|A decade-long partnership between UM researchers and NASA launched the University into the
Information Age and established the institution as a premier provider of knowledge for
schoolchildren and scientists worldwide.
forestry Professor Steve Running and his associates are continuing to develop software for
NASA satellites that generate images allowing scientists to better monitor Earth's land,
water and atmosphere.
As an offshoot of NASA's program, John Kuglin and his Earth Observing System Education Project
bring educators to UM and teach them how to use satellite data in their classrooms.
Kuglin also created an Internet-based program known as UMTONLINE to deliver courses to
students in other parts of the country and around the world. With Dennison, Kuglin sees
the virtual university as an inevitable step in the future of higher education in Montana.