UM Assistant Professor Andrew Whiteley

Professor Earns CAREER Grant to Study Conservation Genomics

UM Assistant Professor Andrew Whiteley recently received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty. The Faculty Early Career Development award, also known as a...

Researchers clear slush after drilling a hole in the ice, which they will later dive through

Working Under the Antarctic Ice Is Actually Pretty Great

Art Woods, a marine biologist at UM, has made annual two-month trips to Antarctica to dive under the ice and study curiously large sea spiders. Outside magazine asked him what it's like to do...

MINERVA telescope in Arizona

MINERVA Continues to Give UM Students an Edge

Every clear night since spring 2015, UM students and professors have been looking to the sky for habitable planets outside of this solar system through a robotic telescope in Arizona.

University of Montana Presidential Search

The Search for the Next President of the University of Montana

Visit the Presidential Search page on UM President’s Office website for updates on the search, timelines and the search committee member roster.

UM staff archaeologists at New Jersey’s Warren Grove Gunnery Range in December 2015

Center for Integrated Research to Dig Deeper into Air Force Bases

The Center for Integrated Research on the Environment at UM recently expanded an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and Army Corps of Engineers to do archaeological...

UM senior Drew Kinney works in a lab in the Skaggs Building

New Neuroscience Degree at UM ‘Wildly Popular’

Jed Syrenne wants to explore unanswered questions and large mysteries, so he was eager for UM to open the door to a neuroscience major. Last school year, UM launched the major, and for Syrenne,...

Police vehicles idle on the outskirts of the opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline

How Will Native Tribes Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in Court?

More than an easement: UM Assistant Professor Monte Mills, a scholar of Native American law, lays out the legal arguments in the Dakota Access Pipeline and why they matter to all of us.

Skaggs Building at UM

$1.25M Gift Endows Scholarship for Native American Pharmacy Students

The ALSAM Foundation to permanently its Skaggs Scholars Program scholarship at UM. With their $1.25 million gift, they are ensuring that UM can continue to attract and support Native American...

UM's Mansfield Library

Mansfield Library Now Offers Access to Academic Libraries Statewide

UM students and faculty can now access the library holdings of 16 colleges and universities across the state through a single online search, following the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library’s...

mountain landscape in fall

UM Ranks No. 5 in North America for Ecology Research Productivity

UM ranked No. 5 in North America for its scholarly productivity in the field of ecology, according to a recent study published in the journal Ecosphere. Ranking ahead of many well-respected...

Ylva Lekberg, assistant professor of soil community ecology at UM

Soil Fungi Help Tree Seedlings Survive, Influence Forest Diversity

A new paper published Jan. 13 in Science reveals that the relationship between soil fungi and tree seedlings is more complicated than previously known. The paper was co-written by Ylva Lekberg, an...

sea spider

It Takes Guts for a Sea Spider to Pump Blood

Evolutionary physiologist Art Woods of UM recently presented a newfound way of delivering oxygen in animal circulatory systems depends mostly on food sloshing back and forth in the guts. Woods...

The Oval at UM after a snow storm

Community Invited to Mid-Year State of the University Presentation

UM President Sheila Stearns will address the campus with a State of the University presentation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the University Center Ballroom. Stearns will take the opportunity to...

UM President Sheila Stearns

Sheila Stearns Finds ‘Star Power’ at UM

To lead UM that way, new UM President Sheila Stearns aims to celebrate and broadcast UM’s academic excellence; govern collaboratively, with clear communication and shared responsibility; and make...

UM students visit rice farms during the 2015 Winter Session in Vietnam

Students Spend Winter Session Studying Climate Change in Vietnam

Eight students and one professor from UM are in Vietnam through Tuesday, Jan. 19, to study climate change impacts and adaptation in the Mekong Delta for the seventh annual Winter Session in...

UM researchers are among scientists across the state searching for evidence of invasive mussels so they can be eradicated.

UM Researchers Join Hunt for Invasive Mussels in State's Waterways

For a group of UM researchers, the iced-over waters of Flathead Lake offer some hope that a devastating invasion can be staved off. "I don't think I've ever felt such a sense of urgency," says...

collage of UM highlights in 2016

Research, Fundraising and Academic Success Highlight UM in 2016

The year 2016 proved another big one at UM, one highlighted by groundbreaking research, scholarly success and record fundraising. Missoula Current takes a look at UM’s biggest successes this past...

A forest burns

NPR: The Science of Wildfires May Be Up In Smoke

With wildfire becoming more prevalent in the U.S. and the Forest Service increasingly looking to let some wildfires burn, there's a need to better understand the smoke that billows from those...

UM Regents Professor of History Anya Jabour speaks at the Board of Regents meeting

History Professor Anya Jabour Earns Top Promotion

UM history Professor Anya Jabour was appointed the University’s 11th Regents Professor during the Nov. 17 Board of Regents meeting in Missoula. Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty...

President Obama pardoning a turkey

What is Behind the Turkey Pardoning Ritual?

Tobin Shearer, UM director of African-American studies and an associate history professor, published this article in The Conversation about how the ritualized pardoning of a turkey draws our...

Bill and Carolyn Franke and their family visit the UM campus to celebrate their gift with the University community.

Largest Single Gift in UM History Supports Conservation, Global Leadership

On Nov. 18, the Montana University System Board of Regents approved the naming of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation and the Franke Global Leadership Initiative in honor of Bill...
Trout in Ole Creek, a tributary of the Flathead River

An Ecosystem’s Lifeblood, Flowing Through Gravel

They are beautiful, glistening icons of the West, filled with life and history. But there is far more to mountain rivers, scientists like UM’s Ric Hauer are learning, than the water churning...

UM history Professor Anya Jabour, right, poses with actress Hannah James

Historian Nominated for Regents Professor

UM history Professor Anya Jabour has been nominated to become the University’s 11th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its Nov. 17-18 meeting in Missoula,...

Ranalda Tsosie

UM Student Earns EPA Graduate Fellowship

A UM student was one of 50 students nationwide awarded a Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ranalda Tsosie earned a $132,000 grant in May...

Gov. Steve Bullock and UM President Royce Engstrom talk with Inimmune employee

New Biotech Company Formed at UM’s MonTEC

Officials from a new biotech company, Inimmune Corporation, met with Gov. Steve Bullock Nov. 1 to discuss how the University of Montana connects researchers and entrepreneurs and the potential...
Flathead River at the U.S./Canada border

Biological Station Lands $2M Grant to Explore Floodplain Biodiversity

UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station has been awarded a $2 million grant to study diversity among insects, crustaceans and other arthropods in river floodplains and how they might be affected by...

UM Associate Vice President of Research for Global Change and Sustainability L. Scott Mills

Longtime Professor Returns to Join Office of Research and Creative Scholarship

L. Scott Mills has returned to the University of Montana to serve as associate vice president of research for global change and sustainability in the Office of Research and Creative...
A bend in a mountain river

$3M Grant to Explore Ties Between Food, Energy, Water

A UM team has been awarded nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative graduate training program focused on interactions among food, energy and water.

Reed Humphrey, dean of UM's College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences

Collaborators Across Campus Launch UM’s New Health and Medicine Initiative

UM’s new Health and Medicine initiative, called UMHM, aims to open opportunities for UM to collaborate across campus to solve the most pressing medical issues plaguing our population. 

Wildlife biology master’s degree candidate Lara Brenner works in the lab at UM.

Wildlife Biology Student Awarded $20,000 Grant to Study Mountain Lions

UM wildlife biology master’s degree candidate Lara Brenner recently was awarded $20,000 from the Summerlee Foundation to investigate the effects of hunting on mountain lions, which are also known...

The crew of scientists prepare to put the drill stem into the Greenland ice sheet to probe water flows about a half of a mile below.

UM Scientist at Work: Tracking Melt Water Under the Greenland Ice Sheet

What happens to the water that finds its way from the melting ice surface to the bottom of the ice sheet is a crucial question for glaciologists like UM scientist Joel Harper. Knowing this will...

John, left, and Frank Craighead in Hells Canyon of the Snake River in 1970

Legendary Wildlife Scientist John Craighead Dead at 100

Pioneering American conservationist John Craighead, who helped build UM's Wildlife Biology Program, died in his sleep on Saturday at his home in southwest Missoula. He was 100 years old.

fans cheer at a Grizzly football game

Grizzly Athletics Scores Big for Missoula Economy

A new report titled “The Economic Contribution of Grizzly Intercollegiate Athletics” finds that the operation of Grizzly Athletics provides a significant economic boost to Missoula, resulting in a...

Two Washington Redskins players on the field

New Research Shows How Native American Mascots Reinforce Stereotypes

Research by UM Assistant Professor Justin Angle has shown that incidental exposure to Native American sports mascots can reinforce stereotypes in people. Perhaps more disturbingly, people aren’t...

UM wildlife biology student Carly Muench helps band and release a Northern Harrier raptor.

Wildlife Biology Program Ranked No. 1 in U.S., Canada

For many years UM’s Wildlife Biology Program has been heralded for its excellence. Now, that reputation has migrated across the continent. The wildly successful program just earned the top spot in...

UM researcher looks into microscope

UM Sets Record for Research Funding

Research is rocking at the University of Montana, where for the second year in a row the University set a new record for external funding. UM brought in $87 million in funding during the past...

UM Professor Robin Saha

UM Professor Earns National Civically Engaged Faculty Award

UM Professor Robin Saha is the 2016 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, bestowed by Campus Compact. Saha, UM associate professor of environmental studies, was selected...
Professor Steve Running lectures during a class at UM last week

If You're Studying Climate Change at UM, You're Learning from the Best

UM Professor Steve Running shared in a Nobel Peace Prize for his smarts on climate change, and that same knowledge helped him save a special event headed for disaster. The professor and founding...

Matthew Church at UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station

Renowned Oceanographer Joins UM Flathead Lake Bio Station Faculty

Later this month, one of the nation’s preeminent oceanographers will join the faculty of the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. FLBS recently hired Matthew Church as a...

UM campus

President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 26

UM President Royce C. Engstrom will kick off the academic year with his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The public and members of the media are invited to the...

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