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Oct. 22, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 24 |
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Annual Day of Dialogue scheduled for Thursday

UM's seventh annual Day of Dialogue will be Thursday, Oct. 25. The Day of Dialogue is a campuswide series of events focused on diversity topics. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members discuss, present, perform and exhibit art throughout the day.


Participants can explore topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, class, social hierarchy and privilege. Day of Dialogue events, which are participatory in nature, are created by UM students, faculty and staff, and community members.


The Day of Dialogue will begin at 9:10 a.m. in the University Center South Atrium. Participants then can choose from more than 17 free educational sessions that begin at 9:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m., noon, 1:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. on the third floor of the University Center.


A closing cultural session will include the lecture by Monica Bauer titled "Art. Class. Nation. Location." in the UC Theater. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a light reception before the 6 p.m. lecture.


To learn more about this event, visit the Day of Dialogue website.

New program to bring doctors, jobs to Montana

Montana's health care workforce is aging, and forecasts suggest the state will start losing 22 primary care doctors to retirement each year starting in 2014.


In an effort to lessen the effects of this looming rural health care challenge, UM has partnered with medical providers in Missoula and Kalispell to create a new family medicine residency program. UM officials were notified Oct. 15 that the program has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana will launch next summer with as many as 10 graduate physicians starting a three-year residency program. Up to 10 residents will be added each year thereafter, creating a program that will eventually train 30 resident physicians at a time, said Larry White, a UM associate professor and director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center.

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UM announces finalists for VP for research position

After a nationwide search, UM will conduct campus interviews and public forums with four finalists for the position of vice president for research and creative scholarship.

The four finalists are Richard Billo, associate vice president for research at the University of Texas at Arlington; Scott Whittenburg, vice president for research and economic development at the University of New Orleans; James Petell, associate vice president for intellectual property management and commercialization and executive director of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation at URI; and Patrick Pellicane, vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Arkansas.


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Program receives $2 million grant for bird research

Tom Martin believes his upcoming research on two superfamilies of birds in southeast Asia will have a major impact on science's understanding of how species form, how physiology may influence longevity and the implications of climate change on their development and survival.

The National Science Foundation sees potential in the research, too, because the Montana Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit senior scientist and UM professor, together with four other scientists, recently received a $2 million grant from the organization to pursue the study.

Martin leads the study titled "Dimensions: Collaborative Research -- Historical and contemporary influences on elevational distributions and biodiversity tested in tropic Asia" with partners from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Kansas and Louisiana State University. A large sum of the NSF grant, $1.3 million, will come to UM for the study, and Martin will lead a group of student researchers to the tropical island Borneo to study birds in the Sylvoidea and Muscicapidae families.


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Event to spotlight University's research efforts

UM brims with researchers trying to advance human knowledge and puzzle out the mysteries presented to us by the natural world.


To highlight some of the great science being conducted here in western Montana, the University will host a first-ever "UM Research Spotlight" from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the University Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a social.


"We are trying a novel approach with this presentation," said David Forbes, UM's interim vice president for research and creative scholarship. "The researchers on our panels each will show a few slides, with everyone commenting on what's presented. We'll do it in a way that's understandable and accessible to everyone, and we hope to get interaction with the audience.


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UM receives award to train crime-victim advocates

The Institute for Educational Research and Service at UM has received a $195,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime to develop a training academy for volunteers across Montana who assist victims.

The grant, which involves a one-year planning period and two years of implementation, will create the Montana Victims Advocate Academy to train volunteers from each county and reservation in the state. The project is the result of collaboration among the Montana Attorney General and U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Montana Board of Crime Control, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and UM.


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UM hosts U.S. Department of State fellows from Asia

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM is hosting 10 women who are emerging leaders from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos through Nov. 11 as part of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program.


The Professional Fellows Program, an exchange program of the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, promotes international cooperation and builds networks of people and organizations working on critical issues worldwide. During their one-month fellowships with governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Missoula, Helena and Pablo, participants gain experience working alongside their American counterparts.


The goal of the exchange is to foster collaborative action to address women's concerns that have global repercussions. Participants in the Professional Fellows Program are placed in public, private and nonprofit organizations, where they learn firsthand how issues in their field are addressed in the U.S. The fellows also gain an understanding of American culture through community-based events.


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FLBS to receive first proceeds from artistic map

Missoula-based Xplorer Maps will present UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station and the Flathead Lakers with the first installment of fundraising proceeds from sales of its antique-style map of Flathead Lake at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the FLBS.


The company has sold about half of the 300 signed, limited-edition prints of the map, which was released over the summer to raise money and awareness for continued monitoring, research and protection of Flathead Lake.


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Businesswoman's family creates scholarship fund

Three children of Missoula businesswoman Rachel Sprunk Smith are honoring their mother through the creation of a sizable scholarship for students in the UM College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Rachel Sprunk Smith Scholarship will provide $4,000 scholarships each year to two students in the college. Smith's children -- Eric Sprunk of Portland, Ore.; Greg Sprunk of Phoenix; and Rochelle Sprunk of Vancouver, Wash. -- worked with the UM Foundation to set up the fund.


"We are deeply grateful for the wonderful commitment and support of Rachel Sprunk Smith and her family," said Stephen Kalm, dean of UM College of Visual and Performing Arts. "This gift will positively impact the lives of many students."


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Pianissimo! concerts slated for Oct. 26-27 at UM

The UM School of Music will present the fifth annual Pianissimo! concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, in the UM Music Recital Hall.


The dynamic event will feature a wide variety of music and styles for solo piano, piano duet, multiple pianos and more, with a total of eight pianos on the recital hall stage. Missoula's most distinguished pianists will perform, including UM faculty members Steven Hesla, Christopher Hahn, Nancy Cooper and Barbara Blegen. Community favorites Molly Morrison, Dorothy Beck-Peterson, Charlotte Kasl and Scott Billadeau, as well as several UM piano students also will perform.

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Environmental scholar to lecture at UM Oct. 23

Professor Dennis Ojima will deliver a lecture titled "Emerging Challenges for Natural Resource Management under Changing Climate" as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110.

Ojima is a professor at the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and a senior scholar at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. He also is the university consortium coordinator for the recently established U.S. Geological Survey North Central Climate Science Center. His research focuses on global change effects on ecosystems, including climate and land-use changes, carbon-accounting methods for forest carbon sequestration and adaptation, and mitigation strategies to climate change.


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Theatre & Dance to hold Costume Closeout Sale

With Halloween approaching, the UM School of Theatre & Dance will once again hold its Costume Closeout Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23-24, at the southwest entrance to the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. In the event of inclement weather, the sale will be moved inside to the PAR/TV lobby.

The cash-only sale is open to the public, and organizers encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable shopping bags.

Sale items include everything from wedding and prom dresses to funky hats, coats and specialty costumes. Items are priced at 50 cents and up. Some pieces were bought and some were handmade. Almost every item was worn in a UM Theatre & Dance production.

To learn more about the items for sale or the UM costume shop call Costume Shop Manager Paula Niccum at 406-243-5271 or email

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Oct. 22: UM Philosophy Forum. "Locke, Amerindians and the Development of Rational Religion," Ade Artis, professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan-Flint. 3:10-4:30 p.m., School of Law Pope Room.
  • Monday, Oct. 22: Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. "Rivers of the North Pacific Rim: Linking Fishing and Science," Jack Stanford, Flathead Lake Biological Station director and Bierman Professor. 6 p.m., University Center Ballroom.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: Mansfield Library Fall Workshops. "Using the U.S. Census for Demographic Information." 1:30-2:30 p.m., Mansfield Library Student Learning Center, Room 283.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24: Mansfield Center Fall Lecture Series. "Wicked Problems, Deliberation and Community Management of Irrigation Canals in Kara Kulja District, Kyrgyz Republic," Mike Igoe, master's degree candidate in resource conservation. Noon, Mansfield Center.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24: Faculty Professional Development Sessions. Pedagogy Project Microtalk. "My Parents Were Not Griz: Working with First Generation College Students." 12:10-1 p.m., University Center Room 330.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: The Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Fall Seminar. Tatiana Kutateladze of the University of Colorado-Denver Department of Pharmacology. 4:10-5 p.m., Chemistry Building Room 123.
  • Friday, Oct. 26: Mansfield Library Fall Workshops. "Navigating Copyright for Teaching and Research." 1:30-2:30 p.m., Mansfield Library Student Learning Center, Room 283.
  • Friday, Oct. 26: Literature and Research Colloquium. "Palestine on the Ground: Zionism and the Reduction of the West Bank," Katie Kane, associate professor of English. 4-5:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building Room 302.

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. 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. 22: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • Oct. 23: Movie: "Berlin: Symphony of a Great City." Read more
  • Oct. 23: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • Oct. 24: Music: Nooners Live Musical Performances in the UC. Read more
  • Oct. 24: Movie: "Islam: A Closer Look." Read more
  • Oct. 24: Movie: "Cultures of Resistance" Read more
  • Oct. 24: Lecture: "1920s Berlin: Crescendos of the Modern Metropolis." Read more
  • Oct. 25: Exhibit: "Windows of Oppression." Read more
  • Oct. 25: Reading and Signing: "Anything Worth Doing" by Jo Deurabrouck. Read more
  • Oct. 25: "Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper" guided tour with MMAC Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes. 5:10-5:50 p.m., PAR/TV Center.
  • Oct. 26: Play: Imperial Acrobats present "Chi of Shaolin: Tale of the Dragon." Read more
  • Oct. 26-27: Weekend Movies: "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Savages." Read more
  • Oct. 26-27: Fall Studio Works: Informal Dance Concert. Read more
  • Oct. 26-27: Concert: Pianissimo! Read more
  • Oct. 27: Concert: Missoula Symphony Chorale. Read more
News about U
News About U

Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning spoke about traditional story-telling and conducted a seminar on language restoration and its importance at the International Festival of Indigenous Peoples Knowledge and Learning, Sept. 29-30 in Bellingen, Australia. Earlier in the summer he competed at the Masters National springboard championships, where he placed first on three-meter, second on one-meter and third on platform. In July, at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Italy, he placed fourth in the three events.


Vanita, Ruth. 2012. Poems: "Rekhti in the Matching Store, Lucknow"; "Dawn at the Rampur Library"; "Ithaca"; "Love, Like, Hate, Adore"; "Ghazal for My Son, Four Years Old"; "In Memoriam, Prof. Srinivas Ramachandra Siras"; and "On the Plane." Indian Literature, the Journal of the Sahitya Akademi. New Delhi.


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