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2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Dillon rally brings estimated 300 people to their feet - "Tell lawmakers that education matters"
The rally was organized by Sam Telling, a freshman at Beaverhead County High School, who said public education should not be a partisan issue.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- A Guide to Help School Principals Become Champions of Early Learning
"Successfully navigating the pre-K-3 continuum requires a principal to essentially straddle the separate universes of birth-to-age-5 and K-12, each with their separate histories of infrastructure, preparation, policy, and funding streams."
The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership
- Data Science Initiative Seminar, 2/10, University Of Montana
There are no organized fundamental principles that motivate and justify data reduction methods in data science. Without these ideas, teaching data analytics is little more than a recitation of examples.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Data Analytics Helps Indiana Change its Approach to Infant Mortality
According to a new report, the risk condition most predictive of adverse birth outcomes was the number of prenatal visits -- nearly 65 percent of infant deaths were to mothers with 10 or fewer visits.
- Ignite Rural Medicine Speakers Announced for Rural Medicine Hackathon Starting on March 20.
Rural Medicine Ignite will be part of the country's first Rural Medicine Hackathon, a 72-hour weekend event designed to spark innovation and develop solutions to some of rural medicine's biggest challenges.
- Many Glacier's Winter Keepers Broadcast Remoteness to Outside World
At Many Glacier Hotel, one local couple tends to Glacier National Park's century-old 'Gem of the West'
Come Home Montana
- Exploring The Cutting-Edge: Predictive Marketing Analytics
Here are 6 great advantages that predictive intelligence can deliver to your marketing organization
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunities - Missoula Community Relations Manager and more... - Northwestern Energy
The Community Relations Manager will work to advance the reputation and image of NorthWestern Energy and contribute to the business and civic life in the communities served by NorthWestern Energy.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Planner 1 - City of Helena
The position provides high level professional service when working with various internal and external stakeholders and resolves citizen questions and concerns.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Technology Specialist - AAA MountainWest
AAA MountainWest is driven by an unconditional responsibility to prepare and protect our members on their journey through life in the MountainWest. As one of the most recognized brands in the nation, AAA is a 54 million member organization with over 100 years of experience and stability. Our mission is to provide AAA members with peace of mind, total satisfaction and exceptional value.
- Hellgate Venture Network Event, 2/12, Missoula, Montana
As always, the fun starts at 4.30pm with networking. Let us know if you plan on attending.
Montana Economic Development
- UX Design And Development, In-Person Training , 3/2, Helena, Montana
Students will leave the class with an understanding of the entire UX process from design to delivery as well as the key technologies that are required for modern web experiences.
- Montana Society For Human Resource Management Conference, 05/06-8, Billings
The conference has become the leading annual conference for Montana human resource and business professionals.
- GlaxoSmithKline to lay off 27 from Hamilton operations
The company plans to centralize its research and development efforts in one location that's yet to be decided.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Economists deliver good news for Gallatin County
The economists said Bozeman and Gallatin County were the best performers in real growth in the state in 2014. Gallatin County accounted for almost 35 percent of growth in the entire state.
- Helena Tourism Business Improvement District launches website to promote business meetings and conventions to boost local economy
"We have a very targeted audience of people who value small town experiences, people who value recreation,"
TEDx Events in Montana
- Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read
"If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world." Neil deGrasse Tyson
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- TEDxUMontana returns Feb. 20- tickets on sale now
This TEDxUMontana will examine our interactions with language from preservation of native language to language as the stimulus for scientific and artistic advancement.
- What Could You Do with 100x Faster Internet Speeds?
Saying goodbye to buffering, collaborating in cool ways and keeping a lid on prices for fast local Internet and TV service are just a few plusses to having super-fast broadband.
- What Impact Will the Community Broadband Act Have? The Internet is a Vital Utility
A new federal proposal that permits local governments to create or expand their own high-speed networks is a serious eye-opener and potential game-changer in the telecommunications world, according to some experts.
- Speeding up Missoula internet a slow process
There is progress being made, but slowly. Bozeman is already finishing its master plan for a public access fiber-optic network. Fiber lines can transmit hundreds of times more data than older technology. Missoula, by comparison, lags behind.
City Club Missoula
- 2016 Budget: Rural Business Development
Although it accounts for less than a fifth of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's overall budget, the Rural Development agency gets outsized scrutiny from the many rural groups that rely on it for program funds.
- City Club Missoula Presents:The State Of The Community: Better Jobs, Better Lives, 2/9, Missoula, Montana
Featuring University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, County Commissioner Bill Carey and Mayor John Engen
- FCC Proposes that the Internet is a Utility - Just like TV, Telephone and Cable
The concept of a free and open internet, where everyone is treated equally, is getting a big boost this week.
- Harvard i-lab Leader Leaving for Boise State to Revamp Education
"This isn't your conventional move," Jones says. "It could be an example to other public universities."
- Zions Bank offering entrepreneur workshops in Boise
The two-hour workshops begin in February and run through May. Workshops on each subject will be held between three to seven times, depending on the particular topic.
Regional Economic Development
- Comcast Does It Again and Renames a Customer 'SuperBitch' Bauer
Last month, the company changed another customer's name to "Asshole" Brown, after he tried to cancel his cable package.
- New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers
Most problems can't be solved with duct tape and baling wire anymore.
- Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds
When it comes to math and science scores, the United States lags most of the other 33 advanced industrialized countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, ranking 24th, far behind Korea, Poland and Slovenia.
- Where Advanced Industry Jobs Are and Why They're Crucial to Economic Growth
When gauging a region's long-term prospects for economic growth, not all jobs are created equal.
Montana Education Excellence
- Why Danish students are paid to go to college
Danish universities have one of the highest graduation rates among all Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries and its citizens are practically free of student debt.
Funding and Building your Business
- 200 judges needed for Tech science fair Feb. 23 and 25
There are no educational requirements to be an elementary or middle school judge. Categories include behavioral, earth, life and physical sciences.
Energy and Climate Change
- Bootstrapped Startups Risk a Lack of Connections
Financial Self-Reliance Can Come Back to Haunt Entrepreneurs if They Suddenly Need Investors
- Keystone XL to Emit 1 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas
Tar sands crude oil is thick, mucky stuff, and it takes more energy to transport and refine it than conventional crude oil, leading to the burning of more greenhouse gas emissions.
- Nothing Can Stop The US Solar Industry Juggernaut Now
The only question now is how quickly the US solar industry can meet the growth in demand.
- Temperatures Rise as Climate Critics Take Aim at U.S. Classrooms
While scientists almost universally agree the world is warming, school kids in Texas, Wyoming and West Virginia will get a much less definitive answer if local activists and politicians get their way.
- The Hottest New Thing in Energy This Year? Wind Power
Computer simulations have shown that massive arrays of these turbines can tame hurricanes, potentially preventing billions of dollars of damage by taking the wind out of their sails before they make landfall.
- Missing the mark: University of Montana falls short of carbon reduction goal
Eva Rocke, sustainability coordinator said with more funding, UM could be closer to the goal.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- VIDEO: Obama's Former Cyber Adviser: Private Sector Can't Wait for Government
"I think it's imperative that we in the private sector take the lead, instead of waiting for the government and waiting for Congress to do things."
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- 3D-printed "Cool Brick" cools a room using only water
Cool Brick is a new kind of passive cooling system that uses only water to cool rooms in hot, dry areas.
- Community matches those with 3D printers to those needing prosthetic hands
E-Nable has already given away over 800 prosthetics.
- Massive data breach at health care company Anthem Inc.
As many as 80 million customers of the nation's second-largest health insurance company, Anthem Inc., have had their account information stolen, the company said in a statement.
- Carnegie Mellon, Uber to Collaborate to Develop Driverless Vehicles
The company said its technology leaders will work with CMU faculty, staff and students, both on campus and at the robotics center, to develop "key long-term technologies that advance Uber's mission of bringing safe, reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere."
- Why Car-Free Cities Aren't Right Around the Corner
"If you ask people to take an extra two hours to take a bus or walk a mile," Polikov says, "they're typically not going to do it."
- Hail that pod! How Google, car makers see the future - "All the trends point to the end of (privately owned) cars,"
"when there's no dude (driving) the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle ... and car ownership goes away." Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick
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