Across the northern Rocky Mountains, big game hunting season has begun. From now until the end of autumn, no other season is more hazardous for people and grizzly bears to be in the woods together. In past decades, many people traveling in bear country during this time of year have shot bears. Today, many carry bear spray, a revolutionary tool that UM students and researchers developed in the 1980s and 90s. National Geographic reports on how bear spray came to be.
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Students in science teacher Ben Young’s class listened to the call of the wild Thursday as University of Montana doctoral student Alexia Billings gave a presentation on animal sound identification. Billings, along with University of Montana associate professors, spoke to Glacier and Flathead high school students and led simple science activities as part of a “We are Montana in the Classroom” outreach tour. Read more about the tour’s stop in Kalispell in the Daily Interlake.
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.
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.
The Montana Grizzlies return home to face the Weber State Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 10. It's also the annual pink game for cancer awareness, presented by Providence Health & Services and Team Up Montana. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and join the fight against cancer.