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July 23, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 15 |
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$2 Million gift to fund business school scholarships

Missoula businessman Jim Auger says his father instilled in him the significance of contributing on a local and personal level. Auger committed $2 million of his estate to the UM School of Business Administration with his father in mind.


"I have come to realize how right he was," Auger said of his gift, which will provide undergraduate, renewable scholarships. These will be awarded to business majors and will cover tuition, fees and books for several students each year. Scholarship recipients will be required to volunteer a minimum of 120 hours each academic year with a charitable organization that provides services to underprivileged members of society.


"Through establishment of this endowment, it is my intention to inspire young people to engage in service to their communities," Auger said. "In addition, I hope that the required volunteer service will help recipients develop a deeper compassion for those less fortunate and a lifelong commitment to elevate those in our society who are often marginalized."


Auger, a 1982 graduate of the business school, says his UM education led him to a successful career as a corporate executive and eventually back to Missoula, where he co-owns the Dairy Queen on South Higgins Avenue, one of the community's iconic restaurants. Auger has employed many high school and college students over the years at Dairy Queen. 


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Public health program earns accreditation

UM now has the state's first nationally accredited master of public health program. The Council on Education for Public Health notified UM administrators of the accreditation approval on July 6.  


An MPH degree prepares professionals to identify health problems and needs, consider mechanisms to meet those needs and assure the essential services to protect and promote patient health. Graduates serve as competent practitioners, researchers and teachers who carry out broad health functions in local, state, national and international settings.  


"We are preparing public health practitioners who will use global insight to improve the health of the people of Montana and other rural areas," said Craig Molgaard, chairman of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences. "We expect the people of our state to benefit immensely from our accredited MPH program."


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Renter center offers faculty-staff housing exchange

UM faculty and staff looking to rent out their homes or find a place to rent now have access to an online feature allowing them to post and view listings by other UM employees.


The Off-Campus Renter Center, a service of the Associated Students of UM, and the Office of the Provost recently launched an online faculty and staff housing-exchange feature on the Renter Center Housing Finder website. It's available at


Only UM faculty and staff can access and search the feature by logging on with their Net ID and password. 


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UM strengthens education partnerships in India 

During the India-U.S. Higher Education Dialogue held June 12 in Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Hilary Clinton discussed the importance of growing relationships between the United States and India. The dialogue aimed to encourage vibrant and deep cooperation between the education sectors of the two countries.  


UM recognizes the need to strengthen its relationship with India's institutions of higher education, faculty and students, and can point to several recent accomplishments and activities, including:

  • UM awarded Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative program grant.
  • UM teacher candidates head to South India for student teaching practicum.
  • Global Grizzlies will complete a service project in New Delhi, India, this summer.
  • Office of International Programs sends faculty members to India.

UM launches Montana CleanTech Alliance

UM announced the launch of the Montana CleanTech Alliance during the Innovate Montana Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day held June 21.


MCA works to support and enhance growth in the clean-technology industry in Montana by increasing awareness of the state's existing clean-tech sector. The alliance will help clean-tech companies create jobs, access capital, invest and improve their ability to compete in the global marketplace.   


The alliance is a collaborative effort among the Montana World Trade Center, the BitterRoot Economic Development District, the Montana Angel Network and UM's Office of Technology Transfer. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's Office of Economic Development funded the initiative to launch MCA.


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Grateful Nation adds 2 names to soldier memorial

As Americans prepared to celebrate the 236th anniversary of U.S. independence, Grateful Nation Montana engraved the names of two more servicemen on the Fallen Soldier Memorial at UM.


The names of Sgt. James D. Riekena of Missoula (killed in action 2007) and Cpl. Antonio "Tony" Burnside of Great Falls (killed in action 2012) were added to the memorial on June 28. They will be the 41st and 42nd soldiers recognized by the memorial, which honors soldiers from Montana who have paid the ultimate price in service to their country while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Formed in 2007, Grateful Nation Montana facilitates college educations for the children of soldiers killed on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization gifted the Fallen Soldier Memorial to UM on Nov. 4, 2011.


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MMAC exhibitions celebrate Montana artists


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM will host two new exhibitions, "Cultural Homesteaders: Montana Institute of the Arts from the MMAC Permanent Collection" and "Edith Freeman: Montana Seasons," through Aug. 25.


MMAC curator of art Brandon Reintjes will present a public lecture, "The History of the Montana Institute of the Arts," at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in in the PAR/TV Center's Masquer Theater. Following the lecture, there will be a closing reception and gathering of Montana Institute of the Arts artists from 6 to 8 p.m. in the PAR/TV Center lobby. 

PBS documentary marks 100th anniversary of 4-H

When a 100th anniversary rolls around, someone needs to throw a party. That's exactly what MontanaPBS will do this summer, and the guest of honor is Montana 4-H.


The anniversary gift is "4-H: Six Montana Stories," a 90-minute documentary that follows six Montana 4-H kids for a full year. As they work on their projects, the youngsters learn discipline and responsibility while facing and overcoming challenges. The program premieres on MontanaPBS at 8 p.m. Monday, July 23. 


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Flathead Lake Biological Station hosts open house


UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station invites the public to a free open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.


The station is located 17.5 miles north of Polson and 14 miles south of Bigfork along Highway 35 on the east shore of Flathead Lake.


This year's open house will include demonstration boat trips, activities for children and science kiosks presented by FLBS researchers. Students, faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about FLBS research and education on Flathead Lake. 


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Grant to fund TRiO-Upward Bound for 5 more years

Low-income and first-generation high school students will continue to receive crucial college prep assistance through 2017 thanks to a renewed grant to fund the TRiO-Upward Bound program at UM.


Joseph Hickman, director of UM's TRiO Programs, received a letter May 8 from the office of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus confirming the program will receive more than $1.6 million in funding for the next five years.


TRiO-Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education program that serves high school students from low-income families and those from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Its main goal is to increase the rate of participants graduating from high school and enrolling at and succeeding in higher education institutions. 


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E-Publication Features Eastern Montana, Forestry

The spring edition of Montana Field Notes, a UM e-publication filled with stunning photography, can be found online at


Montana Field Notes focuses on the diverse landscapes, ecology, history and culture of Big Sky Country and the important work being done by the University statewide.


The latest edition offers stories titled "Montana East of the Mountains," "Keeping up with the College of Forestry and Conservation" and "The Lubrecht Experimental Forest." It also features an article by former UM President George Dennison about how to rejuvenate the middle class and a book review of a work that describes Montana's major mountain peaks.


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Professor help sequence genome of ape species

Jeffrey Good, a researcher in the Division of Biological Sciences at UM, was part of an international team that sequenced and analyzed the genome of the bonobo, a great ape species resembling chimpanzees that is closely related to humans.

The research was led by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Good began working on the genome project while completing postdoctoral research at the institute.

The new research was published June 13 on Nature magazine's website at


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UM study finds early signs of forest restoration success

A UM scientific evaluation of a forest restoration project on the Flathead National Forest in western Montana has found promising early results.


"Our monitoring results from the Meadow Smith old-growth restoration project show that the treatments successfully restored spatial elements of old-growth forests," said Andrew Larson, a UM assistant professor of forest ecology. Larson is lead author of the most detailed analysis yet of restoration treatment effects on forest spatial patterns. The work was published online July 18 in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research (


Larson and his co-authors, former UM graduate student Kyle Stover and UM associate research professor Chris Keyes, created maps of tree locations and then used spatial statistics to show how thinning treatments changed tree patterns. In a second analysis, they compared tree maps from restored forests to tree maps from historical old-growth forests to evaluate how effective the treatments were at restoring old-growth conditions.


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Researchers to study how trees survived ice ages

Certain plant and animal species survived past ice ages tucked away in the complex terrain of mountainous regions. Scientists want to locate and understand these areas that harbored biodiversity despite significant population changes in surrounding areas. Studying these "refugia" will help inform predictions about the future impacts of climate change on biological systems.  


Solomon Dobrowski, assistant professor of forest landscape ecology at UM, along with faculty from the University of Oregon and the University of Illinois, recently received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to reconstruct refugia locations and species migration routes in northern Idaho during the most recent glacial cycle. Dobrowski will receive $167,000.


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Study: climate changes decrease Western stream flows

Earlier spring snowmelt and rising air temperatures over the past 50 years have led to decreased late-summer stream flows in arid Western U.S. landscapes, a new study by UM researchers suggests.


The study, "Impacts of climate change on August stream discharge in the Central-Rocky Mountains," was published May 15 in the international journal Climatic Change.  


The study examined 153 streams throughout the central Rockies for changes in mean late-summer flow over the last half-century. It found 89 percent of watersheds have experienced substantial declines in stream flow, likely caused by longer and warmer summer temperatures.  


This trend could pose serious future concerns for aquatic ecosystems in the region, said Steve Running, UM Regents Professor of Ecology and one of the study's authors.


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Professor one of first to create digital textbook

It's only fitting that an evolutionary biologist is hard at work creating the next evolution of the textbook. UM Professor Doug Emlen is creating a first-of-its-kind textbook that will be coupled with an iPad app to provide images, audio, video clips, and interactive graphics and exercises so college students taking courses in evolutionary biology have multiple ways to learn and -- more important to Emlen -- to retain the subject matter.

According to Emlen's publisher, recent studies have found as many as 90 percent of college students don't read their textbooks because the material tends to be dense and dull. So, Emlen and co-author Carl Zimmer, a renowned science writer and regular contributor to The New York Times, set out to change that.

With the backing of progressive publishing company Roberts & Company, Emlen and Zimmer were able to rethink the very nature of the textbook. Their goal was to create a tool that would not look or feel like the traditional desk-reference textbook. Instead, they went to work filling the pages of "Evolution: Making Sense of Life" with compelling narrative, conveying science through stories and illustrating the pages with commissioned, original artwork and colorful photographs.

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News about U
News About U

In May, the National Law Journal named UM Assistant Professor Anthony Johnstone its Appellate Lawyer of the Week. Johnstone, who teaches constitutional law and related courses at UM's School of Law, earned the honor for his work surrounding the constitutional challenges to campaign finance laws in Citizens United and related cases.


Montana Public Radio News Director Sally Mauk and MTPR Capitol Bureau Chief Dan Boyce received a total of four awards from the Northwest division of the Society of Professional Journalists. Part of the 2011 Excellence in Journalism Contest, the awards were announced May 19 in Portland, Ore., and Seattle. Mauk won a first-place award for a general column in a medium-sized newspaper for her columns that are published twice-monthly in the Missoulian. Boyce won three awards, including first place in radio feature news reporting for his story on the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Montana-born television broadcaster Chet Huntley. 


UM Associate Professor of history Jody Pavilack recently won two awards for her book "Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile's Coal Communities from the Popular Front to the Cold War." The book received the Latin American Studies Association 2012 Bryce Wood Award for outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English over an 18-month period. In March Pavilack's book won the prestigious Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Thomas McGann Award for outstanding monograph by a member. 


The National Association of College and University Food Services recently chose University Dining Services Director Mark LoParco as its president-elect. The election was held in Boston on July 13 at the NACUFS National Conference. LaParco accepted the three-year commitment to hold the prestigious volunteer position. He will serve one year each as president-elect, president and past president.


UM Wildlife Biology Program Faculty Affiliate M. Sanjayan has been named science and environmental contributor to CBS NewsIn this new role, Sanjayan will provide insight into a broad range of scientific and environmental topics across multiple platforms and contribute to CBS News broadcasts, including "CBS This Morning" and "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."


Don Loranger, director of the Defense Critical Language and Culture Training Program at UM's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, was appointed to the National Security Education Board by President Barack Obama on July 5. The National Security Education Board oversees the National Security Education Program, which aims to enhance national security by increasing the United States' capacity to deal effectively with foreign cultures and languages.  


Braun, Michael, 2012. "Pulling off the comeback: shrink, expand, neither, both?", Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 33, Issue 3., pp. 13-21.


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