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Feb. 24, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 6  |
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Philosopher to Deliver Talk on Arab Spring, Israeli Spring for President's Lecture Series

Avishai Margalit, one of the foremost living philosophers and a brilliant commentator on contemporary moral issues facing Western societies, will deliver a lecture about the Arab Spring and the Israeli Spring as part of the UM President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the University Center Ballroom.

Margalit’s lecture, “The Arab Spring and the Israeli Spring,” also will be the Henry Bugbee Annual Lecture on Philosophy. Earlier that same day, he will deliver a seminar titled “Betrayal: Political and Personal” 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: Philosopher to Deliver Lecture on Arab Spring, Israeli Spring at UM

Analyst to Kick Off Big Data Lecture Series

Dan Wagner, CEO and founder of the Chicago-based big data analytics firm Civis Analytics, will kick off UM’s Big Data Lecture Series, sponsored by GCS, with a talk titled “Big Data in Electoral Politics and Beyond: Revealing the Science of Political Science.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

In 2012, Wagner and his team of big data scientists revolutionized electoral politics by applying big data technology to the Obama re-election campaign. Rather than solely focus on large demographic blocks, Wagner developed new analytical tools that mined massive electoral and social media data sets to identify likely Obama voters.

Read more: Analyst to Kick Off UM Big Data Lecture Series

Mansfield Library Exhibits Highlight
History of Women in Montana Politics

This year marks the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana, and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library is showcasing exhibits documenting the history of women in Montana.

An online exhibit is available at A physical exhibit has been installed on the fourth floor of the Mansfield Library. The exhibits feature a timeline highlighting the role of women in Montana and UM politics and political activities from 1882 to the present. The online exhibit also includes a guide to collections held in Archives and Special Collections at the Mansfield Library by and about women.

Read more: Exhibits Highlight History of Women in Montana Politics

More News

UM Ranked One of 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities
Traditional Salish Stories Come to UM
Actress Laverne Cox to Speak at UM
Students Invited to Enter Women’s History Student Essay Competition
SELL, UM Announce Scholarship Winner for Professional Development Course
Tunnel of Oppression Returns to UM
World Music, Drumming and Dance Concert at UM March 19

Employee Discount Offered for Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters will take the court with their “Fans Rule” World Tour at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Adams Center. UM employees are eligible for a discount of up to $8 on tickets to the game.
Tickets cost $73.25 for courtside and $41.25 for VIP. Discounted tickets cost $23.25 for sides and lower ends, $17.25 for corners, and $16.25 for ends. Magic Pass tickets – which must be purchased in conjunction with a regular ticket – are discounted at $17. Magic Pass will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
To receive the discount, tickets must be ordered by noon Thursday, Feb. 27. One employee who purchases discounted tickets will win an autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball and five employees will win 2014 programs.
To order tickets, call Carl at 602-707-7021 or 800-641-4667 ext. 120, or email

UM Hosts Service Learning Colloquium

Faculty from UM and other institutions across Montana will offer sessions on campus as part of the statewide Service Learning Colloquium on Thursday, March 6. The annual event, held at different campuses each year, focuses on teaching faculty effective service-learning pedagogy.
Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include Service Learning 101, Reflection Strategies, Developing Community Partnerships and more. During a free luncheon, a keynote presentation titled “Trends and Innovations in Engaging College Students in Public Service” will be delivered by Thomas Schnaubelt, executive director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.
Participants can register for the entire colloquium or for individual sessions online at the registration website. All events are free. The colloquium was organized by the UM Office for Civic Engagement and the Service Learning Advisory Board.
For more information email OCE Director Andrea Vernon at

Essay Contest Offers $1,000 Scholarship

Junior UM students who have a passion for liberal arts education are invited to submit an essay in the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Western Montana Essay Contest. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the next academic year. Essays should be two to three pages and address the value of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought in modern education.
Contestants must have a declared major within the College of Humanities and Sciences, have a minimum GPA of 3.75, have attained junior standing (minimum 60 credits) and have fulfilled all of their general education requirements before applying.

Run/Walk at Work Day Slated for Thursday

In conjunction with UM Wellness, campus Wellness Champions have started a monthly Run/Walk at Work Day group that holds a lunchtime run or walk on campus the last Thursday of every month. This month’s run/walk is Feb. 27. The group will meet at 12:10 p.m. outside the north entrance to the Skaggs Building.

The monthly runs/walks are modeled after the National Run at Work Day event, which takes place annually in September. The goal is to get UM employees out exercising for at least 30 minutes during their lunch break with the hope that a monthly group run will encourage regular physical activity. This event is open to the entire campus community, and runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

There will be run-, run-walk-run and walk-group leaders. For more information call Jen von Sehlen at 406-243-4786 or email

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:
  • March 7: College of Humanities and Sciences and Women's and Gender Studies Program
  • March 21: Office of the Provost and International Programs
  • April 18: UM Foundation and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • 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 Counselor Education Professor John Sommers-Flanagan presented a two-hour workshop on “Your Wild and Precious Life: Reflections on Helping” to the Missoula Youth Homes staff on Feb. 4 in Missoula.
Missoula College UM nursing students and graduates were featured in a recent article titled “Montana Nurses Give Medical Aid to Tanzanians” in Pulse, a publication of the Montana Nurses Association. The full article can be viewed on page 11 of this online PDF.
Montana Island Lodge General Manager Jane Fisher will retire in December 2014. For more information on visiting the lodge before she retires, call Fisher at 406-677-3620 or email
Premuroso, Ronald; Incardona, John; Kannan, Yezen; Higgs, Julia; Huang, Ivy. 2014. “Taxing Audit Markets and Reputation: An Examination of the U.S. Tax Shelter Controversy.” Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. Volume 23, Number 1: pp 1-15.
Murray, K. W.; Sommers-Flanagan, J. 2014. “Addressing Sexual Attraction in Supervision.” M. Luca (Ed.), Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo – A Guide for Training and Practice. London: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 97-114.
Hassani, M.; Beall, H.D. 2013. “Benzofuran-, Benzothiophene-, Indazole- and Benzisoxazole-Quinones: Excellent Substrates for NAD(P)H: Quinone Oxidoreductase 1.” Bio-organic & Medicinal Chemistry. Volume 21, Number 5: pp. 2999-3009.
McKusick, James C. 2013.  Review of Theresa M. Kelley, “Clandestine Marriage: Botany and Romantic Culture.” Wordsworth Circle, Volume 44, Number 4: pp. 222-223.
Zhang, S. 2013. “Implementing Patron-Driven Acquisitions Models for E-Books: A Case Analysis at a University Library in U.S.,” Rejuvenated Libraries for Empowered Users, (Eds.) J.K. Vijayakumar and P. Pichappan, Digital Information Research Ltd., UK Division of the Society for Information Organization, December 2013, pp. 176-184.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains: "Global HIV/AIDS," Dr. Nancy Fitch, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Community Lecture Series: "Soyiitapi: The Place of Water in the Blackfeet Universe," Rosalyn LaPier; 7-8:30 p.m., UC Theater.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: “Human Spirit and Wilderness: A Personal Story of Wilderness Passion,” Gloria Flora, director and founder of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions and former USDA Forest Service Region 1 supervisor; 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Office of International Programs Brown Bag Lecture: "International Sustainability Internships at UM," Dean Jim Burchfield, 12:10-1 p.m., Brantly Hall Presidents Room.
  • Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "Maximizing the Impact of Field Work," Kelly Dixon and Beth Dodson, 3:10-4 p.m., The Payne Family Native American Center Room 201, RSVP online at
  • Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "Teaching Across the Generations," Linda Eagleheart and Alison Pepper, 12:10-1 p.m., Missoula College UM East Campus HB01.
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