UW Highlights

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.

Brandon Hays

When University of Wyoming Department of Botany Associate Professor Daniel Laughlin realized he would have to teach ecology online for the fall semester, he started searching for a resource to show his students landscapes from afar.

When he didn't find what he was looking for, Laughlin and his graduate students designed the Global Vegetation Project.

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Scientists at the University of Wyoming are studying how moose respond to bark beetles killing their forest habitats.

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Due to Wyoming's economic downturn, Gov. Mark Gordon asked state agencies and departments to make 10 percent budget cuts.

Wyoming Department of Health

Albany County has nearly 600 active, confirmed cases of the coronavirus, leading the state in total cases that have occurred since March.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Researchers at the University of Wyoming are developing and testing a computer model that predicts wildfire growth.

Dr. Fredrick Douglass Dixon

A new Black Studies Center has opened this fall at the University of Wyoming. The center aims on advancing the accurate histories of Black people and history in the state.

Joseph C. Stone, Albuquerque Fire Department

A University of Wyoming study finds that exposing wildland firefighters to heat may help them avoid heat-related illnesses.

Using the products of sewage treatment to fertilize soil may turn waste into a valuable resource.

Bob Goldstein, UNC Chapel Hill

A University of Wyoming professor is studying microscopic worms to see how their DNA is similar to humans.

Drought.gov

A $48 million project will fund climate monitoring stations across the Upper Missouri River Basin in five states, including Wyoming.

David Jones

At the start of the semester, the University of Wyoming decided to proceed with a hybrid of online and in-person classes. The plan was that everybody who works on campus was tested before the semester started and no students were allowed on campus until they passed an initial test. The other part of the plan is randomized testing of students and staff now that they're on campus. If there's an outbreak, classes could be pushed to online immediately.

Koepke, Marum, Universitat Bremen and Sato Image, inset from Google Earth

A volcano on the floor of the ocean has recently been discovered by researchers.

Jeff Vanuga

Researchers at the University of Wyoming are trying to find out what goes on beneath the surface of Yellowstone National Park.

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The Defender Aid Clinic at the University of Wyoming's College of Law is behind a new podcast that dives into the racial disparities in the United States criminal justice system.

Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Law professor Lauren McLane and student Nathan Yanchek who says the podcast grew out of the outrage he and students in the clinic felt over police killings of African American men.

Domen Novak

A University of Wyoming team is exploring how robots can help with physical therapy.

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University of Wyoming researchers are exploring the wake that is produced by wind turbines.

Valentin Panzirsch

University of Wyoming researchers have created a computer model that can identify animals in images taken by camera traps.

J. Derek Scasta

Cattle ranching is a costly endeavor, and one little fly can have a huge impact on that cost. Horn flies only bite cattle and some animals are more susceptible to them than others. Knowing why could reduce the costs associated with these pests.

Bob Beck / Wyoming Public Radio

The Wyoming Cowboy football team is back on the practice field after the Mountain West Conference announced that an eight-game season will begin on October 24.

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The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg certainly has some political repercussions, but for many women who followed her career, her impact will be long lasting. That's the case for many women who practice law in Wyoming.

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The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly disruptive for musicians. Some solo performers and small ensembles have figured out creative ways to keep performing, but for symphony orchestras, which can have upwards of 80 players on stage, the problem of safe performances is especially complex. As he explained to Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer, figuring out a way forward has been occupying University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra conductor Michael Griffith's time. The Symphony has its first fall concert scheduled for October 1.

Arek Socha

A new survey finds that alcohol consumption in Wyoming has increased during the pandemic.

WYSAC

A survey of Wyoming residents finds that concerns about COVID-19 are declining.

Cayla Nimmo, Star-Tribune

The University of Wyoming is part of an international effort to create a rapid handheld test for COVID-19.

Tennessee Watson

A new state grant seeks to start up makerspaces across the state and a University of Wyoming program is spearheading the effort.

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The University of Wyoming is part of a collaboration that has identified 65 extinct plants in North America.

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University of Wyoming officials had high hopes for phasing students back into the classroom, but those hopes were dashed when large numbers of positive COVID-19 tests started coming in.

As of Thursday, September 10, the university had 66 active cases. And 63 of those were students, 50 of whom live off-campus.

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World-renowned archeologist George Frison died this Sunday, Sept. 6 at the age of 95. Frison founded the University of Wyoming Anthropology Department and was the first state archeologist.

NASA

A University of Wyoming team has received a $5 million grant to research the Earth's critical zone.

University of Wyoming Western Thunder Marching Band / Facebook


This time of year usually means the start of college football. Not this year. Without game days and big crowds of tailgaters, college towns across the Mountain West and beyond look different - and sound a lot different, too.

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