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Students, Symantec executives work in the Cyber Innovation Lab at UM

Symantec Executives Visit UM to Observe Big Data Course

UM is the first university in the nation to be part of software giant Symantec’s Academic Alliances Program. Earlier this spring, Symantec made a $100,000 in-kind donation to UM that included a server, software, data and support for a two-week, big data-focused summer course. Business, computer science and law students are taking the course. This week, Symantec executives are at UM to see the the eDiscovery Law and Practice course in action. Read more about this unique partnership.

UM students howl with excitement in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

UM Launches Freshman Wilderness Experience Program

The Wilderness Institute and Outdoor Program at the University of Montana launched a new Freshman Wilderness Experience Program on Aug. 16. Seventy freshmen arrived from all over the country to participate in the new wilderness-based program. Students spend four days in various wilderness areas throughout western Montana, either backpacking or rafting. UM students are leading all the trips. Read more about the new Freshman Wilderness Experience Program.

A rainbow bending toward the M on Mount Sentinel

Missoula Makes List of Greatest Places to Live in America

Missoula came in at No. 9 on a list of 16 greatest places to live in America, according to Outside Magazine. The Garden City was lauded for being a college town and cultural center with nearly instant access to nearby wilderness to explore. “It’s a really open, diverse community,” says Mike Wolfe, a lawyer and professional ultra-runner. “You can be whoever you want to be here.” Read more about the list.

A dog used for the project

Dogs Used to Sniff Out Invasive Mustard on Mount Sentinel

Dyer’s woad is an invasive plant found in five Montana locations, including Mount Sentinel near UM. That’s where Working Dogs for Conservation comes in. Based in Montana and founded in 2000 by four biologists, this nonprofit organization and its dogs have hunted the weed for the past four years. In 2011 and 2012, 500 plants were found. That decreased to 113 plants last year and so far only 19 plants this summer. Read more about the Dyer’s woad project.

Soldier Image from the book cover

‘The Things They Carried’ Selected as First-Year Reading Title

UM, in partnership with the Missoula Public Library’s The Big Read program, has selected “The Things They Carried” by National Book Award-winner Tim O’Brien as the 2014 First-Year Reading Experience book. All first-year students at UM are invited to participate in the First-Year Reading Experience. This is the first time UM has partnered with the Missoula community to share a common read. Read more about this year’s title.

A temperature map of Montana

Researcher Improves Temperature Modeling Across Mountainous Areas

New research by UM doctoral student Jared Oyler provides improved computer models for estimating temperature across mountainous landscapes. The work was published Aug. 12 in the International Journal of Climatology. Collaborating with UM faculty co-authors Ashley Ballantyne, Kelsey Jencso, Michael Sweet and Steve Running, Oyler provided a new climate dataset for ecological and hydrological research and natural resource management. Read more about Oyler’s research

The Story Behind the Photo

UM soccer player Allie Lucas communicates with a teammate during an exhibition match against Carroll College on Aug. 16.  The Grizzlies open their regular season with road matches this week against the Air Force Academy and the University of Wyoming. The team is home again Sept. 19-21 when they host the Montana Invitational. Find complete athletic schedules for UM's fall sports on www.gogriz.com.

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