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Researcher Discovers Why Tropical Songbirds Have Fewer Chicks

Tropical songbirds produce fewer, high-quality nestlings per breeding effort than do songbirds that breed in temperate zones, according to a study by UM Professor Tom Martin published Aug. 27 in the journal Science. Martin’s study reports that tropical songbirds’ nestlings grow longer wings, and faster, which means they spend less time in the nest where they are vulnerable to predators. The Guardian reports on Martin’s findings.

Research taking place in lab at UM

UM Receives Record-Breaking $83 Million in Research Awards

The research enterprise at UM received nearly $83 million in research awards during fiscal year 2015 – an all-time record for the institution. The total of $82,964,694 surpassed the previous awards record of $71 million set in 2009. “This new record shows how much our external sponsors value the contributions made by our research community,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. Read more about the record-breaking research at UM.

UM President Royce Engstrom

President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 28

UM President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional accomplishments, issues and priorities ahead of the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The address also will be streamed live online at http://www.umt.edu/president/stream/sotu/

Dan Pendergraph and Sage Stowell backpacking in the Beartooths

Duo Spends Summer Guiding Volunteers into Beartooths

While large swaths of the West have suffered through extreme drought and wildfires this summer, Dan Pendergraph and Sage Stowell have endured numerous hail, rain, lightning and wind storms and the occasional snow flurry while working in the Beartooth Mountains, and they enjoyed almost every minute of it. Stowell and Pendergraph have spent the summer working as field leaders for the Wilderness Institute’s Citizen Science Program at UM. Read more about their adventures in the Billings Gazette.

UM students cross the plaza in front of UM's Gallagher Business Building

UM Training Marketers to Think More Like Data Scientists

For the first time in history, marketers have comprehensive, real-time insight into the buyer journey. And yet, marketers are underprepared, and underperforming. Marketers that began their careers yesterday are not prepared for the realities of today. And higher education is burdened with preparing future marketers for the uncertainties of tomorrow. Fortunately, universities are up to the challenge. Leading the charge toward smarter, data-driven marketing strategies is UM. This blog post by PR2020 spotlights how UM is forging the way.

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UM Among World’s Top 500 Universities in Academic Ranking

The Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed the University of Montana among the top 500 universities in the world. UM has made the list every year of the study, which began in 2003. The ARWU, which states it is “based on transparent methodology and third-party data,” is completed by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Read the more about UM’s ranking here.

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