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T ab l e o f C ont e nts L e arnin g in th e Last B e st P l ac e . . . . . . . . 2

D EPA R T M E N T H I G H L I G H T S .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 4

Yellowstone national Park: A hot spot for research and learning .................................................................4

Agricultural Economics and Economics................ 25 CELL BIOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE............................... 25 CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY.................................... 26 EARTH SCIENCES.......................................................... 26 ECOLOGY...................................................................... 27 ENGLISH....................................................................... 27 History and PHILOSOPHY............................................ 28 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES............................................. 28 MICROBIOLOGY............................................................. 29 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES........................ 29 NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES........................................... 30 PHYSICS....................................................................... 30 POLITICAL SCIENCE....................................................... 31 Psychology................................................................ 31 SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY.................................. 32

Revealing History: MSU student joins archaeological team to help unearth relics from Crow Tribe’s past ........................6 TRout U: MSU has the resources and know how to help the state solve real world problems and preserve its fisheries and waterways......................................8 Teaching Native American History from a Native viewpoint........................................................................10 Montana’s landscape provides a home for dino hunters and snow scientists alike...................................12

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS.......................... 14 FA C U LT Y H I G H L I G H T S .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 6 R E S E A R C H .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 8 OUTREACH......................................... 20

C o l l e g e N e w s .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 P H I L A N T H RO P H Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6

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C ov er Photogra p hy Snow science students conduct an experiment at at Bridger Bowl ski area. Photo by Stephen Hunts. B ack C ov er Photogra p hy Clockwise from left: Students working at the Egg Mountain paleontology dig site, near Choteau, Mont.; thermal biologists at Heart Lake, Yellowstone National Park; crew members screening material excavated from the main compound’s dump area for artifacts at the Crow Agency archaeological dig site. Photo courtesy of Victoria Bochniak. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kelly Gorham, MSU News.

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Confluence 2011-2012  

The College of Letters and Science annual magazine. This issue is titled "Learning in the Last Best Place."

Confluence 2011-2012  

The College of Letters and Science annual magazine. This issue is titled "Learning in the Last Best Place."