Veteran and UM student Sergej Michaud sits on the bear statue at UM

The Brain Team: New UM Neural Injury Center Changes Lives

Iraq War veteran Sergej Michaud is a 4.0 student at UM, a double major in geography and economics, and a husband with a wife and two children. He also is recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Nathan Hechtman, participant in UM's Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Visiting Student Investigates Nanomaterials During Summer Program

Nathan Hechtman’s interest in global public health and medicine drew the biology major from Willamette University to Missoula for the summer where he is researching toxicology during UM’s Summer...

A grove of whitebark pine in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Survival of Whitebark Pines May Rest on Modern Technology

Even the living whitebark pine trees look tragic. UM forest entomologist Diana Six calls them “ghost forests.” At the edge of the tree line, beyond where the Ponderosa pine and spruce and alpine...

University of Montana doctoral candidate Joanna Kreitinger (left) with UM Professor David Shepherd on UM’s campus.

Graduate Student Earns Prestigious Immunology Fellowship

UM doctoral candidate Joanna Kreitinger was one of 48 people nationwide selected to receive a 2016 American Association of Immunologists Careers in Immunology Fellowship. This highly competitive...

Herbicides are sprayed to control non-native plants in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (National Park Service photo)

UM Research Reveals Widespread Herbicide Use on North American Wildlands

UM researchers are giving the public its first look at the widespread use of herbicides on federal and tribal land in North America, and they urge land managers to better document it.

Nichol Smith, visiting student researcher

Visiting Student Investigates DNA Replication During Summer Program

Nichol Smith, a public health major from University of Massachusetts Lowell, is researching how certain compounds interact with nucleic acid sequences during UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research...

UM's Mansfield Library

UM Mansfield Library to Share Resources Statewide

A new system will allow academic library users statewide to access the holdings of 16 libraries in Montana through a single online search. UM’s Mansfield Library – along with 15 other institutions...

Flathead River at the U.S./Canada border

Have We Been Missing a Hidden Haven of Biodiversity?

In a new study, scientists with a range of expertise came together to examine the regional importance of a little-mentioned ecosystem: the gravel-bed river. 

UM campus

Six UM Students Earn Fulbright Funding to Study Abroad

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has offered grants to six University of Montana graduate students to study abroad during the coming year. Chase Ellinger, Jordan Krause, Max Kaisler, Selena...

Katie Pershinske with Mentor Dr. Fernando Cardozo

Visiting Student Researches Parkinson's Disease During Summer Program

Katie Pershinske, a neuroscience major from Northern Michigan University, is investigating the role mitochondrial inhibitors may play in the onset of Parkinson's disease during UM’s Summer...

Workers repair earthquake damage in Kathmandu’s ancient Swayambunath Temple

Researcher Helps Break Ground on Forecasting Earthquakes

UM researcher Rebecca Bendick is part of a team whose research is breaking ground on the complexity of earthquakes and the possibility to forecast them. The journal Nature Geoscience recently...

a mountain goat rests in Glacier National Park

UM Survey: Montana Voters Give National Parks, Conservation High Marks

Montana voters are avid users of national parks and support balanced efforts to further protect public lands, which they increasingly view as a valuable economic asset, a new survey finds. The...

Montana to Zambia: Connections through Conservation

UM Forges Relationship Between Montana and Zambia

One day, a doctoral student at the UM brought Wayne Freimund a proposal to review for an experimental forest in Zambia. Nearly 20 years later, the bond between "The Last Best Place" and a country...

UM forestry students designed restoration treatments now taking place at Bandy Ranch

Forestry Students Implement Restoration Plans at Bandy Ranch

UM students helped plan forest restoration treatments now taking place at the Bandy Experimental Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley. College of Forestry and Conservation students wrote management plans...

Tom DeLuca, new dean of UM's College of Forestry and Conservation

New Dean, Familiar Face for College of Forestry and Conservation

UM has hired a former College of Forestry and Conservation faculty member to serve as dean. Tom DeLuca, who spent 12 years at UM, will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2017. He currently serves as...

karluk bear totes salmon in his mouth

UM Study: Kodiak Bears Track Salmon Runs in Alaska

A UM graduate student’s research on Alaskan brown bears and red salmon is the May cover story of the high-profile journal Ecology. Will Deacy, a UM systems ecology graduate student, researched...

Recent UM grad Sarah Solie handles a frog during field work

From Server to Scientist: Unique Bond Leads Student to Career in Biology

Sarah Solie's story is like something out of a movie. A chance encounter with a UM professor coupled with her blossoming love of science led to what she calls one of the most important friendships...

UM campus

UM’s School Psychology Ph.D. Program Earns First Accreditation

The school psychology doctoral program at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the American Psychological Association. This is the program’s initial...

A tundra fire burns in the Noatak National Preserve in Alaska in 2012

UM Study: Wildfires to Increase in Alaska with Future Climate Change

New research by UM affiliate scientist Adam Young and UM fire ecology Associate Professor Philip Higuera projects an increased probability of fires occurring in Alaskan boreal forest and tundra...

Alyssa Schock, a third-year student in UM's doctorate of physical therapy program

UM Physical Therapy Student Wins National Scholarship

A UM student recently was named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's 2016 Minority Scholarship Award. Alyssa Schock, a third-year student in UM's doctorate of physical...

wildfire burns in forest

UM Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million to Study Wildfire

Researchers in UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation recently earned more than $1 million in funding from the Joint Fire Science Program through five separate awards involving faculty from all...

UM student Mariah McIntosh

Student Wins Honorable Mention in Goldwater Scholarship Competition

UM student Mariah McIntosh recently earned an honorable mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition, the top national award for undergraduate research in science, math and engineering....

UM researcher Robert Smit

Researcher Lands CAREER Grant to Improve Mass Spectrometry

Mass spectrometry is a technique used to identify the chemical makeup of a given sample, and UM researcher Robert Smith just earned funding that may improve the process. Smith, a UM computer...

ariah McIntosh (left) and Clare Vergobbi, UM students and Udall Scholarship receipents

Students Win Udall Scholarship Competitions

Two UM students recently were honored with Udall Scholarships. Mariah McIntosh and Clare Vergobbi both won full scholarships, marking the 39th and 40th times a UM student earned this prestigious...

glass windows of the Gallagher Business Building at UM

UM Receives $1 Million Toward Endowed Professorship

UM announced it has received a $1 million donation toward an endowed professorship in finance. The donation comes from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay on behalf of the late Carol Jean Byrnes.

Professor Blakely Brown talks with Glen Skipper, Te Moeone project coordinator, about seed banking efforts in Taranaki, New Zealand.

Professor on Exchange in New Zealand to Explore Native Health Collaborations

Blakely Brown, professor of community health and prevention sciences in the Department of Health and Human Performance at UM, is in the midst of a four-month international faculty exchange in New...

UM Researcher Doug Emlen on a mountaintop

UM Researcher Doug Emlen Elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Doug Emlen, a UM biology professor, researcher and evolutionary biologist, recently was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Emlen is one of 213 new members who constitute the...

UM Associate Professor Rebecca Bendick

Researcher Creates Natural Resource Disaster Website for Missoula

If you've ever wondered what risks western Montanans face when it comes to natural disasters, there is now a website for that. "Hazard Ready" was developed at the University of Montana and...

UM students Nicky Ouellet, left, and Katy Spence

Students Awarded Fellowships to Tell Crown of the Continent Stories

UM’s School of Journalism has awarded two student-mentor teams fellowships to tell richer stories about climate change, communities and conservation in the Crown of the Continent.

UM researcher Justin Angle

Mascots Can Reinforce Stereotypes, UM Researcher Finds

UM assistant professor Justin Angle along with partners from the University of Washington and Washington State University recently conducted the research on ethnic brand imagery. 

Shakespeare First Folio, 1623

UM to Be Exclusive Montana Host Site of Shakespeare’s First Folio

As good luck would have it – words penned by William Shakespeare – a rare opportunity to see the actual book that contains the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays is coming to...

UM students Ashley Alexander and Benjamin Mason

Honors College Students Win STEM Research Awards

UM students Ashley Alexander and Benjamin Mason recently won awards in the STEM category for their poster presentations at the 2016 Western Regional Honors Council Conference held in Riverside,...

Wright holds a nestling Whitehead’s broadbill in Borneo

Research Reveals Trend in Bird-Shape Evolution on Islands

In groundbreaking new work, Natalie Wright, a postdoctoral fellow at UM, has discovered a predictable trend in the evolution of bird shape. Her research showing that birds on islands have evolved...

Researcher Jesse Johnson in his office

Geothermal Heat Contributes to Greenland Ice Melt

An international team that includes UM ice-sheet modeler and computer science Professor Jesse Johnson has learned that the Earth’s internal heat enhances rapid ice flow and subglacial melting in...

Ya Ha Tinda elk herd

Professor Earns New Funding to Continue World’s Longest-Running Elk Study

UM ungulate habitat ecology Associate Professor Mark Hebblewhite recently received a $435,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue a 15-year study of migratory elk in Alberta,...

esearchers Alex Santos, Tom Rau and Sarj Patel (standing left to right) test the extent of brain injuries in their lab

UM Researchers Use Biomarkers to Reveal Brain Injuries

Two UM researchers in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy are working to change the way we treat mild traumatic brain injuries. Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau have made some...

UM student Stephanie Parker releases a bird at UM's Flight Lab

Groundbreaking Research at UM Flight Lab Comes Out of Simple Tasks

Only a handful of universities across the country have flight labs, and UM is among them. The laboratory opened in 1988, and it's grown into a 12,000-square-foot space with indoor labs, four...

UM Sunburst Sensors won two XPRIZE awards July 20 in New York City.

UM Chemistry Professor Helps Bring Home an XPRIZE

Only five XPRIZE competitions have been completed to advance technology for the betterment of humanity. UM’s Mike DeGrandpre and the company he founded, Sunburst Sensors, won the coveted award by...

 Tyler Morgan, left, Mackensie Salitsky and Katjana Stutzer

Communication Studies Students Win Top Regional Research Award

Four undergraduate students in the University of Montana Department of Communication Studies won the top paper award at the Western States Communication Association’s annual Undergraduate...

James Elser, right, with outgoing director Jack Stanford

New Director Starts Work at Flathead Lake Biological Station

The dream has officially come true for James Elser. The world-renowned freshwater ecologist moved into his new residence March 1 and began his on-site tenure as director of the century-old...

Doctoral student Chris Armatas and undergraduate Carly Campbell

Doctoral Student, Undergraduate Honored for Wilderness Research

College of Forestry and Conservation Ph.D. student Chris Armatas was recently recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with a National Wilderness Award for Excellence in Wilderness Research...

Mars

The Last Best Space: UM Grads Unlock the Mysteries of Space

Montana isn’t exactly the epicenter of the space industry, but four UM alumni have made careers shedding more light on the vast darkness of space and discovering where we fit in the grand mystery...

sage grouse

USDA Partners with UM to Develop Sage Grouse Management Map

Partnering with UM and other entities, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has created a new map through the Google Earth Engine as part of their...

students work together in a lab

Growing Demand for Health Professionals Spurs Education Initiatives

A new analysis says demand for healthcare workers in Montana is going to grow by 40 percent in the next 10 years. Earlier this month, UM announced “a major new initiative” that could help address...

LMG Security employee Geoff Curtiss works in his office in downtown Missoula

Report Finds High-Tech Industry is Outpacing State Economy

Employment and revenues are growing at rates seven times faster than the statewide economy, according to a study released last week that was conducted by UM’s Bureau of Business and Economic...

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