University of Wyoming Extension News

Manage, overcome chronic illness free educational forum in Cody

Randy Weigel

Randy Weigel

Maintaining independence and leading a full and active life is the topic during a free educational forum Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Park County Library in Cody.

“Living with chronic illness: More life less limits” is presented by the Arthritis Foundation in conjunction with the National and Wyoming AgrAbility Program. The forum is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided, and, although there is no fee, registration is required.

For more information and to register, contact Danielle Vancanti at 888-391-9389, ext. 2, or To register online, visit

Keynote speaker Miss Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall will discuss overcoming obstacles and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Wyoming AgrAbility program director Randy Weigel at the University of Wyoming said participants will receive an arthritis overview and information on managing arthritis in cold weather from rheumatologist Dr. Rebecca Danforth of Cody.

A demonstration on assistive technology devices that help maintain independence will also be available as well as recreational and outdoor resources to help maintain an active lifestyle while managing a chronic disease or disability.

UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recognizes award recipients Sept. 20

award recipient photos

A go-to person for public lands management and a sheep rancher who helped create a lamb cooperative will receive outstanding alumni awards from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

            The outstanding alumni and other award recipients will be recognized during Ag Appreciation Day Saturday, Sept. 20, on the Laramie campus. The annual Ag Day Barbecue that raises money for agricultural student organizations is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the southwest corner of Fan Fest inside the Indoor Practice Facility.

            Joel Bousman of Boulder and Brad Boner of Glenrock were selected outstanding alumni. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) is the outstanding research-outreach partner, and molecular biology professor Don Jarvis is receiving the Andrew Vanvig Lifetime Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. Bill Baker of Saratoga is the Legacy Award recipient.

            Recipients will be recognized during the University of Wyoming-Florida Atlantic University football game. Links to full stories are at

            Joel Bousman graduated from the college in 1970 with a degree in agricultural economics. A fourth-generation cattle rancher, he helped develop a permittee monitoring system for public lands grazing.

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UW scientists study how complexity developed from simple cell

Ekaterina Gotshall

Ekaterina Gotshall

Naomi Ward

Naomi Ward

Consider this a matter of scrambling down the family tree to its roots.

Really old roots.

Or perhaps it’s more like blowing the dust off the family album – the human album – and opening to the first pages billions of years ago.

Naomi Ward, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming, is the senior author on a paper recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS).

The research examines how simple bacterial cells could have made the transition to more complex cells, leading to plants, animals and humans.

The paper, “Spatially segregated transcription and translation in cells of the endomembrane-containing bacterium Gemmata obscuriglobus,” was published online this week, and describes research supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Ekaterina Gottshall, a graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Ph.D. program, is first author on the paper and main contributor to the experimental work. Other authors are assistant professor Jay Gatlin, also in molecular biology, and Corrine Seebart, an assistant research scientist in Ward’s group.

Ward’s version of genealogy looks at how simple bacterial cells, which do not have the nuclear membrane that separates transcription and translation (the reading of DNA instructions to make protein), could have evolved into eukaryotic cells (plants, animals, humans), which have transcription and translation occurring in separate locations.

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Wyoming 4-H specialists receive diversity enhancement honor


Kim Reaman, Warren Crawford

Kim Reaman                         Warren Crawford

Two specialists in the Wyoming State 4-H Office have received recognition for their efforts to expose youths to different cultures.

Volunteer development specialist Kim Reaman and youth development specialist Warren Crawford received University of Wyoming Extension’s Diversity Enhancement Recognition Award. The pair received the honor Wednesday, Nov. 6, during the organization’s training conference in Casper.

4-H is the youth arm of UW Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Reaman and Crawford developed 4-H youth exchanges with Mongolia through the American Youth Leadership Program funded by the UnitedStates Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participants from several states traveled twice to Mongolia, and Mongolian 4-H’ers spent about three weeks in Wyoming this summer. The exchanges were so well received that additional funding was obtained for a cultural exchange to Samoa this year.

The visits helped participants “get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” according to the nomination information. The 4-H’ers were taken beyond the customs, language and food and immersed into first-hand experiences of the challenges and opportunities Mongolian citizens face today as the country’s natural, human and technological resources are beingdeveloped.

Reaman joined UW Extension in 2008, and Crawford joined in 1998

UW Meat Judging Team brings home eastern national win

From left, coach Zeb Gray, Emilee Brinton, McKensie Harris, Jaris Baker, Lara Allnutt, Austin Buzanowski.

From left, coach Zeb Gray, Emilee Brinton, McKensie Harris, Jaris Baker, Lara Allnutt, Austin Buzanowski.

University of Wyoming’s Meat Judging Team brought home a win Oct. 5 in Wyalusing, Penn., at the Eastern National Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest.

The Eastern National is the first contest win for a UW team since 2000.

This year’s contest was the largest ever with 110 competitors from 16 land-grant universities. UW team members are Jaris Baker, Minnies Gap, McKensie Harris, Laramie, Emilee Brinton, Newnan, Ga., Lara Allnutt, Walden, Co., and Austin Buzanowski, Pompey’s Pillar, Mont., and coach Zeb Gray represented Wyoming.

The team broke the UW specifications record by placing second, and also placed second in beef grading and overall beef, third in reasons, fourth in beef judging and fifth in pork judging. Although the UW team did not win a single division, they finished ahead of the second place team by 18 points.

“It’s rare for a team to win a contest without winning a single division, but to win by that margin makes it even more impressive,” stated Gray. “We put ourselves in a position to win because we were consistent across all divisions.”

Brinton led the team with the second-highest individual score while winning high individual honors in beef grading and receiving second in overall beef. Allnutt was right behind her with the sixth highest individual score and placing third in specifications. Harris tied for first in specifications with a perfect score, and Buzanowski received tenth place honors in specifications.

“I’m thrilled for the students on the team. It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and sacrifice just to compete on the team and nothing is guaranteed,” said Gray. “But to win, that was so exciting and I’m sure they’ll remember it forever.”

For further information or questions about the University of Wyoming Meat Judging Team, please contact Gray at