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Sept. 16, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 20 |  
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Irish Musicians to Kick Off President's Lecture Series

Irish music
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Irish musicians and founders of Ancient Music Ireland Simon O'Dwyer and Maria Cullen O'Dwyer will kick off the 2013-14 UM President's Lecture Series with a lecture titled "3,000 Years of Ancient Ireland's Music and Instruments" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. They also will conduct a master class with the UM School of Music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Music Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.


Simon and Maria study and reconstruct ancient Irish musical instruments, particularly of the period from 4200 B.C. to A.D. 1000. They trace the distant origins of Ireland's world-renowned musical traditions to this seminal period in the country's history. Read more here.


This lecture also is the first installment of the "Irish Music: Traditional and Contemporary" series of lectures and concerts, which will be held September through December in Missoula and Butte. The series supports the UM Irish Studies Program. View a full schedule of events here.

Constitution Day Lecture Focuses on Dissent

To commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, UM will host a Constitution Day lecture by historian Melvin Urofsky titled "Dissent and the Constitutional Dialogue" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the North Underground Lecture Hall.


Urofsky is a former history department chairman and professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the historian-in-residence at American University in Washington, D.C. In 2010, he was awarded the Distinguished Griswold Prize by the Supreme Court Historical Society for his biography of Supreme Court Justice Brandeis titled "Louis D. Brandeis: A Life." Among his 52 book publications is "March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States," one of today's most widely used constitutional texts.


The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UM Office of the Provost and has been held annually since 2004.


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UM to Host Forums on Missoula College Locations

The University has scheduled public forums this month to gather additional community feedback on two potential sites for a new Missoula College building.


President Royce Engstrom will host the forums to hear comments about the South Campus and the East Broadway sites. Both forums will serve as scoping sessions for the two sites under consideration.


The first scheduled forum will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Holiday Inn Downtown, Garden City Parlor B. The second will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Commons Area of the Missoula College Administration Building. William Marcus, director of the UM Broadcast Media Center, will moderate both forums.


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Faculty, Staff Asked to Complete Budget Survey

One of UM's budget committees asks employees to complete a survey. The opinions and ideas of UM faculty and staff are valuable, and all responses will be held in strict confidence and summarized in the final committee report.


Please complete the survey, available here, by Friday, Sept. 20.

Ambassador to Discuss U.S. Diplomacy in East Asia

Kathleen Stephens, the first female U.S. ambassador to Korea, will present "U.S. Public Diplomacy and Leadership in East Asia" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The event is free and open to the public.


Stephens was ambassador to Korea from 2008 to 2011 and has served as acting undersecretary for public affairs and public diplomacy during her 30-year career in East Asia and Europe.

FRC members participate in a High Intensity Circuit fitness class 
in the new Functional Training Corner. Photo by Todd Goodrich
FRC Introduces Functional Training Corner

Visitors to the UM Fitness and Recreation Center will notice a major change this semester. Where stationary bikes used for group cycling classes once stood, a new open-concept space boasting functional, free-movement equipment has taken over and is gaining popularity.


The Functional Training Corner, located on the gym's upper level, offers students and other FRC members a full range of equipment such as kettlebells, free weights, Bosu balls, battle ropes and a large bar structure that includes areas for a medicine ball toss, pull-ups, dips and a multitude of rings and straps used for body-weight training exercises.

Grant Supports Cyberinfrastructure Improvements

UM recently received a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $500,000 to support a project to improve cyberinfrastructure.


The project will fund the procurement of high-speed bandwidth for several key buildings housing active, big-data research projects. The upgrade will greatly enhance the ability of researchers to actively participate in their fields, work in collaboration with other researchers at the national and international level, and broaden the impact of UM research efforts.

School of Business Hosts Simulcast of Summit

The UM School of Business Administration will host a live simulcast of the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit taking place in Butte on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. The simulcast will feature the event's keynote addresses, which run from 8 a.m. to noon each day in Gallagher Business Building Room 104. It is free and open to the public. 


Organized by Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Economic Development Summit will take place on the Montana Tech campus in Butte and will feature keynote speakers from Boeing Co., Delta Air Lines Inc., Facebook, FedEx Corp., Ford Motor Co., Oracle Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other global businesses. The goal of the summit is to boost trade opportunities for Montana and create new jobs in the Treasure State.

Lectures to Explore Politics of Food

Hugh Campbell, one of the world's leading experts on the social dynamics of sustainable agriculture, will share his ideas this month at Montana State University and UM.


He will present "The Future of Food Politics (or Why Food is Not Coal)" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at MSU's Museum of the Rockies. The same lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at UM's University Center Theater. Both events are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served before each talk.


The lectures are part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.


heart walk
Photo by Todd Goodrich

Annual Heart Walk, 5K Run Slated for Sept. 28

The annual Heart Walk and 5K Heart Run, a fundraiser for the American Heart and Stroke Association, will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at UM.


More than 600 people are expected to get moving and raise funds to support the education and research efforts of the American Heart Association, a nonprofit that raises awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke and promotes heart-healthy lifestyles. This year's event is expected to raise more than $115,000.


Professor Commissioned for Ceramic Exhibition

UM School of Art Professor Beth Lo was one of four American artists paid a commission of $3,000 to create a ceramic piece of art for a major Korean art exhibit. Lo's work will be featured in the "Main Exhibition" of the Seventh Geonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2013. She will travel to Korea Sept. 25 to attend the exhibition and to deliver a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 2.


The 2013 exhibition theme is community, and Lo's new work, "Breath," features mixed media, water, electricity and lighting.


Weight Management Seminar Begins Sept. 19

A six-week Weight Management Seminar will be held weekly from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24.


During each hands-on class, participants will practice daily lifestyle actions that move them toward health, weight loss and well-being. Classes will be held in Fitness and Recreation Center Conference Room 207. 


The class is open to UM faculty, staff, retirees and spouses. It costs $25, and participants can sign up at the FRC front desk or call 406-243-2833.

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Sept. 16: The Philosophy Forum: "Where Does Complex Language Come From?" Associate Professor Lucian Gideon Conway III, 3:10-4:30 p.m., School of Law Pope Room.
  • Monday, Sept. 16: Rough Cut Science Seminar: "Honey Bee Pathogen and Pathway Discovery," MSU Professor Michelle Flenniken, noon, University Center Room 330.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17: MUS Wellness Webinar: "Six Nutritional Tenets," Employee Nutrition and Education Specialist Cristin Stokes, 12:05 p.m., online.
  • Thursday, Sept. 19: Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "An International Lawyer Looks at the Development Agenda for the Future," presented by University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Ved Nanda, noon, School of Law Room 201.

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Afternoon Receptions

Receptions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every other Friday in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Autumn semester dates and event sponsors are:

  • Sept. 27: Academic Affairs/Integrated Communications
  • Oct. 11: College of Arts and Sciences/College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Oct. 25: Office of the President
  • Nov. 8: College of Forestry and Conservation/School of Business Administration
  • Nov. 22: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences/Information Technology
  • Dec. 6: UM Dining/Office of the President
Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events
  • Monday: Film: "Escape Fire." Read more
  • Tuesday: American Constitution Society Constitution Day Lecture. Read more
  • Tuesday: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • Wednesday: Workshop: Griz Lead -- Transitions. Read more
  • Thursday: Honorable James R. Browning Lecture. Read more
  • Thursday: Black Studies Reunion. Read more
  • Thursday-Saturday: College of Forestry and Conservation Centennial Events. Read more
  • Friday: Soccer: Grizzlies vs. University of Nevada. Read more
  • Friday: Writer's Fall Opus. Read more
  • Friday: Volleyball: Grizzlies vs. University of Northern Colorado. Read more
  • Saturday: Football: Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Read more
  • Saturday: Volleyball: Grizzlies vs. University of North Dakota. Read more
  • Sunday: 23-and-a-Half-Hour Play Festival. Read more
To view more events, visit the official UM Events Calendar online.
News about U
news about uSchool of Social Work Professor Cindy Garthwait presented a workshop titled "Preparing Professionals for Best Practice: The Role of Higher Education" at the International Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference on Aug. 1 in Prague.


School of Public and Community Health Sciences Professor Craig Molgaard was named to the board of directors of the Danish Immigrant Museum during a June 22 ceremony attended by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Danish Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Taksoe Jensen. The museum is an international cultural center in Elk Horn, Iowa.


Montana Campus Compact Executive Director Dean McGovern presented a session titled "Achieving the Engaged Campus" during the annual National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference June 20-22 in Philadelphia.


Kaufmann, Karen. 2013. "Math Moves: STEM Education in Action." State of the Arts. July/August: page 6.


Beamer, C.A.; Girtsman T.A.; Seaver, B.P.; Finsaas, K.J.; Migliaccio,C.T.; Holian, A. 2013. "IL-33 Mediates Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube(MWCNT)-Induced Airway Hyper-Reactivity via the Mobilization of Innate HelperCells in the Lung." Nanotoxicology. Volume 7, Number 6: pp. 1070-1081.


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