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University Hall at The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana today revealed preliminary plans to eliminate more than 50 faculty positions in order to bring its budget into balance.

The University calls its proposed recommendations a "Strategy for Distinction."

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

Preliminary recommendations for cuts to academic programs and faculty at the University of Montana will be presented Tuesday.

In an email to UM staff today, the administration says that in addition to identifying areas that should be reorganized and discontinued, the recommendations made public tomorrow will identify key areas of strength, the university’s core curriculum and interdisciplinary communities of excellence, in which it will invest to preserve or enhance our distinction.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana announced today it has received a $1 million donation that the school says will jumpstart its burgeoning health education program.

UM launched its Health and Medicine initiative - called UMHM - in 2016. The program is designed to attract faculty, staff and students to work and study in the health professions.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham

Several significant developments unfolded today at the University of Montana. MTPR's Edward O’Brien reports on two administrative departures and the announcement of an overall campus reorganization.

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar says the reorganization is designed to place a greater emphasis on student success and enrollment.

A closeup satellite image shows a thick layer of wildfire smoke covering Idaho and Montana, September 4, 2017.
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Montana researchers who are looking into the impact of wildfire smoke on people's health, and on firefighters' resiliency updated the public on their work Tuesday at the University of Montana. 

Dr. Paul Smith is a professor of medicine at UM, and a pediatric pulmonologist. 

"Anecdotally, this is one of the worse seasons we've had at Community Medical Center for kids being admitted and on ventilators. Our floor has just been chock full this season. And, you wonder," said Smith. 

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