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Researchers Probe Secrets of the Gigantic Sea Spiders

The average sea spider in McMurdo Sound is neither itsy nor bitsy. Although they live in oceans all over the world, to find the really enormous ones, scientists have to trek to Antarctica. The big scientific question is, why is that the case? And there is no single answer. Yet. Art Woods, an associate professor of biology at UM, is studying these marine giants as part of a U.S. Antarctic Program-supported team. The Antarctic Sun reports on Woods’ research.

Libby, Montana

SoBA Joins Team to Move Libby Beyond Superfund Era

Libby and Troy are beginning a campaign to re-brand themselves as places to live, visit and invest in – trying to shake off more than a decade-old economic shadow. The Kootenai River Development Council has teamed up with UM’s School of Business Administration, Lincoln County, and a Missoula ad agency to tell the community’s new story. Montana Public Radio reports.

Missoula Wins Can the Bobcats Food Drive

UM’s 54-35 victory in Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild wasn’t the only win for Missoula. The city also topped Bozeman as part of Can the Bobcats/Can the Griz, the 16th annual food drive competition. Missoula hadn’t beat Bozeman since the first year of the drive but brought in more donations this year, with 196,160 pounds of food and $85,227 in donations for the Missoula Food Bank. Read more in the Missoulian

UM cast members rehearse Treasure Island

Freshman Lands Lead Role in UM's 'Treasure Island'

Without intending the pun, Morgan Solonar said the upcoming production of "Treasure Island" has been unexpected and exciting. "The whole process has been an entire adventure from the beginning," she said. She's only in the fall semester of her freshman year in UM’s Department of Drama and Dance and she's already landed a lead role. Read more about the production in the Missoulian.

UM defensive end Derek Crittenden

Crittenden One of the Smartest Student-Athletes in America

Montana football wraps up the regular season this weekend in Bozeman against rival Montana State. It’s the biggest game of the season, but there’s a good chance 23-year-old co-captain and defensive end Derek Crittenden will miss it. He has a bigger competition to face. Crittenden flies to Seattle on Nov. 19 for two days of challenging interviews with the regional committee that will select two Rhodes Scholars on Saturday. Read more about Crittenden in the Flathead Beacon.

cowboy in Kazakhstan herds cattle

Alumnus Travels Kazakhstan to Chronicle Rising Cattle Industry

UM alumnus Ryan Bell earned his master's in nonfiction creative writing in 2014 and then went on to earn the coveted Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Now he’s traveling through Russia and Kazakhstan for nine months to write about how those nations are rebuilding their cattle industries in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse. Learn more about his project and read his articles on his Comrade Cowboys blog.

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Snow returns to the Missoula Valley as Thanksgiving nears. There are no classes at UM on Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 25-27, and offices also will be closed Nov. 26-27. Enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend.

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