Kerr Dam

Podcast Features an Interview with Energy Keepers CEO

The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a series produced by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders and industry experts. In this...

UM Bioclimatologist Ashley Ballantyne

Bioclimatologist Tracks Carbon to Improve Climate Change Models

When not teaching and free from meetings, Ashley Ballantyne can be found on his computer, scrolling through carbon readings from around the globe. He searches for patterns, ones that will...

Griz Javelin Thrower Stephanie Wells

Griz Javelin Thrower Heads to Her First NCAA Championships

For better or worse, Stephanie Wells is an expert at minimizing expectations. "I absolutely have zero chance," the junior Montana thrower said to her coach two weeks ago in Austin, Texas. Not so....

UM exercise specialist Molly Blair and client Mark Cash use the ropes course at McCormick Park

UM Teams with Camp Organizers to Make Activities Inclusive

A recent training at McCormick Park’s ropes course focused on adapting activities so they are inclusive to people of all abilities. The training was attended by around 50 representatives from...

UM researchers Sarj Patel and Tom Rau

Researchers Studying Concussions in the Running for Funding

Two UM researchers who in 2014 won a $300,000 award from the National Football League and General Electric are in the running for an additional half-million dollars in research funding in 2015....

Assistant Professor Rosalyn LaPier

Assistant Professor Named Smithsonian Research Associate

Rosalyn LaPier, assistant professor of environmental studies at UM, recently was appointed a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington,...

Track star Lindsey Hall  runs on a high-speed force treadmill inside UM’s Biomechanics Lab.

Department Works to Make People Healthier, Happier

From HIV prevention to a runner’s gait to elementary school physical education, UM’s Health and Human Performance Department makes a significant impact on the well-being of the people of Montana...

Artist Jonathan Marquis at work up high in Glacier National Park

Art Graduate Student Chases Montana’s Melting Glaciers

Jonathan Marquis, a fine arts graduate student at UM, is working on a project to draw all 60 or so of Montana’s remaining glaciers, including those in Glacier Park. Marquis photographs and draws...

UM researcher Sarah Certel holds up a tiny vial of fruit flies.

Fruit Fly Research May Lead to Improved Drugs

UM researcher Sarah Certel says that tiny fruit flies could provide keys to understanding how brains are capable of producing aggression. Members of her lab study videos of daily boxing matches...

Brock Stoddard of Dillon, left, and Joe Stone of Missoula hit the trail with hand-driven bikes at Spring Meadow Resources in Helena.

UM Initiative Helps People With Disabilities Get Outside

Seeing Montana’s intellectually disabled population lead healthier lives is the focus of an upcoming initiative launched by UM’s Rural Institute. The institute held a training meeting for...

Raenelle Hinrichs watches as her daughter, scholarship recipient Madison Hinrichs, hugs her grandmother, Helen Ruff, after the announcement.

UM Student Lands $30K Scholarship From Businesses

A UM student who, over the years, has worked to support herself and her family financially and emotionally was awarded a scholarship June 2 that will help her become the first college graduate in...

The Davidson Honors College building

New Dean Hired for UM’s Davidson Honors College

Brock Tessman will become the next dean of UM’s Davidson Honors College. Tessman, a political scientist who most recently served the University of Georgia as associate director of the Center for...

UM student Adam McCaw poses at UM's Fallen Soldier Memorial.

UM Offers Top-Level Intensive Language Program

Right here at UM, one of the best intensive language programs in the United States teaches the military the languages of war – and of peace. The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program was...

UM education college Dean Roberta Evans

UM Education Dean Wins Administrator of the Year Award

The Montana Association of Students recently awarded Roberta Evans, dean of the UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, the 2014-15 Administrator of the Year award. Each...

UM researcher Rich Bridges and a molecule image

UM Partners With Company to Create New Therapies

The University is one step closer to turning a discovery into a drug. Promentis Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced it will enter an exclusive agreement with UM to commercialize a discovery made by...

J.K. Simmons holds his Oscar

UM Oscar Winner Describes How Family Launched His Career

On the biggest stage in Hollywood, Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons ’78 delivered a simple get potent message: Call your mom and dad, because he can’t call his. Simmons won the Academy Award for best...
Fred Allendorf in a UM lab

Regents Professor Emeritus Receives Molecular Ecology Prize

The journal Molecular Ecology has chosen UM Regents Professor Emeritus Fred Allendorf as the recipient of its 2015 Molecular Ecology Prize. Allendorf is one of a handful of people who founded the...
Young students studying in a reservation classroom

Students Release Latest Edition of Native News Honors Project

UM School of Journalism Students recently released the 24th annual edition of the Native News Honors Project. This issue is titled “Intertwined: Stories of Detachment and Connection from Montana’s...
UM student records the sound of a bee colony using an app he helped develop

Students Create App to Test Bee Colony Health

A team of UM students has built a mobile-phone app that allows beekeepers to record the sound of their colony to determine whether it’s healthy or not. The Android app was developed by computer...

A UM student works in a lab

Legislature Creates $1,000 Scholarships for STEM Majors

The state of Montana is offering new $1,000 scholarships to in-state high school graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, math or health care at a Montana college. Graduating...

a young student colors a picture of Monte providing athletic training to a patient

Athletic Training Students Win Public Relations Contest

Custom-designed coloring books featuring University of Montana’s mascot, Monte, as an athletic trainer were part of the project that recently earned UM athletic training students the top spot in a...

Blake Morant, president of the Association of American Law Schools, speaks at UM's law school hooding ceremony

'Leading Light' of Law Offers UM Graduates Advice

“I know all of you will do well, you're graduating from an excellent law school,” Blake Morant said Saturday as 82 students received their degrees during the graduation ceremony of UM’s School of...

UM researcher John McCutcheon

The Slow-Motion Symbiotic Train Wreck of the 13-Year Cicada

A vast swarm of cicadas are starting to crawl out of the ground after 13 or 17 years spent underground. When they greet daylight for the first time, they devote themselves to weeks of frenzied sex...

UM Dining staff members perform karaoke during Beatlemania event

UM Dining Wins National Bronze for ‘Beatlemania’ Event

The National Association of College & University Food Services recently announced that UM Dining received a bronze medal at its annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. UM Dining received the...

Alexander and Andy Blewett

$10 Million Gift from Blewett Family to Transform UM School of Law

Following Board of Regents approval that was granted May 22, the University of Montana School of Law will officially become the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as...

UM students of the WWAMI class of 2016

Pre-Med Program Sees Increase in Medical School Acceptance

With 18 students accepted into medical schools this year, the Pre-Medical Sciences Program at UM reached an acceptance rate of 64 percent – 20 points higher than the national average of 44...

a young art enthusiast views a painting at the MMAC

More Than 1,500 Students Tour Montana Museum of Art & Culture

Since the opening of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s “The Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection,” more than 1,500 school-aged children have toured the...

A robotic pygmy owl built by UM Professor Erick Greene

Researcher: When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

“In the backyard of a woodsy home, small birds flitted to and from the yard’s feeder. They were oblivious to a curious stand nearby, topped by a curtain that was painted to resemble bark. Erick...

Chad Miller won the top prize at UM's John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge

Business School Announces Winners of Startup Challenge

UM’s School of Business Administration, along with the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, have announced the winners of the 26th annual John...

UM graduate Ryan Bell

Recent UM Graduates Earn Fulbright Scholarships

UM graduates Ryan Bell, Brinna Boettger and Dylan Gomes recently received Fulbright Scholarship award notifications for the coming year. Bell was awarded a coveted Fulbright-National Geographic...

The Grizzly Bear Statue at UM

Three Educators Receive Teaching Excellence Awards

UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences recently honored three of its faculty members with awards for teaching excellence. Stephen Yoshimura, associate professor in the Department of Communication...

Missoula College graduate Erin Ojala

Missoula College Grad Rewarded for Efforts

Erin Ojala has had a varied career, but no one ever expected her to go to college. She was a truant in high school, neither of her parents went to college, and Ojala had no role model leading her...

UM grad Jason Hanlon

After Losing His Way, Wildlife Biology Grad Finds His Calling

When Jason Hanlon looks at the wolf skeleton, he sees a little bit of himself. Hanlon, 38, graduates this week from UM with a science degree from the College of Forestry and Conservation. Like the...

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Accreditation Review Lauds UM Business, Accounting Programs

The School of Business Administration at UM has maintained both its business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. UM’s...

a Bornean stubtail incubates its eggs

Study Uncovers Why Songbirds Vary in Time Devoted to Warming Eggs

The amount of care parents provide their young varies greatly across the animal kingdom, particularly among songbird species, who spend anywhere from 20 percent to nearly 100 percent of daylight...

sunset in Missoula

Missoula Ranked No. 9 on List of Top College Towns

The American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index recently ranked Missoula, home to the University of Montana, among the top College Towns in the U.S. The index lists the top...

Commencement at UM

Commencement Ceremonies at UM Saturday, May 16

UM’s 118th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator and now ambassador to the People’s...

UM Professor Ron Wakimoto

Ron Wakimoto Rearranged How We Think About Fire

Some fire scientists burn down hillsides. Some burn up whole fire policies. Ron Wakimoto has done both, developing research that helps save the lives of firefighters and helps return fire to the...

rendering of upgraded classroom in the LA Building

Gift Supports Renovation in UM’s Liberal Arts Building

Thanks to gifts from UM alum, businessman and philanthropist Dennis Eck from Wolf Point and his wife, Gretchen, from Butte, the University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences will soon...

athletic training students wrap an ankle

Athletic Training Students Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate on Exam

Twelve University of Montana athletic training students recently took the Board of Certification exam, a high-stakes evaluation that enables students graduating from accredited athletic training...

students and staff from UM's DSS pose for a photo on the Oval

Students with Disabilities Test Olympus Products, Offer Feedback

UM’s Disability Services for Students recently assisted Olympus Corporation in evaluating its digital-voice recorders in order to improve the quality and usability of their products. Nineteen UM...

Monte poses with a training vehicle at Missoula College

Trucking Companies Seek Missoula College Grads

Every week, trucking companies in western Montana call Mickey Lyngholm, the workforce navigator at Missoula College, and ask her to share their job openings with students and recent graduates....

Shannon O’Brien, new dean of Missoula College

UM Names Shannon O’Brien New Dean of Missoula College

Shannon O’Brien, the education policy adviser for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, will become the next dean of Missoula College University of Montana on July 1. O’Brien replaces Interim Dean Jane...

UM Professor Mark Grimes, center, researches the behavior of cell proteins in childhood cancer

Biologist Advances Cancer Research with Data Analysis Techniques

Patience and persistence are beginning to pay off for UM Professor Mark Grimes, whose research about the behavior of cell proteins in childhood cancer recently was published by the Public Library...

UM senior Eamon Ormseth

Student Awarded Scholarship to Study Arabic in Morocco

After he graduates this month, UM senior Eamon Ormseth will spend his summer studying Arabic language and culture in Morocco. The U.S. State Department awarded Ormseth a Critical Language...

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