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Please consider supporting the ACRES Student Farm's greenhouse construction project, and help us increase our capacity for sustainable production and hands-on agricultural education!

ACRES is a community-oriented, volunteer-based, and student-run Registered Student Organization (RSO) at the University of Wyoming. The farm grows fruits and vegetables on 1.8 acres of land with the help of six high tunnels, a solar-heated barn, and a crew of student interns who manage the farm in the summer. We grow produce using sustainable methods and strive to support and promote local agriculture. We sell the produce through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, at farmers markets, to local breweries, and on campus. The farm also provides educational and research opportunities for the UW and Laramie communities. Some of our notable sustainability and outreach programs include community-wide compost collection and free student garden plots. Every year, the students raise all of the funds needed to support these programs through produce sales, grant writing, and other fundraising efforts.

In order for ACRES to continue to grow, we need a greenhouse so that we can start seeds earlier in the spring before our all-too-short growing season begins. Not only will the greenhouse help us get the season off to an earlier start, but it will also increase yields and extend the growing season. We will even be able to work towards winter production. This increase in production will help make sustainably grown produce available to the community throughout the year. Additionally, the greenhouse will provide more opportunities for hands-on learning during the spring and fall semesters.

A greenhouse is vital for the continued growth of our ACRES Student Farm. Please consider supporting it!
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The University of Wyoming recently established a new center for biomedical excellence which focuses on sensory biology thanks to a $10 million dollar grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Director of the new Sensory Biology Center Dr. Qian-Quan Sun will oversee the inter-related research projects of several UW professors in zoology and physiology, as well as pharmacy. The grant makes it possible for the center to hire new researchers and graduate assistants, as well as purchase the technology to be on the cutting edge in this area of science.

Sensory biology research expands our understanding of the nervous system and the brain, which leads to better treatment for neurological dysfunctions such as dementia, deafness, dyslexia, and epilepsy. Or as the research highlighted in this segment shows, how parts of the nervous system can be appropriately blocked to relieve pain.
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Thao Nquyen wants to help save the world. And she wants to do it with politics.

And thanks to all the study abroad opportunities the University of Wyoming has afforded her, she is getting to live her dream on an international level.

Hear Thao's story as a student of the School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies and apply to UW today at http://www.uwyo.edu/.
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Olivia Cole, a first-generation college student from Cody, Wyo., seeks to change the world by inspiring others. Upon her arrival at University of Wyoming, she was placed in the Fall Bridge Program. Bridge provided Olivia with a valuable skill-set to transition from high school to college. She is now a high-achieving student, a resident assistant and a peer mentor for others in the Bridge Program. The key to her success: a positive attitude and engagement in campus life. More information on the Bridge Program can be found at: http://www.uwyo.edu/fallbridge/.
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Long before pollinators were popular, University of Wyoming Associate Professor Michael Dillon was studying bumblebees. His current National Science Foundation grant allows him to examine why bees native to different geographic areas can survive over a wide range of climates. Dillion says this could come in handy for instance, when predicting changes in species habitat as the result of climate change. That NSF grant also allowed the scientist to collaborate with sculptor Ashley Hope Carlisle to encourage public awareness of the research into these furry insects. Their joint exhibit called “BEEhavior: Extracting the Sweetness” debuted at the Berry Biodiversity Center on the UW Campus before it travels to other communities in the region.
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The University of Wyoming Cowboys win the contest for having the cutest mascot in college football. Pony Cowboy Joe the Fifth has an entourage of four UW students who keep him at his best and on top of his busy schedule during the football season. Handlers Jackie Johnson and Meghan Proctor give us the inside scoop on this Poke celebrity.
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