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Addressing Veterans Affairs
UM big data students and Professor Lee Tangedahl

UM’s Big Data Certificate Has Recruiters Lining Up

Trenton Starkey, a 25-year-old senior pursuing a degree in management information systems at UM’s School of Business Administration, isn’t stressed about finding a job after he graduates like most of his peers. He’s already had recruiters emailing him and making him offers, and he’s accepted a "cloud engineering" position with Microsoft. Starkey is one of seven UM students who will be the first to graduate with a certificate in data analytics in May. Read more about UM’s big data certificate.

UM student Hope Radford

UM Junior Earns Newman Civic Fellows Award

University of Montana junior Hope Radford recently became a Newman Civic Fellow for her work as a change-agent, focusing on issues related to climate change, social justice and sustainable food production. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is given to college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities across the country. Read more about Radford’s award.

Video: ClimateTalk: Science and Solutions at TEDxUMontana

We’re stymied in solving the climate change problem because of an underlying challenge – a communication failure – rooted in language and ideology, says climate change communicator and analyst Susan Joy Hassol. Watch her TEDxUMontana talk here.
oil field on the Bakken

Law Students Tour State’s Energy Facilities for Spring Break

Twenty students from the University of Montana’s School of Law are currently taking a 1,400-mile, five-day bus tour across Montana to see firsthand the various forms of energy development in the state. The Energy Facilities Field Trip is a course designed to provide law students an on-the-ground experience of the energy developments about which they study. They are accompanied by law school Interim Dean Greg Munro. Read more about the facilities they’ll be touring this week. 
Bark beetle illustration by Bill Mayer

Bark Beetles Are Decimating Our Forests; Is That a Good Thing?

Bark beetles have long been culling sickly trees in North American forests. But in recent years, they've been working overtime. Prolonged droughts and shorter winters have spurred bark beetles to kill billions of trees in what's likely the largest forest insect outbreak ever recorded, about 10 times the size of past eruptions. "A doubling would have been remarkable," says UM entomologist Diana Six. "Ten times screams that something is really going wrong." Mother Jones magazine joins Six in the field to learn more.

UM marketing students at national conference

Marketing Students Compete, Succeed in National Competition

Ten members of the UM chapter of the American Marketing Association traveled to New Orleans to participate in the 37th annual International Collegiate Conference, which was held March 19-22. A team of six UM marketing students earned an honorable mention in the Sabre Business Simulation Competition, placing fourth just behind Johns Hopkins University. Two students competed in the Marketing Strategy Competition, placing in the top 15 percent of 98 teams nationwide. Read more about their successful trip.

The Story Behind the Photo

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks to an audience of student veterans and others during a public Q-and-A dialogue held March 31 at UM. McDonald was unanimously approved as VA secretary in July 2014 and has been tasked with overhauling the agency.

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