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  Sept. 6, 2011 | Vol. 39, No. 34 |
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Lectures mark 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks

The World Affairs Council of Montana will sponsor two lectures at UM to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Retired U.S. Ambassador Philip Wilcox will present the first lecture, "Re-examining Terrorism in the Middle East: The View from Washington," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the University Center Ballroom. Wilcox now serves as president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.


UM Regents Professor of History Paul Lauren will give a lecture titled "9/11 Ten Years Later: What Have We Learned?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the UC Ballroom.


The lectures, part of the council's Distinguished Speakers Program, are open to the public. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for students and members of the World Affairs Council of Montana.


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NSF awards UM $250,000 research grant

UM researchers have teamed up with K-12 teachers of the Montana Geographic Alliance to develop and test middle school curriculum designed to illuminate cultural and environmental changes in North America while simultaneously teaching students cyber-based skills.


The National Science Foundation recently funded the project with a $250,000 grant from its Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce program. The grant was awarded to Heather Almquist, faculty affiliate in UM's Department of Geography; Sarah Halvorson, UM associate professor of geography, and Lisa Blank, UM professor of curriculum and instruction.


The curriculum provides middle school classrooms with an authentic, user-centered and collaborative learning experience. Students will collect paleoecological, paleoclimate and archeolgocial records and combine them with Native American oral histories to develop a picture of past geographic conditions where no written record exists.


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Environmental policy experts visit UM

The autumn semester Natural Resources and Environmental Policy Forum at UM begins at noon Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Law Building Room 101. Australia National University's Carina Wyborn will present "Connectivity Conservation in Australia: The Science and Values of Large Landscape Collaboration."


Two other forums will be presented this fall at noon in Room 101 of the Law Building: 


  • Thursday, Oct. 13: "Bull Trout's Gift: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River," presented by Germaine White, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
  • Friday, Nov. 18: "Regulating Greenhouse Gases: Where We Stand and Where We're Heading," interactive discussion with Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School.


All forum series events are free and open to the public.


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UM offers legal info for international students, scholars

UM will offer a presentation for international students and scholars titled "Know Your Rights" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the University Center Theater. The event is organized by UM and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Montana.


The session will cover civil rights issues, the criminal justice system and police procedures for various types of offenses. Participants also will learn about the kind of legal services available on campus.


UM Legal Counsel David Aronofsky will lead a panel discussion during the event. Other panelists will include:

  • Tara Elliott, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jodi Bard, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Gary Henricks, Missoula City Attorney's Office
  • Curt Trowbridge, Missoula Police Department
  • Anne Hamilton, UM Legal Services for Students

International students and scholars are encouraged to attend the event, which also is open to the public. For more information call UM Foreign Student and Scholar Services at 243-2226. 

Brown Bag lecture program kicks off

UM and area community members can learn about global issues at free International Brown Bag Lecture Series events. Most lectures in the series, hosted by UM International Programs, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 303 of Stone Hall (formerly the Old Journalism Building).


The first lecture in the series, "Using Information and Communication Technology to Empower the Person with Disability in Developing Countries" by Sang-Mook Lee, visiting scholar from Seoul National University in South Korea, will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 8, in University Center Room 330.


For a full lecture series schedule, visit the International Programs website. For more information call 243-6865.

Learn about civic opportunities at volunteer fair

UM's Office for Civic Engagement will hold the annual Fall Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6-7, in the UC Atrium.


Students and community members can learn about numerous volunteer opportunities available around Missoula from representatives of more than 20 nonprofit organizations at the fair. The event is free and open to the public.


The Office for Civic Engagement is a department of the Davidson Honors College. It serves as the University's primary agent of community activism and civic responsibility.

Faculty awarded tenure, promotions

More than 60 UM faculty members were awarded promotions and tenure at the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year.


Receiving tenure are Morgen Alwell, curriculum and instruction; Rebecca Bendick, geosciences; Duncan Campbell, psychology; Shawn Clouse, management information systems; Elizabeth Dodson, forest management; Denise Dowling, radio-television; Charles Dumke, health and human performance; Jennifer Halfpap, mathematical sciences; Jere Hodgin, theatre and dance; Martin Horejsi, curriculum and instruction; Joel Iverson, communication studies; Kimberly James, music; Derek Kellenberg, economics; Winsor Lowe, biological sciences; Greg Machek, psychology; Mizuki Miyashita, anthropology; Paul Muench, philosophy; Joann Pavilack, history; Matthew Semanoff, modern and classical languages and literatures; Prageeta Sharma, English; Mark Shogren, media arts; Deborah Sloan, applied arts and sciences; Andrew Smith, media arts; Maury Valette, biological sciences; and Tyron Venn, forest management.


Newly promoted full professors are Hiltrudis Arens, modern and classical languages and literatures; Jill Bergman, English; Fernando Cardozo-Pelaez, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences; Jean Carter, pharmacy practice; Eduardo Chirinos, modern and classical languages and literatures; Charles Dumke, health and human performance; John Gerdes, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences; Neva Hassanein, environmental studies; Colin Henderson, applied arts and sciences; Keith Jakob, accounting and finance; Belva Jones, management information systems; Kimber McKay, anthropology; David Naugle, ecosystem and conservation sciences; David Poulsen, research professor, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences; Gilbert Quintero, anthropology; and John Sommers-Flanagan, counselor education.


Newly promoted associate professors are Rebecca Bendick, geosciences; Michelle Bryan Mudd, law; Elizabeth Dodson, forest management; Heidi Eggert, theatre and dance; Ray Fanning, radio-television; Amy Glaspey, communicative sciences and disorders; Robert Greene, history; Mark Hebblewhite, ecosystem and conservation sciences; Kimberly James, music; Derek Kellenberg, economics; Winsor Lowe, biological sciences; Kendra Procacci, pharmacy practice; Michael Schneider, physics and astronomy; Mary-Ann Sontag Bowman, social work; Tyron Venn, forest management; Nadia White, journalism; H. Arthur Woods, biological sciences; Danielle Wozniak, social work; Christina Yoshimura, communication studies; and Laurie Yung, associate research professor, society and conservation.

Consultant available for retirement planning

TIAA-CREF will offer individual counseling sessions to assist faculty and staff with retirement planning from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 27-28, and from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at UM.


Appointments are required for the sessions, which will be held in the University Center. To make an appointment, call the TIAA-CREF Phone Center at 800-842-2009.   

President Engstrom's office hours

President Engstrom welcomes members of the campus community to meet with him to discuss issues and topics of their choice. Please call 243-2311 or email to make an appointment to meet with President Engstrom during these times.


President Engstrom's scheduled office hours for autumn semester are:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27: 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 8: 9-10:30 a.m.
Faculty/staff/retiree socials

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

  • Sept. 9: School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
  • Sept. 16: College of Forestry and Conservation
  • Sept. 23: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Oct. 7: Academic Affairs
  • Oct. 21: Mansfield Center
  • Oct. 28: President Engstrom
  • Nov. 4: International Programs
  • Nov. 18: Sponsor TBA
  • Dec. 2: President Engstrom
  • Dec. 9: Sponsor TBA
News about U
News About U

Director of Internship Services Terry Berkhouse has been asked to conduct the exploratory phase in the creation of an Office for Academic Enrichment to promote, coordinate, track and assess co-curricular enrichment opportunities for UM students, promoting universal undergraduate participation in enrichment opportunities. The office will facilitate communication and cooperation between existing academic enrichment programs by providing a one-stop office for information.


Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning traveled to Australia at the end of May to fulfill part of his responsibilities as an adjunct professor with Southern Cross University. While there he worked closely with the head of the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. He also traveled to several Aboriginal language communities: Birrbay, Tuncurry, Warrimay (dialects of Gathang), Gumbaynggirr and Dhanggati to assist with their language revitalization efforts. 


Political science Assistant Professor Robert Saldin and African-American studies and history Assistant Professor Tobin Miller Shearer have been awarded an American Library Association grant, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to bring a traveling exhibit to UM titled "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War." In addition to hosting the exhibit, Saldin and Shearer will organize panel discussions and workshops for the University and local educators.


Anthropology Associate Professor Noriko Seguchi attended an interdisciplinary workshop on the representation of Okinawans March 24-27 in Okinawa, Japan. The workshop was part of the Kyoto University Institute for Research and Humanities interdisciplinary research initiative, "A Japan-Based Global Study of Racial Representations."


Atkins, T.A. and K.D. Cummings. 2011. "Utility of Oral Reading and Retell Fluency in Predicting Proficiency on the Montana Comprehensive Assessment System." Rural Special Education Quarterly, 3(2): 3-12.


Campbell, D.G. (co-author). 2011. "Suicide risk management: Development and analysis of a telephone-based approach to patient safety." Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research.


Drake, Richard. 2011. Review of "A Cosmopolitanism of Nations: Giuseppe Mazzini's Writings on Democracy, Nation Building, and International Relations." In The European Legacy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009) 16(4), pp.547-548. (Eds.) Stefano Recchia and Nadia Urbinati. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Mildrexler, David J., Maosheng Zhao, Steven W. Running. 2011. "Satellite finds highest land skin temperatures on earth." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 92 (7): 855-860.


Seguchi, Noriko, Ashley McKeown, Ryan Schmidt, H. Umeda.C.L. Brace. 2011. "An alternative view of the peopling of South America: Lagoa Santa in craniometric perspective." Anthropological Science. 119 (1): 21-38. 


Sriraman, Bharath (co-editor) 2011. "Circumpolar Indigenous Issues, Knowledge, Relations to Education, Science, and Mathematics." In Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. 42(2): 99-223.


Stanley Jr., G.D. 2011. "The naked Lazarus effect and the recovery of corals after the end-Permian mass extinction." Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie.19: 164-165.


Stanley Jr., G.D. (co-author). 2010. "Middle Triassic coral growth bands and their implications for photosymbiosis." Palaios. 25: 754-763.


Vanita, Ruth. "Ancestry." In Wasafiri. Issue 67, January 2011.


Vanita, Ruth. "Speech." In Boxcar Poetry Review. Winter 2010.

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