Mar 2

STEAMfest 2017

A virtual career fair connecting Montana high school students with role models in STEM and the arts.

Register for Holiday Bear Interactive Distance Learning Field Trips
12:00 pm12:00

Register for Holiday Bear Interactive Distance Learning Field Trips

Great for K-3 grade!

Join Inspired Classroom for a Christmas themed program that looks into the winter habits of bears. During the program we explore whether or not bears are true hibernators. Included is a reading of Bear Stays up for Christmas written by Karma Wilson and a discussion of what really goes on in a bear’s den during the winter. This program uses real footage of a yearling bear inside of its den and allows for plenty of student interaction and fun!

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Oct 13


University of Montana We Are Montana in the Classroom connects faculty members and Industry Professionals during STEAMfest 2016

Lime Kiln Point State Park: Killer Whale Tales
May 25

Lime Kiln Point State Park: Killer Whale Tales

Join the Washington State Parks Foundation and Killer Whale Tales for an exciting Journey to the Parks!  During this interactive distance learning event students will virtually travel to Washington’s Lime Kiln Point State Park located on the west side of the San Juan Island.  This park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from the historic lighthouse that serves as a navigational beacon for ships in the Haro Strait.  

Killer Whale enthusiast, researcher and Executive Director of Killer Whale Tales environmental science curriculum, Jeff Hogan, will engage students in orca identification and research including 1) the four specific criteria that whale researchers use to identify individual whales and 2) why tracking individual whales, and therefore identification, is an important part of whale research. Students will participate in a hands-on/minds-on activity where they will experience what it is like to communicate through sound and sound only.  Students will identify different orca pods based on recordings of the Puget Sound orca pods.
May is the beginning of the return of the Orcas to the Salish Sea they are often seen swimming past Lime Kiln State Park.  In addition to whale watching, students participate in a virtual park tour and a sneak peek at whale biologists hard at work.  Keep your eyes open--you never know when a pod might swim past!

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University of Montana: Shakespeare Across the Disciplines
Apr 29

University of Montana: Shakespeare Across the Disciplines

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Shakespeare across the Disciplines

April 25-27

For high-school students


Experience Shakespeare’s plays and the Elizabethan world through an array of academic lenses, including physics & astronomy, counselor education, history, theater, neuroscience, and French. University of Montana faculty members will lead interactive sessions exploring how Shakespeare radiates across the disciplines and sharing some of the many opportunities that await students in higher education. We Are Montana in the Classroom’s distance-learning festival is offered in conjunction with “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on national tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library,” sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.

 Brain Awareness Week at the University of Montana
Mar 18

Brain Awareness Week at the University of Montana


 Brain Awareness Week at the University of Montana

Powered by We Are Montana in the Classroom

March 15,16 &17 and March 23 & 24

This Program is FREE to ALL Montana schools!


Registration is now OPEN!

All classrooms registering will receive a daily BRAIN GAME activity video during Brain Awareness Week! 

At We Are Montana in the Classroom’s distance-learning Brain Awareness Week, UM faculty members from an array of academic disciplines will share their research and lead hands-on and minds-on activities in the study of the most complex organ in the human body. Sessions of approximately 45 minutes will be open to elementary, middle-school, and high-school audiences throughout the week of March 15, 16 &17. Sessions will be open March 23 &24  for schools who have Spring Break during the first week. Presenters will include:

Brains and Robots!
For Elementary School Students  
Wednesday, March 16 1:00-1:50 pm and 2:00-2:50 pm
and Wednesday, March 23 1:00-2:00 pm
Dr. Rachel Severson, assistant professor of developmental psychology, who studies how children think about personified technology (robots) as having thoughts, emotions, and the capacity to be friends;  during her presentation, she will share with students the robot she uses for her research.

For Middle School Students
Tuesday, March 15 9:00- 9:50 am and 10:00-10:50 am
Thursday, March 24 1:00-2:00 pm

Dr. Catherine Off, assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, directs UM’s Big Sky Aphasia Program, which works with stroke patients to improve speech, language, and cognitive function. Her presentation will engage students in understanding how our brains use language to create meaning.

FOOTBALL and BRAINS: Science of Concussions
For High School Students
Thursday, March 17 9:15-10:05 am and 10:15- 11:05 am
and Thursday, March 24th 10:15-11:05 am

Dr. Sarj Patel, assistant research professor in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, who is working to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) through a grant from the National Football League. He will share with students the relevance of biomedical research for athletes, including youth.

For High School Students
Wednesday, March 16 9:15-10:05 am and 10:15-11:05 am
and Wednesday, March 23 10:15-11:05 am

 Examine the skull and brain of T-Rex and learn about how the University of Montana acquired a dinosaur brain from UM's paleontologist curator, Kallie Moore.  Ms. Moore will also discuss how the T-Rex brain is helping scientists in many fields. 

Daily Brain Games Activity Video!
Dr. Amanda Duley, BrainLab manager at the University of Montana SpectrUM Discovery Area and staff scientist with UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, holds a microbiology PhD and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rocky Mountain Laboratories. She will lead daily brain games for elementary-school students.

Valentine's Day Bears!
Feb 12

Valentine's Day Bears!

Register for one of our most in-demand classes!

 Valentine's Day Bears is a highly interactive program. Students are introduced to the story, The Valentine Bears, by Eve Bunting to see how a pair of love bears spend their Valentine's Day. Students then look at videos and slides to find out what real bears are doing around Valentine's Day. The Program ends with a brief drawing lesson where students create a bear valentine.

Dr. Udo Fluck
9:30 pm21:30

Dr. Udo Fluck

Dr. Udo Fluck 

"Refugee Crisis in Europe - 20 Million People Looking for a Safe Home"

January 6th and 13th, 2016 9:30-10:30 am

This two day event will include a pre-recorded video for students to watch before the first video conference.  The live connections will be spent discussing the refugee crisis.  After the first interactive video conference, students will be asked to complete a short assignment in preparation for the second interactive video conference. 

The European migrant and refugee crisis arose during recent weeks through the rising number of refugees and migrants coming to the European Union, across the Mediterranean Sea or Southeast Europe, and applying for asylum. They come from areas such as the Middle East (Syria, Iraq), Africa (Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Gambia), South Asia and Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh), and the Western Balkans (Kosovo, Albania).
The phrase "European migrant crisis" became widely used when five boats carrying almost two thousand migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said publicly that Germany is ready to welcome the estimated 800,000 refugees who will arrive this year (although unofficial estimates have now climbed to as many as 1.5 million people).
The presentation by cross-cultural researcher Dr. Udo Fluck will discuss in greater detail what this means to Europe’s economy, the housing market, education and for the refugees from the individual cultures.


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Dr. Udo Fluck
9:30 pm21:30

Dr. Udo Fluck

Dr. Udo Fluck 

"Refugee Crisis in Europe - 20 Million People Looking for a Safe Home"

November 4th and 11th, 2016 9:30-10:30 am

This two day event will include a pre-recorded video for students to watch before the first video conference.  The live connections will be spent discussing the refugee crisis.  After the first interactive video conference, students will be asked to complete a short assignment in preparation for the second interactive video conference. 

The European migrant and refugee crisis arose during recent weeks through the rising number of refugees and migrants coming to the European Union, across the Mediterranean Sea or Southeast Europe, and applying for asylum. They come from areas such as the Middle East (Syria, Iraq), Africa (Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Gambia), South Asia and Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh), and the Western Balkans (Kosovo, Albania).
The phrase "European migrant crisis" became widely used when five boats carrying almost two thousand migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said publicly that Germany is ready to welcome the estimated 800,000 refugees who will arrive this year (although unofficial estimates have now climbed to as many as 1.5 million people).
The presentation by cross-cultural researcher Dr. Udo Fluck will discuss in greater detail what this means to Europe’s economy, the housing market, education and for the refugees from the individual cultures.


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Vicki Huddleston
9:00 pm21:00

Vicki Huddleston

Vicki Huddleston

"U.S.--Cuban Relations 1900-1925:  The Best of Enemies"
December 8th, 2015 9:00-9:50 am and 10:30-11:20 am

Ambassador Huddleston was the Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999 to 2002, during the custody battle between Fidel Castro and Cuban Americans over a five- year old child found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits. Ten years earlier she was Deputy Director and then promoted to Director of Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. As a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute she wrote with Ambassador Carlos Pascual “Learning to Salsa – New Steps in U.S.- Cuban Relations” that provided a blue print for normalizing relations with Cuba, much of which President Obama followed. Vicki was the U.S. Ambassador to Mali and also to Madagascar and acting Ambassador in Ethiopia. She is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa.  Earlier in her career she held the same position at the Department of State. Vicki received the U.S. Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service award. Most recently, Ambassador Huddleston was Chief of Party for a USAID – funded development project in Haiti.  
She lives in Santa Fe, NM and is married to Bob Huddleston; they have two children, Robert and Alexandra.Vicki claims Montana roots: when she was a young she lived in Kalispell and Hungry Horse for a period of ten years, her grandfather was one of Kalispell’s founding fathers.

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10:15 am10:15

Understanding Korea: Past, Present and Future

Understanding Korea: Past, Present and Future


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Speaker: Dr. James F. Person
November 17th: 10:15-11:15 am

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James F. Person is Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has a PhD in modern Korean history from the George Washington University, where he also teaches courses on North Korean history. His dissertation explored the evolution of the political and ideological systems in North Korea and Pyongyang’s relations with Beijing and Moscow from 1953-1967. His recent publications include “’We Need Help from Outside: The North Korean Opposition Movement of 1956” (Cold War International History Project Working Paper No. 52), and “New Evidence on North Korea in 1956” CWIHP Bulletin 16. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the pivotal 1956 August Plenum of North Korea’s ruling Korean Worker’s Party and the political and diplomatic fallout. 

To prepare students for the discussion with Dr. Person of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, please consider having students watch the movie (or part of the movie): 
Ode to My Father

The discussion with the Korean Foundation will include themes addressed in the movie.  Watch the Trailer!  This movie is available for streaming on Netflix.

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Movie Summary:

During the Hungnam Evacuation of 1950 in the Korean War, when thousands of refugees in what would become North Korea were transported south by U.S. Navy boats, a child, Deok-soo, loses track of his sister, Mak-soon. Because of this, Deok-soo's father stays behind to search for her, telling his son to take the boy's mother and two younger siblings to the port city of Busan, where Deok-soo's aunt runs an imported goods store. Before leaving Deok-soo and the rest of his family, the father makes his Deok-soo promise to be the head of the household in his place.

As the firstborn, Deok-soo becomes his family's breadwinner from an early age, doing all manner of odd jobs to support the family. In the 1960s, financial need forces him to travel to Europe with his best friend Dal-goo, where they find dangerous work as gastarbeiters (guest workers) in German coal mines to pay for his brother's tuition at Seoul National University. There, Deok-soo falls in love with a fellow migrant worker, the nurse Young-ja. After a mining accident, Deok-soo leaves Germany because his visa expires. Young-ja returns to Korea months later and tells him she's pregnant with his child. Soon afterward, they have a modest wedding, begin a life together, and eventually have two sons.

A few years pass, and Deok-soo's aunt dies. Deok-soo's uncle, now elderly and in need of money, decides to sell the imported goods store, a move Deok-soo disagrees with. Deok-soo decides to leave Korea again in the 1970s for war-torn Vietnam, partly to fulfill his sister's wish for a big wedding by earning enough money to purchase the imported goods store from his uncle. Young-ja is worried, knowing the dangers of war, but Deok-soo convinces her to see it his way, partly by roping his best friend Dal-goo into going. Despite his assurances to his wife that he's safe, Deok-soo returns to Korea with a lame leg, the result of getting shot while helping villagers escape from the Viet Cong.

Deok-soo runs the store with his wife, and life goes on until 1983, when major broadcast stations in South Korea run TV programs in which relatives separated during the chaos of the Korean War are reunited. Deok-soo is contacted to be featured in one of these shows due to the hope of an elderly man from his hometown who claims to be his father. On TV, the two realize they are from the same hometown of Hungnam, but they are not father and son. Deok-soo's family is distraught over the mistake, but soon afterward, the same program brings Deok-soo back to TV in the hope of finding his long-lost sister, Mak-soon. A Korean-American woman who was adopted as a child by an American family during the Korean War is featured on the show. Deok-soo converses with her through the broadcast, and realizes she is indeed Mak-soon. An emotional reunion ensues, when his sister returns to Korea. Deok-soo's mother passes away soon after the reunion.

In the present day, an elderly Deok-soo finally decides to sell his aunt's imported goods store, which up to this point he stubbornly refused to do despite the store's losing money. In a flashback to the Hungnam Evacuation, Deok-soo's father promises to reunite with the rest of the family at the store, thus explaining why Deok-soo bought and held on to the store so long. In the final scene, Deok-soo tells his wife that it's time to sell the store, wistfully remarking that his father is probably too old at this point to be still alive and reunite with him there.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
9:30 am09:30

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

The Montana World Affairs Council is excited to present a 9-16 grade discussion with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in the world in 2011, the Imam has devoted his career to healing relations between Muslim-Americans and their neighbors, while bringing the message of peace to the wider Muslim world.

In conjunction with World History, Geography, and Social Studies curriculum, the discussion with Imam Feisal will supplement and enhance students’ understanding of Islam. Imam will address topics such as cultural issues, getting to know American Muslims and their faith, and common myths and misperceptions about Muslims.


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The Montana World Affairs Council Presents

Council in the Classroom

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

“A History of Muslims in America”

October 21st


The following passages are taken from an article titled American Muslims that was collaboratively published by the Bureau of International Information Programs and the United States Department of State.  The full article can be accessed on their website at http://photos.state.gov/libraries/amgov/30145/publications-english/American_Muslims.pdf




From American Muslims, by Samier Mansur


The story of the United States began with the story of religious freedom. From the halls of government to the archives of history, it is a story that has reaffirmed itself time and again. It is a story that continues to shape the nation today. In a world where many countries must come to terms with increasing diversity brought about by the triple forces of globalization, technology and travel, there is a lesson in the experience of the United States and the forging of American identity. It is a lesson that is embodied in the Latin words inscribed on the seal of the United States, and sums up the central theme of the American identity— “E Pluribus Unum”: out of many, one.

A few years ago I was doing research in the main reading room of the Library of Congress in Washington, when I took a short break to stretch my neck. As I stared up at the ornately painted dome 160 feet above me, the muscles in my neck loosened—and my eyes widened in surprise at what they saw.  Painted on the library’s central dome were 12 winged men and women representing the epochs and influences that contributed to the advancement of civilization. Seated among these luminaries of history was a bronze-toned figure, depicted with a scientific instrument in a pose of deep thought. Next to him a plaque heralded the influence he represented: Islam. The fact that the world’s largest library, just steps from the U.S. Capitol, pays homage to the intellectual achievements of Muslims—alongside those of other groups—affirms a central tenet of American identity: The United States is not only a nation born of diversity, but one that thrives because of diversity. And this is not by accident, but by design.

The country’s founders recognized that the fragile alliance of states that made up the early United States would survive only if it could unify its diverse, competing—and at times, conflicting—religious and ethnic groups into the fold of a new, collective national identity. Without creative and inclusive solutions, the fragile nation could easily crumble in the face of sectarian divisions. The creative solution the founders devised was a Constitution that placed above all else the individual’s right to freedom of religious worship and thought. It was only fitting that a land founded upon the promise of freedom would begin first with freedom inside the heart and mind of the individual.

Muslim immigration to the United States began in the late 19th century, from regions under Ottoman Empire rule including today’s Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Syria and Turkey. Most immigrants settled in large urban centers like New York City, Chicago and Detroit. According to scholar Alixa Naff, they often became peddlers, an occupation that took them to North Dakota, South Dakota and rural parts of Iowa, Michigan and Illinois.

In her book Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience, Naff cites a 1967 newspaper account of Muslims from Damascus who settled near Crookston, Minnesota, around 1902: “At first these pioneer Moslems peddled their wares on foot throughout North Dakota, but used horse and buggy when they could afford it. Some of the more successful bargainers were even able to purchase automobiles.”

They liked North Dakota and, Naff writes, “clustered in three localities—the Stanley-Ross area, Rolla-Dunseith, and Glenfield-Binford…And when they had saved and borrowed enough money and had learned the rudiments of the language, they became homesteaders or operated small stores.” Ross, North Dakota, was the site of the earliest known U.S. mosque, built in 1929.

Naff quotes an early Muslim immigrant to the Chicago area: “I came to Chicago in 1912 with my brother. At that time we already had an uncle and a cousin here. They got us a furnished room on 18th Street and the very next day after our arrival, we started to work. In those days the Arabs had a couple of wholesale dry goods stores on 18th Street where us peddlers used to get our stock. We carried a suitcase in which there was linen tablecloths, napkins, small rugs, handkerchiefs and stuff like that.”

Meanwhile, on North America’s Pacific Coast, South Asian immigrants began coming to the United States via Canada or the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco. Called “Hindus,” they were, in fact, mostly Punjabi Sikhs and Muslims from India. The latter made up about 10 to 12 percent of the early immigrants, according to scholar Karen Isaksen Leonard, who has written extensively about South Asian Americans. Young men seeking their fortunes worked on farms, in railway construction or in lumber mills throughout the West until they could buy or lease land. Those few who could afford it attended universities, favoring the University of California at Berkeley.

Once laws restricting immigration from Asia to the United States were repealed in 1965, opening the door again to migrants from predominantly Muslim countries, many more Muslims immigrated. Immigration laws were further relaxed to allow family members to join relatives already in the United States. Other laws encouraged skilled individuals to migrate. Enough took the opportunity to become Americans that today American Muslims are found all over the United States, in every kind of occupation.






Oct 20

Montana STEMfest 2015

Industry + UM Role Models + Montana High School Students

October 19th and 20th 2015

Montana STEMFest is a two-day virtual collaboration between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals and university professors with educators and students in grades 8-16 across Montana. The intent of the virtual festival is to spotlight businesses and higher education opportunities in the STEM fields in Montana and beyond, piquing student’s interest as they determine college and career paths.

Register for one session or all sessions!  Each session will feature an industry representative and a University of Montana representative.  Students will listen to brief presentations including stories, career and college pathways and Aha! moments followed by open dialogue with Q & A.  All sessions will be interactive.


Schedule and Registration

Monday, October 19th

9:00-9:50 am Sunburst Sensors and UM Representative: Dr. Mike DeGrandpre

"Chemistry At Work"    

10:00-10:50 am  NASA and UM Representative: Dr. Frank Rosenzwieg

"Reliving the History of Life"

11:00-11:50 am  Blue Marble Bio-materials and UM Representative: Franny Gilman

"Biomass, Chemistry and the future of sustainable products"

1:00-1:50 pm Trout Unlimited and Whisper Means

"Montana Ecosystems on Land and in Water"

2:00-2:50 pm Team Kaizen Games and Missoula College Representative: Tom                                     Gallagher

"Combining Games, Coding and Careers"

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

9:00-9:50 am Community Medical Center Physical Therapy and UM Representative: Brent Ruby

"Exercise Metabolism, Strength and Recovery"

10:00-10:50 am  Rivertop Renewables and Missoula College Representative: Brian                                   Kerns

"Merging Science and Renewable Resources Through Bio-Chemistry"

11:00-11:50 am CTA Architects and UM Representative: Mark Reiser

"Physics of Design"

2:00-2:50pm   Montana Code School and UM Representative: Shannon Furniss

"Technology, Social Media and Communications" 

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 Can't make one of the sessions?  Wish you could share one session with multiple classes? Don't worry!  Recordings will be made available after each session.

Blue Marble Biomaterials: Presenter: Stacy Jackson and Michaela Davenport Our mission is to replace petroleum-based chemicals with fully sustainable, zero carbon specialty chemicals. We believe a renewable economy has arrived.  Our part in this new economy is to create a more efficient, sustainable supply of specialty chemicals.  www.bluemarblebio.com 

Presenter: Stacy Jackson: Stacy Jackson is the Human Resource Manager and Office Administrator at Blue Marble Biomaterials.  She is part of the original team hired at our Missoula facility and has been with the company since 2011.  In her current role, Stacy manages all aspects of human resources and is the station master that ensures the trains are running on time.  Stacy holds a degree in Business Management and has over 20 years experience in office administration and accounting fields

Michaela Davenport: Michaela Davenport is the Analytics Manager for Blue Marble Biomaterials.  She is also a Research Quality Scientist and the Deputy Safety Officer.  She attended the University of Montana from 2005-2009 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Cellular and Molecular Biology.  While completing her undergraduate education she volunteered in Dr. Elizabeth Putnam’s lab using western blots and histological techniques to study the response to asbestos exposure in mouse lungs.  While pursuing her chosen degrees, she was awarded the Montana NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Award.  This award gave Michaela the opportunity to work in Dr. Bruce Bowler’s lab as an intern for a summer culturing and harvesting bacteria for specific proteins and probing the stability of the initial contact made between specific amino acids.  Upon graduation she furthered her work for Dr. Bowler thru November 2010.  The two and a half years spent performing experiments using circular dichroism, stopped flow, and other spectrometry reward Michaela with two first author publications in the Journal of Molecular Biology and the Biophysical Journal.  Michaela has continued to further her education with classes at the university and through short-courses. 

CTA Architects:  Organized in 1938, CTA has grown to provide a wide variety of building services to its clients. Each year CTA completes more than 1,200 projects, translating into $400 million in construction costs. Projects include medical clinics, hospitals, airports, colleges, schools, residences, planning, and recreational, commercial, and industrial developments.

A unique advantage of CTA is our broad base of personnel resources. Besides architectural services, CTA employs mechanical, electrical, civil, and structural engineers. We also provide landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, and employ a range of specialists in such areas as cost estimating, code review, and roofing and envelope design. Our comprehensive approach allows CTA to provide our clients a full service architecture/engineering firm with some of the best talent available.


Presenter: Jackie Bull: Jackie Bull started her education pursuing Interior Design at Spokane Falls Community College. After completing an associate degree in Interior Design, she transferred to Montana State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Architecture.  Jackie currently works at CTA Architects and Engineers in Missoula, Montana and is in the process of taking licensing exams. Although she specializes in Health Care design, she has worked on a variety of projects including Commercial, Retail, and Residential. Architecture is exciting and rewarding, involving many people working together as a team to create our built environment.

Montana Code School : The Montana Code School is a community driven initiative designed to expand the pipeline of programming talent available to Montana businesses by taking individuals with little or no programming skills and developing them into junior developer level recruits over a 12 week period.  Launched on September 28, 2015 with a pioneer class of 12 students, the Montana Code School plans to hold 4 classes in 2016 and train 100 new web developers by year end.   

Presenter: Devin HolmesDevin Holmes is Founder and CEO of the America Campaign, a national movement to improve the lives of all Americans through Technology, Education and the Arts.  Prior to that, he founded Warrior Gateway, a nonprofit focused on connecting veterans and military families to their community of support as they transitioned out of the military.  Driven by a strong belief that technology is a foundational part of solving today’s social and economic challenges, Devin is also one of the founding team members of the Montana Code School.  

Devin has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MBA’s from Columbia Business School and London Business School. 

Paul Gladen: Paul Gladen is Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana. He is co-founder of Muzeview, a research and consulting business based in Missoula and also co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, a networking group for Montana entrepreneurs. Recently Paul has been a founding team member of the Montana Code School.

A native of England, Paul has an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School. He spent the first 14 years of his career working for Arthur Andersen, one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms. He has lived and worked in London, New York, Rome, Dublin & Chicago moving to Missoula in 2008


                    Trout Unlimited:    Founded in 1964, Montana Trout Unlimited is the only statewide grassroots organization dedicated solely to conserving and                  restoring coldwater fisheries.  Montana Trout Unlimited is comprised of 13 chapters representing approximately 3,400 Trout Unlimited members.                     www.montanatu.org

Presenter:  Paul Parson: Paul is the Middle Clark For Restoration Coordinator based in Missoula.  Paul grew up fishing the mighty Jacko and is glad to be home.  He is a Civil Engineer specializing in steam and floodplain restoration and is currently focused on abandoned mine projects in the Ninemile Valley.

Rivertop Renewables:  Rivertop Renewables is revolutionizing bio-based chemistry.  Through our safe, sustainable and cost-competitive Novel Chemistry approach, we produce glucaric acid and other chemicals for consumer and industrial applications.  Merging proven science with renewable resources, Rivertop is improving the performance, sustainability and cost of end-products with innovative, new to market solutions www.rivertop.com 

Presenter: Tyler Smith  Dr. Tyler Smith leads Rivertop’s research scientists in chemical process research, application development efforts and intellectual property protection. His research team collaborates closely with engineers, customers, and development partners to bring high-performing, cost-competitive products to market.

Sunburst Sensors:  Sunburst Sensors strives to provide its customers high quality chemical sensors for marine and freshwater applications.  The SAMI-CO2 and SMAI-pH (Submersibles Autonomous Moored Instrument) have been deployed by researchers around the world interested in long term monitoring of pCO2 and pH.  In 2011 these instruments were chosen for use by the Ocean Observatories Initiative(OOI)- a large scale endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation to construct “a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor.”  www.sunburstsensors.com 

Presenter: Reuben Darlington: :  Reuben Darlington is a Research and Manufacturing Engineer at Sunburst Sensors based in Missoula, MT. He holds a B.A. in Physics from The University of Montana and is currently working on his Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on the miniaturization of Sunburst's spectrophotometric technology for use in ocean platforms such as the Global Drifter Program.

Community Medical Center PT: Experienced Physical Therapists at Community Medical Center work collaboratively with their patients and clients of all ages and abilities to help restore motion, strength and achieve goals.  We have Physical Therapists trained to evaluate and treat many different conditions including: Musculoskeletal disorders, Balance disorders, Walking difficulty, work rehab, neurological disorders, cancer rehab, lymphedema, amputee rehab, incontinence, pediatric physical therapy and wheelchair seating and mobility needs. www.communitymed.org 

Presenter: Jennifer LaForest: Jenny LaForest is a local physical therapist at Community Medical Center.  After finishing her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, she decided to relocate to Missoula, MT, for graduate school to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010. She spent 5 years working in a small outpatient orthopedic clinic, specializing in biomechanics, manual therapy, sports medicine, neuromuscular and postural reeducation through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), running evaluation, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). She made the transition to Community Medical Center in 2015 to further pursue her passion of working with children.  Jenny works in the inpatient and outpatient setting at the hospital, specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and pediatric physical therapy.  Jenny lives in Missoula, MT, with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

Team Kaizen Games: Team Kaizen was formed in the spring of 2006 by brothers Joshua and Trevor Hughes as a game studio fully owned by their business, Add-A-Tudez entertainment Company.  Team Kaizen has very high hopes of reinventing the game industry and bringing the art of video games to the next level.  They believe that they can have an impact on the world while bettering ourselves as game designers through classroom work and like to branch into the educational realm. www.teamkaizengames.com 

Presenter: Josh Hughes

NASA: Presenter: TBD: NASA’s Vision: To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. www.nasa.gov 

University of Montana Faculty:

Mark Reiser Ph.D: After receiving my BS in physics in 2002,  I have spent the better part of the last 10+ years as a graduate student at the University of Wyoming.  After growing up in Wisconsin, I fulfilled my dream to move out west, where I spent the next 10+ years in Laramie, WY.  I was a graduate student for the better part of the last decade, studying in gaining experience in two different fields:  1) physics & astronomy, and 2) counseling.  In the area of physics & astronomy, I focused most of my energy into astronomy teaching and outreach.  As a counselor, I became trained as a mental health counselor, and then worked as a school counselor for two years.  Ultimately, I have always hoped to find a position that allowed me to combine my love of astronomy & physics with my passion for working with students.  Just this past fall, in 2013, I began working here at the University of Montana in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, serving as the Academic Advisor - Recruitment & Retention Specialist.  The position is an ideal combination of my background and interests, and I am eager to put my energies into helping our students develop and succeed!

Frank Rosenzweig Ph.D.: Research in the Rosenzweig lab is aimed at illuminating the evolution of complex traits that augment biodiversity, control cell lifespan and drive major transitions in the history of life. Our goals are to understand how changes in genome architecture alter global patterns of gene expression, whether such changes explain the physiology and behavior of novel genotypes, and the extent to which adaptation is shaped by trade-offs and constraints. Because all major evolutionary transitions require cooperative behavior, we are especially keen to discover genetic changes that promote this trait. Our approach to these goals is experimental evolutionary genomics using as models the bacteriaEscherichia coli and Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, the Bakers yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the unicellular alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. 

Shannon Hinds Furniss:

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research has been providing information about Montana’s state and local economies for more than 50 years. Housed on the University of Montana campus, the Bureau is the research and public service branch of the School of Business Administration. On an ongoing basis, the Bureau analyzes local, state, and national economies; provides annual income, employment, and population forecasts; conducts extensive research on forest products, manufacturing, health care, and Montana Kids Count; designs and conducts comprehensive survey research at its on-site call center; presents annual economic outlook seminars in cities throughout Montana; and publishes the award-winning Montana Business Quarterly.

Shannon Hinds Furniss is the managing editor of the Montana Business Quarterly and the communications director at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. She manages editorial content, graphic design, and production of a variety of publications that highlight the Bureau’s economic impact studies, survey research, and economic forecasts for the local area, state, and national economies.  The Montana Business Quarterly regularly reports on business and economic trends and features articles about innovative businesses around the state.  The MBQ recently won the 2015 Award of Excellence in Print Publications from the Association for University Business and Economic Research, a professional association consisting of 100 leading university-based economic research centers.  Shannon is responsible for publicizing the Bureau’s research in press releases, e-newsletters, and through social media channels.  She also helps with planning, marketing, and communications for the Bureau’s annual Economic Outlook Seminars that are held in nine seminar cities throughout Montana, with attendance of more than 1,800.  

Whisper Means M.S.: has worked for the CS&K Tribes as a Wildlife Biologist Technician, Trainee, Biologist level 1 and now Biologist level 2. Recently received certification from The Wildlife Society as a Certified Wildlife Biologist. Current projects include US Highway 93 North post construction monitoring and outreach; habitat management for Kerr Dam Mitigation properties; she is currently working to become more informed and versed in Climate change science.

Brent Ruby Ph.D: Dr. Ruby’s area of specilation within the Department of Health and Human Performance is applied human physiology and exercise physiology and metabolism.  Currently he is working on severl research projects involving male and female wildland firefighters, working with the Department of Defense, Missoula Technology and Development Center, and USFS.  His research inludes Carbohydrate metabolism, measurement of energy expenditure, gender and menstrual phase differences in substrate utilization during exercise.  Dr. Ruby is the director of the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism

Tom Gallagher Ed.D.:  

Mike DeGrandpre Ph.D: My research focuses on the development of autonomous chemical sensors for applications in aquatic (marine and freshwater) chemistry. One of our primary goals is to further our understanding of CO2’s sources and sinks within the world's oceans. Our research has resulted in the development of autonomous CO2 and pH sensors (the Submersible Autonomous Moored Instruments or SAMIs). By deploying the SAMI sensors on ocean moorings and other unmanned platforms, we have determined to what extent processes such as photosynthesis and air-sea gas exchange control CO2 variability.  These results will help develop models to predict the effects of global warming and ocean acidification (the decrease in ocean pH caused by anthropogenic CO2). Our recent field work has primarily focused on the processes that control CO2 in both freshwater (rivers and lakes) and marine environments.  To date, SAMIs have been deployed in all ocean basins except the Indian Ocean. 


Franny Gilman

Brad Layton Ph.D.: Bradley Layton is an Associate Professor in the Applied Computing and Engineering Technology Department at Missoula College - UMontana where he directs the Energy Technology Program. This progressive curriculum offers students the opportunity to gain a perspective on human energy consumption and to be a part of developing emerging sustainable energy technologies related to photovoltaics, wind, biomass, geothermal, human power, and hydrogen technologies. The two-year degree in Energy Technology is available online and attracts students from across the nation and around the world. Partnered with the University of Montana's Climate Change Studies Minor, the program is highly interdisciplinary and enjoys a growing alumni base.

About :

The National Science Foundation promotes the progress of science; advances the national health, prosperity, and welfare and secures the national defense by initiating and supporting: 1) basic scientific research and research fundamental to the engineering process; 2) programs to strengthen scientific and engineering research potential; 3) science and engineering education programs at all levels and in all the various fields of science and engineering; 4) programs that provide a source of information for policy formulation; and 5) other activities to promote these ends. In 1980, The Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act gave NSF standing authority to support activities to improve the participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. In 1986, engineering was accorded equal status with science through the Organic Act. With the support of NSF, the Missoula College Energy Technology Program, the University of Montana Climate Change Studies Minor, and the Blackfeet Community College are working together to strengthen partnerships through education and industry towards a future of renewable energy.

We Are Montana in the Classroom places University of Montana faculty members, graduate students, and professionals in K-12 classrooms statewide, with the goal of inspiring students about higher education and career pathways. Through both digital and face-to-face engagement both in and out of the classroom, our programs connect students with role models from an array of academic disciplines and professional fields. We Are Montana in the Classroom is a program of the UM Broader Impacts Group, which engages the people of Montana with the University of Montana.

As owners of Inspired Classroom and as educators, we are committed to creating 21st century classrooms. We believe the key to improving social environment, economic development, and environmental heritage is rich, relevant, sustained educational opportunities for all Montana students.  Collaborative learning environments create engaging classrooms where 21st century skills can flourish.   At Inspired Classroom we know “collaboration ignites inspiration"

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Collaboration Ignites Inspiration: Distance Learning in the Classroom

Collaboration IgnitesInspiration:  
Distance Learning in the Classroom

September 22, 2015
2 OPI Renewal Units

What:  An interactive virtual workshop introducing distance learning partners, resources, and activities to use in your classroom this year.  Partners include Inspired Classroom, Montana Natural History Center, Missoula College, University of Montana, and CILC distance learning registry.  

Who:  All K-12 Montana teachers.

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 3:30-5:30

Credits:  2 OPI Renewal units available

Description:  Join educators across Montana via teleconferencing equipment or computer for a fun, informative, and interactive two hour presentation.  Learn about distance learning etiquette; play in a digital sandbox to get more familiar with connecting and using equipment; and get ideas for distance learning from experts and other teachers.

Register: fill it out in Google Forms

Youth Leadership in El Salvador: Karolo Aparicio
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Youth Leadership in El Salvador: Karolo Aparicio

When you turn on the television or read about El Salvador, the news is always dire: unaccompanied minors migrating to the U.S., gang violence, widespread poverty, and environmental degradation. You get the impression that the situation is hopeless. But there's another story... a story about young people taking charge, learning to lead, and addressing the root causes that have led some to migrate. There's a story of young people who are empowering themselves.