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Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Honors Institute
Executive Chef Patrick Browne, Executive Sous Chef Tony Martinez, Chef de Cuisine Nate Jerrell and Pastry Chef Lindsay Marshall

UM Chefs Place Second at National Culinary Conference

Four UM chefs proved they can out-cook the competition at the 21st Annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst June 7-12. UM Dining’s culinary team won a silver medal after facing off against 22 other culinary teams from across North America. Representing UM were Executive Chef Patrick Browne, Executive Sous Chef Tony Martinez, Chef de Cuisine Nate Jerrell and Pastry Chef Lindsay Marshall. Read more about their win.

UM Associate Research Professor Carl Seielstad

To Build a Fire: Professor Devotes Career to Changing Fire Policy

The science of wildfires often pits academics against forestry professionals. Carl Seielstad, an associate research professor at the University of Montana, has built a career bridging the divide through his work in the trenches as well as in the lab. Now the former smokejumper is helping change fire policy forever. For starters, Seielstad says, you’ve got to fight fire with fire. Read more about Seielstad's career path in Dartmouth’s alumni magazine

Natalie Bond, adjunct political papers archivist, looks at the Max Baucus Collection

Mansfield Library Organizes New Max Baucus Collection

Last year, a semi-trailer deposited nearly 1,000 boxes of material for the Archives and Special Collections at UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library from Max Baucus’ career as a politician, a tenure that began in the U.S. House in 1978. Natalie Bond, who has been organizing the new Max Baucus Collection since December, said it will be among the largest archival collections at the library. Read more about the task of archiving Baucus’ papers in the Missoulian.

Curator Shannon Kimball watches over 129,000 plant specimens in the University of Montana Herbarium.

UM’s Large Plant Collection Serves State and Beyond

Upstairs in a corner of the Natural Sciences building on campus, curator Shannon Kimball watches over some 129,000 pressed plant specimens in the University of Montana Herbarium, an organized collection that's little known and growing by the day. The oldest specimen, a plant from Mexico, is from 1834. Read more in the Missoulian.

Dan McCarthy, a medical resident in Missoula, shows high schoolers the insides of a pig's heart

High Schoolers Learn about Health Careers at Summer Camp

While some Missoulians were still eating their breakfast on Monday, two dozen Montana high-school students taking part in a health career summer camp were wrist-deep dissecting the heart of a pig. The summer camp, called MedStart, is designed to give high-school juniors and seniors a chance to explore health careers and the various programs offered at colleges in Montana. The MedStart camp in Missoula is sponsored by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM. Read more about MedStart.

UM researcher Jerry Bromenshenk studies bee colonies

Researcher to Study Exposure of Bee Colonies to Corn Dust

Honey bee exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides has been a growing concern. Now Jerry Bromenshenk will lead a team at UM examining the long-term health consequences of exposure of honey bee colonies to dust emitted during planting of neonicotinoid treated corn seeds. This is the first study that plans to follow the health and survival of honey bees long after interaction with corn dust to better understand how honey bee health throughout the year relates to early season corn planting. Read more about Bromenshenk’s latest study.

The Story Behind the Photo

Lecturer Robert Stubblefield teaches a creative writing course to high school students taking part in the Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Honors Institute at UM. About 45 students from around the country are taking one of three courses offered; Creative Writing, Global Journalism with Henriette Lowisch or Potions 101, a chemistry class with Professor Garon Smith.  

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