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March 10, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 8  |
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Regents Approve Neural Injury Center at UM

The Montana Board of Regents on March 7 approved a proposal by UM to open the Neural Injury Center, empowering students with traumatic brain injury and other neural injuries to access support and services from departments and colleges across campus.

The NIC is not a physical space as yet, but rather a collaborative of expertise on campus and an extension of UM’s ongoing, interdisciplinary Brain Initiative. Faculty members and researchers from the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Humanities and Sciences are working together to approach neural injury holistically.

“Our first initiative is to improve student success, but far more importantly it’s about improving the quality of their lives and the lives of their families,” said Reed Humphrey, UM professor and chair of the UM School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

Read more: Board of Regents Approves Neural Injury Center at UM

LoParco Wins Prestigious Silver Plate Award

UM Dining Director Mark LoParco recently won the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award for the colleges and universities category.

“We are privileged to award this year’s class of Silver Plate recipients,” said Larry Oberkfell, IFMA president and CEO. “The Gold and Silver Plate Awards are the IFMA community’s way of celebrating greatness within the operator community and acknowledging the leadership and dedication these particular individuals have put forth to advance the foodservice industry.”

Aside from directing all UM Dining services such as the Food Zoo, UM Farm to College Program and UM Catering, LoParco also is president of the National Association of College and University Food Services. He is the first standing president of the NACUFS to win a Silver Plate Award.

Read more: UM Dining Director LoParco Wins Silver Plate Award

Author to Lecture on New American Militarism

Author and Boston University Professor of International Relations and History Andrew J. Bacevich will deliver a lecture titled “The New American Militarism” as part of the President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Bacevich also will deliver a seminar titled “The Importance of Reinhold Niebuhr’s ‘Irony of American History’” in collaboration with the UM Philosophy Forum and the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. that same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

Read more: Author to Lecture at UM on New American Militarism

Washington Foundation Provides $2.4 Million for Statewide Online College-Prep Curriculum

Fully 28 percent of students arrive on Montana college campuses needing remedial courses. In response, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has made a $2.4 million gift to the Montana Digital Academy at UM to launch a statewide project designed to help students avoid remedial course work when they attend college.

During the next three years, the Montana Digital Academy will test EdReady, a curriculum from the National Repository of Online Courses that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Washington Foundation gift will allow Montana students to be the first in the nation to use the curriculum statewide. It is intended to help students boost their scores on commonly used placement exams so they can begin their post-secondary education without remedial help.

Read more: Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Provides $2.4 Million for Statewide Online College-Prep Curriculum

Payne, Poe to Receive Honorary Doctorates

Two of the most successful businessmen ever to graduate from UM will receive honorary doctorates during Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17.

Terry Payne, founder of Terry Payne & Co. Inc., a Missoula-based independent insurance agency, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. John “Jack” Poe, former CEO and chairman of the Semtech in Camarillo, Calif., a semiconductor company, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business. Gov. Steve Bullock will be the Commencement speaker.

Read more: Payne, Poe to Receive UM Honorary Doctorates

Alumnus Endows $1.5 Million for Professorship

A UM alumnus has committed $1.5 million of his estate to the College of Forestry and Conservation. The gift from Earle Layser and his late wife, Pattie, of Alta, Wyo., will endow a professorship in conservation biology and policy.

“Through this generous gift, the University of Montana will do even more to preserve the natural resources of the land the Laysers love,” UM President Royce Engstrom said. “We are grateful for their dedication to conservation education and research.”

The position will be called the Earle and Pattie Layser Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Conservation Biology and Policy.

Read more: UM Receives $1.5 Million Boost for Conservation from Wyoming Couple

More News

UM Team Wins International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
MMAC Lecture About Japanese Friendship Dolls Rescheduled
Experts to Visit UM During Three-Part Lecture Series
97th Foresters’ Ball, Community Events Slated for March 21-22
Mansfield Center Offers Faculty Members Awards for Asia Research
UM to Kick Off International Week with International Culture and Food Festival
Bloomberg Businessweek Reporter to Lecture at UM
UM Adds Powerful New Instrument to Analyze Crystals
Forest Experts Discuss Management, Future During Two-Day Event
UM Irish Studies Program Plans Irish Week March 9-15
Students to Convene at UM for Annual State Science Fair
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 21: Office of the Provost and International Programs
  • April 18: UM Foundation and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • May 9: UM Dining, Student Affairs and Campus Recreation
Geosciences Professor George Stanley attended the North American Paleontological Convention Feb. 15-17 in Gainesville, Fla., with two graduate students and presented the paper “Corals and Mass Extinctions of the Late Triassic.” This convention included all fields of paleontology with more than 500 participants from 26 countries.
The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent has released a 10-minute film on the roundtable, a regional forum focused on connecting people to sustain and enhance culture, community and conservation in the Crown of the Continent. The video can be viewed online at
Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning traveled to Denver for the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission’s Indigenous Film and Arts Festival’s screening of the film “Heeneti3 Hineyoo3eihiiho” ("Language Healers"), for which Greymorning is the executive producer. After the screening, he and director Brian McDermott spoke and answered questions. The film also has screened at festivals in Alaska, Hawaii, Philadelphia and Wisconsin. It will screen March 28-29 in Moscow, Idaho, and in April, Al Jazeera will fly McDermott to screen the film at its 10th International Documentary Film Festival in Qatar.
Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences Professor Ronald Wakimoto continued his capacity building in fire management in the country of Bhutan during a recent trip Jan. 8-22. He presented a training session on “Basic Fire Behavior and Fire Fighting Coordination” to 55 De-Suup volunteers who already received training in disaster preparedness in this small Himalayan country. While in the capital city of Thimphu he was asked by the Fourth King’s representative to write a report on wildfire safety concerns at the construction site of a new modern dzong, or castle. This dzong will be the centerpiece of a new educational academy being built near the village of Pangbisa in Paro, Bhutan.
Lacher, S.; Gremaud, J.N.; Skagen, K; Steed, E.; Dalton, R.; Sugden, K.D.; Cardozo-Pelaez, F.; Woodahl, E.L. 2014. “Absence of P-glycoprotein Transport in the Pharmacokinetics and Toxicity of the Herbicide Paraquat.” The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Volume 348, Number 2: pp. 336-345.
LaPier, Rosalyn; Beck, David R. M. 2014. “'A One-Man Relocation Team’: Scott Henry Peters and American Indian Urban Migration in the 1930s.” Western Historical Quarterly Volume 45, Issue 1: pp. 17-36.
Bates, Sarah. 2014. “Land Trusts and Water: Strategies and Resources for Addressing Water in Western Land Conservation.” Land Trust Alliance. 154 pages.
Heck, N.C.; Livingston, N.; Flentje, A.; Oost, K.; Stewart, B.; Cochran, B.N. 2014. “Reducing Risk for Illicit Drug Use and Prescription Drug Misuse: High School Gay-Straight Alliances and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.” Addictive Behaviors. Issue 39: pp. 824-828.
Prentiss, Anna Marie; Walsh, Matthew J. Walsh; Skelton, Randall R. 2014. “Cultural Macroevolution in the Pacific Northwest: A Phylogenetic Test of the Diversification and Decimation Model.” Journal of Archaeological Science. Volume 41: pp. 29-43.
Prentiss, Anna Marie (field editor). 2014. “Hunter-Gatherers and Middle Range Societies Section” (30 contributed entries). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology.  Springer, New York.
Prentiss, Anna Marie. 2014. “Bridge River and Keatley Creek: Complex Hunter-Gatherer Villages of the Middle Fraser Canyon.” Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith. Spring, New York. pp. 4257-4261.
Prentiss, Anna Marie. 2014. “The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers.”  Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith. Springer, New York. pp. 3587-3592. 
  • Philosophy Forum: "Mutual Love and Friendship as a Path to Knowledge," Bradford Cokelet, 3:10-4:30 p.m., School of Law Pope Room.
  • Women's History Month Lecture: "Picturing the Arguments About Woman Suffrage," Catherine Palczewski, 3:40-5 p.m., Liberal Arts Building Room 302.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains: “The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital: Capacity Building in the Global South." Dr. Brian Sippy, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Hesburgh Lecture: "Faith, Politics and the Constitution," Richard Garnett, 7-8 p.m., School of Law Castles Center.
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism," Molly Worthen, 11:30-12:30 p.m., University Center Rooms 330-331.
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "Strong-Arming Your Sources: Using Research to Analyze and Build Arguments," 6-7 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Community Lecture Series: "Connecting Landscapes, Rivers and Groundwater," William Woessner, 7-8:30 p.m., UC Theater.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: “The Real People’s Lands: Tribal Wilderness, Indigenous Lands and Their Future,” wilderness managers, advocates and local tribal leaders; 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Curry Health Center Workshop: "Developing Friendships," 5 p.m., Curry Health Center Counseling Office, West Entrance downstairs.
  • Women's History Month Lecture: "Taking Action: A Political History of Women in Montana," Diane Sands, 5:30-7 p.m., Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room.
  • Conservation Social Science Seminar: "Why the Alliance for the Wild Rockies is Challenging Collaborative Timber Sales in the Seeley-Swan Valley," Michael Garrity, 4:10 p.m., Forestry Building Room 301.
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