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UM Weekly: News from UM

Oct 11, 2013 |
UM anthropology students Mary Bobbitt and Dylan Kemp record artifacts unearthed in a space dubbed the “tobacco room” beneath the Missoula Mercantile. Students in the archaeology survey class are conducting an analysis and inventory of downtown’s steam tunnels, sidewalk vaults and basement spaces as a part of the Historic Underground Missoula project.

UM Ranked in Top 300 Universities Worldwide

For the second year in a row, UM has been ranked among the top 300 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the most comprehensive global rankings of higher education institutions, using 13 performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against its core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The data is collected and analyzed by Thomson Reuters. Read more

One fact among the ranking that stands out: UM is in the top 25 percent of universities for the scholarly accomplishments of its faculty. UM scored a 74.6 for citations of research and creative scholarship. Last year, UM scored a 72.1 in that area and was ranked in the top 28 percent of universities worldwide. Read more

Wildlife Biology Program Names Interim Director

UM’s Wildlife Biology Program recently appointed an interim director and a new student adviser. Winsor Lowe will lead the program for the next two years, and Darr Tucknott joins the staff as student adviser.

Lowe, a professor in the program for eight years, replaces Dan Pletscher, who retired in June after directing the program for 19 years. Lowe’s research and teaching focus on the large-scale ecology of streams and rivers. He was honored in 2006, 2009 and 2013 by UM for his excellence in teaching and research. Read more

UM Fire Program Earns National Certification

UM’s Fire Program, based in the College of Forestry and Conservation, is now certified by the Association for Fire Ecology.

AFE’s certification recognizes the national impact of UM’s academic programs in wildland fire sciences and management, which include a minor in fire sciences, a major in resource conservation and graduate degrees in forestry and resource conservation. UM’s fire degrees combine rigorous academic coursework with innovative field experiences to train the next generation of fire professionals. Read more

Paleontology Center Welcomes Public for National Fossil Day

In celebration of the fourth annual National Fossil Day, the UM Paleontology Center will host free events from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, including tours, fossil identification and kids’ activities.

The UMPC collections represent the ancient heritage of Montana and western North America. There are more than 100,000 vertebrate, invertebrate and plant specimens in the research collection, which was started in 1898. Read more

Pulitzer Prize Winner to Deliver Annual Pollner Lecture at UM 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tamara Jones will deliver the UM School of Journalism’s annual T. Anthony Pollner Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the University Center Theater.

Jones, the 2013 Pollner Distinguished Professor, will present “The Intimacy of Violence.” Her lecture will focus on the personal and social impacts of violence in America based on her coverage of a range of stories such as teenagers who commit violent acts for a thrill, the Oklahoma City bombing and shootings in an Amish schoolhouse. Read more

Doctoral Candidate Awarded USDA Fellowship

UM doctoral candidate Ryan Bracewell recently was appointed a predoctoral fellowship through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Food Research Initiative. The fellowship recognized Bracewell’s research on a bark beetle and fungal symbiosis with a $77,000 award. Read more

UM Law School Makes Best Value List for Second Year in a Row

For the second year in a row, the UM School of Law has been named a “Best Value Law School” by National Jurist Magazine. UM comes in at No. 17 on the national list, which appears in the magazine’s October 2013 edition. 

The ranking takes into account the cost, debt load, bar passage and employment of graduates in actual law jobs. The UM School of Law emphasizes a skill-based curriculum, and the success is evident as UM alumni enter the workforce. Read more

UM to Host Panel for Forest Products Industry Week

The College of Forestry and Conservation at UM will host a panel discussion on the future of forest management with land managers and practitioners on Monday, Oct. 21.

The panel will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110. Refreshments will be provided, and the event is free and open to the public. Read more

Athletics at UM:

Football on the Road for BSC Contest at UC Davis

Grizzlies Rack up 378 Yards Rushing in Homecoming Win

Bengals Sweep Grizzlies on Volleyball Court

Griz Soccer on Final Big Sky Road Trip
Montana Harriers Take Second in Men's, Women's Montana Open

Men's Tennis Team Makes Progress at Second Tourney

Upcoming Events:

Journalism Students' Program Highlights Montana Businesses

Conference Helps Students Discover Destination

UM Allies Program Announces Training Date

 Irish Bouzouki Concert Slated for Oct. 17

Distinguished Poet Slated for Two Events

Sunday Sweepers Clean Up University Neighborhoods
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