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Jan. 27, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 2  |
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Researchers Receive $300,000 NFL, GE grant

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

GE and the NFL have announced 16 winners in the first stage of the $20 million Head Health Challenge. UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau were among the challenge winners selected to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. Read more

Pulitzer Prize Winner to Deliver Lecture
on Famous Leaks, National Security

The second half of UM's 2013-14 President’s Lecture Series will kick off with a lecture from prolific author, social critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges. He will analyze America’s national security state and the meaning of revelations by high-profile information leakers such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning – formerly Bradley Manning – for the future of our democracy.

The lecture, “Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, PRISM, Edward Snowden and National Security,” will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in the University Center Ballroom. Hedges also will deliver a seminar earlier the same day titled “The Death of the Liberal Class and the Crisis of the American Political System.” It will be held from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public. Read more

Study Quantifies Economic Impact of Wolf Depredation on Western Montana Ranches

A recent study by UM faculty and graduate students found that wolf predation of cattle contributes to lower weight gain in calves on western Montana ranches. This leads to an economic loss at sale several times higher than the direct reimbursement ranchers receive for a cow killed by wolves.

The study found that wolves living on the landscape with cattle have no effect on herd weight, but once a ranch has a confirmed wolf kill, average calf weight decreases relative to if that ranch had not experienced a wolf depredation.

“Ranchers have been saying for years that wolves cause weight loss in cattle, but nobody ever had done any research on the topic,” said Derek Kellenberg, a co-author on the study and UM associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics. Read more

Library Plans Black History Month Exhibit

During February, the Mansfield Library will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they played in U.S. history.

Exhibit displays, located throughout the main level of the library, will focus specifically on the African-American history of Missoula and UM.

The theme of the exhibit is the 1897 Great Bicycle Ride of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps from Missoula to St. Louis, which took 41 days and covered 1,900 miles. In 1974, members of the UM Black Studies Program re-created the ride.

Global Public Health Minor Hosts Lecture Series

The UM minor in global public health will host a weekly lecture series featuring Montana health care practitioners and professionals. “Global Health in the Global South: Montana’s Mountains Beyond Mountains” will introduce health care issues facing the world from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Fulbright New Century Scholar and UM political science Professor Peter Koehn organized the lecture series, which he said was inspired by the newly established minor in global public health and the campus presentation made last fall by Tracy Kidder, author of the UM First-Year Reading Experience book “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” Read more

Campus Rec Offers Free Fitness Program Week

Campus Recreation will offer free group fitness classes, body composition measurements and fitness consultations Jan. 27-Feb. 1. Check out a schedule of fitness classes online and sign up for consultations and measurements at the front desk of the Fitness and Recreation Center.

Geosciences Professor George Stanley completed international research in October and November while funded by a fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He represented UM in Japan while conducting collaborative geological research in Kumamoto and Hokkaido.
History and women’s and gender studies Professor Anya Jabour presented “Mutually Reinforcing or Mutually Exclusive? Women's Rights and Racial Justice in the U.S. in Historic Perspective” as part of the YWCA Brown Bag Lecture Series on Jan. 17.
Mathematical sciences Professor Bharath Sriraman served as co-chair of the dissertation disputas “An Empirical and Theoretical Investigation of Mathematical Creativity" by Per Haavold at the department of Mathematics-University of Tromso, Norway, a partner institution of UM, on Dec. 17. Prior to this, he delivered an invited faculty seminar on “Debunking Myths on Talent Development” at the University of Iceland on Dec. 13.
Boucher, L.A.; Campbell, D.G. 2014. “An Examination of the Impact of a Biological Anti-Stigma Message for Depression on College Students.” Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. Volume 28, Issue 1: pp. 74-81.
Lombardero, A.; Campbell, D.G.; Harris, H.J.; and colleagues. 2014. “Prevalence and Correlates of Smoking Status Among Veterans Affairs Primary Care Patients with Probable Major Depressive Disorder.” Addictive Behaviors. Volume 39, Issue 3: pp. 538-545.
Hamilton, R.F. Jr.; Holian, A. 2014. “Oxidation Debris in Microwave Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes: Chemical and Biological Effects.” Carbon. Volume 68, March 2014: pp. 678–686.

Sriraman, Bharath. 2014. "Cultural Nuances of Mathematics." Revista del Instituto de Matematica. Volume 9, No. 17: pp.28-38.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains: "Lecture Series Introduction and Overview," UM Professor Peter Koehn, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: "Montana's Wilderness: A 35-Year Dilemma," former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams, 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
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