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 April 29, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 12 |
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Lucile Speer Lecture Defends Humanistic Education

Seth Lerer, distinguished professor of literature and dean of arts and humanities at the University of California, San Diego, will deliver the final installment of the 2012-13 UM President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.


Lerer's lecture, which is the annual Lucile Speer Memorial Lecture, will be titled "The Verve: Humanism, Scholarship and Modern Life." An eloquent and impassioned defender of humanistic education at a time when the humanities have come under attack, Lerer is at the forefront of the humanists' counterattack. He will speak about the enduring value of literature and history as incomparable sources for understanding the present.


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Premedical Students Attain 80 Percent Acceptance

In the competitive world of medical school admissions, only about 50 percent of students from U.S. universities are accepted into a school of their choice. At UM, that acceptance rate is 80 percent because the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences has instituted a 10-person premedical sciences advising team that works to highlight the strengths of any and all interested students.


Of the 25 UM students who went through the premed advising program and applied to medical school this year, 20 have been accepted to schools of their choice, and several have been accepted to more than one school.


The key to this success is the commitment of advisers and the open nature the program takes toward working with students, said UM Director of Premedical Sciences Mark Pershouse. The advising program is in its fifth year of a new model, initially started in the office of Provost -- now University president -- Royce Engstrom in conjunction with the Dean's Office of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Improvement in the overall results is evident. 

Fulbright Application Process to Open May 1

The new Fulbright Scholarship application process for seniors and recent graduates will open Wednesday, May 1. The application will be available online for information and registration.


The campus deadline for 2014-15 Fulbright applications is Sept. 17, 2013, and the national deadline is Oct. 15.


Faculty are asked to encourage their top students who would be good cultural ambassadors to apply. Professor Liz Ametsbichler, the UM Fulbright Program adviser, can answer questions about the process by phone at 406-243-5001 or email at

Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry to Speak at UM

Ada Yonath, an Israeli crystallographer best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome and a 2009 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry, will deliver a seminar titled "The Fruits of Curiosity: The Ribosome and Its Tiny Enemies" at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110 at UM.


The lecture, co-sponsored by the UM chemistry department, is part of UM's Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Seminar Series and also is offered as part of UM's Global Leadership Initiative programming. The event is free and open to the public, and a discussion will follow. 


Yonath was the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and she also is the first woman in the Middle East to win the prize in the sciences.


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Business School Honors Outstanding Alumni

The UM School of Business Administration will honor three alumni for outstanding career achievements during the 66th annual Donor Recognition and Scholarship Awards Banquet on Friday, May 10.


The three honorees are long-time UM supporter Chuck Bultmann, Great Falls native Tim McGee and Montana native and Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member Trina Finley Ponce.


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MMAC to Open New Exhibitions for Summer

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM will display two new exhibits -- "A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet" and "Richard Buswell: Close to Home" -- in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center from May 2 to Aug. 3.


This summer marks the centennial visit of German-born artist Julius Seyler (1873-1958) to Glacier National Park in 1913. Though that visit and another in the summer of 1914 were his only trips to Montana, Seyler's experience in Glacier National Park remained central to the rest of his career.


The exhibition in the Paxson Gallery features the work of Dr. Richard Buswell. Buswell is a fourth- generation Montanan who has photographed western settlement sites, ghost towns and frontier homesteads for more than 41 years.


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Proposals Needed for 2013 Day of Dialogue

Believe it or not, it's already time to start planning for the 2013 Day of Dialogue. The eighth annual event will be held at UM on Nov. 6, but the Day of Dialogue Committee now is accepting presentation proposals for the free, daylong symposium.


The event brings together campus and the Missoula community for presentations, performances, workshops and exhibits that encourage dialogue about diversity. Participants can explore topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, class, social hierarchy and privilege. Day of Dialogue events are created by UM students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.


Diversity at UM is an essential component of academic excellence. The Day of Dialogue provides a ready opportunity to contribute to the diversity efforts at the University. Presenters can showcase research, explore professional interests or share their own experiences.


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UM Names Final Candidates for Provost

After an extensive national search, UM will interview three finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.


The provost serves UM as chief academic officer, overseeing the University's academic operations and efforts to promote student success. The position answers directly to UM President Royce Engstrom and serves on the president's cabinet.


The three finalists are David Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.; Perry Brown, interim UM provost and former dean of UM's College of Forestry and Conservation; and Dan O'Hair, interim senior vice provost at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.


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Distinguished Mansfield Center Fellows Named

To honor their contributions to the legacy of former U.S. Senator Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center has named former center directors Paul Lauren and Terry Weidner the first Distinguished Mansfield Fellows.


Mansfield was one of Montana's most admired public servants and the longest-serving majority leader in the history of the U.S. Senate. 


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UC to Host Life in the Line of Duty Appreciation Day

The University Center's Student Involvement Network will host a Life in the Line of Duty Appreciation Day celebration at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, to honor the men and women who serve the community. The celebration will begin with a barbecue in the UM Library Mall, followed by guest speaker Marine Corps Recon Cpl. Shad Pepion.


The event will honor those who serve our country and community, including members of the police, fire and sheriff's departments, ROTC, veteran's affairs, U.S. Army, National Guard, Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. Community members are invited to help celebrate these individuals.


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Retired Professor Funds Student Scholarship

The UM College of Forestry and Conservation awarded its first Zuuring/MAGIP Graduate GIS Scholarship in April. The honor went to UM graduate student Alma Pacheco, who is earning a geography master's degree. She studies European brown bear habitat connectivity in northern Spain.


In the 1990s, the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals established a fund to award scholarships to UM graduate students working on projects that incorporate geographic information systems. In 2007, the UM Foundation began managing the fund. With regular donations from retired UM Professor Hans Zuuring, the fund reached its current endowment level.


Zuuring donated more than $12,000 to the fund through the UM Foundation. When asked why he wanted to support the scholarship, he said, "When I was a graduate student, the only money given out was for a teaching assistantship or for research."


Gifts like this have an incredible impact at UM. Join your colleagues today to give back to UM through the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. All gifts, large and small, make a difference. Learn more, and donate online today.


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Theatre & Dance Presents Shakespearean Farce

The UM School of Theatre & Dance will perform Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors" at 7:30 p.m. April 30-May 4 and May 7-11 in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center's Masquer Theatre.

To show appreciation for their long-standing commitment and service to UM, President Engstrom and the School of Theatre & Dance will provide faculty and staff one free ticket to the play. In addition, a second ticket for each performance may be purchased for $9. 

To get faculty/staff tickets, present your Griz Card 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. 

UM Offers Summer Courses in Glacier, Yellowstone

Students will have a chance to study natural resources in Montana's two iconic national parks this summer through field courses offered by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation. The courses focus on climate change in Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.


The Glacier National Park and Montana's Crown of the Continent course will help students learn about current and projected impacts in the region due to climate change, including the response of land managers, conservationists and land owners. Participants will hike in Glacier, survey a whitebark pine forest, tour a lumber mill and visit with ranchers experiencing long-term drought to discuss community impacts and adaptation options.


The Yellowstone National Park and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem course will help students learn how climate variability impacts the world's first national park. Students will hike and explore the park and experience key features such as wildlife and geyser basins.


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UM to Celebrate Donors' Support on PHIL Day

Students, faculty and campus visitors will have a chance to thank UM donors for their support on Thursday, May 2, during PHILanthropy Day. Last year, 13,866 donors contributed $19 million to UM to support everything from student scholarships and academic programs to campus facilities.


PHILanthropy Day, affectionately dubbed PHIL Day, celebrates the generosity of UM donors and recognizes the role private gifts play at the University.


PHIL Day includes a party on the Oval from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student members of the UM Islanders Steel Band will provide entertainment from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees will enjoy ice cream donated by Big Dipper and have the opportunity to write personal thank-you notes to University supporters.


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UM Theatre & Dance Announces 2013-14 Season

The UM School of Theatre & Dance will perform a lineup of new and classic drama and dance productions in the 2013-14 season. 


Next year's plays include "Avenue Q," "Distracted," "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," "The Miracle Worker," "Book of Days" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," along with the annual "Dance in Concert."


Season tickets are available for an early-bird special of $60 for all seven shows until May 11. For a full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

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

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, April 29: Philosophy Forum: "Hamlet's Lyric Theater," Seth Lerer, distinguished professor of literature and dean of arts and humanities at the University of California, San Diego, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
  • Monday, April 29: Institute on Ecosystems Rough-Cut Science: "Exploring How Managers and Practitioners Use Best Practices Science," UM Regents Professor Jakki Mohr, noon, University Center Room 330.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • April 29: Open Mic Night. Read more
  • April 30: Reading and Signing: Todd Wilkinson, Chris Palmer and Dan Flores. Read more
  • April 30: Bicycle Touring 101. Read more
  • April 30: Presentation: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Intersex but Were Afraid to Ask." Read more
  • April 30-May 4: Play: "Comedy of Errors." Read more
  • May 1: Nooner: Alec Underwood and Ty. Read more
  • May 1: Institutional Review Board Deadline. Read more
  • May 1: ASUM Senate Meeting. Read more
  • May 1: Concert: UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Read more
  • May 1: Concert: UM Concert Band. Read more
  • May 1: Capps-Rickard Singer of the Year Finals. Read more
  • May 2: Imagine Missoula Q-and-A. Read more
  • May 3: UM Days. Read more
  • May 3: Reading and Signing: Karen Buley. Read more
  • May 3-4: Weekend Movies: "Oz" and "Warm Bodies." Read more
  • May 5: Archery Workshop. Read more
News about U
News About U

School of Music Associate Professor Charles Nichols performed his composition "No Title for Cacophony," for iPhones and computer, with faculty from Bowling Green State University, Montana State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Society of ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States national conference on April 19 in St. Paul, Minn.


Julie Biando Edwards, associate professor in the Mansfield Library, has been appointed to the Reference and Information Services Section Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations to serve a four-year term. She represents the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association on RISS and is one of only two librarians from the U.S. on the committee. She will work with librarians from other countries on international policies and standards related to information services. 

Department of Anthropology Professor Anna Prentiss chaired a poster symposium at the 78th annual Society for American Archaeology Meetings 2013 titled "The People of the Middle Fraser Canyon during British Columbia's Fur Trade Era: Household Social, Economic, and Political Organization at Bridge River." She presented two posters titled "The Archaeology of Housepit 54 During the Colonial Period at Bridge River" and "Knapping on the Roof: Spatial Analysis Materials from the Housepit 54." The latter was created with UM students Phillip Hamilton, Kristen Barnett and Alexandra Williams. Prentiss also presented a paper titled "The Coarse Volcanic Rock Industry at Rio Ibanez Six, Aysen Region, Patagonia Chile" at the 75th meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Honolulu. The paper was co-written by
UM students Justin Keunstle, Barnett, and Matthew Walsh. On April 20, Prentiss delivered a plenary lecture at Boise State University titled "At the Malthusian Ceiling: Subsistence, Dogs and Social Inequality at the Bridge River Site, British Columbia." The lecture was delivered during the Northwest Evolution, Ecology and Human Behavior Symposium in Boise, Idaho.

Foreign Student and Scholar Services Office Manager Becky Maier presented two sessions at the Ellucian Live Convention April 6-10 in Philadelphia. She presented for the International Student and Scholar Management program, which streamlines how FSSS reports mandated information to the government and allows the office to manage foreign student data.  
John Sommers-Flanagan, professor in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences Department of Educational Leadership, presented three workshops at the annual American Counseling Association World Conference in March in Cincinnati, Ohio. The workshops were titled "How to Listen so Parents Will Talk and Talk so Parents Will Listen," "The Clinical Interview: Themes, Variations and Solutions" and "Counseling Challenging Teenagers." 
Mansfield Library Professor Barry Brown was selected for the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University. The institute addresses three areas -- planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning -- with an overarching goal of increasing the attendees leadership and management capacity. The institute will be held July 28-Aug. 2 in Cambridge, Mass.   

Tempa, T.M.; Hebblewhite, M.; Mills, L.S.; Norbu, N.; Wangchuck, T; Nidup, T.; Dendup, P.; Wangchuck, Y.; Wangdi, T. Dorji; Wangchuck, T. 2013. "Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan, as a Wild Felid Biodiversity Hot Spot." Oryx. Volume 47, Issue 2: pp. 207-210.

Lorang, M. S.; Hauer, F. R.; Whited, D.C.; Matson, P.L. 2013. "Using Airborne Remote-Sensing Imagery to Assess Flow Releases from a Dam in Order to Maximize Renaturalization of a Regulated Gravel-Bed River." The Challenges of Dam Removal and River Restoration Geological Society of America Reviews in Engineering Geology. pp. 117-132.


Whited, D. C.; Kimball, J. S.; Lorang, M. S.; Stanford, J.A. 2013. "Estimation of Juvenile Salmon Habitat in Pacific Rim Rivers Using Multiscalar Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis." River Research and Applications. Volume 29, Issue 2: pp. 135-148.


Amish, S. J.; Hohenlohe, P. A.; Painter, S.; Leary, R.F.; Muhlfeld, C.; Allendorf, F.W.; Luikart, G. 2012. "RAD Sequencing Yields a High Success Rate for Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout Species-Diagnostic SNP Assays." Molecular Ecology Resources. Volume 12, Issue 4: pp. 653-660.


Campbell, N.; Amish, S.; Pritchard, V.; McKelvey, K.; Young, M.; Schwartz, M.; Garza, J.; Luikart, G.; Narum, S. 2012. "Development and Evaluation of 200 Novel SNP Assays for Population Genetic Studies of Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Genetic Identification of Related Taxa." Molecular Ecology Resources Volume 12, Issue 5: pp. 942-949.


Chuang, T.W.; Henebry, G.M.; Kimball, J.S.; VanRoekel-Patton, D.L.; Hildreth, M.B.; Wimberly, M.C. 2012. "Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing for Mosquito Population Dynamics." Remote Sensing of Environment Issue 125: pp. 147-156.


Colliander, A.; McDonald, K.; Zimmermann, R.; Schroeder, R.; Kimball, J.S.; Njoku, E.G. 2012. "Application of QuikSCAT Backscatter to SMAP Validation Planning: Freeze/thaw State over ALECTRA Sites in Alaska from 2000 to 2007." Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions Volume 50, Issue 2: pp. 461-468.


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