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|Conference Brings 2,500 to UM
More than 2,500 undergraduate students and their faculty mentors from around the country will gather on the UM campus Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17, for the 24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study. It will feature thousands of presentations on campus, including:
more than 1,300 oral presentations in more than 50 classrooms and lecture halls.
more than 1,000 poster presentations in the Adams Center.
60 dramatic presentations in the Music Building and Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
42 visual arts presentations in the University Center Student Lounge and Gallery of Visual Arts.
197 presentations covering 45 topics by UM students.
four plenary speakers.
All presentations are free and open to the public. Seating for community members at plenary speaker sessions is limited to the balcony of the University Theatre and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Communication Expert to Speak at UM
Sandra Petronio, an expert in health and family communication, will present "Why Does Privacy Break Down?" on Monday, April 19, at UM.
The colloquium, hosted by UM's Department of Communication Studies, will be held from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room L14 and is free and open to the public.
Petronio is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, a faculty member in the IU School of Medicine and an adjunct faculty member in the IU School of Nursing and Informatics. Her areas of expertise are in health and family communication, and she studies privacy, disclosure and confidentiality within family, health and interpersonal contexts.
For more information about the UM Department of Communication Studies colloquium series, e-mail Associate Professor Stephen Yoshimura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Journalism Student Takes First in Hearst
Roman Stubbs, sports editor of the Montana Kaimin, UM's student-run newspaper, won first place in the Hearst Journalism Awards personality profile writing competition.
Stubbs, a UM junior from Great Falls, majors in print journalism. He received $2,000 for the win and will compete in the national championship in New York City in June.
Stubbs wrote a meticulously reported profile of former Grizzly football player Jimmy Wilson, who was acquitted of murder charges in 2009 during a second trial in California. The story, "Gladiator School," was published in the Kaimin on Feb. 19.
In the five Hearst print competitions so far this year, UM journalism students have won two. In February, Nate Rott won first place in the in-depth writing category. He'll join Stubbs in New York in June for the championship, where they will compete for nearly $22,000.
The UM journalism school is in sixth place nationally in the yearlong competition and will receive matching grants of $2,000 for each of the wins posted by Rott and Stubbs.
School of Journalism
|Expert Discusses Baby Boomer Impact
Jeff Goldsmith, president of Health Futures Inc. of Charlottesville, Va., will talk about the potential positive and negative impacts of the baby boomer generation on society and the health care system Thursday, April 15, at UM.
Goldsmith will present "The Future of the Baby Boomers" from 3 to 4 p.m. in the University Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
An associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Virginia, Goldsmith is a health care industry analyst who writes and lectures actively on health policy, financing and technology. He is the author of "The Long Baby Boom: An Optimistic Vision for a Graying Generation."
Goldsmith also will present from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 15 at the annual Montana Gerontology Society conference. The cost to attend his keynote address is $10. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park in Missoula on Wednesday and Thursday, April 14-15.
More information about the two-day conference and registration is available by calling Barbara Morgan at 406-243-2480, e-mailing email@example.com or on the Montana Gerontology Society Web site.
Montana Gerontology Society
|UM Marks Student Employment Week
UM will acknowledge the valuable contributions student employees make at the University and the benefits they derive from employment during National Student Employment Week, April 11-17.
The Office of Career Services, in partnership with University Dining Services and the Residence Life Office, will host a reception honoring UM's Student Employee of the Year and all student employee nominees from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in Turner Hall's Dell Brown Room.
Studies show students who work on campus part time tend to achieve higher grades, faster degree completion and greater satisfaction with school while suffering lower dropout rates than their nonworking counterparts.
For more information on National Student Employment Week, visit the Office of Career Services Web site.
Office of Career Services
|Activist to Speak on Sustainable Food
Food activist and author Mark Winne will speak about community food security Monday, April 12, at UM.
He will present "Closing the Food Gap: Finding Our Way to a Just and Sustainable Food System for All" at 7 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 122. The event is free and open to the public.
Winne argues that no matter what aspect of the subject is considered -- hunger, obesity or the latest food trends -- food is emblematic of a promise fulfilled for some but that falls short for so many. He will talk about how food is a glaring example of the wide gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" and will offer compelling solutions for making local, organic and nutritious food available for everyone.
He is the author of the acclaimed book "Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty." His second book, "Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas," will be released this fall by Beacon Press.
|Explore Early Mathematician's Life, Work
Community members are invited to learn about the life and work of mathematician N.J. Lennes during a special Math Awareness Month colloquium at UM.
The colloquium, "N.J. Lennes, Montana and Mathematics in the U.S. 1892-1922," will be presented by Associate Professor David Zitarelli of Temple University's Department of Mathematics from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Math Building Room 103. A reception will follow the colloquium in the math lounge, located in Math Building Room 109.
Lennes earned degrees at the University of Chicago and became a leader in U.S. mathematical studies during the early 1900s. He chaired UM's Department of Mathematical Sciences from 1913 to 1944 and is remembered today as the first person to state the general definition of a connected set. Zitarelli will discuss the early history of the concept, ending with its coming-out party in 1922.
Lennes wrote numerous mathematics textbooks, and the royalties of some of them financed the construction of a 16-room home on Gerald Avenue in Missoula. The construction began in 1928 and took four years to complete. The home was purchased by UM in 1974 and is the official residence of the University's president.
More information about the colloquium is available on the math department Web site.
Department of Mathematical Sciences
|Learn About Suicide Prevention
Local blues musicians will play and information about the difference between "the blues" and depression will be available at "Blues Fest" events to be held at UM during Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.
Community members can screen public service announcements produced by MTV and get confidential online mental health assessments and other educational resources from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 12-14, at the University Center.
Blues musicians will play each day from noon to 1 p.m. in the UC, and 1,100 flags representing the number of college students who take their own lives every year will be displayed on the Oval.
Following are other "Blues Fest" events planned for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week at UM:
- 6 p.m. Monday, April 12, University Center Theater: Free screening of "Unspoken: Voices of Suicide in Montana," a film produced by UM radio-television students.
- 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, University Center Theater: Mental health informational panel featuring community and campus mental health experts.
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, UM Oval: Representatives from several local animal rescue agencies will discuss adoption options to reduce stress, depression and anxiety.
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, UM Oval: Celebrate National Stress Out Day with general fun, free hugs, jump ropes, hula hoops and more.
UM's Curry Health Center and Health Enhancement programs also will offer suicide prevention training from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15. To register or for more information, call 406-243-2809.
For more information about "Blues Fest," visit the Curry Health Center Web site.
|Series on Terrorism Law Comes to UM
UM will host a weeklong "International Terrorism Law Seminar Series" conducted by University of Utah law Professor Amos Guiora, one of the world's leading counterterrorism experts.
The series will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 19-23, in the UM School of Law Castles Center. All seminars are free and open to the public. The series is hosted by UM's School of Law, Continuing Education and Office of International Programs. Continuing legal education credits will be requested from the State Bar of Montana.
Guiora, who regularly appears in U.S. and international media as a key source of expertise and information, is a widely published author and scholar. He is a savvy, provocative speaker who effectively engages audiences in stimulating dialogue. He also will be available for private consultations each day he is at the University.
UM faculty members will moderate seminar sessions. Following is the seminar topic schedule:
- Monday, April 19: "A History of International Terrorism & Religious Extremism."
- Tuesday, April 20: "Terrorism & Middle East Geopolitics."
- Wednesday, April 21: "U.S. Counterterrorism Approaches: The USA Patriot Act, Homeland Security, Guantanamo Detention & Military Tribunals, Rule of Law."
- Thursday, April 22: "Comparative Counterterrorism Approaches: Israel, Other Middle East Countries, Europe, Russia, China, Other Countries."
- Friday, April 23: "Torture, Extraordinary Rendition, Extreme Interrogation Techniques: Legal, Ethical & Moral Issues."
|Austin-Based Artist to Present Lecture
Visiting artist Nathan Green of Austin, Texas, will give a lecture on his work Monday, April 12, at UM.
Green will talk about his painting, drawing, installation, solo and collaborative work at 4:30 p.m. in Fine Arts Building Room 302. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.
Green is a founding member of Austin's artist-run gallery Okay Mountain. His collaborative work is do-it-yourself in action and attitude. His solo work comments on and ponders life's incidental moments by artfully blending joyful and cynical interpretation with exquisite design presented through "punk-craft" and an intentionally naive use of materials.
|Film Fest Marks Math Awareness Month
The UM Math Club will host the 11th Annual Math Film Festival on Tuesday, April 13, in celebration of Math Awareness Month.
All films are appropriate for general audiences and are free and open to the public. The festival will take place in the University Center Theater. Ten films that run anywhere from about 2 minutes to almost an hour will be shown.
A film festival schedule and complete descriptions of all films are on the UM Math Club Web site.
|UM Observes Earth Week April 19-23
Area and campus community members are invited to celebrate Earth Week at several events April 19-22 at UM.
Events kick of Monday, April 19, in the University Center Atrium with the "Trash Bash Recycled Fashion Show." Students from across campus will model their outfits made from recycled or reused material. Prizes will be awarded based on the most creative and wearable outfits.
University Dining Services will join the festivities with a Farm-to-College local food cooking demonstration at noon Tuesday, April 20, in the UC Commons. Dining Services also will offer an Earth Day-themed omelet bar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Food Zoo.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, the Associated Students of UM will show the documentary film "Tapped" in the North Underground Lecture Hall. A panel discussion will follow.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, tables and demonstrations will be available on the Oval, with prizes raffled through the ASUM Sustainability Center. UM President George M. Dennison will announce the University's Climate Action Plan at 12:30 p.m. that day. The plan outlines UM's strategies for achieving climate neutrality by 2020.
The city of Missoula and its Greenhouse Gas and Energy Conservation Team also will be on hand Wednesday, April 21, on the Oval to roll out a novel program to market renewable energy credits or green tags to its residents.
At 4 p.m. on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, a Farm-to-College barbecue will be held at the UM FLAT, located at 633 S. Fifth St. E. Enjoy food and live music and tour the student-run project designed to encourage the development of efficient and affordable homes for a sustainable society.
At all Earth Week events, people will be encouraged to sign the Sustainability Pledge, a voluntary pledge aimed to reduce an individual's environmental impact while joining a community effort in greening UM. A complete schedule of area Earth Week events is available on the Greening UM Web site.
|Senior Thesis Exhibition on Display Now
The University's 2010 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition will be on display through Thursday, April 22, at the University Center Gallery and through Friday, April 23, at the Gallery of Visual Arts at UM.
The annual exhibition of thesis works is required for all seniors pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UM's School of Art. Each candidate displays a body of work that reflects a chosen medium. Sixteen artists are participating in this year's exhibition, which features painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, photography and ceramics.
The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of UM's Social Science Building. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays.
The University Center Gallery is located in Room 227 on the northwest corner of the second floor of the UC. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
|Celebrate Montana Archaeology Month
UM archaeology students will present free events during April to celebrate Montana Archaeology Month.
The events offer a chance to learn about the contribution of the early Chinese experience in the state, life in the late Victorian Montana mining frontier, mining of Yogo sapphires in the 1800s, prehistoric sites along the northern shore of Yellowstone Lake and more. All events are free and open to the public.
The following presentations will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 222:
- Friday, April 9: "Prehistory of Yellowstone Lake and Crescent Hill: Results of the 2009 Montana Yellowstone Archaeological Project."
- Wednesday, April 14: "Public Versus Private Faces: A Feminist View of Gender Roles on the Late Victorian Montana Mining Frontier."
- Friday, April 16: "Archaeology of the German Gulch Chinese."
Two presentations will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in University Center Room 331:
Thursday, April 22: "Yogo: Jewel of the Prairie."
Monday, April 26: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Archaeology."
The final presentation will be given by Chris Merritt, UM doctoral candidate. Merritt will present "The Forgotten Thousands: Chinese Builders of the Northern Pacific Railroad" from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in UC Room 326. He will talk about Chinese laborers who entered Montana working on the Northern Pacific Railroad, Montana's first transcontinental rail line.
For more information, and complete descriptions of the events and presenters, visit the Montana Archaeological Society Web site.
Montana Archaeological Society
|'Jam Session' Curator to Lecture at UM
Curtis Sandberg, exhibition curator and vice president for the arts at Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., will speak at UM on Wednesday, April 14.
Sandberg is curator of the exhibition "Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World," currently on view at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM. His presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Masquer Theatre, located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
"Jam Session" is a photographic exhibition that chronicles the international tours of legendary jazz musicians who served as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department from the 1950s through the 1970s. Sandberg will discuss the development of the exhibition, the value of the jazz program to America's cultural diplomacy during the Cold War and State Department tours that are currently happening worldwide.
The exhibition will be at MMAC through April 24. For more information visit the museum's Web site or call 406-243-2019.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
|COT Summer Courses Open to Public
Learn to cook Mexican or Mediterranean cuisine this summer from American Culinary Foundation-certified chefs at the UM College of Technology. COT still has openings available in several culinary courses that will be offered during May, June and July.
The courses, which are open to the public, are offered as noncredit courses. For an additional fee, courses can be taken for college credit, and family and consumer science teachers can earn free Office of Public Instruction continuing education credits.
Courses available include:
- Mexican Cuisine: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 25-27.
- Mexican for Teachers: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26-30.
- Mediterranean Cuisine: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, June 11-July 23.
- Intro to Baking and Pastries: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays, June 7-July 19.
COT Culinary Summer Courses
For information about all courses offered or to register, call the COT Outreach Office at 406-243-7812 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|Grizzly Track Teams Starts Strong
The Montana track and field teams opened their outdoor season April 3 with 23 Big Sky Conference-qualifying performances at the chilly and windy Al Manuel Invitational at Dornblaser Field in Missoula. The Grizzlies also went 5-1 in their dual-scored meets with Montana State, Eastern Washington and Gonzaga.
The Montana women, who had 14 of the 23 qualifying marks, swept their duals, defeating the Eagles, 105.5-93.5, Bobcats, 107-87, and Bulldogs, 159-12.
The UM men took two of three duals, topping Montana State, 125-73, and Gonzaga, 161-18. They lost to Eastern Washington, 102.5-93.5.
The Grizzlies will split up this weekend with part of the team heading to Los Angeles for the UCLA Invitational and the rest of the team traveling to Spokane for Spokane Falls Community College's Northwest Scoring Clash.
|Men's Tennis Falls to Weber
The Montana men's tennis team suffered a 4-3 loss April 5 to Big Sky opponent Weber State. With the win, Weber joined Sacramento State as single-loss teams entering the final two weeks of the regular season, while the Grizzlies join three other teams with two Big Sky losses.
Play started slow for the Grizzlies, as the squad dropped all three doubles matches. Junior David Cysneiros and freshman Michael Facey combined for the first time at No. 3, losing an 8-7 (4) match in the tiebreaker.
The Grizzlies rebounded to take wins at Nos. 2, 4 and 6. Facey, deep into a three-set match, held the clinching point for the third time in as many weeks. The freshman fell 6-3, 6-4 in the second and third sets, after winning the first set 6-1.
The Grizzlies will continue conference play Saturday, April 10, when they travel to Idaho State.
|Griz Golfers Take Seventh at Classic
Led by Lauren Howell's second-best all-time performance by a Grizzly, the UM women's golf team placed seventh of 23 teams at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic held April 5-6 in Chandler, Ariz.
Staying consistent through the 18-hole final, the Grizzlies logged the fourth-best all-time collegiate result by a Montana team.
Howell's rounds of 73, 69 and 77, totaling 219, was good for a third-place tie at the Cowgirl Classic. She was three strokes back from Northern Arizona's Stephanie Kim.
The Grizzly golf team will compete in the Big Sky Conference Championship April 19-21 in Chandler.
|Women's Tennis Wins Two
The UM women's tennis team achieved a vital 4-3 win April 2 over Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney. With the win, Montana firmly established their third-place standing in the Big Sky Conference with a record of 5-2.
After sweeping the doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage, the Grizzlies saw victories from Constance Alexander at No. 2, Heather Davidson at No. 3 and Amanda Bran at No. 5.
With their win at No. 3 doubles, Alexander and Kayla Moyse climbed to 6-1 in Big Sky play.
The UM women won their second match of the weekend on April 3 in a 3-4 defeat of Seattle University in Cheney. Alexander topped off her weekend of play with her third consecutive singles win at No. 2. The Grizzlies broke Seattle's four-match winning streak. Seattle fell to 8-8 overall, while the Grizzlies climbed to 8-10.
Alexander and Moyse extended their pairs' winning streak to four in the No. 3 spot. Bran and Davidson both won their second singles match in as many days.
The women head to Washington State University on Saturday, April 10. They will play Lewis and Clark State on Sunday.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana