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 April 8, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 9 |
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NPR's 'Math Guy' to deliver lecture, seminar at UM

Keith Devlin, the Stanford University mathematician best known as "The Math Guy" on NPR's Weekend Edition, will deliver a lecture titled "Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years" as part of UM's President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.


Devlin also will deliver a UM Philosophy Forum seminar earlier that same day, titled "Giving a MOOC - A Survival Guide," from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both the seminar and the lecture are free and open to the public.


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Pulitzer winner named Pollner Professor at UM

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tamara Jones has been selected as the UM School of Journalism's 2013 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor. She will teach at the school during fall semester.


Jones has had a long career in journalism, including eight years with the Associated Press, first as a national correspondent based in New York City and later as a foreign correspondent based in Germany; six years working for the Los Angeles Times as a bureau chief, both in Denver and in Bonn, Germany; and 15 years at the Washington Post, where she shared a Pulitzer for reporting on the Virginia Tech massacre. She also was a Pulitzer finalist in feature writing in 2004. Most recently, she has been a freelance writer, including ghostwriting The New York Times best-seller, "The End of Normal," by Stephanie Madoff Mack.


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Renowned poet to read, lecture on campus

Distinguished poet Alice Notley will deliver a craft lecture and poetry reading at UM on Friday, April 12.


Notley will discuss the reception of her 1996 feminist epic "The Descent of Alette" in a lecture titled "Alette Update: 2013" from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in McGill Hall Room 210. Later that evening, she will read new and old work at 7 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.


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UM students win Goldwater, Udall scholarships

Two UM students recently received prestigious national scholarships. Kim Ledger won a Goldwater Scholarship for science research and Mara Menahan won a Udall Scholarship.


Ledger, a junior majoring in biology with an emphasis in ecology, won the Goldwater Scholarship for her research titled "Biogeographic Investigation of Exotic Invasion." Her study will take her to Hungary this summer. Ledger plans to pursue a doctorate in ecology and continue her research in community ecology and species interactions.


Menahan, a junior majoring in environmental studies and geography, received $5,000 as a 2013 Udall Scholar. Scholars are selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy, as well as their leadership potential and academic achievement.


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Conference to highlight undergraduate research

The UM Conference on Undergraduate Research will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, on the third floor of the University Center.


The daylong conference, which is free and open to the public, offers opportunities for UM students of all majors to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits.


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UM students to debate diversity on campus

Members of the UM debate team will argue whether the University should implement a policy to increase diversity on campus in a free public debate from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Gallagher Business Building Room 106.


The debate, sponsored by the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences Department of Communicative Sciences, also will feature keynote speaker and moderator Maria Cole, the diversity retention and recruitment coordinator for UM.


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Western grad students to get J-School tuition break

Incoming graduate students from 15 Western states now are eligible for in-state tuition through the UM School of Journalism. The Western Regional Graduate Program consortium accepted UM's master's program in environmental science and natural resource journalism into its network starting fall 2013.


WRGP is a tuition-reciprocity program similar to the Western Undergraduate Exchange, which allows students to study at out-of-state schools for less expensive in-state rates. To participate in WRGP, graduate programs must be distinct, offering educational opportunities that may not be available in the student's home state.


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Native American law attorney to lecture at UM

The UM School of Law will welcome Keith Harper to campus to give the 2013 Blakenbaker Lecture on Professional Responsibility at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, in Law Building Room 201. A reception will follow the lecture, which kicks off 2013 Indian Law Week at the UM School of Law.


Harper is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend in Washington, D.C., who focuses his practice on litigation and Native American affairs, representing tribes and individual Indians. A member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, he continues to serve as class counsel in the landmark Indian trust funds lawsuit Cobell v. Kempthorne, a case that recently settled for an aggregate $3.4 billion.


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Website celebrates Wilderness Act 50th anniversary

The Wilderness Institute at UM, together with Wilderness50, recently launched, a website dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.


The 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Planning Team, also known as Wilderness50, will collaborate on the planning and eventual implementation of local, regional and national events and projects specifically designed to elevate the profile of wilderness during the 50th anniversary celebration.


"Having a website of its own will give Wilderness50 and all the exciting preparations for the 50th anniversary of our wilderness system a much more immediate and vibrant appeal to folks around the country," said Vicky Hoover, Wilderness50 co-chair and longtime wilderness advocate and volunteer.


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Radio-TV journalism professor wins Telly Award

UM School of Journalism Professor Ray Ekness recently won a bronze award in the 34th annual Telly Awards for his television program "Building Bridges: Back to Ireland."


The show focuses on a group of young men and women from Ireland and Northern Ireland who came to Montana in 1997 to work on Habitat for Humanity projects while dealing with their cultural, political and religious differences.


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Education partners honored at recognition dinner

The UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences honored state educators and community partners during the 2013 Partnership and Scholarship Recognition Reception held March 22.


The event recognized educational partners who collaborate with the University and the college in the preparation of future professionals. About 350 honorees and guests attended the reception, which was held in the University Center Ballroom.


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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:

  • May 3: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and Alumni Relations
  • May 10: Dining Services

No socials will be held on April 12, 19 and May 17.

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, April 8: Philosophy Forum: "Giving a MOOC -- A Survival Guide," Keith Devlin, Stanford University mathematician, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
  • Wednesday, April 10: Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "The U.S. Pivots to Asia and the Impact on U.S.-China Relations," UM political science Professor Terry Weidner, 12:10 p.m., Mansfield Center Conference Room.
  • Thursday, April 11: Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Seminar Series: "6S RNA: A Small RNA Regulator of Transcription in Bacteria," Karen Wassarman, Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 4:10 p.m., Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110.
  • Sunday, April 14: Mansfield Library Workshop: "Copyright Cases and Higher Education," 3 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • April 8: Exhibition: "Path of Least Resistance." Read more
  • April 9: Prose and Poems. Read more
  • April 10: Nooner: Laura Simpson. Read more
  • April 10: ASUM Senate Meeting. Read more
  • April 10-11: UM Opera Theater. Read more
  • April 11: Student Employee Awards Reception. Read more
  • April 11: Opening Reception: "Path of Least Resistance." Read more
  • April 12: Billiards Tournament: Grizzly Nine-Ball Open. Read more
  • April 12: Trick Shot Expo Featuring Jennifer "9mm" Barretta. Read more
  • April 12: Celebrate Piano Series III: Keyboard Benefit Concert. Read more
  • April 12-13: Weekend Movies: "Gangster Squad" and "Django Unchained." Read more
  • April 13: Graduate student and faculty research conference. Read more
  • April 13-14: Missoula Symphony Orchestra Season Finale. Read more
  • April 13: Concert: Zootown Cabaret. Read more
  • April 14: Music and Reading: The Brink Sisters. Read more
News about U
News About U

Montana Campus Compact Network Services Director Josh Vanek presented a session titled "Institutionalizing Service: A Dialogue" at the Compact Service Corps annual meeting in Denver, March 12-13. MTCC Program Specialist Kirsten Towgood also presented at the meeting. She provided a comprehensive AmeriCorps program evaluation report to participants and conducted a session on how to properly collect data for performance measurement.


Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Ginger Collins and Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Anisa Goforth received a Title II Grant from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education titled "Improving Vocabulary Across the Curriculum Through Responsible Intervention." The $99,993 will be used to increase the number of high-quality educators in Montana.


Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Ginger Collins received a $1,500 grant through the UM International Committee and will use the funds to travel and present a session titled "An Examination of Errors of Coherence in Adolescent Sentence Combining" at the Child Language Seminar in Manchester, England, June 24-25.


The Department of Educational Leadership has partnered with Two Eagle River School as part of the culturally responsive curriculum training used in TERS to bring students up to grade-level scores. Faculty including Assistant Professor Courtney Stewart, who is featured in this article, have led classes and discussions about improving assessment practices for the school.


Mansfield Library Reference Technician Patti McKenzie recently was awarded the 2013 Montana Library Association Outstanding Support Staff of the Year Award. The award recognizes service to the library profession and excellence in job performance. It honors activities and accomplishments that contribute to high-quality library services that benefit library users and promote free access to information for all. McKenzie is the first person from the Mansfield Library and the first person from an academic library to be honored with the award. She has worked at the library for eight years and will accept her award at the MLA conference in Missoula in April.


Department of History Professor Anya Jabour has been accepted to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute "Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago."


Zoellner, K. 2013. "Supporting the High School-to-College Transition on a Shoestring." Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High School-to-College Transition. Libraries Unlimited. Santa Barbara, Calif. pp. 115-122.


Vanita, Ruth. 2013. "Lamb Unslain: Nonhuman Animals and Shelley's Panentheism." Godly Heretics: Essays on Alternative Christianity in Popular Culture. McFarland. pp. 98-113.


Arens, Hiltrud. 2012. "Berlin als Fragment - Berlin als Jahrmarkt in Zafer Senocaks und Yade Karas Prosa." Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik weltweit. Akten des XII. Interantionalen Germanistikkongresses. Frankfurt/New York. Volume 5: pp. 303-308.


Stanley, G.D.; Shepherd, H.M.E. Jr.; Yancey, T.E. 2013. "Giant Upper Triassic Bivalves of Wrangellia, Vancouver Island, Canada." Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. Volume 50: pp. 142-147.


Ipsen, C.; Rigles, B.; Arnold, N.; Seekins, T. 2013. "Access to, Use of and Attitudes Toward Telecommunication Among Rural VR Clients." Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. Volume 56, Issue 3: pp. 172-181.


Sriraman, Bharath; Wu, Ke. 2013. "Embodied Cognition." Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education: SpringerReference. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_353628 2013-03-12 18:16:00 UTC.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Argumentation in Mathematics Education." Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education: SpringerReference. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_313190 2013-01-06 06:06:27 UTC.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Quasi-Empirical Reasoning (Lakatos)." Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education: SpringerReference. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_313310 2012-12-10 10:20:34 UTC.


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