Montana State University


Archived Spotlights

News about Women at Montana State University

National News

Award News stories

News about Women at Montana State University

MSU President Waded Cruzado to chair UMass Dartmouth task force in aftermath of Boston Marathon tragedy
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced the appointment of a three-person task force that will conduct a wide-ranging review of its policies and procedures. The task force will be chaired by Montana State University President Waded Cruzado. more (5/13)

MSU professor passes away during trip to Nepal
Betsy Palmer, an associate professor of education at Montana State University, passed away Monday as a result of injuries sustained in a landslide while traveling in Nepal, university officials announced Monday. Palmer was in Nepal leading a group of 16 students on a course offered through the University Honors Program at MSU. more (5/13)

MSU education, health and human development faculty, staff and students honored
Six faculty members, two staff members, and 18 students from Montana State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Development were honored May 2 at the college’s annual recognition reception. more (5/13)

MSU microbiologist earns doctorate studying microbes of Yellowstone and Hanford, Wash.
Microbiology doctoral student Kara De Leon, who graduates from Montana State University on Saturday, prepares a soil sample for transport in the laboratory of associate professor Matthew Fields. more (5/13)

Ask her anything
If the words "reference librarian" conjure an image in your mind of an introverted, serious, solitary person whose nose is constantly stuck in a book, then you really must meet Janelle (Jan) Zauha. She has served as a reference librarian at Montana State University's Renne Library since 1995. more (5/13)

You've come a long way, baby
Once chided as 'radical feminists,' MSU's pioneering female coaches and players were leaders in bringing equality to collegiate sports. In the fall of 1965, seven years before the passing of Title IX, Ellen Kreighbaum and her Montana State Women's Athletic Association intramurals program were given just one night a week from 7 to 9 p.m. to hold all women's intramural competitions. more (5/13)

Helena sisters excel at science fair after working with MSU's BioScience Montana
Two teenagers from Helena used data gathered through a Montana State University outreach project to take second place at the Montana State Science Fair, held March 18 and 19 in Missoula. These 4-H members, sisters Elizabeth Carlson, 15, and Emma Carlson, 13, took part in BioScience Montana, an intensive yearlong experience through which they conduct scientific research, learn about bioscience-related careers and collaborate via distance learning technologies. BioScience Montana is funded by the National Institutes of Health as a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) given to MSU. As part of the BioScience Montana infectious disease module, led by MSU's Jovanka Voyich, the Carlson sisters, along with 29 other 4-H members, learned about bacteria, viruses, infections and antibiotics. more (4/13)

Old records, new bees result in major paper for MSU ecologist
Laura Burkle and her collaborators discovered, among other things, that the bee, Andrena nasonii, emerged before the majority of spring-blooming plants with which it historically interacted. more (2/13)

MSU names new sustainability director
Kristin Blackler, a program director at the Sustainability Solution Institute at the University of California San Diego, has been hired as Montana State University's new sustainability director. As head of the MSU Office of Sustainability, Blacker will be responsible for helping the campus achieve its sustainability goals that are identified in its strategic plan and climate action plan and integrating sustainability principles into campus operations, planning, development and academic pursuits. more (12/12)

MSU student to use Fulbright for study of disease in Zambian wildlife, livestock
As Montana State University's lone recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2012, Angela Brennan is eagerly awaiting her chance to travel to Zambia to study the effects of disease on wildlife and livestock. Brennan, a doctoral student in the Department of Ecology, said plans to launch her nine-month Fulbright project this year in Liuwa Plain National Park were shelved temporarily to allow the seasonal rain to clear out of the region. Liuwa is home to one of Africa's great migrations. more (12/12)

Gov. Schweitzer appoints MSU'S Brenda York to veterans task force
Brenda York, director of Montana State University's Office of Disability, Re-entry, and Veterans Services, has been appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer to join a task force helping Montana service members, veterans and their families make use of the state and federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration resources. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illness. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services helps administer the program. York, who has worked at MSU since 1997, assists veterans attending MSU. MSU is designated a "military-friendly school" by, a group that tracks opportunities for U.S. military veterans. There are 536 veterans attending MSU. source (12/12)

CBE faculty member receives associate dean appointment in the College of Engineering
Christine Foreman, associate research professor, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, was recently appointed Associate Dean of Student Success for the College of Engineering. Foreman will be responsible for executing the shared mission of the college as it pertains to undergraduate students. She will provide administrative leadership for academic programs, student services, and diversity issues for the COE. Foreman continues to be recognized by colleagues and students for her deep commitment to interdisciplinary research and education, exceptional mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and unselfish contributions to COE teamwork. She is described as a model of generosity, creativity, organization, and academic excellence. Foreman will start with a transition appointment beginning October 1, 2012 and will assume full responsibility for the position beginning January 1, 2013. (10/12)

CBE undergrad receives ASM research fellowship honorable mention
CBE undergraduate student Amber Schmit, chemical and biological engineering, was recently selected as a 2012 Honorable Mention recipient of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Research Fellowship. This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. This year, one hundred twenty-two applications were received and fifty-six fellowships were awarded. Schmit was one of eight students who was recognized as Honorable Mentions. The ASM will recognize all Honorable Mentions by printing their names in the magazine Microbe, providing access to the ASM Education Board ListServ, and inviting them to all 2013 ASM General Meeting activities in Denver, Colorado. Schmit is an active student-researcher. She received an MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP) scholarship to fund collaboration with faculty on her biofilm research project “Microstructure of cryoconite granules and associated biofilm communities.”  Schmit’s advisor is CBE faculty member Christine Foreman, associate research professor in land resources and environmental sciences. (10/12)

MSU Professor's Film selected for Italian film festival
"Mating for Life," a film by Cindy Stillwell, a professor in Montana State University's School of Film and Photography, screened Oct. 5 at the 2012 Sondrio Festival in Sondrio, Italy. Stillwell's film about sandhill cranes was one of 12 films from around the world selected for the festival, which features nature themes, especially those that highlight parks or protected areas of wildlife and nature. The festival is in its 26th year and is located in the Lombardy region of Italy. Stillwell's film was translated into Italian for the festival. more (10/12)

Lynda Ransdell named new dean of MSU College of Education, Health and Human Development
Lynda Ransdell, professor of kinesiology at Boise State University, has been selected as the new dean of Montana State University's College of Education, Health and Human Development, university officials announced Monday. Ransdell has a strong interest in promoting the health benefits of exercise and sport and has been president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. Ransdell replaces Larry Baker, who retired in July. Carl Fox, dean of MSU's Gradute School, has been serving as interim dean of the college since July 16. more (10/8/12)

Waller named director of MSU CLS seminar
Sara Waller, an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Montana State University, has been selected as the new director of the CLS Seminar in the College of Letters and Science. The CLS seminars are courses that provide students with an introduction to college studies that helps them expand their intellectual interests as well as improve thinking and communication skills. more (8/12)

President Cruzado tapped to speak at national higher education leadership conference
Montana State University President Waded Cruzado has been selected to present the 2012 Seaman A. Knapp Memorial Lecture in memory of "The Father of Extension," at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' annual meeting set Nov. 12 in Denver, Colo. The APLU is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems with member campuses in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The Seaman A. Knapp Lecture is one of three rotating lectures presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and APLU honoring three historic land-grant university figures. more (8/12)

Montana 4-H director to serve as interim director of Montana State University Extension
Jill Martz, director of Montana 4-H, will serve as the interim director of Montana State University Extension while a national search is conducted to fill the post. The post was formerly held by Doug Steele, who is headed to Texas A&M University to serve as director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, the Texas equivalent of MSU Extension. more (8/12)

MSU student places in NASA science communications contest
Hillary Stacey, a Montana State University chemistry major from Great Falls, was one of the top five contestants in a science communications competition called FameLab Astrobiology which was sponsored by NASA. more (5/12)

Nancy Cornwell named new dean of MSU College of Arts and Architecture
Nancy Cornwell, a vice president at Stephens College in Missouri, has been selected as the new dean of Montana State University's College of Arts and Architecture. She will begin at MSU on July 1. Previously, she served as chair of the Department of Television-Radio in the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and chair of the Department of Mass Communication at Linfield College . more (4/12)

Stillwell film about sandhill cranes premieres at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Sandhill cranes are an analogy for the human journey in a documentary by MSU filmmaker and professor Cindy Stillwell. The film, "Mating for Life" debuts Feb. 19 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula. more (2/12)

Kollin to deliver Jan 26 lecture as new MSU College of Letters and Science Distinguished professor
MSU English professor Susan Kollin, who recently was named MSU College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor, will deliver her inaugural lecture on Jan. 26. Kollin will lecture about the post-9/11 novel and its impact on American literature. more (1/12)

Montana joins national collaborative on science education for girls
Montana's flagship universities will work together to promote science, math, technology and engineering education for girls as part of the state's recent acceptance into the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). more (1/12)

Fabich's career plans gelled when she discovered a passion for research
While studying for a degree in chemical engineering at MSU, Hilary Fabich's research into the properties of alginate gels, or gels that are produced from brown algae, has taken her from her home in Livingston around the world. Fabich has become one of just a few undergraduates to have a paper published in a major research journal. more (11/11)

MSU grad student whose focus is on conservation filmmaking wins tops arts scholarship
From Sweet Home Alabama to the Big Sky, MSU Science and Natural History filmmaking grad student Ingrid Pfau has deftly told the story of conservation issues through film. Her innovation resulted in a Jack Kent Cooke scholarship for graduate students studying the arts, one of the top scholarships of its kind in the country. more (11/11)

Film puts war and aftermath in focus for MSU's Diane Steffan
Diane Steffan, an accountant at Montana State University, on a beach in Vietnam in the film "From the Mekong to Montana: As Told By Diane Steffan," which airs on MontanaPBS beginning Nov. 5. Steffan journeyed to Vietnam to confront events that impacted her life in a film made by MSU professor Theo Lipfert. more (10/11)

Glen Chamberlain's award winning fiction published in book of short stories
Glen Chamberlain, has earned a reputation as an award-winning writer of fiction, particularly short stories, while teaching composition classes at MSU for the last 21 years. Chamberlain's book of short stories, her first, has been published by Delphinium Books. more (9/11)

Lockhart appointed interim director of faculty development
Marilyn Lockhart, an associate professor of education, has been appointed interim director of faculty development in the Office of the Provost. Lockhart will begin her position on Aug. 16 and will report to Associate Provost David Singel. Lockhart will work with MSU's Teaching and Learning Committee to develop and launch a multi-faceted program to support the ongoing professional development of faculty; foster the professional development of faculty including the areas of teaching, research/creative activities, and outreach; and oversee the renovation of space in Romney Hall for an Office of Faculty Development. more (8/11)

MSU study finds women who breastfeed face prejudices
Research done by Jessi L. Smith, a psychology professor at Montana State University, indicates that even though the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child are clear, nursing mothers face real prejudice from others. Her series of double-blind studies conducted from 2006-2008 at MSU found that participants thought nursing mothers less competent mentally and they would be less likely to hire a breastfeeding mother than they would other women. more (8/11)

MSU film instructor nominated for Emmy for wolverine film
Filmmaker Gianna Savoie's passion for the elusive wolverine has helped her capture something nearly as rare -- a nomination for an Emmy in documentary programming. Savoie, who is an adjunct instructor in Montana State University's Science and Natural History Filmmaking graduate program, is nominated for an Emmy for her documentary "Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom." Savoie wrote and produced the program for PBS' Nature series. more (8/11)

MSU entomologist who promotes edible insects featured in New Yorker magazine
Montana State University entomologist Florence Dunkel, who has spent more than two decades spreading the gospel of edible insects is featured in the Aug. 15 and 22 issue of the New Yorker magazine. more (8/11)

Haubenreiser voted as president-elect of American College Health Association
Jennifer Haubenreiser, director of Health Promotion at Montana State University, was recently elected president-elect of the American College Health Association. Haubenreiser will become president of the association in June 2012. Haubenreiser's work at MSU addresses the primary public health issues facing college students, including substance abuse, tobacco use, sexual health, violence and other health and safety risks associated with the college population. more (6/11)

MSU grad Dora Hugs makes science lessons culturally relevant
Dora Hugs of Pryor, who received her master's degree through MSU's Big Sky Science Partnership, was selected as non-traditional student of the year for the western U.S. more (6/11)

Karen Steele elected to board of National Student Exchange
Karen Steele, academic adviser and National Student Exchange coordinator in University Studies at Montana State University, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the National Student Exchange board of directors. Steele was elected to represent universities in the country's northwest region. In addition to Montana, the region includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Hawaii as well as the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Yukon. more (5/11)

Browning student is strengthened and transformed by the journey for her degree
Wasewi Shawl has completely different goals and dreams as she graduates from MSU than she did when she entered as a freshman seven years ago. "If the me from then saw the me of today, she'd be surprised," Shawl said. more (5/11)

Susan Dana named interim dean for College of Business
Susan Dana will begin a one-year interim appointments on July 1. A national search will begin this spring to fill the vacancy created by the departure of College of Business Dean Dan Moshavi. Dana is an associate professor of business who is currently the associate dean for academic affairs and director of the Bracken Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Business Education at the MSU-Bozeman College of Business. Her primary academic area of expertise includes business law, negotiation and international business. She is the MSU prelaw adviser and has served on a variety of committees at MSU including currently the Research Compliance Committee and the International Programs Committee. Before coming to MSU 16 years ago, she previously taught business organizations and international trade law at the University of Montana School of Law, and was an associate at the Washington D.C. law firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Brown University. more (4/11)

Caring for Our Own -- MSU program has changed the face of Native health care in Montana
Started in 1999, Caring For Our Own, nicknamed CO-OP, aims to recruit and graduate Native American nurses who will work on Native American reservations or in urban settings in Montana. CO-OP supports bachelor's and master's students with tutoring and advising help. Many students and graduates also say informal support from CO-OP peers and administrators is crucial to their success. "For more than 10 years, this program has been providing opportunities for our Native American nursing students, who then use their skills and knowledge to improve health care in Montana's Native American communities," Nursing Dean Melland said. more (4/11)

Accounting professor works for students best interests
A professor of accounting at Montana State University since 2002, Christensen has distinguished herself as an exceptionally well-rounded faculty member--the university equivalent of the triple threat--according to the dean of the College of Business, Dan Moshavi. "Anne takes the three major roles of a faculty member very seriously," Moshavi said. "She's an excellent teacher and an outstanding researcher, and she is dedicated to serving our students. There are many people who are superstars in one area, but she is the whole package." more (4/11)

MSU grad student tracks trout to help restoration efforts in upper Clark Fork
Mariah Mayfield is the recent recipient of a prestigious Environmental Protection Agency fellowship and she is studying trout numbers, habits and habitat in 120 miles of river and tributaries between the Warm Springs ponds and Missoula in one of the largest Superfund sites in the United States. One purpose of her study is to see if fish avoid or select habitat according to those concentrations, Mayfield said. more (1/11)

MSU student wins first place in a national science and engineering competition
A Montana State University student who grew up on a ranch between Cut Bank and Browning beat out students from across the country to win first place in a national science and engineering competition recently. Jordan Kennedy, a mechanical engineering sophomore and first generation descendent of Blackfeet, won first in both the oral and poster presentation at the National American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) conference in Albuquerque in November. more (1/11)

Smith receives NSF grant to study Native American women's success in science, technology
Jessi L. Smith, a psychology professor at Montana State University, recently received a $217,859 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study that may provide insights into how to help promote success for Native American students studying science, math and engineering. Smith and Anneke Metz, a former MSU cell biology and neuroscience professor now at the University of Southern Illinois, have teamed up on the project. The two are working to understand how the gender experience impacts Native American student success in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Native Americans, particularly female Native Americans, are under-represented in the fields and Smith and Metz hope to provide insights on how Native women going into the fields can stay and become successful. more (1/11)

MSU's health promotion director receives award for contribution to public health
Jennifer Haubenreiser, MSU's director of health promotion, has been named one of three public health champions in Gallatin County for her efforts to reduce disease and death caused by tobacco addiction. The award is given by Montana's Department of Public Health & Human Services and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program. more (12/10)

MSU business student turns enthusiasm for sports into a marketing career path
Montana State University student Bethany Cordell is a die-hard sports fan who has parlayed her enthusiasm for sports into a future career path. "I'm the most un-athletic person around, but I have a lot of spirit," Cordell said. "I've also discovered that I love marketing." Cordell says these two passions make a career in sports marketing a great fit for her. And, thanks to opportunities she has pursued as a student in MSU's College of Business, she has already gained considerable experience in the field, including an internship with a major league baseball team. more (10/10)

MSU lab manager featured on syndicated news show
A Montana State University lab manager who has won international acclaim for her striking photos that reveal the microscopic structure of dinosaur bones was recently featured in a television piece produced by a syndicated news service. Ellen-Thérèse Lamm, manager of the histology lab at the Museum of the Rockies, and the images she captures under the microscope were featured in a segment called "Dinosaurs Turn into Works of Art." (12/10)

Cathy Conover, MSU vp for communications and public affairs, announces retirement
Cathy Conover, the Montana State University vice president of communications and public affairs who has served as the university's chief spokesman and lobbyist for 13 years, has announced her retirement at the end of the year. more (11/10)

MSU study to examine possible links between abandoned mines, Crow water
A MSU graduate student who grew up hunting agates along the Little Bighorn River now plans to study abandoned mines to see if they're contaminating water on the Crow Indian Reservation. Anita Moore-Nall of Bozeman said she will use her 2010 Dennis and Phyllis Washington Native American Graduate Fellowship to examine old uranium and vanadium mines in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. more (10/10)

MSU art professor's theory about ancient decorating choices casts new light on Roman paintings
Regina Gee, a professor in MSU's College of Art and Architecture says her research of wall paintings in the excavated rooms in the extravagant Roman villa buried by Pompeii show that the owner chose to "renovate and revive" wall paintings in an older style, rather than opting for the newest painting style of the time. Her findings may cause art historians to rethink timelines of ancient painting styles found in the ruins. more (9/10)

MSU nursing professor wins $350,000 grant to study deadly radon
Laura Larsson, an assistant professor at Montana State University's College of Nursing, has won a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how to reduce radon exposure among low-income people. The research could help prevent lung cancer and narrow health disparities. Larsson is one of just 12 nurse educators from around the country to receive the three-year Nurse Faculty Scholar award this year. It is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing. more (9/10)

MSU nursing professor attends summer institute dedicated to advancing women leaders
Charlene A. Winters, a professor in the College of Nursing at Montana State University, recently attended the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, a residential professional development program dedicated to advancing women leaders in higher education administration. The 72 participants selected for this year's institute, focused on women's leadership in times of crisis, represented 34 institutions from 24 states. Winters has been a faculty member at MSU for 22 years. Her research focuses on chronic illness self-management. photo (7/10)

Simpson completes year as research ambassador for German group
Patricia Anne Simpson, professor of German studies in the Montana State University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has completed a year as a research ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service, abbreviated DAAD, the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. Simpson was part of the inaugural class of 17 professors around the country honored for their long-term research projects in Germany at the doctoral level or above. The ambassadors promote research opportunities in Germany among colleagues, peers and students. more (6/10)

Obbink elected to national distance learning commission
Kim Obbink, director of Montana State University's Extended University, was recently elected to serve on the Commission on Learning, Instruction and Technology of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association. UPCEA is the country's largest professional association dedicated to continuing and professional education. Its members include public and private accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities, international universities, and nonprofit organizations with a significant commitment to professional and continuing higher education. more (5/10)

Third annual Circle of Excellence to be held May 13-14
The Montana State University College of Business will host the 3rd annual Women's Circle of Excellence conference May 13-14 at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman. The conference helps women be successful both professionally and personally. It will include sessions on personality and relationships, business ethics, time management, entrepreneurship, marketing and branding, mentoring and financial management, among other topics. more (5/10)

MSU nursing professor wins grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sandra Kuntz, an assistant professor in Montana State University's College of Nursing, has won a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to look at exposure to methylmercury in women of childbearing age on Montana's Fort Peck Reservation. The project replicates studies done on the Flathead reservation. Kuntz is one of just 15 nurse educators from around the country this year to receive the three year Nurse Faculty Scholar award. It is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing. The grant period began in September. more (12/09)

MSU doctoral engineering student juggles career, motherhood
Amber Broadbent is pursuing a doctoral degree in chemical engineering while juggling life as a new mother. Her doctoral work focuses on fluid dynamics, magnetic resonance and linear stability analysis. She works with a a device called a jet-in-tube nano particle precipitator. This device will potentially enable the design of a pharmaceutical product with more surface area so that the body can absorb it more easily. This fall, the 27-year-old Great Falls native received the Graduate Student Engineering Award from the College of Engineering. more (12/09)

MSU nursing professor presents paper, elected to committee
Clarann Weinert, a professor in Montana State University's College of Nursing, was elected to the International Leadership Succession committee at the Sigma Theta Tau International biennial convention held recently in Indianapolis, Ind. She also presented a paper, "My Health Companion: Better Health Information Management, Better Informed Decision Making, and Better Client-Provider Interactions."
more (11/09)

Daughter of MSU professor named "America's Top Young Scientist"
Discovery Education and 3M has awarded Marina Dimitrov of Bozeman, MT with the title of "America's Top Young Scientist" as winner of the 2009 Dimitrov was one of 10 finalists who competed recently in a series of live science challenges at Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. A student of Sacajawea Middle School, Dimitrov received $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value) and a trip to 3M's global headquarters to meet with some of the world's best scientists. more (10/09)

Cruzado to be Montana State University's next president
Waded Cruzado has accepted the offer to be Montana State University's next president. Cruzado will become MSU's 12th president and will start around the first of the year. She will also be the first woman and first minority to hold the presidency in the university's history. Cruzado, 49, is currently executive vice president and provost of New Mexico State University. She holds a bachelor's in comparative literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; a master's in Spanish from the University of Texas, Arlington; and a doctorate in humanities from the University of Texas, Arlington. more (10/09)

MSU math researchers receive $3.5 million grant to study instructional coaching
MSU math professors (David Yopp, Elizabeth Burroughs, Jennifer Luebeck, and Mark Greenwood) have won a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study study how instructional coaching helps elementary schools teach math to students across the country. more (9/09)

MSU nursing professor attends summer institute on community research
Charlene Winters, an associate professor in the MSU College of Nursing, was selected to attend a summer institute in New Orleans focused on community-based participatory research. more (8/09)

MSU staffer's work on behalf of veterans earns her a seat at President Obama's town hall meeting
Because of her work to help student veterans, Brenda York, director of MSU's veteran services office, was invited to sit on the platform with President Obama during his stop in Bozeman on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. more (8/09)

Student makes the world a sweeter place with camelina
MSU student Brekke Peterson finds many uses for camelina including as a deodorizer, as an Omega-3 food additive and as a soap ingredient. more (8/09)

MSU student wins fellowship to fund degree in educational leadership
Frankee White Dress is one of just 18 Bush Leadership fellows named in 2009. She plans to use her fellowship to obtain a doctorate in educational leadership from MSU. The money will be used for tuition, travel, living expenses and other expenses related to her work. more (8/09)

MSU receives $800,000 grant to train mental health nurse practitioners
Montana State University's College of Nursing has received a three-year, $814,021 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to prepare nurses to be family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. The new distance-based graduate option has been developed to shore up a shortage of primary mental health care providers across Montana, according to Patricia Holkup, who directs the program. more (7/09)

MSU Nursing Professor developing program to help military moms
MSU nursing professor Kathleen Schachman is developing a Web-based intervention designed to reduce the incidence of postpartum depression among military mothers. more (7/09)

Professor helps high elevation pines grow
Thread-like fungi that grow in soils at high elevations may play an important role in restoring whitebark and limber pine forests in Canada. Montana State University professor Cathy Cripps is looking for ways to use fungi to help pine seedlings get a strong start. more (6/09)

MSU program will study what helps rural Montanans make health choices
A research project at Montana State University may help shape future health programs for rural areas around the country. MSU Extension Food and Nutrition (Lynn Paul) and 4-H (Jill Martz), and MSU's Department of Psychology (Wes Lynch) have received a $1.5 million four-year grant from the USDA to design, conduct and assess a healthy-living program that offers information and opportunities for improving physical activity, nutrition and body image to parents in rural areas. more (6/09)

Jasmine Snyder's fresh approach illustrates the art of research
Jasmine Snyder used a life-long interest in comic books and graphic novels to explain the complex issues surrounding the consumerism of her generation in a Montana State University research project. The sophomore from Bozeman was one of a growing number of humanities majors participating in MSU's Undergraduate Scholar Program annual research fair. more (5/09)

Art offers relief to rural Western women with chronic health conditions
Katy Worth, a professional artist and MSU nursing student, wants to use art involving textiles, especially knitting, quilting and sewing, to benefit people with serious illnesses. more (5/09)

Melland named dean of MSU's College of Nursing
Helen Melland, a veteran administrator from the University of North Dakota with a nursing background, has been named dean of the College of Nursing at Montana State University. more (5/09)

MSU faculty honored for teaching, research achievements
Seven women faculty and researchers are among the winners of the top Montana State University 2009 faculty awards announced at the University Honors Banquet May 8. Michele Hardy, Veterinary Molecular Biology, was awarded a Cox Family Faculty Excellence Award, Anne Christensen, College of Business, and Kristen Intemann, History and Philosophy, received the President's Distinguished Teacher Award, Mary Cloninger, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity mentoring, Jennifer Luebeck, Mathematical Sciences, received the Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award, Cathy Whitlock, Earth Sciences, received the Wiley Award for Meritorious Research, and Susan Kollin, English received a Betty Coffey Award. more (5/09)

Graduate student traces Native American influence on America's literary lineage
Amy Gore studies Native American culture as it relates to literature, and rather than just looking at the words on the page, Gore is digging for something buried beneath those pages, a mostly silent minority "voice" that she believes has had a significant impact on America's literary identity. (4/09)

Art offers relief to rural Western women with chronic health conditions
Katie Worth, a professional artist and MSU nursing student, wants to use art to benefit people with serious illnesses. This oil painting on linen, one of her pieces, shows natural forms changing over time. (4/09)

Doctoral student hopes corrosion research will make the world a bit 'greener'
Chemical engineer Jennifer Hornemann works in MSU's Center for Biofilm Engineering and Magnetic Resonance Transport Phenomena Lab. She will take what she has learned to Houston where she hopes to help Exxon Mobil expand its research into the corrosive havoc that microbes can cause to pipelines and other equipment. (4/09)

Scientist uses sedimentary record to uncover planet's past
MSU paleoecologist Cathy Whitlock and three students are taking sediment cores from Yellowstone lakes to try to figure out the succession of plants to colonize Yellowstone after the glacier retreated. Her research examines how the climate changed past environments and shaped those we see today. (2/09)

MSU sophomore finds success in budding career with local biotech company
As part of her job at a local biotech company, MSU engineering sophomore Elizabeth Aisenbrey has met with some of the most influential leaders in Montana. She has prepared presentations for the governor and state senators, represented her employer in meetings with state agencies, attended industry conferences and helped pitch her company's proposals. (2/09)

MSU doctoral student named NASA student ambassador
A Montana State University physics graduate student Joey Key has been named a NASA Student Ambassador during the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. As an ambassador, she will give presentations on NASA around Montana to elementary and secondary schools on Indian reservations and other communities. (1/09)

MSU professor, health care worker team up to improve communication in Libby
MSU nursing professor Charlene Winters and Kimberly Rowse, a health care worker in Libby, MT, are teaming up to focus on effective communication between researchers and the public. Libby is a small community that has become known nationally for its exposure to asbestos. (1/09)

Lance Armstrong and Blackfeet
Yoshiko Colclough, assistant professor of nursing at MSU, has a two-year grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to introduce and offer recommendations about palliative care to the Blackfeet Nation. Palliative care refers to the alleviation of pain and suffering associated with serious illness. (1/09)

Campbell publishes book on mask methods
Stephanie Campbell, professor of theater in the Montana State University Department of Media and Theatre Arts, recently published a book and accompanying DVD, "Mask Exploration: Character Creation and Transformation." The book was published by and is available through First Light Video Productions, Los Angeles. (1/09)

Presidential historial analyzes election
Presidential scholar Joan Hoff, a Research Professor of History at MSU, said President-elect Obama will have to work quickly to solve the current financial crisis if he is to retain his popularity and stand a chance for re-election in four years. (12/08)

Michele Hardy, Mark Jutila, and Dave Pascual receive $6 million to analyze alternative medicines
Montana State University researchers will receive $6 million over five years to study alternative medicines that target the intestine and lungs, university recipients announced Wednesday. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, will provide MSU with $1.2 million a year for three new research projects in the Department of Veterinary Molecular Biology. Each project will examine a different approach to the use of alternative medicine. (10/08)

From Bozeman to Bahrain: MSU Librarian travels to Middle East on a Fulbright Award
Before Elaine Peterson left Bozeman for a month-long trip to Bahrain, she vowed she wouldn't bring up political or religious matters with the people she met. But once there, she quickly learned that the Bahraini people with whom she worked wanted to discuss the very issues she sought to avoid. (10/08)

Women's work: MSU's Chabot brings female voice to Central Asia Institute
Montana State University doctoral candidate Genevieve Chabot has helped the Central Asia Institute speak to the Pakistani and Afghani women it serves. Before Chabot joined the staff of the CAI, it was nearly impossible for the organization's workers to talk to the women of those countries about what they believed their villages needed. (9/08)

Hitting the "top 10" of useful financial and estate information"
On serious issues like estate planning and family financial issues, Marsha Goetting is a key person filling the pipeline with useful information targeted to Montanans. The information is often in the form of MontGuides, which are short fact sheets put out by Montana State University Extension. Goetting is Extension's family economics specialist. Her guides can be found in banks and credit unions, as well as attorney and accountant offices around the state. (9/08)

Saving the world one engineering student at a time
MSU engineering student Chandra Macauley works as an undergraduate researchers in one of the university's fuel cell labs. She has made it her mission to spread the word about engineering, holding onto the belief that America must teach young students to dream big and to turn those dreams into solutions for the world's energy problems. (9/08)

MSU biofilms research helps set standards for everday research
Montana State University scientist Darla Goeres knows that there is more than one way to grow a biofilm, a fact that she uses to make sure that when a product claims it kills "99 percent" of bacteria, it really does the job. (8/08)

Students in certificate program achieve 100 percent acceptance into med school
Blythe Belzer, who completed MSU's post-baccalaureate pre-medical certificate program, will attend the University of Washington School of Medicine. (5/08)

MSU joins Mali villagers in fight against malaria
Montana State University students and faculty returned to west Africa this month to join villagers who want to eradicate malaria. A $462,000 grant from the USDA-CSREES Higher Education Challenge Grant Program allowed five MSU students, two MSU faculty members, a Helena school teacher and a student at Chief Dull Knife College to spend two weeks in Mali as part of an on-going partnership with the village of Sanambele, said grant recipient and MSU entomologist Florence Dunkel. (3/08)

Students raise $30,000 in one night for clean water in Kenya
A group of Montana State University students doing humanitarian work in Kenya surprised themselves recently by raising $30,000 in one evening. Engineers Without Borders at MSU held its first annual "Clean Water for Kenya Jubilee" on Friday, Feb. 29, at the Emerson Cultural Center. The event featured silent and live auctions as well as a cash call, where attendees made public donations of support in an auction-like format. (3/08)

Rural women needed for chronic illness study
The Women to Women Project, a support network for rural women with chronic illness, is seeking women to participate in a study group forming in September 2008. The College of Nursing at Montana State University is in its 12th year of this program, which enhances rural women's ability to manage their chronic condition and assesses its effect on their quality of life. (3/08)

MSU chemical engineering student chooses different path
MSU chemical engineering student Katie Hoyt spent last summer in Washington D.C. on a Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship. A member of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska, Hoyt hopes to use her background in science and engineering to work on environmental problems. (12/07)

Program on business management for farm and ranch women set in Montana
A nationally recognized program designed to empower farm and ranch women to become better business managers, operators and partners in agriculture, will be coming to Montana this winter. Programs are scheduled in Baker, Bozeman, Culbertson, Dillon, Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Rapelje, Scobey, Shelby and Sidney. (11/07)

MSU student film looks at women's role in Kenya
Montana State University graduate film student Jaime Jelenchick spent five weeks in Kenya filming the efforts of MSU students to bring clean drinking water to schoolchildren in the western part of that country. (10/07)

Pilot program will aid community and economic development
A new partnership will provide communities in Gallatin, Park, and Meagher Counties improved access to the economic and community development resources available from Montana State University Extension. The program is a pilot project from MSU Extension and the Northern Rocky Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Corporation. The two groups have hired Sarah Hamlen as Extension area economic development coordinator. She will work with other partners to deliver educational programs and develop new projects that aid communities in reaching their economic and community development goals and objectives. (9/07)

Zabinski receives AAUW Education Foundation Fellowship
A plant ecologist, Cathy Zabinski teaches and conducts research in restoration ecology and belowground plant ecology. Her research sites include industrially disturbed sites, high elevation areas affected by recreation, and thermal areas in Yellowstone National Park. The potential for resource sharing between plants via a common fungal network has an impact on the way researchers study plant communities. Cathy is using her fellowship at the Centre d'Ecologie Evolutive et Fonctionelle, in Montpellier, France while on sabbatical from MSU. (9/07)

Melody Zajdel named associate dean for MSU's College of Letters and Science
Zajdel, who has served as interim associate dean of the college for the past year, is a member of the English department faculty. She has worked on several program and curriculum initiatives in the university, including the University Honors Program, the Women's Studies minor, the Women's Center, Reinventing the CORE, and the WEEA project. She has served as a member of MSU's Faculty Council, Faculty Affairs Committee, University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Presidential Scholars Selection Committee and other faculty/student affairs committees. (7/07)

Mann to speak at "Mother Earth" ceremony in Washington in July
Henrietta Mann, a Cheyenne tribal elder and administrator at Montana State University, will be the opening speaker for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's "Mother Earth" ceremony set for Saturday, July 7. The event is being held in collaboration with Al Gore's "Live Earth" concert to be held that day. (7/07)

Burke named Dean of Students
Katherine (Kate) Burke, acting senior associate dean of the College at Dartmouth, has been named MSU's Dean of Students. Burke will begin her duties in the fall of 2008 but will be on campus for several activities throughout the year, including orientation, move-in day and freshman convocation. (7/07)

Outstanding senior gravitates to hospitals, volunteer work
Madeline Turner became a scrub technician and helped deliver babies at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. During her summers, she volunteered at hospitals in Costa Rica, Panama and the African country of Malawi. (5/07)

World opens for accidental Spanish student
Taking Spanish on a whim opened a new world for Montana State University student Claire Wing of Helena. Wing was recently named Student of the Month by the Bozeman chapter of Rotary International. (5/07)

Ski bum detour leads to doctoral degree
Whitehall native Jennifer Brown has distinguished herself in the field of magnetic resonance microscopy at Montana State University, where she will finish her doctorate this fall. (5/07)

Billie Brown manages a half-dozen roles
The soon-to-be nursing graduate at Montana State University has balanced work, school and family throughout a bachelor's of science degree from Jamestown College in North Dakota, a master's in science education from MSU Northern, and now her nursing education. (3/07)

Girls can learn about science and math careers at April 14 MSU conference
Don't be surprised if you send your daughter to Montana State University's Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference and she comes home testing your hot tub for scum. Or digging for archaeological artifacts in your backyard. Or talking about her career opportunities in science and math. (3/07)

Student plans career in Native American health
Montana State University computer science student Sha Brady recently attended a course on Native American public health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md. (3/07)

MSU Students, faculty try grasshopper stir fry, cricket tacos
Montana State University Florence Dunkel recently introduced Montana State University students and faculty to the idea of eating insects. The entomology professor and instructor for "Insects and Human Societies" started the four-hour dining experience by having participants taste and compare 20 kinds of honey. (3/07)

Would be teacher fired up about new plans
Karly Krausz trains year-round so she can fight wildfires during the summer. She has dug trenches, trekked through the Missouri breaks and climbed rugged, steep terrain. Those experiences, though brutal at times, were enough to make her abandon the idea of becoming a school teacher and switch to a hot new career where fire is the focus, said the MSU senior from Lewistown. (2/07)

International student completes Herculean load before returning home
Gokce Adsiz did the near impossible by completing 27 hours in one semester at MSU recently. The international exchange student from Turkey wanted to complete her degree at MSU before returning home. Adsiz earned a 3.6 GPA for the semester, which was completed in her third language. (1/07)

McFadzen receives certificate in distance ed
Mary McFadzen recently earned a professional development certificate in distance education from University of Wisconsin at Madison. McFadzen is the education program coordinator for the Center for Invasive Plant Management at Montana State University. She is developing online training modules for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and annually coordinates a six-week online workshop for vegetation managers throughout the United States. (1/07)

A Native American's Experience
Cinnamon Spear, an aspiring physical scientist who has worked summers with Mark Burr and his lab, leaves the reservation and goes east to the Ivy Leagues - for herself and the folks back home. This article about Cinnamon's educational experience was written by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and gives voice to what Cinnamon and others from the reservations are really challenged by and the grit it requires to step out and take new directions. (12/06)

Clark appointed to national committee
Janet Clark, Director of the Center for Invasive Plant Management at MSU, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior to serve a three-year term on the Invasive Species Advisotry Committee of the National Invasive Species Council in Washington, DC. (11/06)

Math, science and girls
MSU computer science professors Rafal Angryk and Anne DeFrance received a $75,000 National Science Foundation grant for a project that might lead to a more gender-balanced workforce in computer science and related fields. The pair plan to encourage 14- and 15-year-old girls to study more science and math through two, week-long, summer workshops. The first workshop will be in June 2007. Students who attend will program robots, among other fun activities. Local professional women who work in computer science or related fields will mentor the girls during the workshops and the following two school years. The project could lead to identifying effective methods for increasing the number of women who pursue computer science or closely related fields. (10/06)

Marjorie Brown appointed Director of Affirmative Action
Marj Brown, who worked as a training and compliance officer in the Affirmative Action Office for 16 years, has been appointed the office's new director. She replaces Corky Bush who accepted a position at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in August. (10/06)

MSU technologist wins national award
Renee Arens, a laboratory animal technologist at MSU's Animal Resources Center won a 2006 Animal Technician Travel Award from Lab Products, Inc. (10/06)

Rupp is National President
Gretchen Rupp, director of the Montana University System Water Center based at MSU, is currently serving as president of the National Institutes for Water Resources. (9/06)

The Women's Center receives grant for domestic violence project
The Virginia Law Foundation has provided a grant of $5,000 to The Women's Center for a project to develop informational aids for victims of domestic violence who are functionally illiterate. (8/06)

Montana wins $1.2 million to improve Native American schools
MSU education professors Joanne Erickson and Bill Ruff have designed a course to train aspiring school administrators wishing to work at schools on and near the state's Indian reservations. (8/06)

Awards made for Whirling Disease Studies
Billie Kerans at MSU has received two grants to carry out a statewide study in Montana of patterns in whirling disease risk and salmonid population response, and to study whirling disease as it relates to Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park and variations in the aquatic worm, Tubifex tubifex. (6/06)

From the Reservation to the Research Lab
Cinnamon Spear may be the first teenager from an Indian reservation in Montana who ever tried to sneak into a summer science program at a university. (6/06)

Agre-Kippenhan named dean of MSU School of Arts and Architecture
Susan Agre-Kippenhan, chairman of the art department at Portland State University who has a background in both fine art and graphic design, has been named as the dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Montana State University. She will begin her duties at MSU on August 7. (6/06)

MSU student shared experiences in Indonesia
Montana State University sophomore, Katie Baldwin, whose grant from the MSU Office of Research and Creativity made possible a three-week visit to Yogajakarta, Indonesia, presented a program about Indonesia and her work there on girls' education. (5/06)

MSU College of Nursing graduates first Bozeman upper division class
Montana State University's College of Nursing graduated 160 students with Bachelor of Science degrees this spring, and 16 of those are a close-knit group that was able to stay in Bozeman through upper division education. (5/06)

MSU dean accepts presidency at Plymouth State University
Sara Jayne Steen, dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University since 2003, has been named president of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. (4/06)

Students honored with MSU Women of Achievement Awards
Fourteen seniors at Montana State University were recently honored with Women of Achievement awards at the Herstory Reception sponsored by the MSU Women's Center and the MSU Alumni Association. The awards honor the students' hard work, compassion and activism. (4/06)

French labor protests tied to immigration
Recent unrest that has nearly paralyzed France is related to the country's treatment of its immigrant communities, according to Ada Giusti, an associate professor of French at Montana State University. (4/06)

Fraudbuster: MSU prof at forefront of anti-fraud education
MSU accounting professor Bonita Peterson Kramer has developed a national reputation for the scholarly study of fraud, a crime that can victimize businesses and organizations of any size and any location. (2/06)

MSU professor helps Pakistan prepare for controversial trade talks
Political Science professor Linda Young helped prepare Pakistani agricultural officials for recent World Trade Organization meeetings. (1/06)

Kristin Juliar hired to direct health education and rural health
Juliar has begun as director for the Montana Area Health Education Center and Montana Office of Rural Health at Montana State University. She plans to focus on providing high-quality information and sevices that help Montana communities and healthcare providers. (1/06)

Prof provides a framework for studying violence in student reading
The portrayal of violence -- in movies, the evening news and literary classics -- should be studied just as plot, character and other elements of literature are studied, says Montana State University education professor Judi Franzak. (12/05)

Research on Montana T. rex makes Discover magazine's list of year's top science
An announcement by Mary Schweitzer, formerly of Montana State University and now at North Carolina State University, of the discovery of soft tissues preserved in thigh bones of a dinosaur found by a Museum of the Rockies crew is the year's sixth most important scientific story, according to Discover magazine. (12/05)

Education professor explores social issues in children's literature
Joyce Herbeck said literature is a great way for parents and teachers to teach children about social responsibility. Herbeck is working with graduate student Kathleen Byrne to contact Bozeman teachers about whether and how they address social issues in their curricula. (12/05)

College of Business opens Bracken Business Communication Center
Linda Adams directs the new Bracken Business Communication Center in Reid Hall. The center, open to any students taking business courses, opened September 6. (9/05)

Weinert named Carter-Flect professor
Clarann Weinert, SC, PhD, RN,FAAN, a professor in the MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing, has been named the 2005 Carter-Fleck Professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. This professorship enables the college to rotate visiting specialists and to broaden the scope of its current offerings in areas where it is not feasible to have a permanent faculty. Weinert will visit Albuquerque several times throughout the year to provide instruction, consultation and research services in the area of rural nursing and rural nursing science for nursing students and faculty. (9/05)

MSU student wins Fulbright to make film about Soviet Union nuclear test site
Anne Devereux, graduate student in MSU's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program, has won a Fulbright to make a documentary film in Kazakhstan about a former Soviet atomic testing site and the effects of nuclear proliferation. (8/05)

Microbes of Yellowstone detailed in new book by MSU researcher
"Seen and Unseen: Discovering the Microbes of Yellowstone," a new book by Kathy Sheehan, reveals unique and newly discovered microbes through photographs and natural history details. Sheehan is a research associate in Microbiology and the Thermal Biology Institute. She explains that the microbial world in Yellowstone is something of a new frontier for scientists. (7/05)

Buffy Sainte Marie to lecture June 16 at MSU's Museum of the Rockies
Buffy Sainte Marie, an Academy Award-winning songwriter, Native American folk music star and activist will speak about Indian education at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 16 in the Hager Auditorium. She has spent decades developing and fostering education for Native American Students grounded in history and culture. (5/05)

Blackfeet teachers' work displayed at the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian honors Blackfeet Head Start educators Julia Schildt, Carol Bird and Ethyl Grant by displaying their Blackfeet language and cultural curriculum material in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. (5/05)

MSU ag econ study says voluntary labeling increased prices
Former MSU student Kristin Kiesel and MSU economist Dave Buschena studied the impact of voluntary labeling related to biotechnology issues on retail purchases of a food using regional and national sales data. (5/05)

Montana pharmacies survey shows power of seniors shopping
Adrienne Ohler, MSU economics masters student, studied prescription drug pricing in 13 Montana communities. She found communities with a higher percentage of senior citizens charged lower prices. (5/05)

Students gather oral histories of Montana women
Mary Murphy created an oral history class project in her research seminar in women's studies. Nineteen MSU undergraduate students interviewed Montana women of their memories of first impressions of husbands, childhood memories, memories of their mothers, and chores they did as children. (4/05)

MSU's Christensen aids students and community with taxing issues
Anne Christensen is the director of the MSU College of Business Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which has the double-pronged goal of providing free tax preparation services for people making less than $35,000 while giving aspiring accountants practice in their demanding profession. This year, the MSU VITA program helped prepare federal and state tax returns for more than 250 individuals. (4/05)

Helena politics create drama, controversy for student regent
Student regent Kala French, junior at MSU, has learned that in public life, nearly anything can become news. She has seen the controversy surrounding her appointment as student regent, caused by Gov. Judy Martz appointing her an unprecedented three-year term. (4/05)

Helena student wins MSU's 44th Goldwater Scholarship
Bridgid Crowley, biochemistry major, has received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate excellence in math, science and engineering. She has been working in Trevor Douglas' laboratory since her freshman year. Their work deals with hollow protein cages that have the potential for carrying cancer drugs to specific tumors.

Messengers program aides Crow women's cancer outreach
Alma Knows His Gun McCormick leads 22 Crow women trained in cancer outreach. They dispense information and encouragement to other Crow women about cervical cancer in a manner both comforting and traditional. Suzanne Christopher, PI of this American Cancer Society grant, trains the Messengers.

Schmalzbauer studies new type of family straddling national borders
Leah Schmalzbauer, MSU professor of sociology, found that pressures of immigrating to the U.S. to escape poverty are transforming traditional family patterns of Honduran migrants.

Anne Camper, Center for Biofilm Engineering, was named to the Water Science and Technology Board Committee on Public Water Supply Distribution Systems: Assessing and Reducing Risks, organized by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. The committee's duties over the next two years will be to investigate public health risks that may be associated with drinking water distribution systems.

MSU advisor helps students consider health options
MSU's new health professions advisor Jane Cary helps students figure out where their personality and skills would fit in the mosaic of health professions and to help them add to their skill mix by choosing additional classes wisely.

MSU civil engineering student hopes to design roller coasters
Keely Obert loves roller coasters so much that she hopes to create her own, after graduating from college. (8/04)

Oudshoorn named to MSU planning position
Jo Oudshoorn, a strategic planning expert from Australia, has been appointed as the director of planning and coordination for MSU's Division of Administration and Finance. In addition to strategic planning, she will coordinate the MSU system's administration information services, and direct MSU's "To Improve Productivity" program.

Elizabeth Galli-Noble named Asst Director of MT Water Center
Galli-Noble will manage two national research/outreach programs, the Wild Fish Habitat Initiative, the Whirling Disease Initiative, and more.

Undergraduate Katie Conner has article published in journal
Conner, a senior majoring in English literature, has had a paper that she has written on themes of the opera "La Boheme" in three popular movies accepted by The Journal of Popular Film and Television.

Grandparents raising grandchildren face challenges
Sandra Bailey, MSU Extension specialist, is working to help Montana grandparents by developing a statewide partnership of agencies that can provide information and resources, support groups, and continuing training and facilitation.

Antarctic researcher uses popsicles to reach high school students
Graduate student Jill Mikucki loves science and wants to encourage women to pursue careers in science. She designed an experiment to who high school students that some organisms thrive in cold temperatures.

MSU freshman named to two national 4-H posts
Political science freshman Amber King has been named one of two executive directors of the National 4-H Youth Directions Council and one of t youth trustees on the 45-member National 4-H Council Board of Trustees.

New director of development for MSU College of Letters and Science
Kathleen Langenheim has been selected as the new full-time development officer for MSU's College of Letters and Science, following spending the past 10 years as director of development in the College of Business.

MSU artist creates manga, Japanese comic book art
Art student Jessica Moffett became enamored with manga's startlingly dramatic black-and-white line drawings back in junior high. Now she draws Japanese style comics adding elements of science fiction or basing the stories and dialogue on her Navajo culture and history.

MSU filmmaker Cindy Stillwell Slamdances again
Wheat cutting and sheep shearing are the subjects of Stillwell's latest film accepted for screening at the esteemed Slamdance Film Festival this weekend in Park City, Utah.

Designing MSU student sees world with successful perspective
Onawa Linden is a senior from Helena majoring in graphics design at MSU who painted windows during the holidays. She is also December's MSU Rotary Student of the Month, manager/designer of SUB-Graphics, founder and president of the new MSU Grafix Club, and helps community service organizations.

Historian Joan Hoff is national commentator and MSU adjunct
Hoff has returned to Montana and now lives in Big Sky, but also has an apartment in New York City. She teaches, is a writer, and often travels to speak or research books.

MSU scientist Betsey Pitts coauthors paper in journal Nature
Phil Stewart, Betsey Pitts and others discover that genetics play a role in bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

McKamey named dean and director of Museum of the Rockies
Sheldon McKamey, assistant Director of the Museum of the Rockies since 1998, has been named the museum’s dean and director beginning January 1, 2004. She replaces Marilyn Wessel, who retired March 2003.

Outstanding General Studies Freshman Seminar Instructor
Dawn Silva has taught the freshman seminar courses five semesters and has received an award as outstanding instructor for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Roller coaster fan wants to design them for a living
Keely Obert, freshman and Presidential Scholar at MSU, loves roller coasters. She now wants to become a structural engineer and design them.

Noll named director of MSU's General Studies program
Mary Noll has been serving as interim director of General Studies for more than three years and now has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis.

MSU to lead regional partnership on carbon sequestration
The Department of Energy has awarded MSU a $1.6 million grant to lead a partnership aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Susan Capalbo, professor of agricultural economics, will lead this partnership in identifying the most suitable ways of sequestering greenhouse gases in the northern Rockies.

Ronan student helps Crow women through research
Jana Smith helps girls with their basketball skills, but more importantly, she is working with her advisor, Suzanne Christopher, to prevent cervical cancer on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Ballantyne named interim dean of MSU College of Nursing
Jean Ballantyne has served for 12 years as campus director of MSU College of Nursing's Billing's campus, and now has been appointed interim dean of the MSU College of Nursing. She replaces Lea Acord who left for Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

MSU president mandates Mann to advance American Indian education
Henrietta Mann, former Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at MSU, has been appointed to MSU President Geoff Gamble's cabinet of advisers to help improve the education of MSU's American Indian students.

Student works on exotic fungi project over summer
Undergraduate student Erica Dobbs of Columbus remained at MSU this summer to study exotic fungi with Drs. Gary Strobel and Uvi Castillo. They are looking for organisms that may produce antiobiotics that could be leading to medicine or uses in agriculture.

MSU economist studies a Montana medical model
The model of limited-care hospitals that now serves 33 Montana communities and about 657 communities across the United States began in Montana. The model has provided care more economically than full-service hospitals, according to a recent study by Montana State University researchers Susan Capalbo and Jean Shreffler-Grant.

Steen named Dean of MSU College of Letters and Science
Sara Jayne Steen, a Renaissance scholar and former chair of Montana State University's Department of English, has been named dean of MSU's College of Letters and Science, the university's largest college. She replaces Jim McMillan who will return to a faculty position on July 1. Steen spent the past year as an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Delaware studying higher education issues and administration, specifically working on a diversity project for MSU.

MSU faculty honored for teaching, research achievements
Three women faculty and researchers are among the winners of the top Montana State University 2003 faculty awards announced at the University Honors Banquet May 9. Gwen Jacobs, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, was awarded a Cox Award, Susan Dana, College of Business, received the President's Distinguished Teacher Award, and Joan Henson received the Betty Coffey Award.

Two chosen for residential summer institute for women in higher education administration
Susan Monahan, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Linda Karell, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, have been selected to attend the Bryn Mawr College and HERS, Mid-America Summer Institute from June 23-July 19 at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Participants must be interested in seeking leadership positions in higher education or in advancing in administrative positions they currently hold.

The Summer Institute, which began in 1976, hopes to improve the status of women in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration, an area in which women traditionally have been under-represented. The program accepts women who are actively seeking increaed administrative responsibilities and provides 1) training in the management and governance of institutions of higher education, 2) institutional perspective on the pressing issues and problems in higher education today, 3) strategies for professional development, and 4) continuing supportive network of peers and mentors.

Past participants from MSU include: Susan Capalbo, Ag Econ & Econ & VP Research (2002), and Leslie Schmidt, Grants & Contracts.

New high-tech business started under “home-grown” project
A technology to rapidly and accurately detect and identify bioterrorist pathogens is the focus of a new business in Bozeman. The business, SensoPath Technologies, Inc., is being developed under a federal grant aimed at home-growing new Montana companies. Brenda Spangler, SensoPath CEO and an associate professor at MSU, says this technology is on a fast track to market.

Hyman selected as MSU vice provost for health sciences
Linda Hyman, a scientist from Tulane University Medical School has been selected as MSU’s Vice Provost for the Division of Health Sciences. Her specialty is molecular biology and the biochemistry of the genome. She will supervise the Montana WWAMI Medical Education Program, the Montana Office of Rural Health, the Montana Area Health Education Center and the Rural Preceptor Placement Program in Montana.

Young recognized with national award for mentoring work at MSU
Sara Young, the driving force for programs that engage American Indian students in research at Montana State University, was one of 10 individuals to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) this year. Young received the award April 18 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

National News

NSF Report Highlights Latest Data on Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
Recent data details science and engineering employment patterns. Women, persons with disabilities and three racial and ethnic groups--African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians--continue to be underrepresented in science and engineering (S&E) according to a new report released by the National Science Foundation. The NSF report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2013, highlights the most recent data on S&E education and employment patterns for these groups. (3/13)

Study Reveals Reasons for Women's Departure from the Sciences
NIH did a study that looked at why women drop off the tenure track in the sciences. The reasons mostly revolve around issues of balancing career and family, being a trailing spouse to a male whose career is seen as having priority, and interestingly enough, the women's own confidence (or lack thereof) about being able to make tenure.  (12/07)

Resources Available from the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)
The goal of the NGCP is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in science, technology, engineering and math.  One of the valuable NGCP resources is the online Program Directory. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.  Organizations and programs enter program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs and contact information. You can browse the program directory at any time by visiting:  Register your program and/or resources for collaboration today! (11/07)

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2007
This site provides data on the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. The data are organized by topic and are presented in tables, graphics, and spreadsheets for downloading. (11/07)

Women Lose Ground in IT, Computer Science
National Center for Women & Information Technology has just released a scorecard on the status of girls and women in computer science and IT professions. Campus Technology has an article about the report titled "Women Lose Ground in IT, Computer Science" which can be found here: (11/07)

At North Dakota State, Women Are Few and Far Between
Why does one university seem so behind the times? (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/2/07, by Robin Wilson)

The Feminine Critique
How are women in the workplace viewed differently from men, and what should they do about it? (The New York Times, 11/1/07, by Lisa Belkin)

References on Chilly Climate for Women Faculty in Academe
Included is an extensive bibliography on bias in student evaluations and the following list of
topics: General Chilly Climate References; Bias in Student Evaluations; Bias in Hiring and Evaluation; Balancing academic and personal responsibilities; Other Data on Bias; Pay Inequity; . Pay Inequity in the Life Sciences; Bias in Peer Review; Tenure Inequity; and Related Online Resources. (Compiled by Jennifer Freyd and JQ Johnson at U of Oregon)


NIH study group to study issues raised in report
Elias Zerhouni, director of the NIH, has formed a Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers to examine issues raised in the recent National Academies report, "Beyond Bias and Barriers, Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering." In the NIH announcement NIH Leads Effort to Help Women in Science and Medicine Fulfill Potential of the Working Group, he says it is critical to address the barriers that women face in hiring and promotion at research universities in many fields of science.

Harvard alters its approach to scientific study - Collaboration a key to plan
Women have still not reached the top academic ranks in numbers anything like their growing presence in science and engineering classes would suggest. (by Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, January 19, 2007)


Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches
Women have still not reached the top academic ranks in numbers anything like their growing presence in science and engineering classes would suggest. (by Cornelia Dean, New York Times, Dec. 19, 2006

Balance It Out
Career advice for scientists on how to balance work and life. (By Greta Bennett, pseudonym of a Ph.D. who just finished a prestigious international postdoc and has started a full-time research position overseas.)

Life as a Mother-Scientist
This article is written from the perspective of a woman scientist faculty member, but touches on issues that affect women in the humanities as well. It discusses issues of balancing career and family. (By Lucille Louis, pseudonym of a research assistant professor of biology at a research university in the West. Article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2006)

Show Me the Money
The usual excuses can't explain the continuing wage gap between women, minorities, and white men. (By Anne Fleckenstein at Association for Women in Science)

References on Chilly Climate for Women Faculty in Academe
Included is an extensive bibliography on bias in student evaluations and the following list of
topics: General Chilly Climate References; Bias in Student Evaluations; Bias in Hiring and Evaluation; Balancing academic and personal responsibilities; Other Data on Bias; Pay Inequity; Pay Inequity in the Life Sciences; Bias in Peer Review; Tenure Inequity; and Related Online Resources. (Compiled by Jennifer Freyd and JQ Johnson at U of Oregon)

Gender Similarities in Mathematics and Science
Boys and girls have similar psychological traits and cognitive abilities; thus, a focus on factors other than gender is needed to help girls persist in methematical and scientific career tracks. (by Janet Shibley Hyde and Marcia C. Linn, Science, October 27, 2006)

AAUP: Women Professors Lag In Tenure, Salary
There are more women in full-time faculty positions than 30 years ago but research institutions are still reluctant to hire women or pay them in parity with their male hires, according to an annual report by the American Association of University Professors released today. (by Shilpa Banerji, Diverse Online, October 26, 2006)

Science and the Gender Gap
A generation ago, women physicists and chemists were rare in the lab, but their number is increasing every year. (Newsweek, September 25, 2006)

Gender Gap
Full-time female teachers at Montana State University earn less than male counterparts. (10/06)

At U. of Southern California, a Support Network Helps Women in Science and Engineering
Female faculty members in USC's science and engineering programs have more support and more options, thanks to a program called Women in Science and Engineering. (9/06)

Study calls for 'Urgent' Campaign to Help Women Thrive at Research Institutions
Congress should investigate how well NIH, NSF, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among others, are complying with antidiscrimination laws, concludes a new report on barriers to women in academia. "Fundamental changes in the culture and opportunities at America's research universities are urgently needed," said Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, former secretary of Health and Human Services, and chair of the committee that completed the report, Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. The report recommends that university executives should require academic departments to show evidence of having conducted fair, broad, and aggressive talent searches before officials approve appointments, and they should be held accountable for the equity of their search processes and outcomes. The Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine authored the report. (9/06)
- and

World's Science Academies Must Increase Female Participation And Urge Policymakers to Support Women in Science and Technology
The Interagency Council Report recommends ways to increase the number of women in science. (6/06)

Women Physicists Speak Again
More than 1350 women physicists from more than 70 countries responded to a survey designed to identify issues important to women in physics. Most women physicists said they had chosen physics early, highlighting the importance of teachers who influenced their decision. Women physicists had many areas of concern, notably discrimination and negative attitudes about women in science. However, they also had many successes in physics. The majority would choose physics again and felt that they had progressed in their careers at least as quickly as their colleagues. (6/06)

Joint statement by the nine presidents on gender equity in higher education
In 2001, we came together as a group to state publicly that "[i]nstitutions of higher education have an obligation, both for themselves and for the nation, to develop and utilize fully all the creative talent available." That statement, which we reaffirm today, recognizes that barriers still exist to the full participation of women, not only in science and engineering, but also in academic fields throughout higher education. December 6, 2005.

On November 7, 2005, Cisco Systems, Inc. and The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) launched a campaign to increase awareness of education and career opportunities for girls and women in math, computing and technology. The campaign is designed to address the declining interest of girls and women in information technology careers, a problem that persists despite U.S. Department of Labor predictions that the number of future jobs in the professional technology workforce will outstrip available, qualified candidates by two-to-one.

Diversity in the life sciences
The value of diversity has become almost a cliche in industry and academic. Scientist, November 7, 2005.
- in the life sciences.doc

Women on the rise
The number of women faculty is growing, thanks in part to institutional efforts to fight discrimination and help with family demands. Scientist, November 7, 2005.
- on the Rise.doc

A Decade of Progress for Women in Science
Ten years ago women's progress in academic seems to have stalled, particularly in science. Now many are presidents of universities and top scientists. Scientist, November 7, 2005.
- of Progress.doc

Helping women get to the top
How to get more females into senior corporate jobs. Scientist, November 7, 2005.

“More Women Receive Ph.D.'s, But Female Senior Faculty Are Still Rare.” A new study examines cultural issues tht affect advancement. 2005. NSF Press Release by Jo Handelsman, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Also August 19, 2005 Science).

The conundrum of the glass ceiling
Why are women so persistently absent from top corporate jobs? The Economist, July 23, 2005.

U of Washington Picks a Man to Lead Its Women's-Studies Department
The university announced this month that, for the first time since the department's creation in 1970, it will be led by a man, David G. Allen. He will be the only male heading any of the 10 women's studies departments in the country that offer a doctoral degree. The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Robin Wilson, July 26, 2005.

Getting more girls to study math, tech - Panel planning to discuss old issue of disparity with boys
For all the attention focused in recent years on the problems of getting more girls and women interested in science, math and technology, advocates say there is still a long way to go. San Francisco Chronicle, by Dan Fost, July 18, 2005.

Title IX's Next Hurdle
Thirty-three years after its passage, Title IX, the landmark legislation that forbids sex discrimination at schools receiving taxpayer dollars, is facing new challenges. The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2005. (Excerpted from a new book by Karen Blumenthal, editor at the Wall Street Journal: "Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Fugure of Girls in America.")

Harvard Plans to Spend $50 Million on Diversity
Harvard University President Lawrence Summers, under fire for comments on women in the sciences, said the school would spend $50 million over 10 years to promote diversity on its faculty and reform the way women in science and engineering are treated.

New York Times article on ways to make a university a female-friendly place
This is one of the best articles on ways to make a university a place at which women will thrive. It describes the problems for women in science at some of the elite universities in this country. It is a must read for women considering careers in academia and for administrators who want to attract top notch women to their universities.

Benefits of Women in Science
Recent comments from Harvard President Lawrence Summers have sparked heated discussion in the U.S. and abroad about possible inherent differnces between women and men. This editorial discusses some of the efforts in the UK to enhance diversity. From Julia King, Science, Vol. 309, April 29, 2005.

The Center for Women and Information Technology
Established in 1998, this internationally recognized, award-winning site has been called "the best resource for women and technology on the Web" by Joan Korenman is the Founding Director of Center for Women & Information Technology, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21250

"We Must Make the Academic Workplace More Humane and Equitable" by Linda K. Kerber, chair of the department of history and a lecturer in law at the University of Iowa. (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 18, 2005)

"Ditch the Boyfriend: Does a woman have to follow 'the rules' to be successful?" by Elizabeth Fleer, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2004.

"Female Professors Say Harvard Is Not Granting Tenure to Enough Women" by Robin Wilson and Piper Fogg, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 23, 2004.

"National Science Foundation Releases "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2004." (June 2004)

"A National Analysis of Diversity in Science and Engineering Faculties at Research Universities" by Donna Nelson and Diana Rogers (2004).

"Women scientists face problems" by Charles Q. Choi. Surveys say that women collaborate less than men and find balancing work and family difficult.

"Retaining Female Students in Technical Education" by Donna Milgram. WomenTechWorld.Org is the national on-line home for women technicians. Read inspiring role model stories, join WomenTech Talk ListServ, visit our e-Jobs page, it's a WomenTech World.

"Louts in the Lab" by Robin Wilson. (Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2004) Duke U. looks for ways to stop the discrimination and harassment that women continue to face in physics; some male professors call it a smear campaign.

"Despite Gain in Degrees, Women Lag in Tenure in 2 Main Fields"
By Tamar Lewin. (New York Times, January 15, 2004)

"Women Are Underrepresented in Sciences at Top Research Universities, Study Finds" by Robin Wilson. (Chronicle of Higher Education, January 16, 2004)

"See No Evil" By Anne K. Kofol. (Harvard Crimson, 6/03)

"Canada's Billion-Dollar Controversy: A major attempt to attract research stars has netted few women, leading to charges of bias." (Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2004)

"How Babies Alter Careers for Academics." Having children often bumps women off the tenure track, a new study shows. (Chronicle of Higher Education, December 5, 2003)

The University of California agreed last week to pay $9.7-million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of female employees at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The plaintiffs alleged that for decades the lab discriminated against women in pay and promotions. By Jeffrey Selingo (Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/24/03)

"Still Needing The F Word." Regarding feminism - has the world really changed? By Anna Quindlen (Newsweek, 10/20/03).

"The Opt-Out Revolution." Why don't women run the world? Maybe it's because they don't want to. By Lisa Belkin (The New York Times, 10/26/03).

"Preparing Women and Minorities for Science and Engineering: Resources for Educators, Parents, and the Community." By Eileen L. Collins, Fellow, Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University (updated 10/17/03)

"The Facts of Life for an Administrator and a Mother." Female university administrators are making room for motherhood. So must their colleagues, writes Laura E. Skandera Trombley, president of Pitzer College.
- (9/3/03)

"New Formulas for America's Workforce: Girls in Science & Engineering." This book from the National Science Foundation collects descriptions of nearly 10 years' investment of the Gender Diversity in STEM Education in one place, written for general audiences. A CD may also be checked out in 304 Montana Hall (994-6240).
- (8/25/03)

"Gender Differences in the Careers of Academic Scientists and Engineers: A Literature Review." This review used the literature on the careers of women scientists and engineers employed in academia to examine how women in these disciplines fare compared with their male counterparts. The women represented in this review have mostly completed their formal educations and have made the decision to pursue academic careers in science and engineering. - (8/7/03)

"Strength in Numbers" report from the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding "EDGE", a four-week boot camp for "Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education" at Pomona College, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- (7/17/03)

"The Educational Gender Gap is Getting Wider"
- ( 6/16/03)