Over the course of four days, research and creative scholarship – from vaccines to book burning and poetry to economics – will take center stage at the University of Montana during “II2014: Innovation and Imagination 2014.”
Scheduled Friday and Saturday are conferences on undergraduate, graduate and faculty research.
Monday includes a luncheon update on the Main Street Montana Project by Larry Simkins, CEO and president of the Washington Cos. and Washington Business Services Inc. Commissioned by Gov. Steve Bullock and co-chaired by Simkins and Bill Johnstone, the project is a blueprint to support the creation, recruitment and retention of Montana jobs. UM alumna and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean will provide the introduction.
Monday’s events will conclude with a keynote address by brain expert Randy Blakely, following UM’s Charter Day announcement of a major new initiative surrounding research on the human brain. Blakely directs the Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic Neuroscience Research and is the Allan D. Pass Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University.
A reading on Tuesday will celebrate April as Poetry Month and launch publication of the 2014 Oval literary magazine.
All events are free and open to the public. A full schedule follows:
Friday, April 11
• UM Conference on Undergraduate Research: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., third floor of the University Center. For more information visit umt.edu/ugresearch.
Saturday, April 12
• UM Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the UC Commons on the second floor of the University Center and on the third floor of the UC. For more information, visit scholarworks.umt.edu/gsrc.
Monday, April 14
• Regional partner session: “Vaccines Adjuvants and Research at GSK,” Jay Evans, preclinical innovation, GSK.10:30-11:15 a.m., Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, Theta Rho Room.
• Luncheon: “Main Street Montana Update,” address by Larry Simkins, CEO and president of the Washington Cos. and Washington Business Services Inc. Introduction by Lt. Gov. Angela McLean. 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Adams Center, Sky Club.
• Session 1: “Economic Impact of UM Research and Creative Scholarship,” Patrick Barkey, director, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research. 1-1:45 p.m., Adams Center Sky Club.
• Session 2: “UM Research Session: A Collaborative Conversation to Improve Rural Health Outcomes.” Panel discussion with Erin Bills, coordinator at Area Health Education Center and Montana Office of Rural Health; Craig Ravesloot, director of rural health policy research at the Rural Institute; Curtis Noonan, UM associate professor of epidemiology, UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences; and Charlene “Charlie” Winters, Montana State University College of Nursing. Moderated by Martin Blair, executive director of the Rural Institute. 2-3 p.m., Mansfield Library, Theta Rho Room.
• Session 3: “UM Creative Scholarship Session: Biblioclasm: The Beginnings of Book Burning,” Nathaniel Levtow, associate professor, UM Liberal Studies Program. 3:15-4:15 p.m., Mansfield Library ,Theta Rho Room.
• Reception: Provided by UM Dining, 4:15-5 p.m., Skaggs Building, lobby.
• Keynote presentation: Randy Blakely, Vanderbilt University Allan D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, director of Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic Neuroscience Research and Neurochemistry faculty coordinator of Basic Neuroscience Services Core. 5:15-6:30 p.m., Skaggs Building, Room 169.
Tuesday, April 15
• Poetry-for-Lunch: Poetry reading will celebrate April as Poetry Month and undergraduate creative writing and fine arts. The reading will launch publication of the 2014 Oval literary magazine. Noon-1 p.m. Mansfield Library, lobby.
For more information, contact Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship, at 243-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.