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MSU grad student receives Newkirk Fellowship to study solar cycles

April 17, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


Ricky Egeland is the 2014 winner of a Newkirk Fellowship from the High Altitude Observatory and the first recipient from MSU.

Photo: Ricky Egeland, an MSU graduate student in solar physics, is the 2014 winner of the Newkirk Fellowship from the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colo. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).

MSU senior to present research April 29 in Washington, D.C.

April 15, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


Michael Fast Buffalo Horse of Browning will present his research on the revitalization of tribal languages on Capitol Hill.

Photo: MSU student Michael Fast Buffalo Horse was selected to present his research in Washington, D.C. He was nominated by his mentor Jioanna Carjuzaa (at right).

Four finalists for vice president, dean of agriculture to visit MSU April 8 through 17

April 4, 2014 -- MSU News Service


Four finalists to become the new leader of the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station at MSU will visit campus from April 8 through 17.

Photo: Teresa Balser, a finalist for the position of vice president/dean of the College of Agriculture at MSU, will give an on-campus presentation on April 8.

Public invited to join April 11 send-off for Wankel T. rex

April 4, 2014 -- MSU News Service


The Wankel T. rex will head to Washington, D.C. on April 11. The public is invited to join the send-off celebration at the Museum of the Rockies and watch a caravan through Main Street Bozeman.

 

Three MSU students receive prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

March 21, 2014 -- MSU News Service


Connor Murnion from Helena, Katherine Kent from Billings, and McLain Leonard from Post Falls, Idaho, have each received Goldwater Scholarships, the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. MSU has now produced 61 Goldwater scholars, keeping the university one of the nation's top institutions for numbers of recipients.

Photo: Montana State University students Connor Murnion from Helena, Katherine Kent from Billings, and McLain Leonard from Post Falls, Idaho, from left, have each received Goldwater Scholarships, the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. MSU has now produced 61 Goldwater scholars, keeping the university one of the nation's top institutions for numbers of recipients. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

Wheat stem sawfly devastations lead to another international conference at MSU

March 18, 2014 -- MSU News Service


The Sixth International Wheat Stem Sawfly Conference will be held April 3 and 4 at MSU.

Photo: Wheat stem sawfly female at rest before she lays eggs on a wheat plant. (Photo courtesy of Bob Peterson).

Montana nutrition conference, livestock forum set for April 22, 23 at Bozeman

March 18, 2014 -- MSU News Service


This year's Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum will focus on the future of ranching.

 

MSU adds new master's degree, minor in laser and imaging optics

March 7, 2014 -- By Sepp Jannotta, MSU News Service


Beginning this fall, Montana State University will offer a master's of science degree in laser and imaging optics, as well as minor in the field.

Photo: Joseph Shaw, Montana State University professor in electrical and computer engineering, works with a LIDAR (light detection and ranging) laser at MSU’s engineering complex. Starting next fall, Montana State University will offer a master’s degree and a minor in optics and photonics, emphasizing one of the university’s strengths. Approved Friday by the Montana Board of Regents, the programs will build on Bozeman’s growing reputation as a center of creativity and commercialization in the field of laser and imaging optics. MSU Photo by Kelly Gorham.

MSU Library joins group that makes research articles freely accessible to all

March 7, 2014 -- Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service


The library recently signed on to participate in SCOAP3, a group of university libraries, funding agencies and research institutions that makes peer-reviewed literature on particle physics freely open to everyone. The model could hold promise for sharing information in many disciplines.

 

Montanans ate less candy, planted more vegetables, tattled a bit during World War I

March 4, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


World War I began 100 years ago this summer. When the United States joined the war three years later, many Montanans turned to food to support the war effort.

Photo: Mary Murphy is the current Distinguished Professor in MSU’s College of Letters and Science. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).

Study by former MSU grad student reveals changing diets for Yosemite bears

March 3, 2014 -- MSU News Service/UCSC


A former MSU graduate student has just published a paper on changing diets over the past century for black bears in Yosemite National Park.

Photo: Jack Hopkins collects a sample of black bear hair in Yosemite National Park. (Photo courtesy of Jack Hopkins).

MSU alumnus Norm Asbjornson pledges $50 million to MSU for its College of Engineering

March 3, 2014 -- MSU News Service


Norm Asbjornson, a Montana State University alumnus (B.S. ME 1960, Hon. Doc. Engineering 2004) and Montana native from the small town of Winifred, has pledged $50 million to the university for its College of Engineering. His commitment represents the largest private gift in the history of the state.

Photo: Norm Asbjornson, a Montana State University alumnus and Montana native from the small town of Winifred, has committed to give the university $50 million for its College of Engineering – the largest private gift in the history of the state. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

MSU paper on Yellowstone microbes one of most popular for 2013

February 25, 2014 -- MSU News Service


An MSU article on Yellowstone National Park microorganisms was one of the 10 most popular last year in the journal, Frontiers in Microbiology.

 

MSU study proves that wildlife crossing structures promote 'gene flow' in Banff bears

February 18, 2014 -- Sepp Jannotta, MSU News Service


A first-of-its-kind study of Banff National Park bears by scientists with the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University has shown that a system of wildlife crossing structures there is working to maintain genetically healthy populations in bears living along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Photo: A sow grizzly and a cub are seen on a wildlife overpass above the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. A genetics study by scientists with the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University has examined the reproduction success of bears using wildlife crossings in Banff and determined that system of crossings has helped to maintain genetically healthy populations of black bears and grizzlies in the park. Photo by HighwayWilding.org.

MSU's Center for Biofilm Engineering co-sponsoring conference with FDA

February 18, 2014 -- MSU News Service


Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering, along with the federal Food and Drug Administration, will be co-sponsoring a public workshop on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the FDA campus in Silver Spring, Md. The one-day conference, "Biofilms, Medical Devices and Anti-Biofilm Technology - Challenges and Opportunities," will bring together the research community, government scientists, and industry representatives.

 

Winner of new MSU award found her path early, in research lab

February 17, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


Joan Broderick won MSU's first Woman in Science Distinguished Professor Award.

Photo: Joan Broderick, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, won the first Woman in Science Distinguished Professor Award at Montana State University. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).

Shane Doyle links Montana tribes, international researchers over prehistoric boy

February 12, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


An MSU instructor who is an enrolled member of the Crow tribe served as liaison between Montana tribes and international researchers who reported the complete genome of a prehistoric boy.

Photo: Shane Doyle was the liaison between Montana tribes and an international team of researchers whose findings about a prehistoric boy will be published in the Feb. 13 issue of Nature. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).

Yellowstone microbial discoveries to be discussed during Feb. 20 Cafe Scientifique in Bozeman

February 10, 2014 -- MSU News Service


"Unknown Yellowstone: Microbial Discoveries and Biotech Applications" will be the focus of the Cafe Scientifique to be held Feb. 20, in the Baxter Ballroom in downtown Bozeman.

 

MSU joins worldwide effort to better understand the sun

January 28, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


MSU will play a major role in a new international program to better understand solar activity and its effect on the Earth.

Photo: This painting, "Half an Hour After the Giant Impact," is an artist's rendition of a very heavy object striking early Earth. (Painting by William K. Hartmann, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson).

MSU lab now has full-time expert to identify worrisome bugs

January 24, 2014 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


Montanans who worry about spiders living in their basement or other insects in their homes and gardens can once again consult with an urban insect diagnostician at MSU.

Photo: Laurie Kerzicnik is the new full-time diagnostician and assistant IPM specialist in the Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory at Montana State University. (MSU photo by Sepp Jannotta).