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Recently, the work of lichenologist Toby Spribille, a research professor based part-year at the University of Montana-Missoula, has upended the idea that lichen are an alliance between just one fungus and one algae. In many lichens, a mysterious yeast is the third player in this symbiosis. 

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom didn’t mince words today about enrollment during his annual State of the University address.

"No doubt about it, enrollment is our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity. Put simply, we need more students," Engstrom said.

Assistant Director Tom Bansak leads a tour through research laboratories at the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station on Wednesday.
Nicky Ouellet

The new director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station says the station is poised to become the leading freshwater research station in the country.

Jim Elser can’t physically contain his excitement at being put in charge of the station, which he showed off at its annual open house Wednesday.

Students and staff from the UM Journalism School traveled to Berlin in early summer of 2016
Missoula To Berlin / University of Montana School of Journalism

Montana is often called “the last best place,” but for whom? In the last few months, Montana’s identity as a state of sanctuary has been complicated — some people say necessarily so — by Missoula’s agreement to resettle around 100 refugee families fleeing violent conflict.

Robin Selvig (right) announces his retirement as coach of the Lady Griz Basketball Team at a press conference in Missoula Thursday July 28. UM athletic director Kent Haslem looks on.
Mara Silvers

Robin Selvig is a veteran of many press conferences, but he knew that Thursday’s was going to be tough to get through.

"I’m a crier, so expect it. I couldn’t get through a "Little House of the Prairie" episode when I was younger."

UM enrollment official talks SCOTUS affirmative action ruling

Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action plan.

Staff in the admissions office at the University of Montana say that at least in the immediate future, not much will change.

The gay pride rainbow was projected on UM's Main Hall last night
Mara Silvers

Organizers are expecting more than 1,500 people to attend the Big Sky Pride celebration in Great Falls this weekend.

But following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando this past weekend that left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, Big Sky Pride President Kev Hamm of Helena says he hopes the event that starts this afternoon will draw a much bigger crowd.


Close to 5,000 people attended last year's parade in Missoula.

The weekend celebration includes meals, entertainment and dancing, along with a bike ride, parade and rally on Saturday.

It is open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and those who support them.


In Missoula, nearly 100 people gathered in front of the University of Montana’s Main Hall last night to see a rainbow.

The plain brick building was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag to support the victims of last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.

UM President Engstrom (file photo)
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom received an award today from the Montana Associated Students. 

Creative Commons: Patty Mooney

Students at Florence Carlton High School in the Bitterroot Valley have been rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. But this isn’t a traditional interpretation. Derk Schmidt, who teaches English and drama at FCHS, says they’ve chosen an unlikely setting for the story.

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana received a $1 million donation today towards an endowed professorship in finance.