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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | Oct. 7, 2011 | Vol. 17 No. 22 |


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Payne Family Native American Center Awarded LEED Platinum Status
The Payne Family Native American Center
The Payne Family Native American Center at UM has received LEED Platinum status, the highest level of certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for achieving sustainable building standards.


The center is the first building on campus to achieve LEED Platinum certification.


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Governor Announces $20 Million Grant for Montana University System

Gov. Brian Schweitzer announced recently that the Montana University System has received a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to strengthen the state's science and engineering workforce with a program that will reach into campuses and communities across the state. Read more

University Offers New Graduate Program in Systems Ecology

UM has launched a new master's and doctoral degree program in systems ecology. The state Board of Regents unanimously approved the new degree offerings during its September meeting. Systems ecology studies ecological science on large-landscape and regional scales. Read more

UM Lands $1.1 Million to Study Biomass as Fossil-Fuel Replacement

Three College of Forestry and Conservation professors at UM were awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant as part of a research team investigating how to turn forest biomass into an alternative energy feedstock. Read more

Ethicist's Lecture to Explore Impiety, Morality
Renowned moral philosopher Cora Diamond will present the next installment of the President's Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 10. Read more

Egyptology Workshop at UM Oct. 15-16
Donald Ryan, archeologist and faculty fellow at Pacific Lutheran University, will present a two-day Egyptology Workshop at UM on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16. Read more

Project to Study Forests for Effort
to Create Aviation Fuel from Wood

UM and its Bureau of Business and Economic Research will receive $500,000 during the next five years to conduct logging-use studies in the Pacific Northwest. Read more

Big Sky Brain Project Lands $1.3 Million Grant

The Big Sky Brain Project recently received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Read more

Bulls, Blues and Brews Benefit Oct. 15
UM's Environmental Law Group will host the seventh annual Bulls, Blues and Brews benefit and silent auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Missoula Children's Theatre. Read more

Speaker Lecture on Jocko River Restoration

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Natural Resources Specialist Germaine White will speak on "Bull Trout's Gift: Bull Trout, Tribal People and the Jocko River" at noon on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Law Building Room 101. Read more

Wake Up Your Life Missoula
Wake Up Your Life Missoula Health Fair at UM Oct. 8
UM and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana are teaming up to bring the Wake Up Your Life Missoula health fair to the Adams Center from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. It's free and open to participants of all ages. Read more
National Fossil Day
UM Paleontology Center marks National Fossil Day

The UM Paleontology Center will host several events Wednesday, Oct. 12, to celebrate National Fossil Day. Read more

Montana Bioscience Alliance
Montana Bioscience Alliance Hosts Annual Meeting Oct. 10
The Montana Bioscience Alliance will host its annual meeting and reception at UM on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 9-10. Read more
UM Wins Major Federal Grant to Treat Child Abuse in Indian Country

The federal Administration for Children and Families recently announced that the National Native Children's Trauma Center at UM and its partners have won a $3.2 million grant to apply cutting-edge research to the problems of child abuse and neglect in Indian Country. The award is one of five such grants in the nation. Read more

Office for Civic Engagement Hosts International Speakers Forum on Sustainability

The UM Office for Civic Engagement is teaming up with Pull Together Now! and Seedlings of Change to host four guest speakers who will share their experiences in creating a sustainable world during the International Speakers Forum from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in University Center Rooms 326-327. The event is free and open to the public. Read more

UM Grizzlies Run Past Bears
Griz Dominate UNC Bears in Homecoming Victory

The UM Grizzlies turned on the afterburners in the third quarter and went on to register a 55-28 Big Sky Conference and Homecoming victory Oct. 1 over the visiting University of Northern Colorado Bears.  Read more


The Big Sky Conference selected UM's Jabin Sambrano as its "Special Teams Player of the Week" for his effort against the Bears. Read more

Griz Senior Wins 8K at Montana Invitational 
Montana senior Lynn Reynolds won the men's eight-kilometer race and Montana State senior Heather Haug won the women's five-kilometer race Sept. 30 at the Montana Invitational. Read more

Griz Soccer at Home for Two Matches

The UM soccer team continues its Big Sky Conference schedule this week with home matches at South Campus Stadium against Sacramento State and Portland State. Read more 

Men's Doubles Takes Title in Bozeman
Junior Michael Facey and sophomore Ethan Vaughn won the doubles title and led the UM men's team to success Oct. 1-2 at the Bobcat Open in Bozeman. Read more
Women's Tennis Wins Multiple Brackets
The UM women's tennis team rampaged through the Eastern Washington Fall Classic held Oct. 1-2 in Cheney, Wash. The Griz won flights A, B and C in singles competition. Read more
Griz Volleyball Looking to Add to Bandwagon

The UM volleyball team, riding a modest but important one-match winning streak, will continue its Big Sky Conference schedule this week with matches at Weber State and Idaho State. Read more

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Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor


University Relations at The University of Montana

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