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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Crowd gathers for journalism ceremony at State Capitol

Capitol Ceremony Marks Journalism School’s 100th Anniversary

From its founding days housed in Army tents on the University of Montana’s Oval in 1914, the School of Journalism has taught its students how to improvise in tough situations. This was just one of...

UM student Derek Crittenden

Defensive End Crittenden Named to Academic All-Star Team

UM’s Derek Crittenden is one of 50 players who was recently named to the 17th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. A 6-3, 240-pound...

Irish street

Study Abroad Blog: 'Nothing Will Ever be the Same Again'

“One of my favorite English professors at UM likes to tell us often, ‘the best stories take place during the moments from which the main character realizes that, nothing will ever be the same...

UM students visit with Vietnamese students

UM Students Travel to Vietnam to Study Climate Change

Thirteen UM students and one professor are in Vietnam from through Jan. 19 for the fifth annual study abroad field course focused on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Mekong Delta. The...

illustration of a saber-toothed tiger and a porcupine

Professor Explores Animal Weapons and the Evolution Of Battle

From horns to claws, teeth and talons, the animal kingdom features many natural weapons. But UM evolutionary biologist Doug Emlen wanted to know why, in some rare cases, animals develop weapons...

The Mansfield Library at UM

Mansfield Library Recognized for Serving as Regional Depository

The U.S. Government Publishing Office recently spotlighted UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library for serving as a regional depository library. The library was designated as a depository in 1909...

HP executive George Milliken speaks with UM students

Hewlett-Packard to Return in February to Recruit UM Students

Career Services at UM strives to provide students with ample opportunities to explore careers with the world’s most renowned and reputable companies. Career Services recently teamed up with...

UM researcher Frank Rosenzweig

UM Researcher Studies Origins of Life with NASA Award

When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. From such simple life, more complex life forms could eventually come to be. How did...

UM telescope on Mount Hopkins in Arizona

UM Team Searching for Earth-like Planets Using New Telescope

From his lab in Missoula, Nate McCrady watches the stars. The UM associate professor of astronomy and his team of research students received a $1.125 million grant from NASA last year. The grant...

UM's new data center

UM’s New Data Center Solves Problems, Opens Doors

After four years of investigating, planning, politicking and decision-making, UM has a new data center. It doesn’t look like much from the outside—a big white box sitting beneath a slanted metal...

Peace Corps volunteer Sally Kintner of Kalispell works with young child in Ethiopia

Missoula Second Per-Capita in Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

An annual report produced by the Peace Corps recently found that Montana and Missoula ranked among the top 10 overall per-capita volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas in the country....

Missoula College students welded a large Menorah for local Synagogue

Welding Students Craft Steel Menorah for Missoula Synagogue

It's a good thing Har Shalom's menorah used light bulbs instead of candles; no one could have reached up to light the wicks. The Missoula synagogue celebrated Hanukkah by flicking the switches to...

UM student researcher Chantanelle Nava uses UM’s 0.7-meter telescope at Mount Hopkins, Ariz., during testing.

UM Telescope One Step Closer to Discovering New Worlds

“First light” marked a new dawn for UM astronomy on Dec. 16.  UM astrophysics Associate Professor Nate McCrady, along with a team of researchers, achieved “first light” on Tuesday – a term used to...

Cover of the 2015 edition of Montana Journalism Review

Students Produce 2015 Edition of Montana Journalism Review

The Montana Journalism Review, an award-winning magazine produced by UM School of Journalism students, has released its 2015 edition. For the 44th issue, the nation’s oldest journalism review...

Skiers test Saga outerwear in the backcountry

Students Turn Class Assignment into Successful Ski Outerwear Business

Saga Outerwear has always been grounded, an independently owned company since it first launched in 2005. The brand got its start when Andrew Mallett and Austin Stevens, both longtime skiers and...

Cattle on IX Ranch

Startup Launched through Blackstone Saves Ranchers Time, Money

Walker Milhoan recently took his ranching background and his business acuity to the Blackstone LaunchPad’s annual Demo Day in New York City, where he pitched a new venture he believes can lower...

PBS Newshour anchor

Journalism Student’s Report Airs on PBS NewsHour

In Montana, illegal fish dumping of non-native species is threatening the state’s native trout. In a segment for Student Reporting Labs, UM journalism freshman Meri DeMarois and her mentor Anna...

Jane Baker

MC Hires Interim Dean to Lead College into Construction

Jane Baker came of out retirement in October to serve as interim dean of Missoula College UM. The transition comes as the college races to meet state workforce demands and expands its programming...

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ASUM Vice President Pinpoints What Makes UM, Missoula Special

Missoula is a special place with people who are living life to its fullest. The University of Montana has what many universities are missing: the human element. With the human element, the...

Montana high school students who participated in UM's Model United Nations Conference

High School Students Win Scholarships at Model U.N.

Five high school seniors recently were awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend UM for their exemplary performance at the 49th Annual Montana Model United Nations Conference. Each winner wrote an...

Students in UM's philanthropy class

Philanthropy Class Awards $12,500 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

A UM class titled Can Giving Change the World? granted $12,500 to local nonprofits and held a ceremony to distribute the funds Dec. 11. The class, which is part of UM’s Global Leadership...

Students study in library for finals

Foggy Finals Before Freedom for UM Students

If the winter fog hid supernatural creatures in Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” or the 1980 zombie movie “The Fog,” then Missoula’s soupy weather may hold something equally sinister for UM...

book cover of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Two Students Selected Winners of UM’s First-Year Essay Contest

The First-Year Reading Experience Committee at UM recently selected freshmen Libbey Barsness and Nathaniel Smith as the winners of the First-Year Essay Contest. As part of the First-Year Reading...

SOBA director of IT Eric Tangedahl

IBM Awards UM Power Systems Server for Real-Time Data Analysis

UM students studying big data have a new tool coming their way. The IBM Power Systems Organization recently granted a scale-out POWER8 processor-based server to the University, which will allow UM...

UM graduate Dan Baca works at the console as the space shuttle docks with the International Space Station

Alumnus Reaches for Stars as Engineer on Orion Spacecraft Project

Growing up in Montana, Dan Baca had an amazing view of the stars, but he had no idea the stars were in his future. Today, the 2003 UM graduate is working with NASA on the Orion spacecraft that...

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