Montana Research Roadshow to Visit UM Oct. 24

October 15, 2018

MISSOULA – Speakers from across the state will highlight their research during the Montana Research Roadshow, which visits the University of Montana at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the University Center Theater.

The roadshow began at Great Falls, ends in Libby and visits 25 towns along the Hi-Line and throughout south central, eastern and western Montana. Researchers present 10-minute stories from each of Montana’s public universities.

Two UM chemistry professors and a Missoula College faculty member will bring their research to the roadshow. The topics for Missoula’s stop include:

  • “Engineering Tiny Holes: Developing Molecules that Move Anions into Cells,” Orion Berryman, UM Department of Chemistry.
  • “Clarifying the Chemistry of Wildfire Smoke,” Lu Hu, UM Department of Chemistry.
  • “Mechatronics Design,” Steve Shen, UM Missoula College.
  • “Fix it or Face it! Ecological Restoration in Butte, America,” Robert Pal, Montana Tech.
  • “Geochemistry and Life: From Supervolcanoes to Silver Bow Creek,” Alysia Cox, Montana Tech.
  • “A Hidden Layer of the Genetic Code and Neurological Disease,” Lynn George, Montana State University-Billings.
  • “Saving Fluvial Arctic Grayling One Class at a Time,” Robert Thomas, UM-Western.
  • “Wildfire, Drought and Residential Risk Perceptions in the Rocky Mountains,” Christopher Craig, MSU-Billings.

“Montana’s universities innovate. They address problems and questions important to every corner of the state,” said Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian. “We are very happy that folks from around Montana will hear a sample of the brilliant work being done by our faculty and students.”

For a full list of Research Roadshow times, locations and speakers, visit

To view a livestream on Facebook for each event, visit


Contact: Kelly Webster, chief of staff, UM Office of the President, 406-243-2470,; Joseph Thiel, director of academic policy and research, Montana University System, 406-449-9134,