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 April 15, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 10 |
Welcome to ForUM, the e-newsletter for University of Montana staff, faculty and administrators. ForUM is published weekly during the academic year except during scheduled academic breaks.

UM Employee Recognition Day set for Friday

UM has designated Friday, April 19, UM Employee Recognition Day to show appreciation to all employees and to celebrate the impressive contributions they make to the success of the University.

UM Employee Recognition Day will be celebrated throughout campus and will conclude with a reception for all employees from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. UM student groups will perform live music during the event.

The reception will include hors d'oeuvres, faculty and staff awards, prize drawings and celebration of "Griz Family -- Growing Together."

To help UM employees acknowledge colleagues and coworkers who have contributed to their success, the planning committee has created a recognition website that allows employees to send a personal message of appreciation. Messages can be posted online until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and will be delivered to recipients on Employee Recognition Day.

For more ideas about ways to recognize valuable contributions of employees, colleagues and coworkers, visit this website.

UM student wins prestigious Truman Scholarship

UM junior Rebecca Boslough recently won the national Truman Scholarship. The prestigious award provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school.

Truman Scholars are selected on the basis of leadership achievements and potential in public service. Boslough, who majors in resource conservation with a minor in climate change studies, is the University's 13th Truman Scholar and the only student selected from a Montana university this year. Sixty-two students from 54 colleges and universities were selected as 2013 Truman Scholars out of 629 candidates from nearly 300 institutions.

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Community invited to annual Kyi-Yo Celebration

Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America will gather at UM for the 45th annual Kyi-Yo Celebration on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at the Adams Center.

This year's theme is "Reciprocity, Griz Helping Griz." The theme will honor UM alumni while encouraging them to help current students with any resources they have available, such as time, donations or mentorships.

"We know that Native American alumni earned valuable skills while earning their education here at UM and hope they can help share those skills with current Native students," said Kyi-Yo Club member Amber Shaffer.

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Central and Southwest Asia Conference returns

Faculty, students and researchers from around the world will participate in the 11th annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference at UM Wednesday through Friday, April 17-19.

The conference, sponsored by the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center at UM, Students for Peace and Justice, and the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, will feature several panels and presentations on the language, culture, history and politics of China, the Middle East, and Central and Southwest Asia. It also will showcase two student panels highlighting the research and achievements of UM students who study Central and Southwest Asian Studies and UM exchange students from Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

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New webpage offers tools for UM community

UM has launched a new webpage that features links to the online services most frequently used by students, faculty and staff.

The page, which is now live at, provides links to UM services such as Cyberbear, Academic Planners, iTunes U, the library and more.

The launch of the new page precedes UM's homepage redesign, which will be completed this month. The new page allows UM students to find the links they use most often in one place. It's also linked from the header on every UM webpage.

All UM schools, colleges and departments are encouraged to share the new page with students and employees.

Initiative presents Greater Yellowstone e-magazine

UM recently published a new Greater Yellowstone e-magazine, which reveals essential work being done by UM and its partners in one of America's most iconic landscapes.

The issue is 89 pages and includes 15 articles paired with stunning natural, artistic and historical photography and art. Articles include "This is Greater Yellowstone," "Archaeological Project at Yellowstone Lake," "The First Explorations" and the review of a new book on the initial 19th-century explorations of the park.

In March, UM expanded its Crown of the Continent Initiative -- focused on the Glacier National Park region -- to include the greater Yellowstone region as well. The combined name of the initiative is now the UM Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative.

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Mamalode joins UM business incubator

Mamalode, a media company for moms that includes a magazine and website, recently joined the Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC), a business incubator for startup companies run by UM.

The new office allows Mamalode to centralize what has been a virtual operation and to facilitate the company's national expansion.

"We are so pleased to welcome Mamalode to our program," said Joe Fanguy, UM director of technology transfer and MonTEC president. "This company has a captive audience in Missoula, a strong presence in local economic development efforts and huge global potential. They are positioning themselves to be a Montana success story, and we feel honored to be a part of their continued growth."

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Celebrate basketball teams at family-friendly event

The UM basketball teams, both of which were Big Sky Conference regular-season and tournament champions, will be honored Wednesday, April 17, during a family-friendly celebration at Dahlberg Arena.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free parking will be available during the event in Lot P, which is located in front of the Adams Center. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the Griz and Lady Griz coaches and players, and get autographs. Children age 12 and younger can compete in shooting games against the players.

Free popcorn and soda will be available, and a video highlighting the teams' seasons will be shown.

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Endangered languages expert to speak at UM

K. David Harrison, a leading specialist in the study of endangered languages and co-leader of the National Geographic Enduring Voice project, will deliver a lecture titled "Endangered Languages: Local and Global Perspectives" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Social Science Building Room 356.

Harrison is an associate professor at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Siberia, Mongolia, Bolivia, India and North America. His work includes scientific descriptions of languages, as well as storybooks, translations and digital archives for use by the language community.

About half of the world's 7,000 languages are predicted to go extinct this century. In his lecture, Harrison will address how language death leads to intellectual impoverishment in all fields of science and culture. He also will detail efforts to sustain, value and revitalize linguistic diversity worldwide.

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First 'Dialogue on Intellectual Diversity' planned

UM's College of Arts and Sciences will host the first "Dialogue on Intellectual Diversity" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.


The dialogue will feature a discussion of the concept of human nature between Emeritus Regents Professors Paul Lauren, a historian, and Fred Allendorf, a biologist. It will be moderated by UM Environmental Studies Instructor Rosalyn LaPier.


The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. For more information call Cassie Strauss with the College of Arts and Sciences at 406-243-2568.

Retirement party scheduled for Lopach, Luckowski

A joint retirement party will be held in honor of Department of Political Science Professor Jim Lopach and Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences Professor Jean Luckowski. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Canyon Club at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.


During a 40-year career at UM, Lopach served as a professor and chairman of the Department of Political Science, acting director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, associate provost and special assistant to the provost, director of the master's program in public administration and as an NCAA faculty athletics representative.


In her 30 years at UM, Luckowski has taught, provided service and written about secondary social studies methods and applied ethics courses.


Faculty and staff are invited to attend the party and wish both Lopach and Luckowski a happy retirement after so many years of service to the University.

MMAC hosts textile exhibits for final week

The exhibits "Nancy Erickson's Kindred Spirits" and "Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the MMAC Permanent Collection" will be on display for their final week at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. The shows, which close April 20, are located in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

Peace Week to include speakers, film and events

The Students for Peace and Justice will present a week-long conference to celebrate Peace Week at UM Monday through Saturday, April 15-20.


Peace Week will bring together veterans and peace activists such as retired Army Capt.Paul K. Chappell and Tammara Rosenleaf, professors and scholars, international students, and SPJ alumni to share their testimonies, knowledge, and perspectives on peace and bring us up to date on U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
Within Peace Week, the group will screen "The Ground Truth," a documentary highlighting veterans´ perspectives on the Iraq War. Additionally, Peace Week will engage participants via a drone simulation event and flashmob, peace and justice related tabling, and a solidarity-building letter-writing event to demonstrate U.S. support for citizens in countries like Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 
More information and a schedule of events is available online.

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:

  • Tuesday, April 16: Philosophy Forum: "Animal Minds and Animal Ethics," Casie Dunleavy, UM master's candidate in philosophy; introduction and reply by UM Professor of philosophy Deborah Slicer, 3:40-5 p.m., School of Law Pope Room.
  • Tuesday, April 16: Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture: "Social Media in 19th Century Japan: Print, Politics and Poetry," UM Assistant Professor of Japanese Robert Tuck, 12:10 p.m., Mansfield Center.
  • Thursday, April 18: Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Spring Seminar Series: "Discovery and Development of a Tool Box of PET Imaging Tracers for In-Life Studies," UM Professor John Gerdes, 4:10 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • April 15: Lecture: Nate Warner, social media marketing guru at Red Bull. Read more
  • April 15: Blankenbaker Lecture Series. Read more
  • April 15: II2013 Keynote Presentation. Read more
  • April 15: Open Mic Night. Read more
  • April 15: Student Recital Series. Read more
  • April 16: Poetry Reading and "Oval" Launch. Read more
  • April 16: International Development Studies Minor Spring Reception. Read more
  • April 16: Wellness Champions Workshop: "The Language of Nutrition Labels." Read more
  • April 16: Positive Influence Community Conversation. Read more
  • April 16: Concert: Chamber Chorale. Read more
  • April 17: Used Outdoor Gear Sale. Read more
  • April 17: Wellness Champions Workshop: "The Language of Nutrition Labels." Read more
  • April 17-18: Public Land Law Symposium. Read more
  • April 17: Indian Law Week. Read more
  • April 18-20: Spring Art Fair. Read more
  • April 18: Wellness Champions Workshop: "Sports and Exercise Nutrition." Read more
  • April 18: Concert: Student Chamber Music Recital. Read more
  • April 18-19: Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Read more
  • April 19: UM Percussion Ensemble and Islanders Steel Drum Band. Read more
  • April 19: Wellness Champions Workshop: "Sports and Exercise Nutrition." Read more
  • April 20: 25th Annual Grizzly Triathlon. Read more
  • April 20: World's Largest Garage Sale. Read more
  • April 20: 2013 NPC iForce Big Sky Championships. Read more
  • April 20: UM Historical Archaeology Lab Open House. Read more
  • April 20: Swing into Spring. Read more
  • April 20: Weekend Movies: "Identity Thief" and "The Hobbit." Read more
  • April 20: Student Recital Series. Read more
  • April 21: Educators' Career Fair. Read more
  • April 21: Student Recital Series. Read more
  • April 21: Concert: String Orchestra of the Rockies "Northern Lights." Read more
News about U
News About U

Native Amerian Studies Department Chair and Professor Dave Beck gave a talk titled "Native American Studies in the 21st Century" at the Harvard University Native American Program on April 2.

Joel Berger, the John J. Craighead chair and professor of wildlife conservation in the Division of Biological Sciences, is featured in an April article in Scientific American titled "Extremely High and Incredibly Cold." The article discusses Berger's research regarding the number of wild yaks in the Tibetan Himalayan region of China. The article is available to read through the Mansfield Library digital journal holdings. To access it, visit, search for Scientific American under the "Journals" tab, select the Academic Search Complete link, expand the 2013 issues at the far right of the screen and select the April 2013 issue. A full listing of articles from the journal is available.


Clough, Bradley. 2012. "Early Indian and Theravada Buddhism: Soteriological Controversy and Diversity." Amherst, N.Y.: Cambria Press. 252 pages.


Boucher, Laura A., Campbell, Duncan G. 2013. "Development and Initial Validation of the Symptoms and Assets Screening Scale." The Journal of American College Health. Issue 61: pp. 164-174.


Johnstone, Anthony. 2013. "Commandeering Information (And Informing the Commandeered)." University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online. Volume 161: pp. 205-220.


Mizner, R.L. 2013. "The Effect of Lift Teams on Kinematics and Muscle Activity of the Upper Extremity and Trunk in Bricklayers." Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Volume 43, Issue 4: pp. 232-241.

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