MSU to host ‘10X10 MSU Innovation Road Show: From Tiny Houses to Honey Bees’

From MSU News Service

BOZEMAN — Montana State University’s Office of Research and Economic Development will host “10X10 MSU Innovation Road Show: From Tiny Houses to Honey Bees” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The event will feature 10 MSU researchers who will share their stories of research and creativity in 10-minute segments.

“We’re very happy to have the opportunity to discuss research and innovation at this event,” said MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development Renee Reijo Pera. “The presentations cover a wide range of topics and are only a sample of all the brilliant and innovative ideas being created right here in this community.”

Topics and presenters include:

  • Pathways to Pandemics – Raina Plowright, College of Agriculture and College of Letters and Science
  • Small Shelters, aka Tiny Houses – Ralph Johnson, College of Arts and Architecture
  • Use It or Lose It: Mobility and Aging – Ron June, College of Engineering
  • Honey Bee Health and Your Health – Michelle Flenniken, College of Agriculture
  • Snowy Wind and Japan’s War in the Pacific: Lessons for Today – Brett Walker, College of Letters and Science
  • Driverless Cars: The EVolution of the REVolution – Craig Shankwitz, Western Transportation Institute
  • Student Success: Much More than a Degree – Tricia Seifert, College of Education, Health and Human Development
  • Food and Micronutrients – Hikmet Budak, College of Agriculture
  • Oral Health Messaging in Indian Country – Laura Larsson, College of Nursing
  • Montana’s Changing Climate – Cathy Whitlock, College of Letters and Science
Raina Plowright, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, researches diseases carried by bats. A study Plowright co-authored reports that bat deaths worldwide are markedly rising due to human causes largely unique to the 21st century. Specifically, collisions with wind turbines and the outbreak of white-nose syndrome lead the reported causes of mass death in bats since 2000. Photo courtesy of Shirley Plowright.
Montana State University architecture students present full-scale prototype shelters as part of their research on homelessness in Bozeman, Mont., on Thursday, Nov 17, 2016, in preparation for an open house event on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, to showcase to the community and receive feedback on their project. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
Montana State University mechanical and industrial engineering professor Ron June studies a bone sample with anthropology student Michael Ruiz in a lab at MSU-Bozeman. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.
Hikmet Budak, Montana State University professor and Montana Plant Sciences Endowed Chair with the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, seen here on Friday, July 8, 2016, at the MSU Post Farm in Bozeman, Mont., recently collaborated with a team of international researchers on the genome sequence for durum wheat, a staple ingredient in pasta. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
MSU graduate student Alex McMenamin gentle coaxes new Carniolan honey bees into their new home at the MSU Honeybee Research Site and Pollinator Garden. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

The event will also be live streamed on Facebook. To view the live stream, go to

Contact: Brandy Murray, MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, (406) 994-2891 or