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Fred Allendorf in a UM lab

Regents Professor Emeritus Receives Molecular Ecology Prize

The journal Molecular Ecology has chosen UM Regents Professor Emeritus Fred Allendorf as the recipient of its 2015 Molecular Ecology Prize. Allendorf is one of a handful of people who founded the field of conservation genetics. He was one of the first to apply genetics to real-world conservation problems, and he has continued to advance the application of genetics, and now genomics, to pressing conservation problems. Read more about Allendorf’s prize.
Young students studying in a reservation classroom

Students Release Latest Edition of Native News Honors Project

UM School of Journalism Students recently released the 24th annual edition of the Native News Honors Project. This issue is titled “Intertwined: Stories of Detachment and Connection from Montana’s Reservations.” Every spring, journalism school professors come up with a theme for their class to investigate. Students then spend their spring break on the reservations reporting and photographing stories and creating multimedia pieces. Read the latest edition on the J-school website.
UM student records the sound of a bee colony using an app he helped develop

Students Create App to Test Bee Colony Health

A team of UM students has built a mobile-phone app that allows beekeepers to record the sound of their colony to determine whether it’s healthy or not. The Android app was developed by computer science students Seth Welch, Quinton Greenhagen, Kyler Commers, Andreas Freiburg, Seth Hovenkotter and Matthew Detrick as part of their senior capstone project under the direction of UM software engineering professor Joel Henry. Read more about the bee app in the Missoulian.

A UM student works in a lab

Legislature Creates $1,000 Scholarships for STEM Majors

The state of Montana is offering new $1,000 scholarships to in-state high school graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, math or health care at a Montana college. Graduating seniors who are interested should act fast. The Legislature set aside $400,000 to kick off the scholarships this year, and already 200 high school students have started the application process, Sheila Newlun, Montana University System scholarship coordinator, said Tuesday. Read more in the Bozeman Chronicle.

a young student colors a picture of Monte providing athletic training to a patient

Athletic Training Students Win Public Relations Contest

Custom-designed coloring books featuring University of Montana’s mascot, Monte, as an athletic trainer were part of the project that recently earned UM athletic training students the top spot in a national contest. The UM team won the “Best Student Effort” category of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Public Relations competition for the eighth consecutive year. Read more about the athletic training students’ latest success.

Blake Morant, president of the Association of American Law Schools, speaks at UM's law school hooding ceremony

'Leading Light' of Law Offers UM Graduates Advice

“I know all of you will do well, you're graduating from an excellent law school,” Blake Morant said Saturday as 82 students received their degrees during the graduation ceremony of UM’s School of Law. Morant stressed that the problem-solving and creative skills law school graduates have attained are more important now than ever before. Read more about the 2015 law school graduation in the Missoulian.

The Story Behind the Photo

Flowers decorate the base of the Grizzly Bear statue on the west end of UM's Oval. The statue was created by Rudy Autio, a renowned ceramist and longtime UM professor.

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