A robotic pygmy owl built by UM Professor Erick Greene

Researcher: When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

“In the backyard of a woodsy home, small birds flitted to and from the yard’s feeder. They were oblivious to a curious stand nearby, topped by a curtain that was painted to resemble bark. Erick...

UM graduate Ryan Bell

Recent UM Graduates Earn Fulbright Scholarships

UM graduates Ryan Bell, Brinna Boettger and Dylan Gomes recently received Fulbright Scholarship award notifications for the coming year. Bell was awarded a coveted Fulbright-National Geographic...

a Bornean stubtail incubates its eggs

Study Uncovers Why Songbirds Vary in Time Devoted to Warming Eggs

The amount of care parents provide their young varies greatly across the animal kingdom, particularly among songbird species, who spend anywhere from 20 percent to nearly 100 percent of daylight...

UM Professor Ron Wakimoto

Ron Wakimoto Rearranged How We Think About Fire

Some fire scientists burn down hillsides. Some burn up whole fire policies. Ron Wakimoto has done both, developing research that helps save the lives of firefighters and helps return fire to the...

UM Professor Mark Grimes, center, researches the behavior of cell proteins in childhood cancer

Biologist Advances Cancer Research with Data Analysis Techniques

Patience and persistence are beginning to pay off for UM Professor Mark Grimes, whose research about the behavior of cell proteins in childhood cancer recently was published by the Public Library...

UM Professor John Kimball

Researcher Contributes Data to National Climate Assessment

UM Professor John Kimball is among a group of researchers nationwide who are contributing data to the National Climate Assessment. Prominent researchers nationwide are tasked to provide scientific...

University of Montana student Ellen Ipsen

UM Student to Study in UK on Fulbright Scholarship

University of Montana student Ellen Ipsen will hop across the pond this summer to attend the Fulbright UK Summer Institute for Undergraduates, a program that fosters relations between the United...

UM Professor Kyle Volk

Professor Examines Alcohol's Role in Early Democracy

This Saturday, thousands will gather in Caras Park to celebrate the 23rd annual Garden City BrewFest. But alcohol wasn't always such a widely embraced social driver. Last year, University of...

oil and gas development as seen from the air

Study: Oil and Gas Development Transforms Landscapes

What are the ecological consequences of this accelerated drilling activity? Researchers at UM have conducted the first-ever broad-scale scientific assessment of how oil and gas development...

UM student Hope Radford

UM Student Wins Udall Scholarship for Second Time

UM student Hope Radford won a second $5,000 Udall Scholarship, which will support her studies for the 2015-16 academic year. Her award marks the 38th time a UM student has earned this prestigious...

UM Professor Joel Henry

Tech Startup Co-Founded by UM Professor Ready to Expand

An upstart technology firm founded in Missoula plans to create 10 new jobs over the next two years to handle the growing demand for its data-mining software. Joel Henry, a law and computer science...

UM researcher Erica Woodahl works in her UM lab

UM Researcher Brings Pharmacogenetics to Reservation

One of the biggest buzzwords in health care right now is pharmacogenetics, also known as personalized or precision medicine. As interest and investment in personalized medicine increases, UM...

the Earth as seen from space

Study: Soil Nutrients May Limit Ability of Plants to Slow Climate Change

Many scientists assume that the growing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will accelerate plant growth. However, a new study co-written by UM researchers suggests much of this growth will...

Conference attendee tour a restoration site in Montana

Professor: Restoration Ecology Industry Creating Job Growth

Restoration work in Montana is creating job growth. Statistics show an eight percent rise in such employment in Montana in 2013. That's according to Cara Nelson, associate professor of restoration...

Yaks in the Himalayas

Researcher Joel Berger Visits Himalayas to Study Yaks

Wild yaks live on the roof of the world, a frosty high-elevation plateau north of the Himalayas. Conservation biologist Joel Berger, UM professor and researcher, wanted to find out how climate...

UM President Royce Engstrom congratulates Rachel DIckson on her Goldwater Scholarship

UM Student Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

UM sophomore Rachel Dickson recently learned she earned a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the top national award for undergraduate research in science, math and engineering. Dickson is UM’s...

a test subject rides a stationary bicycle in Brent Ruby's lab

Exercise Physiologist Finds Fast Food as Effective as Recovery Food

If McDonald’s is looking for a new image, Brent Ruby might have a suggestion: The Happy Sports Recovery Meal. Take a plain burger and medium Coke. Yes, you can have fries with that. Then advertise...

The UM airplane at the Missoula International Airport

Airport, UM Students Team Up to Collect Passenger Data

With passenger counts and airline service on the rise, Missoula International Airport is looking to learn more about its customers and why they’re choosing to fly to the Garden City. To accomplish...

UM big data students and Professor Lee Tangedahl

UM’s Big Data Certificate Has Recruiters Lining Up

Trenton Starkey, a 25-year-old senior pursuing a degree in management information systems at UM’s School of Business Administration, isn’t stressed about finding a job after he graduates like most...

Bark beetle illustration by Bill Mayer

Bark Beetles Are Decimating Our Forests; Is That a Good Thing?

Bark beetles have long been culling sickly trees in North American forests. But in recent years, they've been working overtime. Prolonged droughts and shorter winters have spurred bark beetles to...

UM campus

Teams Develop New Ideas to Improve Rural Health Care

Medical professionals from across the country met at UM over the weekend to try to solve the health care problems of rural communities by innovating fresh ideas. The event, called Hacking Rural...

A rainbow spans a forest infected with mountain pine beetle

Pine Beetle Epidemic: The Bug That’s Eating the Woods

Diana Six parked at the edge of a pine forest in southwestern Montana’s Big Hole Valley. Beneath snow-tipped peaks, lodgepole pines in four different colors draped the hillside—a time line of...

close-up of snow in pine tree

NASA’s SMAP Almost Ready to Map Frozen Soil

One ecosystem where scientists would most like to understand the effects of changing freeze/thaw cycles is boreal forests. But we know very little about how these forests are changing. That’s...

Professor Erick Greene in his office at UM

Professor Continues to Uncover Mysteries of Wildlife Biology

A ratty osprey soared over the Clark Fork River, a giant fish caught between its talons. A few feet away, another osprey watched from her nest. Her partner hadn’t returned home for the summer and...

Hank Green

Hank Green Loves Science, and Wants Others to Love it, Too

Hank Green, Internet Guy. Even if you don’t know who he is, there’s a good chance he has helped teach your kids or the kids of someone you know how photosynthesis, mitosis and biological molecules...

Tropical forest

Researcher Helps Predict Future Climate Change Impacts on Tropics

Researchers at the University of Montana, Princeton University, Stanford University and Rutgers University, among others, are collecting new measurements of tropical forests to gain a better...

Doctor Tim Ceremore, right, with St. Patrick Hospital, talks with resident Mick Blake

UM's Family Medicine Residency Earns High Marks

In June 2013, western Montana had no resident physicians. This July, 30 doctors will be at work in the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, along with nine core faculty, more than 100...

Lab technicians work at the U.S. Forest Service National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation

New Missoula Lab Uses DNA to Expose Hidden Wildlife

Technicians in the U.S. Forest Service’s new lab building can spot the presence (or absence) of specific fish in a whole river drainage from a cup of water. They can trace the family tree of a...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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