Category Archives: The Inside Story

Franco Basile – Analytical Chemistry

Franco Basile


 Franco Basile is an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wyoming. The Basile Group at the University of Wyoming focuses on the application of Mass Spectrometry. Basile has been in Wyoming since 2003, and he is originally from Venezuela.

When I asked Basile to describe exactly what an analytical chemist does, he explained it to me very well. Unlike the classical synthetic chemist, he doesn’t make new molecules. Instead, he analyzes molecules in terms of telling its structure and also how much of it. He does what is called qualitative and quantitative analysis of molecules. To do this, he uses instruments called mass spectrometers. They can weigh the mass of molecules, so that’s how he can tell them apart is by their mass. Continue reading

Fred Ogden – Panama and NCAR

Dr. Ogden and his team and developing a commuter model and simulator looking at water infiltration.

Dr. Fred Ogden makes it rain – in the middle of Panama. Ogden and his team spray around two feet of water from their contraption onto a test site over the course of an afternoon. And then they wait. Dr. Ogden’s work on this site will be used in the creation of a computer simulation, as a part of the NCAR Supercomputer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Ogden and his team work with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and various universities. Ogden says: “I’m doing some of the coolest research of my life right now, and I love every moment.” Continue reading

Jonathan Prather – Songbird Communication

Jonathan Prather


Jonathan Prather is an assistant professor for the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. He grew up in Georgia, and is most recently from North Carolina. He moved to Wyoming in July of 2009.

To describe his research in simple terms, he is studying the neuro-basis of communication. The way he does this is he studies songbirds. Songbirds are interesting because they learn to communicate by learning and vocalizations that are very similar to how humans do it. The ability to learn your vocalizations is pretty rare across animals. For example, your dog can learn the word sit, but he can’t turn around and produce that same vocalization back to you again. Continue reading

Let’s Talk about Research in Communication Disorders and Cerebral Palsy

Can you remember the last time you spoke with someone? Was it on the bus? At work? To a friend or loved one? It is so easy to take the ability to communicate for granted, but for some people, communication can be a very difficult, frustrating task. That’s the focus of my lab in the Division of Communication Disorders. Although this lab has many projects underway, the primary focus is on improving the Communication Functioning Classification System, or CFCS . Continue reading

Big Bird, Binders Full of Women, and Bayonets: Part 2

How On-Screen Visuals in the Final Presidential Debate Influenced Young Voters

Young voters are…well, young. And, part of being young is being impressionable. My research team and I decided to examine how young voters were influenced by on-screen visuals presented during the final presidential debate. Before I reveal the results, let’s recap what “on-screen visuals” that I’m referencing here. Continue reading

Big Bird, Binders Full of Women, and Bayonets: Part 1

Gatekeeping and Bias in the On-Screen Visuals during the 2012 Presidential Debates

Chances are that you watched at least one of the 2012 presidential debates. Between the three debates, approximately 192 million viewers tuned in to watch Mitt Romney and Barack Obama share their opinions on the nation’s most pressing issues. Collectively, these debates and the candidates’ performances can make an impression on voters’ minds. Continue reading

Spring in Wyoming: on the jittery brink of productivity

student-noseworthy-caraThe following post was written by Cary Noseworthy, and originally posted at the Control Freaks blog. Cara is a graduate student in the Department of Plant Sciences studying cheatgrass.

Here in the Mealor lab, all of us are prepping for what is sure to be a crazy busy summer field season. Considering we’re already halfway through May, summer is bound to fly. There will be fence-building, seed-counting, grazing, clipping, weighing, measuring, rating and more. Just last week, we were building fences for a grazing project set to begin the first week of June. Because it is May in Laramie, Wyoming, the recent snow storm that put fence-building to a halt this week was not unexpected. Continue reading