UM President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional accomplishments, issues and priorities ahead of the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The address also will be streamed live online at http://www.umt.edu/president/stream/sotu/.
For the first time in history, marketers have comprehensive, real-time insight into the buyer journey. And yet, marketers are underprepared, and underperforming. Marketers that began their careers yesterday are not prepared for the realities of today. And higher education is burdened with preparing future marketers for the uncertainties of tomorrow. Fortunately, universities are up to the challenge. Leading the charge toward smarter, data-driven marketing strategies is UM. This blog post by PR2020 spotlights how UM is forging the way.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed the University of Montana among the top 500 universities in the world. UM has made the list every year of the study, which began in 2003. The ARWU, which states it is “based on transparent methodology and third-party data,” is completed by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Read the more about UM’s ranking here.
A longtime supporter of UM, James Wylder ’51 decided to leave a portion of his estate to support students. When he passed away in August 2014, the James M. Wylder Presidential Leadership Scholarship was established. Starting this autumn, the University will offer two exceptional Montana students the Wylder Scholarship. The award – among the most generous at UM – covers full tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies for up to four years. Read the full news release.
Beverly Ann Chin, chair of UM’s English department, has been named the winner of the 2015 Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator by the National Council of Teachers of English. The Halle Award honors an educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts. Read more about Chin’s work that earned her this award.
Ryan Mizner has a patent pending for a device called The Bridge, a physical therapy tool developed by the UM associate professor and one of his students. The device represents a trend at UM, too, according to Joe Fanguy. In the past five years, the university's portfolio of patents has grown to exceed 100, said Fanguy, director of technology transfer at UM. Read more about Mizner’s device and other UM patents in the Missoulian.
Griz senior Derek Crittenden is in fall camp, getting ready to finish his fifth full year at the University of Montana as a member of the football program. This season, Crittenden not only gets the opportunity to make his mark on the field, he also gets the opportunity to make his mark on the world's biggest stage in the academic arena as this year's UM nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship. Read more about Crittenden's big goals for his senior year on www.gogriz.com.
The University of Montana again made the annual list of top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review. “The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition” was released Aug. 4. The rankings are based on surveys of 136,000 students nationwide. The 80-question survey asked students about academics, administration, campus life and the student body. Read the Princeton Review’s write-up on UM.
UM anthropology Professor Kelly Dixon has spent most of her career reminding people that archaeologists don’t traipse around the world like Indiana Jones, with bullwhips and a nose for treasure. Like many professionals, they spend a lot of time indoors. Recently Dixon and her students find themselves indoors curating the vast historical collection of the U.S. Navy as part of a research cooperative agreement between UM and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more about their assignment in Research View.
Disability Services for Students at the University of Montana will fully implement and launch a new web-based database and communication system for students with disabilities at the beginning of spring semester 2016. The program, Accommodate, will allow UM students who are registered with DSS to view the real-time availability of their coordinators, make appointments online using their Net IDs and much more. Read more about the new system.
Soon after the earthquake struck Nepal this spring, Rebecca Bendick got an alert from nearly every device she owned. Bendick, an earthquake scientist and professor at UM, is part of a rapid response team that deploys instruments to study temblors from the Tendoy Mountains at home to the Himalayas abroad. When a massive earthquake hits, Bendick is on the horn. Now she’s earned a National Science Foundation grant to further her research. Read more about Bendick's research in the Missoulian.
When Sunburst Sensors won $1.5 million in prize money last month, the work of Michael DeGrandpre went from the trash bin to the international stage. DeGrandpre is a chemistry professor at UM whose research led to the creation of Sunburst Sensors, a company that develops chemical sensors for marine and freshwater applications. The company from landlocked Montana recently took home both grand prizes of $750,000 each. Read more about DeGrandpre and Sunburst Sensors in the Missoulian.
UM pharmacy student Shelby Cole is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. She is conducting research concerning interactions between cells and lymphocytes in the lung, working toward her pursuit of a career in health care and pharmaceutical science. Working with mentor Dr. Celine Beamer, Cole is exploring possible treatments for inflammatory lung diseases. Read more about Cole’s research and the SURP program.
Meet Jessica Ray, an animal science major from Michigan State University who is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. She’s working toward her goal of conducting environmental toxicology research by studying the emerging concern of nanoparticles as an environmental contaminant. Working with UM mentors Yoon Hee Cho and Gini Porter, Ray is developing expertise in topics including epigenetics and nanomaterials. Read more about Ray’s summer at UM.
James “Jim” Elser, an internationally renowned freshwater ecologist, will become the next director of the University of Montana’s century-old Flathead Lake Biological Station. UM President Royce Engstrom announced July 29 that Elser had accepted the position. Elser, a lake ecologist who serves as a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, was selected for the position after an extensive international search. He will succeed Jack Stanford, who will remain director until Elser arrives. Read more about the new director.
The Flathead Lake Biological Station’s research boat, the Jessie B., returned to its dock recently after a six-month absence. The welded-aluminum hull on the station’s refurbished boat now houses two new diesel engines, high-performance outdrives and 540 horsepower. The refurbishment added 140 horsepower and gave the Jessie B. the ability to carry 13,500 pounds in fuel, people and equipment for research missions on Flathead Lake. Read more about the refurbished Jesse B. in the Bigfork Eagle.
The Center for World University Rankings recently ranked UM No. 585 out of universities worldwide, placing the University in the top 2.4 percent of more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education. UM jumped 21 spots from its No. 604 ranking in 2014. CWUR uses eight indicators to identify the world’s top 1,000 universities: quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents. Read the news release.
Just one week after launching a new podcast, and UM J-school assistant professor Jule Banville’s already tackled an eclectic array of subject matter, including a segment about the weird things people touch. “The idea of this is to be a mix,” Banville says. Banville aims to use her Montana-centric podcast, called Last Best Stories, to offer a venue for the best student work and also, as she says, “independent producers who are slugging it out.” Read more in the Missoula Independent.
UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center organized an environmental exchange that allowed 20 students and young professionals from Asia to visit Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation. In its sixth year, the program is part of the Mansfield Center’s mission to support relations between the United States and places such as Vietnam and Cambodia. The visitors are part of the Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. Read more in the Missoulian.
A UM School of Journalism assistant professor has been elected as president of the Native American Journalists Association. Jason Begay, a Navajo from Gallup, New Mexico, and a UM alumnus, joined the UM faculty in 2010. He serves as Native American projects director at the School of Journalism and co-teaches UM’s award-winning Native News Honors Project. Read more about his new role as NAJA president.
UM has selected “The Tiger” by award-winning author John Vaillant as the 2015 First-Year Reading Experience book, a program provides incoming freshmen with a shared intellectual experience to encourage discussion, advance critical thinking and develop a sense of community. “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” details the hunt for a man-eating Amur tiger in the remote Primorye region of Russia’s eastern border in the 1990s. Read more about this year’s title.
The new Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, offered by the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM, recently ranked 10th in SuperScholar’s “50 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.” SuperScholar based its Smart Choice rankings on national accreditation, affordability of the program, college and university reputation, and flexibility in course scheduling and offerings. Learn more about the SuperScholar ranking.
UM's Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 26 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community. This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from a field of more than 200 qualified applicants. Recipients enroll in UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four‑year tuition waiver plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year. Read more about the incoming class of Presidential Leadership Scholars.
UM’s Wildlife Biology Program has named Chad Bishop as its new director. Bishop, who previously served as assistant director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, takes over on Aug. 1. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Montana State University, a master’s degree in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho and a doctorate in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. Read more about Bishop.
A professor who has taught accounting in UM’s School of Business Administration for more than 35 years was recently awarded the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants’ highest honor. The association presented the 2015 George D. Anderson Distinguished Service Award to Teresa Beed in June. The award is given annually to a member of MSCPA whose contribution to the accounting profession and involvement in community, charitable and civic activities merit outstanding recognition. Read more about Beed’s recent award.
Meet Samantha Couture, an environmental health major from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, who is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Working with mentors Chris Migliaccio and Kevin Trout, she is studying macrophage biology in relation to medical devices and nanomaterials. Read more about her research and the SURP Program.
The Crown Reporting Project at UM pairs students from the graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism with seasoned editors as they pursue stories in the Crown of the Continent region. While the students report stories in the field, their mentors recommend sources, edit drafts and help publish the final product. Learn more about the Crown Reporting Project here and read one student’s latest dispatch from the field here.
The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana recently was listed as the third-most “underrated” law school in the country, based on its students’ employment outcomes, their median score on the Law School Admission Test and the number of citations that the school’s law review has received. University of North Carolina law professor Alfred Brophy completed the study, which was highlighted in a June 30 article by Bloomberg Business. Read more about the ranking.
Four UM students and two instructors are closing in on the final day of their 700-mile, 28-day bicycle trip around Montana while studying ecological, social and economic issues associated with energy production and use. The group traversed rolling plains and beautiful mountains, enjoying the changing landscapes and meeting people deeply involved in energy and climate issues. Read more about their journey on Wild Rockies Field Institute blog.
The science of wildfires often pits academics against forestry professionals. Carl Seielstad, an associate research professor at the University of Montana, has built a career bridging the divide through his work in the trenches as well as in the lab. Now the former smokejumper is helping change fire policy forever. For starters, Seielstad says, you’ve got to fight fire with fire. Read more about Seielstad's career path in Dartmouth’s alumni magazine.
While some Missoulians were still eating their breakfast on Monday, two dozen Montana high-school students taking part in a health career summer camp were wrist-deep dissecting the heart of a pig. The summer camp, called MedStart, is designed to give high-school juniors and seniors a chance to explore health careers and the various programs offered at colleges in Montana. The MedStart camp in Missoula is sponsored by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM. Read more about MedStart.
Biochemistry major Laura Fisch is excited to spend the summer exploring her interest in environmental toxicology through UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Fisch is working with UM mentors Andrij Holian and Don Anderson to research methods for studying the effects of nanomaterial exposure in relation to cell health and inflammation. Read more about Fisch’s summer at UM.
UM has 2,459 students who were degree candidates for spring semester 2015. The total includes 229 certificates, 278 associate degrees, four education specialists, 1,295 bachelor’s degrees, 358 master’s degrees, 74 juris doctor degrees and 108 doctoral degrees. There were 215 candidates for double degrees. Additionally, 2,261 UM students made the spring semester 2015 Dean’s List. See the complete lists of graduates and students who made the Dean’s list here.
Rosalyn LaPier, assistant professor of environmental studies at UM, recently was appointed a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. In exchange, LaPier will bring her own outside expertise and knowledge to the Smithsonian, which includes more than 25 years of experience working with Blackfeet elders researching ethobotany and traditional ecological knowledge. Read more about LaPier’s work with the Smithsonian.
From HIV prevention to a runner’s gait to elementary school physical education, UM’s Health and Human Performance Department makes a significant impact on the well-being of the people of Montana and beyond. The department centers on three distinct programs: community health, exercise science and health enhancement. HHP has become so popular it ranks second in students enrolled. Read more in the Montanan magazine.
Jonathan Marquis, a fine arts graduate student at UM, is working on a project to draw all 60 or so of Montana’s remaining glaciers, including those in Glacier Park. Marquis photographs and draws the glaciers he visits. He has completed eight pieces so far and has been to nine glaciers. He suspects it will take five or six years to complete his work. Read more in the Hungry Horse News.
A UM student who, over the years, has worked to support herself and her family financially and emotionally was awarded a scholarship June 2 that will help her become the first college graduate in her family. Madison Hinrichs, who just completed her freshman year at UM, received a new scholarship sponsored by the Missoulian and 20 area businesses that is worth up to $30,000. Read more in the Missoulian.
Brock Tessman will become the next dean of UM’s Davidson Honors College. Tessman, a political scientist who most recently served the University of Georgia as associate director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues and director of graduate programs in the UGA Department of International Affairs, was selected for the position after an extensive national search. He will begin his new duties mid-July. Read the full news release.
Right here at UM, one of the best intensive language programs in the United States teaches the military the languages of war – and of peace. The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program was created in 2008 to train U.S. soldiers and Marines in the languages of conflict areas and America’s allies. The program is rooted in UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. Read more in the Montanan magazine.
The Montana Association of Students recently awarded Roberta Evans, dean of the UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, the 2014-15 Administrator of the Year award. Each year this distinguished award is bestowed upon an administrator within the Montana University System who has exhibited a history of excellence in leadership and demonstrated a quality, long-term impact on students. Read the full new release.
A team of UM students has built a mobile-phone app that allows beekeepers to record the sound of their colony to determine whether it’s healthy or not. The Android app was developed by computer science students Seth Welch, Quinton Greenhagen, Kyler Commers, Andreas Freiburg, Seth Hovenkotter and Matthew Detrick as part of their senior capstone project under the direction of UM software engineering professor Joel Henry. Read more about the bee app in the Missoulian.
The state of Montana is offering new $1,000 scholarships to in-state high school graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, math or health care at a Montana college. Graduating seniors who are interested should act fast. The Legislature set aside $400,000 to kick off the scholarships this year, and already 200 high school students have started the application process, Sheila Newlun, Montana University System scholarship coordinator, said Tuesday. Read more in the Bozeman Chronicle.
Custom-designed coloring books featuring University of Montana’s mascot, Monte, as an athletic trainer were part of the project that recently earned UM athletic training students the top spot in a national contest. The UM team won the “Best Student Effort” category of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Public Relations competition for the eighth consecutive year. Read more about the athletic training students’ latest success.
“I know all of you will do well, you're graduating from an excellent law school,” Blake Morant said Saturday as 82 students received their degrees during the graduation ceremony of UM’s School of Law. Morant stressed that the problem-solving and creative skills law school graduates have attained are more important now than ever before. Read more about the 2015 law school graduation in the Missoulian.
Following Board of Regents approval that was granted May 22, the University of Montana School of Law will officially become the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as a result of a $10 million donation from Alexander “Zander” and Andrea “Andy” Blewett of Great Falls. The gift, announced May 21 during the Montana Board of Regents meeting in Kalispell, is among the largest individual gifts in UM history. Read more about this generous gift from the Blewetts.
With 18 students accepted into medical schools this year, the Pre-Medical Sciences Program at UM reached an acceptance rate of 64 percent – 20 points higher than the national average of 44 percent. The pre-med program has seen a steady increase in the number of students admitted into medical programs the past several years. Mark Pershouse, Pre-Medical Sciences Program director, credits the steady increase to a task force formed in 2008 to improve pre-medical advising. Read more about UM’s pre-med program.
“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 Greene, a professor of biology at UM, stepped away from the stand and stood by the home’s backdoor. He pressed the fob of a modified garage-door opener. The curtain dropped, unveiling a taxidermied northern pygmy owl.” The New York Times reports on Greene’s latest research.
UM’s School of Business Administration, along with the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, have announced the winners of the 26th annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge. UM MBA student Chad Miller of Florence took home the top prize of $15,000 for his startup plan, Purus. Purus is a Montana-based company dedicated to engineering a sustainable wastewater treatment solution for the oil and gas industry. Read more about Miller and the other top competitors.
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 Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Boettger earned a prestigious English Teaching Assistant Fulbright Scholarship. Gomes earned a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study bats at the Max Planck Institutes in Germany. Read more about UM’s latest Fulbright awardees.
UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences recently honored three of its faculty members with awards for teaching excellence. Stephen Yoshimura, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, is the recipient of this year’s Excellence Award for Teaching Across the Curriculum. Lauren Fern, Department of Mathematical Sciences lecturer, and Diane Friend, Department of Physics and Astronomy lecturer, each received the inaugural Humanities and Sciences Excellence Award for Teaching at the Introductory Level. Read more about these deserving educators.
Erin Ojala has had a varied career, but no one ever expected her to go to college. She was a truant in high school, neither of her parents went to college, and Ojala had no role model leading her to higher education. But the Stevensville woman has her own determination, and it has taken her far. This week, Ojala completes her second degree from Missoula College, and she adds a strand of gold cords to the silver set already hanging in her bedroom. Read more about Ojala journey to graduation.
When Jason Hanlon looks at the wolf skeleton, he sees a little bit of himself. Hanlon, 38, graduates this week from UM with a science degree from the College of Forestry and Conservation. Like the wolf, whose skeleton he spent 300 hours putting back together with help from his peers, Hanlon fell apart and came together again, too. "In all of my wildest dreams, I never imagined I would get a degree in wildlife biology. Never," he said. Read more about Hanlon’s road to graduation.
The School of Business Administration at UM has maintained both its business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. UM’s SoBA is the only program in Montana to hold both accreditations. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Read more about SoBA’s recent accreditation review.
UM’s 118th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator and now ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, will be the featured speaker. UM will honor Salish tribal elder Louis “Louie” Adams with an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his lifetime spent teaching others the stories, culture and language of his people. Read more about Commencement at UM.
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 woods after a half-century of fighting to keep it out. Last week, he wound up more than three decades of teaching fire science at the University of Montana’s School of Forestry. Read more about Wakimoto in the Missoulian.
Thanks to gifts from UM alum, businessman and philanthropist Dennis Eck from Wolf Point and his wife, Gretchen, from Butte, the University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences will soon have some of the most advanced technology on campus. The Ecks’ contributions will create a vertical technology corridor of “smart classrooms” in the college’s Liberal Arts Building. Read more about this generous gift from the Ecks and the plans for UM’s LA Building.
Twelve University of Montana athletic training students recently took the Board of Certification exam, a high-stakes evaluation that enables students graduating from accredited athletic training programs to enter the work force as certified athletic trainers. All 12 students graduating from the UM program this spring took the exam in April, and all of them passed on their first try. Read more about UM’s athletic training students.
UM’s Disability Services for Students recently assisted Olympus Corporation in evaluating its digital-voice recorders in order to improve the quality and usability of their products. Nineteen UM students with disabilities participated in the evaluation and gave feedback to company representatives who visited UM April 21-22. Olympus provided UM’s DSS several models of their digital-voice recorders to be used and evaluated. Read more about how the feedback from UM students will be used.
Every week, trucking companies in western Montana call Mickey Lyngholm, the workforce navigator at Missoula College, and ask her to share their job openings with students and recent graduates. They're desperate for drivers. Missoula College got a RevUp Montana grant from the Department of Labor two years ago which allowed it to create a CDL program. It offered the first course last October. Read more about the demand for CDL drivers in the Missoulian.
Shannon O’Brien, the education policy adviser for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, will become the next dean of Missoula College University of Montana on July 1. O’Brien replaces Interim Dean Jane Baker, who has led MC since October 2014, and Barry Good, who was dean from 2006 to 2014. O’Brien was selected after a national search by a committee led by Chris Comer, dean of UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences. Read more about MC’s new dean.
After he graduates this month, UM senior Eamon Ormseth will spend his summer studying Arabic language and culture in Morocco. The U.S. State Department awarded Ormseth a Critical Language Scholarship, which will fund his participation in an all-expenses-paid intensive Arabic program in northern Morocco. Following the program, Ormseth plans to extend his stay to work with a nongovernmental organization on education issues and continue studying Arabic and Middle Eastern history. Read more about Ormseth’s upcoming adventure.
While they might be about to graduate and leave UM, 22 of the school’s art students had one more hurdle in front of them, display their work as part of the annual bachelor of fine arts senior thesis exhibition. All of the graduating bachelor of fine arts students were required to participate in the exhibition. The art is on display through May 15. Read more about the exhibitions in the Missoulian.
Abby wagged her little tail as Nick LeTang kneeled to give the pup a scratch. The law student at the University of Montana swings through the University Center almost every day, and as a result, he doesn't miss out on "Stress Less," a student wellness event put on by the Curry Health Center. There on Tuesday, students drank calming tea, sat for chair massages, ate tiny bran and berry muffins, and yes, they patted friendly dogs. Read more about "Stress Less" in the Missoulian.
The community support was a savior for Sean Swartz over the past month and a half. For Sean and his wife Jennifer, it felt like time to return the favor. The Clinton family and the University of Montana Foundation on Tuesday announced the Kole Swartz Legacy Scholarship, named in honor of Sean and Jennifer's 19-year-old son and UM student-athlete who lost his life in March. Read more about the new scholarship and its first recipient in the Missoulian.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UM now offers a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. This is the only degree of its kind in Montana and will serve to benefit the state’s youngest populations and those who work with them. The coursework will be delivered in an online format to create a readily accessible master’s degree option for current teachers and other human-service professionals. Read more about the new program.
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 States and United Kingdom and teaches American students more about the UK. Ipsen, a sophomore from Missoula majoring in history, will examine the topic of slavery and the Atlantic heritage while studying at the University of Bristol’s Fulbright Institute in southwest England. Read more about Ipsen’s Fulbright.
Two graduate students talk about the state-of-the-art toxicology research they are conducting at UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. For more information, visit https://cehsweb.health.umt.edu/.
In 24 years at UM, chemistry Professor Garon Smith has instructed some 20,000 students in introductory chemistry, and has entertained and educated more than 100,000 young students with his wizardly alter-ego, G. Wiz. Now as he prepares to hang up his cloak in retirement this spring, Smith will present one of his renowned chemistry shows for the benefit of the campus community. Read more about Smith’s remarkable teaching career and his upcoming public lecture.
Incoming medical students have reached a deadline to make a decision on what medical school they want to attend in the fall. NBC Montana met up with one UM student who exceeded expectations with a number of interviews and acceptance letters. Jeni Comstock graduated from UM in 2014. This past year has been filled with visiting medical schools and interviewing. Comstock landed interviews at 10 schools, and she was accepted into seven medical schools and waitlisted at two. NBC Montana reports.
Eminent UM historian David Emmons conducted groundbreaking research on the history of the Irish experience in Montana. Now thanks to a private gift, his work will be honored and continued far into the future. UM alumni Sam and Julie Baldridge of Whitefish have established a visiting professorship in Emmons’ name. Each year, a Dr. David Emmons Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies will come to campus to teach various courses on Irish and Irish-American history. Read more about the donation from the Baldridges.
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 Montana history professor Kyle Volk published “Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy,” which examines the long history of America's temperance movement and the birth of minority rights language among early anti-prohibitionists. The Missoula Independent sits down with Volk to discuss his new book.
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 scholarship. Radford, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, is majoring in resource conservation with minors in climate change studies and international development studies. She spent spring term studying sustainable agriculture in Chile and Argentina and plans a career in sustainable international agriculture. Read more about Radford.
Now university of Montana students graduating after the fall of 2015 can earn a minor in business administration. Students can enroll in the qualifying courses immediately. Students will be required to take five SoBA courses before applying for the business minor. In order to be eligible students must have earned 60 credits, earned a C or better in all primary lower core courses and have a 2.0 overall GPA. Learn more about UM’s new business minor.
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 ecology at UM, who talked about the growth of restoration work during her presentation at the three-day restoration conference called the "Symposium on Riparian Restoration in a Contaminated Environment: Lessons Learned and Challenges in Moving Forward." Read more about the restoration industry in the Montana Standard.
At first, Alli Bargelski worried the sound design class she is taking online at UM would leave her feeling adrift. The BFA student in Media Arts doesn't feel that way anymore. The sophomore with a focus in filmmaking is inspired by the contemporary content the faculty present, and she is pleased to be virtually immersed with other students. Bargelski isn't alone in her review of the program. Read more about the online media arts degree in the Missoulian.
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 16th Goldwater Scholar. The Barry Goldwater Excellence in Education Foundation trustees awarded 260 scholars this year. Dickson is a sophomore from Missoula majoring in biology and environmental studies. Read more about Dickson’s latest accomplishment.
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 that, the airport is working with UM’s School of Business Administration to create a passenger survey. The information would be mapped and presented in a big-data effort driven by graduate students in computer science. Read more about the collaboration in the Missoulian.
“Waking up in Lewistown, Montana, might not be the typical spring break destination, but staring out at the beauty of the geographic center of our state with the sun shining will never disappoint.” Join 20 UM law students as travel 1,400 miles to see firsthand the various forms of energy development in the state as part of the Energy Facilities Field Trip course. Read the students’ blog about the trip here.
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 of his peers. He’s already had recruiters emailing him and making him offers, and he’s accepted a "cloud engineering" position with Microsoft. Starkey is one of seven UM students who will be the first to graduate with a certificate in data analytics in May. Read more about UM’s big data certificate.
University of Montana junior Hope Radford recently became a Newman Civic Fellow for her work as a change-agent, focusing on issues related to climate change, social justice and sustainable food production. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is given to college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities across the country. Read more about Radford’s award.
Ten members of the UM chapter of the American Marketing Association traveled to New Orleans to participate in the 37th annual International Collegiate Conference, which was held March 19-22. A team of six UM marketing students earned an honorable mention in the Sabre Business Simulation Competition, placing fourth just behind Johns Hopkins University. Two students competed in the Marketing Strategy Competition, placing in the top 15 percent of 98 teams nationwide. Read more about their successful trip.
Electronic data is created everywhere, from credit card transactions to satellite sensors. As its volume and velocity continue to increase, businesses and scientists have recognized the need for new techniques to analyze this “big data.” Several departments at UM responded to this trend by building an interdisciplinary curriculum to educate UM students on cutting-edge approaches. This May, seven UM students will be the first to graduate with a certificate in data analytics. Read more about UM’s data analytics certificate.
UM sociology Assistant Professor Daisy Rooks recently was named one of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” by Nerdwallet.com. Rooks and the other professors honored were chosen based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter. Nominations were collected through student, alumni and faculty recommendations. Read more about Rooks here.
A team of University of Montana geosciences graduate and undergraduate students won the regional American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award on Saturday, March 14. The students will advance to the international competition in Denver. Students Anna Phelps, Brianna Berg, Cody Bomberger, Clayton Schultz and John Zupanic presented their analysis to a panel of industry experts who selected a winner based on technical findings and presentation quality. Read more about their geosciences win here.
In Romania, career choices were limited. Students chose what high school to attend based on their interest in math and physics, biology and humanities or medicine. But after pursuing a male-dominated field of math and physics in her home country, University of Montana professor Simona Stan found her passion for marketing. Today Stan is professor and director of UM’s masters of business administration program. Read more about Stan in the Montana Kaimin.
It’s been years in the planning, but ground is finally being broken at the East Broadway site of Missoula College's new $32 million home, on the banks of the Clark Fork River. About 30 workers, including truck drivers, crane operators and backhoe operators, are digging up tons of earth as phase 1 of construction begins. Read more the construction of the new Missoula College building in the Missoulian.
Dear Campus Community, It is with a heavy heart that I write to report a sad and tragic weekend for the UM family. Three students passed away this weekend in unrelated incidents. Two have been reported in the local media, and the third involves the untimely death of a UM law student. In all cases, the families have been appropriately notified and we have extended sympathies on behalf of the entire University community. Read more from President Engstrom.
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 she was ready to mate. The raptor, named Iris, called the male over. Erick Greene, a UM wildlife biology professor, watched the scene from below. He knew he was witnessing something rare, something great. The Montana Kaimin reports on Greene’s osprey project.
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 work, among a great many things. Truth be told, he’s an online video master. And Green, who holds a master's degree in environmental studies from University of Montana, loves science. U.S. News and World Report talks with Green about his success.
UM currently has one of the longest winter breaks in the nation at six weeks. Some students, parents, faculty and administrators have raised issues regarding the length of the break. The Office of the Provost has proposed adjusting the dates of winter break in the future. Provost Perry Brown welcomes comments on this proposal from the campus community through March 27. Learn more about the proposal and find out how to comment here.
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 community faculty, and five staff. The doctors work at St. Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, Partnership Health Center, Flathead Community Health Center, and Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Read more about the UM’s medical residency program.
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 Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Swaney also has family from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. She holds a master’s degree in organismal biology and ecology from UM and is working on a doctorate in society and conservation. Read more about Swaney.
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 worldwide. 2015 also marks the 11th year the University has placed in the top 25 on the medium-sized volunteer-producing colleges and universities list. Read more about UM's latest Peace Corps ranking.
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 boomers” have all led to an increased demand for health care professionals. In Missoula County, that trend has far-reaching implications, as the local economy is dependent on the health care industry and hundreds of college students are receiving the training necessary to enter the field. Read more about the health care field in the Missoulian.
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 nation in STEM growth. But that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. The University of Montana makes an effort engage young students in STEM fields while also drawing top-notch college students in the same areas of study. KPAX-TV reports on the future of STEM in Montana.
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 Hepburn and second-year students Lindsey West and Hannah Cail faced off against Vermont Law School and the University of Mississippi, marking the first time UM made the final round since 2005. Additionally, Hepburn won the award for best oralist. Read more about UM’s showing at the competition.
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 the high marks from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. UM launched the residency program in 2013, and it will train 30 medical residents at a time after the third class is added this year. Read more about the recent accreditation.
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 Millennium Scholars at more than 1,800 institutions of higher education, awarding over $800 million in scholarships to date. UM students have received a total of $1,193,285 from the program. Read more about UM’s latest Gates Millennium Scholars.
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 quiet, preferring to introduce it to the public gradually. The lack of fanfare has nothing to do with its quality, however. Though the domed room housing it is not enormous, the equipment's capabilities are stellar. The Montana Kaimin reports on UM’s planetarium.
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 Concept Challenge. The challenge recognizes business ideas that solve natural resource challenges in America’s national forests. Jenkins and Trejo developed a business plan to convert logging slash and other wood waste into methanol and liquid carbon dioxide through a mobile gasification unit. Read more about their business plan.
TEDxUMontana returns for a second year, and the theme of this year’s event is language. Tickets are now on sale. The event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Dennison Theater. Learn more and purchase tickets at http://www.umt.edu/tedx.
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 does the same. It’s a relentless endeavor for which they’ve developed a helpful tool: weapons. It’s the evolutionary consequence of these weapons that interests Doug Emlen, a biologist at UM. Read more about Emlen’s research on animal weaponry in the Montanan.
“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 voice calls out. It’s my brother. I’m late. We were supposed to meet to climb Ch-paa-qn Peak at 9.” UM freshman Kian Bertin climbed out of bed to climb Ch-paa-qn Peak for his Adventure Writing class. Read about his hike on the Make it Missoula blog.
“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 happy here. I can find ways to experience many of the same feelings I do back home.” UM freshman Lione Clare reckons with feelings of homesickness as she hikes Missoula’s Crazy Canyon and writes about it for her Adventure Writing class. Read her post on the Make It Missoula blog.
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 cut. Three of them are current or future UM students. Local magazine Corridor talked with each of them about their movies, how they got started in documentary filmmaking, and the direction of their careers.
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 her interdisciplinary studies on pilgrimage history, European pilgrimage literature and nature writing, she walked the Camino de Santiago herself and do nature writing of her own. In this Global Leadership Initiative blog post, Collins reflects on her journey.
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 next generation of researchers. She is using the latest video and computer modeling technology to study this evolutionary mystery. Heers recently completed her Ph.D. with Kenneth Dial at the UM’s Flight Laboratory, probably the world’s leading research center on bird aeronautics. Aubodon Magazine reports in this month’s cover story.
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 wildlife biology major at the University of Montana, spent the entire six-week winter break studying a medium-sized wild cat, the caracal, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Montana Kaimin reports on Saul’s adventure.
The University of Montana’s Global Leadership Initiative is a four-year fellowship that provides students unique experiences through a community. GLI enriches academic learning by combining practical experiences with classroom education. Learn more about UM's unique GLI program in this video.
“I love hiking, but as I spun in circles running from class to class this semester, I just couldn’t find time for this hike. I found time for other hikes, but never the Pengelly Ridge Trail.” UM freshman Carly Stinson makes time to climb Mount Sentinel’s steep Pengelly Trail while on assignment for her Adventure Writing class. Read about her climb on the Make It Missoula blog.
A UM’s professor’s cross-cultural analysis received one of the top book awards from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Benedicte Boisseron, an associate professor of French and Francophone language and literature at UM, received the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award for “Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora.” “This book was important for me to write because it carries an autobiographical resonance,” Boisseron said. Read more about Boisseron’s book.
Hundreds of new students spent the day getting adjusted to life on campus Thursday, in preparation for their first semester as UM students. The spring semester at UM starts Monday, and about 200 new students are going through orientation until the end of the day Friday. New students got the chance to tour campus and move into their dorms early to get a head start on the new semester. KPAX News reports.
“We trudged up the steep and rocky path, leaving the Kim Williams riverside trail below us. Even though there was a great view of the Missoula Valley behind us and fall colors ahead of us, I felt uneasy. I started to feel tired and my calves began to ache.” UM freshman Colin Brust recounts his hike up Smokejumpers’ Trail on assignment for his Adventure Writing class. Read Brust’s full account on the Make It Missoula blog.
The independent film magazine MovieMaker recently named Missoula to its list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2015: Top Five Towns.” The article notes Montana’s dramatic landscapes, as well as the fact that Missoula is home to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the International Wildlife Film Festival and the Montana Film Academy. The ranking also mentions students from UM’s School of Media Arts. Read more about what MovieMaker has to say about Missoula.
A new agreement between UM, Missoula County Public Schools and their Japanese counterpart aims to increase educational exchange opportunities. Representatives from UM and MCPS met with a delegation from the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan on Tuesday to sign a memorandum of understanding that will bring more student exchange and professional development opportunities to Missoula. Read more about the partnership with Kumamoto.
UM recently earned recognition from two prominent civic engagement organizations. The Corporation for National and Community Service honored UM with a place on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded UM a 2015 Community Engagement Classification. During the 2013-14 academic year, 2,991 students volunteered 221,832 hours. Read more about student engagement at UM.
From its founding days housed in Army tents on the University of Montana’s Oval in 1914, the School of Journalism has taught its students how to improvise in tough situations. This was just one of the take-home messages at a recent ceremony at the Montana State Capitol honoring the UM Journalism School’s centennial year. Read more about the history of UM’s journalism school and the ceremony in Helena in the Independent Record.
UM’s Derek Crittenden is one of 50 players who was recently named to the 17th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. A 6-3, 240-pound junior from Whitefish, Crittenden is a chemistry major who maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA. He played in all 14 games for the 9-5 Grizzlies this past season. He is also a 2015 Rhodes Scholar candidate. Read more about Crittenden’s impressive accomplishments.
“One of my favorite English professors at UM likes to tell us often, ‘the best stories take place during the moments from which the main character realizes that, nothing will ever be the same again.’ I think it’s exactly this wisdom, when applied to real life, which makes a semester abroad so profoundly meaningful. Every moment since I left Missoula has been part of the constant realization that, indeed, nothing will ever be the same again.” Read student Joel Gabriel Kempff’s blog post.
Thirteen UM students and one professor are in Vietnam from through Jan. 19 for the fifth annual study abroad field course focused on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Mekong Delta. The students are studying the intertwined relationships of society, environment and economy while looking at the potential impacts of climate change and how the people of Vietnam will adapt. Follow their adventures through photos and posts on the students’ blog.
From horns to claws, teeth and talons, the animal kingdom features many natural weapons. But UM evolutionary biologist Doug Emlen wanted to know why, in some rare cases, animals develop weapons that are dramatically outsized for their bodies. His research found the same story—an evolutionary arms race pushes animal weapons to the extreme. North Carolina Public Radio host Frank Stasio talks with Emlen about his new book “Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle.”
The U.S. Government Publishing Office recently spotlighted UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library for serving as a regional depository library. The library was designated as a depository in 1909 and a regional depository library in 1965. UM’s large academic library has a wide variety of information available to its patrons through well-developed online guides. Read more about the Mansfield Library’s role as a depository.
Career Services at UM strives to provide students with ample opportunities to explore careers with the world’s most renowned and reputable companies. Career Services recently teamed up with Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s leading technology companies. An HP executive visited with UM students in December and company representatives will return again in February for the Big Sky Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair. Read more about UM’s relationship with HP and the upcoming employment fair.
When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. From such simple life, more complex life forms could eventually come to be. How did the chemistry evolve to get life to where we are today? What transitions took place? Frank Rosenzweig, evolutionary geneticist at UM, is looking into such questions over the next five years with funding from the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Read more about Rosenzweig’s research.
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 funded a telescope purchase and three years of research work, allowing them to participate in Project MINERVA, a collaborative effort between four universities that will be examining the planets surrounding nearby stars to look for ones that are similar to Earth. Read more about McCrady’s exciting research.
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 roof near UM’s heating plant. It’s what will happen inside the box that will be remarkable. “We’re going from arguably the worst data center in higher education to perhaps the best,” says Tony Jablonski, Associate CIO for IT’s central computing services. Read more about UM’s new data center.
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. The per-capita rankings measure the rate of volunteers per 100,000 of the population. Montana's per-capita ranking climbed from 10th spot to seventh and its metro area, Missoula, moved from sixth to second. USA Today reports.
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 light up a special menorah called a hanukkiyah, commissioned and built by three students from the welding program at Missoula College. Read more about the students’ unique community project.
Toxicology graduate students at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences are involved in extracurricular activities at the University of Montana and with regional and national organizations. Three current students share their experiences in this video.
“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 describe successfully taking first observations from a telescope. McCrady traveled from Missoula to Mount Hopkins, Ariz., to oversee the installation of UM’s new 0.7-meter telescope by crane at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. Read more about UM’s new telescope.
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 explores the theme of “Shift.” Staff and contributors focused on the shifting landscape of the media industry and how journalists, news sources and audiences are adapting to change. Read more about this issue of Montana Journalism Review.
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 then students at the University of Montana, were tasked with developing a theoretical business plan for a college course. Saga has come a long way since then, growing rapidly in sales and now selling to retailers around the world. Freeskier magazine reports on Saga’s rise.
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 ranching costs, increase stock weight and drive up the return on cattle. In partnership with the IX Ranch in Big Sandy and with support of UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Milhoan aims to make Ranchlogs available for purchase next summer. Read more about Milhoan’s idea.
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 Rau of MontanaPBS report on how conservation organizations are working to protect the indigenous fish population. DeMarois interviews local anglers, activists and scientists in this piece that aired on PBS NewsHour on Nov. 27.
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 to give students an affordable jump on a four-year degree. Baker will hold the position on a temporary basis as a new search committee begins the hunt for Dean Barry Good’s long-term replacement. Read more about Baker’s leadership experience.
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 University is offering the highest quality of education by believing in the people that call this campus home above all else. ASUM Vice President and Phi Delta Theta fraternity Sean McQuillan talks about what makes Missoula and UM such a special place in a recent blog post.
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 outstanding position paper and actively and accurately represented his or her country during two days of debate on world issues. At the conference, 380 students represented 111 of the United Nations’ 193 member states, debating and writing resolutions addressing important international issues. Read more about this year’s winners.
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 Initiative, awards grants to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and combat hunger or address mental health issues. Organizations submitted grant proposals to the class earlier this semester. Read more about the philanthropy class and the grant recipients.
Education changes lives and those lives change the world. At the University of Montana, we see it daily. Our students come from every conceivable background and embrace challenge, grow as individuals and, ultimately, thrive.
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 students: final exams. Last week wrapped up the end of the 2014 fall semester and students are spending this week writing essays, taking tests and completing other tasks to show they’ve paid attention over these past four months. Read more about how students are closing out the semester.
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 Experience at UM, students read “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a collection of short stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. Students were invited to write and submit essays in two categories: Personal Reflection and Analytical. Read more about the winners.
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 students to run IBM InfoSphere Streams software on a state-of-the-art platform that will aid student learning. The grant was part of IBM’s Shared University Research Awards, a competitive, worldwide, equipment award program. Read more about new server at UM.
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 made its first launch Thursday. Baca is a member of the team that ran a full mission simulation in mid-November for Orion’s launch, testing pre-launch through ascent, orbit, entry and splashdown/recovery. Read more about Baca’s unique career path.
Three UM School of Art students take viewers inside their artistic process, offering a glimpse into some of their recent works. Hear from Jason Bohman, drawing; Gustav Hamilton, ceramic sculpture; and Joanna Nasvik, drawing, performance, and art education; about how they approach their art and what it means to them in this video.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia, and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen. This video, shown to the Montana University System Board of Regents on Nov. 20, 2014, highlights the impact of the Mansfield Center across the state of Montana and beyond.
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 that he was selected as a finalist at Blackstone LaunchPad’s recent Demo Day in New York City. Paul Gladen, UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad director, nominated Milhoan to attend the competition where he progressed to the final rounds with the top six. Read more about Milhoan’s venture, Ranchlogs.
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 College and Career Training grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor and will enhance short-term training opportunities at MC. A second semi tractor-trailer is expected to arrive soon. Read more about the trucking program at Missoula College.
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 in UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences. The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Read more about UM’s Fulbright Scholar awardees.
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 distinction for his work in paleobiology of invertebrates, especially the evolution of reef forms. His research has clarified the evolution of reefs and of modern coral lineages. Read more about Stanley’s latest award.
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 Missoulian’s editorial board, UM President Royce Engstrom and other school leaders repeated their plans for the global century – steps that include a close review of existing programs and how the school can meet the state’s needs amid a shifting economy. Read more about Engstrom’s plans.
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. School of Art Director Brad Allen is effusive about the potential for using the equipment, the province of industrial designers and forward-thinking hobbyists and tinkerers, in the context of fine art. Read more about the new “FabLab.”
University of Montana Professor of restoration ecology Cara Nelson just returned from Kuwait where she worked with scientists at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research to develop effective strategies for restoring arid land ecosystems. As chair of the Society of Ecological Restoration, Nelson was in Kuwait to sign a memorandum of understanding with KISR to work together on restoring Kuwait’s arid lands. Read more about Nelson’s recent work in Kuwait.
Twenty students in UM’s Anthropology and the Human Experience class taught by Instructor Garry Kerr were recently named Public Anthropology Award winners for opinion essays they wrote on the topic of ethics in research. More than 4,000 students from 30 schools entered the competition. Kerr’s students showcase the ability of UM students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. Read the students’ opinion pieces here.
Animals have developed horns, claws, and teeth to defend themselves, but what is the advantage of a bulky crab claw that weighs half as much as the entire animal, or 14-foot-wide antlers on the extinct Irish Elk that stood seven feet tall? UM Professor Doug Emlen, a biologist and author of the new book “Animal Weapons,” describes the evolutionary arms race that pushes these animal weapons to the extreme on “Science Friday.”
UM School of Law students recently took first place in the American Bar Association-sponsored Law School Regional Negotiation Competition held Nov. 7-8 at Seattle University. UM team members Nick VandenBos of Bozeman and Lindsay Thane of Missoula, both second-year UM law students, advanced to the final round after earning the best score of 24 teams during the opening Friday and Saturday sessions. Read more about how the negotiation team performed.
Throughout the fall 2014 section of Regents Professor Jakki Mohr’s Marketing of High Technology Products and Innovations class (BMKT 460), students have had the opportunity to hear many of Missoula’s most innovative professionals speak. Visit UM’s student-run American Marketing Association blog to read some of the lessons shared by local innovators Michael Manhardt, Glenn Kreisel and Chris Wright.
Biology Professor Ragan “Ray” Callaway, an internationally renowned ecologist, has been nominated to become UM’s 10th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its Nov. 20-21 meeting, Callaway’s new title will be Regents Professor of Ecology. Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty members in the Montana University System. They must demonstrate unusual excellence in instruction, scholarship and service, as well as distinctive impact through their work. Read more about Callaway’s nomination.
A UM student team recently participated in D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Student Investment Program, and ended the year with a 21 percent return on its investments. The UM team was one of 20 teams representing western U.S. universities that were provided with $50,000 to invest in the stock market. With its 21 percent return, the UM team receives a check for $4,002, representing its share of earnings from the experience. Read more about investment program.
A self-proclaimed “man of many hats,” Udo Fluck lives up to that title both literally and metaphorically. Nestled in a corner of UM’s International Center, Fluck’s office boasts just a few of the many hats he uses to teach students about different cultures. His other “hats” come in the form of his ever-shifting role as director of UM’s Global Gateway program, which works to instill global competence in the community. Read more about Fluck’s work in the Montanan online.
Paul F. Kirgis, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, has been selected to lead the University of Montana School of Law as dean. Kirgis will begin his new duties July 1, 2015. UM Provost Perry Brown made the announcement after an extensive nationwide search. While at St. John’s in New York City, Kirgis received the Faculty Outstanding Achievement Medal and was twice named the professor of the year. Read more about Dean Kirgis.
The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a series by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders and industry experts. The latest episode features an interview with Larry Abramson, the new dean of UM’s School of Journalism. Abramson discusses transitioning to life in Montana, the fast paced world of journalism, his vision for the School of Journalism and more. Listen to the podcast here.
Tim O’Brien was stuck writing another book when he took a break in the late 1980s and penned “The Things They Carried,” a story that explores meaning in three simple words: “This is true.” That opening line in a mid-story chapter questions everything the famed author learned in the Vietnam War about guilt, fear and loss. O’Brien met with a group of freshmen at UM on Tuesday. Read more about his visit.
For Gordon Luikart, animal feces is a key reason why his research is among the most cited in the country. In the UM ecologist's Ph.D. research he tested the DNA of big horn sheep, found in feces, feathers and urine, to see if they had gone through a “genetic bottleneck,” then developed tests to identify problems like diseases and inbreeding. Luikart recently was named one of Reuters' "Most Influential Scientific Minds." Read more about Luikart’s research in the Montana Kaimin.
UM student Walker Milhoan is headed to New York City to attend the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day. Milhoan’s business venture, RanchLogs, is one of 20 selected to take part in the event, which organizers plan to host annually. Milhoan founded RanchLogs in August. RanchLogs is an interactive, Web-based software platform that serves as a livestock inventory and range management tool. Read more about Milhoan’s venture and his trip to New York.
UM is the 26th top degree producer for Native American students in the nation, according to the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education list, “2014 Top 100 Degree Producers.” The study names UM 40th in the nation for Natives receiving undergraduate degrees, 48th in the nation for master’s degrees, 19th for doctoral degrees and 12th for professional degrees. From summer 2013 to spring 2014, UM conferred 129 degrees upon Native American students. Read more about the ranking.
A former Microsoft data analytics expert will teach advanced marketing classes at UM’s School of Business Administration this winter and next fall. John Chandler is the founder of Data Insights, a Minnesota-based consulting firm that uses data science to help companies like eBay, General Mills and LinkedIn. He taught a one-credit weekend seminar to UM graduate students called "Advanced Marketing Analytics: Turning Big Data Into Knowledge." Read more about UM’s new marketing analytics classes.
UM students Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo are finalists in the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge for their proposal to convert forest slash to methanol. The challenge encourages and rewards innovative, market-based solutions to natural resource issues. Jenkins and Trejo, both forestry majors, are working to develop a gasification unit that can convert forest products left after thinning and logging into a methanol biofuel. Read more about their idea on the College of Forestry and Conservation website.
Ray Callaway’s research investigates the catastrophic consequences of some exotic plants in North America. The UM ecologist's original research on plant facilitation, found that over time, plants develop traits to compete with each other, which increases diversity. Callaway has taught ecology and biologoy for 22 years and was recently named one of the Most Influential Scientific Minds by Reuters. Read more about Callaway in the Montana Kaimin.
The library is one of the most commonly used places on campus by student veterans and now has a designated veteran’s study room within its walls. The $10,000 to refurnish the lounge came from an Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education grant. The room has newly painted walls, a TV, new furniture, blinds and frosted glass walls for privacy. Read more about the new veterans’ study lounge in the Montana Kaimin.
For the third year in a row, UM is ranked among the top 350 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 301-350 level of the 2014-15 list. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the most comprehensive global rankings of higher education institutions, using 13 performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against its core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. View the rankings here.
Hyeok Yun, a UM undergraduate student from South Korea, is gaining a wider perspective on how art therapy and counseling are impacted by disability research. Under the direction of Craig Ravesloot, a research professor at UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Hyeok’s work is exposing her to other issues too. Ravesloot also is learning valuable lessons to help him better connect with the South Korean culture. Read more about their cross-cultural exchange.
Every day Steven Running photographs the entire world. Running uses NASA satellites to measure plant health around the world. One of his publications has been cited 6,666 times by other researchers in the business. The large amount of citations has earned the University of Montana ecology professor a distinction as one of the world's "Most Influential Scientific Minds" by Reuters. Read more about Running’s latest accolade in the Montana Kaimin.
Karen Ruth Adams stood before a Model United Nations class at UM on Tuesday, preparing students for careers in public policy, international affairs and high school teaching. While far away from Washington, D.C., this academic environment is fitting for Adams, a professor of political science and scholar who has earned a reputation for predicting world events before they happen. Read more about Adams’ recognition as a “super forecaster.”
More international students are choosing to attend the University of Montana than ever before. UM’s Office of International Programs reports 832 international students enrolled this semester, representing about 5 percent of the entire student population, compared to about 4 percent last year. Currently, 105 students from Brazil are enrolled at UM, second only to Japan’s 109 students. Nearly 80 students from Saudia Arabia are enrolled at UM this fall. Read more about international student enrollment at UM.
The Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the University of Montana officially opened its doors Oct. 10. The institute is located in The Payne Family Native American Center. The institute provides flexible classroom designs, advanced distance-learning platforms and a multiscreen theater room that will emphasize storytelling traditions in Native American culture. It occupies the entire garden level of The Payne Family Native American Center. Read more about Cobell’s legacy at UM.
A team led by University of Montana researcher Frank Rosenzweig has been selected for a five-year, $8.9 million NASA grant to study how life evolved and became more complex on Earth. Read more about the grant here.
Rebecca Manners, a UM postdoctoral researcher, will receive $375,000 to explore a solution for managing limited water resources in the southwestern U.S. Learn more about her research in this video.
Kelly Conde, a 2013 graduate of the master’s program in Environmental and Natural Resource Journalism at UM, recently received a prestigious award for her story “The Damage Done.” The Society for Environmental Journalists awarded Conde second place for Outstanding Feature Story. Her in-depth article about the impact of oil drilling and the subsequent water contamination on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was the capstone of her master’s work. Read more about her award. Read Conde’s article.
Annie Belcourt, a University of Montana College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences assistant professor, has accepted an invitation from Harvard University to be a JPB Environmental Health Fellow for the next three years. The fellowship will allow Belcourt, a faculty member in pharmacy practice and public health, to extend her work in environmental health while developing new collaborative research projects aimed at tribal populations in Montana. Read more about Belcourt’s fellowship.
The Social Work Degree Guide recently ranked the UM social work master’s program No. 3 among the “Top 25 Most Affordable Master’s in Social Work Degree Programs 2014.” Noting the program’s supportive learning environment and dedicated and accomplished faculty, UM’s “social work graduate degree program has a rich legacy for creating a cutting-edge learning experience that prepares social workers for 21st century challenges with a unique focus on rural social work practice.” Read the complete ranking here.
Last spring UM Professor Laura Dybdal and Shawn Grove, director of UM VETS Office, partnered with Dan Libby, executive director of the national Veterans Yoga Project, to implement a Mindful Resilience Training for student veterans. Participants reported life improvements and now Dybdal and Grove are expanding it. On Oct. 7, Libby will deliver a lecture at UM and hold training sessions for local health care works and student veterans. Read more about the program and the upcoming lecture.
Private support at the University of Montana gives students and faculty countless opportunities to partner together. Learn about three student-faculty partnerships underway at UM, and how scholarship support has helped these students thrive.
Missoula College has received a nearly $8 million federal grant to give more students an opportunity for educations in health care fields and ultimately fill much-needed, high-paying jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 29 that 15 two-year community colleges and tribal colleges in Montana will receive a combined $15 million to improve and expand health care training opportunities, and the grant will be administered by Missoula College UM. Read more about the Montana HealthCARE grant.
UM doctoral student Wylie Carr’s research takes him to places where the oceans are rising, the deserts are drying or the ice is melting. Once there, he finds people working on climate change and shows them a short video about climate engineering, then interviews them. Climate engineering, also known as geoengineering, is a controversial, futuristic way for humanity to artificially cool the planet. But it isn’t science fiction. Read more about Carr’s work.
UM recently launched a new Web portal called the American Indian Gateway. The American Indian Gateway provides access to University websites that feature academic programs with a Native focus, research related to American Indian communities, American Indian faculty and staff members, student programs and clubs, Alumni Relations, the University’s Strategic and Diversity Plans, and current news and events across campus and within the Missoula community. Find the American Indian Gateway portal here.
After UM Ph.D. student Michelle Grocke received a Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award last spring, she headed to Nepal to get acquainted with her research field sites. She will spend 11 months examining the impact of new road construction on the agriculture, nutrition and overall well-being of the people who reside in the remote Humla District. Read a Q-and-A with Grocke to learn more about her experiences in Nepal.
UM enrollment numbers show a 6.4 percent increase in freshmen students on the Mountain Campus for fall semester 2014. New freshman students totaled 1,597 on the Mountain Campus for fall 2014 – an increase of 96 students. For incoming resident freshmen on the Mountain Campus, UM shows an increase of 4.5 percent in headcount over the previous fall. For nonresident freshmen, UM shows an increase of 9.7 percent in headcount. Read more about UM’s latest enrollment numbers.
The University of Montana aims to educate students about cyber security with a new class. Sherri Davidoff is teaching the course, which is broken up into three parts to include cyber security testing, digital forensics and network traffic analysis. Davidoff says there’s a real need for the kind of skills her students are learning, but there aren’t a lot of schools that offer the kind of cyber security education that UM now does. NBC Montana reports on the new class.
Founded in 1914 by Arthur L. Stone, the University of Montana Journalism School is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Since its start in a few Army surplus tents pitched near Main Hall, the school has been both a source of pride, and at times, a thorn in the side of the university. The Missoulian looks back at 100 years of journalism at UM with this timeline, and considers what lies ahead for the school in this article.
Elizabeth Dove has been cutting up dictionaries for years, searching for meaning. Now, the Missoula artist and UM professor is showing off the product of her process. The Missoula Art Museum will have an exhibition of Dove’s work starting on Tuesday and running through the end of January next year. The exhibition will feature a portion of her series called “Corpus of the Unknowable.” Read more about Dove’s art and her upcoming exhibit.
People who apply to the University of Montana next year will automatically be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College. Before this school year, prospective students had to fill out a separate application to be admitted to the DHC. “The separate application created an artificial obstacle for students,” said James McKusick, dean of the Honors College. “It was one more application.” The Montana Kaimin reports.
The stunning array of weaponry brandished by male animals—be they antlers, horns, mandibles, spurs, or claws—is driven by each species’ individual fighting style, University of Montana scientists have revealed. The finding, which may solve a long-standing evolutionary puzzle, is thanks to perhaps the most impressive weapons proliferator of them all, the male rhinoceros beetle—also the world’s strongest animal. National Geographic's “Weird and Wild” blog reports on the latest findings from UM researchers Doug Elmen and Erin McCullough.
The University of Montana received a $1.5 million boost Friday, making UM’s College of Education and Human Sciences the gifted education hub of Montana and the Northern Rockies. Missoula residents and UM graduates Suzanne and Dave Peterson pledged $1.5 million to the school, funding a professorship that will specialize in gifted education and advanced learning in the classroom. The donation will also fund research into how best to motivate gifted children to succeed. Read more about the Petersons' generous gift.
The University of Montana is ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities across the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. In the 2015 Edition of U.S. News’ Best College rankings, UM tied for 194th place. The University last made the list two years ago, when it was ranked 199. UM is the only Montana institution to make it onto the top 200 list this year. Read more about the U.S. News & World Report ranking.
From antlers to horns, humans have long been fascinated by animals’ ability to defend themselves with their natural-born weapons. Researchers at the University of Montana recently discovered each species’ weapons are structurally adapted to meet their own functional demands of fighting.
The best cybersecurity system in the world isn’t worth a floppy disk if it can be defeated by a child’s birthday balloon. And it probably can, according to Deviant Ollam, who’s plied his hacking skills for everyone from the FBI to the NSA. Ollam made a guest appearance for a roomful of University of Montana students in Sherri Davidoff’s Introduction to Cyber Security class last week. The Missoulian reports on UM’s newest cybersecurity course.
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom delivered the annual State of the University Address on Aug. 22, 2014, in which he outlined institutional priorities for the coming year and introduced new faculty members and administrators. Watch the address and see other UM videos on UM's YouTube channel.
Student-athletes thrive at UM, students like Derek Crittenden, Griz defensive end and 4.0 chemistry major. Crittenden recently sat down with the UM Foundation for an interview about his time as a Griz and his plans for the chemistry degree he'll earn at the end of the academic year. Read the Q-and-A here.
A new international study is giving scientists more insight into understanding the process of the domestication of animals. Jeffrey Good, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Montana, is one of the co-authors of the study. Good worked with an international team of scientists on the report trying to better understand the genetic changes that transform wild animals into domesticated ones. Read more about Good’s study.
Fall semester began Aug. 25 with a flurry of activity on campus and all over Missoula. The Peers Connection Network in the Office for Student Success captured some of excitement this week and the many adventures that lie ahead for UM students in this video.
From the moment she arrived at the University of Montana in 2010, Helena native Mara Menahan has been making the most of her UM experience. She enrolled in the Davidson Honors College, biked across Bhutan, attended UN climate change negotiations in Warsaw, won Udall and Truman scholarships and was named a Newman Civic Fellow. Now that she’s preparing to graduate in December, Menahan reflects on what made her time at UM so successful.
Two is company, three is a crowd. But in the case of the cicada, that’s a good thing. A recent discovery in a University of Montana research lab found that there are actually three bacterial symbionts producing the nutrients cicada need to survive, whereas previously there was only believed to be two. Their work was published in the Aug. 28 issue of Cell. UM microbiologist John McCutcheon explains in this video.
UM is committed to helping students find a career that fulfills their personal and professional goals. Career Services can help students select majors, review and revise resumes and learn the art of interviewing well. This week, Career Services hosts the Student Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair, where students seeking part-time work can connect with employers. Visit the Career Services website to learn more about the fair and the other assistance the office offers UM students.
Meet Jordan Sullivan, former Lady Griz standout who graduated from UM this past May. Sullivan closed out her four-year Lady Griz career averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, but her accomplishments didn't end on the court. She was named Most Inspirational Player and received the Outstanding Senior Award and the 2014 Athlete in Service Award.
With the right connections in place and the power of a good idea, a new business can move fast. Just ask Matt Gangloff and Andrew Burrington, who have seen an influx of funding and interest since the duo won the School of Business Administration’s Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition and founded New Leaf Environmental Monitoring. Read more about their product, which provides a low-cost way to monitor how natural gas from fracking operations impacts human health.
Aiden Reichman is at the threshold of adult life. The 19-year-old college sophomore is moving into his dorm and starting his 16-credit semester. But this fall might be considerably more difficult. Instead of gearing up to meet President Barak Obama, like he did in through an internship in 2013, Reichman is gearing up to stay well enough to survive his political science classes while undergoing his second round of chemotherapy. Read more about Reichman's fight.
According to a “Smart Rating” developed by FindTheBest, Montana has the best overall colleges in the U.S. FindTheBest used a weighted average of rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, to determine each state’s smart rating. Click here to see a map of how FindTheBest ranked each state.
UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address and host the official groundbreaking for the new Missoula College building on Friday, Aug. 22. The public is invited to both events. During his State of the University Address, Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the coming year and introduce new faculty members and administrators. Following the address, the Missoula College groundbreaking will take place on East Broadway. Read more about both events.
Ground was broken Wednesday on the University of Montana campus for a new athletics academic center, and the occasion doubled as an opportunity for Director of Athletics Kent Haslam to announce a $1 million gift that will go toward additional facility improvements. The building will be constructed and equipped at a cost of $2.5 million, all of which came from private support. Read more about the new facility.
The countdown to the 2014-15 academic year is underway at UM with classes slated to begin Monday. That means 13,000 new Missoula residents are arriving in town, renewing the energy of this college city. Orientation begins Thursday. On Friday, UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m., followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for Missoula College at the new location on East Broadway. Read more about the pending semester.
UM is the first university in the nation to be part of software giant Symantec’s Academic Alliances Program. Earlier this spring, Symantec made a $100,000 in-kind donation to UM that included a server, software, data and support for a two-week, big data-focused summer course. Business, computer science and law students are taking the course. This week, Symantec executives are at UM to see the the eDiscovery Law and Practice course in action. Read more about this unique partnership.
UM, in partnership with the Missoula Public Library’s The Big Read program, has selected “The Things They Carried” by National Book Award-winner Tim O’Brien as the 2014 First-Year Reading Experience book. All first-year students at UM are invited to participate in the First-Year Reading Experience. This is the first time UM has partnered with the Missoula community to share a common read. Read more about this year’s title.
Each year, a handful of outstanding students are selected to participate in the 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. This summer, Andrew Closson, an honors student from the University of Maine, was one of six undergraduates was selected. Closson is conducting research with mentors Andrij Holian, SURP adviser and CEHS director, and Ray Hamilton. Read more about Closson’s research.
Effie Koehn, UM director of Foreign Student and Scholar Services, said international student enrollment continues to grow, passing the 600 mark last year. “Their orientation starts three days before the regular orientation starts,” Koehn said. “We introduce them to the different services and the people in charge of those services.” The efforts also involve the Global Partners Program and the Missoula International Friendship Program, where new students make friends within the community. Read more about international students.
The Global Leadership Initiative at the University of Montana creates an opportunity for students to ask some of the most pressing questions of the 21st century while gaining the skills necessary to find the answers. Launched in 2011, the first class of GLI Fellows is now nearing their senior year at UM, with students wrapping up the global experiences of their junior year. Read about their worldly adventures on the GLI blog, Beyond the Classroom.
As a biochemistry major, Katie Dorsett is interested in the connections between human diseases and environmental science. This summer, she is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Dorsett is working with mentors Zeina Jaffar and Kevan Roberts to study the role certain cells play in the development of asthma. Read more about her research.
UM archaeological field school students, graduate student research assistants and First Nations partners worked together this summer to expose ancient house floors in Housepit 54 at the Bridge River archaeological site in British Columbia. The site is a housepit village in the Middle Fraser Canyon with 80 houses and occupation dates spanning the mid-19th century back to nearly 2,000 years ago. Learn more about UM’s work at the Bridge River site.
Meet Elena Beideck, a visiting honors student from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Beideck is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and conducting research with mentor Chris Migliaccio, a faculty member in UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Over the course of the summer, they are researching the potential therapeutic uses of nanomaterials. Read more about Beideck’s project and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UM.
A delegation of high-level Chinese ambassadors will stop this week in Missoula, one of just three U.S. cities listed on their North American tour. Organized by the Mansfield Center at UM, the stop in Missoula includes talks with university officials, Gov. Steve Bullock and state business leaders, among others. The exchange will focus in part on economic trade, energy, internet technology and academic exchanges. Read more about the delegation’s visit.
Three UM faculty members are lauded in the recent publication “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for publishing the greatest number of highly cited papers between 2002 and 2012. UM Regents Professor of Ecology Steven Running is listed in the Geosciences section and Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology Gordon Luikart and biology Professor Ragan Callaway are listed in the Environment/Ecology section. Read more about the professors’ ranking.
Meet Jaxie Friedman, a visiting honors student from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Friedman is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and conducting research with mentor Fernando Cardozo-Pelaez, a faculty member in UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Over the course of the summer, Friedman and Cardozo-Pelaez are researching the neurochemical and behavioral effects that pesticides can cause in the brain in order to better understand Parkinson’s disease. Read more about Friedman’s research at UM.
UM received unprecedented private support in fiscal year 2014, with donations totaling $53.7 million. This is a $16.3 million increase over the previous record, set in 2008. In July 2013, the UM Foundation set out to raise an extra $45 million for students over a three-year period. After one year, the “Investing in Student Success” initiative has received $22 million. Read more about how alumni and friends and joining the UM Foundation to invest in student success.
The official title of the seminar was “Recent Advances in Applying Genetics and Genomics to Conservation,” but it was really about family. Dozens of scientists who started their careers under the wing of UM geneticist Fred Allendorf came to celebrate his influence at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Missoula on Monday. Read more about how Allendorf and his former students have made vast contributions to conservation management.
The Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants recently awarded UM accounting Associate Professor Kenton Swift the 2014 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator Award. The award honors an educator who is distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching, motivating students and educational innovation. The award also recognizes Swift’s contributions to the accounting profession. Read more about what makes Swift an outstanding educator.
On a switchback overlooking the Missoula Valley, UM visiting Professor Robert Pal knelt down and pulled a Jim Hill mustard plant – aka tumbleweed – from the arid soil alongside the trail. The plant’s stems included tens of thousands of seeds waiting to burst forth and proliferate. Pal, a botanist and ecologist from the University of Pecs in Hungary, recently arrived at UM on a Marie Curie Fellowship. Read more about what Pal found on Sentinel.
Ten new family doctors were selected as the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana’s second class. The new residents began their intensive orientation earlier this month at the Partnership Health Center, where they learned about electronic medical records and spent time with a senior physician to learn how to prevent burnout in their career. The program is sponsored by UM as part of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. Read more about residency program.
Meet Harley Fredriksen, a visiting honors student from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Fredriksen is participating in UM's Summer Undergraduate Research Program and conducting research with mentor Dr. Yoon Hee Cho, a faculty member in UM's Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Over the course of the summer, Harley and Cho are researching changes in DNA that man-made nanomaterials can cause in order to better understand the genetic and health impacts of nanomaterial exposure. Read more about Fredriksen's project here.
In recent weeks the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has emerged as a major insurgency. Evidence now suggests they are using illicit antiquity trafficking to fund their growth and arm their members. Such profiteering fits well with a longstanding pattern in the region, says Thomas Livoti, a Ph.D. student at UM who is studying the impact of counterinsurgencies on archaeological sites. Read more about Livoti’s work in this National Geographic article.
Longtime UM law professor “Duke” William Crowley passed away recently at age 91, but while he’s gone from this world, his legacy as a friend, a professor and the principal draftsman of the Montana Criminal Code will linger. The school estimates that more than 3,000 law students attended his classes over the years. He left them rich with knowledge and stories they wouldn’t soon forget. Read more about Crowley’s legacy.
Reed Humphrey, director of UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Humphrey will begin his new role as dean on July 1. He replaces Dean David Forbes, who recently retired after leading the college for many years. Read more about Humphrey and his new role.
UM alumna and Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt (Otter Woman) is approaching health disparities among Native American populations from many angles. She’s working to improve indoor air quality in Nez Perce and Navajo communities. She helps community members promote health by telling their own stories through digital media, and she’s actively involved in bringing more Native Americans into academia. This article explores Belcourt’s interdisciplinary work.
With his boxes packed and a picture of his golden retriever on the computer screen, David Forbes is already dreaming of life’s next chapter, one that will allow time for golf and a trip to Europe with an uncertain return date. Forbes, dean of the University of Montana’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, will retire at the end of this month, marking the end of a 26-year career. Read more about Forbes’ successful career at UM.
As a human biology and psychology major, Sarah Kinsey is very interested in the connections between human health and environmental science. This summer, she is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Kinsey is working with mentor Liz Putnam to study the role a specific protein plays in the development of lung fibrosis after exposure to asbestos that may lead to future asbestosis treatments. Read more about her research.
UM is part of a new national network that recently received a three-year, $2.4 million grant to increase the number of indigenous Americans obtaining advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has formed a three-year collaboration with the Montana University System; as well as the University of Alaska, the University of Arizona and Purdue University. Read more about the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership.
Graduate student Matthew Ferguson is spending his summer conducting research at UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. His goal is to understand the cause of health effects due to the inhalation of small particles in the air, known as particulate matter. Ferguson is currently investigating seasonal differences on the health effects of outdoor particulate matter, and how home wood stove usage influences particulate matter levels. Read more about Ferguson’s research.
A current exhibit at the Mansfield Library titled “Women in Montana Politics” features photographs and documents from well-known early 20th century suffragists along with information on contemporary activists and politicians. Archives specialist Carlie Magill and fellow Archives Specialist Kellyn Younggren spent nearly three months curating the exhibit, which is featured in display cases on the fourth floor of the library, as well as online. Read more about the exhibit in the Montanan magazine.
The UM School of Journalism has created a second visiting professorship that will allow the school to bring a high-profile journalist to campus each spring semester to teach a course to advanced journalism students and to mentor students at the Montana Kaimin newspaper. Since 2001 the school has had the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professorship. The school recently announced a second endowment that will expand the program to spring semester. Read more about the Pollner professorship.
George Stanley Jr. has gone retro. Stanley is a geoscience professor and paleontologist at UM. He learns and teaches prehistoric life. He is also the director of the school's Paleontology Center. Its fossil collection is mammoth. While modern Missoula is Stanley's home, ancient volcanic islands are his place. Read about how Stanley’s work takes him to remote Canadian mountain ranges, central China and more.
UM School of Journalism students and recent graduates are cleaning up at regional and national competitions. In early June, Christoper Allen and Ruth Eddy won first and second place, respectively, in the radio news category at the Hearst Intercollegiate Journalism Awards competition in Washington, D.C. And just a few days later, five UM journalism projects received student Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Read more about UM’s talented journalism students.
Hedge fund founder Renée Haugerud works in a corner office of the landmarked Beaux Arts Scribner Building on New York City’s busy Fifth Avenue. But the ideas that brought her here are rooted in a tiny log cabin near Montana’s Blackfoot River, surrounded by groves of larches, Douglas firs, lodgepoles and ponderosa pines. The 1980 graduate of the UM School of Forestry is now the chief investment officer of Galtere, Ltd. Read more about Haugerud in the Montanan magazine.
Learn more about the Flathead Lake Biological Station, UM's unique ecological research and education center located in Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake. For over 100 years, FLBS scientists have conducted research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem while educating college students and the public through academic programs and community outreach.
His American students call him “Gee-Wiz” - and now the chemistry wizard’s science experiments have delighted New Zealand kids in Wellington. Professor Garon Smith, 67, is on sabbatical from his job as a chemistry lecturer at UM, and is making the most of his sight-seeing and tramping trip to Middle-earth by touring schools with his bag of tricks. Read more about Professor Smith’s travels across New Zealand.
This February, Provost Perry Brown announced UM’s new Brain Initiative. UM already is known for the bench research it conducts through the Montana Neuroscience Institute, a collaboration with St. Patrick Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. But this new project would consolidate brain research from across the University. Read more about the Brain Initiative in the spring issue of the Montanan, UM’s award-winning magazine.
On June 2, UM hosted its annual Retirees Luncheon, where former UM faculty and staff members came together to socialize and recognize the newest crop of retirees. More than 65 people retired from UM this year, including Vernon Grund, who served as UM’s associate dean for research and graduate education for the College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences. Vernon was instrumental in establishing what has become one of the strongest and most widely recognized research units on campus. Read more about this year’s retirees.
On June 2, UM hosted its annual Retirees Luncheon, where former UM faculty and staff members come together to socialize and recognize the newest crop of retirees. More than 65 people retired from UM this year, including Dan Pletscher, who led the UM Wildlife Biology Program for nearly 20 years. Dan built one of the nation’s most prestigious research and teaching programs in wildlife biology and management. Read more about this year’s retirees.
The spring semester was just coming to a close when Patrick O’Connor received the news: UM Department of History doctoral candidate will be the first George M. and Jane I. Dennison Doctoral Fellow. O’Connor’s research focuses primarily on the social, political and intellectual histories of 19th-century America. The fellowship honors former UM President George Dennison and his wife, Jane, for the many contributions they made to the University. Read more about the first Dennison Doctoral Fellow.
UM student Mariah Williams will serve as the next student regent on the state Board of Regents. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Williams to the post earlier this month. Williams served as a senator on the Associated Students of UM and as its vice president. She earned her undergraduate degree this spring and will attend UM as a graduate student in the fall. Learn more about Williams and the other regents that govern the Montana University System.
UM College of Forestry and Conservation fire science Professor Ron Wakimoto recently received the Biswell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Fire Ecology. The AFE gives up to three lifetime achievement awards each year to individuals who have made a significant contribution to fire ecology and management in the U.S. and have inspired and mentored a generation of fire ecologists. Read more about Professor Wakimoto’s award.
The 2014 summer season starts with a celebration for Flathead Lake as UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station has exceeded its $1 million goal to match a lake monitoring challenge grant. In late 2011, FLBS began a three-year campaign to raise a $1 million endowment to match a pledge for its Flathead Lake Research and Monitoring Program. Hundreds of families, foundations and businesses came through with gifts large and small. Read more about the successful campaign.
Twenty-two years after its inception, Camas, a magazine published twice a year by the Environmental Studies Program at UM, has stayed true to the its environmental roots, connecting people to place while exposing the relationships that flow between. The inaugural edition from 1992 remains on file in the office and includes the works of Dave Thomas, Karin Schalm and Leslie Ryan. The magazine has changed over the years in voice and style. Read more about Camas.
Twelve UM students on the Montana Model United Nations Team returned from a national conference in New York City with an award for representing the Pacific Island nation of Fiji. For the overall excellence of their work, the Montana Model U.N. Team was named a Distinguished Delegation, an award given to only 25 percent of the 193 countries represented at the conference. Read more about the students’ experience at the national U.N. conference.
Almost three years after he first wrote the script, Mathew Miller and his filmmaking partner Brandon Woodard have the finish line in sight for their first feature film, “Subterranea.” “Subterranea” is a film adaptation a 1997 concept album of the same name from the British progressive rock band I.Q. The pre-production work for the film was also the basis of Miller and Woodard’s MFA thesis project in the Media Arts program at UM. Read more about the UM grads’ film.
James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, will deliver remarks during the UM School of Law Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Eighty students will graduate from the school. Silkenat is a partner in the New York office of the national law firm Sullivan & Worcester and is a member of its corporate department. Read more about the School of Law Commencement.
UM Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 33 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community. This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from a field of more than 400 qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients become members of UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four year tuition waiver plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year. Read more about this year’s scholarship winners.
The UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs have announced the winners of the 25th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition. UM business school undergraduate students Matthew Gangloff and Andrew Burrington and MBA student Kyle Marshall won the top award of $10,000 for their business plan, New Leaf Environmental. Read more about the teams that competed in the competition.
UM has completed an environmental assessment for its planned Missoula College building. After careful review, UM President Royce Engstrom announced May 21 that he has determined constructing the project at 1205 E. Broadway would result in no significant impacts on the environment. The complete EA is now available online. Read more about Engstrom’s decision and find a link to the EA online here.
UM tennis player Maddy Murray was recently named the recipient of the ITA’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the organization’s Mountain Region, a territory that covers eight states. The award is based not only on leadership and sportsmanship, but scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements as well. Murray graduated May 17 with a GPA of 3.9 as a mathematics major in the Davidson Honors College. Read more about Murray’s accomplishments on and off the court.
Saturday, May 17, was a beautiful day for Commencement ceremonies at UM. Thousands of students received their degrees while their families and supporters watched on from inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock offered some solid advice in his Commencement address. View a photo album of graduation photos on UM’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/umontana.
The Bitterroot College UM held its first formal graduation on Friday afternoon. “Education is its own reward,” director Victoria Clark told the graduates. The degree candidates wore their caps and gowns, while faculty and school administration wore their full regalia: doctoral and master’s degree hoods, caps and fancy sleeves. Twenty-six students earned their Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Read more about Bitterroot College’s ceremony.
Recent UM grad Christina Bloemen leaves for Ukraine in September to teach English and serve as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship. Making the cut as a Fulbright scholar is no easy task, but Bloemen never took the easy route through college. At 21, her academic vitae already reads like a professional twice her age, starting with leadership roles in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Read more about Bloeman’s accomplishments.
UM has received a $45 million cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency announced May 16. The five-year research award is the largest in the history of UM. Under the agreement, UM will help the Corps study and solve environmental and cultural resource problems across the nation and will assist in implementing land and water ecological restoration, maintenance and training for optimal management of public resources. Read more about the $45 million award.
A unique perspective and five long days of work are paying off for a UM graduate student and three alumni. The filmmaking team Wheelhouse Missoula – comprising current and former UM School of Media Arts students – recently won the prestigious PBS P.O.V. Award and the Best Experimental Film Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto for their short documentary “20/Nothing.” Read more about the film and the award.
Every year, thousands of people die on the streets and highways of the United States because of distracted drivers. Hundreds of thousands are injured. Campaigns and laws aim to reduce that number, but are they making any difference? Seniors in the UM School of Journalism’s Department of Radio-Television have produced a TV program exploring the impact of distracted driving on Montanans. “Distracted: Eyes Off the Road” will air on MontanaPBS at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Read more about the documentary.
About 3,600 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the University of Montana’s 117th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The general ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required. Read more about this year's Commencement events.
There was a day when Sarah Smith had no plans to graduate high school. At 16 and with a baby on the way, getting that diploma was a secondary concern. But Smith dug deep and found her resolve. She finished high school and is now graduating from Missoula College with high honors, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. Read more about what Smith has accomplished.
When he’s out for a bike ride in the Rattlesnake or taking a day trip around the Missoula area, Gary Batzloff might come upon on interesting spot on the landscape. He marks these areas with a GPS device, either a Garmin, or his watch. Back in the studio, the ceramics and sculpture technician at UM’s Art Annex has turned the geolocation data into his latest series of work, called “Mountaintop/Riverbottom.” Read more about Batzloff's art.
Students in the University of Montana's Athletic Training Program discuss their experiences and how the curriculum prepares them to practice as Certified Athletic Trainers.
Nathaniel Levtow has had an exciting semester. The UM religious studies professor is the recipient of a Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Levtow will spend a semester conducting research at the American Academy in Berlin, where he will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with American and German academic, corporate, cultural and political leaders. Read more about Levtow’s unique research.
UM history Professor Kyle Volk is an inspirational educator who holds his students to the highest expectations, so it was no surprise to his students and colleagues when he recently was awarded the 2014 College of Humanities and Sciences’ Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award. Since coming to UM in 2007, Volk quickly has become a prominent figure in the history department. Read more about Volk’s dedication to his students.
As a professor at UM, Joel Berger makes his living in classrooms. But his real passion is outside, in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Berger has done research across five continents, including the Arctic region of Alaska, the Tibetan Plateau, and Mongolia. His friend and fellow conservationist Clayton Miller says Berger is the kind of guy who would follow his heart - practically to the ends of the earth. Read more about Berger and his work.
UM student Whitney Snow, of Olympia, Wash., recently was awarded the American Indian Business Leaders 2013-14 Student of the Year award. She was recognized at the 20th annual American Indian Business Leaders conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Snow is a junior majoring in political science with a minor in Native American studies. She has been a member of the AIBL UM student chapter for the past three years, and currently serves as its president. Read more about Snow’s award and AIBL at UM.
UM student Rebecca Collins recently named the winner of the inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Association of Western Montana Essay Contest. Her essay, titled “Reflecting the Active World,” exposes her love of connecting her studies and self-reflection to action while at UM. In the fall, she plans to complete 12 credits of independent study on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage in southern France and northern Spain. Read more about Collins’ essay and her plans.
Mona Schwartz, a UM junior from Bozeman, will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2014 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship. Schwartz, who majors in political science with a double minor in international development studies and Latin American studies, will serve as a summer intern for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Read more about the Kimmitt internship.
Kevin Trout is a Ph.D. student in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences who studies the inflammatory reaction to implantable medical devices. “I chose to attend graduate school at the University of Montana for the training to become an effective researcher and independent scientist,” Trout says. “At UM, outstanding faculty in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences make the success of each individual student a priority.” Read more about Trout’s research.
There are very few competitions where the rules have to expressly prohibit hacking another participant’s computer. On Saturday, UM hosted the inaugural Cyber Triathlon, which pitted teams against one another in a series of digital puzzles. The competition was the kickoff to Big Data Week, an international event focusing on the social, political and technological effects of data. Read more about the Cyber Triathlon.
This will go down as a record-breaking year for fundraising at UM. The UM Foundation has received $37.4 million in donations and pledges this fiscal year, which began July 1. This breaks a record set in 2008, when fundraising totaled $36.7 million. This year’s total comes from 10,000 individual gifts. “We are tremendously grateful to all who have contributed this year,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. Read more about the recent donations to UM.
When Joel Henry stepped away from his job teaching computer science at UM to attend law school, he couldn’t know that his interest in searching piles of electronic legal data would spin into a new company. But with the support of the Technology Transfer Office at UM, and backed with the school’s support, Henry’s new business has won high reviews. Read more about how Agile Legal Technology.
One day last summer, Michael LeMoine, a Ph.D. candidate in fisheries biology at UM, carried a nondescript cardboard box into the Missoula FedEx office. Inside it was a jar of ethanol containing a single specimen of a new species of sculpin. The woman at the counter asked LeMoine for the value of the contents. He hesitated, considering. Read more about how UM researchers helped discover a new species.
Data impacts all of our lives, from how businesses cater to our demands to how governments allocate resources. Missoula is home to several companies and organizations that work with big data, including UM. That’s why a group of forward-looking folks have organized the first-ever Big Data Week in Missoula, set for May 5-9, with the Montana Cyber Triathlon at UM kicking things off on Saturday, May 3. Read more about Big Data Week.
When you think of animals at risk, muskoxen probably don't leap immediately to mind. Unless you're Joel Berger. The UM professor of wildlife conservation studies the effects of climate change on large mammals, such as musk¬oxen and wild yaks. He's also one of six finalists for the Indianapolis Prize, a $250,000 award given every two years by the Indianapolis Zoo. Read Berger’s recent interview with the Indianapolis Star.
Students in UM's Teacher Education program discuss their experiences and how the curriculum prepares them to educate the next generation.
The best way to spark collaboration among journalists, scientists and conservationists might just be to corral them on a Rocky Mountain Front ranch. Researchers, conservation advocates, journalists and journalism students gathered at the Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch near Dupuyer over Easter weekend to examine barriers to effective storytelling on scientific research and large-landscape conservation in the Northern Rockies. Read more about the 2014 Story Lab Retreat.
The power to hunt down a terrorist like Osama bin Laden may not be enough to protect the United States from the folly of its own spending problems, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a Missoula audience Thursday. Panetta gave UM’s annual Jones-Tamm Judicial Lecture on April 24. Read more about Panetta’s lecture in the Missoulian.
From Missoula classrooms to the Peruvian rainforest, UM Professor Erick Greene’s work makes an impact on students and his colleagues. So much so, that he received the 2014 UM College of Humanities and Sciences Award for Teaching Across the Curriculum. A professor in the Division of Biological Sciences who has been with UM for 23 years, he is known as a talented, passionate and accomplished educator. Read more about Greene’s award-winning work.
Stephen Kalm, dean of UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, took to the stage on April 22 in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, where he performed in the Harry Partch opera “The Wayward” as part of an inventive series titled “collected stories: hero” by Carnegie composer-in-residence David Lang. A New York Times music critic was in the audience that night and his review hails Kalm as a “dynamic performer.” Read the NYT review here.
During his lengthy career with National Public Radio, Larry Abramson has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, chronicled the recovery of New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina and analyzed civil liberties turmoil after 9/11. His next adventure: leading the University of Montana School of Journalism as dean. Abramson, formerly the national security correspondent for NPR in Washington, D.C., was selected for the position after an extended national search. Read more about UM’s new journalism dean.
UM has received $5 million to endow a scholarship fund for Montana students with financial need. The gift came from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift includes $144,000 for scholarships to be awarded to next fall’s freshmen. Twelve students will receive $3,000 scholarships that are renewable for four years. The remainder of the gift will be placed in an endowment. Read more about this latest’s gift for student scholarships.
UM student Mara Menahan has earned another prestigious award. This week it was announced that Menahan is a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, a national award that provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school. Menahan is a Davidson Honors College student who majors in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. Read more about UM’s 14th Truman Scholar.
UM Professor Carl Seielstad recently earned the 2013 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award from a national interagency wildfire committee. The award is given to firefighters who are exceptional mentors and leaders. In selecting him for the honor, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group leadership subcommittee noted Seielstad’s visionary leadership. He is the first UM faculty member to receive the honor. Read more about Seielstad’s award.
If Hollywood made movies about philosophers the way it does athletes, then UM’s top finish in the national ethics bowl might fall in the class of “Rudy,” “Rocky III” or, even better, “The Natural.” While their underdog story isn’t likely to appear in a theater near you, the UM team took top honors last month at the 18th annual International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Read about the feat that could rank as this year’s Cinderella story.
Five Valleys Land Trust and UM’s Wildland Restoration Program teamed up Saturday to host a volunteer day at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River. Some 60 volunteers gathered to help build a trail along the Clark Fork River, giving recreationists access to land that went untouched for years. Local news station KPAX reports on the project.
Students in Missoula and afar now can take advantage of UM’s first Bachelor of Arts degree that can be earned fully online. Beginning autumn semester 2014, the UM School of Media Arts will launch its online bachelor’s degree in integrated digital media. The program will allow students to tap their creative potential through the study and artistic application of emerging digital technologies. Read more about UM's exciting new media arts degree.
UM sophomore Hope Radford won a $5,000 2014 Udall Scholarship, contributing to a new No. 37 legacy by becoming the 37th Udall Scholar in the school’s history. At the start of her Community, Consumption and Environment class on Thursday morning, Radford was surprised by UM President Royce Engstrom and faculty and staff members who had supported her Udall application. Read more about Radford’s award.
A new film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act examines the transformative power of untrammeled wilderness on youth and the importance of getting people of all ages into Montana’s backcountry. 'Untrammeled' premieres April 8 in the UC Theater.
UM is working to bolster veteran support and services on campus, including launching an effort to help students create degree plans and revitalizing the UM chapter of Student Veterans of America. Several programs at UM have recently increased their advising services with great success. Now, through the direction of the Undergraduate Advising Center, more than 40 advisers across campus will work with students receiving Veterans Affairs Education Benefits. Read more about how UM supports veterans.
UM's Lubrecht Forest is an 28,000-acre experimental forest 30 miles east of Missoula. In addition to providing a living classroom for UM students, it is open to the public and offers lodging and miles of trails for cross-country skiing and hiking. Learn more in this short video produced by UM's media arts students.
Meet Jennene Lyda, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Lyda studies the way genetics and the environment can lead to the progression of diseases, with a focus on Parkinson’s disease. This condition is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, and is projected to rise. Read more about Lyda’s research.
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Campus Compact recently honored UM student Mara Menahan as a Newman Civic Fellow. Menahan, a senior from Helena, is one of eight Montana students recognized this year. The recognition honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country. Menahan is double majoring in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. Read more about Menahan’s fellowship.
UM recently welcome a new round of international students as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, a government-funded initiative to send 100,000 Brazilian students to study in science-related disciplines at universities around the world. The first round of Brazilian students arrived at UM in spring 2012, and enrollment has since increased. Read more about the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at UM.
Beth Lo came to Montana for adventure, and set about establishing a prolific career. She’s a ceramic artist who’s won praise around the globe. She’s a UM professor, heading a department once led by her mentor, pioneering ceramicist Rudy Autio. As she accepted her Individual Artist Award on Tuesday at the Missoula Cultural Council’s annual awards luncheon, she credited the environment here and the people she found for helping her. Read more about the MCC awards.
Blackstone LaunchPad at UM is here to help students with an entrepreneurial dream seize opportunity. "If we can empower people to try, then great things will happen," says UM Director of Technology Transfer Joe Fanguy.
UM has published a new e-magazine titled Crown of the Continent and the Greater Yellowstone. Filled with stunning photos and informative stories about the Glacier and Yellowstone park regions, the 78-page magazine is online at http://bit.ly/OoQ4ya. Articles discuss mountain goats, Montana landscapes, land use, a 93-year-old ranger, grizzly bears, explorers, wolves, wilderness and much more, including a book review and art section. Read the latest issue of the e-magazine here.
A 1953 UM alumnus has committed $11 million of his estate for academic scholarships at his alma mater, the largest pledge for scholarships in the history of the University. Tom Cotter, of Palo Alto, Calif., is retired from a successful career in the investment field. The gift is a big show of support for UM’s Investing in Student Success Initiative, launched by UM President Engstrom last summer. Read more about Cotter’s generous gift here.
UM has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to ensure educational accessibility for people with disabilities. The resolution agreement outlines a comprehensive set of policies and procedures so all electronic and information technology at UM can be used by the blind and other students with disabilities. Read more about UM’s commitment to accessibility.
Missoula College culinary arts student William Gervais won a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation Western Regional competition March 3 in Oakland, Calif. Gervais competed in the one-hour category SK Student Culinarian of the Year portion against three other students selected from culinary programs in 13 Western states. Read more about Gervais’ performance at the competition.
UM Associate Professor Nate McCrady is part of a new project called Minerva that is on the hunt for rocky planets similar to the Earth around 100 nearby stars. The project involves four telescopes, each worth about $250,000 and owned by a different institution. McCrady says the telescopes will work together — flying in formation — to create the power of a telescope with a 1.4-meter mirror. Read more about the Minerva project.
When Tom Stergios opened Advanced Technology Group’s Missoula Solution Center, he did so with a handful of employees, banking on the quality of University of Montana School of Business Administration graduates. Three years later, the IT consulting firm office has expanded to nearly 60 employees, including new hires at an emerging affiliate, Ingenium, which launched this winter. Read more about the exciting work UM grads are doing at ATG.
UM law student Shannon Hathaway was recently named a Champion of Justice by the Montana Justice Foundation for her efforts to involve students in pro bono and civic engagement. As president of the Montana Public Interest Law Coalition and an officer with the Student Bar Association, she works tirelessly to promote the opportunities and need for law students to become involved in public interest law. Read more about Hathaway’s award.
The Montana Board of Regents on March 7 approved a proposal by UM to open the Neural Injury Center, empowering students with traumatic brain injury and other neural injuries to access support and services from departments and colleges across campus. The NIC is not a physical space as yet, but rather a collaborative of expertise on campus and an extension of UM’s ongoing, interdisciplinary Brain Initiative. Read more about the Neural Injury Center.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has made a $2.4 million gift to the Montana Digital Academy at UM to launch a statewide project designed to help students avoid remedial coursework when they attend college. During the next three years, the Montana Digital Academy will test EdReady, a curriculum from the National Repository of Online Courses that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more about EdReady.
A team of UM students recently won the 18th International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl after competing against undergraduate students from 32 different universities. Students Hayden Hooker and Joel Johnson both are seniors studying philosophy; Alan Rolph is a senior studying political science and journalism; and team coach Neil Bennett is a graduate student pursuing a master’s in economics. This is the first UM team to win the competition since 1997. Read more about the Ethics Bowl winners.
A UM alumnus has committed $1.5 million of his estate to the College of Forestry and Conservation. The gift from Earle Layser and his late wife, Pattie, of Alta, Wyo., will endow a professorship in conservation biology and policy. The position will be called the Earle and Pattie Layser Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Conservation Biology and Policy. Read more about the Laysers’ generous gift.
The UM School of Law has announced the largest outright gift in its history from Alexander “Zander” Blewett III and his wife, Andy, of Great Falls. The $800,000 gift will create the Blewett Scholars Fund, providing three scholarships to incoming students who have first earned bachelor’s degrees from Montana State University in Bozeman. Read more about the Blewetts’ generous donation.
Janisse Ray, Kittredge Visiting Writer in Environmental Studies, glances around the room, takes a breath and begins. She talks with a slight southern drawl, her Georgia roots apparent with each passing word. Her audience of 45 watches, completely immersed in her poems. It’s a Thursday night at UM’s FLAT studio, and the crowd is gathered for the weekly Wild Mercy reading. Read more about the Wild Mercy reading series.
The Montana women's and men's cross country teams both were named USTFCCCA All-Academic, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced this week. It was the fourth time in the past five years both programs have been recognized. The women’s team has a cumulative 3.69 GPA while the men have cumulative GPA of 3.21. Read more about the harriers’ academic success.
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 estimated at 150 people, the anticipated opening drew the “who’s who” of the Missoula business community, along with city officials, students, regents, administrators and Blackstone Foundation representatives. Read the Missoulian story.
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 first days of the Peace Corps, 811 UM alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. Learn more about UM’s Peace Corps ranking.
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 Institute of Chemistry. Palmer is an analytical chemist specializing in the development of novel polymeric materials for application in microscale liquid phase separations and in the application of separation methods to environmental analysis. Read more about Palmer’s Fulbright award.
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 lung inflammation after exposure to particles such as asbestos, with the goal of shedding light on the effect of poor diet on the health and function of the lungs. Learn more about Brown’s research.
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 software apps to help them be successful. These apps include note-taking software like Google Drive, class and assignment scheduling software like iStudiez, specialized electronic books, and the Livescribe smartpen, which records lectures. Read more about Geertsen's work.
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 years, serving almost every tribe in Montana. Today she works as an attorney, consultant and independent legal researcher. And she was the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Crow Tribe. Read Bear Don’t Walk’s story.
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 free tax filing service to UM through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The University's VITA program, made up of about 40 volunteers, offers free tax filing to members of the community with a yearly income of $50,000 or less. Read the Montana Kaimin article on VITA.
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 National Association Young Artist Competition. Nachtigal was also the winner of the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition. And her singing has captured the attention of opera professionals across the U.S. Read Nachtigal’s story here.
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, who is completing his final year as a culinary arts student at Missoula College, is one of only four students accepted to compete for the title of American Culinary Association Western Region Student Chef of the Year. Read more
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 from 39 nominees, Berger is one of six scientists in the running for the $250,000 prize, which recognizes outstanding achievements on behalf of the world’s most endangered species. Read more
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 award is highly competitive as the PhRMA Foundation only funds approximately 10 students a year. Jessop’s award indicates the caliber of his work at UM, and also reflects the high level of training and support the CEHS Toxicology Graduate Studies program provides. Read more
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 league. To be eligible, student-athletes needed to play in at least half of their teams' fall competitions and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 at the end of the fall semester. Read more
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 directed toward students with barriers to print, the unique attributes of this program bring added benefits to all users, according to UM Disability Services for Students. Read more
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 hurried pace and care given patients is a good sign. One year after launching, the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana is off and running. Read more
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. Twenty-three students from various majors, including journalism, environmental studies and film studies, are documenting and reporting on the effects of tourism and growth. Read more on the students’ blog.
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 soon I was very eager to be part of the toxicology graduate program at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences,” Biswas says. Today she’s preparing for a career at a toxicologist while researching exposure to crystalline silica that leads to pulmonary inflammation and Silicosis. Read more
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 Interdisciplinary Science Building on the University of Montana campus will undergo a transformation, placing it on the cutting edge of solving today’s technological challenges. Read more
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 Mark Plakorus. By the fall of 2015 anyone arriving on campus via Sixth Street will see the new academic center. Read more
UM Climate Change Studies student Rudy Baum has created a 16-page guide to the science of climate change. “The science of climate change doesn’t have to be overly technical,” Baum writes. “The purpose of this guide is to explain, in plain English, the underlying physical science of global climate changeor.” Read “Climate Change: Science and Solutions” here.
Grizzly Athletics is on a winning streak for academic success. The department just posted its 17th straight semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for its student-athletes. Montana rose above a 3.0 after grades from the 2005 fall semester came and have not dipped below that mark since. Read more
The 2014 issue of the Montana Journalism Review arrived hot off the presses in mid-December. The student-produced magazine covers media-related topics and features works of journalism from around Montana, as well as incorporating multimedia elements online and through social media. The Montana Journalism Review also is available online.
Scott Allen Meyer was a good friend to many people. And he was good at many things. He loved to fly fish, hike and snowboard. Most of all, he loved to learn, reading book after book, developing a deep and passionate knowledge of history. When his life was cut short in 2011, his parents decided to establish the Scott A. Meyer Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in American History at UM. Read more
Entrepreneurship startup communities are being touted as the next new thing in economic development across the country—especially in the high-technology and information technology sectors. A study by the Kauffman Foundation recently found that among small metropolitan areas Missoula had the largest increase in technology industry startups between 1990 and 2010. Read the report.
Four teams gathered Dec. 11 to present their business plans before a panel of experts at UM’s Fall Business Plan Competition. Matthew Gangloff and Andrew Burrington, who both major in management information systems, won the first-place, $1,500 prize with New Leaf Environmental Monitoring. Donna Weathers won the second-place, $500 prize for Everyday Hero. Both teams received an automatic entrance into the spring competition. Read more
Steve Running, UM Regents Professor of Ecology, recently was ranked one of the top 20 most productive authors worldwide in remote sensing research. The ranking analyzed citations of remote sensing research between 1991 and 2010. Of the top 20 authors, Running was ranked first in geographical influence, third in five-year citations and first in five-year citations per article. Read more
The name really describes the program – Student Affairs Immersion Learning, or SAIL. The program is a competitive internship for students interested in possible careers in Student Affairs at UM. Chosen candidates spend 12 weeks in the fall semester working in three Student Affairs departments. It’s real-life, on-the-job experience designed to be an excellent out-of-classroom experience. Read more
NewsPro magazine and the Radio Television Digital News Association recently ranked UM’s School of Journalism the ninth best college journalism program in the country. The magazine and professional association surveyed news professionals for their 2013 top choices of J-schools around the country, both undergraduate and graduate. Read more
Meet Bryan Simmons, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Simmons studies a specific signaling molecule that regulates the function of cells in our immune systems. Read more
U.S. News and World Report recently released its first-ever "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings, and UM was one of 234 schools on the list. Schools on the list scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. Read more
A UM class, Can Giving Change the World?, granted $10,000 to local nonprofits on Dec. 12, at the Davidson Honors College. The class, part of UM’s Global Leadership Initiative, focused on awarding grants to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and combat youth hunger or youth depression. Organizations submitted grant proposals to the class earlier this semester. Read more
UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently earned the highest possible marks from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The accreditation evaluated 42 professional education programs across four colleges and schools. Review findings emphasized the college’s outstanding leadership, assessment system and innovative use of digital learning models, noting that the programs are poised for tremendous growth. Read more
With its successes mounting, the Western Montana Growers Cooperative last year contracted UM professor Neva Hassanein and students in the Environmental Studies program to analyze the co-op’s role in the regional food economy and to help it make improvements. The resulting 167-page report found that the co-op has grown each year in members and sales. Read more
A recent article in a professional psychology journal recognized UM’s doctoral program in clinical psychology as one of 10 accredited programs that has “exceptionally good outcomes for its students.” UM psychology Associate Professor Bryan Cochran said this is in part because of the program’s combination of theoretical and practical training. In addition to conducting research, students are trained in providing psychotherapy services under one-on-one supervision. Read more
Meet Luke Montrose, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UM. He investigates the impact of indoor air pollution on the immune pathway that is thought to cause asthmatic symptoms. “I recognize the importance of pursuing scientific research that will have translatable and meaningful impact on strategies and policies to protect human health,” Montrose said. Read more
Six months have gone by since Adrienne Corti passed away, but her legacy at UM continues to grow, and could reach a pinnacle next spring through a scholarship in her name. Corti’s presence has been greatly missed since her death in May, but the programs she built during her tenure in the Department of Health and Human Performance continue to grow. Read more
UM senior Kim Ledger, a biology major with an emphasis in ecology, won the student poster competition award in the category of Environmental Science, Sustainability and Green Technology at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans Nov. 6-10. Ledger, a Goldwater Scholar and a Davidson Honors College student, was recognized for her poster, “Impacts of a global invader, Solidago canadensis, at home and away.” Read more
Anthropologist Kimber McKay challenges our culture's definition of marriage by sharing stories from her field work in Nepal's northwestern Himalayan district of Humla.
If all goes as planned, next year UM will unveil a "Cyber Innovation Laboratory" that looks something like a scene from a high-tension television drama. But instead of actors, the lab will host aspiring student hackers and forensic technicians learning the technical skills they'll need to navigate the modern age. Read more
Exercise Scientist Steven Gaskill, Ph.D., has ideas about how to design a school day that includes a lot more movement and a lot more learning. He explained his ideas during his TEDx talk at UM in September.
More UM students are studying abroad than ever before. Just over 300 students studied in other countries last year. University President Royce Engstrom set a goal to raise that number to 550 students by 2020. Reporter and broadcast journalism major Kyle Schmauch found out that studying abroad benefits both students and the University itself. Watch his report here.
The list of organizations Lady Griz forward Jordan Sullivan has helped assist with volunteer hours is 21 entries long. Sullivan also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection who entered her senior year with a 3.87 GPA as a marketing major. This weekend she’ll be one of 10 student-athletes from around the state to receive the 2013 Montana Athletes Service Award. Read more
A proposed Neural Injury Center at UM will help veterans identify issues caused by neurologic injuries and connect them with community resources. It also will provide collaboration and communication between researchers to study the science behind the mental problems veterans can face. UM’s Faculty Senate approved the NIC last week. Read more
I met Bill Allard in a bar. He wore a tan vest, a beige cowboy hat, and a point-and-shoot camera that hung from his neck, resting on his chest. I shook his hand, and he smiled at me like a friend he hadn’t seen in five years. We were at the Second Wind Reading Series at The Badlander, and my instructor, Robert Stubblefield, introduced us. Read the full essay here.
Chris Comer, a neuroscientist and dean of UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, shares what new research reveals about our brain and literary imagination during his TEDxUMontana talk in September.
More than 150 high school musicians from 54 regional schools will descend on Missoula this weekend to take part in the All-Star Wind Ensemble at UM. They will perform with the UM Marching Band before the Grizzly football game on Saturday and an afternoon concert Sunday. The School of Music also will conduct scholarship auditions throughout the weekend. Read more
Undergraduate dance student Morgan Mull-Osburn performs an original piece titled "Accumulation" to "Black Sands" by Bonobo during TEDxUMontana.
The search for a new director is underway, the offices will be shelled out soon and, if all goes well, the Blackstone LaunchPad program at UM will begin accepting student entrepreneurs by spring. Montana became the fifth state nationally to receive funding from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to launch an entrepreneurship program aimed at bringing new business ideas to fruition. Read more
Jim McNerney Jr., Boeing Co. president, chairman and CEO, appeared at UM on Wednesday to discuss his company’s emergence as a world leader in the aviation industry and its challenges moving forward. McNerney addressed a crowd of about 900 people in the Dennison Theatre during the 2013 Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture at UM. Read more
A delegation of three UM students is attending the United Nations international climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, this week. During the talks, nations from around the world aim to secure new global agreements on climate change for 2015. The students are blogging daily about events. Visit their blog here.
Each Wednesday morning students in the School of Journalism’s advanced television courses gather in the newsroom on the first floor of Don Anderson Hall. They produce two versions of the news program that air on Thursdays during the morning newscasts on KPAX and KTMF in Missoula and Kalispell. Read more
Josh Slotnick, the co-founder of Garden City Harvest and the PEAS Farm, describes the transformative power of doing humble work with others during his TEDxUMontana talk in September.
Randy Cline, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences alumnus and superintendent of Frenchtown School District, is the recipient of the Montana Superintendent of the Year award. The award is presented by the Montana Association of School Superintendents, and is one of several honors Cline has received during his time as an educator. Read more
This June, work will begin to renovate and modernize the Adams Center, including an academic center for student-athletes, a new main entry to the facility – which houses Dahlberg Arena – and a project to add new locker and dressing rooms for athletes and performers. The $2.5 million project is funded entirely with private funds. Read more
During TEDxUMontana, art history and criticism Professor Rafael Chacón explores what a DNA test reveals about his own family’s migration story, and shares his understanding of the broader cultural ramifications of genetic testing in our time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry and government consortium to study the major challenges in using insect-killed trees as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. UM will receive more than $1 million over five years to help study the issues related to using forest residue, including beetle-kill trees, as a feedstock in biofuel production. Read more
Since 2001, the UM School of Art has held a Steamroller Print Project to produce Day of the Dead-themed prints for Missoula's annual Festival of the Dead parade. See how student Melissa Unger's elk print goes from concept to completion.
Montana senior Maddey Frey was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 women's soccer team. She is the first Grizzly to earn academic all-district honors since Misty Hall in 1999. Frey, of Kalispell, is a mathematics major and maintains a 3.86 GPA. She also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection. Read more
With their signature plumage rivaled only by the beauty of their migratory mountain homes, it’s easy to see why harlequin ducks have captured the hearts of countless birdwatchers and casual observers alike. Warren Hansen has made these magnificent birds the focal point of his life for the past three years, studying harlequins in Glacier National Park for the thesis of his wildlife biology master’s program at UM. Read more
A seven-acre patch of undeveloped ground on East Broadway will undergo a transformation over the next few years as Missoula College prepares to lay claim to its new location. If all goes as planned, architects believe the new building will enhance the river corridor and set a rejuvenating tone for Missoula’s eastern edge. Read more
Recently, UM saw an opportunity to further integrate its foreign students in the English Language Institute into the community by matching them with a host family. With a recent trial run a success, the university is now recruiting host families for the spring semester, when its homestay program launches its inaugural season. Read more
UM students and faculty conducting research on Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” have an exceptional new resource available through the Mansfield Library. The library recently acquired a detailed facsimile of the Ellesmere Manuscript, a beautiful, illuminated edition produced in the early 15th century. Read more
UM’s Mansfield Library has a new service, ScholarWorks, for preserving, showcasing and making freely available the intellectual and creative scholarship of faculty, students and staff. ScholarWorks is a search engine optimized for online discovery, making UM’s scholarship highly visible and easy to find, cite, share and use. Read more
When Sean Brogan learned that he had won the Bill and Avis Mitchell Scholarship in Music, he was pleased, surprised and grateful for the help, which he says will prove significant. The UM senior is pursuing a double major in accounting and piano. He intends to work as an accountant by day and play music in his free time. Read more
A team of UM forestry students set down the trail in the low light of this canyon to showcase their work restoring a stand of outlying forest to an earlier time. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the city and the School of Forestry and Conservation, students have spent the past month thinning this shaded draw in an effort to restore its health. Read more
Ten newly minted physicians make up the first class in the Missoula-based Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. The residents will get top-notch training in a rural setting and come out the other side in three years as board-certified family medicine physicians. And they’ll be first in a concerted effort to ensure Montana’s small towns have family practice doctors. Read more
Learn more about UM's Creative Pulse is a four-week, summer graduate program designed for educators, education administrators and artists.
When dance performances leave the confines of an auditorium for the outside world, interesting and unexpected things happen. Such revelations came into sharp focus Sunday afternoon when the University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance held its annual UM Dancers on Location: A Site-Specific Dance Concert. Read more
Students are lining up to study diesel technology at Missoula College UM. Diesel Equipment Technology Manager Jim Headlee says MC’s Diesel Technology Program as one of the best in the country, and that’s the reason why many come from all over the country to study in Missoula. Local news station KPAX reports.
Enrollment is changing at UM, and students are feeling its effects — the student population is beginning to take on a new look in nationality. A record number of foreign students from 72 countries around the world are walking the halls at UM this semester. Read more
The University of Montana recently was ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide, but one factor of that ranking stands out: UM is in the top 25 percent of universities for the scholarly accomplishments of its faculty. UM scored a 74.6 for citations of research and creative scholarship in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Read more
UM doctoral candidate Ryan Bracewell recently was appointed a predoctoral fellowship through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Food Research Initiative. The fellowship recognized Bracewell’s research on a bark beetle and fungal symbiosis with a $77,000 award. Bracewell examines how the western pine beetle interacts with two mutualistic fungi critical to the beetle’s success and survival. Read more
As a doctoral student in UM’s Department of Counselor Education, Tara Smart remains focused on her passion: advocating for children and helping others to understand the unique needs of special education students. Thanks to the vision and funding of some generous UM alumni, Smart is first recipient of UM’s Intermountain Children’s Home Doctoral Fellowship. Read more
UM’s Wildlife Biology Program recently appointed an interim director and a new student adviser. Winsor Lowe will lead the program for the next two years, and Darr Tucknott joins the staff as student adviser. Lowe, a professor in the program for eight years, replaces Dan Pletscher, who retired in June. Read more
For the second year in a row, the UM School of Law has been named a “Best Value Law School” by National Jurist Magazine. UM comes in at No. 17 on the national list. The ranking takes into account the cost, debt load, bar passage and employment of graduates in actual law jobs. Read more
For the second year in a row, UM has been ranked among the top 300 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 276-300 level of the 2013-14 list – as it was last year – and is the only Montana university on the list. Read more
UM President Royce Engstrom today announced that the East Broadway site will be the location for the new Missoula College building. Engstrom made his selection after months of public comment, meetings and forums with interested UM students, University employees, elected officials and community members. Read more
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation recently awarded UM students a $15,000 grant to work with Five Valleys Land Trust to restore a 290-acre property at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River. UM’s Wildland Restoration Program students will use the funds to plan and implement restoration at the site. Read more
UM’s is home to the unique Wilderness and Civilization Program, an inspiring and demanding academic program that each year immerses a small group of students in the study of wildland conservation and the human-nature relationship. Check out the blog by this year’s students to follow their educational adventures in the classroom, the community and the backcountry. Read more
The Online College Database recently ranked UM 43rd on its “50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM” list. UM offers 66 science, technology and math programs, and the 450 women enrolled in them make up 56 percent of STEM students. The list identifies higher education institutions that graduate a high number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Read more
College of Forestry and Conservation faculty members Alex Metcalf and Carl Seielstad led a hazardous fuels treatment project at Lubrecht State Experimental Forest last week. The thinning work reduced fuels around the recreational and lodging facilities at the forest. Seielstad and student Jenny Smith talked about the work in an interview with ABC Fox Montana.
In honor of national Banned Books Week, the Mansfield Library is hosting a series of videos featuring UM community members sharing their favorite banned books. Today, UM Director of Marketing Recruitment for Undergraduate Enrollment Juana Alcala talks about “Lady Chatterley's Lover” by D.H. Lawrence.
The first comprehensive report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2007 will be released this week and it's expected to confirm that humans are causing global warming. Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running speaks with Montana Public Radio News Director Sally Mauk about what to expect from the new report. Read more
In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is hosting a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books. Today, Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt discusses "Looking for Alaska."
In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is hosting a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books.
Missoula College and Bitterroot College of the University of Montana will receive close to $1.4 million and $930,000, respectively, from a $25 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Thirteen Montana two-year and tribal colleges will use the grant to train and prepare workers for jobs in energy and manufacturing industries. Read more
Ulysses Doss and the founding members and first students of the Black Studies Program launched in 1968 at the University of Montana gathered Friday to kick off their reunion, celebrating the successes they achieved in an unlikely place and to award the first ever Ulysses S. Doss Scholarship. Read more
Two sites are under consideration for a new Missoula College building: South Campus and East Broadway. UM President Royce Engstrom will consider public input before announcing a preferred site. For more information on the two locations, visit the Build Missoula College website. To comment on where UM should locate the new building, email email@example.com.
Spencer Sheehan knows where he's heading: his dream is to be a tax attorney, an intellectual property attorney or a risk assurance or tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. The goals of the UM junior were influenced by the news that he has secured an internship next summer with PwC's Silicon Valley office. Read more
UM’s Multicultural Learning Solutions program is expanding beyond campus and into the community after interest in the program nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013. Global Gateway is a program that aims to take the educational spirit of MLS into Missoula public schools, local businesses and existing international organizations in the community. Read more
Social media central at the Montana Economic Development Summit was monitored closely by a small group of UM students who worked for months to ensure that business leaders at the summit – and around the world – could connect to the ideas and information being shared during the two-day event in Butte. Read more
UM photojournalism and multimedia Associate Professor Jeremy Lurgio's project “Lost & Found Montana” recently was named one of 20 “Best of 2013” projects by American Society of Media Photographers. Lurgio tells the stories of 18 Montana towns on the edge of extinction through photographs, an interactive Web site, a multimedia exhibit and magazine publication. Read more
An increasing dependence on technology means UM students often require assistance connecting to campus resources. The Student Affairs IT office and Resident Technology Assistants help students connect to resources and address technological issues, and do so while providing both quality service and education, so students learn while getting assistance. Read more
Peruvian Ambassador Harold Forsyth on Monday announced a cooperative agreement with UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation that will send American students to the woods and rivers of the South American nation and vice versa. Read more
A new facility at UM will allow students to learn about cybersecurity and use “big data” to solve real-world problems. On Monday, UM announced plans to open a Cyber Innovation Laboratory in collaboration with state technology companies. Read more
The first TEDxUMontana event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center at UM. Tickets for TEDxUMontana are sold out, but you can still be part of the conversation at public viewing events. Find a listing of viewing locations here.
From heavy-hitting keynote speakers to ambassadors from some of the world’s most dynamic economies to breakout sessions with industry leaders, there is something for everyone at the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit taking place in Butte on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. Organized by Sen. Max Baucus, the goal of the summit is to boost trade opportunities for Montana and create new jobs. Watch the summit live here.
Each spring students from Montana's higher education institutions are invited to compete for a $10,000 grand prize in the annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at UM. Meet the competitors from last spring's competition and watch highlights from the event.
UM Professor Beth Lo was one of four American artists paid a commission of $3,000 to create a ceramic piece of art for a major Korean art exhibit. Lo’s work will be featured in the “Main Exhibition” of the Seventh Geonggi Internaitonal Ceramic Biennale 2013. She will travel to Korea Sept. 25 to attend the exhibition and to deliver a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 2. The 2013 exhibition theme is community, and Lo’s new work, "Breath," features mixed media, water, electricity and lighting. Read more
The Wildlife Biology Program was recently named one of the University of Montana's "Programs of National Distinction." This recognition comes with additional funding that is being used to strengthen this renowned program for the benefit of students.
It’s the Montana “grow-your-own” spirit that inspires Kaye Norris, assistant director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, to coordinate a program that places “homegrown” behavioral health specialists in rural Montana communities. The Rural Behavioral Health—Primary Care Collaborative is a program that integrates a prelicensed clinical social worker and postdoctorate psychology graduate into primary care rural health clinics. Read more
UM will hold two public forums this month to gather additional community feedback on two potential sites for a new Missoula College building. President Royce Engstrom will host two public forums to hear comments about the South Campus site and the East Broadway site. Both forums will serve as scoping sessions for the two sites under consideration. Read more
Research shows that children with disabilities experience more social isolation, higher obesity rates and as pedestrians, they are five times more likely to be hit by a vehicle when compared to children without disabilities. Helen Russette, a University of Montana graduate student studying public health, hopes to change those statistics. Russette is part of a team at UM that is developing a toolkit for identifying school routes that increase pedestrian safety, accessibility and inclusivity. Read more
Gov. Steve Bullock brought his statewide education tour to UM on Friday, continuing his push to bolster early childhood learning and get more degrees into the hands of adults. After stopping at UM-Western in Dillon and the early learning center in Hamilton, Bullock toured the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM to discuss learning in Montana. Read more
Five UM departments and programs recently teamed up to create a resource website for potential and current graduate students in the biomedical, cellular, biochemical and chemical sciences. The site is a collaboration that offers students a one-stop shop to find information about programs, potential faculty mentors and the world-class research happening at UM. Read more
Independent publisher Tavern Books recently announced The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series to honor the life and work of former University of Montana student and poet Greta Wrolstad. Wrolstad, a graduate student in the UM Creative Writing Program, passed away in 2005 at the age of 24. The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series will champion exceptional literary works from young women poets through a book publication in The Living Library. Read more
The UM College of Forestry and Conservation will celebrate its centennial this year with three days of events. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to events taking place Sept. 19-21. The college formally opened on Sept. 8, 1914, with 25 students and one degree program. It since has grown to offer five undergraduate degrees, four academic minors, five master’s of science degrees and three doctoral programs to nearly 1,000 students. Read more
A UM environmental studies instructor from the Blackfeet Reservation has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which advises the Environmental Protection Agency. Rosalyn LaPier is a research historian at the Piegan Institute in Browning. She also teaches classes in traditional ecological knowledge, federal environmental policy as it relates to native communities and U.S. environmental history in the environmental studies program at UM in Missoula. Read more
Ashley Mackey, a senior on the Montana women's tennis team, spent six weeks this summer living in New York City and working as an intern for the United States Tennis Association as the organization prepared for its most important annual event, the two-week U.S. Open. Mackey worked in Learning and Leadership Development and USTA Serves, which provides scholarships and funds tennis programs in underdeveloped areas of cities. Read more
The University of Montana made the top 100 in a list of universities ranked by research, service and social mobility. Washington Monthly magazine, a nonprofit publication, gave UM an overall ranking of 90th among 284 schools. The national magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good through recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs, and encouraging students to give something back to their country. Read more
Wendy Lee didn’t have to look far to find her top-choice summer rotation site leading into her final year at UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Lee, a U.S. Army vet originally from Bigfork, stuck around Missoula to work in the Nora Staael Evert Physical Therapy Clinic in the Skaggs Building, where she was able to explore her interest in neurologic therapy under the guidance of Clinic Director and Assistant Professor Susan Ostertag. Read more
The University of Montana is pleased to welcome 28 new students from the Brazilian Science Mobility Program for autumn semester 2013. BSMP is a scholarship funded by the Brazilian government and administered in the U.S. by the Institute of International Education. Upper-division undergraduate students from across Brazil receive scholarships to study in their respective disciplines for one year at institutions around the world, including more than 300 in the U.S. Read more
University of Montana Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee and chair of the Earth Science subcommittee within that council. Running chairs the Earth Science subcommittee, which will join other subcommittees in Astrophysics, Heliophysics and Planetary Science under the Advisory Council. Read more
The University of Montana will host TEDxUMontana at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center. The program will feature nine speakers, two TED Talks videos and two performances with a 30-minute intermission for interaction and discussion. TEDxUMontana is limited to 100 participants. People interested in attending the event can enter a ticket drawing at http://umt.edu/tedx. The drawing will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $40 for the public and $20 for UM students. Read more
Seventeen students from five countries crowded into a small classroom at the University of Montana on Tuesday to mark the second day of school. Language professor Quincie Albrecht apologized for the closeness of the class, but her students didn’t mind. The English Language Institute is bursting at the seams this year and those in attendance were just happy to have a seat. The popularity of the English Language Institute – and the University of Montana as a choice among international students – is on the rise. Read more
University of Montana senior Max Barnum spent his summer in a trailer parked outside the Seminole County Courthouse. Leaving beautiful western Montana to spend a summer in central Florida may not have been ideal, but Barnum couldn’t pass up the opportunity to intern as a cameraman for ABC WFTV’s mobile studio – recording up-to-date information and legal analysis of the of the high-profile George Zimmerman murder trial. Read more
Nearly a month spent in Cambodia taught Andie Palagi many things. In particular, that her teen-age counterparts there have lots in common with American teens. In July, Palagi, 17, who attends Butte High, returned from a 27-day trip to Cambodia sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She traveled with 20 students and two adults from high schools across Montana as part of the American Youth Leadership Program, which is managed by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Read more
There are few more iconic places to spend a summer than the White House. University of Montana student Sara Thane did just that through the White House Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Thane, a 2011 graduate of Missoula’s Hellgate High School, is a junior at UM majoring in political science with minors in Arabic studies and international development studies. This summer, she she interned in the Students Department within the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Read more
UM President Royce Engstrom delivered his annual State of the University on Aug. 23 to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Engstrom introduced several new administrators and student leaders, shared a variety of stories about academic distinction and success taking place at UM and outlined some of the milestones the University will work toward during the 2013-14 academic year. Read the text of his speech here.
Missoula is home to a vibrant group of industry experts building businesses and doing groundbreaking work in the high-tech sectors of big data and cybersecurity. It’s also home to a large state university that began last year offering undergraduate classes aimed at preparing students to work in those rapidly expanding fields. On Thursday, representatives from both groups had the ear of U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Read more
According to preLaw, a National Jurist publication, law schools around the country are shunning tradition and trying new programs, teaching methods and other efforts to help graduates jet to the top of their profession, and the University of Montana is among them. UM’s School of Law ranked No. 10 on the publication’s list of the 25 most innovative ideas launched by law schools for its first-year law firm program in which students belong to a pretend law firm. Read more
With the start of a new academic year just days away, residence halls at the University of Montana are braced for a wave of incoming freshmen, just as the university’s cafeterias prepare to feed the masses. New student orientation takes place this Thursday and Friday, and classes begin Monday. First-year law students began their required introductory program this week, and a welcome back picnic was held Tuesday for faculty and staff. Read more
The Market on Front opened Monday on the street level of the new Park Place parking garage at 201 E. Front St. in downtown Missoula. The concept for all the food found inside the market is simple, owner Ben Sokoloski said. “We want local, we want quality and we want fresh,” he said. “We’re keeping everything seasonal and unique.” Sokoloski hatched the idea for the market as an MBA student at the University of Montana School of Business Administration. Read more
Three out of a dozen new grants awarded Wednesday by the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology will go to the University of Montana to help support research capable of spawning economic development. UM received nearly $350,000 from the state board to push three separate projects, including one aimed at applied biomedical research and another to develop equipment used for environmental monitoring. Read more
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Montana at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The ceremony is free and open to the public. O’Connor has long-standing connections to the UM School of Law. Read more
Findings from a large-scale ice drilling study on the Greenland ice sheet by a team of University of Montana and University of Wyoming researchers may revise the models used to predict how ice sheets move. The work was published in Science on Aug. 15 in a paper titled “Basal Drainage System Response to Increasing Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet.” Read more
University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more
The Montana women's tennis and volleyball teams recently both earned academic recognition from their respective coaching organizations. Coach Steve Ascher's squad was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team. Coach Jerry Wagner's program claimed the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. In addition to the Grizzlies' team award, Heather Davidson, Maddy Murray and Mackenzie Rozell were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for having a 3.5 GPA or better for the 2012-13 academic year. Read more
Geography Professor Sarah Halvorson talks about how a field-based course offered at UM creates a space for students to engage in meaningful ways with place.
Jen McBride, an environmental science graduate student, created a pocket guide titled “Aquatic Invasive Species Threatening the Crown of the Continent.” The tool aims to help identify and prevent aquatic invasive species from invading the Crown region. Species included in the guide were selected by agency professionals based on proximity to the Crown, potential impacts of invasion and likelihood of introduction. The 116-page guide will be distributed to land managers and others. View it online.
Nathaniel Levtow is one of a handful of scholars who can read the cryptic words engraved on tablets and boundary stones from the ancient Near East. This summer, the UM religious studies professor traveled first to Jerusalem and then to the Louvre in Paris, where he studied early inscriptions that include boundary stones and law codes from the excavations of Susa, once ancient Iran. Read more