FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
THE FOSSIL TRAIL
Sidebar: New center lands big grant
WOMEN OF SCIENCE
SCIENTIST Q & A
Cover: UM paleontologist George Stanley holds a rhinoceros jaw fossil in the storage room of the University’s paleontology research collection. Found in Montana, the fossil is from the Miocene epoch, which extended from 23 million to 5.3 million years before the present.
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Scientist Q & A
Undergrad helps explore Saturn
Hilary Martens has started her fourth year at UM, but it’s hard to say when she will graduate since her academic interests appear boundless. A physics major with minor concentrations in music composition and math, she’s also finishing premed requirements and hopes to be accepted into the College of Forestry’s Wilderness and Civilization program next year. Born and raised in Missoula, Martens is a Presidential Scholar in the Davidson Honors College and this year received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for promising young scientists.
By Caroline Kurtz
So, what are your academic plans?
What kind of research have you been doing in physics?
What has the Cassini mission discovered so far?
Astronomy is a small professional community, isn’t it?
A lot of astronomers are sci-fi fans. Are you?
Do you have a favorite space object?
What is your dream?