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Sept. 3, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 17 |
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President's Lecture Series kicks off Wednesday

The 2012-13 President's Lecture Series will begin Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a lecture from acclaimed investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk titled "The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude."

The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Nikiforuk also will present a seminar titled "Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America's Great Forests" earlier the same day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both the lecture and seminar are free and open to the public.

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UM launches training to prevent sexual violence

Harnessing the talents of its faculty, staff and students, UM has created a new online tutorial to educate students about sexual violence issues.

The training is titled Personal Empowerment Through Self-Awareness. PETSA consists of short, informative videos and a quiz and takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. All UM students are required to complete the training starting this fall, and they must complete it before registering for spring semester classes. The videos can be seen at

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UM makes Princeton Review list of best colleges

UM once again was named one the top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review.

The 2013 edition, "The Best 377 Colleges," was released Aug. 20. The rankings are based on surveys of more than 122,000 undergraduate students. The 80-question survey asked students about their school's academics, administration, campus life and student body. Only about 15 percent of the nation's four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges made the list.

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IRB to host Web presentation on research ethics

UM's Institutional Review Board will host a group webinar, "Research Ethics Beyond Respect, Beneficence and Justice," from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, in James E. Todd Building Room 203.


The webinar will address research ethics and important concepts aside from the principles outlined in the Belmont Report. Examining these ethical questions can help investigators better understand and more thoughtfully fulfill their roles.


The event is free and open to the public. Register by email at Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Regents approve athletic training master's program

The Montana Board of Regents recently approved a new master's degree in athletic training at UM. The program will begin accepting students in the spring, and the first class of students will start classes during summer 2013.

The program will provide students the opportunity to become certified/licensed athletic trainers and will advance their studies in the profession. The accelerated three-two model involves three years of undergraduate prerequisite courses and general education requirements, followed by two years in an entry-level master's professional program. At the end of the program, students will have earned both a health and human performance bachelor's in science and a master's in athletic training.

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UC to host DUI education event for students

The University Center will sponsor "Drinking, Driving and Other Delusions," an interactive event for students to explore the consequences of drinking and driving while learning more about local resources and alternative transportation options from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, on the Oval.

Several local organizations will host activities at the event, including an interactive display that details the steps of getting a DUI and helps students grasp the financial and emotional repercussions of drinking and driving.

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Farm to College sets record for local food purchases

University Dining Services recently announced that its Farm to College program set annual records for purchases of locally raised or produced products.


"According to my purchasing analysis we passed the $1 million mark for local and sustainable purchases for the first time this fiscal year," FTC Coordinator Ian Finch said. "A combined grand total of $1,103,606 was made for purchases from both FTC and University Dining Services Sustainable. That's money we've recirculated back into the Montana economy."

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MC to offer new police science associate degree

Beginning autumn semester, graduates of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy may earn 18 credits toward a new associate of arts police science degree program at Missoula College UM (formerly the College of Technology).


MC, the UM College of Arts and Sciences, and UM's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences created a new degree path, Fundamentals of Police Science, in which academy credits represent the first semester of a new four-semester associate of arts degree.


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Family of Forestry alum donates to college

UM College of Forestry and Conservation students will receive scholarships to fund experiential learning opportunities, thanks to a recent gift from the family of Marlene and Arne J. Jacobsen.


Arne, a 1953 graduate of the college, established a scholarship fund in 2000 to assist students with travel and expenses associated with field-study programs. His daughter, Heidi Jacobsen-Schley, recently added to that endowed fund with a $50,000 gift in memory of her mother, Marlene.


The Marlene and Arne J. Jacobsen Endowed Forestry Scholarship will be available to students in the forest management department of the college.

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Creative Writing Program hosts Writers' Fall Opus

The fourth annual UM Creative Writing Program Writers' Fall Opus is scheduled from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the Florence Building Governor's Room, located at 111 N. Higgins Ave. Guests will enjoy fine food, beverages and silent and live auctions.


Auction items include a signed, first-edition copy of James Welch's "Winter in the Blood," a guided fly-fishing trip with "Best of the West" author and fishing guide Jamie Rogers, a Dunrovin Ranch party, Pearl Jam tickets and collectable artwork, among others.


Tickets cost $35 each or $60 per couple, and all proceeds benefit the UM Creative Writing Program's literary journals, the visiting writers reading series and student scholarships. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Faculty/staff/retiree socials

Socials will be held 4:30-6 p.m. most Fridays during autumn semester in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Autumn semester dates and event sponsors are:

  • Sept. 7: University Relations
  • Sept. 14: School of Journalism and Missoula College
  • Sept. 28: University Faculty Association
  • Oct. 5: President Engstrom
  • Oct. 19: College of Visual and Performing Arts and School of Extended and Lifelong Learning
  • Oct. 26: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nov. 2: Mansfield Center
  • Nov. 9: International Programs
  • Nov. 16: College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • Nov. 30: Academic Affairs
  • Dec. 7: President Engstrom

Faculty Professional Development Sessions

The Faculty Development Office invites all faculty to the following professional development sessions for the autumn semester:

  • Sept. 12: "Tenure and Promotion at UM," 12:10-1 p.m., DHC 119
  • Sept. 14: "A Faculty Member's Role and Responsibilities in Addressing the Problem of Sexual Violence at UM," 1:10-2 p.m., UC 333
  • Sept. 19: "Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health," 11:10 a.m. to noon, DHC 119
  • Sept. 19: One-on-one consultation with Deborah Olster, deputy director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH. Available by appointment.
  • Sept. 28: "Pedagogy of the Published: Thoughts on How to Publish on Teaching," 12:10-1 p.m., Missoula College East Campus HB11
  • Oct. 17: Pedagogy Project Microtalk. "Please Clarify: Student Insights on Effective Feedback on Writing," 12:10-1 p.m., UC 331
  • Oct. 19: "Interdisciplinary Networking Sessions: Expanding Your Connections with Other UM Faculty," 9:10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (multiple sessions), UC Alumni Boardroom. Registration required.
  • Oct. 24: Pedagogy Project Microtalk. "My Parents Were Not Griz: Working with First Generation College Students," 12:10-1 p.m., UC 330
  • Nov. 2: "Getting to the Heart of Revision," 9:10 a.m. to noon (multiple sessions), UC 333
  • Nov. 7: Pedagogy Project Microtalk. "Office Chair vs. Therapist's Couch: Your Role as a Faculty Member During Students' Emotional Crises," 12:10-1 p.m., UC 329
  • Nov. 8: "Mind Mapping Techniques: Tools for Graphically Organizing Course Topics, Projects, Proposals and Presentations," 12:10-1 p.m., online. Registration required.

Newly hired adjuncts, lecturers and instructors are invited to attend one of the following orientation sessions to be welcomed to the UM academic community and to learn about campus resources:


Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:10-5 p.m., UC 332-333

Friday, Sept. 14, 9:10-10 a.m., UC 332-333


Support for designing engaging online and multimedia content for your classes is available through the Innovation Studio. Work with a team of experts from UMOnline and Media Arts to develop materials for traditional and online courses. Call 406-243-6280 or email to make an appointment.


For more information or to register for professional development sessions, call Amy Kinch, director of faculty development, at 406-243-5897 or email

Upcoming Arts and Entertainment

  • Sept. 5: "An Evening with Mark Twain." Read more
  • Sept. 5: Author to present history of Yellowstone National Park in lecture. Read more
  • Sept. 6: Impressionist masterpiece exhibits open at MMAC. Read more
  • Sept. 6: School of Art faculty exhibit opens at Gallery of Visual Arts. Read more
  • Sept. 6-8: Play: "An Unladylike Battle for Survival in the Sunnyside Library." Read more
  • Sept. 7: Marty Essen Bitterroot College benefit show. Read more
  • Sept. 7: Mountain Computer Festival. Read more
  • Sept. 9: FullSet traditional Irish music concert. Read more
News about U

News About USchool of Music Associate Professor Charles Nichols will perform a composition he created for the UM TechFair at the International Computer Music Conference in Slovenia in September.


"Playground," a computer-processed sound and computer-generated video composition by School of Music Associate Professor Charles Nichols, Media Arts Adjunct Instructor Amber Bushnell and M.F.A. candidate Charles M. Raffety will be presented at the Soundcrawl Festival in Nashville, Tenn., in October.


Department of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Tony Ward was selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Germany during the summer. Ward spent six weeks at Bielefeld University's School of Public Health presenting lectures on air pollution and health to faculty and students while continuing his research with Bielefeld colleagues into air pollution in Guangzhou, China.


Liberal Studies Professor Ruth Vanita participated in a panel titled "Beyond the Colonial Encounter: Women's Human Rights in India" at the University of Chicago's Center for Gender Studies Conference in May. The panel was the culminating event of the Center's Sawyer Seminar: "Women's International Human Rights: Paradigms Paradoxes, Possibilities."


Political Science Professor Peter Koehn participated as the university-community representative on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities peer-review team to determine the implementing entity for the Bolaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program in June and July in Washington, D.C. The five-year program aims to build human and institutional capacity in Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Zambia and Bangladesh to support President Barack Obama's Feed the Future initiative.


The UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy has teamed up with the national Land Trust Alliance to develop information and encourage dialogue among land trusts and their partners concerning streamflow on lands under conservation easement. Third-year law students in the UM School of Law's Land Use Clinic will help draft an information manual for land trusts, water trusts, landowners and others. The center will convene a roundtable forum to launch the year-long project at the Land Trust Alliance National Land Conservation Conference-Rally in Salt Lake City on Sept. 30. For more information call Sarah Bates at 406-243-2544.


Bar-el, Leora. 2012. "The St'át'imc Language." Appendix to "People of the Middle Fraser Canyon: An Archaeological History." University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. pp. 201-209.

Foor, Thomas A.; Prentiss, Anna Marie. 2012. "The Cultural Evolution of Material Wealth Based Inequality at Bridge River, British Columbia." American Antiquity. Vol. 77: pp. 542-564.

Foresman, Kerry R.  2012. "Mammals of Montana." Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Mont. 440 pages.

Koehn, Peter. 2012. "Transnational Higher Education and Sustainable Development: Current Initiatives and Future Prospects." Policy Futures in Education. Vol. 10, Issue 3: pp. 274-282.

Koehn, Peter. 2012. "Donors and Higher Education Partners: A Critical Assessment of U.S. and Canadian Support for Transnational Research and Sustainable Development." Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. Vol. 42, Issue 3: pp. 485-507.

Prentiss, Anna Marie. 2012. "People of the Middle Fraser Canyon: An Archaeological History." University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. 235 pages.

Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Gifted Girls and Non-Mathematical Aspirations: A Longitudinal Case Study of Two Gifted Korean Girls." Gifted Child Quarterly. Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 3-14. SAGE Publications. DOI: 10.1177/0016986211426899.

Sriraman, Bharath. (Editor). 2012. Abstracts of the First Sourcebooks on Asian Research in Mathematics Education: China, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and India. Information Age Publishing. Charlotte, NC.

Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Boole, Dewey, Schoenfeld -- Monikers Bridging 150 years of Thought. Review of A.H. Shoenfeld's How We Think: A Theory of Goal-Oriented Decision Making and its Educational Applications, Routledge, Taylor & Francis." Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. Vol. 43, Issue 3, pp 351-355. National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. Reston, VA.

Vanita, Ruth. 2012. "Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India, 1780-1870." Palgrave-Macmillan, New York. 296 pages.

Vanita, Ruth. 2012. "Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India, 1780-1870." Orient Blackswan, New Delhi. 296 pages.

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