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Feb. 7, 2014 |
The Hellgate winds were howling this week, but UM sophomore Halie DeVos of Missoula kept warm in the tropical comfort of the University Center Atrium.

UM Celebrates Charter Day, Academics

UM will celebrate its 121st birthday with a day of activities recognizing entrepreneurship, academics and exemplary campus and community members on Thursday, Feb. 13. All events are free and open to the public.

The celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. with a grand opening of UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad in the University Center North Atrium. Blackstone LaunchPad will help UM students jump start their own businesses. A $2 million grant announced last summer established a partnership between UM, Montana State University and Headwaters RC&D to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career option and provide students with a network of venture coaches and entrepreneurial support to transform new ideas into sustainable companies.

Read more: UM Celebrates Grand Opening of Blackstone LaunchPad, Charter Day and Academics

Professor Finalist for Animal Conservation Prize

UM Professor Joel BergerUM wildlife conservation Professor and John J. Craighead Chair Joel Berger has been named a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.

Selected from 39 nominees, Berger is one of six scientists in the running for the $250,000 prize, which recognizes outstanding achievements on behalf of the world’s most endangered species.

“I’m stunned to be considered along with these distinguished conservation scientists for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize,” Berger said. “It’s obviously great to receive recognition, but it’s not the acknowledgement that matters. In the end, it’s about what is achieved that counts.”

Read more: UM Professor Named Finalist for Most Prestigious Animal Conservation Prize

Environmental Assessment Available for Review

UM has completed a draft environmental assessment for the proposed Missoula College building to be built at 1205 E. Broadway. The EA is online at UM invites the public to comment on the draft.

University officials want to build a new Missoula College building to meet current needs, address long-term increasing student enrollment and ensure adequate facilities exist for MC students and employees into the future.

Read more: UM Releases Environmental Assessment for Missoula College Site

Community Lecture Series Explores Water

Lectures by six UM faculty members will address various aspects of water durinG this year’s Community Lecture Series, “Western Rivers: Connecting Landscapes and Livelihoods.” The six-week lecture series, now in its 16th year, begins Tuesday, Feb. 18.

This year’s speakers hail from wide-ranging fields, including creative writing, law, aquatic biology and environmental studies, and their lectures will take many different approaches to the fascinating topic of water. Attendees will delve into “the riverscape legacy” in transcendentalist poetry, the place of water in the Blackfeet universe, the wonders of applied hydrogeology and the historic roots of water law.

Read more: UM Lecture Series to Explore Art, History, Science and Politics of Water

Research Finds Converting Land to Agriculture Reduces Carbon Uptake

UM researchers examined the impact that converting natural land to cropland has on global vegetation growth, as measured by satellite-derived net primary production, or NPP. They found that measures of terrestrial vegetation growth actually decrease with agricultural conversion, which has important implications for terrestrial carbon storage.

Read more: UM Research Shows Converting Land to Agriculture Reduces Carbon Uptake

More News

Spring Volunteer Fair At UM Feb. 11-12
Seminar Series to Explore Conservation Social Science
Career Fair Brings Employers to UM to Recruit Students, Alumni
UM Dining Program, Menu Items Recognized in Trade Publication
University Employees Donate $104,550 to Local Nonprofits
Nominate Students for Diversity Leadership Awards
UM Offers Free Tax Help for Low, Moderate Earners


Trackers back in Bozeman for pre-championship meets

Football signs 24 prep players for next season

Men's basketball tops Bobcats for seventh straight time

Lady Griz outlast Cats in overtime, 84-79

Women's tennis falls to Minnesota

tah tops Montana in men's tennis


Musical Mash-Up Concert at UM Feb. 7

UM Opera Theater and Symphony Orchestra Presents 'The Legend of Orpheus'

Professor Sherman Presents at Philosophy Forum Feb.10

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