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ForUM News from The University of Montana
Oct. 8, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 22 |
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ForUM submissions due Wednesday mornings

ForUM submissions must reach University Relations, 319 Brantly Hall, by noon Wednesday for inclusion in the following week's newsletter. Be sure to note that the submissions are for ForUM. Email submissions may be sent to Items will be included as space permits. For more information call ForUM Editor Bess Pallares at 406-243-4853 or email

Feingold to present in President's Lecture Series

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will deliver a lecture titled "While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era" as part of the President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.


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Missoula ranked one of nation's Top College Towns

The American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index recently ranked Missoula among the top College Towns in the U.S.

"The characteristics that make up a great college destination often make a location ideal for business, retirement and tourism," said Steven Cunningham, AIER director of research and education. "A top AIER College Destinations Index ranking should be just as important to the town or city as it is to the schools located there and the families and students attending or considering them."


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Renowned historian to deliver lecture on Lincoln

Renowned historian, author and Princeton University Professor Emeritus James McPherson will deliver the inaugural UM Arnold Swanberg Lecture on Military History titled "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief" at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in The George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

McPherson also will deliver a seminar earlier the same day titled "Why Military History? Antietam as a Case Study" from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

McPherson is known as the "dean" of American Civil War scholars and has written 21 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era."

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Pioneer in Industry honoree to present lecture

The UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs will present Greg Gianforte, founder of RightNow Technologies, as the 2012 Pioneer in Industry Award Honoree from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Gianforte will present a talk titled "Improving K-12 Education in Montana" and participate in a question-and-answer session.


RightNow was Gianforte's fifth software startup, which he sold for more than $1.8 billion in 2011. He is active in nonprofit work related to education and poverty.


The Pioneer in Industry Award was created to enhance the entrepreneurship opportunities for UM students and to inspire Montana's future generation of entrepreneurs. It is presented to pioneers and innovators who have been recognized as leaders in their industry and who demonstrate a sense of social responsibility through positive contributions they make to the communities where they live.

CEHS receives $1.25 million grant for education

The Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UM recently received a five-year, $1.25 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support environmental science education for 4,300 middle and high school students throughout Montana, Alaska and Idaho.

The project, the Clean Air and Healthy Homes Program, builds on CEHS's successful Air Toxics Under the Big Sky Program, which was funded by SEPA in 2003.

Researchers and educators will develop inquiry-based science lessons that will prepare students to conduct their own research projects focused on air pollutants that can affect human health, such as particulate matter, radon and carbon monoxide. Teachers will receive training, curriculum and air-sampling equipment to guide environmental health science education and research in the classroom.


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NSF grants UM School of Journalism $250,000

The National Science Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to the UM School of Journalism to enhance the quantity and quality of environmental science news reaching Montana's reservations and rural areas.


Residents in these areas face new and perplexing environmental resource decisions at a time when access to local news on these issues has waned. The grant will help develop a model for reporting environmental science news called Science Source, using student reporters from the UM's graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism, as well as partner news organizations across the state.


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President: Welcome families for Family Weekend

Please join me in welcoming UM families to campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, for Family Weekend 2012.


University Relations has planned a full schedule of events for families, which can be found online.

University Relations encourages families to visit student services offices, set up a meeting with their student's adviser and visit a regularly scheduled class. Please prepare for visitors on Friday, Oct. 12, and provide them with information to help their student succeed at UM.


If you would like to display a welcome sign for your front reception areas, they can be printed from the Family Weekend website.


Thank you for helping to provide a lasting experience for UM families.


President Royce C. Engstrom

Geriactic Education Center presents fall conference

The Montana Geriatric Education Center at UM will host a statewide video conference Oct. 15-16. The conference will address Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, which are leading causes of death among seniors in the U.S.


"ABCs of Alzheimer's Disease: Assessment, Behavioral Management, Caregivers and More" will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, and "Comprehensive Care of Parkinson's Disease" will be held 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Medical centers and hospitals in 30 Montana cities, including Billings, Helena, Great Falls, Missoula and Butte will participate in the video conferences.


For more information call Terry Egan, associate director of MTGEC, at 406-243-2480 or email A complete agenda for the conference that includes information on the speakers is available at


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Literary legend William Kittredge to hold reading

UM Regents Professor Emeritus William Kittredge will give a fiction reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. The event, which is sponsored by UM's Creative Writing Program and the Kittredge Visiting Writer Fellowship, is free and open to the public.


Kittredge taught in UM's Creative Writing Program for 29 years. He returned for another semester this autumn as the Kittredge Visiting Writer, an eminent position named in his honor.


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Asst. secretary of the interior to address symposium

Anne Castle, assistant secretary for Water and Science in the U.S. Department of the Interior, will deliver an address during the fourth annual symposium on Columbia River Governance held Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 10-12, at KwaTakNuk Resort in Polson.


The symposium begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. It will include an update on the formal treaty review process, along with panel discussions on aboriginal rights and interests, ecosystem values and services, and strategies for shared governance. Castle will speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. 


Registration is available at


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Creative Writing Program offers student contest

The UM Creative Writing Program is accepting student submissions for the 2013 Merriam-Frontier Award writing contest.


The contest, established by UM English and creative writing Professor H.G. Merriam, recognizes distinguished achievement in student creative writing by awarding $500, funds to publish a chapbook and the opportunity to give a public reading. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.


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Writer to lecture on effects of transracial adoption

Susan Harness, field director of the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University, will present a lecture titled "American Indian Transracial Adoption: An Assault on Indigenous Cultures" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Liberal Arts Building Room 11.


Harness, author of "Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967)," will address her research into the cultural effects of American Indian transracial adoption. Harness is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and an American Indian transracial adoptee. She researches issues of transracial adoption and the outcomes of historic trauma.

Earling to deliver lecture as part of The Big Read

UM creative writing Professor Debra Magpie Earling will deliver a lecture about her book "The Lost Journals of Sacajawea" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Mansfield Library Theta Ro Room on level four. The lecture is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with the 2012 Missoula Big Read, which focuses on Willa Cather's "My Antonia."


Earling's book, which is part of the library's Archives and Special Collections, will be on display with other material regarding the impact of homesteading in the American West. More information about the Missoula Big Read and associated events is online at

Mansfield Library Archives running caption contest

October is National Archives Month, and Mansfield Library is celebrating with a Photo Caption Contest. Photos can be viewed at the Archives Month website or in person in Archives and Special Collections on the fourth floor of the library. Entries can be submitted online or at the library until Oct. 31.


Winners will receive a 16x20 print of their choice from the Archives and Special Collections photo collection and a $10 gift certificate to The Bookstore at UM. Creativity is encouraged.


Tours of the Archives and Special Collections are available from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.


For more information call 406-243-2053 or email

Women's leadership conference set for Friday

The Mansfield Center will present Women's Leadership Conference: Making Connections on Shared Priorities from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, on the University Center third floor. The conference brings together women from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and western Montana to share approaches to empowering women around the world.


Session topics include "Empowering Women and Young Girls," "Community Health Education," "Violence Against Women and Identity and Social Justice."


"Violence against women and girls is a global issue that reaches across ethnic, racial and socioeconomic lines," said Elizabeth Harrison, YWCA Missoula communications and development associate and a speaker at the conference. "The more we can build community and coalition across group and international lines, the stronger our programs and the safer our communities will be."


The conference is sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, Women's Foundation of Montana, YWCA Missoula and the American Association of University Women. For conference details and to register, visit call 406-243-2988. The conference is free, but space is limited to 90 registrants.

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Thursday, Oct. 11: Mansfield Center Fall 2012 Lecture Series: "Reflections on Issues of Women's Empowerment in Southeast Asia." State Department exchange professionals from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Noon, Mansfield Center.
  • Friday, Oct. 12: Mansfield Library Fall Workshops: "Introduction to Archives and Archival Research." Learn how to find and use archival material for your academic or personal research. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Mansfield Library Archives Teaching Room.

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. 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

Upcoming Arts and Entertainment

  • Oct. 8: Student Recital Series: Clint Whittle. Oboe and English horn senior recital. 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall. Free.
  • Oct. 9: Student Ensemble Series: Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 7:30 p.m., George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Tickets: $11 general, $6 seniors and $5 students.
  • Oct. 9: Prose and Poems. Read more
  • Oct. 9-13: Play: "The Arabian Nights." Read more
  • Oct. 10: MMAC "Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection" Celebrity Artist Tour: Kristi Hager. 12:10-12:50 p.m., PAR/TV Center.
  • Oct. 10: Nooners Live Music in the UC. Read more
  • Oct. 12: Reading and Signing: David Cates. Read more
  • Oct. 12: Facutly & Guest Artist Series: Anne Basinski, clarinet, and Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet. 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall. Tickets: $12 general, $8 students and seniors.
  • Oct. 12-13: Weekend Movies: "Brave" and "The Amazing Spider Man." Read more
News about U
News About U

Kathryn Shanley, Native American studies professor and special assistant to the provost for Native American and indigenous education, has been named co-editor of the Yale University Press Henry Rowe Cloud American Indians and Modernity book series.


Tom Martin, senior scientist and assistant leader of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, gave the keynote speech at the Predator-Prey Symposium in Turku, Finland, titled "Nest Predation Influences on Life History Evolution, With Special Reference to Development" in August.


Andrea Lewis, events coordinator with University Relations, was awarded the Superstar Volunteer Award by the American Heart Association during the 2012 Heart Walk and 5K Run on Sept. 29. Lewis was instrumental in coordinating the annual fundraiser and the "Be Part of the Heart" event held earlier that week.


Campbell, D.G. 2012. "Relationships Between Mood and Employments Over Time Among Depressed VA Primary Care Patients." General Hospital Psychiatry. Number 34: pp. 468-477.


Cheng, Y.; Martin, T.E. 2012. "Nest Predation Risk and Growth Strategies of Passerine Species: Grow Fast or Develop Traits to Escape Risk?" American Naturalist. Number 180: pp. 285-295.


Greene, L.; Hebblewhite, M. 2012. "Short-term Vegetation Response to Wildfire in the Eastern Sierra Nevada: Implications for Recovering an Endangered Ungulate." Journal of Arid Environments. Number 87: pp. 118-128.


Peters, W.; Hebblewhite, M.; DeCesare, N.J. 2012. "Human Landscape Alteration Affects Resource Partitioning of Coexisting Moose and Threatened Caribou." Ecography. Number 35: 001-012.


Squires, J.R.; DeCesare, N.J.; Hebblewhite, M.; Berger, J. 2012. "Missing Lynx and Trophic Cascades in Food Webs: A Reply to Ripple et al." Wildlife Society Bulletin, Volume 36, Issue 3: pp. 567-571.


Koehn, Peter H. 2012. "Transnational Research and Development Partnerships in Higher Education: Global Perspectives." The Sage Handbook of Higher Education. Thousand Oaks, Calif. Sage. pp 359-378.

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ForUM submissions must reach University Relations, 319 Brantly Hall, by noon Wednesday for inclusion in the following week's newsletter. Be sure to note that the submissions are for ForUM. Email submissions may be sent to Items will be included as space permits. For more information email Bess Pallares, ForUM editor.


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