FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
THE OUTER LIMITS
THE ROOTS OF SOCIAL INEQUALITY
THE NEW NOTE-TAKING
Cover: Jeff Cincoski, a triathlete and UM employee, puts a research bike through its paces in a 100-degree, temperature-controlled room at the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism.
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: Cary Shimek. GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Neil Wiegert. PHOTOGRAPHER: Todd Goodrich. CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Brianne Burrowes, Brenda Day, Judy Fredenberg, Rita Munzenrider, Jennifer Sauer, Allison Squires and Patia Stephens. WEB DESIGN: Cary Shimek. 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.
|Message From the Vice President
Campus projects now expend more than $67 million annually. Most funding comes from federal granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Energy, to name just a few. This funding generates jobs that have become an important component of the local and state economies. They also finance laboratories that, in addition to doing outstanding science, become important, hands-on places of learning for UM undergraduate and graduate students. Our research endeavors allow us to train the next generation of scientists beyond the classroom. With campus brimming with ideas that push the frontiers of knowledge, it’s my pleasure to share a few of them with you in this issue of Vision, our annual research magazine.
The cover story features research Professor Brent Ruby and his Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism. Working either in a recent addition to McGill Hall or in a mobile laboratory Airstream trailer, Ruby and his team are searching for the outer limit of energy expenditure among human beings. This quest recently took them to California’s 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon and ultimately may improve safety and performance for extreme athletes, firefighters and U.S. troops.
Other stories in this issue involve pressing environmental issues. There is the movement of contaminated sediment after the historic removal of Milltown Dam upstream from Missoula and the fact that decades of vermiculite mining near Libby have laced the surrounding trees with hazardous asbestos.
Another article examines groundbreaking UM work to unearth an ancient “housepit” village in British Columbia, while another highlights work by a faculty member to develop an improved form of electronic note-taking. One story reveals how moose had to relearn their fear of wolves when the predators were reintroduced to Yellowstone, and another feature describes a UM law professor’s work to reveal the original intent of the Constitution using other documents that were contemporary to the Founding Fathers.
The sheer variety of research and scholarship being conducted at the University never fails to amaze. It makes it all the more appropriate that UM will host two of the nation’s premier scientific conferences in 2010 – the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April and the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference in October.
UM research has generated hundreds of stories begging to be told. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into a few of these efforts.
Daniel J. Dwyer