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Chemistry Professor G. Whiz

Popular Chemistry Professor Prepares to Hang Up his Cloak

In 24 years at UM, chemistry Professor Garon Smith has instructed some 20,000 students in introductory chemistry, and has entertained and educated more than 100,000 young students with his wizardly alter-ego, G. Wiz.  Now as he prepares to hang up his cloak in retirement this spring, Smith will present one of his renowned chemistry shows for the benefit of the campus community. Read more about Smith’s remarkable teaching career and his upcoming public lecture

UM graduate Thomas Nybo in Nepal after earthquake

Journalism Alumnus Brings Horrors of Quake to the World

Thomas Nybo said he has been at the scene of many natural disasters soon after they have struck: tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons, chronicling them either as a journalist or on behalf of UNICEF. April 25 was the first time the UM graduate had ever experienced one firsthand. Nybo, 44, was in a coffee shop in Kathmandu when the magnitude-7.8 quake struck. Since then, the world has seen the devastation of quake through Nybo’s lens. The Great Falls Tribune reports.

Cody Meixner and Betsy Story

ASUM Elections: Meixner, Story Win; Majority of Referenda Pass

The results from this week’s Associated Students of UM elections are in and Cody Meixner and Betsy Story will be the next student government president and vice president. Sarah Smith won the business manager position. The majority of the referendums on this year’s ballot passed. The Montana Kaimin reports on the ASUM election results

UM student Jeni Comstock

UM Student Accepted into Seven Medical Schools

Incoming medical students have reached a deadline to make a decision on what medical school they want to attend in the fall. NBC Montana met up with one UM student who exceeded expectations with a number of interviews and acceptance letters. Jeni Comstock graduated from UM in 2014. This past year has been filled with visiting medical schools and interviewing. Comstock landed interviews at 10 schools, and she was accepted into seven medical schools and waitlisted at two. NBC Montana reports.

UM historian David Emmons, and UM alumni Julie and Sam Baldridge

Alumni Donors Boost UM Irish Studies Program

Eminent UM historian David Emmons conducted groundbreaking research on the history of the Irish experience in Montana. Now thanks to a private gift, his work will be honored and continued far into the future. UM alumni Sam and Julie Baldridge of Whitefish have established a visiting professorship in Emmons’ name. Each year, a Dr. David Emmons Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies will come to campus to teach various courses on Irish and Irish-American history. Read more about the donation from the Baldridges.

UM successfully reduced total emissions 10 percent below 2007 levels

UM Meets 2015 Target for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Continuing its commitment as a leader in higher education sustainability, UM recently announced it has met its 2015 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to UM’s sustainability report card, released by its Office of Sustainability on Earth Day, the University has successfully reduced total emissions to 10 percent below 2007 levels. This benchmark is part of the University’s plan to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2020. Read more about UM’s emissions reduction.

The Story Behind the Photo

Sentinel High School team members gather around a laptop as they tackle cyber security issues during the second annual Cyber Triathlon, held May 2 at UM.  “The Cyber Triathlon is like ‘Top Chef’ for information technology students throughout Montana,” said Sherri Davidoff, adjunct professor at UM and CEO of LMG Security, one of the event sponsors. At the end of the day, the Sentinel team took home the winning trophy. 

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