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  March 4, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 6 |
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Researcher honored with top conservation award

UM Research Scientist Erin Sexton recently was awarded the 2012 Conservation Achievement Award. At its Feb. 7 annual meeting, the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society presented the highly coveted award to Sexton for her work in developing a long-term solution to protect the Flathead Basin ecosystem.


Sexton served as the transboundary coordinator for the state of Montana and is a research scientist at UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station. During the past 10 years, Sexton has been a leader in protecting the international Flathead River for generations to come.


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Air pollution exposure harms children's brains

The brains of healthy children respond to long-term air pollution exposure with landmarks akin to those of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, according to a new paper co-written by UM Associate Professor Dr. Lilian Calderon-Garciduenas.


The article, "Early Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Pathology in Urban Children. Friend vs. Foe Responses: It Is Time to Face the Evidence," will be published in a special online March issue of the peer-reviewed BioMed Research International journal.


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UM to celebrate International Women's Day

The University Center's Student Involvement Network will host the International Women's Day Celebration beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, in the UC. The celebration ends with a fundraising banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. Tickets for the closing banquet are $12 for students and $15 for faculty, staff and community members. Events throughout the day are free and open to the public.


International Women's Day is a global event celebrating, empowering and inspiring women. This celebration brings an international perspective to UM and the Missoula community. International Women's Day will begin in the UC Atrium with table exhibitions, which will display information and exhibits from the community, national organizations and student groups.


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University publications win awards

UM publications recently eared five awards in regional and national college marketing competitions.


UM's institutional magazine, the Montanan, won a Grand Gold in writing from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VIII, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest, western Canada and Alaska.


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MT Safe Schools Center director invited to D.C.

Matthew Taylor, director of the Montana Safe Schools Center at UM, was one of 60 people invited by the White House to help inform President Barack Obama's school anti-violence initiatives last week in Washington, D.C.


Taylor was nominated to participate in the discussions by the U.S. Department of Education. Other attendees include educators, law enforcement, emergency management professionals, faith leaders, mental health experts and victims of gun violence.


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City funds growth of Neighborhood Ambassadors

The Associated Students of UM Neighborhood Ambassador Program expanded its services this semester with the help of $10,000 from Missoula Mayor John Engen's office. The student program now serves the entire University District and part of the Lower Rattlesnake and Kiwanis Park neighborhoods, which have a high density of student renters.


The program, which started in spring 2012, works to improve relationships between student renters and permanent residents living in neighborhoods surrounding the UM campus. Ambassadors work in assigned areas, going door to door to get to know residents and serve as a resource if they have any issues with their neighbors.


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NCBI offers free training, workshops to UM

UM has contracted National Coalition Building Institute Missoula to provide a limited number of free workshops and trainings to classes, departments and groups during spring semester.


NCBI, a local chapter of the nonprofit NCBI International, combats prejudice and violence. The organization offers trainings as an effective way to build group cohesion, increase collaboration and explore issues of equality and diversity. Participants learn how to build inclusive and welcoming environments, tackle divisive issues and respond to mistreatment and violence.


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UC to host fourth annual Tunnel of Oppression

The UC will host the fourth annual Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive event highlighting contemporary issues of oppression, in the UC Ballroom Monday through Wednesday, March 4-6.


After the last tour of the Tunnel of Oppression on Wednesday, the critically acclaimed film "MOOZ-lum" will be shown at 7 p.m. in the UC Theater, followed by a talk with the film's creator Qasim "Q" Basir.


For more information on "MOOZ-lum" and the Tunnel of Oppression, visit the UC website.

Public Land Law Symposium set for April

Th 35th Public Law Land Symposium and 41st National Spring Conference on the Environment: "Balancing Action and Paradigm Shift: The Role of Public Lands in America's Energy Future" will be held at UM Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18. Hosts are the UM School of Law Public Land and Resources Law Review and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. 


The two events will join for the first time to host an academic symposium to discuss the role of America's three major sources of public lands and resources: rivers systems, terrestrial lands and oceans.


The event is free, but registration is required by April 1. A schedule, speaker information, registration and more are available online.

Register for Accessibility Camp Missoula 2013

Accessibility Camp Missoula is dedicated to the premise that "digital inclusion" is fundamental in the digital age. Focused on users with different disabilities and abilities, Accessibility Camp Missoula 2013 sessions will cover digital accessibility topics such as website accessibility, assistive technologies in schools and universities, aging and technology, reading- and publishing-software accessibility, and mobile apps.


Organizers encourage participation regardless of your level of knowledge or the age of people served. It will offer members of the usability, accessibility, other IT, education and disability communities to interact and learn from each other. 


The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Saturday, March 9, at MOLLI: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the James E. Todd Building. Registration costs $25, which includes lunch. Registration is available online.

Outstanding senior nominations due March 22

Nominations are open for the President's Outstanding Recognition Ceremony awards. The annual award ceremony, organized by the Mortar Board Honor Society, recognizes one outstanding senior from each department and ASUM-recognized group.


Academic departments and ASUM groups can select a senior based on the following criteria: The student must graduate within the 2012-13 academic year, the student must have an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher, and the student must demonstrate a commitment to his or her academic discipline or student organization through professional development, leadership or service.


Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 22, and can be submitted online.


The award ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Recipients, guests and presenters are invited to attend a reception sponsored by UM President Royce Engstrom following the event. 

HR offers cultural-contexts workshop

UM Human Resource Services Training and Development will offer a workshop titled "Working Across Cultural Contexts" from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 5, in UC Room 331.


Created specifically for UM employees, the workshop will be built around participants' examples of puzzling, frustrating or misunderstood encounters with clients/students who may come from different cultural backgrounds. The basics of different cultural contexts briefly will be explained and participants will discuss scenarios they have self-generated based on the notion of contextual values that impact behaviors and communication styles.


Mary Groom-Hall, multicultural adviser for the Office for Student Success, will facilitate the workshop. For more information call Cindy Boies, HR training/development officer, at 406-243-2286 or email

Seminar set in conjunctation with health conference

Dr. Jonathan Patz, professor and director of global environmental health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, will deliver a seminar titled "Health Impacts of Climate Change" from 11:10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 8, in Skaggs Building Room 169. The event is free.


Patz also is the featured guest lecturer at the Turning the Tide Conference sponsored by Providence Health and Services Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.


For more information call UM Assistant Professor Curtis Noonan at 406-243-4957 or email

Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign has launched

Throughout March and April, faculty and staff volunteers from all areas of campus will talk with their peers about the importance of private support for UM and the power of giving back. Journalism Professor Ray Ekness leads this year's campaign. Ekness and a team of faculty and staff volunteers will focus on participation throughout the campaign.


More than 300 faculty and staff contribute to the University each year, with an approximate 15 percent participation rate. This year, Ekness hopes that participation will top 20 percent. His desire to give back began when he was a student at UM.


"I'll always be thankful for what faculty and staff did to make my time in the Radio-Television Department and at the School of Journalism such a great experience," Ekness said. "Since I was lucky enough to join the UM faculty, I want to 'pay it forward' to my students. But it's more than just my time. I give a financial gift to UM each year to help fund student scholarships, faculty research and help graduate students with their professional projects. It's my way of saying thank you."


Ekness emphasizes the importance of participation at any level. Each person has different means and abilities to give, but whether you make a small gift or a large one, your gift counts. The collective efforts of our campus community have the potential to power UM to a new level of excellence.


For more information about the 2012-13 UM Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, contact Tara Udall, associate director of annual giving - internal campaigns, The University of Montana Foundation, at 406-243-2575, email or visit

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, March 4: Philosophy Forum: "The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955." Leela Gandhi, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
  • Monday, March 4: Rough-Cut Science Seminar Series: "Reducing the Technical Debt of Ecosystem Informatics," MSU Assistant Professor Clem Izurieta, noon, UC Room 327.
  • Monday, March 4: Mansfield Library Workshop: "How Do I Stream Videos or Get Closed-Captioned Videos For My Class?" 3 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Tuesday, March 5: Russia on the Oval: "The Other Russian Revolution: How Russia Revolutionized the Arts." Assistant Professor Clint Walker, 7 p.m., UC Theater.
  • Tuesday, March 5: Wilderness Issues Lecture Series: "Wilderness and Fire: Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Success in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness." U.S. Forest Service Bitterroot West Fork District Ranger Dave Campbell, 7:10 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Thursday, March 7: CBSD Spring Seminar Series: "Beauty in Disorder: Mechanism of Receptor-Independent G-Protein Activation." Research Assistant Professor Celestine Thomas, 4:10 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Thursday, March 7: Faculty Professional Development Series: "Promoting Information Literacy Skills: A Workshop on Designing Assignments and Activities for UM Writing Courses," Sponsored by the ASCRC Writing Committee, 11:10 a.m.-noon, Mansfield Library Room 283.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • March 4: President's Lecture Series: Leela Gandhi. Read more
  • March 4: UM Climate Action Now Meeting. Read more
  • March 5: Reading: Wild Mercy. Read more
  • March 5-9: Play: "Jumping into Fire: A Chinese Tale for All Ages." Read more
  • March 6: Lecture: "Understanding Ottoman and Turkish Modernization: Religion, Science and Politics: 1860-1890." Read more
  • March 6: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop. Read more
  • March 6: Movie: "MOOZ-lum." Read more
  • March 7-8: Board of Regents Meeting. Read more
  • March 7: Student Day at the Capitol. Read more
  • March 7: Griz Glow Dash n' Dance. Read more
  • March 7: "India in Missoula" Study Abroad to India presentation. Read more
  • March 7: Peace Corps Information Session. Read more
  • March 7: Lecture: "Mandela van Eeden: The Trail Less Traveled." Read more
  • March 7: Lecture: "Afghanistan: Where Do We Go From Here?" Read more
  • March 7: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. Sacramento State. Read more
  • March 7: "India in Missoula" Movie: "Bitter Seeds." Read more
  • March 8: "India in Missoula" Concert: "East-West Fusion." Read more
  • March 8: Central Board to ASUM: A Century of Student Leadership. Read more
  • March 8: UM Jazz Band Concert. Read more
  • March 8-9: Weekend Movies: "Les Miserables." Read more
  • March 9: Performance: On Ensemble. Read more
  • March 9: Veterans Talk About Writing. Read more
  • March 9: "India in Missoula" Concert: Aditya Prakash. Read more
  • March 9: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. Northern Arizona. Read more
  • March 9: Concert: Student Recital Series. Read more
  • March 9: Montana Museum of Art & Culture Docent Tour. Read more
  • March 10: Auditions: Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Read more
News about U
News About U

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences Educational Leadership faculty presented research on Native American school leadership at the ninth International Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference at Washington State University on Feb. 22. The Education Leadership Department has presented at the conference since 2007.


Education leadership Associate Professor Bill McCaw was invited to present at the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the UM College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences on Jan. 16. His presentation, "Assessment Rubrics: A Practitioner's Perspective," defined rubrics and detailed rubric components, consideration, pros and cons, and provided practical examples of rubrics currently used within the Educational Leadership Department.


Educational leadership Assistant Professor Patty Kero presented her research on neuroscience implications for the classroom at the Montana Council for Exceptional Children conference Feb. 6 in Missoula.


John Frederikson, Eamon Anderson, Debra Klemann and Bart Klika of the Institute for Educational Research and Service will provide multiple full-day trainings for youth court juvenile probation officers in Great Falls and Helena in conjunction with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Native Children's Trauma Center grant. The trainings will feature the Think Trauma curriculum used by the network. Topics include promoting resilience, the impacts of adverse childhood experiences, evidence-based practices for use in juvenile justice facilities, working with challenging behavior and strategies for reducing secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.


Lisa Eby, associate professor of aquatic vertebrate ecology in the Wildlife Biology Program, served on the expert panel for the Assessment of NEPA Review Comments for a draft environmental impact statement titled "Lake Trout Population Reduction to Benefit Native Fish Species -- Flathead Lake Montana."


Department of Anthropology Professor Anna Prentiss presented two invited guest lectures at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., Feb. 18-19. The lectures were titled "The Evolution of Core Reduction Technology in the Old Cordilleran Tradition, Northwestern North America" and "Get Rad! The Evolution of the Skateboard Deck."

Cochran, Bryan; Flentje, Annesa. 2013. "Mental Health Characteristics of Sexual Minority Veterans." Journal of Homosexuality. Volume 60: pp. 419-435.
Seekins, T. 2013. "Participatory Action Research Designs in Applied Disability and Rehabilitation Science: Protecting Against Threats to Social Validity." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Volume 94, Issue 1: pp. S20-S29.
Koehn, Peter. 2013. "Mental Health and Migration." The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell Publishing. DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm362.

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.


McDonald, M.; Brayko, K.; Kavanagh, S. 2012. "Service Learning, Diversity and Teacher Education." J. Banks (Ed) Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications Inc.


Collins, G.G; Closson, J.; Goforth, A.N. 2013. "Using the Common Core State Standards to Prepare All Students for Transition: A Focus on Literacy, Social Skills and Cultural Competence." Presentation for the Montana Council of Exceptional Children annual convention.


Hart Paulson, L. 2013. "Peeling and Dicing the Common Core State Standards: The Ingredients of Early Literacy Development." Presentation for the Montana Council of Exceptional Children annual convention.


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