UM student Hope Radford won a second $5,000 Udall Scholarship, which will support her studies for the 2015-16 academic year. Her award marks the 38th time a UM student has earned this prestigious scholarship. Radford, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, is majoring in resource conservation with minors in climate change studies and international development studies. She spent spring term studying sustainable agriculture in Chile and Argentina and plans a career in sustainable international agriculture. Read more about Radford.
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An upstart technology firm founded in Missoula plans to create 10 new jobs over the next two years to handle the growing demand for its data-mining software. Joel Henry, a law and computer science professor at UM, co-founded Agile Data Solutions in 2013 to help sift through mountains of legal data. Agile currently employees 12 people, all of them UM graduates and interns. The firm is looking to grow its workforce to 22 people. Read more about Agile’s growth.
One of the biggest buzzwords in health care right now is pharmacogenetics, also known as personalized or precision medicine. As interest and investment in personalized medicine increases, UM Associate Professor Erica Woodahl stands in a prominent position. She's currently the only person in the continental United States doing pharmacogenetic research on an indigenous population. The Missoula Independent reports on Woodahl’s groundbreaking work.
“This week, Missoula residents are reading about our community in Jon Krakauer’s book, ‘Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.’ Whatever your opinion of the book, it graphically demonstrates that sexual assault is a pervasive problem that ruins lives, and that it happens in even the most desirable of communities.” Read an opinion column from UM President Royce Engstrom and Missoula Mayor John Engen.
Now university of Montana students graduating after the fall of 2015 can earn a minor in business administration. Students can enroll in the qualifying courses immediately. Students will be required to take five SoBA courses before applying for the business minor. In order to be eligible students must have earned 60 credits, earned a C or better in all primary lower core courses and have a 2.0 overall GPA. Learn more about UM’s new business minor.
Many scientists assume that the growing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will accelerate plant growth. However, a new study co-written by UM researchers suggests much of this growth will be curtailed by limited soil nutrients. The end result: By the end of the century, there may be more than an additional 10 percent of CO2 in the atmosphere, which would accelerate climate change. The study recently was published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Read more about the study.
First- and second-grade students from Lewis and Clark Elementary School enjoy their lunch and a little playtime on the Oval during a field trip to campus to watch films from the 38th Annual Wildlife Film Festival in UM's Dennison Theatre.