Two dozen students, mostly , recently traveled to western and central India for a twenty-four-day environmental writing and reporting winter session class. In the first-ever international study trip sponsored by the , students spent almost a week at a tiger reserve in central India studying human population pressures on the felines. They spent two weeks near Pune, a city of nearly six million near the Western Ghats, looking at the effects of a rapidly increasing population on the urban environment. The trip was led by .Interim Dean Denise Dowling and also went on the trip.
After months of public comments, meetings, and forums, President Royce Engstrom in October announced that the new Missoula College building will be built on East Broadway Street just across the Clark Fork River from UM’s main campus. “I believe the East Broadway site will give us a distinctive opportunity to make a bold statement about UM and the role two-year education plays in the Missoula community and western Montana,” Engstrom says. “We will be able to implement more fully the Missoula College mission to serve the educational and work force needs of this region while placing a state-of-the-art facility in a showcase location near the entrance to Missoula and along the Clark Fork River. This places UM and Missoula College strongly in the public eye.”
UM’s Wildlife Biology Program appointed Winsor Lowe as interim director. He will lead the program for the next two years. Lowe, a professor in the program for eight years, replaces Dan Pletscher, who retired this past June after directing the program for nineteen years. Lowe’s research and teaching focus on the large-scale ecology of streams and rivers. “I’m honored to lead the Wildlife Biology Program for the next two years—one of UM’s most successful academic degrees,” Lowe says. “Our enrollment continues to grow, and our faculty and graduate student research is internationally recognized. I will maintain our focus on undergraduate training, research, and collaboration with wildlife managers here in Montana and throughout the world.”
A recent article in a professional psychology journal recognized UM’s doctoral program in clinical psychology as one of ten accredited programs nationwide that has “exceptionally good outcomes for its students.” The article examined 233 programs accredited by the American Psychological Association, analyzing match rates for internships and pass rates on the standard psychologist licensure exam. The researchers found that UM is among “select programs [that] appear to be value-additive during training and evidence a student body that is achieving markedly better than expected.” The article, “Hidden Gems Among Clinical Psychology Training Programs,” was published in the October issue of Training and Education in Professional Psychology.