FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
Sidebar: Are oceans becoming acidic?
LOST LEWIS AND CLARK
Sidebar: Neurons get their close-up
Sidebar: Core facility models molecules
A HAZARDOUS WORLD
Sidebar: Genes, the environment and you
Cover: An illustration of UM's Main Hall tower bathed in the glow of a fictitious smoldering Earth.
Vision is published annually by The University of Montana Office of the Vice President for Research and Development and University Relations. It is printed by UM Printing & Graphic Services.
PUBLISHER: Daniel J. Dwyer. MANAGING EDITOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Cary Shimek. PHOTOGRAPHER: Todd Goodrich. CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Brianne Burrowes, Brenda Day, Judy Fredenberg, Joan Melcher, Rita Munzenrider, Patia Stephens and Alex Strickland. WEB DESIGN: Patia Stephens. EDITORIAL OFFICE: University Relations, Brantly Hall 330, Missoula, MT 59812, 406-243-5914. MANAGEMENT: Judy Fredenberg, Office of the Vice President for Research and Development, 116 Main Hall, Missoula, MT 59812, 406-243-6670.
When reflecting on The University of Montana, whether as our alma mater or simply an institution to which we are somehow connected, the result is often a warm, fuzzy feeling. “Those were the days,” we might wax nostalgic. Whether five years or 50 have passed, there is seldom little, if any, change in the mind’s eye. In our memory, the institution remains constant, and it’s a good thing.
However, while not wanting to burst a nostalgic bubble, I emphatically state that UM is not constant. While it’s true that parts of “that UM” are likely much the same, today’s UM looks different, feels different and is different, and it’s a better thing.
endures but change,” said Heraclitus (540-480 B.C.). History has
proven the fruit of evolution is typically a stronger, more adaptable
species or environment. UM is no exception: It is a stronger institution
cutting-edge technological advancements paired with
When considering UM’s growth and evolution, it’s important to note that a large portion of University research occurs off campus. At “that UM,” it’s true that student projects were scattered about the county or state. At today’s UM, however, it’s not surprising to find a student studying on site at Maui’s Haleakala National Park. Similarly, while many UM researchers examine various aspects of climate change, this Vision contains an article that reveals a scientist researching climate change in a different venue than that provided in our great state: His field work occurs under a dozen or more feet of Antarctic ice.
This issue teems with articles that highlight the University’s diversity in its research and creativity. From saving Native languages to lake shores, you’ll find a host of information that demonstrates the varied research being undertaken by talented UM faculty, staff and students. These individuals, who are The University of Montana, are not parochial in thought; they are global.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 A.D.) said, “The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make of it.” This issue of Vision demonstrates that thoughts at The University of Montana are helping change the universe.