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UM Weekly: News from UM

Aug. 23, 2013 |
Fall convocation is an evening of ceremony and socializing that serves as the official opening of the academic year. UM administrators, faculty members and staff will welcome students from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the Oval. Convocation provides entering students a meaningful introduction to the University of Montana and the opportunity to meet members of the academic community and foster new relationships.

Public Invited to President Engstrom's State of the University Address Aug. 23

UM President Royce Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

Following the address, there will be a brief break with refreshments in the PAR/TV Center lobby. Then Engstrom and UM Provost Perry Brown will hold a public Q-and-A session in the PAR/TV Center’s Masquer Theatre. 

UM to Honor Five Distinguished Alums

Five outstanding UM graduates will receive 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities, Oct. 4-5. The awards are the highest honor presented by UM’s Alumni Association.

This year’s distinguished alumni are Dorothy Bridges of Minneapolis, George Dennison of Missoula, Jim Messina of Washington, D.C., Milton Parsons of Denver and Yoko Takeuchi of Tokyo. Read more

Supreme Court Justice O’Connor to Receive Honorary Doctorate from UM

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from UM at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Read more

UM Science Funding a First for Montana

For the first time ever, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) at a Montana university has been granted a Phase 3 award from the National Institutes of Health.

The $5 million, five-year, Institutional Development Award went to the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UM. Part of the University's College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, CEHS employs about 50 people who study environmental impacts on human health. Read more

President's Letter on NCAA Compliance

On July 26, the NCAA announced the conclusion of its investigation into UM’s athletics department. The Division I Committee on Infractions handled this matter through summary disposition, which is the NCAA’s cooperative and streamlined process.

The NCAA determined that we failed to monitor our football program, finding instances of playing ineligible student-athletes, provision of extra benefits to some football players, and exceeding coaching limits on a limited basis. Read more

Researcher Earns $1 Million Army Grant to Develop Drug for Traumatic Brain Injuries

The U.S. Army recently awarded UM researcher Dave Poulsen a $1 million grant to further develop a drug that limits damage caused by traumatic brain injuries.

Researchers in Poulsen’s lab have shown that low doses of methamphetamine given to rodents within 12 hours after a traumatic brain injury or stroke significantly reduce brain damage and impairment. The Army grant will advance preclinical development studies of the drug in preparation for Phase I/II human clinical trials. Read more

Senior UM Athletic Training Students Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Exam

Taking the national Board of Certification Exam for the Athletic Trainer is a daunting undertaking with an average first-time passing rate between 60 and 80 percent. But in May, UM students who sat for the exam earned a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt. The eight students, who recently graduated from UM with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in athletic training, now are certified athletic trainers eligible for state licensure and employment. Read more

UM Teacher Candidates Travel to India for Student Teaching Practicum

Three UM teacher candidates recently returned from a 16-week student-teaching practicum in the Palni Hills of south India. UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently entered a partnership with Kodaikanal International School in Kodaikanal, India, to afford UM teacher candidates the opportunity to conduct their 16-week student teaching practicum at this international site. Read more

Missoula No. 7 on Top College Towns List

Missoula, home to UM, recently was named the No. 7 best college town in America for 2013 by

For this fourth installment of the annual ranking, editors narrowed their search to cities with a high quality of life based on factors ranging from cost of living and walkability to cultural amenities and pollution levels. Then they focused on those cities where a university is the top employer and key economic driver. Read more

Student-Athletes Total
More Than 700 Hours
of Community Service

The final tally shows that UM student-athletes spent more than 700 hours engaged in community service during the 2012-13 academic year.

Those hours were spread between dozens of causes, from the volleyball team working on a build project for Habitat for Humanity to the men's basketball team showing up at Hellgate Elementary for the school's Fall into Fitness campaign; from the golf team packing boxes at the Montana Food Bank Network to Griz football players spending an afternoon at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read more

UM Fills Provost Position

In May, UM named Perry Brown its next provost and vice president for academic affairs after an extensive national search. Read more

UM Dining Receives Sustainability Award

UM Dining Services recently received a gold medal in the 2013 Sustainability Awards from the National Association of College and University Food Services. Read more

UM Associate Professor Named Outstanding Accounting Educator

The Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants recently named UM Associate Professor Joshua Herbold recipient of the 2013 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator Award. Read more

UM Professor Honored with Prestigious 2013 Aldo Leopold Award

The American Society of Mammalogists recently awarded UM Wildlife Biology Professor and Craighead Chair Joel Berger the 2013 Aldo Leopold Conservation Award. Read more

UM Researchers Land NASA Grant to Search for Exoplanets

In July, NASA awarded UM researchers a grant to support a $1.125 million project to build a dedicated observatory to detect Earth-like exoplanets.

Are we alone? Is Earth the sole example of life in the Universe, or are there others? To find out, researchers at UM, together with partner institutions Harvard, the California Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University, are building Project Minerva. Read more

Grant to Promote Interaction Between Researchers, Businesses

The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology recently was awarded a $149,000 grant to support the collaborative biomedical research and commercial development between UM and private Montana companies. Read more

UM Hires New Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

UM hired Eric Gutierrez as its new director of equal opportunity and affirmative action after an extensive nationwide search. He began his duties July 1. Read more

UM Extends Deadlines for Student Firefighters

UM has extended important deadlines for students who are fighting wildfires. The extension gives student firefighters until Monday, Sept. 16, to meet registration, financial aid, housing and other deadlines. To take advantage of the extended deadlines and reserve a space in courses for which they are registered, UM students who are fighting fires must call 406-243-6599 by Sunday, Aug. 25. Read more

UM Scientists Use New Approach to Reveal Function of Ice Sheet

Findings from a large-scale ice drilling study on the Greenland ice sheet by a team of UM and University of Wyoming researchers may revise the models used to predict how ice sheets move.

The work was published in Science on Aug. 15 in a paper titled “Basal Drainage System Response to Increasing Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet.” Read more

SoBA Announces Business Plan Competition Winners

A true sign of the times, mobile app developers took the top prizes in the 24th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at UM. The competition, which is sponsored by the UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, was held May 16 at UM’s Gallagher Business Building. Read more

Graduate Students Receive Fellowships to Conduct Research in France

Two UM students have earned Chateaubriand Fellowships to carry out collaborative research in a French laboratory in Clermont-Ferrand. Steven McDaniel is a graduate student in UM’s Medicinal Chemistry Program and Jaydene Topenio McDaniel is a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Read more

Griz Fans Urged to Support UM in Spirit Competition

UM will participate in the second annual College Colors Day spirit competition and needs fan support to help win the national Spirit Cup award, which includes $10,000 toward the University’s general scholarship fund. Read more

UM Announces 2013 Presidential Leadership Scholars

UM Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 24 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community. Read more

2013 UM Journalism Grads Take First, Second Place in National Hearst Awards

Recent University of Montana journalism graduates Sam Wilson and Jessica Murri won first- and second-place honors, respectively, in the Hearst Journalism Awards finals on June 6 in San Francisco. Read more

Upcoming Concerts:

Avett Brothers to Play Adams Center Oct. 20

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Bring Fall Tour to Missoula Oct. 24

Pretty Lights to Play Adams Center

Mannheim Steamroller to Perform Christmas Concert at UM

.38 Special Set to Rock Adams Center in September

Andy McKee to Perform in Missoula

Zac Brown Band to Play Adams Center Nov. 21

Upcoming Events:

SpectrUM Grand Opening in Downtown Missoula Slated for Aug. 23

Shakespeare in the Parks Brings ‘Recruiting Officer,’ ‘Henry V’ to UM Oval

Two UM Exhibitions Highlight Collector Passions

Student Employment & Academic Enrichment Fair Slated for Aug. 29

Superman Featured in Outdoor Week of Welcome Movie

‘The Price is Right Live!’ Coming to UM

Athletics at UM:

Soccer Hosts Kickoff Invitational this Weekend

Delaney Pleased with Overall Results in Final Griz Scrimmage

Pinkerton Named Montana's First Softball Coach

Volleyball, Women's Tennis Teams Earn Academic Awards

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