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ForUM News from The University of Montana
Nov. 5, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 26 |
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UM faculty, staff encouraged to vote Tuesday

The UM administration encourages all faculty and staff to take advantage of the day off Tuesday, Nov. 6, and head to the polls to vote in the elections.


Voters can check their registration status, download a sample ballot and find the location of their polling place online at the Missoula County Office of Elections website. Ravalli County information can be found here.


Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters are required to show ID before receiving a ballot.

Journalism students, faculty cover election in-depth

Students enrolled in political reporting courses at the UM School of Journalism will fan out across Montana on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to cover the state's historic election. Faculty also will step out of the classroom and into newsrooms to produce, direct, report and facilitate coverage of the contest.


Interim Dean Denise Dowling and Professors Ray Ekness and Ray Fanning will produce, direct and coordinate remote crews for live television coverage on MontanaPBS. They have worked closely with adjunct faculty member John Twiggs of UM's Broadcast Media Center over the past two months to fashion the evening's programming.


"We work very hard to have a solid plan for our live broadcasts, but very often that plan goes out the window," Dowling said. "We have to stay on our toes and react to developments at the national and state level. It's an exciting evening for us and our students."


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Mansfield Library recogznied for service, commitment

The Federal Depository Library Program recently recognized the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM for its outstanding service and commitment as a regional federal deposit library.


Mansfield Library was presented a plaque and a letter at the 2012 Depository Library Council Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Depository Library Act of 1962, which established the FDLP, a program that offers the public free access to U.S. government publications.


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UM recycling, waste manager receives certification

UM's Recycling and Waste Manager Eduard "Edi" Stan recently earned the title of certified recycling systems manager through the Solid Waste Association of North America.


The SWANA certification is the culmination of a yearlong online class and a rigorous national exam in Washington, D.C. To be eligible, applicants must have at least five years of municipal solid waste management, as well as two years of managerial experience in the applicant's specific field.


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UM green revolving fund recognized in new report

A UM student-funded program that supports on-campus, energy-saving projects was recognized in the Sustainable Endowments Institute's "Greening the Bottom Line 2012" report.


The Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund accepts proposals from UM students for projects that will reduce annual operating expenses, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs in campus buildings. Projects must demonstrate quantifiable savings and a return on investment.


Benefits of UM's program noted in the report include strong student involvement through required student representation on the KRELF governing committee and working with student government before launching the fund.


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Craft brewing has growing impact on state economy

Montana's 33 craft brewers represent a growing sector of manufacturing activity in the state, according to a new survey and economic impact study by researchers Colin Sorenson and Todd Morgan of the UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research.


According to the report commissioned by the Montana Brewers Association and titled "The Economic Contribution of Craft Brewing in Montana," the impact of the industry represents more than 430 jobs, nearly $50 million in private-sector sales, $9.8 million in private nonfarm compensation, $1.8 million in government compensation and $1.5 million in state government revenues.


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Fine art and taxidermy merge in UC Gallery show

A new art exhibit by UM students and staff combines fine art and taxidermy to create "An Aesthetic Taxonomy." The dynamic exhibit, featuring artwork inspired by UM's Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, will be on display at the University Center Gallery through Friday, Nov. 30.


Featured artists are Dave Dyer, Louis Habeck, Kadie Zimmerman, Hanna Spry, Samuel Case, Eric Carlson and Lesli Van Stavern Millar.


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Playwright William Yellow Robe Jr. to present at UM

Nationally acclaimed Assiniboine playwright William Yellow Robe Jr. will return to one of the places he called home when he lectures at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the University Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.


Yellow Robe will share his insights, stories and thoughts and read from his collection of published and unpublished poems and plays, allowing time for questions and discussion. He describes the event as "poetry, fiction, acting, poverty, playwriting and all other forms of decolonization by a Spam-eating Montana Indian," including "stories that would burn down Bill Cody's Chautauqua tent."


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UM lecturer to host reading from new novel

UM Lecturer Erin Brown Saldin will read from her new novel, "The Girls of No Return," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Davidson Honors College Ephron Student Lounge.


The event is free and open to the public, and a book signing and reception will follow.


Saldin teaches for both UM's Department of English and the Davidson Honors College. "The Girls of No Return" is her first novel, which touches on the tendency toward self-harm among adolescent girls.


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UM students host 'Griz for UNICEF' fundraiser

Griz for UNICEF, international student groups and the Associated Students of UM will host the second annual "Griz for UNICEF" fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at First Presbyterian Church at 201 S. 5th St. W. in Missoula.


The Brazilian, African and Persian student associations at UM sponsor the dinner-banquet fundraiser, which supports UNICEF's efforts to help children in developing countries attain access to clean water, vaccinations, mosquito nets, food and school supplies.


The dinner is open to the public and tickets cost $15. They are available for purchase from Griz for UNICEF members, UM's Foreign Student and Scholar Services in Lommasson Center Room 219 and the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.


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Anthropology students win opinion writing award

Students in UM Professor Garry Kerr's Anthropology 101 course were recognized as Public Anthropology Award winners for fall 2012. Thirty-two UM students received awards for opinion pieces written about ethics in research. Nationwide, more than 3,500 students from 25 schools participate in the Public Anthropology competition.


Students in Kerr's anthropology course consistently receive honors in the competition. In this year's writing prompt, students were instructed to express their "view on how Institutional Review Boards (in the U.S.) and/or Review Ethics Boards (in Canada) should enforce a set of common rules regarding research. How much freedom should researchers be allowed in conducting their research? What regulations should be enforced to prevent the abuse of research subjects and ensure, more generally, that the research strives to promote positive benefits for the larger society sponsoring it?"


UM winners and their opinion pieces can be viewed here.

Drawing date set for Student Built House raffle

The drawing date for the Student Built House has been set for 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets for the house, which was constructed through collaboration among Missoula College UM, the Missoula Building Industry Association and the Flagship Program, are still available for $100 from Rosauers, Pattee Creek Market, Orange Street Food Farm, Karl Tyler Chevrolet, the Missoulian, Missoula College, Caras Management Co., Culligan Water, Missoula Building Industry Association, Flagship Program, Western Montana Lighting and the JCCS accounting firm.


Open houses will be held at 4860 Jeff Drive from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday until Nov. 18. At least 3,000 raffle tickets must be sold for the drawing to be held, but no more than 4,000 will be sold.

Classified staff, families invited to 'Free Family Swim'

The UM Staff Senate will host "Free Family Swim" for classified staff and their families from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Grizzly Pool. Families can enjoy recreational swimming, rubber duck races, ping-pong ball chases and coin-diving activities.


For more information call Staff Senate at 406-243-5422 or email

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Nov. 5: Rough-Cut Science Seminar Series. "Landscape Legacy and the Biogeochemical Consequences of Disturbance." Montana State University Assistant Professor Stephanie Ewing. 4:10 p.m., University Center Room 327.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7: Mansfield Center Fall Lecture Series. "Translation, Literature and Modernization Regarding China." Professor Luo Xuanmin, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Noon, University Center Room 330.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7: Faculty Professional Development Sessions. Pedagogy Project Microtalk. "Office Chair versus Therapist's Couch: Your Role as a Faculty Member During Students' Emotional Crises." 12:10-1 p.m., University Center Room 329.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8: Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Fall Seminar Series. Aseem Ansari of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biochemistry. 4:10 p.m., Chemistry Building Room 123.
  • Friday, Nov. 9: Mansfield Library Fall Workshops. "Identifying Funding with the Foundation Directory Online." 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. 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

  • Nov. 5-6: UM School of Music Orchestra Festival. Call 406-243-6836 for more information.
  • Nov. 7: Music: Nooners Live Performance in the UC. Read more
  • Nov. 7-11: Play: "Fiddler on the Roof." Read more
  • Nov. 8: Reading: dg nanouk okpik. Read more
  • Nov. 8: Poetry slam: Tony Keith. Read more
  • Nov. 8: Reading and signing: Kerry Foresman. Read more
  • Nov. 8: Film and Discussion: "The End of the World, Never Mind the Mayan Calendar." Read more
  • Nov. 9: UM School of Music Student Recital Series. Read more
  • Nov. 10: Signing: Stan Lynde. Read more
  • Nov. 10: Music: Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Read more
  • Nov. 10: Montana Museum of Art & Culture Celebrity Artist Tour. Stephanie Frostad for "Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection." 12:10-12:50 p.m., Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
  • Nov. 11: Music: Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Read more
  • Nov. 11: 2012 Banff Festival of Mountain Films World Tour. Read more
News about U
News About UMathematical sciences Professor Bharath Sriraman was appointed to the international scientific committee of the 16th International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematical Modeling and Applications. The conference will be held July 14-19, 2013, at the Universidade Regional de Blumenau in Blumenau, Brazil.
Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning conducted a language revitalization workshop Oct. 18-20 in Juneau, Alaska, with more than 40 Native language teachers, including several clan leaders from five villages throughout southern Alaska.

Mizner, R.L. 2012. "Alternatives To Lifting Concrete Masonry Blocks Onto Rebar: Biomechanical and Perceptual Evaluations." Ergonomics. Volume 55, Number 10: pp. 1,229-1,242.


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