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People watch a grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park

Joe Ricketts’ Jackson Fork Ranch Gift Funds Biodiversity Research

A major gift from Joe Ricketts’ Jackson Fork Ranch will fund a multiyear research and multimedia collaboration at UM that seeks to better understand biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Faculty from the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation will lead a series of studies supported by master’s and doctoral students funded through Ricketts’ gift. Missoula-based Warm Springs Productions will film the research for distribution through multimedia channels.

Molly Shepherd

Law School Alumna Donates African Art Collection to UM Museum

Blewett School of Law alumna Molly Shepherd is donating her extensive collection of African art to UM’s Montana Museum of Art and Culture. The works, which will be displayed in the museum’s new donor-funded building, include textiles, functional items and symbolic pieces from a variety of societies across the African continent. Read the full story to learn how Shepherd’s donation will add educational, aesthetic and cultural value to the museum’s Permanent Collection.

Montana dignitaries present an award to Makoto Iyori, the consul general of Japan in Seattle (second from left), to celebrate the establishment of the Mansfield Chair in Japanese and Indo-Pacific Affairs. Also pictured are (left to right) UM President Seth Bodnar, Mansfield Center Executive Director Deena Mansour and Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte.

Japanese Government Establishes Endowed Mansfield Chair at UM

A $5.1 million grant from the Japanese government will establish the Mansfield Chair in Japanese and Indo-Pacific Affairs at UM. The endowed chair position will foster opportunities for multidisciplinary education in Japanese and Indo-Pacific studies, including trade, rural affairs, public health, language, society and culture. Read more to learn about the grant’s impact.