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  Sept. 26, 2011 | Vol. 39, No. 37|
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Reconnect this week at UM Homecoming

Join the festivities at UM's 2011 Homecoming, which takes place Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, with a full schedule of traditional events.


This year's Homecoming theme, "We Are Family," celebrates how the University's diverse family of alumni, faculty, students and staff unites the Missoula and Montana communities. In addition to traditional Homecoming events, the Class of 1971 will celebrate its 40th reunion this year.


Homecoming events kicked off Sunday with music and celebration at the Southgate Mall Clock Court, which was sponsored by Southgate Mall, 102.5 Mountain FM, UM and the UM Office of Alumni Relations.


The annual Homecoming Art Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the University Center Atrium.


The Distinguished Alumni awards program and panel discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the UC Ballroom and will honor the 2011 recipients: Thomas Dahmer, Jack Shanstrom, J.K. Simmons and Brian Wesbury. A reception will follow and is open to the public.


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Professor awarded USDA's highest honor

UM wildlife biology Professor Dave Naugle recently received a 2011 Secretary's Honor Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his work on the agency's major sage grouse conservation initiative.


USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack presented the annual award -- the department's most prestigious -- to Naugle, his colleague Tim Griffiths and their 33-member team at a ceremony held Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C.


As a USDA science adviser for the agency's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Naugle helped develop and implement its Sage Grouse Initiative over the past year and a half.


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Rally encourages high school freshmen to graduate

In an unprecedented event, 920 high school freshmen from five Missoula County public schools will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, on the turf of Washington-Grizzly Stadium at UM.


The reason? To attend the first-of-its-kind Graduation Matters Missoula Freshman Rally, in which Montana's governor, Missoula's mayor, UM's president, Missoula County's public schools superintendent, fellow students and educators will encourage students to graduate.


Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Mayor John Engen, UM President Royce Engstrom, Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle and other dignitaries will make brief presentations. Students also will be treated to music, videos on the massive stadium screen and an appearance by UM mascot Monte.


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UM named military-friendly school

G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has designated UM as a "Military Friendly School."


The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.


The survey ranks schools with a plus or minus on several factors, ranging from scholarship offers to opportunities to socialize.


UM scored well on most criteria, including offers of scholarships to military students and veterans, tuition discounts, providing in-state tuition without residency requirements, no penalties for military students called to active duty and availability of evening and weekend classes. UM also earned a plus for its veteran-specific website.


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Grant will place sensors beneath arctic ice

UM chemistry Professor Mike DeGrandpre and his partners have been awarded a $926,000 National Science Foundation grant, which will fund placement of carbon dioxide and pH sensors in the perennially ice-covered portion of the Arctic Ocean.


The sensors will be placed on ice-tethered profilers to be deployed by DeGrandpre's collaborators John Toole and Rick Krishfield of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Ten carbon dioxide and pH sensors in six locations will be placed just below the ice by drilling holes through the ice.


Data will be transmitted back to Woods Hole in Massachusetts via satellite, where it can be viewed as the sensors drift with the Arctic ice pack. More information on the ITP instruments is online.


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Interfaith event aims to increase respect, understanding

Members of Missoula's communities of faith are invited to attend a University community interfaith reception at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in University Center Room 330.


The event intends to build relationships, respect and understanding among all people in Missoula and western Montana, regardless of their ethnic or religious backgrounds.


UM President Royce Engstrom, Provost Perry Brown, Associate Provost for International Programs Mehrdad Kia, and student and clergy leaders from various faiths will speak at the event. Participants will have table discussions about building a community that is more tolerant of all faiths and backgrounds and also will brainstorm ideas for future interfaith events involving students, faculty and the wider community.


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Lecture reports Native health care achievements

Dr. Kelly J. Acton will visit UM to present a lecture on the achievements of the Indian Health Service's comprehensive disease management and prevention programs and innovative use of health information technology. The lecture will take place from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Skaggs Building Room 169. It is free and open to the public.


The IHS is a federal health system caring for 2 million American Indian/Alaska Natives. Acton is a deputy regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She will share how IHS innovations have reduced the life-expectancy gap between American Indian/Alaska Natives and whites from eight to five years and also will explain significant improvements in diabetes care.


Her talk will highlight the need for increased funding so that innovative health advancements for American Indian/Alaska Natives can continue, and will illustrate the significant disparities that persist among the population. 

Physics, astronomy department celebrates centennial

The UM Department of Physics and Astronomy will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a research conference, reception and observing night on Friday, Sept. 30.


The research conference runs from 1:10 to 5:30 p.m. in UC Rooms 326-327. Presenters, who are all UM alumni, include Hilary Martens, California Institute of Technology graduate student; David Westerly, University of Colorado-Denver assistant professor; Brent Buffington, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory mission specialist; and Ahmed Diallo, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory scientist.


A reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Silk Road restaurant, 515 S. Higgins Ave., followed by an open house observing night at the Blue Mountain Observatory beginning at 9 p.m.


The department invites all alumni to attend the event and join in the celebration. More information is available online.

Raffle supports Staff Senate scholarship fund

Members of the UM Staff Senate will sell raffle tickets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 26-28, to raise money to fund its annual scholarships.


Senators will sell the tickets, which are $1 each or $5 for six, in the University Center Atrium and the main foyer of the Lommasson Center. 


Representatives also will sell tickets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the central area of the College of Technology. People also can purchase tickets at the COT by calling library technician Annie Weiler at 243-7820.


The scholarships are awarded to children of UM staff enrolled at the University, and the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee relies heavily on donations from the campus community to fund them.


Prizes include tickets to the Oct. 1 Homecoming football game, two Monte Dolack posters and gift certificates to various local businesses, including Finn & Porter, Freemo's Pizza, The Bridge, Subway, Office City, Press Box, Ace Hardware, Great Harvest Bread Co., Good Food Store and others.


For more information call Catherine Hogan at 243-2169 or email 

COT hosts its first-ever tailgate

The UM College of Technology will host its first-ever Grizzly football tailgate in conjunction with the Homecoming game starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, near Washington-Grizzly Stadium.


Students from the COT's Culinary Arts Program will prepare pulled pork for the tailgate, which also will feature beverages, giveaways and a raffle. The event is free and open to the public.


The tailgate also will provide prospective students of any age with more information on the COT's 35 areas of study, including nursing, energy technology and culinary arts. More than 500 students graduated with two-year degrees from the COT in 2010 and 2011.

IRB to host open house

UM's Institutional Review Board will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Main Hall Room 116. 


Researchers are invited to meet staff in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Development and ask IRB members questions about research involving human subjects. Light refreshments will be served. 


For more information call Paula Baker at 243-6672 or email

Public invited to explore Zoological Museum

The Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, part of the UM Division of Biological Sciences, will host an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.


The museum, housed on the second floor of the Health Sciences Building, holds more than 21,000 vertebrate specimens from the Northern Rocky Mountain region and around the world. It is the largest vertebrate zoology collection in Montana. 


The open house is free and open to the public and will include taxidermy demonstrations, a flesh-eating beetle colony and a display of unusual specimens.

Weight-management class offered on campus

Curry Health Center, University Dining Services and Campus Recreation are offering an eight-week weight-management course from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17, in Curry Health Center Room 073.


The program costs $25, which includes healthy snacks, and is open to the campus community.


The program will help participants develop healthy habits to reach their weight-loss goals and set them up for a lifetime of weight management. Registration is available at the Fitness and Recreation Center front desk or by calling 243-2833.

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: 1-3 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:


  • Oct. 7: Academic Affairs
  • Oct. 21: Mansfield Center
  • Oct. 28: President Engstrom
  • Nov. 4: International Programs
  • Nov. 18: College of Visual and Performing Arts and School of Journalism
  • Dec. 2: President Engstrom
  • Dec. 9: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
News about U
News About U

Journalism Assistant ProfessorLee Banville served as the moderator for a two-day conference, "Medical Marijuana: Thoughtful Questions, Responsible Answers," held Sept. 19-20 in Helena. The conference focused on bringing together a diverse group of speakers to develop more common ground ahead of the 2013 legislative session.


Professor Amanda Golbeck of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences was elected to membership in the International Statistical Institute on Aug. 26 at the 58th World Statistics Congress of the ISI, held in Dublin, Ireland. She is the only elected member from Montana.


Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning conducted an advanced language revitalization workshop for teachers of the Tolowa language in Smith River, Calif., on July 25.


The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences selected Nancy Marra to serve as director of the Office of Field Experiences. Marra served as interim director during the 2010-11 academic year. She has extensive prekindergarten through 12th grade teaching and clinical-supervision experience and expertise in the development of collaborative partnerships with P-12 schools.


Geosciences Professor George Stanley gave a keynote lecture, "The Naked Coral Hypothesis and Ocean Acidification," at the 11th International Symposium on Fossil Corals, held Aug. 22-27 in Liege, Belgium. He also visited fossil sites across Belgium.

Atkins, T.A. (co-author). 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.


Cook, Nancy S. 2011. "Framing Class in the Rural West: Cowboys, Double-wides, and McMansions" in A Companion to The Literature and Culture of the American West. (Ed.) Nicolas S. Witschi. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.


Duwell, Armond. 2011. "Uncomfortable bedfellows: Objective quantum Bayesianism and the von Neumann-Lüders projection postulate." Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 42(3):167-175.


Sondag K.A. (co-author). 2011. "HIV/AIDS among American Indians/Alaska Natives living in Montana: A descriptive study." American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 18(1):1-22.


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