trying to put all the clues together. 

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As a land-grant institution, the University of Wyoming is charged with providing accessible and affordable higher education. In keeping with that mission the UW Board of Trustees is seeking public input regarding ongoing tuition increases.

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The University of Wyoming was found in violation of the Animal Welfare Act during a routine inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in early July.

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The UW board of trustees approved a proposal to create a $20 million endowed scholarship specifically for students from Wyoming.

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One of the main goals of the University of Wyoming’s strategic plan is to positively impact Wyoming communities through learning outreach programs, and through collaborations that make academic expertise relevant in our daily lives. UW’s Biodiversity Institute is emblematic of this vision. But an administrative decision to close it down has raised doubts about the university’s commitment to its own goals.

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Two years ago Wyoming’s defense struggled and last season it was one of the best in the nation. The Cowboys ranked number one in the nation in takeaways, 9th in scoring defense, and 23rd overall. This season many publications say Wyoming will have one of the ten best defenses in the country. 

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A new study by the University of Wyoming suggests elk feedgrounds actually do more harm than good. By ending the practice, it could help slow down a deadly disease.

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The University of Wyoming's five-year strategic plan prioritizes faculty and student participation in international academic programs.

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The University of Wyoming and the city of Laramie plan a series of events this fall to remember the 20-year anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. Shepard was an openly gay student who was kidnapped, tied to a fence and pistol-whipped to death. He has become a national symbol for the LGBTQ community. 

Archives On The Air 29: Has This Student Newspaper Gone Too Far?—Joe Jacobucci Papers

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How far is too far when it comes to parody? Young Joe Jacobucci found out in 1934 when he edited a parody issue of The Branding Iron, the University of Wyoming’s student newspaper.

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On Laramie's western edge, TNT Motorsports is lined with dirt bikes, Sea-Doo watercrafts, and gear with neon and flashy patterns. Yamaha and Fox logos hang on the wall as a yellow-shirted customer eyes the latest YZ 450 dirt bike.

Melodie Edwards


University of Wyoming bat researchers Ellen Whittle and Caitlin Gorden’s workday starts just before nightfall. First, Gorden says, they put up big nets across ponds where bats like to come to get a drink of water. 

Maggie Mullen

Football season kicks off soon with the sport still mired in controversy over whether players should stand for the national anthem. A new NFL policy that would force them to do that is now in limbo while the league negotiates with its players. But the underlying debate over whether political protest belongs on the football field is a familiar story to the University of Wyoming.

The UW Biodiversity Institute, known for its citizen science projects and K-12 science outreach, is closing. UW Communications Directors, Chad Baldwin, said the decision was made by university administration.

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The University of Wyoming (UW) is embarking on a new age by increasing its focus on economic development and entrepreneurship. One new project is taking this vision even further by trying to develop a new niche agricultural market for the state by producing first-grains, and the key to this innovation is actually ancient. 

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