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 Aug. 26, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 17 |  
Dear Cary,
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.
Students attend the 2012 Academic Convocation. (UM Photo)

Faculty, Staff Invited to 'Week of Welcome' Events

UM will welcome new and returning students to the 2013-14 academic year during the "Week of Welcome." Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to join these events to meet students and help kick off the new year.


All events will be held on the Oval. The schedule is:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28: 2013 Academic Convocation, 8:30 p.m. Academic Convocation is held each fall and is a celebration to officially welcome incoming students to UM. Enjoy activities, hear from UM leadership and gather around bonfires on the Oval.
  • Thursday, Aug. 29: Outdoor Movie: "Man of Steel," 9 p.m. The University Center will host a free showing of the newest Superman movie.
  • Friday, Aug. 30: Welcome Feast, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The campus community is invited to enjoy free food, live music and open volleyball, with the chance to win prizes.

UM Extends Deadlines for Student Firefighters

UM has extended important deadlines for students who are fighting wildfires. The extension gives student firefighters until Monday, Sept. 16, to meet registration, financial aid, housing and other deadlines.


The extension applies to all students working in the firefighting effort, including those providing support services for fire crews, as well as National Guard members and other military personnel.

Shakespeare in the Parks Returns to UM Oval

In June, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks opened its 41st season of providing free, professional theater productions of the classics throughout Montana and four neighboring states. The troupe will return to the UM Oval to perform George Farquhar's "The Recruiting Officer" at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, and Shakespeare's "Henry V" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.


Audiences are encouraged to arrive early with chairs, blankets, a picnic and friends and family to enjoy the evening. Both performances are free and open to the public.


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Dave Poulsen (UM Photo)

Poulsen Earns Army Grant for Drug Development

The U.S. Army awarded UM researcher Dave Poulsen a $1 million grant to further develop a drug that limits damage caused by traumatic brain injuries.


Researchers in Poulsen's lab have shown that low doses of methamphetamine given to rodents within 12 hours after a traumatic brain injury or stroke significantly reduce brain damage and impairment. The Army grant will advance preclinical development studies of the drug in preparation for Phase I/II human clinical trials.


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Reception Will Open Annual Faculty Art Exhibit

The Gallery of Visual Arts and the UM School of Art will present "Accumulation/Transformation," the annual art faculty exhibition, Sept. 3-25.


An opening reception will be held for the exhibition from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Gallery of Visual Arts, located on the first floor of the Social Science Building. Earlier that evening, UM School of Art Associate Professor Valerie Hedquist will deliver an accompanying lecture titled "Miss Linwood's Picture Gallery in Leicester Square" from 5:10 to 6 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 356.


"Accumulation/Transformation" explores the concept of collecting and collections. Faculty members were challenged to examine how the things they collect inform their creative process and create work in response. In some cases, actual collections of objects will be displayed in addition to other artwork. 


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Loss of Sea Ice Causes Ecological Changes

A new paper co-written by UM Associate Professor Mark Hebblewhite details ecological changes caused by a loss of Arctic sea ice. The paper concludes that the loss of sea ice obviously will impact the marine food web and the marine mammals that depend on sea ice habitat. Other major ecological changes in adjacent land-based habitats and species also will occur because of warming oceans.


The findings were published Aug. 2 in Science magazine.


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Law School
UM School of Law (UM Photo)

School of Law Recognized for Innovative Program

According to preLaw, a National Jurist publication, law schools around the country are shunning tradition and trying new programs, teaching methods and other efforts to help graduates jet to the top of their profession, with UM among them. The UM School of Law ranked No. 10 on the publication's list of the 25 most innovative ideas launched by law schools for its first-year program in which students belong to a mock law firm. 


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Pinkerton Named Head Coach for UM Softball Team
Softball coach

Jamie Pinkerton, the former head coach at Tulsa and Arkansas and most recently an assistant coach at Iowa State, has been named the first head coach of the nascent Montana softball program. The Grizzlies will play their inaugural season in 2014-15.  


Pinkerton rose to the top of an applicant pool of nearly 100. He'll be in Missoula before Labor Day to start laying the program's foundation.


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Share Contest Participation with University Relations

UM, its individual schools and colleges and even Missoula itself often are featured in top rankings lists, designated the "most beautiful," "most innovative," "best adventure," etc. 


Sometimes these rankings or contests are determined by voting campaigns, increasingly held through social media. If any person or program in your department or school is up for a contest or ranking, let University Relations know by emailing


UM now has more than 71,000 "likes" on Facebook and a growing Twitter following. We can promote your contests or voting campaigns and support the innovation and excellence UM is known for.

Crown of the Continent Conference Held in Glacier

The fourth annual Conference of the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent will be held Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 11-13, at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier.


The theme of the conference is "Building Partnerships." It will showcase existing links between local actions and landscape-scale outcomes aimed at sustaining and enhancing the communities, culture and conservation values of the Crown of the Continent region.


Registration costs $135 and is available online.

Workshop: Scanning/Converting Course Materials

The Mansfield Library will offer an interactive workshop on scanning and converting course materials for instruction with a focus on high-quality, accessible documents. 


The workshop will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 6, in Mansfield Library Room 283. Bring sample course materials if you wish. Presenters are Reserve Materials Supervisor Julia Jackman-Brink and Paw Print Manager Glenn Kneebone.

Friday Afternoon Socials

The first autumn semester faculty/staff/retiree social will be held from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and will be sponsored by the Davidson Honors College. The schedule and format of future socials will be announced in the coming weeks. If you are interested in co-sponsoring a social, call Karen Kaley in the honors college at 406-243-2589 or email

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events
  • Tuesday-Friday: Fraternity Recruitment. Read more
  • Wednesday: ASUM Senate Meeting. Read more
  • Thursday: Opening Reception: "Macrocosm" art exhibit. Read more
  • Thursday: Student Employment & Academic Enrichment Fair. Read more
  • Friday: Faculty and Guest Artist Series: Margaret Lund Schuberg on flute, Maxine Ramey on clarinet and Luis Millan on guitar. Read more
  • Saturday: Grizzly Billiards Club. Read more
  • Sunday: Football: Grizzlies vs. Appalachian State. Read more
To view more events, visit the official UM Events Calendar online.
News about U
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Email news about UM faculty and staff to ForUM Editor Bess Pallares by noon Wednesday for inclusion in next week's issue, space allowing.


Office for Civic Engagement Director Andrea Vernon presented on the "Impact of Philanthropy Education Beyond the Classroom" at the Philanthropy Educators Symposium held June 19 at Stanford University.  


Vanita, Ruth. 2013. "The Romance of Siblinghood in Bombay Cinema." South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Special Issue: Unfamiliar Ground: Security, Socialisation and Affect in Indian Families. Volume 36, Issue 1: pp. 25-36.


Vanita, Ruth. 2013. "Sestina for Sujata." Ink, Sweat and Tears.


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


Kavanaugh, Michael P. 2013. "Novel Dicarboxylate Selectivity in an Insect Glutamate Transporter Homolog." PLoS One. Volume 8, Issue 8: pp. 2-8.


Hebblewhite, M.; Brodie, J.; Mitchell, M.S.; Hurley, M.; Lukacs, P. 2013. "Relative Influence of Human Harvest, Carnivores and Weather on Adult Female Elk Survival Across Western North America." Journal of Applied Ecology. Volume 50: pp. 295-305.


Hebblewhite, M. 2013. "Wolves, Deer and Beaver: Implications of Prey Enrichment and Seasonal Prey Switching for Woodland Caribou Declines." Ecography. Volume 36: pp. 1-15.


Hebblewhite, M. 2013. "Humans Strengthen Bottom-Up Effects and Weaken Trophic Cascades in a Terrestrial Food Web." PLoS One. Volume 8, Issue 5: e64311.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "The Roeper School: A Model for Holistic Development of High Ability." Sense Publishers, the Netherlands.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Argumentation in Mathematics Education." Lerman S. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education: SpringerReference. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_313190 2013-04-18 13:36:52 UTC.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Mathematical Games in Learning and Teaching." Lerman S. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education: SpringerReference. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_313276 2013-07-22 02:35:16 UTC.


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Names of UM-affiliated authors only; year of publication; title of book; name, city and state of press; number of pages.


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