Ivy Engel

Part-Time Reporter

Email: iengel@uwyo.edu

Ivy is a current undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming. She is studying biology with minors in chemistry, journalism, and business. Hoping to go into science communication upon graduation in 2020, she’s excited to get a taste of the world of broadcast journalism and to share her love of science. In her free time, Ivy enjoys baking, reading, and spending time outdoors.

In the fall of 2019, Ivy was promoted to a part-time paid position.

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Wyoming is known for its rurality. Unfortunately, this rurality means that much of Wyoming is underserved for internet connectivity. But All West Communications has received a grant from the USDA's ReConnect Program to try to fix that.

Bear River State Park

Hooved animals, known as ungulates, are known to "surf the green wave" and follow the nutritious spring growth as they migrate. But researchers have found that bison in Yellowstone National Park are not only surfing the green wave, they're also creating their own nutritious lawns and reducing their reliance on the wave.

Lucia R.M. Martino, Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. is featuring a portrait exhibition that was created by a University of Wyoming (UW) professor.

WTBC

The Wyoming Technology and Business Council (WTB) is supporting a new startup challenge focused on science: the Microbial Ecology Collaborative Startup Launchpad. Though, the launchpad isn't just for microbial ecology.

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The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its regulatory framework that states must follow if they plan to grow hemp. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) submitted its proposal to grow hemp back in April but now must revise and resubmit its proposal to meet the USDA framework.

Reformation Dance Company

This weekend, the Reformation Dance Company will be transporting audience members to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.

University of Wyoming

Ten finalists in the Fisher Innovation Launchpad entrepreneurship competition presented their business ideas on October 24 at the University of Wyoming (UW) Student Union.

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A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Wyoming’s kids are some of the thinnest in the country. 

Amy Martin

Wyoming beef and lamb could be a regular food item on Taiwanese tables soon thanks to a letter of intent signed by representatives from the Taiwanese meat packing district and several Wyoming agriculture councils.

University of Wyoming

This Saturday, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a University of Wyoming student club, is hosting Wyoming 5th through 9th grade girls at the WOMENgineering conference.

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C-SPAN television network wrapped up five days of filming historic sites and talking to local authors in Laramie last week.

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As hunting season begins, Wyoming Game and Fish (WGF) officials encourage hunters to have their animals tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a deadly brain disease that effects deer, elk and moose. It's almost impossible to spot, and spreads easily between animals. The Centers for Disease Control recommends against eating meat from an infected animal.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing was recently gifted $1 million by the McMurry Foundation to support mental health education and outreach.

Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) recently released a new app to help Wyomingites track their health and wellness. The app, My 307 Wellness, allows users to track information relating to their physical and mental health along with important milestones. It also provides information about local health and wellness resources.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources has seen a slow decline in enrollment in recent years. This has prompted the school to make changes to their marketing and recruitment strategies to try to interest new students.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced rollbacks to the Clean Water Act. These rollbacks will repeal some of the rules put into place by the Obama Administration that protect smaller bodies of water and intermittent streams.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

As hunting seasons gets underway, the Wyoming State Forestry Division wants to remind everyone to use extra caution when it comes to fire safety.

ENGAGE

The second ENGAGE Summit will be held this weekend in Casper with a focus on how young people can help build the Wyoming that they want to live in.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming (UW) will host the Energy and Natural Resources Fair this week with alumni of two prestigious State Department Programs: the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Critical Language Scholarship Program. Both programs are U.S. State Department scholarship programs that focus on assisting students with international studies and overseas language research.

Jessica Ulysses Grant

Boreal toads were once common in the western part of the United States. Today, the toads, and many other amphibians, are under attack from a deadly skin disease known as chytrid fungus, which limits their ability to obtain oxygen and may lead to cardiac arrest. But somehow toads found in Western Wyoming appear to be fighting back against the disease.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to the University of Wyoming (UW) to support integration of computer science education in K-8 classrooms and public libraries across the state.

Nathan Maier

In a recent collaboration with University of Montana, University of Wyoming (UW) researchers headed out to explore a little-studied area of the Greenland ice sheet. The team was headed by Neil Humphrey, a UW professor of geology and geophysics, and his graduate student, Nathan Maier.

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The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) has proposed a new rule that will encourage mineral development and reduce permit hoarding in the state. Wyoming is currently a first to file state, meaning the first operator to file for a drilling permit gets it. The common practice has flooded the commission with over 1,000 applications a month

Joe Riis

Results of a recent poll show Wyomingites overwhelming favor protecting the state's wildlife, but support also varies between policies related to conservation.

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Mosquitoes have been a nuisance in Laramie this year with higher than usual numbers. The weather has been both helping them reproduce and hindering control efforts.

Preston L. Chasteen

A recent study called upon the Western U.S. to increase its prescribed burn practice as a preventative for large-scale wildfires. Prescribed burning is used to remove flammable undergrowth and dry, dead patches that add fuel to a wildfire.

Pilot Hill Land Purchase

Wyoming Pathways has been awarded the National 2019 Coalition for Recreational Trails Achievement Award.

Catherine Wagner

The lakes in the alpine areas of the Wind River Range have historically been fishless - that is, until humans started stocking them for recreational use. The introduction of these fish changed the ecosystems of the lakes, and specifically, the microscopic animals that float through the water, known as zooplankton. Now, University of Wyoming researchers want to know if the change in zooplankton has influenced a change in the fish.

Jessica Ulysses Grant

Chytrid fungus is a deadly disease that infects amphibians worldwide, and it's considered the worst infectious disease in the history of vertebrates. Once infected, amphibian populations often see drastic declines and sometimes even go extinct.

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