children play in spectrUM's pop-up museum at the Missoula airport

Airport Pop-Up Museum Offers Activities to Travelers of All Ages

Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, visitors to Missoula’s International Airport will have the chance to experience a hands-on science exhibit. The pop-up museum recently opened its...

Professor Doug Emlen holds a saber-toothed tiger skull

Professor Emlen on Beetle Horns and Book Writing

By day, UM Professor Douglas Emlen studies insect weaponry, but at night, military history is his preferred reading. Eight years ago, these interests merged unexpectedly. “I wanted to do something...

UM cartography students

Nepali Tiger Poachers Fear UM Student Mapmakers

None of Kevin McManigal’s cartography students at UM have been to the Parsa Wildlife Preserve. But they’ve spent the past six months building the most detailed topographic record the 155,000-acre...

Engaging Social Responsibility through Philanthropy students and nonprofit leaders

Philanthropy Class Awards $10,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

UM students in a course titled Engaging Social Responsibility through Philanthropy recently awarded $10,000 to local nonprofits. The class addresses social responsibility and community building...

Nicole Taranto with her food cart, Bao Chow

Culinary Arts Alumni Working Toward Restaurant Dream

When Nicole Taranto moved to Missoula from her hometown of Bozeman, opening Montana's only Chinese-style bao restaurant was not a part of the plan. But today that’s where Taranto and business...

A Kazakh man rides through his horse

Creative Writing Alumnus Continues Reporting Project in Kazakhstan

Out of respect for horses, Americans don’t eat them. Out of respect for their horses, Kazakhs do. UM alumnus and Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow Ryan Bell reports from Kazakhstan.

UM physics and astronomy Professor Dan Reisenfeld

UM Professor Inspires Students, Makes Discoveries About Space

Dan Reisenfeld uses lighter fluid in the classroom and mulls his discoveries about space in Room 121 of the Clapp Building. The UM professor of physics and astronomy has also killed Spider-Man...

Larry Gianchetta, dean of the UM School of Business Administration

Business Dean Gianchetta to Retire After 41 Years at UM

Larry Gianchetta, dean of the UM School of Business Administration, is retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year. After 41 years at UM, 30 years of those as dean, Dean Gianchetta has left an...

Um grad student Megan Barnhart working in Peru as Peace Corps volunteer

Montana Ties for 3rd in Peace Corps Volunteers Per Capita

The Peace Corps announced Monday that Montana is tied at No. 3 in the nation for states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, a jump of four places from last year.

UM Professor Emeritus Don Kiely

A Rivertop Runs Through It: Building a Bio-Business in Montana

Bio-Based World News Editor Luke Upton recently paid a visit to Missoula to learn more about Rivertop Renewables, a company born of UM research.

UM researcher Dan Reisenfield

UM Researcher, NASA Team Make Saturn Discovery

UM astrophysics Professor Daniel Reisenfeld has discovered how water ions escape from Saturn’s environment. His findings recently were published in the journal Nature Physics. Reisenfeld is a...

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UM Now Offers Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience

Students at UM can now earn an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, the study of the nervous system and the brain. The interdisciplinary major draws from courses in multiple University...

Nicky Ouellet interviews a source

Journalism Student Focuses on Reservations, Natural Resources

On a recent Wednesday, which is Veterans Day and a welcome day off for most students, Nicky Ouellet is reporting on the Flathead Indian Reservation for a story about the Kerr Hydroelectric Dam,...

UM Senior Derek Crittenden

Crittenden Named First Team Academic All-American

Montana Grizzly football captain and senior defensive end Derek Crittenden has been named to the 2015 Academic All-America Division I football first team. It's the third major academic accolade...

Riley Auge, who earned her doctorate in anthropology from UM

Anthropology Alumna Wins National Award for Dissertation

UM Department of Anthropology Collections Curator C. Riley Auge recently earned an award for her 2013 dissertation. Auge, who earned her doctorate in anthropology from UM, will receive the 2016...

UM researchers Sarj Patel and Tom Rau

Concussion Research at UM Breaking New Ground

Potentially groundbreaking research is taking place in Montana to improve diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Two UM scientists are attempting to find critical information in human blood....

tiger photo by Steve Winter, copyright National Geographic

Geography Students Create Maps for Tiger Reserve

UM geography students are saving tigers – one map at a time. The UM Department of Geography gave 12 student cartographers the chance to collaborate with Panthera, the world’s premiere big cat...

Maurika Moore pitches her business during a Blackstone LaunchPad event

Home Health Company Wins Blackstone’s Pitch Contest

Maurika Moore's home health company is having such a strong impact on the lives of women and families, it's on its way to a national competition doling out $70,000 in all. Moore’s company, Hestia,...

UM student Mina May, right, and her mentor, Ginger Collins

Graduate Student Selected for Competitive Leadership Program

Mina May, a UM communicative sciences and disorders graduate student from Honolulu, recently was selected to participate in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s competitive Minority...

giant sea spider on ocean floor

Researchers Probe Secrets of the Gigantic Sea Spiders

The average sea spider in McMurdo Sound is neither itsy nor bitsy. Although they live in oceans all over the world, to find the really enormous ones, scientists have to trek to Antarctica. The big...

Libby, Montana

SoBA Joins Team to Move Libby Beyond Superfund Era

Libby and Troy are beginning a campaign to re-brand themselves as places to live, visit and invest in – trying to shake off more than a decade-old economic shadow. The Kootenai River Development...

Two people holding a bag of potatoes that was donated to the Can the Bobcats Food Drive

Missoula Wins Can the Bobcats Food Drive

UM’s 54-35 victory in Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild wasn’t the only win for Missoula. The city also topped Bozeman as part of Can the Bobcats/Can the Griz, the 16th annual food drive competition....

UM cast members rehearse Treasure Island

Freshman Lands Lead Role in UM's 'Treasure Island'

Without intending the pun, Morgan Solonar said the upcoming production of "Treasure Island" has been unexpected and exciting. "The whole process has been an entire adventure from the beginning,"...

UM defensive end Derek Crittenden

Crittenden One of the Smartest Student-Athletes in America

Montana football wraps up the regular season this weekend in Bozeman against rival Montana State. It’s the biggest game of the season, but there’s a good chance 23-year-old co-captain and...

cowboy in Kazakhstan herds cattle

Alumnus Travels Kazakhstan to Chronicle Rising Cattle Industry

UM alumnus Ryan Bell earned his master's in nonfiction creative writing in 2014 and then went on to earn the coveted Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Now he’s...

Jack Steward, left, and Colton Smith

UM Alums Turn Love of Outdoor Adventure into TV Show

Now in its second season, "Rock the Park" follows UM alumni and longtime buddies Jack Steward and Colton Smith in their travels to national parks around the country. This year, "Rock the Park" won...

Can the Bobcats donation bin in the UC

UM Makes Final Push in Can the Bobcats Food Drive

UM has a lot of ground to make up between now and Friday, Nov. 20, when the donations are weighed for the Can the Bobcats Food Drive. The off-field competition between UM and Montana State...

UM campus

President Holds Campus Forum on UM Budget

President Royce Engstrom held a campus forum on Nov. 17 to discuss the University's budget picture. Engstrom spoke with the campus community about the need to realign UM's base budget with current...

UM students canoe the Missouri River

Wilderness Trip Participants See Higher Retention, GPAs

Freshman Wilderness Experience participants are found to have higher retention rates and GPAs than the average UM student.  FWE introduces incoming freshmen to Montana’s outdoors during a four-day...

Daly Elementary students learn how the 3D printers at Bitterroot College's Fab Lab work

Bitterroot College’s Fab Lab Offers New Learning Opportunities

Not every fifth-grade class creates something that will change a person’s life. Then again, not every fifth-grade class gets to work with the latest in technology, including 3D printers and...

UM students participating in the Up 'til Dawn event

Students Raise $34,444 for Children’s Hospital at Annual Event

UM students raised $34,444 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Nov. 6 during their Up ‘til Dawn event. The student-run, student-led Up ‘til Dawn group held an overnight challenge...

Members of the UM Alexander Blewett III School of Law negotiation team

Law Negotiation Team Earns Second Consecutive First-Place Finish

UM Alexander Blewett III School of Law students recently took first place in the American Bar Association-sponsored Law School Regional Negotiation Competition held Nov. 7 in Calgary, Alberta....

UM social work graduate student Tawnya Cazier

Advocate Uses Storytelling to Change Sexual Assault Conversation

Ira Glass is certainly aware of the phenomenal success of his radio program and podcast, "This American Life." But he probably doesn’t know he has changed the dialogue about sexual assault in...

Health Nut Blog screen shot

Wellness Blog Offers Healthy Living Tips for Students

What started out as a magazine sharing UM students’ stories and tips on healthy living has been reimagined for the digital world. Curry Health Center’s Wellness department recently relaunched...

Charging Forward piece of art at UM

Montana Museum of Art and Culture Marks 120 Years of Collecting

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture at UM is home to the vast Permanent Collection – Montana’s largest public art collection – but it does not have a dedicated facility. Some pieces are...

UM researcher team in Anarctica

Researchers Study Cold-Blooded Animals in Antarctica

UM faculty members Bret Tobalske and Art Woods and Division of Biological Sciences graduate student Steven Lane have spent the past several weeks in Antarctica studying animals that live in the...

Not In Our State Statewide Summit on Sexual Assault logo

UM to Host Sexual Assault Prevention Summit Nov. 8-10

For the first time, a statewide summit to prevent sexual assault will be hosted at UM. The Not In Our State Sexual Assault Summit 2015 runs Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 8 through 10, and the...

Crown of Continent Yellowstone Magazine

Online Magazine Examines Crown of Continent, Yellowstone

UM has released the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of its UM Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone E-Magazine. In this issue readers will find articles, essays, special features and a large...

UM journalism Professor Jule Banville

Last Best Podcast Festival Takes Audio Storytelling Social

There's no shortage of live music, arts or film festivals in Missoula. Now UM journalism Assistant Professor Jule Banville wants to add another festival to the mix. This one for podcasts and the...

UM senior Derek Crittenden

Crittenden a Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

UM football team captain and William V. Campbell Trophy finalist Derek Crittenden is officially one step closer to becoming a Rhodes Scholar after receiving an invitation to participate in the...

Dr. Sarj Patel and Dr. Tom Rau, UM scientists

Documentary Explores UM Scientists’ Concussion Research

After following a pair of UM researchers for more than a year, MontanaPBS is set to share their work examining concussions with a documentary that will air in November. “Concussion: Answers in the...

UM cross country coach Collin Fehr

Coach Collin Fehr Combines Love of Running, People

In the eyes of cross-country coach Collin Fehr, Missoula is a runner’s paradise. The mountains, the hills, the trails; Missoula has every component that a distance runner could want and he can’t...

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaks at UM

Labor Secretary: Students Need Job Skills and Critical Thinking

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez cautions Montana educators against thinking too narrowly about their jobs. "It's a false choice to suggest we're either training people for the jobs of tomorrow...

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