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submersible autonomous moored instruments that can measure pH or carbon dioxide in the ocean

Sunburst Sensors Succeeds in Hawaii, Awaits Decision on XPRIZE

The SAMI proved its mettle. The instrument, created out of research at the University of Montana, dropped 3,000 meters into the Pacific Ocean, measured pH and surfaced all in one piece. The journey marked the final phase of an international competition that puts Sunburst Sensors of Missoula in line for a couple of $750,000 prizes, according to the XPRIZE. Read more about Sunburst Sensors in the Missoulian.

Executive Chef Patrick Browne, Executive Sous Chef Tony Martinez, Chef de Cuisine Nate Jerrell and Pastry Chef Lindsay Marshall

UM Chefs Place Second at National Culinary Conference

Four UM chefs proved they can out-cook the competition at the 21st Annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst June 7-12. UM Dining’s culinary team won a silver medal after facing off against 22 other culinary teams from across North America. Representing UM were Executive Chef Patrick Browne, Executive Sous Chef Tony Martinez, Chef de Cuisine Nate Jerrell and Pastry Chef Lindsay Marshall. Read more about their win.

UM Associate Research Professor Carl Seielstad

To Build a Fire: Professor Devotes Career to Changing Fire Policy

The science of wildfires often pits academics against forestry professionals. Carl Seielstad, an associate research professor at the University of Montana, has built a career bridging the divide through his work in the trenches as well as in the lab. Now the former smokejumper is helping change fire policy forever. For starters, Seielstad says, you’ve got to fight fire with fire. Read more about Seielstad's career path in Dartmouth’s alumni magazine

Natalie Bond, adjunct political papers archivist, looks at the Max Baucus Collection

Mansfield Library Organizes New Max Baucus Collection

Last year, a semi-trailer deposited nearly 1,000 boxes of material for the Archives and Special Collections at UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library from Max Baucus’ career as a politician, a tenure that began in the U.S. House in 1978. Natalie Bond, who has been organizing the new Max Baucus Collection since December, said it will be among the largest archival collections at the library. Read more about the task of archiving Baucus’ papers in the Missoulian.

Curator Shannon Kimball watches over 129,000 plant specimens in the University of Montana Herbarium.

UM’s Large Plant Collection Serves State and Beyond

Upstairs in a corner of the Natural Sciences building on campus, curator Shannon Kimball watches over some 129,000 pressed plant specimens in the University of Montana Herbarium, an organized collection that's little known and growing by the day. The oldest specimen, a plant from Mexico, is from 1834. Read more in the Missoulian.

Dan McCarthy, a medical resident in Missoula, shows high schoolers the insides of a pig's heart

High Schoolers Learn about Health Careers at Summer Camp

While some Missoulians were still eating their breakfast on Monday, two dozen Montana high-school students taking part in a health career summer camp were wrist-deep dissecting the heart of a pig. The summer camp, called MedStart, is designed to give high-school juniors and seniors a chance to explore health careers and the various programs offered at colleges in Montana. The MedStart camp in Missoula is sponsored by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM. Read more about MedStart.

The Story Behind the Photo

Lecturer Robert Stubblefield teaches a creative writing course to high school students taking part in the Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Honors Institute at UM. About 45 students from around the country are taking one of three courses offered; Creative Writing, Global Journalism with Henriette Lowisch or Potions 101, a chemistry class with Professor Garon Smith.  

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