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  March 18, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 8 |
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UM director named to abuse-prevention commission

The director of the National Native Children's Trauma Center at UM has been appointed to the new 12-member National Child Abuse Prevention Commission.

Marilyn J. Bruguier Zimmerman was nominated for the position by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. The commission will support the Protect Our Kids Act, which Baucus wrote and President Barack Obama signed into law on Jan. 14. The group will study and evaluate federal, state and private child welfare systems and provide policy recommendations to prevent child maltreatment, abuse, neglect and fatalities from abuse.

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PLS lecture to address sexual violence prevention

Victoria Banyard, a leading expert on the study and prevention of sexual violence, will deliver a lecture titled "Sexual Assault as a Societal Problem in America" as part of UM's President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Aside from her lecture, Banyard will deliver an afternoon seminar earlier that same day. The seminar, titled "Who Will Help? Creating a Community Response to Sexual Violence Prevention," will be held from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both the lecture and the seminar are free and open to the public.

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International Culture and Food Festival returns

The University Center will become a venue for global sights, sounds and aromas at the 22nd annual International Culture and Food Festival on Sunday, March 24. More than 400 students from 70 countries will participate in the festival, with the theme "Grizzlies Across the Globe."

The festival will feature a world food bazaar, international culture show, children's world, ethnic cultural pavilions and a silent auction of international arts and crafts. A parade of flags will kick off the festival at noon, and all activities will run until 5 p.m. Admission costs $5 for the general public and $3 for children 12 and under.

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Mansfield Conference looks at future of health care

At the heart of America's long-standing debate about health and health care is a fundamental tension between individual rights and social responsibilities. The 2013 Mansfield Conference, "The Future of Health Care in America: Balancing Individual Rights with Social Responsibility," will address that tension Tuesday through Thursday, March 19-21, at UM.

Eight sessions over three days will feature lectures and panel discussions on topics such as implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance coverage and obesity. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for informed discussions on these important and controversial issues and to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, the political and ethical questions they raise.

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Students to be honored for promoting diversity

The UM Diversity Advisory Council will honor the winners of this year's DAC Student Achievement Awards at a ceremony to be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the University Center's North Ballroom.

This year's awardees are being honored for a breadth of diversity activities such as providing academic support to veterans, fostering connections between American and international students and supporting students with autism by training volunteers to deliver services for students with diverse learning needs.

The campus community is invited to attend the ceremony.

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Locke to lecture on large-landscape conservation 

Harvey Locke, a strategic conservation adviser for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, will deliver a lecture titled "Large Landscape Conservation from Yellowstone to Yukon and Beyond: A Shared Vision for the 21st Century" as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Lecturer Series on Tuesday, March 19, at UM.

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.

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American Indian film series shows at Payne Center

The UM American Indian Student Services will host the Insider/Outsider Film Series on Thursdays through May 9 in The Payne Family Native American Center. The series will include feature films and documentaries about the past and present of Natives and Indian Country made by both Native and non-Native filmmakers.

The films will address the experience of the insider and outsider: what it means to be a cultural insider or outsider making a film for inside or outside audiences, and the ways in which the lines drawn between insiders and outsiders constantly are erased or redrawn.

All films are free and open to the public, with a B.Y.O.F. (bring your own frybread) policy. They will be shown from 5 to 7 p.m. in Payne Center Room 201.

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Physical therapy students host Bust A Gut 5K race

Missoula runners looking to up the ante with their next race can participate in the UM Physical Therapy Student Association's seventh annual Bust A Gut 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23.

The race begins in the UM Oval and continues down the Kim Williams Trail. Racers can stop at optional fitness stations along the traditional 3.1-mile route to help "bust their gut."

The Bust A Gut 5K funds scholarships for first-year physical therapy students at UM. Registration costs $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race and will be available from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Oval. Advance registration is available online.

All racers will receive a T-shirt, and prizes are available. For more information email race committee chair and UM physical therapy student Weston Vik at

Registration open for spring MOLLI courses

For community members ages 50 and older, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) will offer spring courses on topics ranging from Russian literature, Bhutan, Korea, Hemingway, Shakespeare, women artists, Montana CSI, Buddhism, the Cold War and Missoula's springtime native plants, to name only a few.

Registration is open now. To view the Spring 2013 course schedule, course descriptions and instructor biographies, go to

Wellness Champions to host free webinar

Montana University System Wellness Champions will host a webinar for MUS employees titled "Wellness Mythbusters" at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

There are many popular misconceptions regarding fitness, nutrition and health. Some of these myths discourage people from trying to be healthy. Others can be unhealthy if we buy into them. Learn about these myths and, more importantly, what's true and how it can impact your health in the webinar.


Registration is free and is available online.


The Wellness Champions are MUS faculty and staff who work to provide programming and information on health and wellness to university employees across the state.

Full-moon 5K to raise funds for UM youth camps

UM Campus Recreation will host the Griz Glow Dash n' Dance 5K run at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the UM Golf Course. Racers are encouraged to wear neon clothing and glow sticks for the fun run under a full moon.


The Griz Glow Dash n' Dance is a fundraiser for upcoming Campus Recreation Youth Camps. The camps offer area youth an eight-week experience to explore nonmotorized recreation. Campus Recreation aims to foster a lifelong love of recreation for youth in the community.


Registration for the race costs $25 through March 26 and $30 the day of the race. For more information call 406-243-2802 or go online.

Theatre & Dance presents political drama play

The UM School of Theatre & Dance will perform "Pentecost," a compelling and modern political thriller, at 7:30 p.m. March 19-23 and March 26-30 in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at UM. 


A fearless, passionate and powerful contemporary drama, "Pentecost" overflows with timely themes and meditations on national pride, terrorism, the exploitation of cultures, religion and language. The discovery of a fresco on the wall of a church located in an unnamed southeastern European town could prove to wholly reorder the entirety of art history, if it's authentic. 

Tickets are available 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. Faculty and staff can receive one free ticket for shows and purchase another for $9 at the box office.

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Socials

Socials will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. some Fridays during spring semester in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Spring semester dates and event sponsors are:

  • March 22: School of Business Administration and College of Forestry and Conservation
  • March 29: Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Integrated Communications
  • April 26: Mansfield Library
  • May 3: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and Alumni Relations
  • May 8: President Engstrom

No socials will be held on April 12 and May 17 because of conflicting events. If your department is interested in sponsoring a social on any other Friday, call Karen Kaley of the Honors College at 406-243-2589.

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, March 18: Philosophy Forum: "The Conservation of Mass and its Application to Interpolating Ice Sheet Geometry," Jesse V. Johnson, UM professor of computer science, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Law School Pope Room.
  • Monday, March 18: Mansfield Library Workshop: "Literature Review: Effective Searching and Writing Strategies," 3 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Tuesday, March 19: Wilderness Issues Lecture Series: "The New Wild," author and journalist Emma Marris, 7:10 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Wednesday, March 20: Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center Brownbag Lecture Series: "Palestinians and the Arab Spring," Samir Bitar, UM adjunct lecturer of Arabic language and culture, noon, Stone Hall Room 303.
  • Thursday, March 21: Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Seminar Series: "Gene Regulation in the Lyme Disease Spirochete," Scott Samuels, UM Division of Biological Sciences professor, Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • March 18-24: International Week events. Read more
  • March 18: Jeff Cole Distinguished Lecture. Read more
  • March 19: Wild Mercy Reading Series. Read more
  • March 20: Information Session: "Peru: Mountaineering and Trekking in the Andes." Read more
  • March 20: Lecture: Maya Creation Story and the Myth of the Hero Twins. Read more
  • March 21: Lecture: "Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health." Read more
  • March 22: UM Days. Read more
  • March 22: Missoula College visit day. Read more
  • March 22: Poetry Reading: Elizabeth Robinson. Read more
  • March 22-23: Spring Dance Showcase: "Dance New Works." Read more
  • March 22: UM Symphony Orchestra Concert. Read more
  • March 23: Concert: Student Recital Series. Read more
  • March 24: Comedy: Brian Regan. Read more
  • March 24: Play: "Sunday Night Lights: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Read more
News about U
News About U

Media Arts Adjunt Assistant Professor Vera Brunner-Sung wrote and directed a feature film titled "Bella Vista." The film also was produced by 2012 Media Arts graduate Jeri Rafter. The film's website is available here.


Costa, Bruce A.; Crawford, Anthony; Jakob, Keith. 2013. "Does Culture Influence IPO Underpricing?" Journal of Multinational Financial Management." Volume 23, Issues 1-2: pp. 113-123.


Greymorning, Neyooxet. 2012. "Educating Indians: A Colonizing Agent of the United States of America." Indigenous Peoples: Education and Equity (Eds. Craven, R.; Bodkin-Andrews, G.; Mooney, J.) Charlotte, N.C., Information Age Publishing. pp. 119-138.


McKinney, Matthew; Johnson, Shawn. 2013. "Large Landscape Conservation in the Rocky Mountain West: An Inventory and Status Report." Practitioners' Network for Large Landscape Conservation. 28 pages.


Seekins, Tom. 2012. "Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Persons with Disabilities." American Psychologist. Volume 67, Issue 1: pp. 43-62.


Shearer, Tobin Miller. 2012. "Conflicting Identities: White Racial Formation Among Mennonites, 1960-1985." Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Volume 19, No. 3: pp. 268-284. 

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