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Jessie B., the Flathead Lake Biological Station’s research boat

Refurbished Boat Returns to Flathead Lake Biological Station

The Flathead Lake Biological Station’s research boat, the Jessie B., returned to its dock recently after a six-month absence. The welded-aluminum hull on the station’s refurbished boat now houses two new diesel engines, high-performance outdrives and 540 horsepower. The refurbishment added 140 horsepower and gave the Jessie B. the ability to carry 13,500 pounds in fuel, people and equipment for research missions on Flathead Lake. Read more about the refurbished Jesse B. in the Bigfork Eagle.

A 2015 NASA image of a blue marble earth

UM Ranked in Top 2.4 Percent of Universities Worldwide

The Center for World University Rankings recently ranked UM No. 585 out of universities worldwide, placing the University in the top 2.4 percent of more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education. UM jumped 21 spots from its No. 604 ranking in 2014. CWUR uses eight indicators to identify the world’s top 1,000 universities: quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents. Read the news release.

UM researchers Sarj Patel, left, and Tom Rau, right, study blood-based biomarkers that indicate how the brain reacts following a traumatic brain injury.

NFL, GE Award UM Brain Researchers $500,000

UM researchers Sarj Patel and Tom Rau are among six final winners nationally to receive $500,000 from the Head Health Challenge I, a program sponsored by General Electric Co. and the National Football League. Their work aims to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. Winners were selected from an initial group of 16 challenge winners who were chosen from more than 400 entries from 27 countries. Read the news release.

Some images from the podcast webpage

New Podcast Highlights Montana-centric Topics

Just one week after launching a new podcast, and UM J-school assistant professor Jule Banville’s already tackled an eclectic array of subject matter, including a segment about the weird things people touch. “The idea of this is to be a mix,” Banville says. Banville aims to use her Montana-centric podcast, called Last Best Stories, to offer a venue for the best student work and also, as she says, “independent producers who are slugging it out.” Read more in the Missoula Independent.

The UM Grizzly Bear on the Oval

Private Support for UM Tops $50 Million Two Years in a Row

UM had another remarkable fundraising year. Private support for the University in fiscal year 2015 totaled $52.6 million, just shy of last year’s record-breaking total of $53.7 million. The University received cash gifts, pledges, estate gifts and private grants from 14,272 individuals, corporations and private foundations nationwide. “We are incredibly fortunate to have so many alumni and friends who care about the University of Montana and recognize the value of higher education,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. Read the news release.

Two Asian exchange participants play a game of stick ball at the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Center Arranges Exchange Between Asia, Flathead Reservation

UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center organized an environmental exchange that allowed 20 students and young professionals from Asia to visit Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation. In its sixth year, the program is part of the Mansfield Center’s mission to support relations between the United States and places such as Vietnam and Cambodia. The visitors are part of the Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. Read more in the Missoulian

The Story Behind the Photo

Sunburst Sensors CEO James Beck prepares his company’s ocean sensor for testing during the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE competition. Sunburst Sensors, a company generated from chemistry research by UM Professor Michael DeGrandpre, won a $1.5 million XPRIZE award on July 20 for developing a sensor that will affordably, accurately and efficiently measure ocean pH levels. Learn more about the Missoula-based company in this video. Photo by Trevor Traynor. 

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