EWC takes livestock sale to Facebook with two students receiving fellowship

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TORRINGTON, Wyo. - (KNEP) - Eastern Wyoming College is taking its livestock sale digital and seeing two of its students receive University of Wyoming fellowships.

The EWC Lancer Livestock Sale is currently underway on the school’s Department of Agriculture Facebook page through Tuesday evening. This was supposed to take place on April 4th but they are now offering it digitally due to the coronavirus.

The college also announced Brandon Phillips of Torrington, WY and Bryson Mijares of Greeley, CO have been awarded the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence or INBRE fellowship. The program includes $2,500 per Fall and Spring semester as well as engagement in INBRE-supported activities and degree coursework.

INBRE is designed to foster the development, coordination and sharing of research resources, and expertise that will expand research opportunities and increase the number of competitive investigators in IDeA-eligible states. INBRE grants are intended to enhance the caliber of scientific faculty at research institutions and undergraduate school who can attract more talented students to augment the science and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce. An INBRE award supports a multidisciplinary research network with a broad biomedical or behavioral thematic focus that strengthens research expertise and infrastructure and spurs interaction with other IDeA programs.
INBRE research at EWC involves the role of micro-organisms in the cycling of nitrogen and carbon in semi-arid grassland soils, and their implications on human health and the environment.

Chris Wenzel, Professor of Biology and Coordinator of the EWC INBRE grant added the following, “I am very proud of these students and their achievements. Their hard work and diligence in our INBRE Research Lab has helped them to grow as young scientists and fostered their development as they pursue their degrees in Biology and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. These awards will enable them to become involved in high level research at the University of Wyoming that will offer them support and mentorship as they go on to complete their four-year degrees. In addition, they will be in a good position to secure employment in Biology-related careers, or move on to pursue graduate level degrees.”