UM’s Chamber Chorale has been honored by the American Choral Directors Association with an invitation to perform at the association’s 2016 northwest conference March 3-6 in Seattle. It is UM’s first ACDA invitation and follows the choir’s recent invitational performance at the National Association for Music Education’s Northwest Conference in February, which also was a first in the choir’s history. Read more about the choir’s latest honor.
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In the 1980s, UM scientist Donald Kiely discovered an economical and efficient way to produce glucaric acid, which can serve as a replacement for phosphates. It could eventually make Missoula the headquarters of a global chemical company, the firm’s CEO said. On Tuesday in Danville, Virginia, a different company began manufacturing the acid commercially, which made it a huge day for Rivertop Renewables of Missoula. Read more about Rivertop Renewables in the Missoulian.
Founder and CEO of the social impact consulting firm williamsworks, UM alumna Whitney Williams has dedicated her life to doing good in the world. And if the roster of powerful, wealthy people who turn to her for advice is any indication, she’s done it well. Since launching her firm, Williams has helped people, foundations and corporations give their money and use their influence in ways that have brought about real change in the world. Read more about Williams’ work in the Montanan magazine.
Montana Hodges just brought a suitcase full of fossils back from Alaska and wears Tyrannosaurus Rex shaped earrings. This month she is the lead author of a paper in a geology journal about approximately 2 million-year-old coral reefs. Believe it or not, it was journalism that brought her here. Today she’s pursuing a Ph.D. in paleontology at UM. Read more about how Hodges is blending her passions to earn a unique education.
Aimee Elliott knows good food. As the Chef Instructor for Missoula College’s Culinary Arts Program, herself a graduate of the program, Elliott guides her students through rigorous five-week cycles of instruction that end in multi-course gourmet meals. But Elliott also knows good hospitality. The winning combination finds a home this fall in MC’s new offering, Professional Certificate of Hospitality Management. Read more about the new program at Missoula College.
A book written by Douglas Emlen, an acclaimed UM evolutionary biologist, has been awarded the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. Emlen officially will receive the award for his book “Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle” and a $10,000 prize at a gala dinner Dec. 4 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists to the literature of science. Read more about Emlen’s latest accolade.
It’s been a beautiful fall so far in Western Montana and the leaves are just beginning to turn on the Oval. It’s a great time of year for a hike to the M on Mount Sentinel to see Missoula’s colorful fall foliage.