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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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The past year has shown evidence of an increase in Anti-Asian violence in major cities. All of that escalated when six Asian women were murdered in the March Atlanta spa shooting. But has that anti-Asian sentiment permeated into smaller, rural areas in the U.S.? And what does it look like?

The short answer is: Yes, it has permeated into smaller, rural towns. However, it's been present even before COVID-19 hit. The pandemic just exacerbated it.

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Wide open spaces, like much of Wyoming, are known to be strongholds for pollinators like butterflies. They often contain critical habitat and food resources, far away from the disturbance of human civilization. But it turns out even those areas are under threat.

Julius Schorzman

Many college students misuse prescription stimulants like Adderall. But a new study from the University of Wyoming finds that caffeine may be a safe and effective substitute.

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The University of Wyoming has won complete control over its own water system, capping off what has been a fierce struggle between the university and the city of Laramie.

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Jaguars have been a very rare sight in the U.S. over the last 30 years. But a new study by the University of Wyoming and University of Arizona captured video of one of the animals.

Parts of the Mountain West are still seeing snow and frost and sleet – but there's one sure sign that spring is actually here: the songs of migrating birds. 


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Plants use carbon dioxide to create energy through a process called photosynthesis. But a new study finds that increased amounts of the gas aren't necessarily beneficial for grasslands in Wyoming.

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The University of Wyoming has won round one in a water dispute with the City of Laramie.

The Wyoming House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that allows UW to drill a well and develop its own water system without interference from the city or the county.

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Communicating science is important, especially when it saves lives like in the COVID-19 pandemic. But it's difficult to do when words mean different things to scientists versus the public.

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The city of Laramie is pushing back against a bill that would allow the University of Wyoming to control its own water supply. The city council passed a resolution this week strongly condemning that bill, even calling it unconstitutional.

After last year's COVID-19 cancellations, the NCAA basketball tournaments are back, and one women's team in the Mountain West is making history.

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The Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team will face UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament Monday night.

The 14th-seeded Cowgirls are playing in just their second-ever NCAA tournament, while UCLA is making its fifth straight appearance and was 16-5 on the regular season.

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Fairy rings are all around Wyoming, so it's possible you have seen them without noticing - they look like rings of extra-green grass or mushrooms. The circles can be explained by science, but, as their name suggests, are the subject of many folklore stories. How that came about starts with a story about dancing.

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The University of Wyoming's Board of Trustees have selected Kevin Carman as the next provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Carman served as the provost at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2013 to 2020. The decision was announced Wednesday.

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The University of Wyoming's Interactive Realities Lab is developing new tools to make virtual reality more lifelike, and as a result more useful for training simulations, education and entertainment.

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When Wyoming resident Celeste Armstrong had her driver's license suspended a year ago, she had no way of knowing that her case could completely change the way licenses are suspended. But the University of Wyoming's Defender Aid Clinic took up her case and eventually won in Albany County District Court.

Clinic Director Professor Lauren McLane and Student Attorney Nathan Yanchek demonstrated that the Wyoming Department of Transportation had been using the wrong law to suspend licenses. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor spoke with McLane about what this means for Wyoming drivers.

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A 17th-century book known as the Baumfylde Manuscript is giving insight into the lives and priorities of people of the past. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel spoke to UW professor Peter Parolin who analyzed the manuscript.

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Racist "Zoom bombings" have attacked virtual meetings on college campuses in Wyoming and Utah this month.

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The University of Wyoming's Black Studies Center and UW President Ed Seidel held a town hall meeting on February 24 to address the recent racist Zoom-bombing attack that occurred during a live virtual panel on February 15.

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A 17th-Century book known as the Baumfylde Manuscript has captured the attention of researchers looking to learn more about early modern life.

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Scientists at the University of Wyoming have used a new method to measure past climate in the state.

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The University of Wyoming Native American Program is starting a chapter of a STEM program that focuses on providing support to native students. The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), was founded in 1977 to support Native students and their involvement in STEM programs.

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The University of Wyoming will receive $2.4 million dollars in CARES funding from the federal Economic Development Administration.

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Many people think of science and art as complete opposites, but one University of Wyoming researcher is working to combine the two. Wyoming Public Radio's Ashley Piccone spoke with Karen Vaughan, a pedology professor who is using the soil in her research to make watercolor paint. She said soil is more important than you would think.

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Quick and accurate COVID-19 testing is a key part of getting the pandemic under control. And a Laramie company is part of the effort to make that a reality. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel talked to CellDrop Biosciences founder, Ben Noren, about the type of testing they are developing.

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A company called CellDrop Biotech is part of a $354,000 grant taking on the task of creating a faster and more accurate rapid test for COVID-19.

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Tiger chert is a stone that formed about 50 million years ago in Wyoming and the surrounding region, and artifacts made from the rock are found around the West. It's made of quartz and has distinctive stripes that give it its name.

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Lunar New Year begins on February 12, 2021. And usually, the holiday involves huge festivities with fireworks, dancing, and family reunions. But as the pandemic continues into this year, the celebration will look and feel different this new year. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao reports this story.

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The University of Wyoming (UW) Geological Museum is one of 10 museums from across the nation selected to help develop a new digital learning platform known as Museums for Digital Learning.

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The National Center for Atmospheric Research Cheyenne supercomputer will be replaced and updated this year.

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