Oct. 8, 2018


Research Roadshow poster


MUS Research Roadshow features three MSUB professors

Show travels across state of Montana with stops in 25 towns



University Communications and Marketing, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS— Three professors from Montana State University Billings will join the Montana University System (MUS) Research Roadshow this month to share about their research.


Sarah Keller, Ph.D., will present Let’s Talk:Digital and Live Interventions for Suicide Prevention during the south central tour. Throughout the western tour, Christopher Craig, Ph.D., presents Wildfire, drought, and residential risk perceptions in the Rocky Mountains, while Lynn George, Ph.D. shares A Hidden Layer of the Genetic Code and Neurologic Disease. The Eastern Montana tour starts at MSU Billings on Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.


The Research Roadshow spans the state and is organized by the MUS and Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE). Below are details from MUS and OCHE.


Presented by the Montana University System, the October roadshow features dynamic speakers traveling to 25 Montana towns to share 10-minute research stories. Speakers on the roadshow hail from every public Montana university, and presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including tiny houses, space travel, suicide prevention and cancer research.


Montana’s universities innovate,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.“They address problems and questions important to every corner of the state. We are very happy that folks from around Montana will hear a sample of the brilliant work being done by our faculty and students.”


The roadshow consists of four tours, each taking place over a three-day period. 


South-Central Montana Tour: Helena, Butte, Bozeman, Livingston, Big Timber, Harlowtown, White Sulphur Springs


South-Central Tour speakers include:


Gaming College: How Games Can Help Students Transition to CollegeTricia Seifert, Montana State University


Mechanical Resonance: How a playground swing can lead to independence from non-renewable energy – Peter Lucon, Montana Tech


The Chemistry of Paradise: Undergraduate Research in French Polynesia – David Long, Flathead Valley Community College


Let’s Talk: Digital and Live Interventions for Suicide Prevention – Sarah Keller, Montana State University Billings


From Horseback to Space: an MSU grad has some fun – Loren Acton, Montana State University


South-Central Tour dates and locations:


Oct. 9, Tuesday:

  • 7 p.m., Helena College Airport Campus, 2300 Airport Road, Helena

Oct. 10, Wednesday:

  • 10 a.m.: Montana Tech – Highlands Room, Student Union, 1300 W Park Street, Butte
  • 2 p.m.: Museum of the Rockies – Hager Auditorium, 600 W Kagy Boulevard, Bozeman
  • 5:30 p.m.: Shane Lalani Center for the Performing Arts, 415 E. Lewis, Livingston

Oct. 11, Thursday:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Carnegie Public Library, 314 Mcleod Street, Big Timber
  • Noon: Kiwanis Youth Center, 202 3rd Street NE, Harlowton
  • 5:30 p.m.: 2 Bassett Brewery, 202 E. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs

Eastern Montana Tour: Billings, Roundup, Forsyth, Miles City, Broadus, Lame Deer, Crow Agency


Eastern Montana Tour speakers include:
  • Mouse in the House: Hantavirus in Montana – Amy Kuenzi, Montana Tech
  • What Can Hawks Tell us About the Health of Our EnvironmentJack Kirkley, University of Montana – Western
  • Optimizing microRNA Detection: Small RNAs for Big Change – Cara Robertus, student at Montana State University
  • Lighting a Fire: Community College Student Research – Kim Gibbs, Miles Community College
  • Human-wildlife relations in Montana Landscapes – Michelle Anderson, University of Montana – Western
  • Tiny Homes for Montana – Ralph Johnson, Montana State University
Eastern Montana Tour dates and locations:


Oct. 17, Wednesday:

  • 5 p.m.: MSU Billings, Library Building, 1500 University Dr., Billings 

Oct. 18, Thursday:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Musselshell County Senior Center, 610 2nd Street West, Roundup
  • 1:30 p.m.: Rosebud County Public Library, 201 N 9th Avenue, Forsyth
  • 5:00 p.m.: Miles Community College, 2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City

Oct. 19, Friday:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Broadus Community Center, 315 S. Wilbur Avenue, Broadus
  • 1:00 p.m.: Chief Dull Knife College, Room 205, 1 College Drive, Lame Deer
  • 4:00 p.m.: Little Big Horn College, Cultural Center, 8645 S. Weaver Drive, Crow Agency

Western Montana Tour: Missoula, Polson, Kalispell, Libby


Western Montana Tour speakers include:
  • Fix it or Face it! Ecological Restoration in Butte, America – Robert Pal, Montana Tech
  • Mechatronics Design – Steve Shen, Missoula College - UM
  • Geochemistry and Life: From Supervolcanoes to Silver Bow Creek – Alysia Cox, Montana Tech
  • A Hidden Layer of the Genetic Code and Neurologic Disease – Lynn George, Montana State University Billings
  • Saving Fluvial Arctic Grayling One Class at a Time – Robert Thomas, University of Montana – Western
  • Wildfire, drought, and residential risk perceptions in the Rocky Mountains – Christopher Craig, Montana State University Billings
Western Montana Tour dates and locations:


Oct. 24, Wednesday: 

  • 5 p.m.: University of Montana – University Center Theatre, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula

Oct. 25, Thursday:

  • Noon: Confederated Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai Tribes Senior Citizens Center, 701 1st Street East, Polson
  • 5 p.m.: FVCC – Arts and Technology room 144, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell

Oct. 26, Friday:

  • Noon: Libby Senior Citizens Center, 206 E 2nd St, Libby 

A portion of each event will be livestreamed on Facebook. To view the livestream, go to https://www.facebook.com/MontanaUniversitySystem.


»» Download Eastern Montana Roadshow poster


»» Download Billings Roadshow poster