Lauren Astrup demonstrates a physical therapy tool developed by Associate Professor Ryan Mizner

UM Grows Portfolio of Patents to More Than 100

Ryan Mizner has a patent pending for a device called The Bridge, a physical therapy tool developed by the UM associate professor and one of his students. The device represents a trend at UM, too,...

UM employees Justin Easterday and Lauren Henry work on a curation project in Virginia

UM Researchers, Students Help to Curate U.S. Navy Artifacts

UM anthropology Professor Kelly Dixon has spent most of her career reminding people that archaeologists don’t traipse around the world like Indiana Jones, with bullwhips and a nose for treasure....

UM Professor Rebecca Bendick

UM Scientist Studies Earthquakes from Montana to the Himalayas

Soon after the earthquake struck Nepal this spring, Rebecca Bendick got an alert from nearly every device she owned. Bendick, an earthquake scientist and professor at UM, is part of a rapid...

UM Professor and inventor Michael DeGrandpre

Chemistry Professor, Inventor Talks About Path to the XPRIZE

When Sunburst Sensors won $1.5 million in prize money last month, the work of Michael DeGrandpre went from the trash bin to the international stage. DeGrandpre is a chemistry professor at UM whose...

Dr. Celine Beamer and UM student Shelby Cole

UM Student Researches Inflammatory Lung Disease Treatments

UM pharmacy student Shelby Cole is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. She is conducting research concerning interactions...

The Himalaya mountain range in Nepal

UM Researcher Earns NSF Grant to Study Tectonics in Nepal

The Himalayas mark one of Earth's youngest mountain ranges. They also signal the location of an active seismic region, as the people of Nepal witnessed on April 25 when a magnitude 7.8 quake...

The surface of Mars

NASA Comes to Arlee: UM Grad Bestows Montana Names on Mars

The Mars rover Curiosity was rolling through Arlee on Friday. Not that Arlee. The one on Mars. “Because western Montana is interesting geologically, it ranked up there to get on the names list,”...

Jessica Ray and mentor Gini Porter

Visiting Student Explores Nanoparticles as Environmental Contaminants

Meet Jessica Ray, an animal science major from Michigan State University who is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health...

Jack Stanford, outgoing FLBS director, and incoming Director James Elser stand next to the station’s research vessel, the Jessie B.

Flathead Lake Biological Station Hires New Director

James “Jim” Elser, an internationally renowned freshwater ecologist, will become the next director of the University of Montana’s century-old Flathead Lake Biological Station. UM President Royce...

Jessie B., the Flathead Lake Biological Station’s research boat

Refurbished Boat Returns to Flathead Lake Biological Station

The Flathead Lake Biological Station’s research boat, the Jessie B., returned to its dock recently after a six-month absence. The welded-aluminum hull on the station’s refurbished boat now houses...

UM researchers Sarj Patel, left, and Tom Rau, right, study blood-based biomarkers that indicate how the brain reacts following a traumatic brain injury.

NFL, GE Award UM Brain Researchers $500,000

UM researchers Sarj Patel and Tom Rau are among six final winners nationally to receive $500,000 from the Head Health Challenge I, a program sponsored by General Electric Co. and the National...

Researcher Joel Harper studies Greenland ice sheet movement

UM Researcher Studies Greenland Ice Sheet Movement

The annual "State of the Climate" report released Thursday said 2014 was the warmest year on record going back 135 years. Temperatures continued to rise, and glaciers kept shrinking. The impact...

Chad Bishop, the new director of UM's Wildlife Biology Program

UM Hires New Director of Wildlife Biology Program

UM’s Wildlife Biology Program has named Chad Bishop as its new director. Bishop, who previously served as assistant director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, takes over on Aug. 1. He has a...

Chris Migliaccio, Samantha Couture, Kevin Trout

Visiting Student Researcher Studies Cell Biology, Nanomaterials

Meet Samantha Couture, an environmental health major from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, who is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for...

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Journalism Grad Students Report from Crown of the Continent

The Crown Reporting Project at UM pairs students from the graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism with seasoned editors as they pursue stories in the Crown of the...

Mark Perhouse and student Maggie Honig

Visiting Student Researcher Studies Asbestos, Cancer at UM

Maggie Honig is excited to be exploring her interest in environmental chemistry and toxicology this summer as she participates in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for...

UM Associate Research Professor Carl Seielstad

To Build a Fire: Professor Devotes Career to Changing Fire Policy

The science of wildfires often pits academics against forestry professionals. Carl Seielstad, an associate research professor at the University of Montana, has built a career bridging the divide...

Natalie Bond, adjunct political papers archivist, looks at the Max Baucus Collection

Mansfield Library Organizes New Max Baucus Collection

Last year, a semi-trailer deposited nearly 1,000 boxes of material for the Archives and Special Collections at UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library from Max Baucus’ career as a politician, a...

Curator Shannon Kimball watches over 129,000 plant specimens in the University of Montana Herbarium.

UM’s Large Plant Collection Serves State and Beyond

Upstairs in a corner of the Natural Sciences building on campus, curator Shannon Kimball watches over some 129,000 pressed plant specimens in the University of Montana Herbarium, an organized...

Dan McCarthy, a medical resident in Missoula, shows high schoolers the insides of a pig's heart

High Schoolers Learn about Health Careers at Summer Camp

While some Missoulians were still eating their breakfast on Monday, two dozen Montana high-school students taking part in a health career summer camp were wrist-deep dissecting the heart of a pig....

UM researcher Jerry Bromenshenk studies bee colonies

Researcher to Study Exposure of Bee Colonies to Corn Dust

Honey bee exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides has been a growing concern. Now Jerry Bromenshenk will lead a team at UM examining the long-term health consequences of exposure of honey bee...

Professor Anya Jabour

Professor Anya Jabour Jumps from Academia to Show Business

Anya Jabour is a professor in academia who recently jumped into show business. Jabour, who teaches history at UM and serves as co-director of its program in women's gender and sexuality, got an...

Laura Fisch with SURP mentors Andrij Holian, left, and Don Anderson

Undergraduates Converge for Summer Research Program at UM

Biochemistry major Laura Fisch is excited to spend the summer exploring her interest in environmental toxicology through UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Center for Environmental...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Professor John Kimball

Researcher Contributes Data to National Climate Assessment

UM Professor John Kimball is among a group of researchers nationwide who are contributing data to the National Climate Assessment. Prominent researchers nationwide are tasked to provide scientific...

University of Montana student Ellen Ipsen

UM Student to Study in UK on Fulbright Scholarship

University of Montana student Ellen Ipsen will hop across the pond this summer to attend the Fulbright UK Summer Institute for Undergraduates, a program that fosters relations between the United...

UM Professor Kyle Volk

Professor Examines Alcohol's Role in Early Democracy

This Saturday, thousands will gather in Caras Park to celebrate the 23rd annual Garden City BrewFest. But alcohol wasn't always such a widely embraced social driver. Last year, University of...

oil and gas development as seen from the air

Study: Oil and Gas Development Transforms Landscapes

What are the ecological consequences of this accelerated drilling activity? Researchers at UM have conducted the first-ever broad-scale scientific assessment of how oil and gas development...

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