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ForUM News from The University of Montana
Nov. 12, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 27 |
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Anti-violence educator, author to speak Nov. 13

Internationally renowned anti-violence educator Jackson Katz will present the topic "More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the University Center Ballroom. A reception and book signing will follow.


The lecture is the result of a collaboration among UM's Intercollegiate Athletics, Women's and Gender Studies Program, Residence Life, African American Studies and the Student Involvement Network. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Katz is internationally recognized for his work in gender violence prevention education in schools, athletics and the military, as well as for his work in media literacy.


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Event to celebrate Missoula College's new name

Members of the Missoula community are invited to a name-unveiling event for Missoula College UM (formerly the College of Technology) from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Missoula College East Commons Area.


The event begins at 3:30 p.m. at 909 South Ave. W. with student-led campus tours and the opportunity for business people to meet with the College Advisory Board to discuss workforce development. The tours will be followed by a formal program at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the expanded mission of the college and to formally unveil the new name to the public.


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Professor finds Greenland absorbs some meltwater

UM glaciologist and Associate Professor Joel Harper published research findings in an article titled "Greenland Ice Sheet Contribution to Sea Level Rise Buffered by Meltwater Storage in Firn" in the Nov. 8 issue of the journal Nature.


According to the research, a large storage sink for meltwater generated on the surface of Greenland exists in a layer of old, compacted snow called firn, which is up to 100 meters thick. Because some of the melt is absorbed by the firn, not all of the melt from the huge ice sheet contributes to rising sea levels, yet.


"The melt generated from low elevations easily escapes to the ocean, but there's a large area at higher elevation where the fate of the melt is highly uncertain," Harper said. "Quantifying how melt can infiltrate and refreeze in cold snow and firn is critical to understanding sea-level changes."


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CIO finalists to vist campus in November, December

Four candidates for the position of chief information officer for UM will visit campus in November and December. Roxanne Mashburn, Matt Riley, Mark Gregory and David O'Neill will conduct presentations and open forums for the campus and Missoula communities.


Candidate resumes can be viewed online at


The CIO provides leadership and strategic direction for information technology across UM campuses in Missoula, Butte, Dillon and Helena and serves as administrator of UM's central IT organization on the main campus.


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UM student named Defender of Freedom Fellow

United States Marine Corps Cpl. Jonas Rides At The Door, a UM student, recently was named the newest Defender of Freedom Fellow by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.


"Jonas is a true hero," Baucus said. "He has been recognized many times for his bravery and service to Montana and America. Having recently transitioned from the Marine Corps to the classroom, Jonas knows firsthand the challenges veterans often face upon returning to civilian life, and I know he will bring his experience to the table to improve the lives of veterans across Montana."


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UM hosts ceramic artists during Archie Bray Day

Three ceramic artists from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena will demonstrate their technique and lecture on their work Tuesday, Nov. 20, during the annual Archie Bray Day at UM.


Events will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Artists Jonathon Read, Sean O'Connell and Sunshine Cobb will demonstrate their work from 10:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:10 to 4:45 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio of UM's Art Annex, located south of the Adams Center. A lecture and slide show of the artists' work will be held from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 356.


Archie Bray Day is sponsored by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund and the UM School of Art.


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English professor wins distinguished service award

Beverly Ann Chin, director of the UM English Teaching Program, is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. The award recognizes a person who exhibits valuable service to the profession, scholarly or academic distinction, excellence in teaching and distinctive use of the language.


Chin has more than 35 years teaching experience and has published articles, textbooks and video programs on the teaching of writing, reading and literature. She has received several teaching and service awards, including the UM Distinguished Teacher Award and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts. She formerly served as the president of NCTE and as a board member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


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Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens Nov. 14

The 18th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will be on display at the UM Gallery of Visual Arts Nov. 14-Dec. 5. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, with an awards presentation at 6 p.m.


The exhibition is sponsored by UM's School of Art, Gallery of Visual Arts and Artist Collective. It features a diverse array of media created by undergraduate and graduate students. For many students, the annual exhibition is the first opportunity to show their work in a professional gallery.


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MC student to train volunteers for veterans drug court

Ryan Morgan, a Missoula College UM student and former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, will work with Judge Brenda Desmond of the Fourth Judicial District Court to recruit and train volunteers as mentors in the Missoula Veterans Drug Treatment Court.


Veterans drug courts offer services specifically directed at veterans who have issues with alcohol and other drug abuse, mental illness, homelessness, unemployment and strained relationships with family and friends. Veterans go through treatment programs with other vets who have common past experiences and needs.


Morgan will present the "Mentor Services Directory" he developed, which provides veterans with an overview of mental health and substance abuse treatment services, as well as resources for food, housing and more. Morgan volunteers with the court as part of the MC Prevention Field Placement course in the Chemical and Addiction Studies Program.

UM community invited to open forum on colleges

UM faculty, staff and students are invited to an open forum on the comprehensive mission of the two-year colleges in Montana, including the Missoula and Bitterroot colleges from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in James E. Todd Building Room 204.


UM Provost Perry Brown, Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech, UM College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christopher Comer, Missoula College Dean Barry Good and Bitterroot College Director Victoria Clark will be on hand to engage in dialogue with attendees.


The forum is free and refreshments will be served.

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar Series. UM Division of Biological Sciences. 12:10-1 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Fall Seminar Series. "The Use of Enzyme Inhibition Assays to Isolate Compounds with Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer Activity From Symbiotic Bacteria of the Human Gut." Research Professor Andrea Stierle, UM Department of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 4:10 p.m., Chemistry Building Room 123.

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. 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. 13: Prose and Poems. Read more
  • Nov. 13-18: Play: "Fiddler on the Roof." Read more
  • Nov. 14: Lecture: "Moons: The Amazing Satellites of Our Planets." Read more
  • Nov. 14: Reading and Signing: Mark Gibbons. Read more
  • Nov. 14: Lecture: "19th Century French Realism of Jean-Francois Millet." Montana Museum of Art & Culture Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes. 7 p.m., Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center Masquer Theatre.
  • Nov. 15: Concert: Toots & The Maytals. Read more
  • Nov. 15: Reading and Signing: William Farr. Read more
  • Nov. 16: Lecture: "Man on the Moon." Read more
  • Nov. 16: Concert: UM Jazz Band. Read more
  • Nov. 18: Recital: UM Student Chamber Music. Read more
News about U
News About UThe UM Foundation "2011 Annual Report" was selected for the Gold Award in the Annual Report/Educational Institution category of the MarComm Awards, a prestigious international competition for marketing and communication professionals.

The Sapphire Trio, UM School of Music violin Professor Margaret Baldridge, Director and clarinet Professor Maxine Ramey and Eastern Washington University piano Professor Jody Graves, premiered a composition by UM Associate Professor Charles Nichols, which was commissioned by the Montana State Music Teachers Association, at their annual conference Nov. 3 in Kalispell.


Hines, Eric; Hines, Samantha Schmehl. 2012. "Faculty and Librarian Collaboration on Problem-Based Learning." Journal of Library Innovation. Volume 3, Number 2: pp. 18-32.


Premuroso, Ronald F. 2012. "Disclosure of Outsourcing in the Annual Report: Causes and Market Returns Effects." Internaional Journal of Accounting Information Systems. Volume 13, Issue 4: pp. 382-402.


Cleveland, S.M.; Hebblewhite, M. 2012. "Linking Elk Movement and Resource Selection to Hunting Pressure in Heterogenous Landscapes." Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.182.


DeCesare, N.J. 2012. "Separating Spatial Search and Efficiency Rates as Components of Predation Risk." Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1698.


Squires, J.R.; DeCesare, N.J.; Olson, L.E.; Kolbe, J.A.; Hebblewhite, M.; Parks, S. 2012. "Combining Resource Selection and Movement Behavior to Predict Corridors for Canada Lynx at Their Southern Range Periphery." Biological Conservation. In Press.


Semeniuk, C.A.D.; Musiani, M.; Hebblewhite, M.; Grindal, S.; Marceau, D.J. 2012. "Incorporating Behavioral-Ecological Strategies in Pattern-Oriented Modeling of Caribou Habitat Use in a Highly Industrialized Landscape." Ecological Modeling. Number 243: pp. 18-32.

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