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Jan. 31, 2014 |
UM students Christopher Camel, Brandon Rolquin and Yonah Radousky built a large snowman on the Oval earlier this week. Winter weather returned to western Montana after two weeks of mild temperatures. Photo by Christopher Camel

Assistant Professors Win NFL, GE Grant for Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Athletes, members of the military and others suffering from traumatic brain injury may benefit from research conducted by two UM faculty members through a new $300,000 grant awarded by General Electric Co. and the National Football League.

GE and the NFL have announced 16 winners in the first stage of the $20 million Head Health Challenge. UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau were among the challenge winners selected to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. Read more

President to Deliver Mid-Year Report

UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his Mid-Year Report at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the University Center Theater.

Engstrom will offer updates on University initiatives, accomplishments and finances. Questions will be taken from the audience on these and other topics.

The event, which is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public, and faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend.

Pulitzer Prize Winner to Discuss Famous Leaks, National Security

The second half of the UM’s 2013-14 President’s Lecture Series will kick off with a lecture from prolific author, social critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges. He will analyze America’s national security state and the meaning of revelations by high-profile information leakers including Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning – formerly Bradley Manning – for the future of our democracy. Read more

Engstrom Visits Flathead, Mission on Fifth Stop of Outreach Tour

UM President Royce Engstrom heads to the Flathead and Mission valleys as part of the “We are Montana” tour of the state. Engstrom and other senior UM leaders will travel to seven towns Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3-4, to meet with and listen to educators, alumni, students, legislators and community members. Read more

Rural Institute Receives $4 Million Grant

Researchers at UM will develop new techniques to improve health, employment and participation in community life for people with disabilities living in rural settings through a new five-year, $4.38 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

The Rural Institute’s Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities has served people with disabilities for more than 25 years. Through this new grant, the center will conduct 10 new research projects over the next five years. Read more

Grizzly Marching Band to Present 'Stadium Echoes' Concert Feb. 1 

The UM Grizzly Marching Band will play a concert, their final performance of the season, for Missoula audiences at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Created by UM Marching Band Director Kevin Griggs and organized by student leaders, “Stadium Echoes” will showcase the band’s yearlong performances. Read more

Visiting Scholar to Discuss Climate and Poverty

Environmental scholar Diana Liverman will deliver a lecture titled “Climate and Poverty: Connections and Contradictions” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the University Center Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Liverman co-directs the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and is a Regents Professor in the UA School of Geography and Development. She will discuss the connections between poverty and vulnerability to climate extremes. Throughout the world, the poor often suffer most from heat waves, droughts and severe storms. Read more

Mansfield Center Launches Spring 2014 Lecture Series

The Mansfield Center at UM has announced its Spring 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series for the community. The lectures reflect the center’s mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics. Read more

25th Infantry Bicycle Corps in 1897Mansfield Library Celebrates African-American History Month

During February, the Mansfield Library at UM will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they played in U.S. history.

Exhibit displays, located throughout the main level of the library, will focus specifically on the African-American history of Missoula and UM. Read more

Lecture Series Examines 50 Years of the 1964 Wilderness Act

The establishment of wilderness areas, the conceptual evolution of wilderness and the future of wilderness will be explored in the 33rd annual Wilderness Institute Lecture Series at UM.

The series, “Room to Roam: 50 Years of Wilderness Policy, Practice, Protection and Passion,” is sponsored by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation Wilderness Institute. It will feature speakers who include legislators, activists, federal and state government officials, scientists, tribal representatives, authors and adventurers. Read more


Men's tennis travels to Utah, Utah State

Women's tennis hosts Washington State, Minnesota this weekend

Griz tracksters compete this weekend at Mountain State Games

Men's basketball heads to Southern Utah

Pair of track and field school records fell at Bozeman meet last week

Lady Griz pull away for 68-52 win over Wildcats


Missoula College Offers Free College Prep Classes for Veterans

Tickets on Sale Now for Merle Haggard Concert

Missoula College to Host Info Session for High School Students Feb. 4

Multimedia Drawing Installation Opens at Gallery of Visual Arts

‘Montana Journal’ Explores Ethnic Flavors

Super Grizzly Dip Planned for Feb. 15 at UM

UM Journalism Students Highlight Montana Businesses in MontanaPBS Program

chool of Theatre & Dance Presents Benefit Concert Feb. 7-8