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October 16, 2012


The University of Montana brims with researchers trying to advance human knowledge and puzzle out the mysteries presented to us by the natural world.

To highlight some of the great science being conducted here in western Montana, the University will host a first-ever “UM Research Spotlight” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the University Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a social.

“We are trying a novel approach with this presentation,” said David Forbes, UM’s interim vice president for research and creative scholarship. “The researchers on our panels will each show a few slides, with everyone commenting on what’s presented. We’ll do it in a way that’s understandable and accessible to everyone, and we hope to get interaction with the audience.

“Our researchers will touch upon aspects of their respective projects that intersect with local, national and international needs,” he said. “They also will discuss project financing, collaboration opportunities, potential commercialization and end-user impacts.”

The event will be divided into two panels. The first, “Select UM Mind and Body Research,” will feature:

  • Moderator and Professor John Gerdes, “Central Nervous System Neurotransmission – Research Related to ALS, Alzheimer’s, TBI, etc.”
  • Associate Professor Erica Woodahl, “Pharmacogenomics and Native American Populations.”
  • Assistant Professor Catherine Off, “Speech Therapy after a Stroke – Word Finding.”
  • Assistant Professor Matt Bundle, “Movement Assessment after Amputation – Running is Different than Walking.”
  • Professor Tom Seekins, “Community Participatory Research – Each Community has Different Issues.”

The second panel, “Developing Technologies for Monitoring Humans, Animals and the Global Environment,” will offer:

  • Moderator and Professor Brent Ruby, “Heat Stress, Hydration and the Risk for Heat-Related Injury.”
  • Associate Professor Bret Tobalske, “Monitoring Methods that Have Gone to the Birds.”
  • Professor Steve Gaskill, “Obesity in Children and the Growing Need for Physical Activity.”
  • Research Associate Dave Ausband, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf When You Can Howl Back?”
  • Regents Professor Steve Running, “Recent Inferences from the Global Carbon Cycle.”

“This will be an exciting event, and I hope everyone will come out to learn a bit about what we are up to,” Forbes said. “I think people will be surprised and fascinated by what’s happening right here at UM.”



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Contact: David Forbes, UM interim vice president for research and creative scholarship, 406-243-4766,