Newsline September 18, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. State of the Birds Report Finds Farm Bill Benefits Landowners and Birds. 

Around EVST

  1. EVST Students Compile Report on Local Food and Agriculture Summit.
  2. Great review of Rosalyn LaPier’s "City Indian" in the Journal of American Studies!
  3. EVST Happy Hour at the Old Post, Sept. 22.
  4. Working Hard for Democracy.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)

  1. We Are Montana in the Classroom has a graduate student meet-up on 9/21.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Friend of the river? Take the Clark Fork Survey.
  2. Volunteer at Annual Festival of Cycles, Sept 23. 
  3. Host an Ignite Change Event, Sept 24. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Graduate seminar on “Innovations at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus.” Starts Sept 18.
  2. “Renewable Energy: Global and Montana Perspectives”, Sept 18. 
  3. UM to Celebrate American Indian Heritage Sept. 18-22.
  4. Bug out for the river:  Sept 19.
  5. Business Innovations Inspired by Nature, Sept. 20.
  6. Missoula Urban Design Workshop, Sept 21. 
  7. Society for Conservation Biology meets at UM in November, submit abstracts for presentations by Oct 2.
  8. Liz Carlisle reads from Lentil Underground, Sept 21.
  9. 8th Annual Glacier Two Medicine Fall Gathering, Sept 23 and 24. 
  10. Become a UM role model workshop Sept 28.
  11. Montana Institute on Ecosystems Workshop, Sept 25 and 26 in Ennis, MT.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Work on a PhD focused on River Conservation in China.
  2. Missoula County seeking Environmental Health Specialist 1, apply by Sept 22.
  3. Job with Garden City Harvest administrative coordinator, apply by Sept 24.
  4. Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Field Intern, apply by Oct 4. 

Funding

  1. Grad fellowships for water research, apply by Nov 21. 

Housing

  1. Responsible and clean roommate wanted in a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath log cabin style home.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Geography Club meets Sept 20. 
  2. UM’s Fall Feastival celebrates local food & agriculture, Sept 21.
  3. Annual Festival of Cycles, Sept 23. 
  4. Talking Outside Inside.
  5. Beautiful organic produce for $1/pound! 
  6. UM president candidates’ forums, Sept 18-22.

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Good News Item

State of the Birds Report Finds Farm Bill Benefits Landowners and Birds. 

37 million. That’s the increase in the number of waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region over the past quarter-century, thanks to the Farm Bill – according to the State of the Birds 2017 report, released today by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), documents the many benefits the Farm Bill. For more than three decades, the Farm Bill has been an effective tool for wildlife conservation, sustaining essential habitat for more than 100 bird species. For farmers, ranchers, and forest owners, the bill provides a safety net that helps keep working lands from being developed. As the 2018 Farm Bill is debated for reauthorization in Congress, the report calls attention to the benefits of investing in conservation on private lands, which make up nearly 70% of the land area of the US.

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Around EVST

EVST Students Compile Report on Local Food and Agriculture Summit.

In fall 2016, Governor Bullock’s Summit on Local Food and Agriculture in Montana was held in Bozeman. Eight of the graduate students (Catie DeMets, Lauren Johnson, Kaitlin McCafferty, Naomi Neal, Brittany Palmer, and Gillian Thornton) in a course taught by Neva Hassanein attended the summit in order to observe and learn about the event’s purpose, processes and products.  A report, Resetting the Table, by the students is now available, as well as a short video about the event. The report includes the findings of a survey of summit participants, as well as a description of the process undertaken in each of the five tracks that were held during the two-day meeting. The video is a fun and informative look at participants vision for Montana food and agriculture. To find the report and video, visit this link and scroll to Resetting the Table. 

Great review of Rosalyn LaPier’s "City Indian" in the Journal of American Studies!

To read the review, please click on this link to the online version

EVST Happy Hour at the Old Post, Sept. 22.

It is for all current EVST students and their current partners on Friday, September 22 at 6:30pm at The Old Post, 103 W Spruce St. (outside if it's nice). Come, meet EVST’ers, eat tots and drink beverages.  

Working Hard for Democracy.

UM Students (including 2 EVST’ers) knocked 24,000 doors this summer & fall to register 4000 voters and get them to pledge to vote. They also made 10,000 calls in the last three days of the election to get young people out to vote. In Missoula County, young people turned out at record levels, 18-29 year old turnout went up by 7% (nearly 1,000 more voters than 2012!). Take a look at these hard workers for Democracy: L-R (Pete Riley, Kelly Williamson (EVST), MJ Desrosier (EVST), Libbey Barsness, Taiga Gamell).

EVST students

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Featured Events

We Are Montana in the Classroom has a graduate student meet-up on 9/21.  

We Are Montana in the Classroom places University of Montana faculty members, graduate students, and professionals in K-12 classrooms, with the goal of inspiring students about higher education and career pathways. If you're interested in sharing your passion for learning with the next generation, become a role model with We Are Montana in the Classroom! Come learn about what we do and find out how to get involved. WHEN/WHERE: 9/21 from 6PM-8PM at Imagine Nation Brewing Company. Free pizza and refreshments!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Friend of the river? Take the Clark Fork Survey.

Help guide the Clark Fork Coalition’s boots on the ground (or in the river, as the case may be). Please share your thoughts and ideas about the Coalition and the work ahead to protect and care for the Clark Fork watershed. What’s urgent? What working? What’s not? Let us know. Take a short survey here and help us plan for the next five years! 

Volunteer at Annual Festival of Cycles, Sept 23. 

This will be the 22nd Annual Festival of Cycles and will once again rebuild & give away bikes, and have music, food, games, kids activities, etc. Event is free thanks to volunteers like you. To volunteer, contact Free Cycles here. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, September 23, 10 am-10 pm, Free Cycles (732 S. 1st St. West). More information at Free Cycles

Host an Ignite Change Event, Sept 24. 

The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking local hosts for the kickoff of their Ignite Change Campaign. The Campaign is focused on shaping federal policy on wildlife, air, water, public land and climate change. The Center's Ignite Change team will work with local hosts to organize local actions that will effect change at the highest levels of government to save wildlife and protect our planet. More info here.

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Educational Opportunities

Graduate seminar on “Innovations at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus.” Starts Sept 18.

This seminar convenes a group of faculty, research professionals and practitioners working across boundaries to expose students to contemporary research and management challenges at the nexus. Students will gain a better understanding of what it means to pursue disciplinary and interdisciplinary research at the food-energy-water nexus and will be actively encouraged to explore potential for nexus research in their own graduate studies. Students will also be exposed to several practical skill development topics, including seminars on interdisciplinary research and science communication skills. Contact Alisa Wade for Full syllabus. NRSM 595 (CRN# 74637); GEO 595 (CRN# 74766), Mondays 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304. 

“Renewable Energy: Global and Montana Perspectives”, Sept 18. 

Diana Maneta served for six years as Executive Director of the Montana Renewable Energy Association, a nonprofit organization that works to make renewable energy more accessible and affordable for Montanans. Prior to that position, she served as Sustainability Coordinator for Lewis and Clark County and as an Advisor at the California Energy Commission. Diana has a master's degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. In this seminar, Diana will give an overview of renewable energy technologies and discuss the current technological and policy status of renewables from both a global and Montana perspective. WHEN/WHERE: Monday September 18, 4:30-5:20pm – Stone Hall 304. 

Bug out for the river:  Sept 19.

Join Clark Fork Coalition on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Missoula Insectarium with aquatic ecologist, Sean Sullivan (& EVST alum), and CFC restoration director, Will McDowell. Get up-close and personal with the incredible insects of the Clark Fork River and learn what they are teaching us about the impacts of heavy metals pollution on aquatic and terrestrial life. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 19, 6:30pm at the Missoula Insectarium (218 East Front St., Missoula). 

UM to Celebrate American Indian Heritage Sept. 18-22.

The University of Montana plans a five-day celebration to recognize American Indian heritage, Monday through Friday, Sept. 18-22. All events are free and open to the public. Each day has a focused theme. The schedule is: Monday, Sept. 18. Theme: STEM; Tuesday, Sept. 19. Theme: Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Wednesday, Sept. 20. Theme: Social Justice, Rock Your Moccs and Wear Your Native Pride; Thursday, Sept. 21. Theme: Art and Humanities; Friday, Sept. 22. Theme: Health and Wellness. More information can be found at this link. To volunteer, call Michelle Guzman, UM Native American studies adviser, at 406-243-5831 or email here

Business Innovations Inspired by Nature, Sept. 20.

This is part of Montana Natural History Center’s Lecture Series HERE. When/WHERE: Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at MNHC. Cost per lecture: $10; $5 members; FREE for high school and college students. Purchase tickets for multiple lectures and save! Fall series (three lectures): $20; $15 members. Click HERE to purchase a ticket (also available at the door).Jakki Mohr, UM Regents Professor of Marketing and the Gallagher Distinguished Faculty Fellow will speak on Biomimicry and Business. Learn how companies use biomimicry to solve technical and engineering challenges and to develop breakthrough innovations. 

Missoula Urban Design Workshop, Sept 21. 

The city of Missoula invites all interested citizens to participate in this workshop – which addresses design standards for the downtown & commercial corridors. The goal is to implement a system that will promote high quality commercial building development in terms of design, materials, construction and character. More info here.  WHEN: Sept 21 at 5:30pm; WHERE: Doubletree Hotel. 

 

Society for Conservation Biology meets at UM in November, submit abstracts for presentations by Oct 2.

The Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is seeking submissions for our annual research symposium to be held at UM on November 6 - 8, 2017! The theme for this year's symposium is Conservation Now! We’ll network, share stories/ideas/cutting edge research, and build collaborations! To submit an abstract, include: Title; co-authors and affiliations; Whether a poster or oral presentation; a 250 word (maximum) abstract summarizing the work. Send abstracts by Oct 2 to this email address. More info here.  

Liz Carlisle reads from Lentil Underground, Sept 21.

Journalist and native Montanan Liz Carlisle weaves an eye-opening and richly reported narrative that will be welcomed by readers of food and farm memoirs, as well as everyone concerned with the future of American agriculture and natural food in an increasingly uncertain world. More information here

8th Annual Glacier Two Medicine Fall Gathering, Sept 23 and 24. 

Summit Lodge on Marias Pass. Please click this link to register so we know who to expect! 

Become a UM role model workshop Sept 28.

We Are Montana in the Classroom connects UM faculty members and graduate students with K-12 students in our community and across Montana. The Role Models Matter workshop, based on curriculum developed by the National Science Foundation-funded Techbridge program, equips researchers and scholars from all academic disciplines to engage authentically with K-12 students through hands-on activities, personal stories, and reflection. Participants will also learn more about upcoming opportunities to engage as a role model.  Breakfast will be provided. To attend, please email Harley Fredriksen. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Sept 28, 9-11 am in Liberal Arts room 205. 

Montana Institute on Ecosystems Workshop, Sept 25 and 26 in Ennis, MT.

Designing and Executing Mixed Methods Research, a Workshop for Environmental Social Scientists. Two day plus one evening working retreat. Vetentered on Kristen Luker’s book “Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-Glut”. Rooms are bunk-style and include basic amenities including hot showers. Location: Jack Creek Preserve’s Outdoor Education Center (OEC) in Ennis MT. Times: Monday, September 25th 9:00 am - Tuesday, September 26th 1:00 pm. The OEC can be open on Sunday evening if participants need to or want to arrive early.  The cost is $15/night/person (cost of facilities rental). Food will be prepared communally (costs pending). There will be access to a commercial kitchen with standard kitchen-ware. Participants will be asked to read sections of Luker's book in preparation. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. To RSVP or for questions please contact Kathleen Epstein

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Jobs and Internships

Work on a PhD focused on River Conservation in China.

The School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability (SESES) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks a graduate research assistantship (GRA) at either the Masters or PhD level interested in investigating the intersection of natural resource management, conservation policy, and water in China. The GRA position will begin in fall 2018 and provides a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for two academic years at the Masters level or four years at the PhD level. The GRA will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Denielle Perry. The fall application deadline for SESES is January 15th, though earlier submissions are encouraged. Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest and a copy of their CV (including GPA, and GRE scores as well as TOEFL if applicable) via email to Denielle Perry prior to formally applying to the NAU Graduate School. Denielle can also provide more info on the opportunity. 

Missoula County seeking Environmental Health Specialist 1, apply by Sept 22.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, MISSOULA VALLEY WATER QUALITY DISTRICT is seeking a Environmental Health Specialist 1, apply by Sept 22. Complete job description available here, please use on-line application link. 

Job with Garden City Harvest –administrative coordinator, apply by Sept 24.

Garden City Harvest is looking for a kind, organized, dynamic, problem-solver to join our administrative team. This individual will serve as the first point of contact for the organization. The ideal candidate is comfortable performing a variety of customer service and administrative tasks that are absolutely essential to ensuring smooth and efficient day-to-day operations at Garden City Harvest’s new administrative office and organizational hub. Apply by September 24, 2017. Full job description here

Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Field Intern, apply by Oct 4. 

Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring field interns to teach field-based science/conservation/environmental educational programs for middle and high school students. We are currently hiring for the 2018 winter Yellowstone wildlife ecology program season. EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and high school students. More information can be found at here. Field interns, as a member of a three person field team, guide students in the preparation of all meals in the field, maintain EPI field equipment, transport students, lead students in leadership activities/games, and support field instructors in conducting all courses. As the internship progresses, interns will be called upon to provide relevant ecology and science lessons to students. Applications will be accepted through October 4th. For a complete job announcement and to access the application visit here.

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Funding

Grad fellowships for water research, apply by Nov 21. 

Each year, the MT Water Center provides Water Resource Fellowships to MT grad students. Funds can be used for materials, travel, lab fees, etc. Maximum request is $2000. Proposals are due Nov 21. Funds are available for use from 3/1/2018 to 2/28/2019. Application info here:  Graduate Student Water Resource Fellowship program, (scroll down to 2018 Request for Proposals), or contact Whitney Lonsdale or 406-994-4454, new assistant director at the Water Center.

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Housing

Responsible and clean roommate wanted in a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath log cabin style home.

Located in the lower Rattlesnake. Female preferred. Seeking a graduate student or young professional. Dogs ok, but must get along with my well behaved Labrador dog. No smokers. Rent is $687/month utilities not included. $687 deposit. 9 month lease. Available now. Call/ text Lacey 970-422-2546 or email to set up a time to come see it and see if we'll be a good fit!

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Geography Club meets Sept 20. 

UM’s Geography Club’s next meeting is Wednesday September 20th @4:30 in Stone Hall 217. Interested folks in EVST are invited.  For more info, contact Kourtney Johnson.   

UM’s Fall Feastival celebrates local food & agriculture, Sept 21.

UM will provide students, faculty and staff with a chance to savor Montana’s harvest during UM Dining’s annual Kyra Jean Williams Farm to College Fall Feastival from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, on the Oval. The feast offers a taste of the UM Farm to College Program, which is dedicated to providing local food to the campus community, as well as a holistic view of Montana’s agricultural food cycle. Montana farmers, ranchers and food producers will supply the menu items. Read more: Fall Feastival to Provide a Taste of Montana’s Food Cycle

Annual Festival of Cycles, Sept 23. 

22nd Annual Festival of Cycles. Bike building, kid activities, food, music, games and such.  FREE (it's at FREEcycles). WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, September 23, 10 am-10 pm, Free Cycles (732 S. 1st St. West). 

Talking Outside Inside.

A new lecture series about personal experiences and research facilitated by bicycles and other sustainable transportation options. TALKING OUTSIDE INSIDE is now accepting proposals for the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 season. To submit a proposal, please click here. 

Beautiful organic produce for $1/pound! 

Harlequin Produce offers a winter storage CSA of organic produce - 100 pounds for $100. Get a share with friends if that is too much for you. Contains 3 kinds of onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash, pie pumpkins, cabbage, bell peppers, roasted peppers. You can customize your order online. Click HERE to sign-up  OR sign-up at their Farmers' Market stand. Pick up times are: Oct 18 or Oct 25 at Greenough Park Pavilion. 

UM president candidates’ forums, Sept 18-22.

The four finalists for UM president will visit campus between Monday, Sept. 18, and Monday, Sept. 25. Each visit will include a public forum at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Theater, followed by a community reception at 5:15 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. A schedule follows: Monday, Sept. 18: Mirta Martin; Wednesday, Sept. 20: Andy Hale Feinstein; Friday, Sept. 22: Seth Bodnar; Monday, Sept. 25: Chuck Ambrose. The Board of Regents and the commissioner of higher education view public participation in the forums as an important part of the recruitment process. If you cannot attend in person, the Forums will be livestreamed via MCAT. Complete biographies and resumes/CVs for each finalist can be viewed on UM’s presidential search website.

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This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor. 

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