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  Feb. 25, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 5 |
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Lecture to explore Gandhian ethics

Postcolonial theory expert and University of Chicago Professor Leela Gandhi will present a lecture titled "Globalizing Gandhian Ethics" during the UM President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.


Gandhi, the great-granddaughter of Indian nationalist leader Mohandas Gandhi, also will present a seminar co-sponsored by the UM Philosophy Forum titled "The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955" earlier that same day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.


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UM announces Programs of National Distinction

Three top programs at UM -- creative writing, organismal biology and ecology, and wildlife biology -- recently were named Programs of National Distinction.


The three were selected by UM's Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the honor, which aims to maintain or stimulate development of programs of national or world-class excellence.


"There are many strong programs at UM," Provost Perry Brown said, "but our desire has been to identify those that have national distinction based upon several criteria and then to provide resources to assist these programs to enhance this distinction -- to be among the very best in the nation."


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Missoula underground project to present results

After months of researching the facts, folklore and history of the underground features once part of Missoula's historic downtown landscape, students in a UM archaeological survey class are ready to present their findings to the public.


The presentation, "What Lies Beneath? Missoula Historic Underground Project," will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Missoula Mercantile building. The event is a part of First Friday Missoula and is free and open to the public.


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UM student competes in Go world championships

UM freshman Maojie Xia traveled to Tokyo on Feb. 23 to compete in the 11th annual World Students GO OZA Championships. The tournament features the top 16 student Go players in the world, and Xia is the only U.S. university student in the competition.


Xia, 21, has played Go since he was 6 years old. He came to UM through the University's exchange program with the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. He plans to stay at UM for the next three years to complete his bachelor's in accounting through the UM School of Business Administration.


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Lecture to highlight small-scale tea farming

Joy W'Njuguna, founder and chief operations officer of Royal Tea of Kenya LLC, will present a lecture titled "Lessons from the World's Oldest Tea Farmer: Small-Scale Farming and Kenya's Environmental Renaissance" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the North Underground Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


W'Njuguna hails from one of Kenya's oldest tea families. She learned the tea business and sustainable farming from her father, Samuel W'Njuguna, and noticed early on how pricing structure benefited farmers.


Her father has long championed small-scale tea farmers and was instrumental in the privatization of the Kenya Tea Development Agency. In 2000, he rallied small-scale farmers to vote for the creation of a government-free tea cooperative that ended up with 65 factories and more than 580,000 tea farmers. 


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France hired as new UM legal counsel

UM has hired Lucy France as legal counsel after a national search. She officially began her new duties Feb. 20.

The UM legal counsel reports to the UM president and serves on the University's senior management team. The counsel manages all legal issues affecting the University and represents UM in all legal and administrative forums. The UM legal counsel is part of the Montana University System legal team and consequently works closely with the attorneys in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and Montana State University.


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Author to address traditional ecological knowledge

Award-winning author and scientist Robin Kimmerer will give a public lecture at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, in the University Center Theater. Her talk, "Renewing Reciprocity: Traditional Knowledge and Restoration," will explore ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples and how it might guide the science of ecological restoration. The event is free and open to the public.


Kimmerer is a professor of environmental biology at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and the author of "Gathering Moss," for which she was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005.


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Seminar to explore 'Clean Water Act on Trial'

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case implicating forest roads as sources of pollution will be highlighted in "The Clean Water Act on Trial," a Plum Creek Distinguished Lecture Series seminar hosted by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation. The free public event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the University Center Ballroom.


The seminar will highlight key elements of the case, which was argued before the Supreme Court in December. The case claimed that forest roads are point sources of pollution and unregulated under the Clean Water Act. Invited speakers will discuss how the local economy, ecosystems and recreation opportunities may be impacted by a decision in this case.


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Reviewers needed for student research proposals

UM faculty members are needed to serve as reviewers of undergraduate research proposals for the 12th annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research April 12.


More than $700 will be awarded for the top oral and poster presentations in each subject area, and student involvement is expected to be stronger than ever.


Interested reviewers can email Conference Co-Coordinator Michelle Quinn at Abstracts will be assigned for review beginning Feb. 28 and must be completed by March 13.

'Jumping into Fire' play to premiere at UM

The UM School of Theatre & Dance will premiere "Jumping into Fire," a Chinese tale for all ages, in the Masquer Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-March 2 and March 5-9 in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. A Saturday matinee will be performed at 2 p.m. March 9.


To show appreciation for their long-standing commitment and service to UM, President Engstrom and the School of Theatre & Dance will provide faculty and staff one free ticket to "Jumping into Fire." In addition, a second ticket for each performance may be purchased for $9.

To get faculty/staff tickets, present your Griz Card at
the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances.

For more information call 406-243-4518 or visit

Abstracts requested for smokeless tobacco summit

The deadline for abstracts for the seventh National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit has been extended to March 4. The summit, which has the theme "Empowering Advocates for the Next Frontier in Smokeless Tobacco," will be held Aug. 6-8 at UM.


The conference aims to advance leadership, research and programs aimed at reducing the threat posed by the use of smokeless and spit tobacco products. Currently, the summit is the only national conference devoted to sharing the science and solutions on the smokeless tobacco problem.


Abstracts can be submitted online. For more information call Mikel Robinson at 406-546-8584 or email

Campus Rec adapts Ironman into 3-week challenge

UM Campus Recreation has taken the toughest of triathlons and created a challenge for the University, the UM Ironman Three-Week Challenge. Participants have three weeks to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. The challenge runs Sunday, March 3, through March 24. Participants who complete the challenge in one week are eligible for a special prize drawing.


Registration is open to the general public and costs $5. All participants receive a UM Ironman Challenge T-shirt. Participants can register at the Fitness and Recreation Center or Grizzly Pool through March 2.

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, Feb. 25: Rough-Cut Science Seminar Series: "Linking Foodweb and Ecosystem Ecology to Understand Responses of Freshwater Ecosystems to Global Change," Wyatt Cross, assistant professor at Montana State University, noon, University Center Room 327.
  • Monday, Feb. 25: Philosophy Forum: "Restoration and History in a Changing World: A Case Study in Ethics for the Anthropocene," Marion Hourdequin, associate professor of philosophy at Colorado College, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Law School Pope Room.
  • Monday, Feb. 25: Mansfield Library Workshop: "Institutional Review Board," 3-4 p.m., Library Room 284.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26: Mansfied Center Brown Bag Lecture: "Justice Forward: Indigenous People and Climate Change Adaptation in North America," Kyle Whyte, assistant professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, 12:10 p.m., University Center Room 326.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26: Russia on the Oval: "The Roots of Russian Folk Belief," Ona Renner-Fahey, UM associate professor, 7 p.m., University Center Theater.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26: Wilderness Issues Lecture Series: "The Force of Wilderness Within the Ubiquity of Cyberspace," UM Regents Professor Albert Borgmann, 7:10 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28: CBSD Spring Seminar Series: "Mechanobiology, Modeling and Drug Delivery for Understanding and Treating Joint Disease," Ron June, assistant professor at Montana State University, 4:10 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Friday, March 1: Faculty Professional Development Series: "Changing the Way We Teach for the Global Century: Addressing the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Your Classes." Sandra Janusch, director of the English Language Institute, and Udo Fluck, director of multicultural learning solutions, 1:10-2:30 p.m., The Payne Family Native American Center Room 103.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • Feb. 25: UM Concert Band Festival. Read more
  • Feb. 25: Exhibition opening: "Island Projects." Read more
  • Feb.25: Open Mic Night. Read more
  • Feb. 25: Panel Discussion: "Climate Engineering, Indigenous People and Future Generations." Read more
  • Feb. 26: Academic WorldQuest. Read more
  • Feb. 26: Black History Month Film Series: "Red Tails." Read more
  • Feb. 26: Reading: Wild Mercy. Read more
  • Feb. 26: MMAC "Kindred Spirits" Celebrity Artist Tour. Read more
  • Feb. 27: Harlem Globetrotters Magic Pass Pregame Event. Read more
  • Feb. 27: Lecture: "Burma and Beyond." Read more
  • Feb. 27: Concert: Student Recital Series. Read more
  • Feb. 28: Opening Reception: "Islands Project." Read more
  • Feb. 28: Film Discussion: "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life." Read more
  • Feb. 28: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Southern Utah. Read more
  • March 1: Lecture: "James Joyce's 'Ulysses.'" Read more
  • March 1: Reading and Signing: Kevin McCafferty. Read more
  • March 1: Opening Reception: "From Rocky Shores to the Rocky Mountains: The Irish in Montana." Read more
  • March 1: Reading: Robert Seidman. Read more
  • March 1-3:  Weekend Movies: "Rise of the Guardians" and "Hyde Park on Hudson." Read more
  • March 2: Cross-Country Ski Outing. Read more
  • March 2-3: Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale: "Mozart's Requiem." Read more
  • March 2: Basketball: Grizzlies and Lady Griz at Montana State. Read more
  • March 3: Play: "Sunday Night Lights: Thinner Than Water." Read more
News about U
News About U
The State of Montana Office of Court Administrator has contracted $25,000 with the Associate Professor Timothy Conley in the UM School of Social Work for exploratory research into "Outcomes of Community Service Sentencing" for youth on probation in Montana. The goal of the project is to generate and present a report advising of the possible, best likely outcome sentencing options for youth court judges with regards to community service sentencing.
Anthropology and Native American Studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning's article titled "Defining Culturally Safe and Inclusive Practice: Collaborative Efforts for Indigenous Frameworks in Higher Education" won the Best Paper Award Jan. 4 at the Clute Institute International Academic Conference in Maui, Hawaii. He wrote the article with Southern Cross University's Johnnie Aseron, A. Miller and S. Wilde.
Greymorning delivered a community talk on the traditions of story-telling and their importance Jan. 19 at Travelers Rest State Park in Lolo.


The CoMotion Dance Project presented 11 performances and three workshops of "Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance" Jan. 11-25. The six-member company, directed by UM School of Theatre & Dance Professor Karen Kaufmann, toured to Missoula, Libby, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Seeley Lake, Hamilton and Salmon, Idaho. The 50-minute school performance integrates dance with fire science, forest ecology and traditional Native American perspectives on fire.


The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association, UM's campus affiliate to the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, placed third in a poster presentation contest at the 2013 Alliance Management/Leadership Institute on Jan. 2-5 in Atlanta.


John Frederickson of the Institute for Educational Research and Service, part of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, was a key leader at a national training conference Feb. 11-12 in Los Angeles designed to create trauma informed juvenile justice programs and therapeutic intervention models. The conference, organized by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which funds IERS' National Native Children's Trauma Center, highlighted the recently released Think Trauma Toolkit. Frederikson and colleagues at IERS, including Eamon Anderson and Debra Klemann, have piloted the toolkit at correctional facilities and with justice officials in Miles City, Boulder, Rocky Boy and Kalispell. Frederikson also directs the Montana Victims Advocate Academy, which is funded by a multiagency U.S. Department of Justice grant recently awarded to UM.


UM Associate Professor David Erickson of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction co-presented thee-hour workshops on Feb. 1 at the Standards-based Teaching Renewing Educators Across Montana Project Launch Workshop: Theme 1: Mathematical Practices and STEM, in Bozeman. STREAM (UM Professor Georgia Cobbs, co-PI) is one of the two statewide Math Science Partnership grants implementing the Common Core State Standards in 15 districts from across Montana. It brought together about 90 teachers of mathematics and administrators for the first workshop.


UM Curriculum and Instruction Professor Lisa Blank will travel to Hangzhou, China, this semester to complete a comparative education study of STEM reform efforts in China with Associate Professor Yan Li, Institute of Educational Technology, College of Education, Zhejiang University.

McDonald, M.; Brayko, K.; Bowman, M. (in press). "Learning to See Students: Opportunities to Develop Relational Practices of Teaching Through Community-Based Placements in Teacher Education." Teachers College Record.

Brayko, K. (2013). "Community-Based Placements as Contexts for Disciplinary Learning: A Case Study of Literacy Teacher Education Outside of School." Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 64, Issue 10: pp. 47-59.


Muhlfeld, Clint; D'Angelo, Vin. 2013. "Factors Influencing the Distribution of Native Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Streams of Western Glacier National Park, Montana." Northwest Science. Volume 87, Issue 1: pp. 1-11.  
Brown, Blakely; Noonan, Curtis; Harris, Kari Jo; Gaskill, Steven; Ricci, Christiana; Cobbs, Georgia. 2013. "Developing and Piloting the Journey to Native Youth Health Program in Northern Plains Indian Communities." The Diabetes Educator. Volume 39, Issue 1: pp. 109-118.
Chirinos, Eduardo. 2012. "Nueva Miscelanea Antartica." Borrador Press, Lima and University Sedes Sapientia UP. 300 pages.
Chirinos, Eduardo, 2013. "Hojas Sin Tallo." Mesa Redonda, Lima. 173 pages.


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