Newsline February 6, 2017
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- UM hires new UM Dining Director – another local food guy.
- EVST alum evaluates the role of roots in public service.
- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Feb 17-26.
(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
- You are invited to attend Soup Wednesday on February 8, 2017 with President Stearns.
- UM Volunteer Fair, Feb 8.
- Help wildlife biologists track mountain lions in the snow, Feb 23.
- Volunteer opportunities at the National Bison Range.
- Making your voice heard in Helena, save the dates Feb 23 & March 17.
- People’s Climate Mobilization, April 29 in Washington DC.
- Share your passion with kids in Montana’s schools.
- Judges needed for state science fair in March.
- Food Safety Training for Farmers & Food Businesses, Feb 6 & 7.
- Making Renewables Work for Montana: a panel discussion, Feb 8.
- Protecting Montana’s Quiet Waters, Feb 8.
- Western Montana Grazing & Agriculture Conference , Feb 9-10 in Missoula.
- 5 Valleys Audubon Events for February.
- Building Skills for an Inclusive Community, Feb 12.
- Summer Sustainability Fellowships with U of New Hampshire, apply by Feb 17.
- Ecological Society meets in Portland in August, abstracts due Feb 23.
- UM Graduate Research Conference in April, presentation abstracts due Feb 24.
- Community Snowshoe Hike at Bass Creek, Feb 26.
- Montana Environmental Education Association annual meeting, Helena, March 9-10.
- Study Abroad in Zambia and Botswana! May 18-June 7, 2017.
- Sustainable Living and Do-It-Yourself workshops by MUD.
(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)
- Garden City Harvest Farm to School Spring/Summer Internship.
- Student Project in Montana Environmental History.
- Editor job - This is Montana program, For Academic year 2017- 2018.
- Internships (summer, paid) at the Yellowstone Club and Moonlight Club – Big Sky, Montana.
- Western Organization of Resource Council Seeks Communications Director.
- Department of Agriculture's Grown in Montana program Seeks a marketing intern, apply Feb 6.
- ICN Interdisciplinary Research Grant, Due Feb 10.
- Creating Humanities Communities Grants due Feb 15.
- Scholarships for students in natural resources, apply by Feb 26.
- Water related scholarship, apply by March 15.
- Seeking housemate in the Rattlesnake.
- Maximizing Mental Health Workshop February 6.
- MUD Valentine's Workshop: The Language of Flowers, February 9.
- RSVP now to reserve your spot at the UM FLAT's Spring Workshop Series!
- Monthly GPSA Senator Meetings.
- Wilderness group raffling wilderness float trips.
- Missoula’s annual fundraiser for community nonprofits set for May 4-5.
- Grizzly Green Market every Thursday.
- Wintergreens, Fundraiser for Garden City Harvest, Feb 26.
- Got a message you would like to see on a lot of t-shirts?
- UM Dining has something for your Valentine – but refuse the mylar balloons.
- Montana RESIST T-shirts Available.
UM hires new UM Dining Director – another local food guy.
UM recently selected Campbell “Camp” Howard as the new director of UM Dining. He’ll oversee 25 campus food service locations, including residential and retail dining, UM Concessions, UM Catering and its full-service bakery. Howard has many years in collegiate food service & as a chef. He’s a friend of sustainable business practices and will continue UM’s commitment to working with the local food system. Read more: UM Dining Hires New Director.
EVST alum evaluates the role of roots in public service.
EVST alum Dave Strohmaier had a thoughtful article in the Missoula Independent evaluating whether long-time residents of an area are better able to represent the interests of that area in political office. Dave serves on the Missoula County Board of Commissioners, and he is a historian and former Missoula city councilman and author of two books on wildfire in the Western US.
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Feb 17-26.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival was started by a couple of EVST alums and has become an internationally respected competition that draws people from around the world. Winners of the Festival are eligible to be considered for Oscars at the Academy Awards. Tickets are on sale now. Get Single Screening Tickets through FILM LISTINGS or on the SCHEDULE. There are also multiple event tickets. Volunteers are needed at the Festival and volunteers can earn free tickets. . SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 17-26 at Missoula’s Wilma & Roxy Theaters, Elks Lodge and The Silver.
You are invited to attend Soup Wednesday on February 8, 2017 with President Stearns.
President Sheila Stearns will be the host of the event and will be conducting an open forum to address the campus community on a variety of areas. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet students, faculty, staff, and the greater surrounding communities. This informal event provides a welcoming environment to discuss topics related to UM. Every other Wednesday during the regular semester, American Indian Student Services (AISS) collaborates with a variety of campus departments to sponsor Soup Wednesday. This free lunch provides students an opportunity to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate being a Grizzly! It is also an opportunity for administration, faculty, staff, and students to become acquainted and network with one another. WHEN/WHERE: February 8, 2017, 12:15-1:30 pm in the Payne Family Native American Center, Bonnie Heavy Runner Rotunda.
UM Volunteer Fair, Feb 8.
The UM Office for Civic Engagement organizes a Volunteer Fair every semester to help nonprofit organizations in Missoula promote their services and help students find the volunteer opportunities they have been searching for. The Volunteer Fair is an excellent opportunity for potential volunteers to find service opportunities and meet face-to-face with local organizations. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 8, 10-2pm at the University Center.
Help wildlife biologists track mountain lions in the snow, Feb 23.
MPG Ranch (a wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot Valley) is looking for volunteers to help with their winter mountain lion population survey (No, they don’t plan to kill them). Volunteers will backtrack lions and assist with the collection of DNA via hair samples. Tracking is limited to 6 volunteers per outing. No experience necessary. We will teach the basics of track identification, gait, stride length, and foot morphology. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, 2/23 - 10:30am - 3:30pm.
Volunteer opportunities at the National Bison Range.
Volunteers are needed for the National Bison Range near Ravalli. Please see article on their needs and open house to be held on February 8 from 10am-5pm at the Visitor Center.
Making your voice heard in Helena, save the dates Feb 23 & March 17.
Farmer and conservation groups are organizing Citizen Lobby days at the Capitol for the 2017 Legislative Session. One will be Thursday, February 23 (with a clean energy emphasis!) and another will be Friday, March 17. You CAN help shape Montana's policies on energy, land use, transportation, agriculture, and more by participating. Montana Environmental Information Center offers this useful bill-tracker to stay informed about what proposals affect Montanans’ right to a clean environment. AERO (Alternative Energy Resources Organization) has info on current energy-related bills here! AERO's Food and Agriculture Task Force and Energy Task Forces are discussing multiple bills. Email email@example.com to join one of the task forces, and join the conversation.
People’s Climate Mobilization, April 29 in Washington DC.
350.org and other groups are planning a march in Washington DC, focused on climate action. If interested in participating, see this web site. Alternatively, you may want to help local groups plan a local march in solidarity with the march in Washington.
Share your passion with kids in Montana’s schools.
This spring UM will once again send ‘We are MT role models’ (that’s you) to schools around the state. Role models talk about the kind of research and service done by their departments and what sorts of jobs alums from their program are doing. Hands on activities for the kids are much appreciated. There will be visits to Daly Elementary School and Corvallis Middle School in the Bitterroot. Here are some of the dates: Thursday, 2/23; Tuesday, 3/7; Wednesday, 3/15; Wednesday, 4/5; Tuesday, 4/11; Friday, 4/14. If interested in sharing your passion about your field with younger learners, contact Katy White firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judges needed for state science fair in March.
Save the date for the 62nd Annual Montana Science Fair on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at UM Adams Center. This event will welcome over 600 students from across the state and requires over 300 judges/volunteers. UM students, faculty & staff are all needed as judges. The greatest need for judges is from 11 am to 2 pm. For more information or to register for judging, please visit the website.
Food Safety Training for Farmers & Food Businesses, Feb 6 & 7.
Food Safety Trainings for Farmers (Feb 6—Wholesale Success) and for Food Businesses (Feb 7--Hazard Analysis Critical Control) are offered in Missoula at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Full Details are here. There are other trainings around the state on that same page.
Making Renewables Work for Montana: a panel discussion, Feb 8.
Reducing Demand - Mary Fitzgerald, Northern Plains, Billings; Chase Jones, City of Missoula
Storing Energy (Storage/Battery Break-throughs) Carl Borgquist, Absaroka Energy, Bozeman
Making it Happen in Montana – Anne Hedges, Montana Env. Information Center, Helena
Moderated by Jim Parker, 350Montana.org Leadership Team. Co-Sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby, citizensclimatelobby.org; Climate Smart Missoula, missoulaclimate.org Faith and Climate Action Montana- email@example.com MEIC– meic.org; Montana Farmer’s Union- montanafarmerunion.com; Montana Renewable Energy Assoc. montanarenewables.org; Northern Plains Resource Council northernplains.org Reinvest Montana reinvestmontana.weebly.com; Sierra Club, MT montana.sierraclub.org. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 7:00pm at University Center Theatre.
Protecting Montana’s Quiet Waters, Feb 8.
Clark Fork Coalition and other local conservation groups have seen an increased in motorized watercraft, and we’re concerned that this increase will harm water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and damage the overall river experience for others. The Quiet Water Initiative aims to prevent a proliferation of motor craft in places where motor craft or high speeds aren’t appropriate. Join us for a conversation about the Quiet Waters Initiative with Jeff Lukas from the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Lukas will explain the initiative and tell you how you can make your voice heard! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, February 8 from 5:15-6:15pm at the Clark Fork Coalition office (140 S 4th St W).
Western Montana Grazing & Agriculture Conference , Feb 9-10 in Missoula.
Livestock and crop producers as well as natural resource professionals and educators from across Montana will converge for a two-day event. The focus of the conference is to continue the conversation of sustainable, profitable and environmentally sound on-farm practices. February 9-10 at the DoubleTree in Missoula. Full program here.
5 Valleys Audubon Events for February.
Feb 11 (Sat) Owl trapping field trip with Denver Holt. Meet in NW corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot at 9am. More info, call Larry 549-5632 or 540-3064. Feb 13 (Mon) presentation on Wild Skies Raptor Center (cares for injured raptors). 7:30 pm at UM Gallagher, room L14. Feb 18 (Sat): Bird walk at Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, 10 am to noon. Meet at Visitor Center. Feb 25 (Sat): All day field trip to Mission Valley. Meet in NW corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot at 7:50 am.
Building Skills for an Inclusive Community, Feb 12.
Given some of the recent acts of hate in the news, many Montanans are wondering what we can do to build a more inclusive community. How can we confront and interrupt oppression and mistreatment when we see it? How can we work together to create spaces where everyone can be safe? EmpowerMT has been working for nearly two decades to address these concerns and will offer “Building Skills for an Inclusive Community” training in several locations. The first training will be in Missoula – WHEN/WHERE: Sunday February 12 from 2pm to 5pm at Har Shalom, 3035 S. Russell St.
Summer Sustainability Fellowships with U of New Hampshire, apply by Feb 17.
The University of New Hampshire has 21 different sustainability projects for this summer – involving working on campus or with community groups in New England – to develop farmer’s markets, zero waste programs, sustainability training programs, and much more. Time commitment is May 31 to Aug 18. Pays $6000 stipend. College credit available. Projects are described here.
Ecological Society meets in Portland in August, abstracts due Feb 23.
The Ecological Society of America invites contributed abstracts (talks and posters) for ESA's 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. This year's theme is "Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world." Although abstract proposals related to the meeting's theme are encouraged, any timely and coherent subject of broad interest to ecologists will be considered. Abstracts must be submitted through the online form by Thursday, February 23 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (2:00 Pacific). No late or emailed abstracts will be considered. For more information visit: http://www.esa.org/portland/. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Chair, Christopher Swan (Chris.Swan@umbc.edu) or the Science Programs Coordinator, Jennifer Riem (email@example.com).
UM Graduate Research Conference in April, presentation abstracts due Feb 24.
The UM Graduate Conference (GradCon) will be held in the University Center Ballroom on Thursday, April 27. GradCon is interdisciplinary and welcomes presentations from all disciplines and departments. To propose a poster or oral presentation, students must submit an abstract of their research topic by Friday, Feb. 24. Visit the website for more information.
Community Snowshoe Hike at Bass Creek, Feb 26.
Enjoy the winter landscape along the Bass Creek trail in the Bitterroot with Montana Natural History Center. Spend an afternoon outside on snowshoes! Trip leaves from the Bass Creek trailhead. MNHC has snowshoes to borrow. Pick them up the week before the program. WHEN: SUNDAY, February 26, 1:00-4:00pm. Free. RSVP is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend. Click here for more info.
Montana Environmental Education Association annual meeting, Helena, March 9-10.
Montana Environmental Education Association annual meeting, Helena. Exploring the Power of Hands-On Learning. More Information Click Here.
Study Abroad in Zambia and Botswana! May 18-June 7, 2017.
Earn 6 credits (Sustaining Society and Natural Environments); Open to undergrad & grad students; Scholarships & Financial Aid Available. Students travel to Africa to learn about international conservation and development in national parks and wildlife areas of Zambia. Course covers livelihoods and sustainable development in Zambia using the Livingstone Region of the Zambezi River as a model to explore interactions between resources, local people, NGOs, government agencies, resource managers and tourism. In addition, students engage with local wildlife, managers & communities, visit Victoria Falls World Heritage Site, and spend time in iconic parks! Email email@example.com to learn about upcoming info meeting. More info and application here. While the website only mentions PTRM 345X – we are told there is a 500 level version graduate students can take.
Sustainable Living and Do-It-Yourself workshops by MUD.
Missoula Urban Demo Project (or MUD for short) was started years ago by EVST students—to provide instruction and resources in sustainable, self-sufficient living in the city. They offer a tool library, truck share, and many useful workshops (for cheap). Coming up soon are ‘making your own dried flower arrangements for Valentines; Blacksmithing 101; and Beginner Urban Permaculture Design series of workshops. Read about these and many more at http://mudproject.org/workshops/. Plus, they are open to helping you offer a workshop if you have knowledge/skills you’d like to share. Check it out.
Garden City Harvest Farm to School Spring/Summer Internship.
Work this spring and summer with the Garden City Harvest Farm to School program! This stipended internship position offers opportunities to teach Missoula's youth about food, farming, and nutrition. Position is 300 hours and college credit is available for students. Stipend is $500. Deadline to apply, February 28. Full position posting.
Student Project in Montana Environmental History.
Historian Richard Hanners is working on an Environmental History of the Columbia Falls smelter. He is looking for a student who is interested in environmental history and who has strong skills in developing web pages. Richard would like an easy-to-edit web page that can help him share his research with the public. Student can receive internship credit, and pay is negotiable and dependent on student’s expertise in web page development. If you think you fit this description, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 243-5153.
Editor job - This is Montana program, For Academic year 2017- 2018.
Duties entail selecting and sending out the biweekly ’This Is Montana’ column to the Montana Newspaper Association, sending the column and teaching photos to 91 high schools and updating the ‘This is Montana’ website on a monthly basis and then sending out the news releases. The person will work closely with UM Relations as they prepare the news releases, edit the columns and format them for distribution. Pay is $2000 for the academic year. This position doesn't take a great deal of time. Space for working will be in both Brantley Hall and in Stone Hall 306 as that is where the photography is kept. Ideally the individual we want should have a strong interest in Montana and its geography. I will give the person a crash course on Montana. Contact Rick Graetz, Geography. mailto:email@example.com.
Internships (summer, paid) at the Yellowstone Club and Moonlight Club – Big Sky, Montana.
Approximate Start Date: May 29, 2017 - Approximate End Date: August 20 – 25. 2017. Job entails working with the Outdoor Pursuits – Activities at both clubs. Each club hires a person. Training is provided. Interns must have outgoing personalities, be comfortable dealing with some of the wealthiest people in America, have an absolute passion for the outdoors and experience in hiking and other mountain activities. Pay: ranges from about $5200 - $5700 for the summer, plus employees take part in the tip pool - an 18% service charge is collected on all activities and split with the staff based on hours worked each week. Housing: the managers of these programs can assist in finding housing for the summer season in Big Sky and there may be a possibility of some form of housing assistance subsidy, especially from Moonlight. Contact Rick Graetz, Geography. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Organization of Resource Council Seeks Communications Director.
WORC, a regional network of grassroots community organizations with 15,000 members and 39 local chapters, is headquartered in Billings, MT. WORC leads campaigns to hold the oil, gas and coal industries accountable, and in rural community organizing for sustainable family farms and ranches, clean renewable energy, and homegrown prosperity. The job description for Communications Director (application deadline Feb 28) was recently circulated on the Envirojobs list serv. If you are interested in full time jobs outside of commuting distance for Missoula, be sure to subscribe to the Envirojobs list serv. The EVST newsletter only includes local, usually part time jobs, or summer jobs that students are able to fit into their schedules.
Department of Agriculture's Grown in Montana program Seeks a marketing intern – apply Feb 6.
ICN Interdisciplinary Research Grant, Due Feb 10.
Working on interdisciplinary research? Probably, since you're in EVST. Check out the call for proposals for the $1000 ICN research grant, which supports interdisciplinary scholarship and creative works.
Creating Humanities Communities Grants due Feb 15.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a special grant opportunity, "Creating Humanities Communities," focused on high-need states such as Montana. Visit the website announcing the grant, review requirements, and contact Susan Begley Broeksmit for more info.
Scholarships for students in natural resources, apply by Feb 26.
Two $500 Scholarships are available for Montana students—high school seniors or students who are attending an accredited post-secondary institution in Montana may apply. Eligibility requirements include: US citizenship, Montana residency, minimum grade point average of 3.0, and enrollment or plans to enroll in a course of study that allows students to explore natural resource issues. Appropriate courses of study include agriculture, agribusiness, animal science, range science, forestry, environmental science, land resource science, plant science, etc. Students may receive a scholarship both as a high school senior and once during college or grad school. Application deadline is February 24, 2017. Click here to visit Website, or here for the application.
Water related scholarship, apply by March 15.
Donald G. Willems was a well-liked head of Montana’s water quality agency years ago. The Don Willems Scholarship is awarded jointly by the American Water Works Association-MT Ch & the MT Water Environment Association. Up to two $1000 scholarships are awarded each year, to be used towards the cost of the recipient's tuition and books. The application and other info is available here. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Montana college or university and working in fields that relate to water and/or wastewater treatment and/or research. Application includes a current college transcript, brief resume, a statement of professional goals upon completion of their education, and two letters of reference including one advisor and/or one instructor. Email the completed package to email@example.com. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2017.
Seeking housemate in the Rattlesnake.
Local green builder Steve Loken is looking for a grad student to share his house in the Rattlesnake (not far from the PEAS farm). Beautiful place, with great views of Mt Jumbo. Must be non-smoker. Place is available now, and rent is on a month-to-month basis. Two rooms to choose from – one is $525/month, other is $475/month. Utilities and Laundry included. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maximizing Mental Health Workshop February 6.
Graduate students experience higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than the general population. This is an opportunity to learn more about the services offered by Curry Counseling Services and talk in small groups about issues that may act as barriers to success for students pursuing advanced degrees. You will leave this workshop with specific tools and exercises that you can use to help manage your stress and maximize your mental health in graduate school. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, February 6, 11 am-12:20 pm in UC 326.
MUD Valentine's Workshop: The Language of Flowers, February 9.
Join Melissa Lafontaine, EVST Alum and owner of Earth Within Flowers, for a festive pre-Valentine’s Day workshop to rediscover the meaning of flowers while creating a custom dried arrangement for yourself or a loved one. We’ll provide beautiful stationary at your disposal to transcribe your message. Earth Within Flowers offers the community an earth-friendly alternative to flower sourcing. Melissa procures flowers from local and regional farmers and ethically forages foliage from the natural environment. She is trained as an herbalist and ethnobotanist and shares the sentimental and healing nature of flowers through her designs. View her creations online here. When/Where: Thursday, February 9 6-8pm at the Home Resource Education Room.
RSVP now to reserve your spot at the UM FLAT's Spring Workshop Series!
Spots will fill up fast, so guarantee your space now. 2/13 Fermentation, 2/27+2/28 Woodworking (2 day workshop), 3/6 Fruit Tree Grafting, 3/13 Grow your own Mushrooms. Mondays 6-8pm. RSVP: email@example.com
Monthly GPSA Senator Meetings.
The Graduate and Professional Student Association has lots of awesome stuff in the works this term, like continuing to work directly with the Dean of the Graduate School and other administrators, organizing a graduate student conference, advocating for graduate student needs based on our fall survey, and beginning the development of a graduate student lounge, and we're excited to share it all with you. As usual, coffee and treats will be provided. WHEN/WHERE: The first Wednesday of the month, 9-10 am in UC 207.
Wilderness group raffling wilderness float trips.
Selway-Bitterroot Frank Churck Wilderness Foundation is raising $$ by raffling some wilderness float trips to take place this summer. 6 days for two folks on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, 5 days for 2 folks on the Salmon River canyons. Raffle tickets are $20, and can be ordered through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missoula’s annual fundraiser for community nonprofits set for May 4-5.
Missoula Gives, formerly called Give Local Missoula, has a new name and a new website, www.missoulagives.org. This year's event will take place May 4-5, 2017. Last year, our community raised more than $234,000 to benefit 132 local nonprofits. If you work with a nonprofit (or support some nonprofits), make sure they are signed up.
Grizzly Green Market every Thursday.
UM Dining strives to bring fresh produce and healthy eating options to the UM Community. The Grizzly Green Market, a fresh produce market, is located in the Lommasson Center Corner Store every Thursday from 10-2. The market sells fresh produce, locally sourced when available.
Wintergreens, Fundraiser for Garden City Harvest, Feb 26.
Join us for our annual supper celebrating good food close to home, in the midst of winter. New friends and old gather for a simple, hearty meal sourced almost completely from our own farms or our Missoula Valley neighbors. Live pie and cake auction with famed auctioneer Mayor John Engen! Supper will be served in the Governor's Room, upstairs in the Historic Florence Hotel, in downtown Missoula. When/Where: Sunday, February 26, 2017, 5:00-8:30 pm at 111 North Higgins Ave, Governors' Room in the Historic Florence Hotel, downtown Missoula. [map] Cost: $30 for adults, $15 for kids 2 - 10 [buy tickets here].
Got a message you would like to see on a lot of t-shirts?
If your message works with some wildlife or nature images, perhaps you can get it on a t-shirt that will be marketed to the environmental community. Jim Morris has marketed beautiful and funny t-shirts with environmental themes for many years. He’s holding a contest for images. Here’s his message: Anyone can enter. Find an environmental issue or wild animal that inspires you and create. Grand Prize $400; Runner up $100; all designs will be considered for publishing and royalties. Designs are due by March 15. Click here for more details on the contest.
UM Dining has something for your Valentine – but refuse the mylar balloons.
UM Dining is offering valentine cupcakes ($6/per half dozen) and, for the big spender, roses $59/dozen. They are also offering a $20 deal with 6 cupcakes, a rose and a mylar ballon. But please turn down the mylar balloon. Mylar is a very persistent form of plastic that winds up in the bellies of sea creatures. Read about it here: In fact would be a good idea to tell UM Dining to ditch the mylar idea – and stick with cupcakes & roses.
Montana RESIST T-shirts Available.
Alexis Bonogofsky, who is in the book “This changes everything” and who many of you have met in Neva’s classes has designed a ‘RESIST’ t-shirt. It is available for viewing and purchase here.
This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.