Classrooms of the future come to Montana
Montana State University plans to renovate one of its standard classrooms in Gaines
Hall into a TEAL classroom. The acronym, coined at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, stands for Technology-Enhanced Active Learning and
has been shown to dramatically increase the pass rates in courses freshmen
historically struggle with, like math, physics and chemistry.
Be Careful at the Fair: CDC reports new swine flu cases
The Center for Disease Control this week reports 12 additional human infections with influenza A (H3N2) variant* (swine flu) virus in 3 states: Hawaii (1 case), Ohio (10 cases) and Indiana (1 case). Late summer is typically fair season across the United States, and fairs are a setting that can provide many opportunities for exposures to occur between pigs and people. CDC continues to advise people to take recommended precautions when interacting with pigs or their environments, including frequent hand washing and avoiding contact with pigs that appear ill. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians has developed the "Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2011" to provide some preventive actions that are applicable to people raising swine, showing swine at fairs, or attending fairs.
Bold Ranch wins regional environmental award
Bold Ranch, owned and operated by Bob and Annette Bold of Winifred, Mont. was recognized as a 2012 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winner during the 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo. Bold Ranch is the Region V ESAP award winner and will compete with six other regional winners for the national award, which will be announced during the 2012 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Tampa, Fla.
Thousands of comments pour in over Montana bison plan
A summary of nearly 23,000 comments collected during Montanaís 60-day bison conservation and management scoping effort earlier this year is now on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website.
The scoping effort marked the initial phase of what could be a three-year-long process to determine if one or more managed wild bison herds would be publicly acceptable in Montana.