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  Feb. 11, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 4 |
Welcome to ForUM, the e-newsletter for University of Montana staff, faculty and administrators. ForUM is published weekly during the academic year except during scheduled academic breaks.

UM will celebrate academics on Charter Day


UM invites students, faculty, staff and the general public to explore the excitement of teaching and learning at the University during "Celebrate Academics on Charter Day" from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the University Center.

The new celebration of academics at UM is held in conjunction with Charter Day, an event marking the anniversary of the University's founding 120 years ago. The annual Charter Day awards ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom, will recognize exemplary campus and community members.

"Celebrate Academics on Charter Day" gives participants an opportunity to learn about the innovative ideas and work happening inside and outside the classroom by UM's world-class faculty members and students.

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Nominate students for diversity leadership awards


The Diversity Advisory Council at UM invites the campus community to nominate outstanding students for the DAC Student Achievement Awards. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 1.

The awards honor students whose leadership promotes campus diversity. Nominations can be made online.

"The Student Achievement Awards recognize students who help the University become more welcoming to all groups and individuals," said Juana Alcala, the DAC member overseeing the award program. "These students help to create a diverse, dynamic learning environment at UM and we are excited to honor them for their hard work."

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Aquatic ecosystem scholar to deliver lecture

Professor Daniel Schindler will deliver a lecture titled "The Challenges of Predicting Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change" as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Lecturer Series on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110. Light refreshments will be served before the event, which is free and open to the public.

Schindler is the Harriet Bullitt Endowed Chair in Conservation at the University of Washington, where he has been a faculty member since 1997. His research explores the causes and consequences of aquatic ecosystem dynamics.

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Report: Austism program 'incredibly successful'

UM Associate Professor Ann Garfinkle recently published a report documenting the results of the first 43 children to complete an intensive early-intervention autism program that launched in 2009.

The Montana's Children's Autism Waiver Report documents positive outcomes in children who recently completed the intensive three-year program. According the report, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services' program that provides early intervention to children age 15 months to 5 years old with autism is "on par with published results from the best national programs" and has been "incredibly successful."

To determine program effectiveness, the report focused on three common measures, including if the child still exhibits symptoms that would result in an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, if the child is able to receive general education services and if the child has full, moderate or limited community access.

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Captioning service available through DSS, IT

Disability Services for Students and Information Technology have collaborated to offer an on-campus captioning service. Several mini-grants are available to reduce the overall cost of captioning.

DSS and IT either will caption, support those who wish to do it themselves or offer referrals to external captioning companies.

For more information and to determine what option works best for your situation, click here.

Weight loss, healthy lifestyle course begins

Eight weeks of hands-on classes that teach you how to practice daily lifestyle actions to move you toward health, weight loss and well-being will run through March 28. Live it to Lose it! began Feb. 7, but new participants are welcome this week.

The course costs $25 and is held in the Fitness and Recreation Center Conference Room. To register, call 406-243-2833 or visit the FRC front desk.

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, Feb. 11: Philosophy Forum: "One Over Many: One World, No Collapse, No Extra Values Quantum Mechanics," Associate Professor of philosophy Armond Duwell, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Law School Pope Room.
  • Monday, Feb. 11: Faculty Professional Development Series: "Disability in Context: Building Disability Perspectives into Your Course Content," 1:10-2 p.m., University Center Room 329.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: Wilderness Issues Lecture Series: "Montana Legacy Project: Landscape-Scale, Community-Based Conservation," The Nature Conservancy Western Montana Program Director Caroline Byrd, 7:10 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Friday, Feb. 15: Faculty Professional Development Series: "Funding Priorities of the National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities," 9:10-10:30 a.m., Social Science Building Room 262.
  • Friday, Feb. 15: Faculty Professional Development Series: "Flipping the Classroom," Associate Professor Shawn Clouse, 1:10-2 p.m., The Payne Family Native American Center Room 103.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • Feb. 12: Prose & Poems. Read more
  • Feb. 12: Improv Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade. Read more
  • Feb. 12: Black History Month Film Series: "Cinderella." Read more
  • Feb. 12: Concert: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • Feb. 12: MMAC Celebrity Artist Tour of "Kindred Spirits," UM School of Art Professor Mary Ann Bonjorni, 5:10-6 p.m., Performing Arts And Radio/Television Center Meloy Gallery.
  • Feb. 13: Concert: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • Feb. 14: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Weber State. Read more
  • Feb. 15: Play: "The Vagina Monologues." Read more
  • Feb. 16: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Idaho State. Read more
  • Feb. 16: MMAC Docent Tour, 12:10-12:50 p.m., PAR/TV Meloy and Paxson galleries.
News about U
News About U
Curriculum and Instruction Professor Georgia Cobbs gave two presentations with Jennifer Lubeck of Montana State University at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators conference Jan. 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. The presentations were titled "What's All the Fuss About STEM?" and "Growing STEM: Act Locally to Reach Globally."
The RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic within the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Services Department of Communicative Science and Disorders received the Montana Council for Exceptional Children Public Service Award on Feb. 7. Curriculum and instruction Associate Professor Ann Garfinkle received the MCEC Special Education Research Award for her work on the Montana's Children's Autism Waiver Report.
UM has hired Stephen Thompson as director of Campus Recreation. Thompson currently is the Associate Director of Recreational Sports at Sam Houston State University. He has a master's degree from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and will complete a doctorate in higher-education leadership and policy studies from Sam Houston State in December 2013. Thompson will begin his duties at UM March 1.
Faculty and students in the Department of Psychology's School Psychology Program will present at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists Feb. 12-13 in Seattle. Lauri Lindquist, Jordan Fiorillo and Greg Macheck will present "Gender and Community Safety: Effects on Disclosure in LGBT Youth;" Anisa Goforth, Margaret Beebe-Frankenberger and Erin Yosai will present "Roles and Responsibilities of Rural School Psychologists;" and Brandon Renning, Goforth and Macheck will present "A Preliminary Analysis of a Brief Social Skills Intervention for Childen with ASD: A Collaborative Process."
Crummy, Ione. 2012. "The Peripheral Heroine Takes Center Stage: From Owenson's National Tale to Stael's European Genre." Stael's Philosophy of the Passions: Sensibility, Society and the Sister Arts. Bucknell University Press. pp. 95-115.
Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "The Interfaces of Innovation in Mathematics and the Arts." The International Handbook of Innovation Education. Routledge. pp. 330-340.
Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Review of Benesch, W: The Ecumenical Cruise and Other Philosophical Tales." Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. Nonetheless Press. Volume 43, Number 1: pp. 63-65.
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