Comedian Chris Fairbanks

Good Humor: Alum Chris Fairbanks Returns to Perform at Film Festival

He’s been on Conan. He’s opened for Daniel Tosh. On Wednesday night, he’ll perform in front of a hometown crowd at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at Missoula’s historic Wilma Theatre. He’s...

UM graduate Ben Sokoloski

Entrepreneurial Energy: One Student’s Journey Toward Launching a Business

Business is booming at the Market on Front, a new restaurant in downtown Missoula. Owner Ben Sokoloski created the market with the help of UM’s Office of Technology Transfer, which aims to support...

Snow at Miyajima by Koitsu Tsuchiya

New Exhibition at MMAC Celebrates Japanese Art and Culture

Committed to offering the highest-quality art, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM will host a traveling exhibition titled “The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent.”...

Lt. Gov. Angela McLean

One Giant Leap: Alumna Angela McLean Dives Head-First into Politics

In her first interview as Montana’s 31st lieutenant governor, UM alumna Angela McLean stopped by the Montanan office to talk about her new gig, her teaching career, and meeting former U.S. Supreme...

Paul Gladen interviews with media

UM Launches New Blackstone Entrepreneurship Program

Set to a space-age countdown from 10 to one, the Blackstone LaunchPad program took flight at UM on Thursday, opening its doors to the “21st Century Montana Entrepreneur.” Held before a crowd...

Peace Corps class in Africa

UM Ranked No. 12 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

For the second year in a row, UM has been named the No. 12 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 22 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. Since the...

Professor Chris Palmer

Chemistry Professor Earns Fulbright to Conduct Research in Brazil

UM Professor Chris Palmer recently received a Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program award. Palmer will travel to São Carlos, Brazil, in 2015 to study at the University of São Paulo...

Grad student Traci Brown in lab

Graduate Student Researches Effects of Poor Diet on Lung Function

Meet Traci Brown, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Brown studies the effects of obesity on...

Assistant  Coach Justin Green

Assistant Coach Makes Stem Cell Donation to Young Patient in Need

In the spring of 2013, Grizzly football players and coaches had their blood drawn to see if they might be eligible to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. Such donations can save the lives of...

UM student Devon Geertsen

Junior Helps Students with Disabilities Find Useful Learning Software

Devon Geertsen, a junior in UM’s Department of Management Information Systems, has a great job at the UM Rural Institute’s MonTECH program; he helps students with disabilities find specialized...

UM student Mackenzie Enich

Student Employee Takes Second in International Poster Contest

Mackenzie Enich, a UM student employee with the University Center Marketing Group, has won Second Place in the 2014 Steal this Idea "Posters - Student staff" category. Enich's poster design,...

Paul Gladen

Blackstone LaunchPad Hires Entrepreneur Paul Gladen as Director

Paul Gladen, an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, has been selected to be the director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM. Blackstone LaunchPad will help UM students...

Jeannette Rankin  of Montana

Statewide Projects Marks 100 Years of Woman Suffrage in Montana

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana, and a group of UM and Missoula community members comprising the ad hoc Centennial Committee want to make sure everyone knows...

Eldena Bear Don't Walk

Living Her Dream: UM Alumna Builds Impressive Law Career

Eldena Bear Don’t Walk is living out her childhood dream. The youngster who imagined one day becoming a lawyer has done exactly that — and more. The UM alumna has been an appellate judge for eight...

Soldiers at Fort Missoula circa 1900

Exhibit Chronicles Great Bicycle Ride of 1897, Students' 1974 Re-enactment

The Mansfield Library at UM is celebrating African-American History Month with a fascinating new exhibit featuring the history of African-Americans both in Missoula and at UM. A major theme is the...

UM students volunteer at VITA

Accounting Students Volunteer to Help Taxpayers File Returns

UM kicked off the tax season last Saturday as finance students assisted 88 Missoula residents in filing their taxes, for free. Over 25 years ago UM's finance program paired with the IRS to bring a...

Missoula College site on East Broadway

UM Releases Environmental Assessment for Missoula College Site

UM has completed a draft environmental assessment for the proposed Missoula College building to be built at 1205 E. Broadway. University officials want to build a new Missoula College building to...

UM Main Hall in winter

UM Celebrates Charter Day and Academics, Opening of Blackstone LaunchPad

UM will celebrate its 121st birthday with a day of activities recognizing entrepreneurship, academics and exemplary campus and community members on Thursday, Feb. 13. All events are free and open...

UM senior Arielle Nachtigal

‘The Nightingale’ Soars During Her Final Year in School of Music

UM student Arielle Nachtigal is having an extraordinary school year. As a senior in vocal performance at the UM School of Music, she recently advanced to the National Finals of the Music Teachers...

Associate Professor Matthew Bundle

New Biomechanics Lab Puts UM at Forefront of Dynamic Field

UM Associate Professor Matthew Bundle’s new biomechanics laboratory in the basement of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center qualifies as one of UM’s hidden gems. Its cutting-edge equipment...

UM Lady Griz player Torry Hill

Lady Griz Hold Off Bobcats in OT at Home; Griz Top Cats on the Road

Senior Kareem Jamar lead the Grizzlies to a 70-66 Big Sky Conference victory over the host Montana State Bobcats on Monday evening in Worthington Arena in Bozeman while the Lady Griz held off the...

Cedar sculpin fish species

Researchers Discover New Fish Species in Idaho, Montana Rivers

Genetic testing has confirmed the presence of a new fish species in Idaho and Montana rivers. Cedar sculpins are small, prehistoric-looking and tasty to trout. The discovery was a collaborative...

Culinary student William Gervais

Missoula College Culinary Student to Compete in Elite Contest

William Gervais spends his winter mornings scurrying about the kitchen at Missoula College, sharpening the paring knives and firing the burners at 5 a.m., long before anyone else arrives. Gervais,...

Montanan cover, winter 2014

Check Out the Latest Issue of the Montanan, the Magazine of UM

The newest issue of the Montanan magazine is out now! It’s packed with compelling stories, beautiful photos and features about spectrUM Discovery Area, UM’s renowned School of Pharmacy and a...

UM Professor Joel Berger

Professor Named Finalist for Most Prestigious Animal Conservation Prize

UM wildlife conservation Professor and John J. Craighead Chair Joel Berger has been named a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Selected...

UM grad student Forrest Jessop

Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowship in Toxicology

UM graduate student Forrest Jessop was recently awarded the PhRMA Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Toxicology to assist dissertation research focused on chronic inflammatory diseases of the lung. The...

Researcher Kathleen Humphries

Rural Institute Researcher Helps Guide National Agenda on Health and Disability

Researchers at UM’s Rural Institute are doing more than just responding to the nation’s agenda on health and disability; they are setting the agenda. Kathleen Humphries, a nutrition researcher at...

UM dorm resident using wifi

Residence Hall Wi-Fi Project Completed Over Winter Break

UM finished installing wireless Internet in every residence hall on campus over winter break. The Residence Life and Information Technology offices set aside $150,000 to finish the project. Matt...

UM Grizzly Bear Statue

58 UM Student-Athletes Named to Big Sky All-Academic Teams

The Big Sky Conference announced the Fall All-Academic teams late last week, and UM is proud to report that 58 Griz student-athletes were selected for the honor, the most from any school in the...

25th Infantry Bicycle Corps of 1897

Mansfield Library Exhibit Celebrates African-American History Month

During February, the Mansfield Library at UM will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they...

antelope running

Professor Part of National Park Service Effort to Protect Migrating Wildlife

The National Park Service and the country’s leading wildlife experts are developing a plan to conserve migrating wildlife as it moves through protected areas. Unveiled in a paper published last...

UM athletes volunteering

Student-Athletes Help Missoula Food Bank Prepare for Homeless Connect

UM athletes teamed up on Wednesday to help feed the homeless as part of Project Homeless Connect. Nine student athletes packed food bags to help the homeless - and those at risk of becoming...

Researchers Awarded NFL, GE Grant to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries

Researchers Awarded NFL, GE Grant to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries

Athletes, members of the military and others suffering from traumatic brain injury may benefit from research conducted by two UM faculty members through a new $300,000 grant awarded by General...

UM's Lommasson Center

UM Offers New Screen-Reading Software for Students, Employees

UM has added new software that allows all students and employees to have whatever is on a computer screen read to them out loud. While the University’s purchase of Read&Write Gold is primarily...


UM Study Finds Wolf Predation of Cattle Affects Calf Weight in Montana

A recent study by UM  faculty and graduate students found that wolf predation of cattle contributes to lower weight gain in calves on western Montana ranches. This leads to an economic loss at...

Medical resident consults with patient

Medical Residency Program Looks to Expand as Residents Complete First Year

The patient room at Partnership Health Center is full on a weekday morning, the doctors racing about in close conversation with young family medicine residents fresh out of medical school. But the...

UM student in India

Students Travel to India for Environmental Reporting and Writing Course

A group of UM students is traveling through India this month as they learn about the impacts of population on the environment during a study abroad offered by the UM School of Journalism....

Artist's Innovation Award logo

UM Educators, Alumni Among Winners of the Artist’s Innovation Award

The Montana Arts Council recently announced 10 Montana artists as winners of the 2013 Artist's Innovation Award, including six individuals who teach at UM or earned degrees here . Five visual...

Grad Student Prepares for Career in Toxicology at Center for Environmental Health Sciences

Grad Student Prepares for Career in Toxicology at Center for Environmental Health Sciences

Graduate student Rupa Biswas explored several universities that conduct research on toxicology before choosing UM. “The research in Pulmonary Toxicology and Immunotoxicology at UM intrigued me and...

Cyber Innovation Lab Taking Shape on UM Campus

Cyber Innovation Lab Taking Shape on UM Campus

It doesn’t look like much right now – a sparse room with rows of folding tables, empty walls and outgoing Macintosh computers. But come spring, this room on the ground floor of the...

New Athletics Academic Center in Final Design Phase

New Athletics Academic Center in Final Design Phase

The symbolism of the location of UM’s new athletics academic center, for which ground will be broken in early summer, isn’t lost on either Director of Athletics Kent Haslam or Griz soccer coach...

Researchers’ Study Shows Large Carnivore Numbers, Range Declining Worldwide

Researchers’ Study Shows Large Carnivore Numbers, Range Declining Worldwide

New research co-written by UM scientists finds steep declines in the worldwide populations and habitat range of 31 large carnivore species. The analysis, published Jan. 9 in Science, shows that 77...

Missoula College Offers Computer Security Certificate Program

Missoula College Offers Computer Security Certificate Program

Missoula College received approval this week to launch a new certificate program designed to help students thwart the efforts of hackers and help businesses meet their computer-based security...

Adaptive Recreation Equipment Helps Montanan Return to Outdoors

Adaptive Recreation Equipment Helps Montanan Return to Outdoors

Chris Clasby, a former employee of Montana's Assistive Technology Program, was recently featured in a MontanaPBS episode of “Backroads of Montana.” With the help of his former employer, Clasby...

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