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SMRC staff facilitate SMART FIRES activities at MSU Family Science Day

Staff from the Science Math Resource Center facilitated SMART FIRES activities for over 200 fifth grade students as part of MSU Family Science Day.

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Participants engage at the spectrUM Discovery Area

SpectrUM Day of Smoke and Fire Science

Students from Polson and Ronan High Schools on the Flathead Reservation visited the University of Montana on January 29, 2024, for a day of smoke and fire science with SMART FIRES. During a morning field trip to spectrUM Discovery Area, UM’s hands-on science center, the students explored the concept of the fire triangle and experienced a matchstick “forest” simulation, activities from the USFS’s FireWorks curriculum.

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UM smoke researcher Bob Yokelson recently was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. (Photo by Tommy Martino)

UM smoke researcher honored by major science organization

Bob Yokelson, an accomplished University of Montana researcher who studies biomass burning, recently was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. AGU is the world’s largest Earth and space sciences association, with nearly 60,000 members in 137 countries.

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Sensors Across the Curriculum: Modules Developed for K-12 Classrooms

At Montana State University, the Science and Math Resource Center (SMRC) and the EDU 370 class (Integrating Technology into Education) partnered to build the capacity of 45 undergraduate, pre-service teachers in their thinking about integrating sensors into diverse classrooms. SMRC supplied the class with microcontrollers (Circuit Playground Express) and any additional accessories for each member of the EDU 370 class.    

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Montana STEM Summit 2023 findings and next steps will be presented online Dec. 12

Key findings from the 2023 Montana STEM Summit will be shared in an online presentation on Tuesday, Dec.

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A laser beam shines through optical components in a Gallatin College photonics lab Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in a Montana State University lab in Bozeman, Mont. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

Montana State part of new regional tech hub focused on critical technologies for U.S. national security

Montana State University will be part of a new, federally designated regional technology hub focused on photonics and smart sensor technology, research areas in which MSU has decades of experience.

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Project Highlight: "The Future Isn't Written"

Dr. Arica Crootof of UM Western assists in a project surrounding effective communication about contamination and remediation efforts of the Warm Springs Ponds at the headwaters of the Clark Fork River.

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Montana State University researchers, from left, Rob Payn, Tony Bertagnolli, Stephanie Ewing and Frank Stewart. The group has received funding from the Department of Energy to study organisms that process nitrogen and produce oxygen along waterways. MSU photo by Colter Peterson.

Montana State research team receives new funding to examine nitrogen processing in riparian areas

Building off preliminary work conducted through the Montana NSF EPSCoR Track-1 CREWS project, a team of Montana State University researchers recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to examine nitrogen processing in riparian areas

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Final Report

Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Report

The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission final report was submitted to Congress on September 27, 2023 and reflects one of the most sweeping and comprehensive reviews of the wildfire system to date. The report makes 148 recommendations covering seven key themes:

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New article from CREWS JRW Natural Resource Social Science team focuses on challenges rural communities face with public water systems

A recent publication from the Natural Resource Social Science team highlights the challenges facing rural communities in the arena of public water systems—namely, the locally-managed infrastructure that delivers domestic water to homes in settled areas like small towns and cities.

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Upcoming Events

Indiginizing Engineering Education

The ASEE Pacific Northwest Section Annual Meeting will be held March 27-29, 2024 at Montana State University

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Indiginizing Engineering Education

The ASEE Pacific Northwest Section Annual Meeting will be held March 27-29, 2024 at Montana State University

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