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tiger photo by Steve Winter, copyright National Geographic

Geography Students Create Maps for Tiger Reserve

UM geography students are saving tigers – one map at a time. The UM Department of Geography gave 12 student cartographers the chance to collaborate with Panthera, the world’s premiere big cat conservation organization. The students worked the past eight months to create a set of 14 topographic maps of Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal. Read more about the tiger mapping project.

Maurika Moore pitches her business during a Blackstone LaunchPad event

Home Health Company Wins Blackstone’s Pitch Contest

Maurika Moore's home health company is having such a strong impact on the lives of women and families, it's on its way to a national competition doling out $70,000 in all. Moore’s company, Hestia, took the top prize last week at the InnovateHER Pitch Competition in Missoula hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM. Learn more about Moore’s company in the Missoulian.

UM student Mina May, right, and her mentor, Ginger Collins

Graduate Student Selected for Competitive Leadership Program

Mina May, a UM communicative sciences and disorders graduate student from Honolulu, recently was selected to participate in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s competitive Minority Student Leadership Program. She also earned a national award from the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. Read more about how May’s hard work and enthusiasm earned her these honors.

giant sea spider on ocean floor

Researchers Probe Secrets of the Gigantic Sea Spiders

The average sea spider in McMurdo Sound is neither itsy nor bitsy. Although they live in oceans all over the world, to find the really enormous ones, scientists have to trek to Antarctica. The big scientific question is, why is that the case? And there is no single answer. Yet. Art Woods, an associate professor of biology at UM, is studying these marine giants as part of a U.S. Antarctic Program-supported team. The Antarctic Sun reports on Woods’ research.

Libby, Montana

SoBA Joins Team to Move Libby Beyond Superfund Era

Libby and Troy are beginning a campaign to re-brand themselves as places to live, visit and invest in – trying to shake off more than a decade-old economic shadow. The Kootenai River Development Council has teamed up with UM’s School of Business Administration, Lincoln County, and a Missoula ad agency to tell the community’s new story. Montana Public Radio reports.

Missoula Wins Can the Bobcats Food Drive

UM’s 54-35 victory in Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild wasn’t the only win for Missoula. The city also topped Bozeman as part of Can the Bobcats/Can the Griz, the 16th annual food drive competition. Missoula hadn’t beat Bozeman since the first year of the drive but brought in more donations this year, with 196,160 pounds of food and $85,227 in donations for the Missoula Food Bank. Read more in the Missoulian

The Story Behind the Photo

UM senior Emily Curtiss rehearses for the School of Theatre & Dance's upcoming “Dance Up Close” production. This year’s performance includes 10 choreographic voices collaborating with more than two dozen UM dancers. It will run Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12 in the Masquer Theatre. Find show times and tickets at www.umt.edu/theatredance. Photo by William Munoz.
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