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Montana Museum of Art & Culture Makes List of Great Museums

 TripAdvisor’s travel blog Travel Pod has named the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the UM an Editor’s Choice pick in its list of best museums in the United States. MMAC is the only museum or cultural entity in Montana to make the list. With a collection of nearly 11,000 pieces of art and antiquity, 2015 marks the organization’s 120th anniversary.  Read the full Editor’s Choice list here.

Yaks in the Himalayas

Researcher Joel Berger Visits Himalayas to Study Yaks

Wild yaks live on the roof of the world, a frosty high-elevation plateau north of the Himalayas. Conservation biologist Joel Berger, UM professor and researcher, wanted to find out how climate change might affect yaks, so he paid them a visit. Listen to Berger’s latest adventure in a new podcast from The Adaptors titled “Yak Life.” 

UM student in Media Arts works on the computer

Online Students Find Community in Media Arts Program

At first, Alli Bargelski worried the sound design class she is taking online at UM would leave her feeling adrift. The BFA student in Media Arts doesn't feel that way anymore. The sophomore with a focus in filmmaking is inspired by the contemporary content the faculty present, and she is pleased to be virtually immersed with other students. Bargelski isn't alone in her review of the program. Read more about the online media arts degree in the Missoulian.

UM Associate Athletic Director for Communications Dave Guffey with Grizzly football player

UM’s Dave Guffey Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

The College Sports Information Directors of America recently announced they will honor longtime UM Associate Athletic Director for Communications Dave Guffey with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to individuals who have served at least 25 years in the sports information profession, and who are retiring or leaving the profession. Guffey plans to retire from UM in June after serving Grizzly Athletics for nearly 37 years. Read more about Guffey’s award.

Video: Filmmaker Makes a Case for Old-School Technology

Two-time UM graduate Andy Smetanka has been making Super 8 movies and music videos since 2001. In his recent TEDxUMontana talk, Smetanka tells us “Why I Still Shoot in Super 8 Film.”
McKenzie Capka smiles with her father, Mike Capka.

UM Student Recovering from Massive, but not Uncommon Stroke

UM freshman McKenzie Capka is recovering in her hometown of Spokane after suffering a stroke in her dorm room in February. Capka was active and healthy, but had not been feeling well for several days when the stroke hit. Even after the surgery, doctors warned that McKenzie might not recover well. Last week, though, she was set to be released from the hospital. Read more of Capka’s story in the Missoulian.

The Story Behind the Photo

UM student Hannah Fay, center, discusses her molecular biology research at UM’s Conference on Undergraduate Research in the UC South Ballroom on April 17.  Hundreds of students presented their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits during the annual event.

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