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ForUM News from The University of Montana
Dec. 10, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 30 |
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ForUM is going on winter break

In observance of the break, ForUM will be on hiatus until Monday, Jan. 21. All news you would like to share still can be sent to ForUM Editor Bess Pallares at or Happy holidays!

UM professor appointed 2013 AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science appointed UM Professor Charles Thompson as a 2013 AAAS Fellow. The prestigious fellowship recognizes an individual's contributions to science and technology.

Thompson, who teaches in UM's Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, was one of 12 Fellows appointed in the pharmaceutical sciences section. He is the fifth UM faculty member ever to receive the honor.

Thompson's research primarily focuses on advancing the understanding of how certain classes of insecticides are detrimental to human health. Describing himself as a neurochemist, his research integrates chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and bioinformatics, which he "quilts together" to try answering problems.

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Annual Christmas Cookie Cook-Off set for Dec. 13

University Dining Services will host the 15th annual Great UM Christmas Cookie Cook-Off from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Food Zoo. Members of the UM community are invited to "The Polar Express"-themed event to spread holiday cheer by baking and decorating cookies.

Attendees may bring up to half of the cookies they bake home with them after the cook-off, and the other half will be donated to a local youth home, senior home, group shelter or other nonprofit. Annually, about 3,600 cookies are donated to 16 local charities, with more than 29 campus departments participating in the festivities.

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New course provides scientists with journalism tools

UM, in partnership with the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, will offer "Journalistic Tools for Scientists," a Wintersession online course for graduate students in the sciences.

The course breaks new ground in helping scientists communicate with the general public by sharing the tools of the trade employed by seasoned journalists.

"Journalists are trained to speak the language of the general public, and that language is different from the vernacular used in the sciences," said course instructor and veteran journalist Henriette Lowisch. "By sharing practical journalistic skills, we intend to help scientists do a better job spreading the word about research and discoveries that are important to the future of humanity."

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Rascal Flatts to play Adams Center Jan. 25

Country music band Rascal Flatts will perform Friday, Jan. 25, at UM's Adams Center. Special guests The Band Perry and Kristen Kelly will kick off the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $62.50 for reserved seating and $32.50 for limited-view seating. There is a four-ticket limit per person and processing fees will be added to the order. They can be purchased at the Adams Center Box Office, The Source in the University Center, MSO Hub, Worden's Market and Southgate Mall. Tickets also are available online at or by calling 406-243-4051 or 1-888-MONTANA.

Business students help promote Crossroads festival

Entertainment Management students at UM are teaming up with Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival once again to promote the two-night festival slated for April 12-13 in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

UM students have been charged with spearheading the online communications for the festival. Together with Gate6, a Web-marketing company that provides technical support, UMEM students designed and built the website,, from the ground up. The students also manage the festival's social networks and will assist with major event-sponsor promotions.

"The students are responsible for communicating this event to the world," said Maria Brunner, UMEM instructor and one of the founders of the program. "It's a great learning opportunity for the students because they are working with international leaders on a high-profile project."

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New short-term courses reinvent the classroom

New Experience Montana courses through the UM School of Extended and Lifelong Learning allow participants to interact with Montana's landscape, natural resources and cultural heritage.

The two- to five-day, noncredit courses are taught by UM faculty and outside experts. Learning time is split between a traditional classroom and in-the-field experience. With no tests, papers or grades, Experience Montana reinvents the classroom.

"Experience Montana allows instructors and participants the chance to take advantage of the hands-on learning opportunities that are so easily accessible in our state," said UM Extended Courses Director Candi Merrill.

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DHC students win reading-experience essay contest

UM students Mercedes Becker and Rebecca Collins won the 2012 First-Year Reading Experience Essay Contest. Students submitted essays in two categories: Scholarly Analytical and Personal Reflection. The strong submissions in each category are evidence of students' insightful engagement with the first-year book, "Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It," by Maile Meloy, according to the First-Year Reading Experience Committee.


Becker's essay "Go Fish. Find Yourself." is the winning Scholarly Analytical essay. Becker, originally from Belgrade, is a freshman in the Davidson Honors College studying psychology with a minor in communication studies. Collins' essay "Siamese Twins" won the Personal Reflection category. Collins, originally from Portland, Ore., also is a freshman in the Davidson Honors College and has not yet declared a major.


To read the winning essays or for more information on the First-Year Reading Experience, visit

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

Due to technical issues with the UM Events Calendar, this week's listing is limited. Please check for a complete listing of activities for Dec. 10-16.

  • Dec. 13: Docent tour of current exhibits. 5:10-5:50 p.m., Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
  • Dec. 14: Lecture: "Possessing the Moon: Recent Views in Science Fiction on the Future of Lunar Exploration." Updated time of 4 p.m., Mansfield Library East Faculty Office Area.
  • Dec. 15: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. South Dakota State. Read more
  • Dec. 16: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Denver. Read more
News about U
News About U

Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Associate Director Deena Mansour delivered an invited presentation titled "Internationalizing Communities by Developing International Exchange Opportunities" at the U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Congress on Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C.


Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation Paul Krausman was chair of an external committee to evaluate the wildlife graduate program at the National Centre of Biological Science in Bangalore, India, in November. The NCBS is only one of two institutions in Asia that specifically awards wildlife degrees.


Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning conducted a language revitalization workshop from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 for the Ojibwa at the Mille Lacs Indian reservation in Minnesota. More than 30 members of this Native language community participated in the training. During the past 11 months, Greymorning traveled more than 60,000 miles in the service of Native language community members working to regain or strengthen their languages.


Eduardo Chirinos, Spanish professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, has been awarded a Civitella Ranieri Writing Fellowship. The fellowship consists of a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy during the 2013 or 2014 season. The foundation will provide Chirinos with six weeks to concentrate on his work in the company of other Fellows from around the world.


John Fredrickson of the Institute for Education Research in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences Montana Safe Schools Center and Debra Klemann of the IERS National Native Children's Trauma Center provided two days of training Nov. 13-14 to 59 detention officers at Pine Hills Youth Detention Facility in Miles City. The training used the Think Trauma Toolkit for creating trauma-informed juvenile justice residential settings.


Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman and Nanci Moreland of IERS NNCTC provided training and consultation Nov. 14 for state coordinators, child protective team workers and tribal social services -- including participation from four reservations -- in connection with teen parent groups and the Head Start State Collaboration Office. The training was held in Helena and was supported in part by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and a trauma-informed child welfare systems change grant with the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.


Amy Foster Wolferman and Erin Butts of IERS NNCTC and Mark LoMurray, developer of Sources of Strength, facilitated an orientation meeting Nov. 15 at the Greet the Dawn Building of the Fort Peck Community College as part of the Sister Nations Empowerment and Suicide Prevention Project funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Sources of Strength is a comprehensive wellness program that works to use peer leaders to change norms around codes of silence and help-seeking. The program is designed to increase help-seeking behaviors and connections among peers and caring adults.


Matt Taylor of IERS MSSC and Arthur Cummings of the Orange County Department of Education provided full-day preconference training Nov. 14 to school counselors from across Texas at the Texas Counseling Association's Annual Professional Growth Conference. The training, which focused on resilience, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and psychological first aid, was organized by the U.S. Department of Education's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center and the American Counseling Association.


Jennifer Calder of IERC NNCTC conducted Parent-Teacher Home Visitation Project planning meetings Nov. 15 in Frazer and Poplar on the Fort Peck reservation. PTHVP is a model of family engagement that has been proven to end the cycle of blame between families and school staff by building trust and respect, instilling cultural competency and increasing personal and professional capacity for all involved. Components of PTHVP are incorporated into UM's National Native Children's Trauma Center grant and work with the Montana Office of Public Instruction's Schools of Promise initiative.


Eamon Anderson and Patrick Shannon of IERS traveled to the Crow Reservation to continue ongoing participation in Bureau of Indian Affairs Child Protective Services team meetings on Nov. 27. The trainings and consultations are part of the U.S. Administration of Children and Families grant work to support trauma-informed welfare systems in Indian Country.


Amy Foster Wolferman and Nanci Moreland of IERS participated and assisted in two days of meetings and trainings Nov. 29-30 with the Montana OPI Project REAL (Responsive Education for All Learners) in Helena. The project is designed to address the professional development and support needs of instructional personnel in Montana's schools to meet the needs of students who struggle academically and socially.


Matt Taylor and Marilyn Zimmerman of IERS provided two full-date trainings Dec. 3 in Shreveport, La., on topics of resilience, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and psychological first aid. The events were organized by the U.S. Department of Education's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center. Taylor also provided training on this topic Dec. 6 in Grafton, Vt.


Taylor, Matt. 2012. "Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Second Edition." (co-written). National Association of School Psychologists.


Prentiss, Anna Marie. 2012. "Field Seasons: Reflections on Career Paths and Research in American Archaeology." The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. 195 pages.

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