ruth Swaney

Forestry School Hires New Native American Program Coordinator

The College of Forestry and Conservation announces the appointment of Ruth Ann Swaney as coordinator of the Native American Natural Resource Program. Swaney is an enrolled tribal member of the...

William Shakespeare

UM to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

UM has been selected as Montana’s host site for “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition of one of the world’s most treasured books – the Shakespeare First...

UM alum leads Peace Corps class

UM Ranks No. 6 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

UM has been named the No. 6 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers, making a big jump up from its 2014 ranking at No. 12. Currently, 27 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps...

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

UM Adds Another Branch to Mighty Basketball Coaching Tree

Montana is home to 10 National Forests. The University of Montana has a coaching tree worthy of that. Travis DeCuire is its latest branch. "We are Montana," say the maroon banners around campus,...

rescuers pull a victim from the Mount Jumbo avalanche in 2014

Mount Jumbo Avalanche: One Year Later

To get out of his head, Fred Allendorf walks. He walks in the Bitterroot or the Rattlesnake, where he often gets the urge to visit the place he once lived – a two-story home at the base of Mount...

Author Smith Henderson

Debut Novel by UM Alumnus Wins 2014 Montana Book Award

"Fourth of July Creek," a novel written by Hellgate High School and UM graduate Smith Henderson, has won the 2014 Montana Book Award. The annual award "recognizes literary and/or artistic...

Broccoli sprouts grow in the Lomasson Center outside of the Food Zoo.

UM Dining Garden May Triple in Size with Help from $10,000 Grant

UM received a $10,000 grant from Gov. Steve Bullock and the Growth Through Agriculture program this week, which will be used to improve the school's garden the farm to college program. UM Dining...

Students work on medical dummies at Missoula College

Health Care Students at Missoula College Find Jobs Aplenty

It’s no secret that job growth within the health care industry is booming as the American population ages. A national emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions and “baby...

Andrea Stierle, a chemistry professor at UM, looks at a beaker

Crusade Against Cancer: Scientists Search Berkeley Pit for Answers

Professors researching at UM have turned to the Berkeley Pit's fungi as a potential building block in the cure for cancer. In their lab, Andrea Stierle tracks data on her computer while her...

UM alumna Shelli Johnson

Alumna Looks Back: ‘My Most Spectacular Failure was a Gift’

“The years tell us what the days cannot.” UM alumna Shelli Johnson reflects on what she considered her greatest failure at the time: losing her basketball scholarship and quitting the team....

UM Ph.D. candidate Jenny Lind works on a computer

STEM Education Seeing Rapid Growth in Montana

Children with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math – often referred to as STEM – can be found around Western Montana. Based on Chamber of Commerce data, Montana is tenth in the...

UM law students Hannah Cail, Katelyn Hepburn and Lindsey West

Environmental Moot Court Team Advances to Final Round

Three UM School of Law students advanced to the final round of the 2015 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held Feb. 19-21 in White Plains, New York. Third-year law student Katelyn...

Globetrotter Shane Scooter Christensen interacts with a young fan

Alumnus Scooter Christensen Finds Stardom with Globetrotters

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Shane “Scooter” Christensen spent most of his life practicing to be a Harlem Globetrotter. As a youngster, he was inseparable from his basketball and when...

Comics writer Tim Daniel shows some of his work

UM Staff Member’s Comic to be Adapted for Television Series

UM staff member Tim Daniel, who turned a hobby into a second career as a comics writer, will soon see his creation adapted into a live-action television show. The Missoula writer's title,...

Purple Heart veterans are recognized during UM basketball game

UM Recognized as Purple Heart University for Service to Veterans

During halftime of Saturday night's basketball game at Dahlberg Arena, UM officially became a Purple Heart university. Capt. Char Gatlin, chief of staff for the Department of Montana Military...

UM Entertainment Management students and program director at Pollstar Live conference

Entertainment Management Students Attend Industry Conference

Several UM students recently traveled to Nashville to attend Pollstar Live! 2015, the premier conference and trade show for the concert industry. The students from UM’s Entertainment Management...

Zack Wagenmann participates in media interview during the NFL Combine

Wagenmann Impresses in Explosion Drills at NFL Combine

Former Montana Grizzly Zack Wagenmann continued his push toward a career playing football with an appearance at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday. And oh what a showing it was. Wagenmann scored...

Blakely Brown, a researcher in UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance

UM Researchers Work to Find Solutions with Native Communities

A pair of UM researchers has become a regular sight in some of the most remote communities in the U.S., both in the Lower 48 and the far north. Blakely Brown, a professor in the Department of...

doctors work at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

UM Family Medicine Residency Program Earns High Marks

UM’s family medicine residency program recently was awarded the highest level of accreditation available from its oversight organization. The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana earned...

students walk across UM's Oval

Students Named Gates Millennium Scholars, Earn Scholarships

Five UM students recently were named Gates Millennium Scholars, earning more than $43,000 in scholarships. Since the inception of the program in 1999, it has produced more than 18,000 Gates...

a demonstration in UM's new planetarium

UM’s State-of-the-Art Planetarium Up and Running

It's understandable if you're unaware of the hidden planetarium beneath the Native American Center. The project has been in the works since 2013, but the astronomy department has kept it pretty...

 UM competitors Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo with U.S. Forest Service Assistant Chief Leslie Weldon, National Forest Foundation board member Craig Barrett and president Bill Possiel

UM Students Win Prize for Business Idea with Wood Waste

UM College of Forestry and Conservation student Stephen Jenkins fromBigfork and recent forestry graduate Jena Trejo from Marcola, Oregon, were first runners-up in the Barrett Foundation Business...

an illustration of UM's new golf facility at the Ranch Club

Griz Break Ground on Indoor Practice Facility for Golfers

When the recruiting trail Montana golf coach Joni Stephens follows takes her south, she is often met with a very specific question: What do we do in the winter? For years Montana's golf coaches...

A rainbow arches over Mount Sentinel

UM Seeks Comment on Natural Areas Management Plan

UM is seeking public comment on a draft management plan for the land UM owns on Mount Sentinel and at Fort Missoula. It is the first management plan for UM’s natural areas, which total more than...

Professor David Shepherd and researcher Fanny Diaz examine a cell culture

Researchers Advance Novel Therapy for Immune System-Related Diseases

When the body turns against itself, it can strike with debilitating and deadly accuracy. The war raging inside people with autoimmune disorders can be devastating, and the current gold standard of...

Lady Griz player Shanae Gilham dribbles down the court during a game

Gilham's Trial: After Third ACL Surgery, Gilham Back with Lady Griz

As soon as Shanae Gilham hit the floor in Dahlberg Arena, she knew exactly what happened. She had torn her ACL for the third time. Although two years have passed, by the start of the 2014-2015...

UM Professor Doug Emlen holds a replica of a saber-toothed cat skull

UM Professor Explains Animal Weaponry in New Book

It’s not easy being a male Onthophagus nigriventris dung beetle. When they’re not jostling for space around a pile of excrement, they’re trying to mate with females while ensuring no other male...

Kian Bertin atop Ch-paa-qn Peak

Ch-paa-qn Peak: Shuffling from Anguish to Enlightenment

“The phone rings and rings, each chime pounding in my head. I groan, stretching my arm out, reaching for the source of my annoyance. I flip it open, sit up, and blearily rub my eyes. An annoyed...

Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas in her UM lab

Study: Air Pollution Affects Short-Term Memory, IQ, Brain Metabolic Ratios

City smog lowers children’s IQ. This is among findings from a recent UM study that found children living in cities with significant air pollution are at an increased risk for detrimental impacts...

Schoolchildren dance on stage with adults

Missoula Schoolchildren Learn Fire Science Through Interactive Dance

Missoula schoolchildren became flames and trees Tuesday during “Fire Speaks the Land,” an interactive dance performance at UM that taught students about fire science. CoMotion Dance Project used...

UM researchers work with a young client

Researchers Develop Programs to Help Montanans Cope with Autism

Less than a decade ago, autism wasn’t on many people’s radar. Back then it was diagnosed at about 1 in 10,000 children. Now it’s 1 in 68. With the growing need for services, three educators at UM...

UM Regents Professor Rich Bridges sits in his lab

UM Brain Disorder Research Moves Toward Clinical Testing

UM is one step closer to turning a discovery into a drug. Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently announced it will enter an exclusive agreement with UM to commercialize a discovery made by a...

Jace Laakso, UM staff member and artist, stands in front of his exhibit in the UC Gallery

Missoula Artist Sketches Self-Portrait a Day for a Year

In the University Center Gallery, 365 small self-portraits are arranged in rows on the north wall. They start on May 6, 2013, when Jace Laakso, an artist who works in information technology at UM,...

UM Production concert posters

For Those About To Rock: UM Concert Posters Spark Memories

“What was your first concert? It’s a great question—a surefire conversation starter in pretty much any setting. Mine happened to be Pearl Jam, who played an intimate show for about 1,200 lucky...

The view from Mount Sentinel looking over town

Adventure Writing Assignment: Rising Above the Homesick Blues

“A 360-degree view of Missoula and the surrounding mountains greeted me at the summit. I found myself smiling inside, discovering something I’d been doubting since I’d been in Missoula. I can be...

Three of Missoula's young filmmakers pose in front of the Wilma Theatre

Hip Flicks: Meet Missoula's Up-and-Coming Filmmakers

Every year, filmmakers from across the world apply to have their films screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. This year, four filmmakers under 30 from the festival’s home city made the...

vertical growing towers hang in the Corner Store

Corner Store Experiment Uses Fish as Local, Sustainable Farmers

A new UM Dining experiment is using vertical growing towers, LED lights and fish to grow food. The aquaponic system is set up in the Corner Store, growing leafy greens like lettuce, kale, basil...

football coach Bob Stitt

Griz Load Up on Local Talent, Receivers on Signing Day

Like everything else Bob Stitt does, his recruiting class of 2015 came together quickly and with plenty of excitement on the offensive end. The first-year Montana head coach announced his debut...

UM student Rebecca Collins reaches Santiago

Reaching Santiago: UM Student Reflects on Pilgrimage

Last fall, UM student Rebecca Collins completed 12 credits of independent study on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage in southern France and northern Spain. Equipped with knowledge from...

Kelsey Lucostic bats during Montana softball practice

Montana Softball: Griz Ready for Historic Program Opener

Very early on the morning of Jan. 31 the upstart Montana softball program released pictures through its Twitter account of its under-construction stadium. Beyond Montana's stadium, however, there...

UM alumna Ashley Heers

Evolutionary Biologists Ask: Which Came First, the Dinosaur or the Bird?

The consensus is in: Birds are living dinosaurs. But how that epic evolutionary leap took place remains one of science’s greatest mysteries. Evolutionary biologists like Ashley Heers represent the...

M. Sanjayan parachutes next to a bird

Montana Scientist Travels to 29 Countries to Film New PBS Series

M. Sanjayan once held a 9-foot shark in the Caribbean as it gave birth. It was all in a day’s work for the world-renowned scientist and UM research faculty member who just completed a five-year...

UM student Tanner Saul in South Africa

Wild Cats in the City: Research Takes Student to South Africa

The sun hadn’t risen yet, but Tanner Saul was up. He unzipped his tent and stepped out into the chilly morning, still unable to see the African landscape surrounding him. Saul, a sophomore...

Author and UM graduate S.M. Hulse

UM Alumna Draws on Western Landscape for Debut Novel

S.M. Hulse never set out to write a “Western novel.” “I’ve spent my whole life living in the West, I kind of just felt like I’m writing a novel about the people and places I know,” she said....

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