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Grizzlies Defend Hurling Championship
UM researcher John McCutcheon

The Slow-Motion Symbiotic Train Wreck of the 13-Year Cicada

A vast swarm of cicadas are starting to crawl out of the ground after 13 or 17 years spent underground. When they greet daylight for the first time, they devote themselves to weeks of frenzied sex and cacophonous song, before dying en masse. But the cicada’s weird lifestyles have also left them with a different legacy. It’s so weird that when UM researcher John McCutcheon first discovered it, he thought he had made a technical error. The National Geographic blog Phenomena reports.

UM Dining staff members perform karaoke during Beatlemania event

UM Dining Wins National Bronze for ‘Beatlemania’ Event

The National Association of College & University Food Services recently announced that UM Dining received a bronze medal at its annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. UM Dining received the accolade in the 2015 Residential Dining Special Event category for “Beatlemania,” held in December 2014. The UM Dining staff at the Food Zoo paid homage to The Beatles in an event that featured a British-inspired menu, a dining room decorations and Beatles karaoke. Read more about UM Dining’s latest award.

Alexander and Andy Blewett

$10 Million Gift from Blewett Family to Transform UM School of Law

Following Board of Regents approval that was granted May 22, the University of Montana School of Law will officially become the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as a result of a $10 million donation from Alexander “Zander” and Andrea “Andy” Blewett of Great Falls. The gift, announced May 21 during the Montana Board of Regents meeting in Kalispell, is among the largest individual gifts in UM history. Read more about this generous gift from the Blewetts.

UM students of the WWAMI class of 2016

Pre-Med Program Sees Increase in Medical School Acceptance

With 18 students accepted into medical schools this year, the Pre-Medical Sciences Program at UM reached an acceptance rate of 64 percent – 20 points higher than the national average of 44 percent. The pre-med program has seen a steady increase in the number of students admitted into medical programs the past several years. Mark Pershouse, Pre-Medical Sciences Program director, credits the steady increase to a task force formed in 2008 to improve pre-medical advising. Read more about UM’s pre-med program.

a young art enthusiast views a painting at the MMAC

More Than 1,500 Students Tour Montana Museum of Art & Culture

Since the opening of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s “The Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection,” more than 1,500 school-aged children have toured the show. Groups of second- and seventh-grade classes visited the museum at the University of Montana with the help of SPARK! Any Given Child Missoula and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Read more about student visits to the MMAC.

A robotic pygmy owl built by UM Professor Erick Greene

Researcher: When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

“In the backyard of a woodsy home, small birds flitted to and from the yard’s feeder. They were oblivious to a curious stand nearby, topped by a curtain that was painted to resemble bark. Erick Greene, a professor of biology at UM, stepped away from the stand and stood by the home’s backdoor. He pressed the fob of a modified garage-door opener. The curtain dropped, unveiling a taxidermied northern pygmy owl.” The New York Times reports on Greene’s latest research.

The Story Behind the Photo

Come out and cheer on Montana Grizzlies Hurling as the team defends its championship title as host of the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling Championship of America on Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. More information about the championships at http://news.umt.edu/2015/05/051515hurl.php
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