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Sept. 17, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 19 |
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Author to address future with Pakistan, Afghanistan

Ahmed Rashid, author and leading authority on the Taliban, will present a lecture titled "The Consequences of American Foreign Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan" as part of the President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the University Center Ballroom.


Rashid will discuss his latest book, "Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan." He writes that after 11 years of war and nation-building in Afghanistan, "the bare bones of a functioning country are still missing." Meanwhile, relations between Pakistan and the U.S. are at their lowest point ever. That country, too, is on the edge of a precipice, and the war policies of Presidents Bush and Obama have failed, for reasons Rashid is uniquely prepared to explain.


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Panel to feature 2012 Distinguished Alumni recipients

Four outstanding UM graduates will receive 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities Sept. 21-22. The awards are the highest honor presented by the UM Alumni Association. This year's distinguished alumni are Doug Chadwick of Whitefish, Don Molloy of Missoula, Thomas Riggert of Brisbane, Australia, and Joseph Valacich of Tucson, Ariz.


An awards ceremony and panel discussion featuring the four recipients will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the UC Ballroom.


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UM receives state-of-the-art electron microscope

UM is the recent recipient of a VEGA-3 Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope, which was installed in a Clapp Building lab on Sept. 12.


The $425,000 microscope is funded primarily by the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation program and will allow UM researchers to look at objects at the micron and nanometer scale. The microscope uses electrons instead of light to magnify objects tens of thousands of times, magnifying one-millionth to one-billionth of a meter.


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Kent Haslam named new director of athletics

After conducting a nationwide search, President Royce Engstrom has named Kent Haslam the next director of athletics at UM.


Haslam, currently associate athletic director for development with the UM Foundation, will start his new duties Monday.


"I believe Kent Haslam is the right person to lead The University of Montana athletic program into one of national distinction for athletics, academics and campus and community involvement," Engstrom said.


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Join in Homecoming Week festivities

The community is invited to join the festivities at UM's 2012 Homecoming Week, which takes place Sept. 16-22 with a full schedule of traditional events.


This year's Homecoming theme, "We Are Montana," embodies the united spirit of UM students, alumni, supporters, faculty and staff -- a spirit that spreads throughout all of Missoula and Montana. "We Are Montana" declares our pride in UM's legacy of academic excellence and our tradition of athletic success.


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Visiting experts to discuss U.S.-Korea relations

In the aftermath of the death of Kim Jong Il, policymakers debate how his son Kim Jong Un will fare as the new leader of North Korea and how U.S.-Korea relations will be affected. Join visiting dignitaries as they discuss "U.S.-Korea Relations in a Time of Political Transition" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.


The program is free and open to the public. Event co-sponsors are the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, the Mansfield Foundation and the Korea Economic Institute of America.


"This event at UM is just one component of the Mansfield Center's programming to promote increased understanding between the United States and Asia and to specifically expand our community's understanding of issues on the Korean Peninsula," Mansfield Center Associate Director Deena Mansour said.


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UM professor releases CD of Maslanka composition

When University of Montana piano Professor Christopher Hahn moved to Missoula in 2004, he made a point of reaching out to a local composer. That composer, David Maslanka, is world renowned for his symphonies, chamber music and percussion ensembles. Eight years later, Hahn, as part of the CanAm Piano Duo, has released a recording of "This is the World," an original composition by Maslanka.


The CD is available through Albany Records and, aside from the five-movement "This is the World," features two short pieces.


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Surgical Technology Program receives merit award

UM received a Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a 90 percent or higher graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam during the 2011-12 academic year.


The surgical technology associate degree program is offered through Missoula College UM. The program accepts students at Missoula College and at outreach campuses in Billings and Butte. Students participate in a variety of online and classroom instruction and outreach-campus students are required to travel to Missoula to take the CST exam and attend graduation ceremonies.


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Montana Repertory Theatre calls for monologues

The Montana Repertory Theatre will collaborate with the Missoula Art Museum to present "Missoula by Night," an art exhibit focused on Missoula nightscapes, on Thursday, Nov. 15.


As a part of this event, the Rep will present a series of monologues with a "Missoula by Night" theme. The monologues will be performed at the Nov. 15 event.


Eight monologues will be chosen, and submissions now are being accepted. The monologues must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be no less than one page and no more than two.
  • Must be character-driven.
  • Must take place in Missoula at night.

Email submissions to Salina Chatlain, MRT program assistant, at by Oct. 15.

Fourth annual Tech Fair slated for Sept. 19

Students and employees can learn about UM's new emergency notification system and sign up to receive emergency text messages at this year's Tech Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the University Center Atrium.


The Office of Public Safety will be one of 25 exhibitors at the fair, designed to showcase campus technologies and support services available to students, faculty and staff. In addition to campus departments, representatives from Adobe, Apple, Dell and Microsoft will be on hand to answer questions.


Tech Fair participants will have a chance to win prizes, including an iPad, iPod Touch, Xbox and Xbox Kinect, a Google Nexus Tablet, a Kindle Fire, a Bamboo Touch, software packages and more.


For more information about the UM Tech Fair, visit

Wellness, weight-loss programs offered on campus

In response to a faculty/staff survey last April, Campus Recreation has partnered with Human Resources to offer free Wellness Lunch n' Learn presentations at UM and Missoula College UM. Campus Recreation fitness professionals will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to conduct presentations in offices or departments.


Bring your lunch and learn about a variety of topics, including food matters, heart health, how to break through weight plateaus and "think you don't have time for exercise?"


Presentations will be offered Sept. 24-Dec. 14. For scheduling email Campus Recreation fitness staff at or call 406-243-4095.


"Live It to Lose It: A hands-on approach to weight loss and well-being" will be held Thursdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 15.


The classes cost $25 plus the cost of one Food Zoo meal and will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Fitness and Recreation Center Room 207. During each class, participants will put into practice daily lifestyle actions that move you toward health, weight loss and well-being. The class takes a three-prong approach: behavioral, nutrition and fitness.


Sign up at the FRC front desk or call 406-243-2833 for more information.

New Crown of the Continent e-magazine available

The summer 2012 issue of the Crown of the Continent e-magazine has been released and can be found online.


Articles discuss Mel Ruder's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the June 1964 floods and the Scapegoat Wilderness celebrating 40 years. The issue also includes an excerpt and images from "Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet: An Impressionist at Glacier Park" by Bill Farr, as well as stunning western photography and a record of regional weather extremes.


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Free flu shots available for employees, spouses

University-insured employees, insured retirees on the New West Medicare Advantage Plan and their insured spouses are eligible to receive free seasonal flu shots this year. Insured children are not eligible for the vaccine, no matter their age.


Shots are available in 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in UC Room 330 Sept. 24-26, and 10 a.m.-4p.m. Oct. 5 in Skaggs Building Room 229. A photo ID is required, and a Griz Card is acceptable.


The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as the 2012-13 flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. While flu seasons are unpredictable, they can begin as early as October.

UM Philosophy Forum presents free lecture

The UM Philosophy Forum will present a lecture by Ronald Sandler titled "A Defense of the Moral Status of Artifacts?" from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. The lecture will be held in the Pope Room of the School of Law.


Sandler is an associate professor and director of the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University.

Mansfield Center Fall 2012 Lecture Series

The Mansfield Center will host a lunchtime Fall 2012 Lecture Series. All sessions are free and open to the public.


The series reflects the center's mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics. All sessions start at noon in the Mansfield Center in the Mansfield Library unless otherwise noted.

  • Sept. 18: "Global Climate Change and the Ethics of Species Preservation" by Northeastern University Philosophy Professor Ronald Sandler. University Center Theater.
  • Sept. 26: "Interning with the U.S. Department of State" by summer 2012 intern and UM senior Madeline Bermes.
  • Oct. 3: "Studying Climate Change in Vietnam: Shared Impacts on Water, Forestry and Eco-Tourism" by UM Environmental Studies Professor Dan Spencer.
  • Oct. 4: "Wolf, Moose, Philosopher: Environmental Ethics and the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project" by Michael Nelson, associate professor of environmental philosophy and ethics at Oregon State University. University Center Theater.
  • Oct. 11: "Reflections on Issues of Women's Empowerment in Southeast Asia" by State Department exchange professionals from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.
  • Oct. 24: "Wicked Problems, Deliberation and Community Management of Irrigation Canals in Kara Kulja District, Kyrgyz Republic" by Mike Igoe, UM master's degree candidate in resource conservation.
  • Oct. 30: "Second (Third and Fourth) Thoughts on Geoengineering: Governance and Ethics in Climate Engineering Research" by Professors Jane Long of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Nancy Tuana of the Penn State University Rock Ethics Institute, University Center Room 330.
  • Nov. 7: "Translation, Literature and Modernization Regarding China" by Professor Luo Xuanmin, Ph.D., Tsinghua University, Beijing.

For more information and extended session descriptions, visit or call 406-243-2988.

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. 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. 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. 

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. 19: Montana Logging and Ballet Co. benefit concert. Read more
  • Sept. 21: All-Alumni Social and Dance. Read more
  • Sept. 21: Faculty and Guest Artist Series concert. Read more
  • Sept. 22: Homecoming parade. Read more
News about U

News About U

Geosciences Associate Professor Julia Baldwin was selected as a Mineralogical Society of America distinguished lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year. Distinguished lecturers for the MSA give talks at schools across North America and Europe that might not otherwise have the opportunity to bring in outside speakers to hear about recent advances in the mineralogical sciences. Baldwin will offer lectures: "When the continental crust gets really hot: The petrology of ultrahigh temperature metamorphism" and "Metamorphic phase diagrams and geochronology: You can't have one without the other."


Wildlife Biology doctoral candidate Tshewang Wanchuk was recognized by the National Geographic Society as the "Explorer of the Week" for his doctoral work on snow leopards in some of the most remote areas of Bhutan.


The Montana Natural Heritage Program of UM was awarded an additional $100,000 from the Bureau of Land Management to map wetlands. The funding builds on a successful collaboration between MTNHP, federal and state agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to update the National Wetlands Inventory for Montana. Since 2006, MTNHP has mapped more than 1.6 million acres of wetlands and riparian corridors.


Wildlife Biology Professor Scott Mills and his graduate student Marketa Zimova presented two talks at the World Lagomorph Congress in Vienna, Austria, in July on their research on seasonal coat color change in snowshoe hares relative to a globally decreasing snowpack. Mills also presented an invited seminar at North Carolina State University on Sept. 6 regarding whether hare camouflage can keep up with climate change.


Chirinos, Eduardo. 2012. "Catalogo de las naves. Antologia personal (1978-2012)." Universidad Alas Peruanas & Estruendomudo. Lima. 354 pages.


Hendricks, Paul. 2012. "Winter Bat Records for Montana." Northwestern Naturalist. Vol. 93, Issue 2: pp. 154-162.


Rich, L.N.; Mitchell, M.S. 2012. "Anthropogenic mortality, intraspecific competitions and prey availability influence territory sizes of wolves in Montana." Journal of Mammalogy. Vol. 93: pp. 722-731.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. (Co-editor) "New Perspectives on the Didactic Triangle: Teacher-Student-Content." ZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Education. Vol. 44, No. 5: pp. 581-695.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Revisity the Didactic Triangle: From the particular to the general." ZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Education. Vol. 44, No. 5: pp. 581-585.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Polarities in (Nordic) Mathematics Education: Scaling the field." Plenary paper in G. Gunnarsdottir, F.Hreinsdottir, G.Palsdottir et al (Eds) proceedings of NORMA11 - The 6th Nordic Conference on Research in Mathematics Education, Reykjavik, Iceland. pp. 65-80.


Sullivan, Thomas. 2012. "'I Want to be All I Can Irish': The Role of Performance and Performativity in the Constructions of Ethnicity." Social and Cultural Geography. Vol. 13, Issue 5: pp. 429-444.


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