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Sept. 10, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 18 |
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UM School of Law ranked 7th 'best value' in nation

National Jurist magazine ranked the UM School of Law the seventh "Best Value Law School" in the nation in its September issue, which is read by law students across the country.


The ranking takes into account the cost, debt load, bar passage and employment of graduates in actual law jobs. The UM School of Law emphasizes a skill-based curriculum, and the success is evident as UM alumni enter the workforce.


"University of Montana Law has long been a national leader in legal education, incorporating practical-based learning in an innovative curriculum," UM School of Law Dean Irma Russell said. "This latest national ranking confirms that our graduates are not only receiving a great education, but they are being hired in a competitive job market that increasingly demands law graduates with skills training. That is something that makes our school unique, and it is gratifying to be recognized for it."


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UM produces strong fields of Fulbright Scholars

UM had eight Fulbright Program applicants accepted into the international scholarly exchange program last year, and though many universities can boast more yearly Fulbright Scholars, few can boast the University's 53 percent acceptance rate.


To put that number into perspective, the top three Fulbright-producing doctoral and research institutions in the country last year -- the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Yale University, respectively -- each had more than 20 applicants accepted into the program, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. However, based on the number of total applicants from each of those universities, their average acceptance rate was only 22 percent.


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Annual Fall Feastival scheduled for Sept. 12

The UM Farm to College Program will host the third annual Fall Feastival: Celebrating Montana's Food Cycle from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the Oval. The annual harvest feast provides students, faculty and staff a holistic view of Montana's agricultural food cycle.


The event is the culmination of a year's planning and cooperation with more than 25 food-producing partners. Nearly all of the items on the menu will be provided by local farmers, ranchers and food producers, who began preparations to grow and raise the food for the feast in April.


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Math professor honored with Allendoerfer Award

The Mathematical Association of America recently selected UM Professor Mark Kayll as one of two winners of the 2012 Carl B. Allendoerfer Award.


The Carl B. Allendoerfer Awards are given for articles of expository excellence published in Mathematics Magazine and are named after Allendoerfer, a distinguished mathematician at the University of Washington and former president of the Mathematical Association of America.


Kayll earned the award for his article "Integrals Don't Have Anything to Do With Discrete Math, Do They?"


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Fundraising begins for planet-detecting telescope

Development of a new partnership between the UM Department of Physics and Astronomy, the California Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University will place UM on the cutting edge of the search for new planets and help address the age-old question, "Are we alone?"


UM is working with the astronomy departments of Caltech and Penn State to build a new array of telescopes called MINERVA, which all three universities will use to search for planets orbiting nearby stars. The ultimate goal, according to UM Assistant Professor of Astrophysics Nate McCrady, is to locate earthlike, rocky planets capable of supporting liquid water, the most basic building block of life as we know it.


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Deadline nearing for many student scholarships

The deadlines for many student scholarships are approaching, and Laure Pengelly Drake, UM's coordinator of external scholarships, can help qualified students with applications.


Prestigious undergraduate and graduate scholarships with upcoming deadlines include:

  • Goldwater Scholarship
  • Udall Scholarship
  • Amgen Scholars Program
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Marshall Scholarship
  • Mitchell Scholarship
  • Truman Scholarship
  • James Madison Fellowship Program
  • Carnegie Junior Fellows Program


Faculty are asked to have potential applicants call Pengelly Drake as soon as possible at 406-243-6140 or email

University Council meetings to begin in October

University Council meetings will begin Tuesday, Oct. 2. They will be held every other Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. in UC Room 332-333.


The format of the meetings has changed from past years and will consist of University 101 for 15 minutes, updates from ASUM, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate for 30 minutes and open discussion for 15 minutes.


A full list of upcoming meetings and topics can be found on the University Council website.

University Center Gallery issues call for art

The University Center Gallery is issuing its annual art call for the 2013-14 exhibition calendar. The artwork displayed in the UCG comes from local, regional and national artists. Applications are available online at and must be submitted by 4 p.m. March 25.


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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. 14: School of Journalism and Missoula College UM
  • 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. - 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. 12: International Programs Fall Film Series presents "Last Train Home." Read more
  • Sept. 14: Blue Moon Observatory public observation night. Read more
  • Sept. 14: Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute concert. Read more
  • Sept. 14-15: Weekend Movies (Rock of Ages, Men in Black III) Read more
  • Sept. 16: String Orchestra of the Rockies -- "A Night at the Met." Read more
News about U

News About U

Wildlife Biology Professor Scott Mills gave a plenary talk at the North American Congress for the Society for Conservation Biology in Oakland, Calif., on July 14, inviting registrants to UM for their next congress in summer 2014.
Wildlife Biology Graduate Student Clay Miller presented a talk entitled "Amur tiger predation and energetic requirements in the Russian Far East: new insights from GPS collars" at the Biodiversity Asia conference in Bangalore, India, on Aug. 7. Wildlife Biology Associate Professor Mark Hebblewhite was the co-author.

Assistant leader of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and Professor of Wildlife Biology Tom Martin received the Loye and Alden Miller Research Award at the Cooper Ornithological Society's annual meeting in August in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Miller Award is presented to one scientist worldwide annually for "having made significant advancements and major breakthroughs in our understanding of the biology of birds that have stood the test of time."

UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy Senior Fellow Theodore (Ted) M. Smith (1941-2012)
fell to his death while hiking the Mission Falls trail near St. Ignatius on Saturday, Sept. 1. Smith was raised in Missoula and returned to Montana in 2009 after retiring as executive director of the Boston-based Kendall Foundation, where he championed conservation efforts in the Rocky Mountain corridor from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon Territory.

Beck, David R.M.; LaPier, Rosalyn R. 2012. "Crossroads for a Culture: American Indians in Progressive Era Chicago." Chicago History. Vol. 38, Issue 1: pp. 22-43.


Berger, J. 2012. "Human-mediated shifts in animal habitat use: sequential changes in pronghorn use of a natural gas field in Greater Yellowstone." Biological Conservation. Issue 147: pp. 222-233.


Berger, J. 2012. "Estimation of body-size traits by photogrammetry in large mammals to inform conservation." Journal of Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01896.x.


Callaway, R.C.; Cleveland, S.M.; Hebblewhite, M.; Kohl, M. 2012. "Forage Value of Invasive Species to the Diet of Rocky Mountain Elk." Rangelands. Issue 34: pp. 24-28.


Charles, Casey. 2012. "Critical Queer Studies: Law, Film and Fiction in Contemporary American Culture." Ashgate. London. 191 pages.


Charles, Casey. 2012. "Blood Work." Seven Kitchens Press. 39 pages.


DeCesare, N. J., Hebblewhite, M. 2012. "Transcending scale dependence in identifying habitat with resource selection functions." Ecological Applications. Issue 22: pp. 1068-1083.


Gideon, Rudy A. "Obtaining Estimators from Correlation Coefficients: The Correlation Estimation System and R." Journal of Data Science. Vol. 10, October: pp. 597-617.


Hartway, C.; Mills, L.S.  2012. "A meta-analysis assessing the effects of common management actions on the nest success of North American birds." Conservation Biology. Issue 26: pp. 657-666.


Hebblewhite, M. 2012. "A Future for Amur Tigers in Northeastern China? Predicting Potential Tiger Habitat and Numbers in the Changbaishan Ecosystem. Animal Conservation." Early view online. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2012.00552.x.


Hebblewhite, M. 2012. "Reconstruction of caribou evolutionary history in Western North America and its implications for conservation." Molecular Ecology. Issue 21: pp. 3610-3624.


Hebblewhite, M. 2012. "Why are caribou declining in the oil sands?" Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. Issue 10: pp. 65-67.


Hebblewhite, M.; Johnson, H. E. 2012. "Evaluating apparent competition in limiting the recovery of an endangered ungulate." Oecologia. Early View Online DOI 10.1007/s00442-012-2397-6.


Hutto, R.L. 2012. "Distorting the process of scientific inquiry." BioScience. Vol. 62, Issue 8: pp. 707-708.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. Series preface to H. Forgasz and F Rivera's "Towards Equity in Mathematics Education: Gender, Culture and Diversity." Advances in Mathematics Education. Monograph No. 3, pp v-vi. Springer Science & Business Media. Berlin.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Mediated Action In Teachers' Discussions About Mathematics Tasks." ZDM -- The International Journal on Mathematics Education. Vol. 44, Issue 5. SpringerOnline First. DOI: 10.1007/s11858-012-0423-0


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Mathematics Teacher Education in the Public Interest." 328 pp. Information Age Publishing. Charlotte, NC.


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