The University of Montana

Culinary Competition
oil field on the Bakken

Law Students Tour State’s Energy Facilities for Spring Break

Twenty students from the University of Montana’s School of Law are currently taking a 1,400-mile, five-day bus tour across Montana to see firsthand the various forms of energy development in the state. The Energy Facilities Field Trip is a course designed to provide law students an on-the-ground experience of the energy developments about which they study. They are accompanied by law school Interim Dean Greg Munro. Read more about the facilities they’ll be touring this week. 
Bark beetle illustration by Bill Mayer

Bark Beetles Are Decimating Our Forests; Is That a Good Thing?

Bark beetles have long been culling sickly trees in North American forests. But in recent years, they've been working overtime. Prolonged droughts and shorter winters have spurred bark beetles to kill billions of trees in what's likely the largest forest insect outbreak ever recorded, about 10 times the size of past eruptions. "A doubling would have been remarkable," says UM entomologist Diana Six. "Ten times screams that something is really going wrong." Mother Jones magazine joins Six in the field to learn more.

UM marketing students at national conference

Marketing Students Compete, Succeed in National Competition

Ten members of the UM chapter of the American Marketing Association traveled to New Orleans to participate in the 37th annual International Collegiate Conference, which was held March 19-22. A team of six UM marketing students earned an honorable mention in the Sabre Business Simulation Competition, placing fourth just behind Johns Hopkins University. Two students competed in the Marketing Strategy Competition, placing in the top 15 percent of 98 teams nationwide. Read more about their successful trip.

UM campus

Three UM Employees Earn Missoula Cultural Council Awards

The Missoula Cultural Council handed out its annual awards this week and three of the honors went to UM employees. William Marcus, director of UM’s Broadcast Media Center and Montana Public Radio/Montana PBS, received the council’s cultural achievement award; dance artist and instructor Karen Kaufmann was named arts educator; UM arts dean and opera singer Stephen Kalm earned the individual artist award.  Read more about this year’s winners and their contributions to Missoula’s vibrant arts and culture community.

UM computer lab

7 Students to Graduate with Big Data Analytics Certificate

Electronic data is created everywhere, from credit card transactions to satellite sensors. As its volume and velocity continue to increase, businesses and scientists have recognized the need for new techniques to analyze this “big data.” Several departments at UM responded to this trend by building an interdisciplinary curriculum to educate UM students on cutting-edge approaches. This May, seven UM students will be the first to graduate with a certificate in data analytics. Read more about UM’s data analytics certificate.

UM campus

Teams Develop New Ideas to Improve Rural Health Care

Medical professionals from across the country met at UM over the weekend to try to solve the health care problems of rural communities by innovating fresh ideas. The event, called Hacking Rural Medicine, included a competition called a “rural medicine hackathon” where teams developed ideas for a new tool or product to help solve a problem experienced by the rural medical community. Read more about the event in the Missoulian.

The Story Behind the Photo

Sous Chef Luis Cepedes carefully plates his meal as part of the Culinary Challenge competition held March 30 in University Center Ballroom. UM hosted the National Association of College and University Food Services competition, which showcases the outstanding food preparation and presentation skills in collegiate food service programs throughout the country. Cepedes, who works at University of Colorado-Boulder, was one of five competitors in the event.

Submit photo and story ideas to thrive@umontana.edu