Office of International Programs Hosts Spring 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series

February 24, 2014

MISSOULA – The Office of International Programs at the University of Montana invites the community to discover international topics at its Brown Bag Lecture Series. This semester’s lecture series features presentations from faculty on internships, award-winning research and faculty-directed teaching service research abroad.

All lectures will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Presidents Room in Brantly Hall. The full schedule is:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 26:  College of Forestry and Conservation Dean Jim Burchfield presents on “International Sustainability Internships at UM.” Burchfield has experience as both a rural sociologist and a forester, and his major interest centers on how people reside and interact with forest and grassland settings in a productive, harmonious manner.
  • Tuesday, March 25:  Geosciences Professor George Stanley shares his experiences networking between the U.S. and Japan during his recent Japanese BRIDGE program this past semester at Kumamoto University. Stanley was honored as a Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., following this collaborative research.
  • Wednesday, April 16: Physical Therapy Professor James Laskin speaks about his continued program in Thailand in teaching service research and his students’ involvement. Laskin’s research specializes in applied exercise physiology, sports and recreation for people with physical disabilities, physical fitness for disabled populations, and health promotion and secondary condition risk reduction.
  • Tuesday, May 6: Professor Chris Palmer from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry discusses the research that led to him receiving the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility award and what he plans to research during his visit the laboratory of Professor Fernando Lancas at the University of São Paulo Institute of Chemistry in São Carlos, Brazil, in 2015. Palmer is an analytical chemist specializing in the development of novel polymeric materials for application in microscale liquid phase separations, and in the application of separations methods to environmental analysis.

For more information on the lecture series, visit, call Linda Ellersick at 406-243-6865 or email





Contact: Linda Ellersick, media information specialist, UM Office of International Programs, 406-243-6865,