UW molecular biology assistant professor praised for course design,drive for student success

Naomi Ward
Naomi Ward

Turning traditional course design upside down, her enthusiasm for teaching and her drive for student success are among reasonsassistant professor Naomi Ward has received the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award at the University of Wyoming.

Ward, who has a split position between the Department of Molecular Biology (75 percent) and the Department of Botany, is in her sixth year at UW.

“I’d like to express my thanks to the Office of Academic Affairs and the award’s donor (Mary Ellbogen Garland) for this recognition and for the very generous prize,” said Ward, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “I am honored and grateful.”

This year’s other award recipients are Peter Parolin, associate professor in the Department of English, and Doug Russell, associate professor in the Department of Art.

“Naomi is simply a gifted teacher,” said Anne Sylvester, a molecular biology professor and director of Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). “She excels not only in content delivery but in designing courses that are relevant and rigorous.”

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UW agricultural honor society recognizes top students, Six Iron Ranch owners

Top University of Wyoming agricultural students were honored, and the owners of the Six Iron Ranch near Shoshoni received Gamma Sigma Delta’s Outstanding Agriculturalist Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Laramie April 20.

Gamma Sigma Delta is the international honor society of agriculture.

Receiving outstanding student awards, their hometowns and majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources were:

Outstanding Freshman – Hannah Shoults, Van Tassell, animal and veterinary sciences (ANVS); Kelsey Welter, Aurora, Colo., renewable resources and watershed management (REWM)

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UW Meat Judging Team has record-breaking spring

From left, coach Zeb Gray, Emilee Brinton, Austin Buzanoswki, Katie Ferree, McKensie Harris, Chris Block, Lara Allnutt, Jaris Baker, Frankie Domenico.
From left, coach Zeb Gray, Emilee Brinton, Austin Buzanoswki, Katie Ferree, McKensie Harris, Chris Block, Lara Allnutt, Jaris Baker, Frankie Domenico.

The University of Wyoming Meat Judging Team broke its placings record and a member topped a reasons record she had set only one week earlier during spring competition.

Team members consistently hovered near record scores.

“The individuals that comprise the team were great representatives of the University of Wyoming,” says coach Zeb Gray. “They sacrificed, worked hard, competed with success and exhibited the character of champions.”

Team members were Jaris Baker, Minnies Gap, Katie Ferree, Thermopolis, McKensie Harris, Laramie, Lara Allnutt, Walden, Colo., Frankie Domenico, Denver, Emilee Brinton, Newnan, Ga., Austin Buzanowski, Pompey’s Pillar, Mont., Chris Block, Gothenburg, Neb.,

Competitions and placings were:

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UW Extension hosts management-intensive grazing school near Glenrock

Range specialist Mike Smith, center, and others calculate forage during last year's management-intensive grazing session.
Range specialist Mike Smith, center, and others calculate forage at a session during  last year’s management-intensive grazing program.

A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored at a Glenrock ranch by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The management-intensive grazing school is May 28-May 31 at the Duncan Ranch. Each day has classroom work in the morning followed by hands-on applications of the concepts on the ranch.

The school will teach participants how to design and implement a management-intensive grazing program focused on profitability and pasture production.

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New publication examines reclamation considerations on oil, gas lease contracts

What reclamation issues landowners entering lease agreements with energy exploration and production companies should be aware of are described in a new bulletin from the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming.

“Reclamation considerations for oil and gas lease contracts on private lands, ” B-1242, describes what should be discussed by landowners and contactors before a lease agreement is signed. A reclamationplan should be agreed upon prior to the construction phase of oil or natural gas wells, according to the publication authors Jay Norton and Calvin Strom.

Norton is a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is the UW Extension soils specialist, and Calvin Strom is a researcher in the WRRC.

The publication is available for free download by going to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces, clicking on Publications on the left-hand side then Search Bulletins. Type the publication number in the search field.