‘Innovation and Imagination 2015’ to Spotlight UM Research, Creative Scholarship

April 15, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will celebrate research and creative scholarship at its upcoming “Innovation and Imagination 2015” event.

Spanning three days, this year’s II15 will explore all areas of research, creative scholarship and entrepreneurship at UM, with a one-day exploration in the theme of mental and behavioral health in Montana. Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members from all disciplines will present.

In addition, during the annual UM Research Day luncheon at noon Monday, April 20, the Mansfield Library will present its suite of services and resources available to support Montana research enterprise. 

“I’m very pleased with this year’s lineup of high-caliber speakers and presenters,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. “The events we have planned will showcase the high level of research and creative scholarship being accomplished by our students and faculty.”

With $63.8 million in research awards already allocated this fiscal year, UM is on track to easily surpass last year’s total award volume of $64.4 million, Whittenburg said.  

“Critical to UM’s success has been the caliber of the faculty and staff, as well as the strong institutional support and services, like those provided by the Mansfield Library, and ongoing state support from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education,” he said. 

All II15 events are free and open to the public. The full schedule is listed below.

Friday, April 17:

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., University Center Third Floor: The UM Conference on Undergraduate Research will feature presentations by undergraduates from across campus on their research and creative scholarship. For more information visit http://www.umt.edu/ugresearch/.     

Saturday, April 18:

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., UC Commons and Third Floor: The UM Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference will feature presentations from graduate students in all disciplines on their research and creative scholarship. For more information visit http://scholarworks.umt.edu/gsrc/.  

Monday, April 20:

  • Noon-1 p.m., UC 330: The II15 Research Day Luncheon will include a discussion of the Mansfield Library’s support and resources for researchers and an introduction of Janelle Booth, the new state research director. 
  • 1:10-4 p.m., UC 330: II15 Research Day Presentations. The theme is “Mental and Behavioral Health in Montana.” Each presentation will run 10 to 15 minutes. 

Session 1, 1:10-2 p.m.: “Perspectives from the Mental Health Field”

- Erin Butts, mental health policy specialist, Montana Office of Public Instruction, “Statewide Initiatives and Partnerships”

- Cameo Stanick, UM assistant professor of clinical psychology and coordinator of evidence-based practices for the Institute for Education, Research and Service, “The Role of Evidence-Based Practice”

- Rick van den Pol, director, Institute for Education, Research and Service, “Collaborative Relationships Rarely Found in Nature”

- Carol Ewen, response to intervention specialist, Missoula County Public Schools, “Reaching All Kids: Universal Interventions to Support Underserved Youth”

Session 2, 2:10-3 p.m.: “Montana Health Systems Integration”

- Joseph Knapp, physician, Providence/St. Patrick Hospital, “The Role of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Shaping the Future of Health Care in Montana (A Collaborative Research Agenda)”

- David Schuldberg, clinical psychology professor and director of the National Native Children’s Trauma Center, “Changing Health Systems: Skills for Doing the Impossible”

- Tom Seekins, psychology professor, “The Rural Community as Context for Health”

Session 3, 3:10-4 p.m.: “Promoting Behavioral Health in Underserved Populations”

- Annie Belcourt, public health and pharmacy practice assistant professor, “Environmental Health: Air Quality Interventions Aimed at Improving Public Health”

- Rosemary Hughes, Rural Institute senior research scientist, “Partnering with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Address Interpersonal Violence”

- Gyda Swaney, clinical psychology associate professor, and Blakely Brown, health and human performance professor, “Partnerships to Prevent Childhood Obesity on the Flathead Indian Reservation”

- Mandi Zanto, program manager, Montana Nutrition & Physical Activity Program, Healthy Lifestyles Section of the Chronic Disease Prevention Bureau

  • 4:15-5 p.m., UC 330: II15 Reception
  • 5-6:30 p.m., UC 330: II15 keynote speech by Michael Gamel-McCormick, associate executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

For more information on II15, visit http://www.umt.edu/research/outreach/II2015.php, call Whittenburg at 406-243-6670 or email vpr@umontana.edu.

Contact: Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship, 406-243-6670, vpr@umontana.edu.