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Feb. 3, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 3  |
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President's Mid-Year Report Slated for Feb. 5

UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his Mid-Year Report at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the University Center Theater. Engstrom will offer updates on University initiatives, accomplishments and finances. Questions will be taken from the audience on these and other topics.

The event, which is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public, and faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend.

Berger Named Finalist for Indianapolis Prize

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

Selected 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.

“I’m stunned to be considered along with these distinguished conservation scientists for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize,” Berger said. “It’s obviously great to receive recognition, but it’s not the acknowledgement that matters. In the end, it’s about what is achieved that counts.” Read more

Rural Institute Receives $4 Million Grant

Researchers at UM will develop new techniques to improve health, employment and participation in community life for people with disabilities living in rural settings through a new five-year, $4.38 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

The Rural Institute’s Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities has served people with disabilities for more than 25 years. Through this new grant, the center will conduct 10 new research projects over the next five years. Read more

More News

UM President Visits Flathead and Mission Valleys on Fifth Stop of Outreach Tour
Nominate Students for Diversity Leadership Awards
Missoula College Offers Free College Prep Classes for Veterans
Reading Scores Show Majority of Children not Prepared for Future Success
Grants Available to Support Diversity
Visiting Scholar to Discuss Climate and Poverty Feb. 5
Mansfield Center Launches Spring 2014 Lecture Series
Lecture Series Examines 50 Years of the 1964 Wilderness Act

The Oval Seeks Submissions, Logo Designs

The Oval Literary Magazine, UM's undergraduate literary journal, is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction writing, as well as visual art. 

Undergraduate students can submit up to two pieces of nonfiction, limited to 5,000 words each; two pieces of fiction, limited to 5,000 words each; five poems; and three pieces of visual art in jpeg format. An individual may submit to more than one genre. Submissions are due online by midnight Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Oval also is accepting new logo design submissions from undergraduate students. The winner will receive $50, and their design will be featured on the cover of the magazine and on advertisements. More information about the logo design contest is available online.

New Vision, Montanan Magazines Available

New issues of Vision and Montanan magazines are available in print and online. Vision has been sent to all faculty through campus mail, and the Montanan will hit alumni mailboxes in the coming week. 

Articles from both magazines are available online. View Vision here, and explore the new Montanan website here.

If you currently receive a print version of the Montanan and would like to switch to an email version or unsubscribe, or if you would like to subscribe to the magazine, you can do so here.

Children's Author to Speak at UM Feb. 3

Author David Schwartz will visit UM on Monday, Feb. 3, to show how exciting the results can be when children begin mathematical explorations inspired by literature. He will share an extraordinary collection of student-created work based on his many books, and he will demonstrate how children gain real-life math skills, problem-solving experience and a great sense of accomplishment while having so much fun that they forget they’re learning math.
Schwartz will offer two sessions titled “Math Happens When Children Wonder About What They Read.” The first is for UM faculty, staff and students and will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The second is for educators, parents, UM faculty, staff and students, and others from the community. It will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Phyllis J. Washington Education Center Room 241.
Three OPI renewal credits are available for educators during the evening session.

Modernist Exhibits in Final Week at MMAC

The exhibits "Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection" and "Modernist Prints" are on view in the Montana Museum of Art & Culture through Saturday, Feb. 8.

The exhibits, on display in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center, feature work from artists such as Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault and more. Visit the MMAC online for more information and gallery hours.

Faculty, Staff and Retiree Receptions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Friday afternoons listed below in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Spring semester dates and event sponsors are:
  • Feb. 7: Davidson Honors College
  • Feb. 21: President Engstrom
  • March 7: Sponsor to be announced
  • March 21: Office of the Provost and International Programs
  • April 18: UM Foundation, co-sponsor to be announced
  • April 25: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, co-sponsor to be announced
  • May 9: UM Dining, Student Affairs and Campus Recreation
Department of English Professor David Moore will participate in a conference on prominent indigenous author Gerald Vizenor June 19-22 at the University of Vienna. The conference is titled “Native North American Survivance and Memory: Celebrating Gerald Vizenor.”
Sociology Department Faculty Affiliate Timothy Conley presented a poster titled “Residential Methamphetamine Treatment Programs for Male and Female Offenders” at the Society for Social Work and Research annual conference in January in San Antonio.
Following a Japanese BRIDGE program last semester which allowed him to live and conduct collaborative research at  Kumamoto University Japan, Geosciences Professor George Stanley will be honored as a Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science on Feb. 21 at the at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. He will deliver an invited presentation about his experiences networking between the U.S. and Japan. The objectives of the JSPS BRIDGE program are to encourage international research and to build strong networks between researchers in Japan and other countries.

Department of Counselor Education Professor Cathy Jenni has been appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock to serve on the Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors.
Moore, David L. 2013. “That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America.” Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 488 pages.
Conley, T. 2014. “Driving under the influence.” Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Bruinsma, Gerben; Weisburd, David (Eds.) Springer Publishing. Volume II: pp. 647-651.
Bates, Sarah. 2014. “Water Resource Management: A Casebook in Law and Public Policy.” Foundation Press. Seventh Edition. 911 pages.
Hamilton, R.F. Jr.; Girtsman, T.A.; Holian, A. 2013. “Interlaboratory Evaluation of In Vitro Cytotoxicity and Inflammatory Responses to Engineered Nanomaterials: The NIEHS Nano GO Consortium." Environmental Health Perspectives. Volume 121, Number 6: pp. 683-690. 
  • Philosophy Forum/President's Lecture Series Seminar: "The Death of the Liberal Class and the Crisis of the American Political System," Chris Hedges, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
  • Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics/Chemistry Seminar: "Biophysical Complexities of Polyglutamine Aggregation and Implications for Huntington's Disease," Dr. Rohit Pappu, Washington University Department of Chemistry, 4:10-5 p.m., Chemistry Building Room 212.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains: "Global Health: The Big Issues," Dr. Tom Bulger, St. Patrick Hospital, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • President's Lecture Series: "Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, PRISM, Edward Snowden and National Security," Chris Hedges, 8 p.m., University Center Ballroom.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: “Can We Keep Wilderness Wild? The Future of Science, Research and Management on our Public Lands,” Kevin Hood, wilderness manager, USDA Forest Service Alaska Region; and Andrew Larson, UM forestry professor, 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Caucasian, Muslim and Chinese: Uyghur Culture in China," Ali Fu Jiang Haimiti, Uyghur graduate student at Michigan State University, 12:10-1 p.m., University Center Room 333.
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