First Fridays: What Happened to the News? with Dennis Swibold

What Happened to the News? with Dennis Swibold Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism Never has so much news been available. The trick is knowing how to find it—and how to judge its credibility. This program—presented by a veteran journalist, author and educator—takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal how the news is made and explain the revolutionary changes facing today’s fast-paced news media. It also offers citizens tools and techniques for staying well-informed amid the virtual blizzard of information—and for participating directly in the civic debates crucial to their communities, state and nation. Please join us Friday, June 1st for this informative lecture. This program brought to you in partnership with Humanities...

Parental Controls

Children’s online life begins very early and sometimes they advance faster than their parents are prepared for.  Below are videos and step by step handouts on how to set parental controls for your computers and devices. Parental Controls can limit not only the kinds of games and apps that can be used, they can also set time limits and what time of day a device can be used.  They cannot, however, prevent bullying.  Although, if a child is being bullied through a certain website or app (i.e. Instagram, SnapChat), those apps can be removed from the device and prevented from being downloaded again. While Parental Controls are a great tool in the battle to keep our children safe online, there is no substitute for interaction with kids while they’re online.  Let your kids know about your expectations, Be sure to discuss with them about what they should do when face with bullying online.  Above all, talk with them about their interactions with people online–you discuss what to do when a stranger approaches them in the real world, be sure to include the virtual world too. The internet can be a wonderful place for children to learn and interact with others, but parents need to take steps to ensure their safety. Below are step by step instructions for Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines. Windows creates parental controls by having users create multiple profiles.  The parent’s profile should be the administrator and password protected.   Windows 7 and earlier versions, these profiles are created locally.  Windows 10 and presumable later versions, these profiles are created on Microsoft.com. Parental Controls for Windows...

First Fridays: Andrea Stierle April 6, 2018

And now for something completely different – a search for drugs in really odd places. Travel with Andrea Stierle to the majestic Berkeley Pit in Butte Montana, ground zero of the largest EPA Superfund site in North America.  Andrea will describe some of the research that she and husband/collaborator Donald Stierle have been involved in for the past twenty-three years. This research began when the Stierles were faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Montana Tech.  They began their exploration of the secondary metabolites of fungi and bacteria surviving and thriving in an abandoned open-pit copper mine that has evolved into an acid mine waste lake. Berkeley Pit Lake now contains over 150 billion liters of metal sulfate rich, acidic “water” (pH 2.5) and sits at the headwaters of the Clark Fork and Columbia Rivers. With its low pH and high metal content, it was considered too toxic to support life.   In 1995, however, Andrea began to isolate fungi and bacteria from water and sediment samples provided by the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.  Although conditions within the Pit Lake System were too toxic for “normal” aquatic biota, these same conditions provided an ideal environment for extremophiles which have proven to be a dynamic source of bioactive drug-like molecules waiting to be discovered.  The Stierles moved their lab to the University of Montana in 2009 and are currently Research Professors in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  They have isolated compounds with activity against non-small cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, retinoblastoma and leukemia, as well as a new antibiotic with activity against MRSAs from this collection....

Film Noir Series with David Abrams

  Wednesday nights are about to get dark and dangerous at the Library.   Join us for a new film series featuring classic film noir movies from the 1940s and 50s, a cinematic style full of dark streets, dangerous dames, and double-crosses. Many of you might be familiar with the term “film noir” (or, like me, you may already be a huge fan of these movies), but if not, you’ll see some great examples of the genre at the Library, including The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and Touch of Evil (see below for the complete list). Film noir, with its classic cinematography saturated in light and shadow, was characterized by particular elements: the femme fatale, the defeated hero, the wronged gangster, the dangerous-but-sensitive henchman, the moll, the lug, the palooka—you get the idea. These movies, often shot with low budgets out of necessity, focused on mood, stylized lighting and downbeat characters.   Though they were sometimes dismissed as low-grade “B” pictures at the time, in retrospect we can see what a major impact noir movies had (and continue to have) on the film industry. Film noir made lasting stars out of Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum with legendary roles; boosted Joan Crawford’s Hollywood career when it started to sag; and set the stage for the later work of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. And if you’re a fan of the AMC series Breaking Bad, you can thank film noir for giving us Walter White and all his meth-dealing troubles.   I’ve been a fan of film noir for decades—my love for the style probably started when Bogart looked at...

Adulting 101: Personal Finance

Adulting 101’s inaugural session will be about Personal Finances.  Below is an outline of the class, what will be covered, and outside sources to further your learning. Possible Topics: Money Management Borrowing Earning Power Investing Financial Services Insurance Living debt free About Credit Scores   MSU Extension Family Economics   MSU Extension Slid Finances PowerPay.org National Foundation for Credit Counseling...