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Jun 27, 2013 - The Associated Press

National honor for UW prof

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming professor Steve Holbrook has been recognized by the Oceanography Society for distinguished research.

Holbrook is the 2013 recipient of the society's Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea.

Holbrook is UW Department of Geology and Geophysics faculty member.

The Oceanography Society has presented the award every two years since 1993 to recognize significant original contributions and outstanding service in ocean science research.

A media release from the Oceanography Society calls Holbrook "the father of the new field of 'seismic oceanography.'"

Seismic oceanography is considered a new type of research in the world of seismology.

Black bear killed in campground

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Workers at Yellowstone National Park have killed a black bear that was getting into human food at a campground.

Park staff killed the bear on Saturday evening.

Earlier in the day, the 142-pound male bear had come within about 6 feet of a man and woman who were eating in the campground. The bear ate some of their food when the campers backed off.

Rangers responded and hazed the bear out of the campground. They shot and killed it when it came back into the campground at about 9 p.m.

Woman going to prison for 'spice'

CASPER -- A 59-year-old woman will spend four years in prison for distributing a form of synthetic marijuana known as spice that damaged the kidneys of a Casper teenager.

Julia Cox had earlier pleaded no contest to a drug distribution conspiracy that police uncovered last year while investigating a spate of serious kidney illnesses in Casper.

Police say four people were hospitalized last year after smoking synthetic marijuana. The patients eventually recovered.

Cox apologized Wednesday before being sentenced to four years and two months in prison by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl.

The judge says Cox, who suffers from a variety of health problems of her own, was lucky that she was being sentenced for distribution. If circumstances had been different, it could have been murder.

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