Team of University of Montana geosciences students

Geosciences Team Wins Regional Competition, Advances

A team of University of Montana geosciences graduate and undergraduate students won the regional American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award on Saturday, March 14. The...

A rainbow spans a forest infected with mountain pine beetle

Pine Beetle Epidemic: The Bug That’s Eating the Woods

Diana Six parked at the edge of a pine forest in southwestern Montana’s Big Hole Valley. Beneath snow-tipped peaks, lodgepole pines in four different colors draped the hillside—a time line of...

Garden manager Natasha Hegmann works in the aquaponic garden

UM Dining Makes First Harvest from Aquaponic Garden

In this garden, fish help grow vegetables like chard, kale and basil, and soil isn't in sight. This week, UM Dining will harvest the first plants it grew in a new aquaponic garden set up in The...

Professor Simona Stan

Marketing Professor Pushes Students to Look Past the Profit Line

In Romania, career choices were limited. Students chose what high school to attend based on their interest in math and physics, biology and humanities or medicine. But after pursuing a...

close-up of snow in pine tree

NASA’s SMAP Almost Ready to Map Frozen Soil

One ecosystem where scientists would most like to understand the effects of changing freeze/thaw cycles is boreal forests. But we know very little about how these forests are changing. That’s...

Crews work at the site of the new Missoula College building

Work Begins at Missoula College Site on East Broadway

It’s been years in the planning, but ground is finally being broken at the East Broadway site of Missoula College's new $32 million home, on the banks of the Clark Fork River. About 30 workers,...

UM students gather for a vigil on the Oval Sunday night

Montana Kaimin Editorial: Take Care of One Another

“One death of a member of the campus community, is tragic. Two is disorienting. But three, three is gut-wrenching. Sunday night on the Oval, people stood together to remember two students from UM....

The Lady Griz celebrate winning the Big Sky Championship

Lady Griz Draw Notre Dame in NCAA Tournament

The Montana women's basketball team received a No. 16 seed and will face No. 1 Notre Dame Friday, March 20, at South Bend, Indiana, in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball...

the cast of Pippin rehearses

'Pippin' Offers Fresh Look at Classic Musical

The UM production of “Pippin,” should feel fresh to audience members enchanted by the original 1972 Broadway musical or the recent revival, both of which won a shelf of Tony Awards. Director...

Main Hall with Mount Sentinel in the background

A Message from the President

Dear Campus Community, It is with a heavy heart that I write to report a sad and tragic weekend for the UM family. Three students passed away this weekend in unrelated incidents. Two have been...

Professor Erick Greene in his office at UM

Professor Continues to Uncover Mysteries of Wildlife Biology

A ratty osprey soared over the Clark Fork River, a giant fish caught between its talons. A few feet away, another osprey watched from her nest. Her partner hadn’t returned home for the summer and...

Casting director Rene Haynes

Scouting Talent: Odyssey of Stars Honoree Casts Hollywood Films

Rene Haynes has lived in Los Angeles for decades now, and she still makes it back to Montana to visit. Sometimes she heads to Great Falls, where the C.M. Russell High School graduate still has...

Griz player drives with basketball

Griz, Lady Griz Advance to Semifinals in Big Sky Tourneys

The Griz and Lady Griz basketball teams both advanced to the semifinals of the men’s and women’s Big Sky Conference tournaments at UM’s Dahlberg Arena. The Lady Griz will face Eastern Washington...

Hank Green

Hank Green Loves Science, and Wants Others to Love it, Too

Hank Green, Internet Guy. Even if you don’t know who he is, there’s a good chance he has helped teach your kids or the kids of someone you know how photosynthesis, mitosis and biological molecules...

UM alumni Craig Holtet and Ron Ramsbacher

Two Alumni Transform Missoula Grocery Stores Under Local Ownership

Congratulations to UM alumni Craig Holtet and Ron Ramsbacher, who this week converted Missoula’s two massive former Safeway grocery stores to local ownership and reopened them as Missoula Fresh...

The Best of Benny the Bull

Benny the Bull, mascot of the Chicago Bulls, was named the top sports mascot in America by Forbes magazine in 2013....

students walk across UM's Oval in winter

Provost Seeks Comments on Shortening Winter Break

UM currently has one of the longest winter breaks in the nation at six weeks. Some students, parents, faculty and administrators have raised issues regarding the length of the break. The Office of...

Tropical forest

Researcher Helps Predict Future Climate Change Impacts on Tropics

Researchers at the University of Montana, Princeton University, Stanford University and Rutgers University, among others, are collecting new measurements of tropical forests to gain a better...

Doctor Tim Ceremore, right, with St. Patrick Hospital, talks with resident Mick Blake

UM's Family Medicine Residency Earns High Marks

In June 2013, western Montana had no resident physicians. This July, 30 doctors will be at work in the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, along with nine core faculty, more than 100...

Salish tribal elder Louis “Louie” Adams speaks during Missoula College groundbreaking

UM to Award Honorary Doctorate to Native American Educator

Salish tribal elder Louis “Louie” Adams has spent a lifetime teaching others the stories, culture and language of his people. Now the University of Montana will honor this tireless educator with...

Lab technicians work at the U.S. Forest Service National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation

New Missoula Lab Uses DNA to Expose Hidden Wildlife

Technicians in the U.S. Forest Service’s new lab building can spot the presence (or absence) of specific fish in a whole river drainage from a cup of water. They can trace the family tree of a...

Blackstone Manager Jennifer Stephens talks with entrepreneurs

Blackstone LaunchPad Helps Entrepreneurs Start Businesses

The Blackstone LaunchPad is a program at the University of Montana. It helps students, faculty, staff and alumni turn their ideas into businesses and nonprofit organizations. The LaunchPad has...

Tommy Livoti works at a dig site at Fort Missoula

Doctoral Student Envisions Way to Protect Antiquities During Wartime

Walking the ancient streets of Babylon allowed Tommy Livoti to find his path in life. In 2003, the Missoula native and UM grad was a Marine Corps platoon commander in Iraq. Livoti saw a...

ruth Swaney

Forestry School Hires New Native American Program Coordinator

The College of Forestry and Conservation announces the appointment of Ruth Ann Swaney as coordinator of the Native American Natural Resource Program. Swaney is an enrolled tribal member of the...

William Shakespeare

UM to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

UM has been selected as Montana’s host site for “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition of one of the world’s most treasured books – the Shakespeare First...

UM alum leads Peace Corps class

UM Ranks No. 6 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

UM has been named the No. 6 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers, making a big jump up from its 2014 ranking at No. 12. Currently, 27 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps...

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

UM Adds Another Branch to Mighty Basketball Coaching Tree

Montana is home to 10 National Forests. The University of Montana has a coaching tree worthy of that. Travis DeCuire is its latest branch. "We are Montana," say the maroon banners around campus,...

rescuers pull a victim from the Mount Jumbo avalanche in 2014

Mount Jumbo Avalanche: One Year Later

To get out of his head, Fred Allendorf walks. He walks in the Bitterroot or the Rattlesnake, where he often gets the urge to visit the place he once lived – a two-story home at the base of Mount...

Author Smith Henderson

Debut Novel by UM Alumnus Wins 2014 Montana Book Award

"Fourth of July Creek," a novel written by Hellgate High School and UM graduate Smith Henderson, has won the 2014 Montana Book Award. The annual award "recognizes literary and/or artistic...

Broccoli sprouts grow in the Lomasson Center outside of the Food Zoo.

UM Dining Garden May Triple in Size with Help from $10,000 Grant

UM received a $10,000 grant from Gov. Steve Bullock and the Growth Through Agriculture program this week, which will be used to improve the school's garden the farm to college program. UM Dining...

Students work on medical dummies at Missoula College

Health Care Students at Missoula College Find Jobs Aplenty

It’s no secret that job growth within the health care industry is booming as the American population ages. A national emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions and “baby...

Andrea Stierle, a chemistry professor at UM, looks at a beaker

Crusade Against Cancer: Scientists Search Berkeley Pit for Answers

Professors researching at UM have turned to the Berkeley Pit's fungi as a potential building block in the cure for cancer. In their lab, Andrea Stierle tracks data on her computer while her...

UM alumna Shelli Johnson

Alumna Looks Back: ‘My Most Spectacular Failure was a Gift’

“The years tell us what the days cannot.” UM alumna Shelli Johnson reflects on what she considered her greatest failure at the time: losing her basketball scholarship and quitting the team....

UM Ph.D. candidate Jenny Lind works on a computer

STEM Education Seeing Rapid Growth in Montana

Children with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math – often referred to as STEM – can be found around Western Montana. Based on Chamber of Commerce data, Montana is tenth in the...

UM law students Hannah Cail, Katelyn Hepburn and Lindsey West

Environmental Moot Court Team Advances to Final Round

Three UM School of Law students advanced to the final round of the 2015 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held Feb. 19-21 in White Plains, New York. Third-year law student Katelyn...

Globetrotter Shane Scooter Christensen interacts with a young fan

Alumnus Scooter Christensen Finds Stardom with Globetrotters

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Shane “Scooter” Christensen spent most of his life practicing to be a Harlem Globetrotter. As a youngster, he was inseparable from his basketball and when...

Comics writer Tim Daniel shows some of his work

UM Staff Member’s Comic to be Adapted for Television Series

UM staff member Tim Daniel, who turned a hobby into a second career as a comics writer, will soon see his creation adapted into a live-action television show. The Missoula writer's title,...

Purple Heart veterans are recognized during UM basketball game

UM Recognized as Purple Heart University for Service to Veterans

During halftime of Saturday night's basketball game at Dahlberg Arena, UM officially became a Purple Heart university. Capt. Char Gatlin, chief of staff for the Department of Montana Military...

UM Entertainment Management students and program director at Pollstar Live conference

Entertainment Management Students Attend Industry Conference

Several UM students recently traveled to Nashville to attend Pollstar Live! 2015, the premier conference and trade show for the concert industry. The students from UM’s Entertainment Management...

Zack Wagenmann participates in media interview during the NFL Combine

Wagenmann Impresses in Explosion Drills at NFL Combine

Former Montana Grizzly Zack Wagenmann continued his push toward a career playing football with an appearance at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday. And oh what a showing it was. Wagenmann scored...

Blakely Brown, a researcher in UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance

UM Researchers Work to Find Solutions with Native Communities

A pair of UM researchers has become a regular sight in some of the most remote communities in the U.S., both in the Lower 48 and the far north. Blakely Brown, a professor in the Department of...

doctors work at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

UM Family Medicine Residency Program Earns High Marks

UM’s family medicine residency program recently was awarded the highest level of accreditation available from its oversight organization. The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana earned...

students walk across UM's Oval

Students Named Gates Millennium Scholars, Earn Scholarships

Five UM students recently were named Gates Millennium Scholars, earning more than $43,000 in scholarships. Since the inception of the program in 1999, it has produced more than 18,000 Gates...

a demonstration in UM's new planetarium

UM’s State-of-the-Art Planetarium Up and Running

It's understandable if you're unaware of the hidden planetarium beneath the Native American Center. The project has been in the works since 2013, but the astronomy department has kept it pretty...

 UM competitors Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo with U.S. Forest Service Assistant Chief Leslie Weldon, National Forest Foundation board member Craig Barrett and president Bill Possiel

UM Students Win Prize for Business Idea with Wood Waste

UM College of Forestry and Conservation student Stephen Jenkins fromBigfork and recent forestry graduate Jena Trejo from Marcola, Oregon, were first runners-up in the Barrett Foundation Business...

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