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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 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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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A team of University of Wyoming astronomy students have compiled the largest ever catalog of quasars. Wyoming Public Radio's Ashley Piccone spoke with graduate student Brad Lyke about what a quasar is and why they are important.

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A team of astronomy students at the University of Wyoming have compiled the largest ever catalog of quasars.

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After five more University of Wyoming students tested positive for COVID-19, the University has paused its fall return plan.  

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A University of Wyoming life science team has received a $6 million National Science Foundation grant.

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The University of Wyoming will conduct upwards of 25,000 COVID-19 tests per week when all students return to campus September 28.

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Before nurses begin working in real-world scenarios, they have to go through lots of training and preparation. At the University of Wyoming (UW) Faye W. Whitney School of Nursing, students have to complete a minimum of 1,125 hours of clinical practice, which includes around 100 hours of simulations.

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The University of Wyoming has changed its plans and will begin the fall semester on August 24 and will only have limited in-person classes beginning September 7.

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The Mountain West Conference, which includes the University of Wyoming, is cancelling all sporting events for the fall.

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A new analysis by the Great Plains Institute and the University of Wyoming describes possible steps that industries in the U.S. can take to lower their carbon dioxide emissions. They propose using carbon capture technology and transportation infrastructure that moves the carbon dioxide to storage locations underground.

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University of Wyoming researchers examined how elephants use water as a tool in a new study.

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It's difficult to build electronics in space, but a University of Wyoming and NASA partnership is working on a method.

Yale School of Public Health researchers created a simulation: a hypothetical campus of 5,000 students where 10 are asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. They found the safest way to reopen a campus like that was to enforce strict guidelines like distancing and mask-wearing. But that wasn't enough.


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When University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel was hired this spring, he had lots of ideas. Then COVID-19 hit and his priorities shifted. Despite budget cuts, he's still excited about the future of UW and how it will impact the state. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck.

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