A rainbow arches over Mount Sentinel

UM Seeks Comment on Natural Areas Management Plan

UM is seeking public comment on a draft management plan for the land UM owns on Mount Sentinel and at Fort Missoula. It is the first management plan for UM’s natural areas, which total more than...

Professor David Shepherd and researcher Fanny Diaz examine a cell culture

Researchers Advance Novel Therapy for Immune System-Related Diseases

When the body turns against itself, it can strike with debilitating and deadly accuracy. The war raging inside people with autoimmune disorders can be devastating, and the current gold standard of...

Lady Griz player Shanae Gilham dribbles down the court during a game

Gilham's Trial: After Third ACL Surgery, Gilham Back with Lady Griz

As soon as Shanae Gilham hit the floor in Dahlberg Arena, she knew exactly what happened. She had torn her ACL for the third time. Although two years have passed, by the start of the 2014-2015...

UM Professor Doug Emlen holds a replica of a saber-toothed cat skull

UM Professor Explains Animal Weaponry in New Book

It’s not easy being a male Onthophagus nigriventris dung beetle. When they’re not jostling for space around a pile of excrement, they’re trying to mate with females while ensuring no other male...

Kian Bertin atop Ch-paa-qn Peak

Ch-paa-qn Peak: Shuffling from Anguish to Enlightenment

“The phone rings and rings, each chime pounding in my head. I groan, stretching my arm out, reaching for the source of my annoyance. I flip it open, sit up, and blearily rub my eyes. An annoyed...

Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas in her UM lab

Study: Air Pollution Affects Short-Term Memory, IQ, Brain Metabolic Ratios

City smog lowers children’s IQ. This is among findings from a recent UM study that found children living in cities with significant air pollution are at an increased risk for detrimental impacts...

Schoolchildren dance on stage with adults

Missoula Schoolchildren Learn Fire Science Through Interactive Dance

Missoula schoolchildren became flames and trees Tuesday during “Fire Speaks the Land,” an interactive dance performance at UM that taught students about fire science. CoMotion Dance Project used...

UM researchers work with a young client

Researchers Develop Programs to Help Montanans Cope with Autism

Less than a decade ago, autism wasn’t on many people’s radar. Back then it was diagnosed at about 1 in 10,000 children. Now it’s 1 in 68. With the growing need for services, three educators at UM...

UM Regents Professor Rich Bridges sits in his lab

UM Brain Disorder Research Moves Toward Clinical Testing

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

Jace Laakso, UM staff member and artist, stands in front of his exhibit in the UC Gallery

Missoula Artist Sketches Self-Portrait a Day for a Year

In the University Center Gallery, 365 small self-portraits are arranged in rows on the north wall. They start on May 6, 2013, when Jace Laakso, an artist who works in information technology at UM,...

UM Production concert posters

For Those About To Rock: UM Concert Posters Spark Memories

“What was your first concert? It’s a great question—a surefire conversation starter in pretty much any setting. Mine happened to be Pearl Jam, who played an intimate show for about 1,200 lucky...

The view from Mount Sentinel looking over town

Adventure Writing Assignment: Rising Above the Homesick Blues

“A 360-degree view of Missoula and the surrounding mountains greeted me at the summit. I found myself smiling inside, discovering something I’d been doubting since I’d been in Missoula. I can be...

Three of Missoula's young filmmakers pose in front of the Wilma Theatre

Hip Flicks: Meet Missoula's Up-and-Coming Filmmakers

Every year, filmmakers from across the world apply to have their films screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. This year, four filmmakers under 30 from the festival’s home city made the...

vertical growing towers hang in the Corner Store

Corner Store Experiment Uses Fish as Local, Sustainable Farmers

A new UM Dining experiment is using vertical growing towers, LED lights and fish to grow food. The aquaponic system is set up in the Corner Store, growing leafy greens like lettuce, kale, basil...

football coach Bob Stitt

Griz Load Up on Local Talent, Receivers on Signing Day

Like everything else Bob Stitt does, his recruiting class of 2015 came together quickly and with plenty of excitement on the offensive end. The first-year Montana head coach announced his debut...

UM student Rebecca Collins reaches Santiago

Reaching Santiago: UM Student Reflects on Pilgrimage

Last fall, UM student Rebecca Collins completed 12 credits of independent study on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage in southern France and northern Spain. Equipped with knowledge from...

Kelsey Lucostic bats during Montana softball practice

Montana Softball: Griz Ready for Historic Program Opener

Very early on the morning of Jan. 31 the upstart Montana softball program released pictures through its Twitter account of its under-construction stadium. Beyond Montana's stadium, however, there...

UM alumna Ashley Heers

Evolutionary Biologists Ask: Which Came First, the Dinosaur or the Bird?

The consensus is in: Birds are living dinosaurs. But how that epic evolutionary leap took place remains one of science’s greatest mysteries. Evolutionary biologists like Ashley Heers represent the...

M. Sanjayan parachutes next to a bird

Montana Scientist Travels to 29 Countries to Film New PBS Series

M. Sanjayan once held a 9-foot shark in the Caribbean as it gave birth. It was all in a day’s work for the world-renowned scientist and UM research faculty member who just completed a five-year...

UM student Tanner Saul in South Africa

Wild Cats in the City: Research Takes Student to South Africa

The sun hadn’t risen yet, but Tanner Saul was up. He unzipped his tent and stepped out into the chilly morning, still unable to see the African landscape surrounding him. Saul, a sophomore...

Author and UM graduate S.M. Hulse

UM Alumna Draws on Western Landscape for Debut Novel

S.M. Hulse never set out to write a “Western novel.” “I’ve spent my whole life living in the West, I kind of just felt like I’m writing a novel about the people and places I know,” she said....

GMOtional documentary film

Student-Alumni Documentary Earns Honors in Filmmaking Contest

A documentary created by UM students and recent alumni recently won an award at the International Fusion Doc Challenge, a five-day filmmaking competition. Director Tom Stagg, a recent UM alumnus,...

Montana Rep artistic director Greg Johnson

Montana Rep's Artistic Director Marks 25 Years at Helm

When Greg Johnson decamped for Missoula from New York City in 1990, the Montana Repertory Theatre's national tour reached only three states. A quarter-century later, Johnson still leads the Rep,...

The view from Mount Sentinel looking over town

Tackling Pengelly: Class Assignment Takes Student Straight Up

“I love hiking, but as I spun in circles running from class to class this semester, I just couldn’t find time for this hike. I found time for other hikes, but never the Pengelly Ridge Trail.” UM...

UM volleyball players block during a game last season

UM Hires Doyon as New Volleyball Coach

The Montana Grizzlies have hired Brian Doyon as the newest head coach of the volleyball team, the athletic department announced Wednesday. Doyon will replace Jerry Wagner, who stepped down in...

UM Naturalist Marilyn Marler in her office

UM Naturalist Awarded Fulbright to Vietnam

Marilyn Marler soon will trade the grasslands and wildflowers of Mount Sentinel for the wetlands and crocodiles of Vietnam. In late February, Marler, the Missoula City Council president, heads to...

Mike and Maureen Mansfield statue at UM

Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast: An Interview with Frank Jannuzi

In the latest episode of the Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast, features an interview with Frank Jannuzi, CEO and president of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Jannuzi shares his...

Members of UM's Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Students Take Wildlife Science and Conservation to the Community

The fall semester of 2014 was an exciting one for the University of Montana’s Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The 40-plus members maintain an active schedule with weekly meetings and...

UM Associate Professor Benedicte Boisseron

Professor Earns Outstanding Book Award for ‘Creole Renegades’

A UM’s professor’s cross-cultural analysis received one of the top book awards from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Benedicte Boisseron, an associate professor of French and Francophone...

Earth from space

How Did Life Become Complex, and Could It Happen Beyond Earth?

When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. But from such simple life, more complex lifeforms could eventually come to be....

UM student Freddy Monares interviews with KPAX TV

Hundreds Prepare for First Semester at UM with Spring Orientation

Hundreds of new students spent the day getting adjusted to life on campus Thursday, in preparation for their first semester as UM students. The spring semester at UM starts Monday, and about 200...

Wide Receiver Ellis Henderson runs with the ball

Griz Wide Receiver Henderson Returns to UM After Illness

Coach Bob Stitt's offense just got another weapon, this time a proven one at the collegiate level. Wide receiver Ellis Henderson has re-enrolled at UM after withdrawing from classes last fall and...

Colin and Angel take in the view from the top of Mount Sentinel

‘From Hellgate Canyon We Could Almost See Tuscon’

“We trudged up the steep and rocky path, leaving the Kim Williams riverside trail below us. Even though there was a great view of the Missoula Valley behind us and fall colors ahead of us, I felt...

Scene from the local-produced movie Bella Vista

Missoula Named Among Top Five Towns for Moviemakers

The independent film magazine MovieMaker recently named Missoula to its list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2015: Top Five Towns.” The article notes Montana’s dramatic...

officials from UM, MCPS and Japan sign an agreement

UM Signs Exchange Agreement with Japanese Education Board

A new agreement between UM, Missoula County Public Schools and their Japanese counterpart aims to increase educational exchange opportunities. Representatives from UM and MCPS met with a...

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J.K. Simmons Nominated for Supporting Actor Oscar

J.K. Simmons, a UM graduate, has been nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in "Whiplash." In "Whiplash” Simmons plays a sadistic but brilliant jazz band instructor...

NASA's SMAP satellite

UM Researcher Helps NASA Get the Dirt on Soil Moisture

During the early-morning hours on Tuesday, Jan. 29, NASA will launch a satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth's soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our ecosystems...

MMAC Curator Brandon Reintjes lays out the 120th anniversary exhibition

Montana Museum Marks 120th Anniversary with 120 Artworks

It's telling what they had to leave out. When the staff of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture was narrowing the Permanent Collection of more than 11,000-some objects down to 120 for a 120th...

UM students volunteer on Earth Day

UM Earns National Recognition for Student Engagement, Service

UM recently earned recognition from two prominent civic engagement organizations. The Corporation for National and Community Service honored UM with a place on the 2014 President’s Higher...

UM alumnus Zach Brown holds trout

Alumnus Named One of 10 ‘Young Leaders Changing the West’

Zach Brown, an avid outdoorsman and recent UM graduate, wants to make sure that Montana stays exceptional. And now he’s taking that mission to the state Legislature: This November, Brown leaned on...

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