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ForUM News from The University of Montana
Oct. 15, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 23 |
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Class of 2012 donates solar greenhouse to UM

UM students soon will enjoy produce grown in their own backyard year-round thanks to the Class of 2012. This past spring's graduates partnered with the UM Foundation to donate a new greenhouse that will be located at the University Dining Services Garden between the Lommasson Center and Craig Hall.


Construction of the greenhouse will take place during October, with a community build day Tuesday, Oct. 16, when volunteers will help put up the main walls of the structure. The final unveiling will take place Monday, Oct. 22.


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Mansfield Center hosts lecture on U.S. foreign policy

Leading scholar of American foreign policy Bruce Jentleson will deliver a lecture titled "American Foreign Policy in a New Era" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the University Center Theater. The free public lecture is presented by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM.


Jentleson is a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University and served as a senior adviser to the Department of State policy planning director from 2009 to 2011. He will discuss ways he believes are effective in promoting U.S. foreign policy interests geared to the realities of the world as it is, not the way it used to be. He contends a varied approach to foreign policy, such as the different strategies pursued in Libya, Iraq and relating to global financial reform, best suit the international environment of the 21st century.


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Insects drive rapid evolution in plant populations

Results from a five-year study involving UM plant ecologist John Maron suggest plants can evolve quickly to lose anti-insect defenses when those defensive traits are no longer needed.


Maron collaborated on a study of evening primrose wildflowers in experimental plots growing in New York. The study found that primroses lost defensive traits that protected them from plant-eating moths in only three or four generations when the insects were experimentally suppressed.


"The research demonstrates that evolution can occur quite rapidly in a field setting," Maron said. "It also shows that in the absence of herbivorous insects the frequency of plants possessing traits associated with herbivore resistance can change rapidly."


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Archaeology students explore underground Missoula

With the start of autumn semester, UM students in an Archaeological Survey class began conducting research on the underground features that were once part of Missoula's historic downtown landscape. The project is called "Underground Missoula."

Taught by UM anthropology Associate Professor Kelly Dixon, the class of 15 students has teamed up with Philip Maechling of the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission to document, photograph and catalog any information pertaining to Missoula's historic underground.


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Annual Pollner Lecture to focus on pop culture

Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever will deliver UM's annual T. Anthony Pollner Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the University Center Theater.


Stuever, the 2012 Pollner Distinguished Professor in UM's School of Journalism, will present "Liner Notes for the End of the World: My Adventures in Covering American Pop Culture." Stuever has worked at The Washington Post as a features writer since 1999 and is the author of "Off Ramp," an essay collection about American life, and "Tinsel," a nonfiction book about the emotional and economic impact of Christmas.


Stuever's lecture will focus on the ways our everyday lives intersect with mass media and entertainment culture and how to get real, human stories out of those encounters. Stories such as people sleeping in front of stores on Black Friday to buy the new i-device, trying to become Miss America (or Miss Anything), experiencing hubris as they start a rock band or try to become a TV star and planning an extravagant wedding like they see on reality TV.


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Ambassador to Beijing featured in China Town Hall

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke will speak in a webcast titled "China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections," at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in James E. Todd Building Room 210. The event is free and open to the public.


The event will be broadcast to 50 select U.S. cities and is organized by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM.


Locke will discuss the U.S.-China relationship in a live webcast and respond to questions from audience members at nationwide venues, including Missoula. The webcast will be followed by an on-site discussion with local China experts Terry Weidner, Mansfield senior fellow in Asian affairs and Steven I. Levine, UM research faculty associate, who will discuss U.S.-China relations from the perspective of the Chinese party congress in November.


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MMAC biography finalist for High Plains Book Award

A book published by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM has been selected as a finalist for a 2012 High Plains Book Award.

"Fra Dana: American Impressionist of the Rockies" was written by UM art history and art criticism Associate Professor Valerie Hedquist and Montana State University-Billings Professor Sue Hart. The biography traces the life and travels of the late 19th-, early 20th-century impressionist painter. The book also features rich images of Dana's work, which is housed at the MMAC.


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Montana Rep chosen as part of new-play network

The Montana Repertory Theatre, the professional theater-in-residence at UM, has been chosen to be one of the host theaters for the prestigious nationwide National New Play Network.


The NNPN is an alliance of nonprofit theaters that champion the development, production and continued life of new plays. They strive to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theatres collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.


The play "Happy," by nationally known playwright Robert Caisley, will show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 24-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in the Performing Arts and Radio Television Center's Masquer Theatre. Tickets cost $16 for the general public and $10 for student-rush seats, which will be released nightly at 7 p.m. This is the 31st play the NNPN has presented.


For more information call Greg Johnson, Montana Repertory Theatre artistic director, at 406-243-5288 or email Visit Montana Repertory Theatre online at

Workshop: Developing a Winning Grant Proposal

Donald C. Orlich, distinguished alumnus, respected friend and donor to the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, will present a half-day workshop titled "Developing a Winning Grant Proposal" from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in University Center Rooms 330-331.


The workshop is free and open to faculty and graduate students who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the guidelines, strategies, plans and techniques involved in crafting a successful grant proposal. If you plan to attend the workshop, RSVP here.


Orlich is co-author of "Teaching Strategies: A Guide to Better Instruction" and "Designing Successful Grant Proposals," among 18 other books. His most recent publication, "Developing a Winning Grant Proposal," will provide the basis for the workshop.


For more information call Peter Knox, communications and outreach manager for the college, at 406-243-4911 or email

UM students present research at SACNAS conference

Two UM students were chosen to present their research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference Oct. 11 and 13 in Seattle. Tashina Hunter and Nicholas Sun Child presented findings on the impact of caring for children with cancer on families and interstitial lung disease, respectively.


Hunter, a senior, and Sun Child, a junior, are both Native American students. They each completed summer internships at the University of Utah and worked closely with physicians at the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute.


SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American college students and professionals in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science.

Used Outdoor Gear Sale to be held Wednesday

The Used Outdoor Gear Sale, an annual fundraiser for the UM Outdoor Program, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the University Center Atrium.


The event is free and open to the public. Gear to sell can be dropped off at the UC from 7 to 11 a.m., and unsold gear can be picked up from 5 to 7 p.m. The Outdoor Program collects 15 percent of the price for gear sold.


For more information call the UM Outdoor Program at 406-243-5172 or email

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Friday, Oct. 19: Faculty Professional Development Sessions. "Interdisciplinary Networking Sessions: Expanding Your Connections with Other UM Faculty." 9:10 a.m.-3 p.m. (multiple sessions). University Center Alumni Boardroom. Registration required. Call Amy Kinch, director of faculty development, at 406-243-5897 or email

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. 16: Faculty and Guest Artist Series, University of Texas, Austin, Faculty Trio, oboe, clarinet and bassoon. 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Tickets: $12 general, $8 students and seniors.
  • Oct. 16: Love Your Body Day Documentary Film Festival. Read more
  • Oct. 16: Concert: Pearl Django with opener Stellarondo. Read more
  • Oct. 17: Reading and Signing: Kaya McLaren. Read more
  • Oct. 18: Motivational speech: "Inspiring, Encourage and Insightful." Read more
  • Oct. 18: Reading and Signing: Kelly Barth. Read more
  • Oct. 19: Reading: William Kittredge. Read more
  • Oct. 19: Play: "Happy." Read more
  • Oct. 19-20: Weekend Movies: "Ted" and "Magic Mike." Read more
  • Oct. 20: MMAC "Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection" Celebrity Artist Tour: George Gogas. 12:10-12:50 p.m., PAR/TV Center.
News about U
News About U

Boone and Crockett Chair in Wildlife Conservation Paul Krausman served as program chair at the IV International Wildlife Management Congress in Durban, South Africa, in July. Krausman currently serves as president of the Wildlife Society, the 11,000-member professional society for wildlife biologists worldwide.


Danielle Wozniak, associate professor and administrator for the UM School of Social Work, received the "Educator of the Year" award from the Missoula Family Violence Council. The group recognized Wozniak's efforts in producing the Personal Empowerment Through Self Awarness (PETSA) training for UM students.

Research Assistant Professor Irena Mrak of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the UM Department of Geography until March 2013. Mrak is a mountain geographer and experienced climber and expedition leader. She will undertake research on landslides in the Eastern Alps with her host, UM Associate Professor Ulrich Kamp.


Derbridge, J.J.; Krausman, P.R.; Darimont, C.T. 2012. "Using Bayesian Stable Isotope Mixing Models to Estimate Wolf Diet in a Multi-prey Ecosystem." Journal of Wildlife Management. Issue 76: pp. 1277-1298.


Belt, J.; Krausman, P.R. 2012. "Evaluating Population Estimates of Mountain Goats Based on Citizen Science." Wildlife Society Bulletin. Issue 32: pp. 264-276.


Polfus, J.; Krausman, P.R. 2012. "Impacts of Residential Development on Ungulates in the Rocky Mountain West." Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.185.

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