MSU student mixes mountain climbing, research

When Tony Chang was a boy and money was tight, his dad would drop him off at a library or museum when he had to work weekends.

Long days with books and exhibits exposed Chang to NASA, and the boy who moved to the United States from Taiwan wondered if he might someday work for the federal space agency.

Now 32 and a doctoral student in the ecology department at Montana State University, Chang has received big news from NASA.

NASA gave Chang its prestigious Earth and Space Science Fellowship, a $30,000 renewable fellowship that will allow him to expand his research into the die-off of whitebark pine. Chang has already published his

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