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The 2015 Water Interest Group
(WIG) Meeting and the WyCEHG Round Up!
The Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG)
and Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
invites water resource professionals, faculty, students, and the public to
attend the 2015 Water Interest Group (WIG) Meeting and WyCEHG Roundup.The WIG Meeting will include presentations by
WyCEHG researches and collaborators, break-out sessions to discuss research
needs, and an adjacent poster presentation as a part of the combined WyCEHG
Roundup research event.
The event will take place at the University of Wyoming’s Marian H.
Rochelle Gateway Center on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
“This is the second of three
planned meetings that are intended to bring together water interests in Wyoming
as a part of the National Science Foundation award through Wyoming EPSCoR which
created WyCEHG,” say Liz Nysson, Education, Outreach and Diversity Coordinator
for Wyoming EPSCoR.
WyCEHG Water Interest Group Meeting in October 2013.
The first meeting was two years
ago in October 2013.According to
Nysson, that meeting focused on gathering information from the state and partners
so WyCEHG could develop meaningful research projects to benefit the state and
public. At that meeting, Patrick T. Tyrell from the Wyoming State Engineer’s
Office gave a presentation on data needs and priorities from a state water
rights agency perspective.Another
presenter, Harry LaBonde from the Wyoming Water Development Office presented on
hydrologic data needs.
These meetings are an opportunity
for those working in or concerned about Wyoming water issues to learn about
WyCEHG research, provide direction for future studies, and partner with the
WyCEHG research team. The upcoming meeting on October 14, 2015 will allow
WyCEHG to share their research findings with the public and State of Wyoming.
Meals will be provided for
registered participants—please register by 9/14/2015. Lodging accommodations
are not covered, but can be arranged at the Hilton Garden Inn which is across
from the Gateway Center or at another area hotel.
The University of Wyoming’s
2015 fall semester begins August 31! There are a number of events and opportunities for students to re-connect to university life after the
summer, and get to know their campus community better.
Here is a short list of activities, and more are available through the UW Events Calendar. Volunteers
are needed August 27 and August 28 for new and
returning UW students in the residence life dorms.Ways to volunteer include greeting students,
answering questions, organizing cart and dolly use, along with other helpful
tasks.To sign up all you need to do is email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 766-3125 and let them know what time you would be
Night Fever is hosting its annual Casino Night on August 28 beginning at 9:00 p.m.This well be
held in the Union Lower Level and is open to all UW students.If you do not want to play casino games,
there are also opportunities to volunteer.
Festival of Arts will be held August 28-August 29 at the Depot Park.There will be over 30 regional artists
exhibiting and selling as well as live music, children’s activities and local
If you’re looking to
furnish your apartment or dorm room, the UW Nordic Ski Team is having a Trash 2
Treasure Fundraiser on August 29.The sale will offer furniture and appliances for incoming or returning
students who need to furnish their homes at an affordable cost.The sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and it is recommended
that you get there early as items sell quickly!
Wednesday, September 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. the Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Club and Organization Fair will take place on Prexy’s Pasture as well as in
the Wyoming Union.This is an
opportunity to get involved with clubs and organizations on campus.
Wyoming Women in Science and
Engineering (WWISE) Program is accepting proposals for travel grants, due on September 4. For more information click here
A fun event to attend is the
Downtown Mash Up occurring on Friday, September 11 from 3:00 p.m.
– 12:00 a.m. This is a great event for
socializing, listening to live music, eating local food, and a meet and greet
with UW Athletics. There’s also an
opportunity to interact with local businesses and chances to win prizes.
Another important aspect of returning to
school (or attending UW for the first time) is remembering to take care of
yourself! Know when, and don’t be afraid
to ask for help. Keep in contact with
your family, and broaden your social network by
attending events UW has to offer.If you
do feel overwhelmed or are registered for a class you don’t particularly like,
remember the last day to add, late register or drop a class is September 10.
Welcome back to school and don’t forget there are no classes
on September 7 for Labor Day!
Dr. Andrew Parsekian, a professor
at the University of Wyoming, researches groundwater processes using
non-invasive geophysical methods. Having
taught at the University of Wyoming for a year and a half, Dr. Parsekian brings
valuable knowledge to the Geology & Geophysics Department as well as the
Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering.
This summer, Dr. Parsekian teamed
up with the Northern Wyoming Community College District at Spear-O-Wigwam near Sheridan,
Wyoming for a one-week course. The course was entitled Field Based
Environmental Science: Examining Global Problems through a Local Lens. More specifically, the course was designed to
engage students in the scientific inquiry of environmental problems while
gaining experience in field techniques. Dr.
Parsekian, Dave Munsick of Sheridan College and Scott Hardon of Gillette High
School taught the class, along with the aid of Trudy Munsick, the Dean of Outdoor
Education at the Northern Wyoming Community College District. The course contained eleven early career
college bound students from across the state of Wyoming. The students spent an average of 13-14 hours
a day in the field camp and received three college credit hours. At the end of the week, the students wrote a
paper, presented the results of their research, and had a comprehensive
Spear-O-Wigwam is a fascinating
part of Wyoming’s history; in 1923 Wyoming State Senator, Willis M. Spear,
founded it as a dude ranch. The acclaimed
writer, Ernest Hemingway, used Spear-O-Wigwam as one of his writing workshops
in the 1920’s. Hemingway was quoted
saying that Wyoming and Africa were his two favorite places to be. As an ode to Mr. Hemingway, there is a cabin
at Spear-O-Wigwam named after him. The
Northern Wyoming Community College District purchased Spear-O-Wigwam in 2011 in
order to enhance their academic programs.
Located in the Bighorn National Forest, Spear-O-Wigwam offers many
educational outdoor opportunities.
Many high school students are not
exposed to hypothesis driven science due to lack of time and resources. Hypothesis driven science uses deductive
reasoning wherein an idea or hypothesis is proposed and then tested. Dr. Parsekian’s course introduced hypothesis
driven science to the students who participated. Wyoming’s resources are plentiful and this
course took advantage of Spear-O-Wigwam to conduct their hypothesis driven
As the only University in the
State of Wyoming, it is important to make connections with the community
colleges and share each other’s resources since across the state; Wyoming has a
lot to offer. Dr. Parsekian will run a
similar course next year with a different science question to be researched and
answered by students at the Northern Wyoming Community College District. For more information regarding registration or
community events, visit www.spearowigwam.com