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UM speech sponsor said it was all about 1st Amendment


Before the crowd filtered into the Dennison Theater on Tuesday, Maria Cole made the rounds in a hurried meet-and-greet, and to brace for the night ahead. Over the past several weeks, the longtime University of Montana benefactor had received her share of criticism for inviting provocateur Mike Adams to speak under the lecture series that carries her deceased husband’s name. (more…) Continue Reading →

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UM leader says school ready for a ‘world of disruptions’


When General Electric first appeared on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, the company was lauded as a cornerstone of industrial might, a reputation it would hold for more than a century. But now, with the digital revolution in full swing, the powerhouse of American ingenuity is searching for its place in a changing world, one where transformation will be key to survival. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Daines, Gianforte tout tech growth at Missoula summit


Back in the 1970s, when Steve Daines was on a family trip to Disneyland, a woman asked him about life back home. Her impression of Montana was stereotypical at best  — a third-world state far removed from economic prosperity. Kicking off the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit on Monday, Daines, now a U.S. senator representing the state, said times have changed. Technology has removed the barriers of geography, and Montana’s booming tech sector competes at the enterprise level with the world’s top firms. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Fire ecology prof: We’d better get used to this


As a follow-up to our recent story about “Land on Fire,” Gary Ferguson’s new book, here’s an interesting interview with Philip Higuera, a professor of fire ecology at the University of Montana. In no-nonsense terms, he talks about drought, the traditional role of fires in forest ecosystems, the advisability of tree-thinning to prevent fires, climate change and “good” and “bad” fires. Here’s one good example of his way of thinking, in response to the question of whether should be building houses in what as known as the wildland-urban interface:

“Every place on our planet has some natural phenomenon that is not friendly to humans. If you live on the East Coast, you are going to experience hurricanes. If you live in the Midwest, you are going to experience tornadoes. Continue Reading →

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UM scientist: Cassini mission shows value of exploration


Cassini is the most sophisticated space probe ever built. Launched in 1997 as a joint NASA/European Space Agency mission, it took seven years to journey to Saturn. It’s been orbiting the sixth planet from the sun ever since, sending back data of immense scientific value and images of magnificent beauty. Cassini now begins one last campaign. Dubbed the Grand Finale, it will end on Sept. 15 with the probe plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, where it will burn up. Continue Reading →

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