Master’s degree student Mariah English major Mayfield received a 2010 EPA Tristan Abbott Tristan Abbott. Science To Achieve Results was among 43 (STAR) Graduate Fellowship Montana college that will allow her to expand students and faculty who were selected to assist officials her work. Mayfield is studying attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trout numbers, habits and Trade Ministerial and Small and Medium Enterprise Meetings habitat in 120 miles of the in Big Sky last May. Approximately 90 trade ministers, senior upper Clark Fork River and its trade officials, and Small and Medium Enterprise Ministers Mariah Mayfield radio tracks trout in the upper Clark Fork River. Photo courtesy of tributaries, one of the largest representing 21 economies congregated in closed sessions Mariah Mayfield. Superfund sites in the U.S. Her to hammer out policies. To make the delegates’ lives easier, award gives her $37,000 a year for up to two years, allowing college students and other Montanans were chosen to become her to collect more water quality data, specifically about heavy “liaison officers.” Abbott, an English major who specializes metal concentrations. One purpose of her study is to see if fish in contemporary English literature, assisted Paul Tighe from avoid or select habitat according to those concentrations. The Australia. Lessons in protocol were part of his formal training fellowship will also allow her to explore some of the survival as a liaison officer, Abbott said. For example, the liaison officers aspects of trout. She went to Washington, D.C. in the fall of were told not to show the soles of their shoes to others. It can 2011 to present her work to officials from the EPA and other happen inadvertently while crossing a leg, but it’s an insult in federal agencies. Mayfield’s was one of 10 such awards given to many countries. The liaison officers were unpaid volunteers, but master’s degree students across the nation and one of 138 given their lodging, food and BlackBerry communication devices to all graduate students in 2010. It was the sixth STAR award were provided during the conference. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime given to an MSU graduate student in the past five years. opportunity,” Abbott said. A team of Adjunct Instructor Glen Chamberlain had her first book, researchers led by Conjugation of the Verb To Be, published in September ecology professor by Delphinium Books. The book is a collection of 11 of Andrew Hansen Chamberlain’s short stories. Writer Mark Spragg says of her is launching a book, “Here are stories composed with spare and lovely and four-year project graceful prose, patterned by insight, revelation and passion, and to provide land finally wisdom.” Chamberlain has also had her stories published managers in in Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal and literary journals the country’s such as High Desert Journal. She has won several prestigious federally managed prizes for her short stories, including a Pushcart Prize for the lands with better best writing in small presses, the Gilcrease Prize for fiction, and Andy Hansen overlooks the Gallatin Valley. information for the Rona Jaffe Award for Photo courtesy of Andy Hansen. addressing climate both fiction and creative and land use changes. The $1.8 million NASA-funded project nonfiction. The Rona uses NASA remote-sensing data to help design management Jaffe Foundation, from plans for public lands. According to Hansen, his team will use whom she received her NASA satellite data to simulate how the ecosystems of two award in 2001, named Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) will change her “one of the six most under forecasted climate and land use changes. Created by the promising women Department of Interior, LCCs are a network of partnerships writers in the nation.” working in unison to ensure the sustainability of America’s At MSU, Chamberlain land, water, wildlife and cultural resources. Hansen and his teaches 100 and 200-level colleagues will look at past ecological trends and predicted composition classes future trends, and assess the vulnerability of ecosystems and in the Department of certain species to climate and land use change. The team English, where she has will evaluate management options and design management taught for 21 years. approaches for the more vulnerable ecosystems and species Glen Chamberlain. within the two study LCCs. www.montana.edu/lettersandscience
The College of Letters and Science annual magazine. This issue is titled "Learning in the Last Best Place."