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Debut Novel by UM Alumnus Wins 2014 Montana Book Award

"Fourth of July Creek," a novel written by Hellgate High School and UM graduate Smith Henderson, has won the 2014 Montana Book Award. The annual award "recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book written or illustrated by someone who lives in Montana, is set in Montana, or deals with Montana themes or issues," according to organizers. "Fourth of July Creek" is the debut novel from Henderson. Read more about the 2014 Montana Book Award.

Broccoli sprouts grow in the Lomasson Center outside of the Food Zoo.

UM Dining Garden May Triple in Size with Help from $10,000 Grant

UM received a $10,000 grant from Gov. Steve Bullock and the Growth Through Agriculture program this week, which will be used to improve the school's garden the farm to college program. UM Dining garden manager Natasha Hegmann said part of the money will be used to expand the garden located behind the Lommasson Center. The Montana Kaimin reports on the grant and UM’s garden plans.

Students work on medical dummies at Missoula College

Health Care Students at Missoula College Find Jobs Aplenty

It’s no secret that job growth within the health care industry is booming as the American population ages. A national emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions and “baby boomers” have all led to an increased demand for health care professionals. In Missoula County, that trend has far-reaching implications, as the local economy is dependent on the health care industry and hundreds of college students are receiving the training necessary to enter the field. Read more about the health care field in the Missoulian.

Andrea Stierle, a chemistry professor at UM, looks at a beaker

Crusade Against Cancer: Scientists Search Berkeley Pit for Answers

Professors researching at UM have turned to the Berkeley Pit's fungi as a potential building block in the cure for cancer. In their lab, Andrea Stierle tracks data on her computer while her husband, Don Stierle, writes the couple’s findings in a lab notebook. They sit together, surrounded chemical hoods, scattered petri dishes and graduated cylinders. Read more about the Stierles’ research in the Montana Kaimin.

UM alumna Shelli Johnson

Alumna Looks Back: ‘My Most Spectacular Failure was a Gift’

“The years tell us what the days cannot.” UM alumna Shelli Johnson reflects on what she considered her greatest failure at the time: losing her basketball scholarship and quitting the team. “During my recent look back at all of this, I realized the things I did in the months following my aforementioned failure not only made a significant difference in my life during that time, but continue to inform my life, and my work.” Read more on the Make it Missoula blog. 

UM Ph.D. candidate Jenny Lind works on a computer

STEM Education Seeing Rapid Growth in Montana

Children with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math – often referred to as STEM – can be found around Western Montana. Based on Chamber of Commerce data, Montana is tenth in the nation in STEM growth. But that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. The University of Montana makes an effort engage young students in STEM fields while also drawing top-notch college students in the same areas of study. KPAX-TV reports on the future of STEM in Montana.

The Story Behind the Photo

Helena artist Heesoo Lee demonstrates her techniques for painting her ceramics pieces to a large group of students during the School of Art’s annual Archie Bray Day at UM. 

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