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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

UW dean Michael Pishko gets national academy honor

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The dean of the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science has earned a prestigious honor from the National Academy of Inventors.

Michael Pishko was elected to the rank of NAI Fellow. He was honored specifically for his work and innovations in the areas of diabetes management, drug delivery and pollution remediation.

The NAI Fellows Selection Committee informed Pishko in an award letter that he had demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Pishko says in a statement that he's honored and humbled to be included among a group of individuals who has made such a positive difference for people on a global scale.

Professor of practice designation implemented at UW

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has adopted a professor of practice position that allows industry professionals to teach at the college.

The one-year contracts for professors of practice call for annual evaluations of performance and funding availability before reappointments.

However, some faculty members at UW are concerned about the designation, noting it could risk faculty morale.

Regulations do not allow for a route to tenure, but professors of practice responsibilities may include some research and advising. Additionally, professors of practice do not necessarily need to have a teaching background or high-level academic degree, such as a master's or Ph.D.

Some faculty members support the designation, emphasizing how industry professionals can bring unique perspectives to teaching.

UW Education College wins national accreditation

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming College of Education has received national accreditation for the next seven years based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards.

Accreditation requires an on-site review of the professional education unit and a review of the individual programs within the unit.

The evaluation team determined that the college meets each of the six unit standards.

The evaluation team noted in its report that UW teacher candidates are well prepared in their content areas and have a passion for working with children and in creating safe environments in their classrooms and schools.

The College of Education has prepared educators since 1914. The college has 65 faculty members.

Missing Grand Targhee worker identified as Idaho man

ALTA, Wyo. (AP) — Search teams are seeking the public's help finding a Grand Targhee Resort employee who failed to show up for work after telling friends he wanted to go backcountry snowboarding.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports Sunday that missing persons fliers identify the worker as 34-year-old Lee Kidd, of Driggs, Idaho. Co-workers reported him missing after he did not report for duty on Friday.

Authorities say he is an experienced snowboarder, but it's unclear whether he is familiar with the backcountry.

The fliers say Kidd was last seen at the resort wearing a brown jacket, black pants, a black helmet, goggles with red, green and yellow on them and a tan, black and green snowboard.

Winter storms have confined search efforts to the ground, but officials say they could start searching by helicopter if conditions improve.

Lander group works to provide water to wildlife in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Lander-based group is working to give wildlife across Wyoming access to water.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Water for Wildlife and partner organizations have recently installed five guzzlers — or water tanks — across the state in order to provide drinks for Wyoming's thirsty wildlife.

The group raises money to build and install the water tanks across the state's dry, arid regions. The guzzlers are intended to provide water to animals during periods of drought and also to expand the areas where the animals can live.

When donors ask if their money is working, they often provide photographic evidence. Each guzzler is equipped with a remote-censored trail camera that picks up images of elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, songbirds and even bobcats stopping by for a drink.