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Friday, Apr. 18th, 2014

Gallatin County Extension office to host weekly plant clinic

Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County will host a plant clinic in their office in Belgrade on Wednesdays during the growing season. The weekly clinic will run April 16 – Oct. 1, from 1-4 p.m. at 201 W. Madison Ave., Suite 300, Belgrade.

Level 3 Master Gardeners will staff the plant clinic with assistance from Emily Lockard, Gallatin County agriculture agent, and Dara Palmer, assistant coordinator for Master Gardener.

Questions will be answered through phone calls and walk-ins from the public. The public is encouraged to bring plant samples for identification or disease diagnosis. Yard and garden insect samples can also be brought for identification. Plant and insect samples can be dropped off at the Extension office during their normal business hours, but yard and gardening questions will be answered during the Wednesday clinic hours. The public can call (406) 388-3213 to have questions answered and to request yard and gardening information.

If you would like to learn more about Gallatin County MSU Extension visit www.gallatinextension.com.

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The Artists’ Gallery in Bozeman’s Emerson Cultural Center May Exhibits

The Artists’ Gallery in Bozeman’s Emerson Cultural Center will be featuring the art of Carmen Stanislao and Marci Surratt during the month of May.
 
Stanislao will show her bronze sculptures, watercolors, acrylics, oil paintings and a few of her specially commissioned pieces. Her bronzes capture much of Montana’s wildlife in its natural surroundings from big game animals to trout in a stream. Working with the combination of texture, pliability and patina give her the versatility she seeks to show in the variety of her designs.
 
Surratt displays her fondness for farm life through her rich oil paintings. She works out of her “Yellow Barn Studio” west of Bozeman where she is continually inspired by the sunsets, wildlife and the daily life happening in the barnyard. She finds the play of shadows and sunlight as intensely challenging as painting moving animals and has learned to work fast to capture the mood of the story, the true colors and direction of the light.
 
The May show runs from April 28th through May 26th with an Artwalk on the evening of Friday, May 9th.  Come to the Artists’ Gallery between 5-8 pm during the Artwalk to meet these Featured Artists and share a glass of wine while checking out the variety of art at the gallery.

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MSU senior to present research April 29 in Washington, D.C.

A Montana State University senior who investigated the revitalization of tribal languages in Montana will present his research April 29 on Capitol Hill.

Michael Fast Buffalo Horse of Browning, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, was one of 60 students across the country selected by the Council for Undergraduate Research to participate in the annual “Posters on the Hill” celebration. One of more than 800 who applied, he will display a poster about his research and explain his findings to U.S. senators, representatives and others who stop by to visit.

“Languages are dying at an alarming rate, and the languages spoken by the Native American tribes in the United States are especially vulnerable. Of the 300-plus languages that were spoken on this continent before European contact, only half remain,” Fast Buffalo Horse wrote in a project summary. “The tribal languages of Montana’s Indigenous nations were harshly suppressed historically through restrictive governmental policies, cultural prejudices and forced assimilation.”

To conduct his research, Fast Buffalo Horse examined the historical reasons that the languages became endangered and why preserving them is such a daunting task. He also interviewed tribal educators and visited Montana reservations so he could present the human side of tribal language revitalization and maintenance. His mentor on the project was Jioanna Carjuzaa, associate professor of education, long-time researcher of indigenous languages and recent recipient of one of the nation’s top awards for commitment to and excellence in multicultural education – the G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year Award.

“These languages are vital to the continued existence of these peoples, their cultures and the unique perspectives that they can offer to the rest of the world,” Fast Buffalo Horse said. “… It is our hope that our research can offer a more complete look at Montana’s tribal history in the face of a rapidly changing future.”

Carjuzaa nominated Fast Buffalo Horse for the opportunity to present his research in Washington, D.C., and will accompany him to the nation’s capital.

“I thought he had a good chance of being selected, so I recommended him,” she said.
Fast Buffalo Horse, who is majoring in secondary education, is one of MSU’s McNair Scholars. As such, he participates in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to prepare first generation, low-income and underrepresented undergraduate students for success in graduate school. Fast Buffalo Horse is also a pow wow dancer who specializes in the traditional Blackfeet Chicken Dance. He recently danced in the 39th annual American Indian Council Pow Wow at MSU.
After graduating from MSU this fall, Fast Buffalo Horse said he plans to pursue a doctorate in history or education with the ultimate goal of becoming a faculty member in higher education.

While in Washington, D.C, Fast Buffalo Horse and Carjuzaa will participate in a meeting at the White House and a private tour of the National Museum of American Indians. The White House meeting was arranged with Bill Mendoza, an MSU alumnus who was mentored by Carjuzaa. Mendoza is the executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

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Western Society of Crop Science Annual Meeting July 8-9 at MSU

The Western Society of Crop Science will hold its next annual meeting July 8-9 at Montana State University in Bozeman.

The two-day WSCS meeting will be held at MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and will feature presentations from professionals, as well as students working in crop science.

The theme of the meeting will be “Grand Challenges - Great Solutions” and attendees are encouraged to present a paper or poster around the theme. Abstract submission is open through May 1.

WSCS will also present the A.K. Dobrenz Student Paper Awards, earning a cash award for the three best student oral presentations. The 2014 student winners receive $200, $150 and $100 for first-, second- and third-place papers, respectively. The first-place winner also receives a $500 travel stipend to attend the Crop Science Society of America annual conference. Graduate students may also present a poster, however there will be no poster competition.

Visit the WSCS website, https://www.crops.org/membership/branches/wscs, for additional details as they become available for the program, registration, important deadlines and accommodations.

 

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MSU’s Project Archeology offers summer training for educators

Teachers and informal educators can learn to incorporate archaeology into their classrooms and programs through hands-on summer courses with Project Archaeology, which is based at Montana State University.

Participants engage in archaeological activities such as investigating field sites and analyzing artifacts while exploring curriculum materials that cover topics such as math and language literacy, problem solving processes and inquiry. The program has several STEM components (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and also fulfills many core requirements in Indian Education for All and the Common Core Standards.

“Project Archaeology: Investigating a Plains Tipi” takes place in Bozeman from June 16-19 and repeats July 21-24.

“Project Archaeology: Educator Field School” takes place in the gold rush town of Virginia City from Aug. 4-8 and includes two days of archaeological excavation in nearby Nevada City.

Both courses offer graduate credits from MSU. Participants in the Virginia City course may also choose to enroll in the non-credit option and receive 30 Montana Office of Public Instruction renewal units instead of academic credit. All participants receive a full set of curriculum materials. Educators from throughout the United States are encouraged to participate. The field school and curriculum materials are also appropriate for informal educators, such as those based at museums, science schools, as well as after-school programs.

For more information or to register, visit http://eu.montana.edu/credit/ or call (406) 994-6683. The courses are listed under “Education, Curriculum and Instruction.” Teachers can view a video of the Virginia City course at http://vimeo.com/34613697/.

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Friday, Apr. 11th, 2014

MSU School of Music Piano Summer Camp

Registration is now open for Montana State University’s School of Music piano summer camp for students entering grades 6 to 12. The camp, “Popular Music for Piano,” runs Aug. 11 to 15, and students may register for either the morning or afternoon session.
 
Piano students will learn current pop and rock hits, write and record their own song, and study popular music theory and techniques under the direction of Billie Howard, camp director.
 
Enrollment is limited to the first 10 students to register per session. The morning session runs from 9 a.m.-noon. The afternoon session is from 1-4 p.m. Early registration, before July 28, costs $250. Those who register after July 28 will pay $275.
 
Howard has a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in piano and violin performance from MSU. Howard performs across Chicago in both classical and rock styles, regularly appearing with the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, Aperiodic, and the 20-piece all-female Girl Group Chicago.
 
For more information, contact Howard at billie.howard@cuchicago.edu or go online.

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Wankel T. rex heads to D.C.

The Wankel T. rex is now on the road to Washington, D.C., where it’s expected to attract more visitors than any other Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in the world at the National Museum of Natural History.

On loan to the Smithsonian Institution for 50 years, the 65-million-year old skeleton left Bozeman shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, in 16 crates in a customized FedEx truck. It will arrive at the Smithsonian sometime before Tuesday, April 15, when another round of celebratory activities will begin.

“This is a really great day for the Museum of the Rockies,” Shelley McKamey, executive director of Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies, said during the send-off celebration at the museum.

“It’s really exciting for us,” said Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History Kirk Johnson.

It was also an emotional day for McKamey, who was part of the crew that excavated the skeleton in 1989 and 1990, and for Kathy Wankel of Angela, who discovered the fossil in 1988 near the Fort Peck Reservoir in northeast Montana.

“It’s been such an amazing experience for our entire family,” Wankel said.
Besides meeting incredible people and building relationships with paleontologists and staff at the Museum of the Rockies, Wankel said she is making new friends at the Smithsonian. She also praised MSU paleontologist Jack Horner for the “fantastic” research he conducted over the past 25 years on the dinosaur that was 18 years old when it died violently.

Wankel said she was sad to see the skeleton leave, but she was excited that so many people will be able to visit it in Washington, D.C. The skeleton will be the centerpiece of a new paleontology exhibit scheduled to open in 2019 in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s predicted that at least 7 million people a year will view the Wankel T. rex – one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossils in the world. And since many of those visitors are tourists, they won’t be the same 7 million every year.

Wankel, McKamey, Horner and Johnson were four of six dignitaries who spoke during the 30-minute farewell ceremony at the MOR’s Hager Auditorium. Others were Pat Leiggi, crew chief when the dinosaur was excavated and now administrative director of paleontology and director of exhibits at the MOR; and Darin McMurry, assistant operations project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Horner, Leiggi and McKamey were joined on stage by some of the others who worked on the field crew that excavated the dinosaur. They included Wankel, her husband Tom, and their children Lee, Rock and Whitney. Others were Bob Harmon, Carrie Ancell and Matt Smith.

A caravan accompanied the Wankel T. rex as it left the Museum of the Rockies and rode through downtown Bozeman.  Finally on its own, the FedEx truck headed east toward Washington, D.C.

The image of a dinosaur and a logo announced its cargo.

“Delivering History: the Nation’s T. rex,” it said.

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Thursday, Apr. 10th, 2014

The Mystic MTB Trail Race

The Mystic MTB Trail Race is proud to announce that the inaugural event is coming to Bozeman, Montana on July 19, 2014.

Featuring 40 miles of challenging climbs, world-­‐class descents and remote scenery, the Mystic MTB Trail Race offers mountain bikers an opportunity to challenge themselves on some of the most enjoyable connector trails in the Gallatin National Forest.

Originating at the Bear Canyon Trailhead just east of Bozeman, the race takes riders over ridgelines, past alpine lakes and down flowing drainages while exploring the abundant trails throughout the Gallatin National Forest.

“We are very excited about this course,” said co-­‐director Steve Lowry. “After years of exploring these incredible trails, we decided that it was time to host an event and show riders what Bozeman has to offer. While this course is only a sampling—from steep, difficult climbs to giggle-­‐inducing descents—we think it’s a great offering that any mountain biker will be thrilled to experience.”

The event will take place one week after the Bohart Bash, a longstanding Bozeman area mountain bike race and one week prior to the Butte 100, one of the most difficult mountain bike races in the country, which takes place on the Continental Divide Trail.

Mystic MTB Trail Race plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to mountain bike advocacy and trail maintenance groups in the Bozeman area.

Interested riders can register for the race online at mysticrace.com until July 17 and in person July 18-­‐19—early registration is encouraged and will cost $30 until June 15.

Event information, race updates and online registration are available at mysticrace.com

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