University of Wyoming Extension News

Former UW postdoc fellow receives $500,000 MacArthur award

A former University of Wyoming postdoctoral fellow is one of 24 individuals named a 2007 MacArthur Fellow.

Cheryl Hayashi, who received a $500,000 award from the MacArthur Fellows Program, was a postdoctoral fellow in the UW College of Agriculture’s Department of Molecular Biology from 1996 to 2001. She researched spider silk in the laboratory of Professor Randy Lewis at UW, and that research has continued in her current job at the University of California, Riverside (UC-Riverside). Continue reading

Young hands knit service network stretching far outside Thermopolis

The same hands that greeted NFL star Peyton Manning have also touched the lives of many families and the hearts of servicemen in Iraq.

She’s only 12, but Thermopolis quilter Laurel Leonhardt has stitched together a formidable community service record. A member of the Cowpokes 4-H Club in Hot Springs County, the daughter of Eacel and Dennis Leonhardt uses her considerable skills to help others. Continue reading