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Montana State University
Montana State University
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  • Grasshopper Korean veggie cellophane noodles. Black ant roasted beet-cucumber arugula salad. Chocolate mousse with bug bar. Acheta (cricket) Korean fried rice. These and more dishes featuring edible insects were served to hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members who attended the 31st annual Bug Buffet held Thursday in Montana State University’s Strand Union Building.

    “I was intrigued to see what (the insects) taste like,” said Natalee Wheeler, a third-year student at MSU in community health and Hispanic studies. “Sometimes the crunchiness freaks me out, but it tastes good.

    “There’s a crunch for sure,” she added. “Like little croutons.”

Montana State University
Montana State University
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  • Montana State University has planned a full slate of networking and informational events during the third week of February as part of its 14th annual “Almost” Spring Job and Internship Fair.

    Multiple networking events, information sessions and receptions will be held leading up to the career fair itself, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Strand Union Building ballrooms. The event will be the largest spring career fair to date, following a record fall career fair, according to Erin McCormick, associate director of MSU Career, Internship and Student Employment Services.

    More than 180 employers are expected to be at the fair with information about careers for MSU students. A list of attendees is available online at montana.edu/aycss/careers/events/career-fairs-and-events.html.

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  • Montana State University students are playing an important role in helping the homeless in Bozeman.

    MSU architecture students are designing and building prototypes for a new program called Housing First Village, a planned community to be built off campus based on the “Housing First” model. The concept behind the project is that people need stable housing before they can find jobs and otherwise turn their lives around.

    Partnering with the Human Resource Development Council and the local faith community, MSU students designed and built the first tiny house prototype for the village over three semesters as part of professor Ralph Johnson’s “Design for the Community” class in the College of Arts and Architecture. Two days before spring commencement, they celebrated its completion by welcoming more than 100 visitors to the 150-square-foot house in MSU’s Family and Graduate Housing.

    Royce Smith, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, said the students are contributing creative solutions to some of our communities’ most pressing problems.

    “This particular project touches every facet of assistance and humanity in such a special way,” Smith said. “This work is a crucial part of our land-grant mission — helping students to use their skills to contribute to a better Montana.”

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  • Montana State University has been chosen to participate in a new national initiative designed to recruit and retain a more inclusive, diverse faculty in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

    “We at Montana State University are delighted to be part of the first cohort of the Alliance’s IChange Network,” said Ariel Donohue, MSU senior diversity and inclusion officer. “Our mission as a land-grant institution implores us to reflect the diversity of our state and nation in our teaching, learning and research. This effort will strengthen our faculty while simultaneously helping our underrepresented students succeed. We’re ready to get to work.”

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  • There was no shortage of “something blue” when Chelsey Stallings married Scotty Rucker in Helena last July. The couple’s wedding theme brought together their favorite “Caturday” events – tailgating and Bobcat football – with enough blue-and-gold décor to rival the MSU bookstore.

    “Because I’ve been a Bobcat fanatic for life, I have always dreamed of a blue-and-gold wedding,” said the new Mrs. Rucker, who earned her degree in social sciences from MSU in 2013. “When Scotty finally proposed, there was no doubt it was going to be Cats themed.”

    After the Cats scored their first touchdown at the Brawl of the Wild in 2017, Scotty proposed to Chelsey with a blue princess-cut diamond set on a gold and diamond band.

    “He asked if I would be his Bobcat football date forever,” she said. “And then, the Cats beat the Griz at home. It really was the most perfect, magical day, and I love that we shared it with our Caturday family, all of our friends and thousands of other Cats fans.”

    Happy Valentine's Day, Bobcats! Did your love story start at Montana State? We would love to hear it! Share your Montana State University love story and a photo with us below.

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  • In an effort to improve the feasibility of a renewable energy source, Montana State University researchers are exploring a potential breakthrough in producing biofuel from algae.

    Backed by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the research team — which includes scientists from University of Toledo and University of North Carolina — is in the early stages of a three-year project aimed at developing a biofuel process that could bypass a limitation that has long hampered the industry, according to Robin Gerlach, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering.

    "This could transform the algae biofuel industry," said Gerlach, one of the project's principal investigators.

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  • Hair gel, yogurt, pharmaceuticals and Yellowstone microbes are a few of things that Montana State University engineering researcher Sarah Codd and her students have peered into using a powerful imaging technology.

    Most people know the tool as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, which is used to diagnose arthritis and research the brain, among other things. But the applications are far more diverse than most people realize, according to Codd, a professor in MSU's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

    Codd will discuss her research in a lecture titled “The Magic of Magnetic Resonance and Looking at Fluids Inside Complex Systems,” the fourth in the 2018-2019 Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, which recognizes highly accomplished MSU faculty. The free and public event is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Museum of the Rockies’ Hagar Auditorium, with a reception following at 8 p.m.

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  • In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, #MontanaState wants to recognize the incredible women who are making a difference in the STEM field.

    Help us recognize MSU’s inspiring #WomenInScience by tagging the #WomenInSTEM who inspire you below.

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  • A Montana State University scientist who loves the art and logic it takes to solve the puzzles of organic chemistry has won the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for developing young researchers.

    The NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, award will give Sharon Neufeldt $675,000 over five years and allow her to develop catalysts for more selective and efficient chemical reactions. It will also support her as she organizes activities and programs encouraging students at Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer to participate in research and develop skills in computational chemistry.

    "The award will certainly help my research progress much more quickly because it supports some of my students," said Neufeldt, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in MSU's College of Letters and Science.

    “Dr. Neufeldt is an outstanding scholar and teacher who directs an innovative organic chemistry research program involving graduate and undergraduate students, and this award will provide critical support for these efforts,” said Joan Broderick, head of MSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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  • A tall coffee maker seems fitting for a Montana State University laboratory where a bleary-eyed graduate student examines crystals long after midnight.

    But what appears to be a caffeine dispenser is actually a revolutionary refrigerator that has widespread applications for Quantum Information Science, an emerging interdisciplinary field that aims to study how certain fundamental laws of physics can be harnessed to dramatically improve the acquisition, transmission and processing of information.

    Developed by Montana Instruments in Bozeman, the Cryostation has led to a national award for Aaron Marsh, a graduate research assistant who uses the refrigerator for his research.

    The three-year, $30,000 award will allow Marsh and his collaborators — MSU physics professors Rufus Cone and Charles Thiel and Montana Instruments of Bozeman — to develop the next generation of refrigerators capable of reaching temperatures closer to absolute zero, the total absence of heat.

    “Even going 1.5 degrees colder is a whole new thing,” said Josh Doherty, product development scientist for Montana Instruments.

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  • Montana State University's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering has coordinated and hosted FIRST tournaments since 2007.

    FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit organization designed to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — and to encourage team-building, imagination and critical thinking skills.

    FIRST LEGO League teams, composed of students grades 4-8, and FIRST Tech Challenge contestants, from grades 7-12, spent months building and programming robots made from LEGO kits and competed in "missions" in MSU's Shroyer Gym on Jan. 24-25.

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  • Part honor student, part ranch kid, equal parts indigenous activist and powwow and homecoming royalty, Connie Brownotter of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is a campus leader who is changing the narrative about American Indian students at Montana State University.

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  • Illustrating the widespread growth of an industry that is gaining a foothold in Montana, roughly 170 people convened at Montana State University last week to improve their knowledge of malting, the process of preparing barley for making beer.

    The 2019 Craft Malt Conference on Feb. 2-3 capped a smaller, weeklong class in which participants learned about each step of the malting process, from selecting the most suitable barley to testing the quality of the finished product.

    Malting — which involves soaking and partially germinating grain, then drying it to preserve the resulting sugars and enzymes — can mean the difference between a Pilsner and a rich, caramel-flavored Scotch ale. More subtle variations in the process can produce unique flavors in craft beer.

    "Craft malting is (in a similar situation) as craft brewing was a decade ago," when microbreweries were on the rise, said Hannah Turner, one of the malting class's three instructors and a research associate in MSU's College of Agriculture.

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  • Nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones will play the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on July 23 as part of a newly announced 2019 summer tour.

    Norah Jones will play the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on July 23. (Image courtesy Blue Note Records)
    Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1 at noon. Tickets for the concert will be available at the Bobcat Ticket Office; by phone at 406-994-CATS or 1-866-443-2849; or at ticketswest.com. The cost ranges from $39.50 to $99.50, plus fees. There is an eight-ticket limit for purchases.

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  • Montana State University’s spring headcount has set a new record of 15,694 students, marking more than a decade of continuous enrollment growth.

    The spring total is up approximately 200 students over last year at this time, according to information provided by university registrar Tony Campeau.

    The growth is credited to efforts aimed at keeping students in school and on track to graduate in four years with minimal student debt.

    “We are of course thrilled to have so many students choose to pursue their studies at Montana State University,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “But we also understand that simply attracting students is not enough. We must also provide the resources to help them succeed and, ultimately, graduate.”

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  • The Subzero Research Laboratory at Montana State University was recently featured in National Geographic's “Explorer” television program, highlighting the lab's important role in advancing snow science.

    "This 2,700-square-foot facility is one of the leading cold science research centers in the world," the show’s host says in the segment.

    The roughly eight-minute segment, titled “The Secret of Snowflakes,” includes footage of MSU researchers using the lab's specialized equipment to study the factors that can cause a snowpack to avalanche.

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  • Montana State University will host its 31st annual Bug Buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building. The event is free and open to the public. It is one of several events to be held the week of Feb. 9-15 that celebrate edible insects.

    The Bug Buffet features free samples of dishes prepared with edible insects. The samples will be prepared under the supervision of Amber Wivholm from MSU Culinary Services and MSU sanitarian Dustin Schreiner. This year’s guest chef is Joseph Yoon, executive director of Brooklyn Bugs and a chef in New York City.

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  • Individuals’ experiences online are increasingly shaped by algorithms, but there is little awareness of how those algorithms work, according to researchers at Montana State University.

    “Most of us routinely engage in systems that predict, recommend and speculate about our interests based on the digital fingerprint we provide with our link clicks and ‘likes,’ but we all struggle understanding how and why those systems work as they do,” said Jason Clark, associate professor and head of Special Collections and Archival Informatics at Montana State University.

    But, Clark emphasized that understanding the rules that govern software and shape users’ digital experiences is a form of digital literacy that is important knowledge for everyone who uses the internet to possess, just as knowing how to read and write are key literacy skills.

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  • Montana State vs Montana Men's Basketball

    Montana State faces Montana in an NCAA men's college basketball game at Worthington Arena, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in Bozeman, Mont.
    MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

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  • Playing in front of a home crowd Montana State University's Women's Basketball wins by 22 against University of Montana.

    #GoCatsGo #MontanaState

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  • Before this month, Hailey Blackwell had never been to New York City. But after a four-day trip to the Big Apple where she and her fellow business students visited numerous financial institutions, the Montana State University senior and finance major from Forsyth had made a big decision: She’d like to begin her career in the city.

    “My career aspirations are still pretty open, but I’d like to start in investment banking or asset management,” she said. “I want to learn even more in New York and eventually come back here (to Montana) to help (grow the field) so that more graduates have the opportunity to stay in Montana.”

    Blackwell was one of 16 MSU students and one alumnus who visited the city with Gary Caton, finance professor in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, as the culmination of a fall semester class on American financial institutions.

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  • Students from grades K-8 from around Montana compete at the Montana FIRST Lego League tournament Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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  • The public is invited to experience Montana State University’s scientific research at Family Science Night set for Thursday, Feb. 7. MSU faculty and students will showcase their research through educational hands-on activities. Participants can circulate at their own pace through a variety of engaging demonstrations and experiments in a science festival atmosphere.

    Many scientific topics and disciplines will be represented from extreme gravity physics to microbiology. A large section of displays will be devoted to nanotechnology, an emerging field in which scientists and engineers study and manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular scale to develop disease-fighting drugs, alternative energy solutions, ultra-strong sports equipment and many other applications.

    The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors can stop in at any time for activities and demonstrations, such as extracting DNA and meeting microorganisms that can withstand space travel.

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  • In an effort to support healthy populations of bees and other pollinators, Montana State University has joined a nationwide initiative certifying the university's pollinator-friendly practices and programs.

    In November, MSU was designated a Bee Campus USA by the international nonprofit Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, becoming the first Montana campus to qualify and enroll. The program includes 58 other campuses nationwide.

    "This recognizes some incredible work on campus that many people might not be aware of," said Mathew Bain, program coordinator in MSU's Office of Sustainability.

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  • Montana State University has a group of dedicated students trying to start a Camp Kesem chapter at MSU.

    Kesem is a nationwide group, driven by college student leaders, that supports children during and beyond a parent's cancer. Its flagship program is Camp Kesem, which operates free summer camps for children impacted by a parent's cancer.

    “I grew up as a kid in Montana," said Emma Sihler, co-director of the Camp Kesem student club at MSU. "I know that there are very few opportunities of this nature for the young people here. My best friend’s father passed away from glioblastoma when we were in fifth grade. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer the next year, and I lost her at the start of high school. As kids, we didn’t have an opportunity like Kesem, but I know it’s something that we both would have appreciated. I want to give kids in Montana an experience that I didn’t have.”

    To help bring Camp Kesem to Montana State University please vote daily at https://vote.campkesem.org/. Voting ends Feb. 1.

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