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ForUM News from The University of Montana
Nov. 26, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 28 |
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Art curator featured in President's Lecture Series

Renowned art curator, author and lecturer Gloria Groom will deliver a talk titled "The School of Nature in French Art: From Realism to Impressionism" as part of the UM President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.


Groom, the Mary and David Winton Green curator of 19th-century European painting and sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago, also will present an afternoon seminar that same day titled "Impressionism: Fashion and Modernity" from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both the seminar and the lecture are free and open to the public.


In her evening lecture, Groom will comment on the artists and works seen in the Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibition "Labor and Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection." The exhibit features 19th-century French art from painters that include Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Augustin Lhermitte. The MMAC is located in the PAR/TV Center.

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Legal Atlas wins 2012 Innovating Justice Award

Leaders of the Legal Atlas initiative, a partnership between the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM and a Missoula private startup venture, traveled to The Hague, Netherlands, earlier this month to accept the 2012 Innovating Justice Award and 50,000 euros to further develop the initiative.


Legal Director Jim Wingard and Science Director Maria Pascual founded Legal Atlas and approached the Mansfield Center in 2010 to propose a partnership to do research with their company. UM students in disciplines such as natural sciences, political science and law are working to research laws in countries around the world that relate to agriculture, land reform, oil and gas, natural resources mining, water rights and other environmental topics.


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Open forums scheduled for three CIO finalists

Campus visits and open forums for three UM chief information officer candidates will be held in the next two weeks.


The CIO serves as a member of the President's cabinet and also serves as the information technology liaison to the Montana University System. The CIO provides strategic vision and leadership to the main UM campus and works with the other affiliated campuses on information technology issues, policies, infrastructure and technology investments.


Candidate open forums are open to the community and faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. The schedule is as follows:


  • Monday, Nov. 26: Matthew Riley, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Law Building Room 219.
  • Friday, Nov.30: Mark Gregory, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Law Building Room 201.
  • Monday, Dec.3: David O'Neill, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Law Building Room 219.


The other final candidate, Roxanne Mashburn, presented her open forum on Nov. 9.


More information on candidates is available here, and resumes and full campus-visit schedules are available at

UC Holiday Giving Campaign kicks off Tuesday

The University Center Holiday Giving Campaign will begin after Thanksgiving. All proceeds from the campaign will benefit families living in the University Villages.


The campaign kicks off with decorating the campus-community Christmas tree at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the UC in front of The Source. Although the UC will provide ornament-making supplies, personal ornaments and supplies are welcome. The community tree will remain in the UC throughout the holiday season. Donors can buy stockings from The Source, which will be displayed on the tree.


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UM celebrates new biomechanics lab

An open house was held Nov. 16 to officially launch the new Biomechanics Laboratory at UM. The new facility is part of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.


Directed by UM researcher Matthew Bundle and housed in the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center, the lab will study the science of human movement for the Department of Health and Human Performance.


"It will expand the research capabilities at The University of Montana and allow students and faculty to pursue study in a world-class facility," Bundle said. "The equipment here is found at only a select few universities around the world."


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Opera production to feature up-and-coming singers

UM School of Music student opera singers are having an exciting year. Aside from three students moving to regional final auditions for the Metropolitan Opera, two scenes from the upcoming production of "Dizzying Dilemmas at the Opera" are finalists in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition.


"Dizzying Dilemmas at the Opera" will show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28, in the Music Recital Hall at UM. School of Music students will perform scenes from "The Marriage of Figaro," "Eugene Onegin," "Die Fledermaus," "Hansel & Gretel," "La Rondine" and "The Magic Flute." Costumes, sets and lighting were designed by students from the UM School of Theatre & Dance.


Tickets cost $11 for general admission, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. They are available for purchase online or by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581.


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UM students to compete for Golden Grizzly Award

UM students will compete in artistic categories for the Golden Grizzly trophy in the first-ever Entertainment Management Awards on Friday, Nov. 30. The inaugural talent competition is hosted, planned and managed by UM's Entertainment Management students.


The EMA's main event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Monk's Bar, located at 225 Ryman St. in Missoula. Tickets for the 18-and-older show cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door and VIP tickets cost $50. VIP ticketholders, ages 21 and older, are invited to a 6 p.m. pre-event cocktail hour and an exclusive viewing of the dance entries at the Downtown Dance Collective, located at 121 West Main St.


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WellCheck screenings offered Dec. 4-7

WellChecks are being held Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 4-7 for insurance-eligible employees, spouses and dependents. Eligible employees and family members can receive a free WellCheck screening once per insurance year, (July 1 through June 30.) The screening consists of one comprehensive package, including a chemistry screen, complete blood count, blood pressure check and other biometric screenings.


Eligibility includes employees, spouses and children 18 years and older who are on active employee Montana University System (MUS) health insurance plans. Children under 18 years of age are not eligible. Retirees, spouses and dependent children 18 years and older on the UM Retiree self-funded health insurance plan also are eligible. Retirees and spouses on New West Medicare (MAPP) are not eligible.  

To register and to obtain more information, visit It Starts With Me or call a health promotions coordinator at 866-932-6467. The UM company code to register for an appointment is MUS2012. Registration for appointments is open until 4 p.m. the day before the screening.


Screenings will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 4-6, in University Center Rooms 330-333. Missoula College screenings will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in MC Health Building Room 01.


WellCheck screenings will be offered again in April and October 2013. For more information contact the UM Human Resource Services Wellness Team: Cindy Boies at 406-243-2286,; or Ann Guiditta at 406-243-2665,

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Nov. 26: Rough-Cut Science Seminar Series. "Environmental Variation, Organism Response and Feedback in Terrestrial Biogeochemical Systems," Jack Brookshire, 4:10 p.m., University Center Room 327.
  • Monday, Nov. 26: Integrative Microbiology & Biochemistry Seminar Series. 12:10-1 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28: Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar Series. 12:10-1 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28: Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series. 4:10-5 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29: Griz Lead Emerging Leaders. "Is Your Group Invisible?" 6-9 p.m., University Center Room 330.

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. 30: Academic Affairs
  • Dec. 7: President Engstrom

Upcoming Arts and Entertainment

  • Nov. 27: UM Employee Caroling Ensemble Rehearsal. Read more
  • Nov. 28: Music: Nooners Live Music in the UC. Read more
  • Nov. 28: Presentation and Signing: Alan Kesselheim and Thomas Lee. Read more
  • Nov. 28-29: Auditions: "The Vagina Monologues." Read more
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 1: Holiday Art Fair. Read more
  • Nov. 29: Film: "The Invisible War." Read more
  • Nov. 29: New Music Missoula. Read more
  • Nov. 30: Craft Lecture: Victor LaValle. Read more
  • Nov. 30: Reading: Victor LaValle. Read more
  • Nov. 30: Opening Reception: Flagship Program Projects Exhibit. Read more
  • Nov. 30: Concert: University Choir and Chamber Chorale. Read more
  • Dec. 1-2: Concert: Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale "Holiday Pops." Read more
News about U
News About U

Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences Department Associate Professor David Shepherd presented an invited seminar Nov. 16 at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington, New Zealand. The seminar was titled "Consequences of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation in Dendritic Cells and Their Therapeutic Potential." The presentation was part of a six-month international faculty exchange sponsored by UM International Programs, the Office of the Provost, the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Native American Studies Department Professor Dave Beck presented a paper titled "American Indian Leaders in Progressive-Era Chicago" at the American Society for Ethnohistory conference Nov. 9 in Springfield, Mo.

Anthropology Department Professor Anna Prentiss co-wrote two invited papers in the session "Cultural Transmission Studies: Tree and Network Models of Micro- and Macroevolution" at the 2012 Meetings of the American Anthropological Association on Nov. 15 in San Francisco. The papers are titled "Mosaic Evolution in Cultural and Biological Frameworks: Dynamics Vary with Scale," which was co-written with Anthropology Professor Randall Skelton and UM graduate student Matthew Walsh, and "Using Cladistics to Interperet Archaeological Assemblages: The Slate Tool Tradition at Bridge River, British Columbia (EeRl4)," co-written with Walsh.


The UM Foundation 2012 Annual Report now is available and can be viewed here.

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