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Map showing ecosystem disturbance across the Western U.S. from 2000 to 2012

Scientist Earns Grant to Study Carbon Across North America

UM researcher Ashley Ballantyne recently was awarded a nearly $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study ecosystem carbon production and consumption across North America. Ballantyne, an assistant professor of bioclimatology, will investigate how disturbances such as fire and insect infestation might be changing how the Earth absorbs carbon. The award comes from NSF’s Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research and its National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) programs. Read more about Ballantyne’s grant.

Wild Mercy reading series

Creative Writing Grad Student Offers Glimpse of Program

Graduate student Alana Trumpy shares her thoughts on UM’s Creative Writing Program in a Q-and-A with Niche Magazine, an online literary publication. Trumpy is studying fiction writing with an interest in non-fiction. She talks about her experiences with her professors and her peers, the program’s visiting writer lecture series and workshops, living in Montana and shares some advice to other writers considering graduate school. Read the full article online at Niche Magazine.

UM students clean up trash in the University District

Sunday Sweepers Collect Game-Day Trash in U District

Missoula went into the weekend expecting big crowds and an equally big party. It woke up Sunday morning to a big cleanup. More than a dozen UM students gathered on campus Sunday before setting off into the University District Neighborhood to clean up trash left behind at Saturday’s home football game. The task before the volunteers was worth several large garbage bags, along with $100 for the participating clubs. Read more about Sunday Sweepers in the Missoulian.

Griz win over NDSU

Griz Take Big Win Over NDSU in Home Opener

Montana upset four-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State 38-35 in a nonconference football game Saturday afternoon at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in front of a stadium-record crowd of 26,472. Brady Gustafson completed 30 of 55 pass attempts for 434 yards and Joey Counts scored the winning touchdown with two seconds to play as No. 12 Montana defeated No. 1 North Dakota State 38-35. Watch the game-winning drive on ESPN.

Research taking place in lab at UM

UM Receives Record-Breaking $83 Million in Research Awards

The research enterprise at UM received nearly $83 million in research awards during fiscal year 2015 – an all-time record for the institution. The total of $82,964,694 surpassed the previous awards record of $71 million set in 2009. “This new record shows how much our external sponsors value the contributions made by our research community,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. Read more about the record-breaking research at UM.

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Princeton Review Names UM Among ‘Best 380 Colleges’

The University of Montana again made the annual list of top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review. “The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition” was released Aug. 4. The rankings are based on surveys of 136,000 students nationwide. The 80-question survey asked students about academics, administration, campus life and the student body. Read the Princeton Review’s write-up on UM.

The Story Behind the Photo

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks brought their annual tour back to the Oval at UM on Aug. 31 with a performance of “Taming of the Shrew.” The show continues Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a 6 p.m. performance of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” UM’s Student Involvement Network at the University Center sponsors the events, which are free and open to the public.

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