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After leading UM's women's basketball program for 38 years, Robin Selvig is no longer convinced he can keep it up. The coach, who won 865 games and built the Lady Griz into one of the most consistently successful programs in the nation, will retire Aug. 31. Read the full announcement on www.gogriz.com

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The Grizzly Battalion ROTC cannon sits in front of Schreiber Gymnasium.

Behind the Boom: The History of UM’s Legendary Cannon Tradition

The ROTC cannon first appeared at Griz games in the late 1980s, just after Washington-Grizzly opened, and has celebrated nearly every Grizzly score since.

Casey Massena, a UM doctoral candidate, holds a model of his new molecule produced by a 3-D printer.

Chemistry Graduate Student Builds New Type of Molecule

A chemistry doctoral student at the University of Montana recently helped develop a new type of molecule, and his work was the cover story for a top scientific journal. Casey Massena of Santa...

UM alumna Lily Gladstone

Lily Gladstone’s Blackfeet Identity and UM Roots Keep Her Grounded

When “Certain Women” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January, Lily Gladstone’s performance was singled out for praise by Rolling Stone and Variety. Now the UM alumnus awaits her next...

UM doctoral student Joanna Kreitinger works in the lab

UM Doctoral Student Wins National Fellowship

One day in the summer of 2014, Joanna Kreitinger led a research experiment in a laboratory at UM. The team was looking at the spleen and lymph nodes, organs critical to the immune system. Just...

Wolf lichen, a lichen species studied by a team of UM researchers

UM Research Unveils New Player in Lichen Symbiosis

In 1995, if you had told UM researcher Toby Spribille that he’d eventually overthrow a scientific idea that’s been the stuff of textbooks for 150 years, he would have laughed at you. Back then,...

AJ Somers, left, and his mentor Andrij Holian

Visiting Student Researches Engineered Nanomaterials

AJ Somers, a life science major from Salish Kootenai College, is at UM this summer researching how nanomaterials could be used in future biomedical applications during the Summer Undergraduate...

Tins full of Cold War-era survival biscuits and hard candy sit on a table in Aber Hall

Boxes of Fallout Shelter Supplies in Aber Hall on Their Way Out

Up an elevator, through a locked door and up another two flights of stairs to the roof of 11-story Aber Hall at UM, there’s a small, concrete-walled storage room. Packed inside are survival...

Veteran and UM student Sergej Michaud sits on the bear statue at UM

The Brain Team: New UM Neural Injury Center Changes Lives

Iraq War veteran Sergej Michaud is a 4.0 student at UM, a double major in geography and economics, and a husband with a wife and two children. He also is recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

John Spierling, left, and Nicholai Khomenko remove graffiti from the walls of the mine on Mount Sentinel

Spruced-up Mount Sentinel Mine Clings to its Mysteries

Many Missoulians may not know about the Mount Sentinel mine shaft, blasted through hard rock for some 60-75 feet, maybe one-third of a mile of gradual climbing from the M. It has survived,...

Nathan Hechtman, participant in UM's Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Visiting Student Investigates Nanomaterials During Summer Program

Nathan Hechtman’s interest in global public health and medicine drew the biology major from Willamette University to Missoula for the summer where he is researching toxicology during UM’s Summer...

UM Hires Director of Communications for the Office of the President

UM has hired a new director of communications for the Office of the President. Paula Short, chief of the Forestry Assistance Bureau at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, will...

A grove of whitebark pine in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Survival of Whitebark Pines May Rest on Modern Technology

Even the living whitebark pine trees look tragic. UM forest entomologist Diana Six calls them “ghost forests.” At the edge of the tree line, beyond where the Ponderosa pine and spruce and alpine...

young scientists participate in spectrUM's Magic of Chemistry camp at UM

Chemistry Summer Camp Lets Kids Learn Science And Blow Things Up

Miniature scientists donned safety gloves and goggles Tuesday morning, giddy as they combined chemicals in a UM lab. "Explosions," 8-year-old Caroline CeeCee Baldussin said of why she's interested...

University of Montana doctoral candidate Joanna Kreitinger (left) with UM Professor David Shepherd on UM’s campus.

Graduate Student Earns Prestigious Immunology Fellowship

UM doctoral candidate Joanna Kreitinger was one of 48 people nationwide selected to receive a 2016 American Association of Immunologists Careers in Immunology Fellowship. This highly competitive...

Herbicides are sprayed to control non-native plants in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (National Park Service photo)

UM Research Reveals Widespread Herbicide Use on North American Wildlands

UM researchers are giving the public its first look at the widespread use of herbicides on federal and tribal land in North America, and they urge land managers to better document it.

Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana's inaugural class of family physicians

Medicine Residency Program Graduates First Class of Family Physicians

Montana will gain five new medical doctors who will care for Montanans in rural and underserved areas on Sunday, July 3. UM will celebrate the graduation of its inaugural class of family...

Main Hall with the M on Mount Sentinel in the background

2,821 UM Students Make Spring Semester Dean’s List

At UM, 2,821 students made the spring semester 2016 Dean’s List and 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive...

Nichol Smith, visiting student researcher

Visiting Student Investigates DNA Replication During Summer Program

Nichol Smith, a public health major from University of Massachusetts Lowell, is researching how certain compounds interact with nucleic acid sequences during UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research...

UM's Mansfield Library

UM Mansfield Library to Share Resources Statewide

A new system will allow academic library users statewide to access the holdings of 16 libraries in Montana through a single online search. UM’s Mansfield Library – along with 15 other institutions...

Flathead River at the U.S./Canada border

Have We Been Missing a Hidden Haven of Biodiversity?

In a new study, scientists with a range of expertise came together to examine the regional importance of a little-mentioned ecosystem: the gravel-bed river. 

UM campus

Six UM Students Earn Fulbright Funding to Study Abroad

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has offered grants to six University of Montana graduate students to study abroad during the coming year. Chase Ellinger, Jordan Krause, Max Kaisler, Selena...

UM students at Commencement

2,459 Students Earn Degrees from UM in Spring Semester 2016

UM had 2,459 students who were degree candidates for spring semester 2016. To view a list of Montana students or out-of-state students who are degree candidates, visit...

Katie Pershinske with Mentor Dr. Fernando Cardozo

Visiting Student Researches Parkinson's Disease During Summer Program

Katie Pershinske, a neuroscience major from Northern Michigan University, is investigating the role mitochondrial inhibitors may play in the onset of Parkinson's disease during UM’s Summer...

UM natural areas specialist Marilyn Marler gives a tour of UM's native garden

UM Celebrates Certified Wildlife Habitat Designation for Native Garden

The native garden surrounding the Payne Family Native American Center at UM was recently designated as a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation because it provides food,...

Missoula to Berlin photos and stories from UM journalism students

Journalism Students Report on Refugee Crisis from Berlin

In 2015-16, more than a million refugees sought asylum in Germany. The School of Journalism responded by creating Missoula to Berlin, a summer program designed to teach international journalism in...

SURP Student Maggie Boyd with Mentor Dr. David Macaluso

UM Student Takes Research to Next Level During Summer Program

As a human biology and physics major, Maggie Boyd is excited to be exploring the growing research area of nanomaterials during UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for...

Workers repair earthquake damage in Kathmandu’s ancient Swayambunath Temple

Researcher Helps Break Ground on Forecasting Earthquakes

UM researcher Rebecca Bendick is part of a team whose research is breaking ground on the complexity of earthquakes and the possibility to forecast them. The journal Nature Geoscience recently...

a mountain goat rests in Glacier National Park

UM Survey: Montana Voters Give National Parks, Conservation High Marks

Montana voters are avid users of national parks and support balanced efforts to further protect public lands, which they increasingly view as a valuable economic asset, a new survey finds. The...

Across the Divide: Montana’s Tribes Navigate Politics and Progress

Across the Divide: Montana’s Tribes Navigate Politics and Progress

In the 25th annual edition of the Native News Honors Project at UM, journalism students delve into the politics on Montana’s American Indian reservations and tell different stories from across the...

Montana to Zambia: Connections through Conservation

UM Forges Relationship Between Montana and Zambia

One day, a doctoral student at the UM brought Wayne Freimund a proposal to review for an experimental forest in Zambia. Nearly 20 years later, the bond between "The Last Best Place" and a country...

UM forestry students designed restoration treatments now taking place at Bandy Ranch

Forestry Students Implement Restoration Plans at Bandy Ranch

UM students helped plan forest restoration treatments now taking place at the Bandy Experimental Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley. College of Forestry and Conservation students wrote management plans...

Tom DeLuca, new dean of UM's College of Forestry and Conservation

New Dean, Familiar Face for College of Forestry and Conservation

UM has hired a former College of Forestry and Conservation faculty member to serve as dean. Tom DeLuca, who spent 12 years at UM, will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2017. He currently serves as...

UM students dine at the Food Zoo

UM Fills Plate with Food Awards

The eatin' is good at UM – think a “Star Wars” omelet bar, for starters, and a gold medal for Missoula College, too. This month, UM announced it and Missoula College had earned some awards related...

karluk bear totes salmon in his mouth

UM Study: Kodiak Bears Track Salmon Runs in Alaska

A UM graduate student’s research on Alaskan brown bears and red salmon is the May cover story of the high-profile journal Ecology. Will Deacy, a UM systems ecology graduate student, researched...

Christopher Shook, the new dean of UM's School of Business Administration

UM Names New Dean of School of Business Administration

The University of Montana has named Christopher Shook the new dean of the School of Business Administration. Shook will succeed SoBA Dean Larry Gianchetta, who will retire in June after 41 years...
UM's student-athlete academic center

New Student-Athlete Academic Center Already Providing Returns

The initial returns on Montana's investment in its year-old student-athlete academic center, which had nearly 14,000 visits during the school year, is already paying out record numbers.

Katie Barnes. Photo by Dennis Webber Photography.

MC Culinary Arts Student Cooks Up Gold in National Competition

A culinary arts student at Missoula College at UM recently created the top pastry dessert at the American Culinary Federation and Washington State Chefs Association Culinary Competition in...

Fulbright Fellow Surbhi Jain

Fulbright Fellow to Instruct Intermediate Hindi at UM

UM will offer intermediate Hindi for the first time with the arrival of a new Fulbright Fellow and teacher’s assistant from India. Surbhi Jain will teach elementary and intermediate Hindi in...

UM students participate in distance learning

UM Lands $1.2M Grant to Train Speech-Language Pathologists in Rural Montana

UM’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to provide training to professionals seeking to become competent, certified speech-language...

Recent UM grad Sarah Solie handles a frog during field work

From Server to Scientist: Unique Bond Leads Student to Career in Biology

Sarah Solie's story is like something out of a movie. A chance encounter with a UM professor coupled with her blossoming love of science led to what she calls one of the most important friendships...

UM campus

UM’s School Psychology Ph.D. Program Earns First Accreditation

The school psychology doctoral program at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the American Psychological Association. This is the program’s initial...

Football fans fill Washington-Grizzly Stadium for a night game

Griz Top FCS in Attendance for Second Straight Season

For the second-straight season and the fifth time in the last decade, the Montana Grizzlies football team has packed in more fans than any other program in FCS football, and in 2015 drew more fans...

A tundra fire burns in the Noatak National Preserve in Alaska in 2012

UM Study: Wildfires to Increase in Alaska with Future Climate Change

New research by UM affiliate scientist Adam Young and UM fire ecology Associate Professor Philip Higuera projects an increased probability of fires occurring in Alaskan boreal forest and tundra...