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ForUM News from The University of Montana
Dec. 3, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 29 |
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Faculty and staff invited to Holiday Celebration

UM Faculty and staff are invited to join President Royce Engstrom and Mary Engstrom for a Holiday Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the University Center Ballroom.

The party is open only to faculty and staff over 21 because alcohol will be served.

President's Lecture Series scheduled Monday night

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 President's Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at UM.

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UM hires Whittenburg as new research vice president

UM has hired Scott Whittenburg as its new vice president for research and creative scholarship.

Whittenburg currently is vice president for research and economic development at the University of New Orleans. He will start his new duties at UM on Jan. 2.

Whittenburg has worked at UNO since 1979, starting as an assistant professor of chemistry and eventually serving as dean of the graduate school before taking over as vice president for research and economic development. He received a physical chemistry doctorate from the University of Utah and completed his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University.

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Paper on leaf-litter study receives special recognition

A study in a tropical forest in Costa Rica that examined the role tree leaf litter plays in regulating the organic carbon stored in soil recently was selected by the Faculty of 1000 for special recognition.

UM alumnus Jonathan Leff conducted the study with researchers from the University of Colorado and the University of New Hampshire. Based on that research, they co-wrote a paper titled "Experimental Litterfall Manipulation Drives Large and Rapid Changes in Soil Carbon Cycling in a Wet Tropical Forest," which was published by the journal Global Change Biology in September.

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Rural Institute to interview two director finalists

The Rural Institute at UM will interview two finalists in early December for the institute's director position. Tom Seekins and Martin Blair will visit campus and present open forums for the UM and Missoula community.

The director of the Rural Institute will oversee operation of the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Research and Service. The Rural Institute's objective is to increase the independence, productivity, community integration and inclusion of those with disabilities through education, research and demonstration services.

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Bitterroot College to host holiday open house Dec. 7

Bitterroot College UM will host a holiday open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at 274 Old Corvallis Road, Suite C, in Hamilton. The event is free and open to the public.

Perry Brown, UM provost and vice president of academic affairs, and Bitterroot College faculty, students and staff will be available at the open house. Tours of the facilities, including student art exhibits and science labs, also will be available. Cake and refreshments will be served.

For more information visit the BC website or call Victoria Clark, director of the BC, at 406-375-0100 or email

Model UN competitors win scholarships to UM

Five high school seniors were awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend UM for their exemplary performance at the 47th Annual Montana Model United Nations Conference Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20. Each winner wrote an outstanding position paper and actively and accurately represented his or her country during two days of debate on world issues.

The awardees include Jessica Stevens and Mackenzie Lombardi from Sentinel High School; China Lexi from Hellgate High School; Tom Dooling from Kalispell's Flathead High School; and Austin Standley from Big Sky High School.

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Library to host webinar focusing on Chinese students

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library will host a NAFSA: Association of International Educators webinar titled "Today's Chinese Student: Cultural Insights for Better Integration" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Mansfield Library Buckhous Room.

Presenters include Yenbo Wu, associate vice president for international programs at San Francisco State University; Jayme Harpring, instructor and research associate at Florida State University; and Peter Briggs, director of the office of international students and scholars at Michigan State University. Mansfield Library Dean Shali Zhang will make closing remarks.

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Students land internships with Scottish Parliament

Two UM students recently were selected to intern with a member of the Scottish Parliament.

Larissa Monckton, a UM senior from Rocheport, Mo., studying political science and communications, and Haley Rondeau, a senior from Black Diamond, Wash., majoring in political science and minoring in international development studies and anthropology, will begin their four-month internships in Scotland on Jan. 7.

Each student will be assigned to a different Parliament member. They will research topics of interest to the member such as economics, environment, drugs, crime, education, rural issues, affordable housing and trade with Europe and the European Union.

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Law students reach finals in Oregon competition

A UM School of Law negotiation team advanced to the final round during the American Bar Association-sponsored Law School Regional Negotiation Competition held Nov. 3-4 in Eugene, Ore.

University of Oregon School of Law hosted the region-10 event, which included law students from schools throughout the Northwest and western Canada. Three California schools also competed this year.

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Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Dec. 3: Integrative Microbiology & Biochemistry Seminar Series. 12:10-1 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar Series. 12:10-1 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series. Speaker: UM Professor Doug Emlen. 4:10-5 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.

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:

  • Dec. 7: President Engstrom

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • Dec. 3-13: Exhibit: Annual Juried Student Art Show. Read more
  • Dec. 3: Concert: UM Choir. Read more
  • Dec. 4: Prose and Poems. Read more
  • Dec. 4-8: "Dance Up Close" Fall Dance Showcase. Read more
  • Dec. 4: Concert: UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Read more
  • Dec. 5: UC "Just Dance-A-Thon." Read more
  • Dec. 5: Concert: UM Symphony Orchestra. Read more
  • Dec. 6: Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibits reception. 4-6 p.m., PAR/TV Center Lobby.
  • Dec. 6-8: Annual Holiday Sale and Juried Show. Read more
  • Dec. 6: Concert: Jeffrey Werbock. Read more
  • Dec. 6: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Wyoming. Read more
  • Dec. 7: Weekend Movies: "The Campaign" and "Premium Rush." Read more
  • Dec. 7-8: UC Midnight Movie Night: "Lethal Weapon" and "Elf." Read more
  • Dec. 8: Reading: Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Read more
  • Dec. 8: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. Carroll. Read more
  • Dec. 9: Concert: String Orchestra of the Rockies holiday concert. Read more
  • Dec. 9: Concert: "Irish Christmas in America." Read more
News about U
News About UUM Geosciences Professor and Paleontology Center Director George Stanley was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Outreach and Education Award during the annual meeting of the Paleontological Society in Charlotte, N.C. Stanley's project involved collaboration with journalism Professor Ray Fanning of the UM School of Journalism's Radio-Television Department to produce a series of radio shows featuring the adventures of "Fossil Man" and his sidekick, "Paleo Kid." The purpose of the planned radio shows is to highlight the fossil resources of Montana and educate the public on paleontology.


John Frederikson and Debra Klemann of the Institute for Education Research in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences delivered invited presentations on best practices in trauma-informed care, part of the IERS' National Native Children's Trauma Center work, to the Montana Board of Crime Control in October in Billings.


Matt Taylor and Erin Butts of the IERS National Native Children's Trauma Center and Montana Safe Schools Center provided three invited trainings at the Advancing School Mental Health 2012 National Conference in Salt Lake City. Butts' session was titled "Transforming Statewide School Mental Health Through Research, Partnership and Policy." Taylor's sessions included "Practice, Policy and Prevention: Lessons Learned for Sustaining Evidence-Based, Culturally Responsive School Suicide-Prevention Initiatives," and a half-day certification training in safeTALK, a best-practice model in suicide prevention gatekeeper training. The trainings were partnered with Living Works Education based in Calgary, Alberta.


Andrea Holms and Jennifer Calder of IERS' Co-Teach and NNCTC facilitated two working meetings and attended trainings and working groups at the National Parent-Teacher Home Visitation Project meeting in October in Denver.


Amy Foster Wolferman and Jennifer Calder of IERS Montana Safe Schools Center and NNCTC provided 12 hours of training on bullying prevention, family engagement, cultural competence and school crisis response to 50 teachers, counselors and administrators participating in the Office of Public Instruction's Montana Behavioral Initiative. The training was held in October in Missoula.


Nanci Moreland and Erin Butts of IERS NNCTC provided Browning Elementary School with two days of debriefings and trainings in October with the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Model, as well as components of the Psychological First Aid for Schools in October.


John Frederikson of IERS MSSC and Eamon Anderson of NNCTC provided eight hours of training to 26 detention officers at Riverside Juvenile Detention Facility in Boulder in October. The training used the Think Trauma Toolkit for creating trauma-informed juvenile justice residential settings, a product of NNCTC.


Rick van den Pol, Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman, Patrick Shannon and Eamon Anderson of IERS traveled to Billings on Nov. 7 to continue ongoing participation in Bureau of Indian Affairs Rocky Mountain Region child protective services teams. The work is part of the U.S. Administration of Children and Families grant to support trauma-informed child welfare systems in Indian Country.


Humphries, K.; Licitra, R. 2012. "Registered Dieticians' Service to Group Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities." The Open Nutrition Journal. Issue 6: pp. 116-122.

Mills, L. Scott. 2013. "Conservation of Wildlife Populations: Demography, Genetics and Management (Second Edition)." Wiley/Blackwell Press, Oxford. 328 pages.

Bergman, Jill. 2012. "The Motherless Child in Novels of Pauline Hopkins." Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, La. 191 pages.

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