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Violist Thomas Diener performs during the Art of Diplomacy conference in UM's UC Ballroom on Jan. 12. Sponsored by the Mansfield Center and the Montana World Affairs Council, the conference explores the impact of the arts and cultural exchanges.

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It Takes Guts for a Sea Spider to Pump Blood

Evolutionary physiologist Art Woods of UM recently presented a newfound way of delivering oxygen in animal circulatory systems depends mostly on food sloshing back and forth in the guts. Woods...

The Oval at UM after a snow storm

Community Invited to Mid-Year State of the University Presentation

UM President Sheila Stearns will address the campus with a State of the University presentation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the University Center Ballroom. Stearns will take the opportunity to...

Martha Williams teaches a class at UM. Photo by Patrick Record.

Assistant Professor Selected as State Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed UM Assistant Professor Martha Williams to serve as director of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Bullock made the Cabinet announcement Jan. 6.

ELI students work together in the classroom

English Language Institute Earns Highest Level of Accreditation

The English Language Institute at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). This is the program’s first...

Charnelle Bear Medicine walks with friends on the UM campus.

How Two Colleges Help Native Students Succeed

The University of Montana and Blackfeet Community College are vastly different institutions in size and mission. Yet both in their own way try to create a welcoming environment for Native American...

UM President Sheila Stearns

Sheila Stearns Finds ‘Star Power’ at UM

To lead UM that way, new UM President Sheila Stearns aims to celebrate and broadcast UM’s academic excellence; govern collaboratively, with clear communication and shared responsibility; and make...

UM students visit rice farms during the 2015 Winter Session in Vietnam

Students Spend Winter Session Studying Climate Change in Vietnam

Eight students and one professor from UM are in Vietnam through Tuesday, Jan. 19, to study climate change impacts and adaptation in the Mekong Delta for the seventh annual Winter Session in...

ceramic art by UM Professor Trey Hill

UM Professor’s Ceramics Featured at Missoula Art Museum

A UM ceramic professor’s works of art are on display through May 13 at the Missoula Art Museum’s exhibit “Binary Form: Ceramic Abstraction by Trey Hill and Andrea Moon.” School of Art Professor...

UM researchers are among scientists across the state searching for evidence of invasive mussels so they can be eradicated.

UM Researchers Join Hunt for Invasive Mussels in State's Waterways

For a group of UM researchers, the iced-over waters of Flathead Lake offer some hope that a devastating invasion can be staved off. "I don't think I've ever felt such a sense of urgency," says...

Students interact with the Montana State Giant Traveling Map.

Montana Geographic Alliance Receives Giant Traveling Map

The Montana Geographic Alliance, housed in UM’s Department of Geography, recently received a new resource from the National Geographic Society to help promote geography education. The new Montana...

UM President George Dennison passed away Jan. 3. Photo by Eric Stenbakken.

UM Mourns Death of Longest-Serving President

George M. Dennison, who served as president of the University of Montana from 1990 to 2010, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 81.
collage of UM highlights in 2016

Research, Fundraising and Academic Success Highlight UM in 2016

The year 2016 proved another big one at UM, one highlighted by groundbreaking research, scholarly success and record fundraising. Missoula Current takes a look at UM’s biggest successes this past...

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NPR: The Science of Wildfires May Be Up In Smoke

With wildfire becoming more prevalent in the U.S. and the Forest Service increasingly looking to let some wildfires burn, there's a need to better understand the smoke that billows from those...

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UM Programs Support Local Families, Veterans This Holiday Season

UM brightened up the holiday season for more than 200 people in need this year with its 20th annual “Adopt-A-Family” program and its sixth annual “Adopt-A-Veteran” program. Each year, interested...

International flags on a podium at Model UN conference

Model UN Participants Win Scholarships to UM

Five high school seniors received $1,000 scholarships to attend the University of Montana for their exemplary performance at the 51st annual Montana Model United Nations Conference on Nov. 21-22....

UM alumna Becca Boslough

UM Graduate Awarded Marshall Scholarship

UM alumna Rebecca Boslough has that rare quality of being able to listen well and understand nuance. Recently those traits it helped earn her a 2017 Marshall Scholarship. The scholarship offers...

Snow blankets the UM campus

UM Employees Donate $96,000 to Local Nonprofits During Annual Campaign

More than 300 University of Montana employees recently participated in the 2016-17 Charitable Giving Campaign by donating $96,334 to local charitable organizations. The annual campaign offers UM...

student participants in UM's EPIC Pitch Competition

Students Awarded $3,000 at UM Startup Pitch Competition

Three students received awards at the EPIC Pitch Competition, hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad aUM, the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and UM School of Business Administration on...

a woman is silhouetted on a hill at the Standing Rock protest site

Montana Journalism Review Releases Web Special on Standing Rock Media Coverage

Montana Journalism Review, a University of Montana School of Journalism student-produced publication, released a special web report on Dec. 13 analyzing how the media covered the Standing Rock...
UM's Gallagher Business Building

UM’s MBA Program Ranked No. 13 Among Top 50 Most Affordable

TopManagementDegrees.com recently published its annual ranking of the top 50 most affordable Master of Business Administration programs, naming the University of Montana as No. 13 overall. A...

UM ROTC students walking with flags on campus

UM Earns National Recognition for Service to Veteran Students

The UM VETS Office continues making progress to integrate veteran students and provide academic advising. Those efforts and more were recognized this week by the national Military Friendly...

Students at Commencement

UM Named One of America’s 100 Best College Buys

UM recently was named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for its combination of high quality and low cost. The ranking was compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent...

UM School of Business Administration Dean Chris Shook

New Dean of UM School of Business Administration Has Own Style

Chris Shook, the new dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Montana, was sleeping in a monastery in Spain last fall at the age of 53, trying to figure out what he...

UM juniors Holly Jacobs and Hannah Bondurant perform in The Gondoliers

UM’s Opera Theater Program to Receive National Recognition

The National Opera Association will honor the University of Montana Opera and UM Symphony Orchestra for their February 2016 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.” NOA will award...

The Oval at UM after a snow storm

President Engstrom to Step Down Dec. 31

UM President Royce Engstrom will step down as UM’s president effective Dec. 31, according to an email from Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian sent Dec. 1. Sheila Stearns will serve...
Allie Keleti

Track and Field Athlete Honored for Social Media, Service

Allie Keleti, a UM track and field athlete, received a Montana Athlete in Service Award from Montana Campus Compact and Gov. Steve Bullock at the Brawl of the Wild Football Game Nov. 19.

Becca Boslough (Photo by Rylan Boggs)

Alumna Wins Prestigious Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in UK

Rebecca Boslough, a 2014 UM graduate in resource conservation, has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The award offers graduate study opportunities at British universities to about 30 young...

UM Regents Professor of History Anya Jabour speaks at the Board of Regents meeting

History Professor Anya Jabour Earns Top Promotion

UM history Professor Anya Jabour was appointed the University’s 11th Regents Professor during the Nov. 17 Board of Regents meeting in Missoula. Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty...

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What is Behind the Turkey Pardoning Ritual?

Tobin Shearer, UM director of African-American studies and an associate history professor, published this article in The Conversation about how the ritualized pardoning of a turkey draws our...

The producers of the program on stage in Deer Lodge

Television Program Celebrates 25 Years of Exploring Montana

The UM-based crew that produces “Backroads of Montana” for Montana PBS celebrated 25 years of finding great stories across Big Sky Country at the historic Rialto Community Theater in Deer Lodge on...

Bill and Carolyn Franke and their family visit the UM campus to celebrate their gift with the University community.

Largest Single Gift in UM History Supports Conservation, Global Leadership

On Nov. 18, the Montana University System Board of Regents approved the naming of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation and the Franke Global Leadership Initiative in honor of Bill...
Google Doodle of author James Welch

Google Features Late Native American Author, UM Alumnus James Welch

The Nov. 18 Google Doodle marks the birthday of James Welch, who would have been 76 today. The renowned Blackfeet author graduated from UM in 1965 and later taught here for many years. His most...

Native leaders in front of the Payne Family Native American Center

Indian Country Today Names UM Native-Friendly Institution

One of leading national news sources for and about Native people in North America, Indian Country Today Media Network, said UM was “worth a long look for Native students.”

Trout in Ole Creek, a tributary of the Flathead River

An Ecosystem’s Lifeblood, Flowing Through Gravel

They are beautiful, glistening icons of the West, filled with life and history. But there is far more to mountain rivers, scientists like UM’s Ric Hauer are learning, than the water churning...

UM's School of Journalism

Journalism School Joins New Google News Lab Initiative

UM’s School of Journalism will join other top-tier media schools in the launch of a new Google “News Lab University Network” in an effort to better train new and existing journalists in data,...

UM history Professor Anya Jabour, right, poses with actress Hannah James

Historian Nominated for Regents Professor

UM history Professor Anya Jabour has been nominated to become the University’s 11th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its Nov. 17-18 meeting in Missoula,...

M students Aerionna Hardesty, left, Baylee Bergman and Tatem Hoehn

Students Advance to National Sales Competition

Sixteen students and 12 judges participated in the third annual scholarship sales competition, hosted by Northwestern Mutual, at the UM in October. After two rounds of sales presentations, three...

Ranalda Tsosie

UM Student Earns EPA Graduate Fellowship

A UM student was one of 50 students nationwide awarded a Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ranalda Tsosie earned a $132,000 grant in May...

Montana's Erika Ackerlund won the Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championship on Nov. 5 in New Orleans.

UM Triathlete Wins Women’s Collegiate National Title

UM triathlete Erika Ackerlund edged 48 collegiate athletes on Nov. 5 to win the 2016 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championship in New Orleans. The 20-year-old Helena native logged a time...

Protestors hold a sign outside the state’s Capitol, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Understanding Native American Religion Important for Resolving DAPL Crisis

In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. UM Assistant Professor Rosalyn LaPier, who is teaching at Harvard this semester,...

Gov. Steve Bullock and UM President Royce Engstrom talk with Inimmune employee

New Biotech Company Formed at UM’s MonTEC

Officials from a new biotech company, Inimmune Corporation, met with Gov. Steve Bullock Nov. 1 to discuss how the University of Montana connects researchers and entrepreneurs and the potential...
A class meets in one of the LA Building's newly renovated classrooms

$4M LA Building Renovation Delivers High-Tech Education

Alexi Corbett can take better notes this year in her public administration class in the Liberal Arts Building at UM. In some newly renovated rooms, screens take up a whole wall, and the...