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Oct. 29, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 25 |
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President's Lecture Series turns focus to philosophy

Allen Wood, Ruth Norman Halls professor of philosophy at Indiana University, will deliver a lecture titled "Marx on Equality" as part of the UM President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the University Center Ballroom.


A prolific scholar with wide-ranging interests in the history of modern philosophy, Wood published a major study on Karl Marx in 1981, with an expanded edition in 2004. He views Marx as a humanist who had an unflagging hope in people's desire to fight for their own freedom. He will speak about Marx as an important figure in the history of philosophy from whose insights and errors we can learn. Wood teaches courses in the history of modern philosophy, Kant and existentialism. His publications include "Kant's Moral Religion," "Karl Marx" and "Hegel's Ethical Thought."


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Marketing professor appointed to research committee

UM Regents Professor Jakki Mohr has been appointed to the National Academies of Science Committee on Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment. Mohr, who teaches marketing in the UM School of Business Administration, will help identify market barriers slowing the purchase of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in the U.S.


Mohr will apply her expertise in commercializing new technologies, evaluating the ecosystem of a product -- for cars this includes the vehicles themselves, oil and gas stations, mechanics, dealerships and the whole range of related services -- and innovation in business models.


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Record number of international students study at UM

A record 536 international students are enrolled at UM for the 2012-13 academic year. The number has increased 32 percent from last year and includes students from two more countries, according to UM International Programs.


International students from 72 countries study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in professional programs and at the English Language Institute.


Though enrollment of international students at the University traditionally has been strong, International Program Development Officer Peter Baker said enhanced collaboration among entities and programs on campus led to this year's increase. The Graduate School, Enrollment Services, ELI, International Programs, student-support services and academic departments on campus are working together more closely on international recruitment and education. More UM international alumni also are helping with recruitment activities in their home countries.

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Annual 'Can the Cats' food drive kicks off Nov. 3

The "Can the Cats" food drive will return for its 13th year of Griz-Cat competition Nov. 3-17.


"Can the Cats" is a contest between UM and Montana State University. The universities compete to collect the most pounds of nonperishable food for their local food bank. The UM event benefits the Missoula Food Bank. The winner will be announced at the Griz-Cat football game Saturday, Nov. 17, in Missoula.


People are encouraged to donate items such as potatoes, rice and canned vegetables, fruit and tuna. Monetary donations also are accepted.


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Nominations open for 2013 Robert T. Pantzer Award

Nominations are now being accepted for UM's Robert T. Pantzer Presidential Humanitarian Award, presented each year to a person from the University or state who has substantially contributed to making campus a more open and humane learning environment.


The award honors Pantzer, UM president from 1966 to 1974, whose open-door policy was a hallmark of his administration. Pantzer also provided outstanding leadership in the preservation of unfettered academic inquiry and expression.


The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The award will be presented at UM's Charter Day ceremonies Feb. 13, 2013.


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MonTEC reopens after $3.5 million renovation

Higher education, government and business officials gathered Oct. 26 to celebrate the completion of a $3.5 million renovation and expansion of the Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC), a business and technology incubator operated by UM.


The project updated 15,000 square feet of labs and office space to facilitate expansion of Rivertop Renewables, a renewable-chemical company resulting from the work of UM Professor Emeritus Don Kiely. A new 2,000-square-foot addition will be outfitted as a semi-works facility, which will help Rivertop research, develop and produce cost-competitive, biodegradable chemicals.

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UM students sweep Metropolitan Opera auditions

Three UM School of Music students will advance to the Northwest Regional Finals for the Metropolitan Opera after sweeping the Oct. 21 National Council Auditions at the Fox Theatre in Spokane, Wash. Neila Getz, Arielle Nachtigal and John Knispel beat out 15 talented singers from the Pacific Northwest to move forward in the prestigious competition.


Getz, of Missoula, is a senior in vocal performance; Nachtigal, also of Missoula, is a junior in vocal performance; and Knispel, of Billings, is a senior in vocal performance and music education. Cynthia Bauder of Spokane, who graduated from UM last May with a degree in vocal performance, received an Encouragement Award from the competition judges.


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Renowned mountaineers to present lecture at UM

The UM Global Leadership Initiative will host mountaineers Conrad Anker, Peter Metcalf and Rick Reese for a lecture titled "To the Summit! Mountaineering and Responsibility to the Planet" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Urey Lecture Hall.


The speakers will share conservation and life lessons they've learned among the world's highest mountains. All three will present photography showing some of the planet's loftiest peaks, and the images will be accompanied by colorful, instructional narrative. Each climber has a unique approach to conservation and a reputation for delivering exciting and educational programs.


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UM alumna named top leader in banking industry

Every October, American Banker magazine names the top women in the industry. This year UM alumna Debby McWhinney '77 was recognized as one of the "25 Most Powerful Women in Banking," and as a leader in the global business world.


The award evaluates leadership both within the banking industry and the greater community.


McWhinney, of New York City, serves as chief operating officer at Citi Global Enterprise Payments. She served her alma mater on the UM Foundation Board of Trustees, which she chaired from 2002-03. McWhinney simultaneously chaired the Foundation's "Invest in Discovery" campaign, which raised $131 million for the University.


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GLI to host community dicussion on global education

The UM Global Leadership Initiative will host a community discussion, "Harnessing the Power of Education: RESULTS in Action," about how Americans can be change agents in mobilizing foreign policy on education. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the University Center North Ballroom.


Speakers Ken Patterson, global grassroots manager for RESULTS, a volunteer organization working to end global poverty, and Genevieve Chabot, co-founder of the Iqra Fund, which works to get overseas girls to school, will share inspiring stories on how Americans can be global leaders for change.


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NCBI lecture to focus on conflict resolution

Amie Thurber, director for the National Coalition Building Institute Missoula and adjunct assistant professor of social work at UM, will present a lecture titled "What Can Northern Ireland Teach Us About Repairing Relationships Between Montana's Indigenous and Settler Communities?" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.


"Last year, during a prejudice-reduction workshop I led on campus," Thurber said, "a white student remarked, 'I don't understand what the Indians are complaining about. What happened was a long, long time ago. They lost. We won. Get over it.'


"Comments like this have driven me to study the gaps in knowledge, history and context between Montana's indigenous and settler communities."


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Mansfield Library to exhibit Apollo 17 moon rock

The Mansfield Library will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 manned moon mission by displaying a fragment of moon rock collected by the Apollo 17 team and presented to the state of Montana in 1973. The moon rock will be on display in the lobby of the library from Thursday, Nov. 1, through the end of the autumn semester.


Mansfield Library Government Documents Librarian Susanne Caro will present a lecture titled "A Short History of the Goodwill Moon Rocks" to coincide with the display at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the library.

Annual Town & Gown event to feature contra dance

The UM Folklore Society will host the annual Town & Gown Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated to help cover expenses.


The dance will include a variety of traditional American folk dances but will focus on contra, a form of old English country dancing that American colonists in New England eventually modified to fit into the long, thin floor spaces of barns.


A beginner's workshop will be held at 7:30 p.m. before the main dance begins. Roy Curet will teach and call dances throughout the evening. Out of the Wood, a band that specializes in old-time fiddle tunes, jigs and reels, will provide live music. Dress is casual and eclectic.


For more information call Vicki Watson, UM Folklore Society adviser, at 406-243-5153, email or visit

UM departments collaborate on 'Fiddler on the Roof'

The UM School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance will present the timeless musical "Fiddler on the Roof" in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center's Montana Theatre during November. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-10 and 13-17, and matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and 18.


Tickets cost $20 for the general public, $16 for seniors and students and $10 for children age 12 and under. UM faculty and staff are entitled to one free ticket and may purchase a second for $9. Tickets are available at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. 


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Oct. 29: Rough-Cut Science Seminar Series. "Global Change: It's About More Than Just Climate." UM Regents Professor Steve Running. 4 p.m., University Center Theater.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30: Mansfield Center Fall Lecture Series. "Second (Third and Fourth) Thoughts on Geoengineering: Governance and Ethics in Climate Engineering Research." Professors Jane Long of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Nancy Tuana of the Pennsylvania State University Rock Ethics Institute. Noon, University Center Room 330.
  • Thursday, Nov. 1: 2012 Hampton Lecture. "Disease, Identity and War: Americans and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918." University of Puget Sound history Professor Nancy Bristow. 7 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Friday, Nov. 2: Faculty Professional Development Sessions. "Getting to the Heart of Revision." 9:10 a.m. to noon, multiple sessions. University Center Room 333.
  • Friday, Nov. 2: Mansfield Library Fall Workshops. "Conducting a Literature Review." 1:30-2:30 p.m., Mansfield Library Student Learning Center, Room 283.

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:

  • 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. 29: Concert: Loretta Lynn. Read more
  • Oct. 30: Hayduke Lives! Doug Peacock Live. Read more
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Play: "Happy." Read more
  • Nov. 1: Opening Reception: University Center Gallery exhibit "An Aesthetic Taxonomy." Read more
  • Nov. 1: Reception: Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibits "Labor and Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection" and "Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper." 4-6 p.m., Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center Lobby.
  • Nov. 2: UM Symphony Orchestra. Read more
  • Nov. 2-3: Weekend Movies: "Total Recall" and "The Bourne Legacy." Read more
  • Nov. 2-4: Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Super Heroes. Read more
  • Nov. 3: Floating Feather Ensemble. Read more
News about U
News About UPei-Lin Yu of the National Park Service's Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, housed in the UM College of Forestry and Conservation, accepted the Department of the Interior's Partnerships in Conservation Award on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Ice Patch Archeology and Paleoecology Project Team. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes presented the awards, which recognize exemplary conservation results through public-private cooperation and community engagement. The Ice Patch Archeology and Paleoecology Project brings together Glacier National Park, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, University of Colorado Boulder, the Blackfeet Nation and the University of Wyoming in a unique project to document melting ice patches in Glacier National Park and to recover delicate artifacts and natural objects that are exposed as a result of climate change. UM Anthropology graduate student Ira Matt, Salish/Kootenai tribal member and tribal historic preservation officer, is a key team member.

Miyashita, Mizuki. 2011. "Diphthongs in Tohono O'odham." Anthropological Linquistics. Volume 53, Number 4: pp. 323-342.


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