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Nov. 25, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 30 |  
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'We Are Montana' Tour Heads East of Divide

UM President Royce Engstrom heads to Bozeman, Livingston, Big Timber and Billings as part of the "We are Montana" tour of the state. Engstrom and other senior UM leaders will travel to the Montana cities Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 2-4, to meet with and listen to legislators, educators, alumni, students and community members.   

The third leg of the tour travels to Bozeman first then to Livingston and Big Timber and will conclude in Billings. The UM Alumni Association will host community events in Bozeman and Billings. Both events are free and open to the public. The event schedule follows:

  • Bozeman: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, Bridger Brewing's Pints for a Purpose, located at 609 S. 11th Ave. The Children's Museum of Bozeman is the beneficiary. Participants are encouraged to wear Griz gear.
  • Billings: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Billings Depot, located at 2310 Montana Ave. 
The events will offer community members a chance to meet with Engstrom and connect with alumni and friends.

The first and second legs of the president's "We are Montana" tour stopped in Miles City, Glendive, Sidney, Glasgow, Helena, Butte and Dillon. He is scheduled to visit seven additional cities across Montana through the winter and spring, traveling a total of 3,500 miles.

Faculty Help Develop Outdoor Recreation Plan

Montana State Parks is in the final stages of a new five-year outdoor recreation plan that outlines goals for outdoor recreation management and conservation in the state. Four UM faculty members assisted with data collection and research to support the plan's recommendations.


UM College of Forestry and Conservation Professors Norma Nickerson, Wayne Freimund, Elizabeth Metcalf and Alex Metcalf helped the planning team implement surveys and review data trends to make recommendations about activities and funding priorities.


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Funding Available for Asia Research

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM invites faculty to apply for the Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund. Through the generous support of Akira Yamaguchi, the University offers modest support each fall and spring for faculty research related to Asian studies and, to a lesser extent, for curriculum development related to Asia.


Fundable activities include research-related travel, scholarly publication and essential research materials. Preference is given to junior -- full-time but pre-tenure -- faculty members, although other faculty will be considered, and limited support may be available for outstanding research proposals from UM graduate students. Awards typically are $500, and the maximum award is $1,000.


Interested faculty and students should submit a two-page proposal detailing the nature and the cost breakdown of their request and explaining the impact the support will have on their research or teaching. A letter of support from a colleague in the field familiar with the applicant's work and able to assess the merits of the proposal (or a letter of support from their principal adviser for students) must be included.


The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. Submit all applications via email attachment to Awards are announced in mid-December. For more information, visit

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Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Nov. 25: "The supramolecular and medicinal chemistry of post-translational modifications and epigenetics" by Fraser Hoff, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Read more
  • Monday, Dec 2: Philosophy Forum: "Killing Bill: Rethinking Metaphysical Freedom" by David Clark, philosophy adjunct assistant professor. Read more

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Afternoon Receptions

Receptions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every other Friday in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. The final reception of the semester is:

  • Dec. 6: UM Dining
Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events
  • Monday: UM Military Law Society Discussion: "WWII Aces and Tailgunners." Read more
  • Monday: Concert: Student Ensemble Series.Read more
  • Tuesday: Concert: Faculty and Guest Artist Series Read more
  • Wednesday: Student Travel Day: No Classes. 
  • Thursday: Queergiving. Read more
  • Thursday-Friday: Thanksgiving Break. UM offices closed. No classes. 
  • Sunday: Concert: Handel's "Messiah." Read more

To view more events, visit the official UM Events Calendar online.

News about U
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Associate History Professor Tobin Miller Shearer presented the paper "Devotion Deliverance: Public Prayer As A Civil Rights Strategy," at the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Oct. 31.


Curriculum and Instruction Associate Professor David Erickson participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Digital Library of Formative Assessment Practices meetings held Aug. 27-29 in Seattle and Nov. 12-14 in Las Vegas. The meetings prepared State Leadership Team members from six western states. Montana has 10 state leadership team members working with approximately 55 Montana State Network of Educators in developing resources for the Digital Library set to open in April 2014.


Ellen Condon, project director, and Kim Brown, project coordinator with the UM Rural Institute on Disabilities' Transition and Employment Projects, accompanied six young adult members and four parent members of the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council to the annual Montana Youth in Transition conference held Nov. 6-8 in Billings. The Rural Institute group presented four workshops and hosted two vendor tables. The workshops focused on critical considerations in the transition from high school to adult life, including money management, mental health, employment and housing.  


Amy Glaspey, associate professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, presented a poster with Andrea MacLeod of the Université de Montréal titled "Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Speech Sound Disorder: Characteristics Among French Speaking Children," at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association held Nov. 13-15 in Chicago. Also at the convention, Glaspey co-presented an invited three-hour short course titled "Assessment of Speech Sound Disorders: Clinical Decision-Making" on Nov. 14. On Nov. 15, Glaspey was recognized by the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association with Advisor Honors for her work with the UM student organization Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action. 


Department of Counselor Education Professor John Sommers-Flanagan presented an evening lecture titled  "Understanding and Using Adult Power and Influence" on Nov. 7 at the Red Bank Catholic School for the Township of Ocean, Department of Human Services, in New Jersey. He also presented a half-day workshop titled "Working with Tough Kids and Parents ... and Loving It" on Nov. 8 at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. 


Environmental studies Associate Professor Dan Spencer gave an invited lecture Nov. 16 in the Bill Chidester Memorial Lecture Series in Sylvania, Ohio, titled "The Greening of Religion: Religions' [Re]Encounter with the Earth and Its Distress." He also delivered a talk Nov. 17 to the Sylvania United Church of Christ titled "Caring for Creation in an Era of Climate Change." 

Publications Publications


Hamilton, R.F. Jr.; Holian, A. 2013. "Differential mouse pulmonary dose and time course responses to titanium dioxide nanospheres and nanobelts." Toxicological Sciences. Volume 131, No. 1: pp. 179-193.


Sommers-Flanagan, J.; & Sommers-Flanagan, R. 2014. Clinical Interviewing. Fifth edition. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. 


Naugle, David E. et al. 2013. "Trial by fire: Improving our ability to reduce wildfire impacts to sage-grouse and sagebrush ecosystems through accelerated partner collaboration." Rangelands 35: 2-10.


Lawrence, Andrea. 2013."Learning How to Write Analog and Digital History" in Writing History in the Digital Age, edited by Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


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