You recycle your cans, try to remember your reusable bags when shopping, and turn off the lights at the end of the day, but is that what sustainability really means? If we want to live more sustainable lives, or promote sustainability on campus, are these actions really where the focus should be? Join Eva Rocke, Sustainability Coordinator, and Maddy Jones, ASUM Sustainability Coordinator, for an interactive deep dive into what we can do as individuals to support campus and community sustainability efforts, how to work as a team to make the biggest impact, and how to have FUN while doing it!
A supervisor’s role is to insure that effective performance management is part of the daily work environment through training, balanced feedback, coaching and, when needed, disciplinary processes. In this session, you will learn: some tips and tools for successful performance management; UM specific processes for managing staff; how to help an employee who is struggling to meet performance expectations before it becomes a larger issue; managing concerns that rise to the level of potential discipline; and knowledge about the staff collective bargaining agreements such as Weingarten rights. Recommended for anyone who supervises or is interested in advancing into a supervisory position at UM. This session will be facilitated by Sara Drake, Associate Director of Human Resource Services, who oversees Employee and Labor Relations and is a trained mediator.
Neuroscience Faculty Candidate, Dr. Rebekah Evans from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) presents “Inhibitory control of dopamine neurons”
Abstract: Dopamine neurons are embedded in a predominately inhibitory network. Because dopamine neurons are tonically active, both excitatory bursts and inhibitory pauses in their firing can transmit meaningful information. In this talk, I will address how these bursts and pauses in activity interact with each other through the recruitment of specific intrinsic and synaptic currents. I will show that two populations of substantia nigra dopamine neurons, defined by their differential vulnerability to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease, differ in their dendritic calcium signaling and their ability to recover from periods of inhibition. I use dendrite-specific optogenetic activation and two-photon calcium imaging to functionally map the location of inhibitory synaptic inputs onto dopamine neuron dendrites and use whole-cell patch clamp and computational modeling to show how distinct inhibitory sources differentially modulate dopamine neuron activity. Overall, I describe a striking heterogeneity in the cellular and circuit level control of dopaminergic signals.
Tired of ineffective meetings? Feel like the same people always dominate your discussions? Join Gordy Pace, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Information Technology, and Amy Kinch, Director, Office of Organizational Learning and Development, to explore new ways to structure your group interactions and encourage participation from your colleagues. Learn how a few key changes can alter the way people experience your team and large group meetings.
Led by the Broader Impacts Group’s Amanda Duley, this workshop will prepare UM faculty members, staff, and graduate students to lead high school classroom visits that inspire students about higher education and career pathways. Participants will begin developing a hands-on or interactive activity related to their research or creative scholarship and will learn strategies for effective high school engagement, including using ice breakers, personal stories, and reflection. This workshop is intended for people from all academic disciplines and professional fields and is a first step for participating in We Are Montana in the Classroom.
Organizations, from the military to emergency responders, utilize the After-Action-Review (AAR) process to debrief after an action and glean takeaways for improvement next time. AARs can be as simple as two people discussing an event or action, or can be more elaborate discussions around a large initiate or project. The process and key questions are the same. Join Paula Short, Director of Communication and VP for Enrollment to learn about AARs and how to improve team performance with this assessment tool. Co-sponsored with Staff Senate.