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MSU Professor Killed In Nepal Rock Slide

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BOZEMAN - Betsy Palmer, an associate professor of education at Montana State University, passed away Monday from injuries sustained in rock slide during a student trip to Nepal.

According the university officials, Palmer and 16 students were on an extended trek to a remote village in the Arun River Valley in the Himalayas as part of  "Great Expeditions," a University Honors Program course.

MSU officials report none of the students were injured. The university is working with the U.S. Embassy, Senator Max Baucus' office and emergency transport services in Nepal to expedite the students' return to the United States.

Palmer, who taught statistics and research methods courses, came to the university in 2001. Through MSU's adult and higher education program, she also taught courses that focused on college student research and theory, student services, and college curriculum and teaching. Her research focused on college students and the institutional practices that foster improved outcomes for students.

Palmer spent the 2011-2012 academic year conducting research in Nepal. In May of 2012, she received the MSU Department of Education's Outstanding Research Award.

Palmer had a deep connection to Nepal. While visiting the country in 2005, she met her future husband, who was born and raised in the village of Pandok. They later married in a traditional ceremony held in that village. The couple have twins.

A university memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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