UM telescope on Mount Hopkins in Arizona

UM Team Searching for Earth-like Planets Using New Telescope

From his lab in Missoula, Nate McCrady watches the stars. The UM associate professor of astronomy and his team of research students received a $1.125 million grant from NASA last year. The grant...

UM's new data center

UM’s New Data Center Solves Problems, Opens Doors

After four years of investigating, planning, politicking and decision-making, UM has a new data center. It doesn’t look like much from the outside—a big white box sitting beneath a slanted metal...

UM Professor Emeritus Don Kiely

UM Spinoff Rivertop Renewables to Build Manufacturing Plant

A big year for Rivertop Renewables has gotten even bigger. The Missoula producer of biodegradable chemicals received a $26 million cash infusion from outside investors in the spring. Then, the...

Jazz legend Buddy DeFranco

Buddy DeFranco, Jazz Legend with UM Ties, Passes Away

The world-famous clarinet player who lent his name to the University of Montana’s premier jazz festival and transformed the international genre through his unique bebop style passed away...

A map shows where Riverside's Christmas mail has arrived from.

Osprey Cam Fans Send Christmas Cheer to Nest Neighbors

The residents of Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula are receiving Christmas cards from across the country thanking the staff and residents for hosting an online streaming camera placed next...

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

New Griz Hoops Coach Travis DeCuire Leads by Example

New University of Montana head basketball coach Travis DeCuire wears a whistle around his neck during practice, but he doesn’t have to use it. Whether he’s demonstrating how to disrupt a ball...

Peace Corps volunteer Sally Kintner of Kalispell works with young child in Ethiopia

Missoula Second Per-Capita in Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

An annual report produced by the Peace Corps recently found that Montana and Missoula ranked among the top 10 overall per-capita volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas in the country....

Griz defensive end Zack Wagenmann plays in a 2014 game

Defensive End Wagenmann Named to AFCA All-America Team

UM’s record-setting defensive standout Zack Wagenmann has been named to the prestigious 2014 AFCA's Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team. A 6-3 ½, 255-pound senior defensive...

Missoula College students welded a large Menorah for local Synagogue

Welding Students Craft Steel Menorah for Missoula Synagogue

It's a good thing Har Shalom's menorah used light bulbs instead of candles; no one could have reached up to light the wicks. The Missoula synagogue celebrated Hanukkah by flicking the switches to...

LeAnn Montes playing for the Lady Griz

Former Lady Griz Inducted Into Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame

UM Alumna LeAnn Montes was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in December.  She was selected based upon her performance as a star high-school athlete, a four-year member of the...

Bob Stitt speaks at the podium during a press conference at UM

Montana Introduces Stitt as New Griz Football Coach

The best job in America. That's what Bob Stitt had to say about the Montana Grizzly football head coaching gig Friday morning when the university introduced the offensive innovator as its 36th...

An illustration by David Tuss from the book Animal Weapons

UM Alumnus Teams up with Professor to Illustrate Science

A saber-toothed cat snarls, ready to pounce from the front cover of “Animal Weapons,” a new book that’s getting a lot of notice from both the media and the science world. The artist and UM alumnus...

UM student researcher Chantanelle Nava uses UM’s 0.7-meter telescope at Mount Hopkins, Ariz., during testing.

UM Telescope One Step Closer to Discovering New Worlds

“First light” marked a new dawn for UM astronomy on Dec. 16.  UM astrophysics Associate Professor Nate McCrady, along with a team of researchers, achieved “first light” on Tuesday – a term used to...

Cover of the 2015 edition of Montana Journalism Review

Students Produce 2015 Edition of Montana Journalism Review

The Montana Journalism Review, an award-winning magazine produced by UM School of Journalism students, has released its 2015 edition. For the 44th issue, the nation’s oldest journalism review...

Skiers test Saga outerwear in the backcountry

Students Turn Class Assignment into Successful Ski Outerwear Business

Saga Outerwear has always been grounded, an independently owned company since it first launched in 2005. The brand got its start when Andrew Mallett and Austin Stevens, both longtime skiers and...

Osprey with fish

UM-Banded Osprey Sighted in Texas

A Missoula-born osprey has become a celebrity among birdwatchers on the Gulf Coast of Texas. As a chick, the bird was tagged with a blue leg band bearing the designation “M8” by UM wildlife...

Cattle on IX Ranch

Startup Launched through Blackstone Saves Ranchers Time, Money

Walker Milhoan recently took his ranching background and his business acuity to the Blackstone LaunchPad’s annual Demo Day in New York City, where he pitched a new venture he believes can lower...

Coach Bob Stitt roams the sidelines at the Colorado School of Mines.

Griz Hire Bob Stitt as Head Football Coach

Bob Stitt has been selected to serve as UM’s 36th head football coach. Stitt has been the head coach at the Colorado School of Mines the past 15 seasons, where he has compiled an overall record of...

PBS Newshour anchor

Journalism Student’s Report Airs on PBS NewsHour

In Montana, illegal fish dumping of non-native species is threatening the state’s native trout. In a segment for Student Reporting Labs, UM journalism freshman Meri DeMarois and her mentor Anna...

Jane Baker

MC Hires Interim Dean to Lead College into Construction

Jane Baker came of out retirement in October to serve as interim dean of Missoula College UM. The transition comes as the college races to meet state workforce demands and expands its programming...

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ASUM Vice President Pinpoints What Makes UM, Missoula Special

Missoula is a special place with people who are living life to its fullest. The University of Montana has what many universities are missing: the human element. With the human element, the...

Montana high school students who participated in UM's Model United Nations Conference

High School Students Win Scholarships at Model U.N.

Five high school seniors recently were awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend UM for their exemplary performance at the 49th Annual Montana Model United Nations Conference. Each winner wrote an...

Students in UM's philanthropy class

Philanthropy Class Awards $12,500 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

A UM class titled Can Giving Change the World? granted $12,500 to local nonprofits and held a ceremony to distribute the funds Dec. 11. The class, which is part of UM’s Global Leadership...

PEAS Farm Director Josh Slotnik speaks

Community Celebrates Renewed PEAS Farm Lease

Raising carrot sticks in a toast, community leaders on Wednesday lauded the new lease that protects the PEAS Farm. Representatives from Garden City Harvest, Missoula County Public Schools and the...

Rivertop Renewable employee assesses cleanliness of glasses

UM Spin-Off Rivertop Renewables to Build Production Plant

On Dec. 9, Rivertop Renewables announced its first commercial production plant that will be located in Virginia. They work with glucaric acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar acid that's...

Students study in library for finals

Foggy Finals Before Freedom for UM Students

If the winter fog hid supernatural creatures in Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” or the 1980 zombie movie “The Fog,” then Missoula’s soupy weather may hold something equally sinister for UM...

book cover of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Two Students Selected Winners of UM’s First-Year Essay Contest

The First-Year Reading Experience Committee at UM recently selected freshmen Libbey Barsness and Nathaniel Smith as the winners of the First-Year Essay Contest. As part of the First-Year Reading...

A western glacier stonefly

Study: Melting Glaciers Threaten Rare Insect that Feeds Trout

The average day hiker in Glacier National Park is unlikely to notice the dwindling stonefly population. But trout are. The western glacier stonefly is one of the few flies to hatch throughout the...

SOBA director of IT Eric Tangedahl

IBM Awards UM Power Systems Server for Real-Time Data Analysis

UM students studying big data have a new tool coming their way. The IBM Power Systems Organization recently granted a scale-out POWER8 processor-based server to the University, which will allow UM...

Sidney Thomas, chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Law Alumnus Named Chief Judge of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

There is now a new sheriff for the sprawling San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. And this one is an unassuming, soft-spoken judge from Big Sky country. Meet Sidney Thomas, a...

UM graduate Dan Baca works at the console as the space shuttle docks with the International Space Station

Alumnus Reaches for Stars as Engineer on Orion Spacecraft Project

Growing up in Montana, Dan Baca had an amazing view of the stars, but he had no idea the stars were in his future. Today, the 2003 UM graduate is working with NASA on the Orion spacecraft that...

students age 50 and over enjoy a MOLLI class

$1 Million Gift Supports Lifelong Learning at UM’s MOLLI

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, known as MOLLI, has received a $1 million grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation. A $950,000 endowment gift and $50,000 in operating funds will...

UM student Walker Milhoan speaks at podium

Student’s Business Venture Makes Final Rounds at NYC Competition

Running a ranch can be complicated, but UM student Walker Milhoan has a technology that he thinks will make ranching more sustainable and profitable. And his business venture is promising enough...

Monte poses with the new semi at Missoula College

New Training Semi Tractor-Trailer Arrives at Missoula College

UM mascot Monte was on hand recently to celebrate the arrival of a new training semi tractor-trailer rig at Missoula College UM. The unit was purchased with Trade Adjustment Assistance Community...

UM Professor Chris Palmer

Three UM Faculty Members Named Fulbright Scholar Awardees

Two UM professors and one associate professor recently were named 2015 Fulbright Scholar Program awardees by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. All three teach...

Zack Wagenmann, BSC defensive player of the year

Wagenmann Named BSC Defensive Player of the Year

His name is Zack, as in "Sack," and Wagenmann, as in the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year. Wagenmann, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior defensive end out of Missoula Sentinel, led four...

Professor George Stanley holds up a piece of coral

Coral Reef Research Earns UM Professor AAAS Fellow Distinction

UM geosciences Professor George Stanley, who directs the UM Paleontology Center, has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Stanley was awarded the...

students walk across the Oval in late fall

Engstrom: UM to Increase Emphasis on Research, Health Care

UM is reviewing its programs and expects to grow its emphasis on research and health care while injecting the humanities into all academic pursuits, school officials said Monday. Meeting with the...

items created in UM's new FabLab

School of Art Opens New Digital ‘Fabrication Lab’

UM’s new "fabrication lab," or "FabLab," as they've dubbed it, is stocked with two 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, 3-D pens, a vinyl cutter, an oversized printer, and soon a laser engraving machine....

Griz scoreboard operator Patrick Ryan

Grizzlies' Scoreboard Operator to Retire After 38 Years

He’s climbed these steps many times over the past 28 years, a stretch dating back to 1986 when Washington-Grizzly Stadium opened. But that wasn’t the beginning of Patrick Ryan’s job as the...

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